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No plans to suspend NEET, other entrance exams, Centre informs Lok Sabha

MoS Health Bharati Pravin Pawar Friday said that the number of examination centers have been increased across the country to avoid crowding and long travel by candidates.

Why India’s drone market could become a multi-billion-dollar industry in next decade

The Indian drone market is expected to reach $1.21 billion in 2021, and 2022 will be the year the country will witness widespread usage of drones.

Union Cabinet gives nod to setting up of central university in Ladakh

The decision was taken at the meeting chaired by PM Modi with an aim of addressing regional imbalances in higher education level within Ladakh.

Centre tables bill in Lok Sabha to ban agitation by essential defence services employees

The bill provides for disciplinary action, including dismissal, against employees participating in strikes as well as penalties for instigation and financial aid to such strikes.
The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader | Peter Foley | Bloomberg

Dalai Lama’s key advisers, staff of Buddhist clergy on Pegasus ‘snooping target’ list

Samdhong Rinpoche, the head of the trust that will oversee the task of selecting the next Dalai Lama, also figures in Pegasus list.
Illustration: Soham Sen

More visible & vocal — India’s homegrown think tanks are booming, influencing debate & policy

India’s expanding global footprint, and need for specialisation in governance, are among factors that are behind the rise of think tanks in the country over the last decade.

No deaths due to oxygen shortage reported by states, UTs in second wave, says Centre

There was an unprecedented surge in demand for medical oxygen during the second wave but no deaths were 'specifically reported', Centre informed Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

Illegal Rohingya migrants pose threat to national security, Modi govt tells Lok Sabha

In a written reply, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said there are reports about some Rohingya migrants indulging in illegal activities.

PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ generated over Rs 30.80 crore revenue since 2014, says Centre

The cumulative reach of viewership of the programme has been estimated to range from approximately 6 crore to 14.35 crore during 2018 to 2020, Anurag Thakur said.
(L-R) Rahul Gandhi, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Prashant Kishor and Abhishek Banerjee

Rahul Gandhi, IT Minister, Prashant Kishor, Mamata nephew — latest in Pegasus ‘hacking’ list

IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw's name emerged after he defended govt in Parliament, saying Pegasus report had no factual basis and appeared to be an attempt to ‘malign Indian democracy’.

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Blinken can clear air on India’s Af-Pak dilemma, but Modi-Jaishankar need the Middle Path

Even if the US is looking at the cases of sedition and infringement of freedoms under Modi govt, it will hardly seek to antagonise India. For the moment, Modi’s China gamble has paid off.
Graphic: Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

Forget petrol & diesel, prices of edible oils have soared even higher in June, July

Edible oils have seen a sharp rise in prices in last 6 months despite govt efforts to cool off rates by reducing high tax levies. June fuel inflation was 12.68%, while edible oil inflation was at 34.78%.

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File photo of Indian Army soldiers after capturing a hill during the Kargil war | Photo: Commons

‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.