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Data shows India’s last red state Tripura is low on development, but high on social indices

Tripura fares well on multiple social and health indicators, but has the highest unemployment percentage in India.

Politics can distort the intent and value of a universal basic income scheme

If practicalities dictate that India’s tenuous social protection framework be sacrificed at the altar of a basic income, then it can actively undermine the social contract.

Don’t be a rape apologist. Marital rape is rape

The definition of rape in India is still looked at through the lens of a woman’s marital status. If you oppose criminalising marital rape, you are a rape apologist.

Only 28 per cent of judges in India’s lower courts are women, and there’s no sign of change

A new study says that there are few women judges in the lower judiciary, despite reservations in some states. 

Cauvery timeline: Supreme Court’s judgement is just the latest in a century-long water war

The Supreme Court has finally increased Karnataka's share of the water from the river Cauvery.

Cauvery verdict: Supreme Court gives Karnataka more

Supreme Court also made a special allocation for the city of Bengaluru, which will receive 4.75 TMC feet of Cauvery water. 

‘Pressured’ Prasar Bharati board doesn’t clear editors suggested by I&B ministry

The board of Prasar Bharati refused to clear four directives from the ministry on various grounds.  

Maharashtra govt plans scheme to reward those who went to prison during Emergency

A cabinet sub-committee has been formed to study similar schemes in other BJP-ruled states and finalise modalities and eligibility criteria.

UPSC notifies lowest number of vacancies in 10 years. Is this the Modi effect at play?

Modi had promised a leaner bureaucracy under his mantra of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. Since 2014, vacancies have declined from 1,291 to 782.

A million students in UP have dropped out of board exams because they couldn’t cheat

Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma leads campaign against those who illegally aid students, government's move invites criticism from academia and the opposition.

On Camera

YourTurn

Air India brings new policy, now pilots can fly after retirement

Air India crew hide greys, follow strict makeup while global airlines allowing tattoo, piercing

Many airlines expect their crew to follow strict dress codes and decorum, but Air India’s commandments even instruct members on what to say and not to say on social media.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.

Defence

A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.