Governance

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
Chandigarh Police HQ

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
Headquarters of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi

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
Ashwani Mahajan

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

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

ICICI Bank’s profits jump six-fold for July-September quarter

The bank's net interest income increased by 16 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 9,366 crore in this year's second quarter from Rs 8,057 crore in last year's second quarter.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.