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Promote all students of class 1 to 8, HRD ministry tells CBSE

The Ministry said the order was in light of the Covid-19 situation and said class 9 and 11 students would be promoted based on school assessments done so far.
Students sanitise their hands outside a school in Bikaner | PTI

Centre orders CBSE, educational institutions to postpone exams till 31 March over coronavirus

HRD ministry said that along with maintenance of academic calendar, safety and security of students, teachers and parents are equally important.
College students in Rajouri on 20 August

No funds, Modi govt puts on hold its Rs 2,600-crore education plan for J&K and Ladakh

After Article 370 move, HRD ministry had drawn up major plan to improve education infrastructure in J&K and Ladakh. Officials now say they don’t have adequate funds.
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Modi govt will finally announce New Education Policy by 31 May after 4-year delay

The New Education Policy was one of Modi’s poll promises in 2014. Now, the govt wants to get it out for public feedback by May, and through cabinet by July.
The Private Universities Bill will be tabled in the budget session of the Parliament (Representational image)

Private institutions to come under reservation ambit, govt prepares to bring in bill

Private Universities Bill is set to be tabled in budget session of Parliament. It will bring in caste-based reservation as well as the new 10% EWS quota.
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No IITs, JNU in Institute of Eminence 2nd list, Raghuram Rajan-backed university makes cut

Govt-appointed panel recommends 19 more educational institutions. HRD ministry to take final call early next week.
Representational image of a woman teaching Kashmiri language | harfkar.com

Govt removes Kashmiri from language portal after Kashmiri Pandits object

Kashmiri Pandits claim the version of language put out is based on the script widely used by Muslims in the Valley.
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Given Left’s grip on colleges, arranging marriages are easier than holding seminars in India

The malaise towards Indian higher education has made our railway platforms cleaner and technologically better equipped than classrooms.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at a rally

Modi govt is very ‘unstable’ for top IAS secretaries, transfers them too often and abruptly

Finance, HRD, I&B, WCD ministries have their fifth secretaries in Modi govt’s 4 years, home and health on fourth.
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IITs to hold special counseling to ensure seats are not left vacant

There is an increase in the number of seats at IITs this year, from 10,988 last year to 11,279, as a result of an HRD ministry directive to allocate 14 per cent supernumerary seats for girls.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

Defence

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?