Governance

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

Adarsh: The officers who took a stand

The MoD probe report commends two officers who it says were the only ones who stood up for the truth. MANU PUBBY

Gen. Vij “appears to have provided protective umbrella” to help alienate land for Adarsh — MoD probe

What the Defence ministry probe report into Adarsh scam says on role of top military officers MANU PUBBY

Two former Army Chiefs, 8 top officers indicted by MoD inquiry into Adarsh scam

Gen. N.C. Vij provided "protection umbrella", Gen. Deepak Kapoor "ill advised" to take flat, govt should use Adarsh for military housing, probe report says. MANU PUBBY

Top of new CEC Joti’s agenda: Total overhaul of election laws and rules

Election Commission has begun work to change a range of poll laws to make them relevant to political landscape, check abuse of money power and ensure level playing field. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Law Commission report: Four former HC judges voiced deep anguish over treatment of poultry birds

Acting in their individual capacities, the four retired judges wrote to Law Commission chairman highlighting miserable conditions in which poultry birds are kept and urged framing of rules to push cage-free methods of poultry farming. SANYA DHINGRA

SC skirts privacy row to take up more Aadhaar validity cases

A three-judge bench will hear cases challenging Aadhaar – ignoring court's earlier position to first constitute a larger bench to examine if unique id violates fundamental rights. APURVA VISHWANATH

On Camera

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

Retiring early and working less has many benefits, such as reduced stress, better diets and more sleep. But as we found, it also has adverse effects.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | Indian soldiers at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | PTI

No ‘major’ build-up at LoC but Pakistan pushing new Chinese-made assault rifles into Kashmir

Security forces have recovered EMEI Type 97 NSR rifles, manufactured by Chinese firm Norinco, which they believe were dropped into J&K through drones.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.