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EMS called to Delhi for remarks

The Home Minister, Mr. Y.B. Chavan, has asked the Kerala Chief Minister, Mr. E.M.S. Nambudiripad, to come to Delhi to discuss the reported statement issued by the latter jointly with Mr. A.K. Gopalan, Marxist Communist leader, declaring their intention to “break the Constitution from within.” This was disclosed by Mr. …

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Soaring to the moon

Chandrayaan-2 will help India testthe technologies for deep-space missions A decade after the first successful mission to the moon with Chandrayaan-1, the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched its sequel, Chandrayaan-2, to further explore the earth’s natural satellite. Earlier this year, China landed a robotic spacecraft on the far side …

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What’s NEXT?

National Exit Test should overcome legal and political opposition and avoid the NEET way In its second iteration, the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill seems to have gained from its time in the bottle, like ageing wine. The new version has some sharp divergences from the original. Presented in Parliament …

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Subverting the RTI regime

The recent Amendment will dilute the powers and functioning of Information Commissions The recent passage of the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill by the Lok Sabha has reignited the debate on the future of important institutions in India. The Bill is being seen by many as an attempt to subvert …

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Smoking e-cigarettes is more injurious to health

The government’s ban proposal needs to be welcomed The Narendra Modi government’s proposal to ban e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) needs to be welcomed as such a move will ensure that Indians, especially, children, are kept away from these pernicious products. Such a ban has also been …

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A misleading presentation of a labour programme

The Economic Survey presents an unbalanced view of the technical interventions in MGNREGA A chapter in the recent Economic Survey on the “transformational” impact of Aadhaar on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) merits scrutiny. It presents a skewed and unbalanced view of the programme’s technical interventions …

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What does it mean to oppose Brahmanism?

Anyone who adheres to the principles of the Indian Constitution is automatically anti-Brahmanical A few months ago, a chilling report appeared in Deccan Herald stating that in 2017, 210 cases of atrocities against Dalits occurred in the urban districts of Bengaluru and 106 in its rural districts. Likewise, Kerala reported …

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The judicial presumption of non-citizenship

In further strengthening the Foreigners Tribunal, the judiciary has failed to fulfil its duty as the last protector of rights On May 17, in a very short hearing, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court (the Chief Justie of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna) decided …

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2 men leave footprints on moon

Two men walked on the moon to-day [July 21]. They were U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong (38) and Edwin Aldrin (39), the first men to leave their footprints on the dusty, rocky surface of the moon where they landed in the Lunar Module Eagle at 1-47 a.m. (I.S.T.) to-day [July 21]. …

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A new beginning

The pact between the military and civilian protesters may help Sudan turn a democracy Sudan’s ruling military council and representatives of the pro-democracy movement have signed a power-sharing agreement, signalling that its disputed transition to civilian rule is on track. Ever since President Omar al-Bashir’s fall in April amid anti-regime …

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