Bhopal: Thousands of Madhya Pradesh Government officers and employees belonging to the general, other backward and minority categories that together constitute about 65 per cent of the entire workforce of the Government, today observed a black day by wearing black ribbons and staging a candle march in the State capital and all other parts of the State to register their protest against the State BJP Government as it had gone in appeal to the Supreme Court on May 10 last year challenging the Jabalpur High Court order of April 30 quashing the State provision for reservation in promotion for SCs and STs.
Today’s protest was on a call given by SAPAKS (Samanya Pichhda Alpsankhyak Adhikari Karmchari Sanstha).
The employees from the unreserved category are suffering as their promotion avenues have been blocked and those from the reserved category who are much junior to them and even have adverse remarks in their confidential reports are getting promoted at a rapid pace in their respective departments. As a consequence, there is deep frustration among the majority of the state employees, job openings for the unreserved categories are getting constricted and as seniority and merit is not the criteria for promotion, administrative efficiency has nose-dived and the quality of governance has become a major issue in Madhya Pradesh.
The unreserved category of employees are caught in a prolonged legal wrangle as the reservation in promotion case is now being heard in the Supreme Court and 10 August 2017 is the next date fixed by the apex court for taking up the matter in this case.
Washington, DC: US President Donald Trump has accepted the recommendation of his Deputy Attorney General to remove FBI chief James Comey from his position.
Making this announcement at the White House daily press briefing Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that before the news broke, the President spoke to several members of Congress to inform them of his decision. Those members are Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Chuck Grassley, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Feinstein, Senator Lindsey Graham, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Later in the evening, he also spoke to Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey, the Principal Deputy Press Secretary told media-persons adding the DOJ lost confidence in Director Comey. Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. And most importantly, the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.
Washington, DC: US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Tillerson met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, here on 10 May and discussed the importance of defeating ISIS, de-escalating the violence in Syria, and ensuring that humanitarian assistance reaches hundreds of thousands of civilians throughout the country.
The discussions between the US Secretary and Russian Foreign Minister covering a range of issues including Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral concerns lasted more than an hour.
During this meeting, both the US Secretary and Russian Foreign Minister restated support for the UN-led political process in Geneva, which is central to international efforts to bring about an enduring resolution to the conflict.
On Ukraine, Tillerson stressed the need for progress toward full implementation of the Minsk agreements. It was underscored by the US that sanctions on Russia will remain in place until Moscow reverses the actions that triggered them.
The United States and Russia agreed to continue discussions to resolve other issues of bilateral concern, including strategic stability.