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RSS wants to help Hindi UPSC aspirants, urges Modi govt to do away with aptitude test

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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To help Hindi UPSC aspirants, RSS wants to scrap aptitude test & change interview system

The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has urged the Modi government to do away with the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and replace the interview with a psychological test, along the lines of one held by the Army, for the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The Sangh claims the CSAT disadvantages those who write the exam in Hindi and alleges that the interviews are not uniform, reports Kritika Sharma and Sanya Dhingra.

8 pieces of clinching evidence that show how IAF’s Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16

Using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & other evidence, an Indian Air Force veteran reconstructs the dogfight between IAF and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) after Balakot, and concludes that PAF indeed lost an F-16. Read the article by Sameer Joshi to know more.

Sadhvi Pragya has dismal Lok Sabha report card, RSS steps in to ‘groom’ her

The RSS has stepped in to ensure that one of its proteges, terror-accused Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, does not cause further embarrassment to the BJP. The Sangh has decided to appoint advisers to assist the Bhopal MP with her Parliamentary work. This comes after Thakur’s dismal performance in the 54-day Budget Session of Parliament during which she didn’t ask any questions regarding her constituency, reports Rahul Sampal.

How one picture tells the story of an ageing Congress party

If one picture could sum up what ails the Congress, it is the frame showing an array of leaders standing in the front row at the Independence Day event at the party headquarters when interim chief Sonia Gandhi hoisted the national flag. Read the report by Deeksha Bhardwaj to know more.

PMO snubs Gadkari, stalls conversion of 53,000 km of state roads into national highways

Alarmed at the rate at which Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari was declaring state roads as National Highways — and the likely financial implications for the central government — the Prime Minister’s Office has stepped in to review the whole process, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

Phone finally rings at NC’s Srinagar HQ but there are just 2 leaders around to take calls

Monday was the first time since 4 August, when Jammu & Kashmir was brought under a communication lockdown, that the landline at the National Conference headquarters rang. A party worker answered and the phone was handed to senior party leader Akbar Lone, one of a handful of NC members not under detention, reports Azaan Javaid.

5 dangerous Right-nationalist myths on Kashmir that need to be demolished

Many firm beliefs of Right-nationalists on Kashmir fail the test of fact & reason. Embracing diversity is the best way to win hearts & minds of Kashmiris, writes Shekhar Gupta

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