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After Scheduled Castes commission names 3 Srivastavas for 5-member panel, govt cancels it

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes had drawn flak for ‘Brahminisation’ from various quarters, including Ambedkar’s grandson’s party VBA.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt is embracing some discarded Congress policies. But they won’t work even now

Policies like deficit monetisation, loan restructuring, higher tariffs and import licencing have been brought back to combat the economic fallout of Covid-19.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.
File photo of Mian Abdul Qayoom | Twitter

Modi govt accepts SC suggestion to release PSA detainee J&K bar chief Qayoom a few days early

Mian Abdul Qayoom was detained on the night of 4 August 2019, just before Modi govt scrapped the special status of J&K under Article 370 of the Constitution.
Representational image for migrant workers | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Directly employed, self-employed also ‘migrant workers’ under Modi govt’s new definition

Govt accepts Parliamentary panel suggestion to include workers with family income less than Rs 18,000/month, ‘so no one is left out of social security net’.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrinr

APMC laws had shackled farmers, Modi govt’s ordinance makes them as free as other sectors

The govt hasn’t done away with APMCs but given farmers the ability to sell outside mandis. Arguments that the ordinance violates the Constitution are flawed.
File image of Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Photo: ANI

Modi govt has been on a mission to finish Hurriyat. Geelani’s exit shows it’s succeeding

Syed Ali Shah Geelani quit the Hurriyat Monday, blaming his fellow hardline separatists for ‘not reacting properly’ after Article 370 was scrapped.
IAS officers of the 2017 batch

More reform for IAS officers as Modi govt adds new criteria to pick joint secretaries

Starting with the 2007 batch, IAS officers can’t join the central govt as joint secretaries straight from their state cadres, a DoPT office memorandum said.
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Modi govt walks the talk on agriculture reforms. Now, fix the loopholes

Modi govt has made actual legal changes to implement its policy statements on agriculture reforms. It should now plug loopholes to realise their full potential.
Representational image of IAS officers being addressed by PM Narendra Modi | Photo: narendramodi.in

Modi govt says no foreign training for officials this year, cites Covid & austerity measures

Govt officials are sent for mid-career training to universities in the US, UK and Australia, but a 15 June order has stopped that for financial year 2020-21.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria briefs media, in New Delhi on Friday | ANIPix

Security in eastern Ladakh at uneasy ‘no war no peace’ status, says IAF chief Bhadauria

Speaking at a conference, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said the IAF is fully resolved to counter any 'misadventure' in the region.
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.