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All about 3-language formula, the bone of contention between Centre & southern states

The new National Education Policy says the freedom to choose the two Indian languages as part of the formula should be left to the states, regions or students.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar at a press conference in New Delhi, Augist 2019. | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

What Modi govt’s EIA draft says & why environment experts think it’ll encourage violations

New environment impact assessment draft has been widely criticised by experts and activists, who say it has adopted a regressive approach and fosters non-transparency.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during the "Business Russia" conference in Moscow, Russia

Hypersonic nuclear weapons Russian Navy is getting and why they are unrivalled

Russia has said that its Navy will now be equipped with hypersonic nuclear missiles, which can travel 5 times faster than the speed of sound and are highly manoeuvrable.    
South China Sea

What is nine-dash line? The basis of China’s claim to sovereignty over South China Sea

China stakes claim to 90% of the South China Sea, and this claim is based on the U-shaped nine-dash line etched on map in the 1940s by a Chinese geographer.
File image of former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly | ANI

Operation West End — the 2001 Tehelka sting that led to Jaya Jaitly’s conviction

The operation claimed the jobs of India’s then defence minister George Fernandes, senior members of the ruling coalition, and high-ranking members of the armed forces.
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Why India’s population growth will be much slower than predicted — 1.6 billion by 2048

The Lancet study predicts steep decline in total fertility rate — the average number of children born to each woman — to 1.29 in 2100 from 2.14 in 2017.
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Here’s what the anti-defection law challenged by Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan HC says

The anti-defection law, enshrined in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, was inserted in 1985 to prevent political defections.
Founded by Dr Krishna M. Ella, Bharat Biotech is located on the outskirts of Hyderabad | ThePrint Team

Bharat Biotech — India’s Covid vaccine hope first shot to fame for $1 rotavirus vaccine

The $1 Rotavac may be its crowning glory but Bharat Biotech has a diverse repertoire that includes BioHib, India’s only indigenously developed influenza vaccine.
CBI logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Rajasthan govt withdraws ‘general consent’ for CBI — what this means for the agency

The state withdrew general consent a day after the BJP sought a CBI probe into the audio tapes which purportedly recorded conversations of horse trading.
Representational image of a pregnant woman | Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint Team

Why women in India who have ever been pregnant can’t donate plasma for Covid patients

The Covid success stories associated with plasma therapy have led to the setting up of donation banks, including in Delhi. But not all recovered Covid patients can serve as donors.

On Camera

File photo | PM Narendra Modi being presented with a memento by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during the Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan | PTI

Not Modi, not Yogi, it is Ram versus the rest for the BJP in UP 2022 election

Modi-Shah’s BJP knows the politics of George Bush-esque's binaries is clever and pushes opponents into a corner. That’s exactly what happened with the Ayodhya bhoomi pujan.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.

Defence

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.