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The Maharashtra Cabinet on Friday gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to amend the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Reservation Act, 2018, to provide reservation to Maratha students in post-graduate medical courses.

The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court had disallowed to grant 16 per cent reservation to Maratha community for admissions to post graduate medical courses on the grounds that the admission process had begun much earlier.The Supreme Court had upheld the high court’s decision.

Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said the draft of the ordinance is being sent to the Governor for promulgation.The Cabinet also gave its approval to reimburse the fees to the candidates from the general category, who will be affected following the promulgation of the ordinance.A minister said the general category students can seek admission under management quota in private colleges.

“The ordinance will provide relief to those students who had already got admission under Maratha quota, but were affected after the process was stayed by the court. Now, the third round of the admission would start,” he said.

Those students from the general category, who will be affected, should try for admissions in private colleges and the government will reimburse their fees, he said.The students from open/general category should seek management quota and the government will assist them, Patil added.According to him, the state government will approach the Supreme Court to extend the admission time frame from May 25 to 31.“We will also seek additional 213 seats in the medical courses,” he said.

A meeting has been scheduled on May 21 on this issue, the minister said, adding that demand from other states is also being addressed to. “We will move the court to seek reservation be appliedfor the additional seats,” he said.

The minister also said the state government will file caveats in the Bombay High Court and its Aurangabad and Nagpur benches and the apex court to ensure the ordinance is not challenged.Meanwhile, a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said the Cabinet also reviewed the drought situation, El Nino effect, weather-related predictions, water storage in various dams, fodder availability and seeds stock.

As the curtains fell on the 2019 Lok Sabha election campaign today, the Congress kept its post-result options open with party chief Rahul Gandhi banking on the support of regional players to stitch a wide anti-BJP alliance after May 23.

He played cautious when asked on party’s prospects and post-result strategy. He did not get drawn into the number game on questions about BJP president Amit Shah’s “Abki baar 300 paar” slogan. “I will not prejudge what people will decide on May 23. People are the master and they will decide. We will talk on the basis of what the people decide. I will not comment on what people will do on May 23,” Gandhi said.

“I respect the fact that the BSP and the SP fought the UP elections on their own. I also told Priyanka and Jyotiraditya to take forward the Congress ideology in UP. Ideologically speaking, Mayawatiji, Akhilesh Yadavji, Mamata Banerjeeji and Chandrababu Naidu are on the same page as the Congress. I do not see them supporting the BJP,” Gandhi said, indicating hopes of a possible anti-BJP coalition with the support of regional parties.

He further hinted that his mother and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh would continue to remain active in the party. “Sonia Gandhiji, Manmohan Singhji have huge experience. I am not Narendra Modi. I don’t disregard experience. We will use their experience in the party,” he said.

In a calculated move ahead of the last-phase polling, Gandhi refused to criticise anti-Modi remarks by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati and said: “Last I knew Mamataji and Mayawatiji were not in the Congress. Please put these questions to them.”

The Congress on Saturday hit out at the Modi government over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa recusing himself from the EC meetings to discuss poll code violations, saying erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the present dispensation.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala cited a media report which claimed Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct , has since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss the MCC issues.

Lavasa has reportedly insisted that he will do so only after dissent notes and minority decisions are included in the orders of the commission.“Sh Ashok Lavasa, Member CEC, who dissented on multiple occasions when EC was busy giving clean chits to Modi-Shah duo, opts out of EC as the ECI even refuse to record dissent notes,” he said.Erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the Modi government, Surjewala alleged.

Italian Open champion Rafael Nadal set up a semifinal with Stefanos Tsitsipas thanks to a 6-4 6-0 win over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco today, while Briton Johanna Konta got through to the last-four for the first time.

A week after losing to the Greek upstart at the same stage of the Madrid Open, the 32-year-old Nadal will be eager to prove that defeat was just a blip as the Spaniard fine-tunes his game ahead of his bid for a 12th Roland Garros title.The 20-year-old Greek progressed after Roger Federer pulled out with a right leg injury before their quarterfinal clash.

Nadal went 2-0 down against Verdasco before surviving three break points at 4-4 in the first set, but the second seed pulled away by winning eight consecutive games to continue his hunt for a ninth title in Rome.

“I was not playing badly at the beginning at all but he was playing unbelievable ,” Nadal said. “No mistakes, a lot of winners, taking the ball early. It was a very difficult first set.”Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman reached the last four with a 6-4 6-2 win over Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori and will face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin del Potro.

Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq suffered a nasty-looking injury just weeks away from the start of the World Cup when he was struck a painful blow on the arm by England fast bowler Mark Wood on Friday.

The incident took place in the fourth over of Friday’s penultimate international of the five-match series at Trent Bridge when left-handed opener Imam missed an intended pull off an 89 mph delivery from the recalled Wood that hit him on the elbow.Imam, fresh from his career-best 151 in the third ODI at Bristol on Tuesday, fell to the ground and winced on the turf in agony.

The 23-year-old nephew of Pakistan great and selection chief Inzamam-ul-Haq then had several minutes’ treatment before retiring hurt on three not out, with the tourists then nine without loss.

Actor Robert Pattinson is in negotiations to play Batman in Matt Reeves' upcoming superhero film.Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics movie is expected to start later this year.

Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two ‘Planet of the Apes’ sequels, assumed ‘Batman’ directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been developing the project ever since. Affleck was the last actor to play Batman on the big screen in 2016's ‘Batman v. Superman.

Multiple reports suggest Pattinson, 33, is the frontrunner to play the superhero avatar, while other names floating for the role include Armie Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor Johnson.

According to variety.com, Pattinson was cast even as Reeves continue to polish a final version of the script. Reeves will produce ‘The Batman’ with his ‘Planet of the Apes’ collaborator Dylan Clark.

If the deal is sealed, the ‘Twilight’ star will become the youngest actor to ever play Batman on the big screen.The shoot for the film might start in late 2019 or early 2020.

Kareena Kapoor Khan she says she has taken a conscious decision to do films that are socially relevant.Some of her recent outings such as ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Ki and Ka’, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ and her next two releases ‘Good News’ and ‘Angrezi Medium’ deal with various social issues like substance abuse, feminism, surrogacy and education.

"There is conscious effort to do movies that have social topic and subjects and stories that can touch hearts. Even if my part is smaller, I want to blend in films that are relevant. "

Films like 'Veere Di Wedding' broke boundaries in many ways, it was a story of four friends, no one addressed their issues in public domain. Similarly, 'Udta Punjab' talked about an important topic," Kareena told PTI.

Her next release ‘Good News’ with Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani is slated to release on December 27. Kareena is hopeful the film will do well commercially."Today it is all about stories and that has been proved with the response to films. 'Good News' has shaped up well. We will get the collections as we have Akshay Kumar as well. We have a great cast and story."     

A former official of the Central Intelligence Agency was Friday sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment on charges of spying for China.The former official, Kevin Mallory, was convicted under the Espionage Act for selling classified US "defense information" to a Chinese intelligence agent for USD 25,000.

"Former US Intelligence officer Mallory will spend the next 20 years of his life in prison for conspiring to pass national defense information to a Chinese intelligence officer," Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

This case is one in an alarming trend of former US intelligence officers being targeted by China and betraying their country and colleagues, he said. "This sentence, together with the recent guilty pleas of Ron Hansen in Utah and Jerry Lee in Virginia, deliver the stern message that our former intelligence officers have no business partnering with the Chinese, or any other adversarial foreign intelligence service," Demers said.

Mallory, 62, was found guilty by a federal jury in June 2018 of conspiracy to deliver, attempted delivery, delivery of national defense information to aid a foreign government and making material false statements.

Mallory, a US citizen who speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, consented to an FBI review of a covert communications device he had been given by Yang to facilitate covert communications between the two.

Analysis of the device revealed a number of communications in which Mallory and Michael talked about classified information that Mallory could sell to the PRC's intelligence service.FBI analysts were able to determine that Mallory had completed all of the steps necessary to securely transmit at least five classified US government documents via the covcom device, one of which contained unique identifiers for human sources who had helped the United States government.

Evidence presented at trial included surveillance video from a FedEx store in Leesburg where Mallory could be seen scanning documents classified at the Secret and Top Secret level onto a micro SD card.

Though Mallory paid to have the paper copies of the eight documents shredded, FBI agents found a carefully concealed SD card containing those documents during a search of Mallory's home, the day of his June 22, 2017 arrest.

A recording was played at trial from June 24, 2017, where Mallory could be heard on a call from the jail asking his family to search for the hidden SD card.Mallory has held numerous positions with various government agencies and several defense contractors, including working as a covert case officer for the CIA and an intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

As required for his various government positions, Mallory obtained a Top Secret security clearance, which was active during various assignments during his career.

An F-16 fighter jet returning to March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley of California in the US has crashed into a building after its pilot was ejected, the media quoted base officials as saying.

The jet slammed into the side of a commercial building off the base, on Van Buren Boulevard, about 3.45 pm on Thursday, March Air Reserve Base Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday was quoted as saying.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department confirmed on Twitter that the crash occurred around Van Buren and the 215 Freeway. The pilot was ejected and being medically evaluated.

Centre extends GST return filing dates for 14 cycone hit districts in Odisha; The deadline for filing GST extended from May 20 to June 20.The Centre has extended the deadlines for filing of Goods and Services Tax returns for taxpayers registered in 14 cyclone-hit districts in Odisha.

The date for filing GST returns for April 2019 has been extended from May 20th to June 20th.Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Debasish Panda reviewed the banking service situation in the cyclone-affected districts on Thursday. He said that barring Puri district, 99 percent of banks have become functional again in Odisha.

Meanwhile, after the largescale destruction caused by cyclone Fani, life is slowly returning to normal in the state. Massive efforts by the centre are yielding results. NDRF is providing continuous support in the rebuilding initiatives. Assistance by the Centre, in form of manpower, finances and logistics, has ensured that the normal life is back on track. A number of NGOs are also pitching in to provide relief to the cyclone affected masses by providing essential commodities and ration- free of cost.

Electricity supply to parts of Puri, including the Jagannath temple, has been restored around 12 days after Cyclone Fani hit the state's coast. While, electricity supply across the entire town is expected to be restored in a phased manner within five more days.

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