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New IAS, IPS, IRS officers will ‘adopt’ & mentor a teen under Modi govt’s unique programme

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Every new IAS, IPS, IRS officer will now have to ‘adopt’ and mentor a teen for life

The Narendra Modi government has launched a unique mentorship programme called ‘Nurture the Future’, under which civil service probationers will have to adopt adolescents as mentees and guide them throughout their educational and professional lives, reports Sanya Dhingra.

When enemy’s friend is your friend: Congress-NCP take a leaf out of BJP-Left book

Rahul Gandhi has failed multiple times and there seems no hope of a Congress recovery soon. In such a crisis, you clutch at any straw, no matter how saffron, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s National Interest as he weighs in on a possible Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra.

ASI set to excavate Purana Quila again in decades-long hunt for Mahabharata link

The Archaeological Survey of India is set to launch an excavation at Delhi’s Purana Quila just over a year after another expedition at the 16th-century fort was wrapped up. The objective of this excavation is unclear, but an ASI official said the purpose was to carry forward research from the previous excavation, reports Simrin Sirur.

Is the situation in Kashmir returning to normal? These satellite images hold the answer

ThePrint has compared satellite imagery from April 2019 and October 2019 to see the differences that can be spotted in Kashmir’s capital Srinagar before and after the scrapping of Article 370 and the clampdown. Read the report by Colonel Vinayak Bhat (Retired) to know more.

Ayodhya to Kashmir – Modi is now Mr Closure for all of India’s historical wrongs

From chaiwala to chowkidar to Mr Closure, who can sew up all the open wounds of Independent India — PM Narendra Modi has morphed into a new avatar in 2019. From Kashmir to Ayodhya, Modi is projecting himself as Problem Solver No 1 — a leader who corrects historical wrongs, writes Ruhi Tiwari.

Best time for BJP to scrap alliance with Shiv Sena & go it alone in Maharashtra

What to make of the latest shenanigans of the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena grand alliance or the Mahayuti in Maharashtra? Read this article by Makarand R. Paranjape to know about it.

SC invoked Article 142 to order formation of trust for Ram Mandir. Here’s what it means

The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The bench invoked Article 142 to hand over the disputed land to a trust to be formed by the central government in the next three months. Apoorva Mandhani explains the meaning of Article 142 and explores the history of its use by the Supreme Court.

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