Monday, 4 July, 2022


Hospitals without doctors, power cuts: In Punjab’s ‘messed-up’ finances, AAP’s big budget test

Punjab's finances the biggest challenge facing the AAP govt about to table its first budget. ‘Increasing revenue without imposing new taxes’ priority, says finance minister Cheema.

Govt media advisory body gets new name, Central Bureau of Communication. Aim is ‘uniformity’

Bureau of Outreach and Communication, which comes under I&B ministry and provides 'communication solutions' to govt bodies, was renamed via gazette notification issued Tuesday.

Eye on Gujarat & HP polls, govt examines ‘special allocation’ for OBCs under welfare schemes

A similar plan for SCs and STs currently reserves a certain percentage of the allocation for government schemes for expenditure on their welfare.

State & central forces can help resettle Agniveers, but police jobs are not the solution

Central police forces could offer around 1,000 annual jobs to Agniveers whose service will end after 4 yrs, while state police forces could provide around 10,000, according to govt data.

Some decisions may appear unfair but will help in nation-building, says PM amid Agnipath row

Modi made the remark in Bengaluru, without naming the new scheme that has sparked nationwide protests. A day earlier, he said ‘good things brought with good intentions’ get trapped in politics.

Why Uttarakhand govt is cracking down on ‘illegal’ mazars, mosques, temples & churches in forests

Uttarakhand forest dept is identifying 'illegal' religious structures for 'anti-encroachment drive', weeks after CM Dhami said 'action will be taken against mazars on encroached govt land'.

How Modi govt’s MCD overhaul fits into BJP plan to corner AAP in Delhi civic polls

While the Centre is overseeing a massive overhaul of unified municipal corporation in Delhi, BJP is taking on AAP over civic issues, including alleged problems in water supply.

Lesson learnt from Covid, ICMR works to develop phase I clinical trial sites at govt institutes

Scientists say pandemic underlined need for speedy clinical trials, but most phase I units are in private sector. They urge trial sites in govt sector too, so focus is on public health, not profit.

Is an urban job scheme possible? Modi govt unsure but 6 opposition states & Himachal show the way

Kerala & West Bengal have been operating their schemes since 2010. Rajasthan is latest entrant. Himachal plans to bring a law to give a legal guarantee to its urban job scheme.

Delhi Police DCP suspended for using forged documents

The DANIPS cadre officer allegedly used educational qualifications and date of birth documents belonging to some other person with the same name to appear in UPSC exam

On Camera


Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.