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IIT-JEE online test may have a ‘surprise element’

Sources said one key element of 2018 exam will be in the form of more single-answer questions than just the usual multiple-choice ones

Exclusive: Unemployment is low as people have to work to earn, says India’s chief statistician

Amid talk of jobless growth and the urgent need for India to create employment for its millions of young men and women, the Chief Statistician of India, T.C.A. Ananth, says there is not much evidence to show that the unemployment scenario may have worsened in the last three or four years. Anubhuti Vishnoi

Drain deaths: Cheap labour, distrust of machines keep manual scavenging alive

ThePrint takes stock of laws prohibiting this dehumanising practice and finds out why they are not being enforced despite disturbing statistics. Sabah K & Vandana Menon

Despite order, doctors of Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College have thriving private practice

The government says it's cracking down on doctors violating its rule on private practice, due to which many doctors might run into trouble.  Kumar Anshuman in Gorakhpur

Stalking probe puts Chandigarh’s bureaucratic soup in the spotlight

With officers drawn from three cadres running the union territory, administration and law enforcement of Chandigarh is often uncoordinated and haphazard. Chitleen K. Sethi

Gujarat effect: Election Commission to check truant MLAs in RS polls

Poll panel will go into the specifics of the polling area, define it in great detail to ensure there is no violation of voting procedure Anubhuti Vishnoi

Election Commission was ‘divided’ over using footage from Gujarat RS poll

There was a difference of opinion on accepting returning officer’s report as the final word or not. Finally the commission agreed to use video footage Anubhuti Vishnoi

Legal ground under J&K special status getting shaky in Supreme Court

With Centre hedging its position on special status, all eyes are on likely SC hearing Tuesday on challenge to Article 370. Apurva Vishwanath

SC to decide appointments to subordinate judiciary, states irked

State governments are upset over the proposed unified selection process for the appointment of judges in the lower judiciary. Apurva Vishwanath

If someone raises questions, give answers, not resignations: SJM’s Mahajan on Panagariya

Ashwani Mahajan, National Co-Convenor of SJM, says dissent must be given its due in a democracy. Anubhuti Vishnoi

On Camera

YourTurn

India, China held military talks this week to discuss air space violations, provocations by Chinese Air Force

Raising air power violation is China’s mind game. India’s challenge is to call the bluff

India's issue isn't only about providing resources to the armed forces, but that political leadership must move away from sloganeering to outcome-centric on reforms.

India’s ‘salaried class’ shrank during Covid, Muslims hit hardest, govt data suggests

India’s salaried class shrank by 2.7 percentage points during pandemic, govt’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) shows. But data for religious minorities, women is even bleaker.

Defence

The two frigates under construction at Yantar shipyard in Russia | Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Not dependent on Ukraine for engines, want to be part of Make in India initiative, says Russia

India had procured gas turbine engines from Ukraine & handed over to Russia to install them on the Admiral Grigorovich-class guided-missile stealth frigates being made for the Navy.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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