Governance

Indian currency

EPFO hikes interest rate on provident fund deposits to 8.65% for current fiscal

The retirement fund body EPFO had provided a five-year low rate of interest of 8.55 per cent to its subscribers for 2017-18.
File photo of BSP chief Mayawat

CBI to probe nepotism allegations in UPPSC selections during Mayawati rule in 2010

The inquiry is being conducted based on a complaint by the Uttar Pradesh government that a relative of a public servant was preferred over other eligible candidates.
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Supreme Court appoints BCCI ombudsman after the board’s squabble on Pandya-Rahul row

Former Supreme Court judge Justice D K Jain will be the first court-appointed ombudsman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
A CRPF soldier stands guard near the site of suicide bomb attack at Lathepora Awantipora in Pulwama

After Pulwama attack, CRPF jawans & other forces can now travel to Kashmir in commercial flights

The ministry of home affairs said the decision will immediately benefit approximately 7.8 lakh paramilitary personnel while on duty and on leave.
Indian Veterinary Research Institute campus in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh | Facebook

UP institute penalises 3 Kashmiri girls for alleged remarks on WhatsApp against Army

The girls allegedly made some adverse and objectionable comments on a WhatsApp group after Pulwama attack on 14 February, an official said.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Supreme Court to hear plea seeking protection of Kashmiri students

A PIL in the Supreme Court seeks direction to authorities to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiri students in the wake of the Pulwama attack.
The protesting farmers afoot in Thane | PTI

Farmers talks with Maharashtra govt inconclusive, to continue march to Mumbai

Farmers are on a 180-km march from Nashik to Mumbai for the second time in the past year over the BJP govt's 'betrayal' of peasants.
Women working on a project under MGNREGA | MGNREGA report

India’s rural employment plan has been giving fewer & fewer jobs to the most deprived

The rural job scheme, launched in February 2006, is intended to cater to poorest and weakest sections, but data shows share of SCs/STs in total jobs has seen a sharp fall.
File image of UPSC aspirants leaving an examination centre after their exam in New Delhi | PTI

UPSC has a plan for new 10% quota in civil services, and it’s anything but smooth

According to the UPSC notification issued Tuesday, 18 March is the last date to apply for the civil services exam.
Farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS)

Farmers set to march to Mumbai again, but allege Maharashtra govt is holding them back

Dissatisfied with progress on govt assurances, the farmers want to reiterate the demands they had voiced last year when they walked from Nashik to Mumbai.

OnCamera

A still from Total Dhamaal | Facebook

Total Dhamaal review: An exercise in mediocrity that would make mediocre look better

The third instalment in the Dhamaal series has all the animals and actors in the zoo but not one funny bone.
indus

Can India hurt Pakistan with new Indus dams or Modi govt hyping old project after Pulwama?

In wake of the Pulwama terror attack, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari tweeted Thursday that India will “stop its share of water which used to flow to Pakistan”.

Defence

Asif Ghafoor

‘Don’t mess with Pakistan,’ army warns India

Pakistan’s army spokesman said that they did not want a war with India but warned that Islamabad would retaliate if India took military action.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.