Governance

Paan stain

Colleges and universities asked to get India to stop spitting everywhere

Calling it a ‘social problem’, the higher education regulator said there is a need to raise voice against the practice of spitting in public places.
Vinod Rai

Superboss of Indian cricket Vinod Rai turns 70. Shouldn’t he play by rule and resign?

Vinod Rai as head of CoA is in charge of implementing Lodha reforms, one of which capped age of cricket administrators at 70.
The Pasi community members whose homes burnt down, stage a protest outside the block district office Wednesday

Uttar Pradesh Dalit families left homeless by ‘mysterious fire’ start hunger strike

The families are struggling for food and water and have laid siege to the block development office seeking rehabilitation. They have also rejected the...
Beas water at Harike Barrage | Punjab Forest Department

Punjab’s worst ecological crisis in years cannot be cleaned up anytime soon

A massive spillage of an estimated 10,000 litres of molasses from a sugar mill in Gurdaspur district into the river Beas Wednesday might have been government doing.  Chandigarh: The...
University

Sit for SAT: India’s private universities open new doors

Criteria so far used by American universities; Ashoka University and Azim Premji University among eight to adopt method so far. 
Animal Husbandry department and forest officials collect bats from a well of a house after the outbreak of 'Nipah' virus

Nipah virus death toll at 10, food safety inspectors to check fruits & vegetables in Kerala

Fruit bats are the natural host of the Nipah virus; 2 persons are critical and 9 are under surveillance in Kerala hospitals.
Sterlite

Protests against Vedanta plant turns violent, 1 killed in police firing

Police said section 144 of CrPc has been invoked in and around the Sterlite unit to provide security to it as per the orders of the Madras High Court.
Medicines | PxHere

Modi govt’s ailing affordable drugs scheme may get a new lease of life at private chemists

Govt wants pharmacists to reserve extra rack to boost sales of its low-cost generic drugs; may amend law to ensure compliance
JNU

Minorities panel issues notice to JNU on the proposal to start a course on “Islamic Terrorism”

Minorities panel have asked the JNU administration to reply whether there is any concept paper or proposal to start a course on "Islamic Terrorism".The proposed course has been opposed by sections of teachers and students at the JNU.
Latests news on national affairs | ThePrint.in

‘Mysterious fire’ destroys 20 Dalit houses in UP village during demolition drive

A demolition team had arrived at the site Monday on the orders of the Karchana sub-district magistrate, following a court directive, when fire from an unknown source reportedly consumed the homes.

On Camera

Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communists who once sided with BJP now irked over no alliance with Congress in West Bengal

With a chequered history, where the Left Front had ‘aligned’ with the BJP, it is impossible for the CPM cadre to adjust themselves with the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.