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Assam govt to close state-run Madrasas, Sanskrit ‘tols’ & turn them into regular schools

Education Minister Himanta Sarma said it was 'not the job of govt institutes to provide religious books' as the reason behind the decision.
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Indian media’s tendency to brand madrasa students as terrorists is ruining institutions

Authors Ziya Us Salam and Aslam Parvaiz have documented how madrasa textbooks are caught up in a time warp but mainstream media not doing its job.
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Modi govt wants IIMs, AMU and Jamia to train and modernise madrasa teachers

Plan is at ‘embryonic stage’ but minority affairs ministry hopes project will instil sense of ‘modernity’ among madrasa teachers
Girls in a madrasa (Representational image)

For parents, having a madrasa-educated daughter brings social prestige to the family

Author Hem Borker in this excerpt reveals to his readers that for Muslim parents preparing their girls for 'afterlife' matters more than life's journey itself. 

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.