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Fee for SC/ST students restored to Rs. 50: CBSE

On the direction of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) said on Tuesday it has decided to restore the practice of charging only Rs. 50 from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students of Delhi government and aided schools. The CBSE had recently hiked …

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Illegal immigrants may get into NRC, says NGO

Assam Public Works, the NGO whose petition made the Supreme Court start the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in 2013, has resented the rejection of its plea for 100% re-verification of documents of the applicants. The court on Tuesday declined to reopen the process to conduct …

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Sensex sees record plunge

Global weakness on account of the crash in Argentina’s peso, the continuing political unrest in Hong Kong and the long-drawn U.S.-China trade war led to the Indian benchmarks losing heavy ground on Tuesday, even as strong gains in Reliance Industries (RIL) helped the indices limit the day’s losses.The 30-share Sensex …

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SC not in a hurry with regard to Ayodhya case’

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading the Constitution Bench hearing the Ayodhya appeals, said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court is not in a hurry. Lawyers need not feel constrained and can argue to their heart’s content. The top judge said lawyers on both sides could raise their arguments …

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Chandrayaan-2 heads away from earth

Still a month away from its scheduled landing on the moon, Chandrayaan-2 on Tuesday had its orbit slung further towards the moon at 1.42 lakh km from the earth. “The next manoeuvre is the Trans Lunar Insertion (TLI), which is scheduled for August 14 between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.,” …

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India tells China to avoid commenting on Ladakh

The formation of the Union Territory of Ladakh under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, is an internal affair of India, and India expects other countries to avoid commenting on its internal developments, an official of the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday. The Indian response came after …

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Gold and silver largely range-bound in July

After a strong uptrend in June, the prices of gold and silver in the international market remained largely range-bound in July. Though the precious metals managed to eke out marginal gains on a month-on-month basis, the strength in the U.S. dollar arrested the scope for significant gains. Comex gold futures …

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Call to reserve 21 seats in Assam for indigenous groups

‘Many were affected by Assam Accord’ A coordination committee of the indigenous groups in Assam has demanded the reservation of 21 “immigrants-controlled” Assembly seats for indigenous communities. It also sought the formation of a Legislative Council to let numerically weaker communities be represented in the 126-member Assembly. “Many indigenous groups …

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20,000 genomes to be scanned for cancer study

Data sets compared by machine learning techniques can predict risk of cancer and other diseases The Department of Biotechology (DBT) plans to scan nearly 20,000 Indian genomes over five years, in a two-phase exercise, and develop diagnostic tests that can be used for cancer. The first phase involves sequencing the …

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Indigenous missile successfully tested

The Defence Research Development Organisation on Sunday successfully test-fired the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur. “Two missiles have been tested against two live targets, meeting complete mission objectives of engaging the targets. The systems have been tested in final configuration …

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