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Daily briefing: Women’s quota bill and the delimitation hurdle; ISRO to wake up Chandrayaan-3 lander, rover; and more

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📑 Clearing the decks for a landmark legislation on 33% reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, the Lower House has passed the women’s reservation Bill – the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023 – with near unanimity: 454 votes in favour and two from the AIMIM against it.

Backing the Bill, 2023, Opposition parties demanded Wednesday that the government implement the proposed legislation “immediately”, and conduct a caste census to extend the benefits of this law to women belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The Bill is set to enter and sail through Rajya Sabha today given how different the Upper House is now – 13 years since it passed a similar Bill.

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The Bill providing for 33% reservation for women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, will likely be cleared in Parliament’s ongoing Special Session. However, implementation remains far in the future as it has been made contingent on the delimitation exercise. But what is a delimitation exercise, how is it carried out and what makes it a political hot potato? Express explains

And Finally…

🎧 As the Lok Sabha cleared the 128th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2023 which aims at bringing 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and all state legislative assemblies, the focus remained on the link of its implementation to the contentious delimitation exercise. Listen to our 3 Things podcast

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Until tomorrow,

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