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Gender gap widening: India slips 21 spots to 108th on World Economic Forum’s index

India is at its lowest level since WEF started measuring gender gap in 2006, ranks poorly on economic opportunities and healthcare for women.

Former Madras HC judge seeks ‘one rank, one pension’ in judiciary, moves SC

Justice M. Vijayaraghavan (retd) argues that high court judges promoted from lower courts get lesser pension than judges who previously served as advocates.

Defence ministry may ease licensing rules for private players

Minister Nirmala Sitharama seeks to know why deemed licences not be given; DRDO asked for tech list for commercialisation.

Govt, stakeholders seek to crack digitisation code at PHD Chamber’s conclave

Experts from central and state ministries will prepare a report for government with suggestions from discussions at the PHD Chamber conclave.

SC isn’t interfering with worship at Ujjain Mahakaleshwar temple

Temple authority adopts expert recommendations to protect the lingam; court approves but its unofficial gag order leads to confusion.

Rajasthan ordinance that gags reporting on public servants could fail legal test

Legal experts say Rajasthan government’s move to ban media from reporting details of public servants or judges in any case may not stand legal test.

S-G Ranjit Kumar’s resignation leaves big void, had saved Centre’s goat many times

Ranjit Kumar had represented Centre & CBI in many high-profile cases like black money, cow vigilantism, AgustaWestland, and Vyapam.

MTP Act amendments: Fear of foeticide may be trumping women’s reproductive rights

MTP Act currently allows abortions for pregnancies up to 20 weeks, but Centre has had a proposal to extend the limit to 24 weeks in the pipeline since 2014.

Smoke-free Diwali still a pipe dream as fields continue to burn in Haryana

Haryana government says it is trying various options to curb stubble burning, but 672 cases had been registered till two days before Diwali.

Maharashtra govt plans to complete farm loan waiver process at breakneck speed

CM Devendra Fadnavis says disbursements to start the day before Diwali, with 80 per cent of the farm loan waiver process to be completed by 15 Nov.

On Camera

YourTurn

South Asian stores in Leicester, England | Ned Trifle/Flickr

For decades, Leicester built communal walls. Waves of immigrants made it more toxic

East Ham and Waltham Forest are Pakistani Punjabi, Luton is Kashmiri Muslim, Southall is Punjabi Sikh, and Tower Hamlet is Bangladeshi. Each walled off their neighbourhoods to other immigrants.
The logo of the Adani Group is seen on the facade of one of its buildings on the outskirts of Ahmedabad | Reuters file photo

From ports to energy transition — Adani Group to invest over $100 billion in next decade

Speaking at Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore, Adani said the group intends to do more as a solar player & has earmarked 70% of the investment for the energy transition space.

Defence

Parts of Iranian made 'suicide' drone Shahed-136 after being shot down by the Ukrainian military | Reuters

All about Shahed-136, Iran’s ‘kamikaze’ drone that Russia is using to strike Ukraine

Over the past few days, Russia has hit multiple targets using these Iranian-supplied drones—including civilian structures and amenities—leading to the death of several Ukrainians.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.
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