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Amarinder Singh’s first year in power: The good, the bad, the ugly

The good news is his strong stance on Khalistani elements & illegal sand mining; the bad news is pre-poll promises of phones & jobs are unfulfilled.

House panel steps into univ quota formula row, wants UGC order put on hold

Govt committee looking into ways to file a review petition to original court order despite deadline having elapsed.

It is not the heat, but us human beings who are setting South India’s forests on fire

Experts believe that most forest fires are man-made and data corroborates this.

Amid protests by students, Modi govt to set up panel to assess financial health of TISS

In February, TISS announced the withdrawal of financial aid to SC and ST students, leading to a massive students’ agitation against the move.

Centre set to file review petition to undo own order on faculty reservations

UGC last week announced a new mechanism for implementing faculty reservations, henceforth- calculating total posts departments wise rather than Institution wise, as is the case now.

Audit smells a scam in affordable drugs scheme: Medicines sold above MRP, rules flouted

Govt’s internal auditor slaps department running the jan aushadhi scheme with charges of misappropriation, excess spending, and low quality control.

‘IAS officers who are assigned to home state cadres more likely to be corrupt, underperforming’

A new research paper suggests letting Indian Administrative Service officials work in their home states may be opening the door for greater corruption.

Indian Forest Service, the other IFS which is foreign in its own land

IFS officers claim they are not recognised for their work unlike IAS & IPS cadre; S. Manikandan was killed by a wild elephant in a Karnataka forest.

Two years on, Modi’s ‘Stand-Up India’ is still on its knees in Maharashtra

PM Modi’s pet project to boost entrepreneurship among SCs, STs and women has reached only 12% of targeted beneficiaries in state.

Large Lancet study finds anti-depressants do work. Indian docs say problem is attitudes

A study of unprecedented scale was recently published in the journal Lancet regarding the effectiveness of antidepressants. It turns out, they actually work

On Camera

YourTurn

No one knows R&AW agents better than Pakistanis—from Pathaan to Mission...

So what if RAW agents Tiger, Pathaan, and Vinod have a tendency to get honey-trapped, we have got them covered with our own ISI operatives, that too ‘bold and beautiful’.
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani | ANI file photo

Adani-Hindenburg row erupts into war of words, neither side backing down

Adani Group calls Hindenburg allegations baseless, unethical, and in violation of law while the firm says Adani obfuscating truth, avoiding real issues of fraud.

Defence

Representational image | Nuclear submarine INS Chakra | Indian Navy

Budget 2023: Defence eyes big boost for more firepower, submarines, drones

Private sector is also hoping for a high budgetary allocation for defence capital expenditure since it will translate into more acquisition programmes fructifying.

Return of the Muslim: From Modi ‘sermon’ to Pathaan to Bharat...

Most key Hindutva/RSS objectives have been achieved, and Modi & BJP now need social calm, at least till summer of 2024. A de-escalation of some sort is on.