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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

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Representational image | Islam devotees offer Friday prayers during Ramadan, Patna, April 2022 | PTI

Quran says no one can limit others’ freedom. Udaipur killing violates Islam’s golden rule

Throughout history, Islamic scholars have uniformly agreed that respecting and obeying the law of the land is an essential aspect of faith.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.

Defence

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval | File photo: ANI

At 1st Maritime Security Group meet, NSA chief Doval stresses on coordination among stakeholders

Meeting chaired by Vice Admiral (retd) G. Ashok Kumar, India’s 1st national maritime security coordinator. ‘Crucial policy issues’ such as ‘blue economy initiative’ also discussed.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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