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Army HQ restructuring to begin by month-end

The four studies ordered by Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat are restructuring of the AHQ; the Army restructuring which includes creation of Integrated Battle Groups; the cadre review of officers; and review of the terms and conditions of Junior Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks. The aim is a holistic integration …

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60.14% turnout of service voters, says EC

Voting sees a jump from 4% in 2014 Having sent postal ballots to service voters electronically for the first time in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India on Sunday said the one-way electronic transmission had enabled 60.14% turnout of such voters. In comparison, an EC statement …

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15 Rohingya stranded on Tripura border

A number of Rohingya refugee families remain stranded on a zero point of the border along Tripura, as the Indian Border Security Force and Border Guards Bangladesh failed to resolve the issue. The two forces held a flag meeting after the former prevented their entry into India through the Rahimpur …

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India, Iran discuss release of sailors

Expecting response to the note verbale that we sent on Sunday, say sources India is in discussion with Iran to free at least 30 of its nationals who were on board two foreign-flagged ships detained by Iranian authorities. The Indian embassy in Tehran on Sunday sent an official note urging …

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NITI Aayog health index suffers from skew

Use of estimated figures in place of reported numbers affected the final score of certain States An analysis of the NITI Aayog’s “Healthy States, progressive India” report released on June 25 shows that the usage of estimated figures in place of reported numbers, to calculate certain health indicators, has adversely …

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Moon mission to try landing on Sept. 7

Targeted date just a day later than the earlier schedule; module’s twin phases tweaked, says official The loss of a week due to the aborted launch of India’s second moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, on July 15 has not hampered the mission’s targeted landing date on the moon’s South Pole with ISRO …

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Centre’s J&K playbook goes down to the grassroots

New Delhi wants to move away from past set pieces, break political hegemonies and put different actors on the political chessboard The ongoing Parliament session saw the extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir by another six months. At the same time, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke of …

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Little room for SC/ST scientists in biotech bodies

RTI enquiry reveals poor representation Scientists from Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are grossly under-represented in scientific institutions funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), a Right To Information query by a researcher has found. Several of these institutions just about meet the government prescribed criteria for reservation …

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