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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Assocham event in New Delhi on 20 December | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Present a National Employment Policy for long-term in 4 months: PM Modi tells GoM

At a meeting with PM Modi, a GoM on skill development and employment suggests setting up a Central Board of Vocational Education on the lines of CBSE.
A shop that reopened in May at Delhi's Nai Sarak | Photo: ANI

India added 2.1 crore jobs in May, after hitting rock-bottom in April: CMIE

Only 28 crore people had jobs in April, down from 39.6 crore in March. But with partial lifting of lockdown, small traders & wage labourers got employed again.
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The coronavirus isn’t the end of your career

Figure out what your industry needs, show your boss you can deliver, and use that to protect your job or even negotiate the next move.
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Deepak Nayyar on govt’s ‘exit dilemma’, Dipankar Gupta promotes universal health care

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Ram Madhav, Rohit Prasad, Kanika Datta and more.
Indian economy

Unemployment in March highest since September 2016, CMIE data shows fallout of Covid-19

Nationwide lockdown sees record fall in employment and labour force participation as economic activity comes to a halt.
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It is time to stop agewise employment discrimination

As retirement age goes up everywhere, nations will be forced to deal with increasingly disgruntled old people, who also happen to be most disciplined voters.

Digitisation is one of Modi’s successes, but rules for this new world need careful framing

India now has 56 crore internet users, but govts, businesses & individuals all have to embrace change and figure out the best ways to move towards digitisation.
Supporters of BJP wearing masks of Narendra Modi | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg News

Modi or Rahul Gandhi? A guide on how to choose whom to vote for

When choosing between BJP and opposition parties like Congress for the Lok Sabha elections remember the real scandal is lack of jobs, not jobs data.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi and jobs: It’s all about data, and how it’s calculated

Both Modi government and private surveys can be correct about India’s jobs status — because they measure different things, and employ different ways.
Women working on a project under MGNREGA | MGNREGA report

India’s rural employment plan has been giving fewer & fewer jobs to the most deprived

The rural job scheme, launched in February 2006, is intended to cater to poorest and weakest sections, but data shows share of SCs/STs in total jobs has seen a sharp fall.

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Congress

Congress blaming UPA for poll losses because it needs scapegoats to save Rahul from blame

In episode 538 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta delves into the latest mess in Congress where leaders are blaming UPA govts for poll losses to pave Rahul Gandhi's comeback.
Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh | File photo: ANI

India faces military, health & economic threats, govt must restore faith, says Manmohan

In a column for The Hindu, former PM Manmohan Singh advocates significant cash transfers to the poor, better access to capital for firms and autonomy for financial institutions and RBI.

Defence

Representational image of troops standing guard at an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir | Photo: ANI

Kashmir sees jump in terrorist encounters ahead of Article 370 removal anniversary

Until 30 July, 148 terrorists have been killed in encounters in Kashmir valley. But 116 of them have been killed since April.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.