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Tussauds to Patkar & now AAP, Delhi L-G VK Saxena is an ‘activist’ with many ‘wins’ to his name

Delhi L-G Saxena has had an unusual career graph — compared to his predecessors who were all either civil servants or from a defence background.

Manipur student outfits threaten to intensify agitation over bills ‘undermining hill council’

Student groups had demanded tabling of draft Autonomous District Councils Amendment Bill, 2021, in assembly. Instead, state govt introduced 2 different bills, causing outcry.

Why Modi govt withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill

The Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 was withdrawn Wednesday after parliamentary panel recommended 81 changes. Govt is now working on a new ‘comprehensive legal framework’.

Creches, 40-hour work week — how Modi govt wants to improve nurses’ working conditions

Health ministry releases draft guidelines to improve working conditions of nurses, invites comments from public and stakeholders over the next one month.

Indian Antarctic Bill — all about legislation aimed at protecting pristine Antarctica

Indian Antarctic Bill, 2022, passed in the Lok Sabha on 22 July, aims to extend India’s jurisdiction to the country's research stations at the South Pole.

Delhi, Sikkim assemblies met fewer than 10 days in 2021, Kerala tops at 61 days — PRS survey

State & UT assemblies passed more than 500 Bills last year, but about half were passed within a day of their introduction, says report. Assemblies sat for just 21 days on average.

Punjab gets fifth advocate general in 10 months as Bhagwant Mann govt’s first pick resigns

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann told reporters Tuesday that senior advocate Vinod Ghai will replace Anmol Rattan Sidhu as the state’s advocate general.

11% of 69 crore eligible people have taken Covid precaution dose, says govt, blames waning fear

Slight rise in precaution dose coverage after vaccines were made free but govt officials cite ‘Covid surge in many countries’ to emphasise need to increase uptake.

One Health: Mission to prevent diseases will be key focus area of new PSA Sood

One Health, PSA Sood said, will look at humans, wildlife & environment to address gaps in India’s disease surveillance, adding that 6 ministries are already working on it.

‘Evicted, at mercy of rain’ — 27 Kashmiri Pandit families brought back to Valley battle for home

27 families part of PM’s special package for Kashmiri Pandits are camping in the open with kids and the elderly after they were evicted from secure accommodation in the Kulgam camp.

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

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Su-57, the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft Photo by Snehesh Alex Philip

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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