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Glass half full? Dry state Bihar to turn liquor bottles into bangles. Industrialists sceptical

In August alone, 3.7 lakh litres of liquor were impounded in the state, according to excise data. Nitish govt has roped in its social empowerment programme, JEEViKA, for the project.

‘Unliveable’ — why DDA’s Narela sub-city is a ghost town despite investment of ‘1000s of crores’

Narela was expected to be Delhi’s next Rohini or Dwarka, a bustling city within the city. But instead, it is a shell of a town. Those who do live here want escape. What went wrong?

Hours after Yogi confidant retires, ‘troubleshooter’ IAS officer ‘close’ to UP CM transferred

While Awanish Awasthi retired Tuesday, Navneet Sehgal transferred from key information & public relations dept to low-profile sports, as part of latest reshuffle of 16 IAS officers.

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is firing again as Shinde-Fadnavis govt clears roadblocks

The state government has signed a stakeholder agreement with NHSRCL, the implementing authority of the project and has also taken steps to clear hurdles in the land acquisition process.

Vote-buying encourages graft, hurts rule of law, finds study. And it’s getting worse in India

‘Vote-buying’ has increased significantly in India since 2010, according to the authors of the study, which is due to be published in the peer-reviewed journal World Development.

‘Outsider tag, hostile IAS lobby’ to blame? Modi govt sees 2nd lateral hire exit since 2020

Of 12 domain experts hired for the civil services as lateral entrants in 2019 & 2021, 9 are in service. There's also been a dip in applications for lateral entry posts.

Under Modi govt, IAS appointments to joint & additional secy posts have shrunk by over 50%

Civil servants say this fall is part of a growing trend that reflects the government's attempt to break 'babu dominance' and address the crunch of IAS officers available for deputation.

U’khand panel to back laws to discourage non-natives from buying land in hill areas, say sources

Sources said draft report also recommends curtailing rights of DMs to allocate land, capping land size for industrial purposes in select areas of Uttarakhand, and doing away with the 2018 amendment.

After 3 missed deadlines, Central Vista Avenue ‘finally ready’ & awaiting inauguration

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs officials say 'care has been taken to ensure the area retains its essential character'. Inauguration date yet to be finalised.

‘Outdated data, gaps in assessment’: CAG red-flags govt nod for multiple coastal projects

CAG report, tabled in Parliament on 8 August, says projects awarded clearances without adequate checks and balances in place. Alleged violations cited include use of outdated data.

On Camera

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File photo of Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar | Reuters

Ishaq Dar, new Pakistan finance minister—a Nawaz Sharif’s mole in Shehbaz Sharif’s cabinet

Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results, Albert Einstein said. But Paksitanis don't get it--Dar's been appointed FM for the fifth time.
Beneficiaries of the PM-GKAY PDS centre in Odisha | Representational image | ANI

Free grains, fuel tax deferred – Gujarat, HP on its mind, Modi govt puts politics over economy

RBI's rate hike also among decisions announced last week that might pay political dividends in state polls, but could come with commensurate economic costs, say economists.

Defence

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V. R. Chaudhari with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Twitter/ @IAF_MCC

Need organisation structure best suited to Indian conditions, IAF on theatre commands

The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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