The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) wants the government to do away with the mandatory aptitude test in the civil services exam, which tests candidates’ comprehension, communication and decision-making skills, reports Sanya Dhingra.
The expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would dramatically raise defence budget were misplaced and unfair. A robust strategic posture doesn’t mean Modi is a reckless militarist, writes Shekhar Gupta.
Tweets and photographs of the Indian cricket team have taken social media by storm. Among these is a photograph doing the rounds on Twitter featuring coach Ravi Shastri sitting with the team. At first glance, nothing appears to be amiss with the photograph, but a closer look reveals a bottle of alcohol placed next to the coach’s leg and under his seat, reports Simrin Sirur.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden budget has come under criticism from within the BJP itself. In a calibrated attack on Twitter, BJP’s Subramanian Swamy picked holes in the budget by quoting paragraphs with comments like “Hare Ram” and “Sweet dreams”, reports Pragya Kaushika.
The Narendra Modi-led BJP government has substantially increased budget allocation for minority community candidates appearing in the UPSC exam even as it made marginal cuts on educational grant for minorities, reports Sanya Dhingra.
With a dearth of good orators, the opposition has lost the attention of the Indian voters. Mahua Moitra has at least captured the English audience’s attention. The BJP clearly feels threatened enough by it to go on a smear campaign against her, writes Shivam Vij.
The central government has appointed a Major General of the Indian Army as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Korwa Ordnance Factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi district, which will manufacture AK-203 assault rifles for the military under an Indo-Russia joint venture, reports Snehesh Alex Philip.