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AgustaWestland accused Christian Michel wants a week’s bail for Easter

Christian Michel moves bail plea in a Delhi court, submitting he ‘wishes to attend the holy mass on the Easter day’. His plea will be heard Thursday.

Jammu-Srinagar highway restrictions temporarily relaxed for civilians with no convoys scheduled

Earlier this month on 7 April, civilian traffic had been restricted on the highway for twice a week until 31 May to enable smooth movement of security envoys.
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After J&J implant row, govt plans to hire 750 officers to regulate medical devices

Plan is to hire these officers, who will exclusively regulate sale of medical devices such as coronary stents & hip implants, through a written exam conducted by UPSC.
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Navjot Singh Sidhu booked for violating model code of conduct in Bihar

Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was booked on the basis of a complaint lodged by an Election Commission flying squad.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

UPSC recruitment has fallen 40% since 2014 while govt struggles to fill IAS-IPS vacancies

The number of recruits has fallen from 1,236 in 2014 to 759 in 2018. Officials say UPSC has no authority over how many candidates to recruit.

SC admits plea to lift ‘ban’ on Muslim women in mosques. But Islam doesn’t bar them at all

Islam doesn't restrict women's entry into any mosque in the world. The only limitation is that women have to stand in a separate row, some distance behind men.

Govt cancels visa & issues ‘leave India’ notice to Bangladesh actor for campaigning for Trinamool

The actor allegedly took part in campaigning for TMC's Raiganj candidate Kanhaiyalal Agarwal for which he's been asked to leave the country.
PM Narendra Modi introduced the channel on his Twitter account | @narendramodi/Twitter

NaMo TV not a television channel, doesn’t need licence, ex-civil servants tell President

The letter comes in response to an 8 April letter written by another group of former civil servants, expressing concern over the credibility of the Election Commission.
File image of students protesting in front of the gate of AMU | PTI

Joblessness or Jinnah — in Aligarh, it’s Aligarh Muslim University that has polarised polls

Recent controversies involving AMU have split Aligarh, with Hindu youth blaming the university for myriad problems and students & Muslim youth defending it.

Supreme Court seeks response from P Chidambaram’s family on Income Tax dept’s plea

The top court has refused to stay the Madras High Court order quashing criminal prosecution against the Chidambarams as requested by the Income Tax dept.

On Camera

Workers at a construction site in Delhi (representational image) | Ruhani Kaur/Bloomberg

India’s caste problem has a silver lining: urbanisation, and inter-caste marriage

Unlike villages, search for partners in cities shifts its focus from family and caste networks to friends and professional networks.

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.