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Inclusion over exclusion

A A A Fears of a vocal section should not override the rights of NRC claimants to due process With the Supreme Court-led process of updating the National Register of Citizens in Assam nearing its deadline of July 31, the complexities involved in the gargantuan exercise have dawned upon the …

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Unpresidential slant

Trump’s racist tweets risk damagingthe fabric of American society further A visceral debate on racism and immigration has again gripped the United States, after President Donald Trump attacked four Democratic Congresswomen of colour, asking them to return to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came”. His …

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Green shoots of economic growth

Without factoring in agriculture, the vision of a $5-trillion economy will remain a distant dream India’s dream of becoming a $5-trillion economy by 2024 is now in the open with a ‘blue sky’ vision envisaged in the Economic Survey this year. The document lays down a clear strategy to augment …

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The NEP and liberal arts education

The draft’s endorsement of critical thinking would have gained credibility if it had promoted liberal values A few months ago, a school principal told me about her conversation in the morning assembly with children of the middle (Grades VI-VIII) section. She had asked them for suggestions to turn the school …

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Ecstasy and the agony

The small town of Aluva in Kerala is emerging as a hub for narcotic traffic and use. The State is stepping up its efforts to curb the problem, but easy availability and access to drugs is spurring the trade, reports M.P. Praveen Dressed in a grey shirt and black trousers, …

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‘India’s refining capacity needs to expand’

Amid a push for electric vehicles, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said India will continue to rely on petrol and diesel for running automobiles, and needs to expand its oil refining capacity by 80%. “EV is a priority but the incremental requirement of fuel will have to be met …

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Centre rejects SEBI plea on transfer of reserves

Bill says 75% surplus meant for Centre In what could spark the souring of ties between the Centre and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the Finance Ministry has refused pleas from the capital markets regulator to amend the provision that mandates that about 75% of its surplus …

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‘Merger with Gruh will help Bandhan expand’

Bank eyes presence in south, west The proposed merger with Gruh Finance will enable Bandhan Bank to achieve better geographical balance, said the bank’s MD and CEO Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. Addressing a press meet, he said that the bank was trying to increase its presence in States where it was …

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Iran says it has seized tanker

Iran said on Friday it has captured a British-flagged oil tanker, Stena Impero, in the Gulf. The website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the tanker was seized for “non-compliance with international maritime laws and regulations” and was taken to an Iranian port. The report did not say which port. Source …

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Merkel shows solidarity with lawmakers

Says Trump’s tweets against Congresswomen “go against what makes America great” German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday condemned President Donald Trump’s xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic Congresswomen, saying the U.S. leader’s attacks “go against what makes America great”. “I firmly distance myself from (the attacks) and I feel solidarity …

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