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Nervous HRD ministry waves red flag as Niti Aayog panel stokes language row in Tamil Nadu

Panel appointed by Niti Aayog after a review of autonomous bodies by the Department of Education wants merger of Classical Tamil Institute with national body. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Environment ministry didn’t do enough to defend cattle trade notification – Petitioner Maulekhi

Gauri Maulekhi, who is also an aide to Union minister Maneka Gandhi, tells ThePrint the Environment ministry backed off thinking that pleasing the vote bank was more important. SANYA DHINGRA

Aadhaar-Privacy hearing to put landmark 1954 ruling under scanner

The 1954 SC ruling had held that privacy is not a fundamental right. However, rulings of smaller benches have recognised privacy as part of...

Sen censorship is new sequel to conflict over CBFC’s politics

The Amartya Sen documentary censorship row is being slammed as another indicator of the politicisation and autocratic ways of the CBFC. AADYA SINHA

Centre backs down on cattle trade rules but there is still no clear solution

The cattle trade notification has been engulfed in an embarrassing controversy of flip-flops, hurried announcements and now a rush to find facile solutions. SANYA DHINGRA, APURVA VISHWANATH & ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Maneka Gandhi quietly pitched for cattle market rules, documents show

Legal papers show the Women and Child Development minister wrote to the Finance ministry in 2014 to stop the illegal transport of animals to Nepal for sacrifice. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Two-child policy law will be impractical, damage growth, violate rights, say experts

TAXAB believes population stabilisation is the pathway to a more happy and more prosperous India. But experts say it will not only violate women’s constitutional rights but also damage economic growth. DIVYA NARAYANAN

A week after GST: Confusion galore but people willing to wait and watch

Even as small traders in India’s vast unorganized sector express their confusion about the new tax regime, their faith in its long-term benefits has not lessened. AADYA SINHA, TALHA ASHRAF & DIVYA NARAYANAN

Govt reverses selection process for top positions at cultural institutions

The Modi government has begun to overturn the ambitious search cum selection process for chiefs of cultural institutions brought in by the UPA, and replace it with the usual government appointment system. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Bonus marks didn’t compromise IIT-JEE merit list, govt to argue in SC tomorrow

HRD ministry also expected to tell apex court that even if bonus marks are done away with now, merit list won’t change, so lift stay on admission, counselling. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

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Does breaking up big states boost economy? Data doesn’t back up hype, says Indian study

The study by researchers at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research looked at economic impact of reorganising Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar in the year 2000.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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