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Explained: How India’s Education Ministry became ‘HRD Ministry’, and then returned to embrace Education
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

India had a Ministry of Education from Independence until 1985, when the Rajiv Gandhi government changed its name to HRD Ministry and made several associated Departments its part. The RSS has long been in favour of going back to the original name.

National Education Policy: RSS wanted more, government walked the tightrope
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

A stream of RSS affiliates were involved through the drafting process. There were meetings between RSS functionaries, education ministers of some BJP-ruled states, representatives of the Government and NEP drafting committee chairman K Kasturirangan.

Riot murder accused deleted phone data, can’t find weapon: Delhi Police to court
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

An office-bearer of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, among those questioned by police regarding the case, has lodged a formal complaint that “false cases” are being foisted on “innocent Hindus”.

At meet with NCBC, Amit Shah seeks data on recruitment backlog
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Amit Shah sought this information at a meeting with the NCBC at his office on Tuesday. He had called the meeting to discuss the government’s proposal regarding inclusion of salary in family income to decide the creamy layer.

House panel chief to BJP’s OBC MPs: Send tweets to PM, Shah on creamy layer income
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Presently, the income limit for the OBC creamy layer is Rs 8 lakh per annum, and decided on rank for government employees and not on salary.

House panel chief to BJP’s OBC MPs: Send tweets to Modi, Shah on creamy layer income
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

In a letter dated July 5 to 112 OBC MPs of both Houses, excluding Modi, Ganesh Singh wrote that his Parliamentary Committee had recommended that the creamy layer limit be increased to Rs 15 lakh.

Pulse oximeter sales surge, but imports hurt market share: Indian firms
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Industry sources said these devices were available for about Rs 500 each earlier but are now sold for not less than Rs 1,000.

Govts to homes, Covid case spike lifts demand for oxygen
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

At the moment, “much less than 10 per cent of Covid patients require oxygen” and yet, demand continues to spike as state governments brace for a surge in cases.

RGF: Gates Foundation, US-based Trust account for bulk of foreign funds
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

According to the RGF and RGCT's declarations on the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) website, the Rural India Supporting Trust (RIST) contributed a total of Rs 187.84 crore; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Rs 68.78 crore; and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) gave Rs 59.61 crore.

Positive cases in every Central Ministry, Secretaries to juniors work from home
Wed, Jun 17, 2020

A large number of those who tested positive include junior employees such as Multi-Tasking Staff, at least two data entry operators and a driver.

Panel proposes land pooling to corporatise agri, merging MNREGA with skilling programmes
Thu, May 14, 2020

The draft proposes that the land pooling model which is used in building greenfield airports can be used in agriculture to enable corporatisation, which will create demand for skilled labourers.

Explained: 123 years ago, when bubonic plague led to country’s Epidemic Diseases Act
Thu, May 07, 2020

How did the Act come to be? From 123-year-old proceedings of the Council of the Governor General of India, accessed by The Indian Express, a look at the circumstances and the debate on the legislation.

The Gwalior dynasty: A short history of the Scindias in Indian politics
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Members of the erstwhile royal family of Gwalior have been in politics for over six decades, and are among the most influential political dynasties of independent India.

‘Delhi riots result of confusion by Oppn over govt policies,’ says Naqvi
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

Speaking to The Indian Express, Naqvi, the only Muslim face in the Narendra Modi government, said that those behind the riots are “professional political provokers”.

Swachh Bharat fund got Rs 777 crore in 5 yrs, but just Rs 13.8 lakh came from abroad
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Referring to contributions from “foreign sources”, the department, which is the nodal point for SBK, stated that “all foreign contributions are received in an exclusive designated bank account held in State Bank of India”.

Before he quit, Lokpal judge sent 3 letters to chief on lack of work, and gaps in processes
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Justice Dilip B Bhosale complained about the lack of “any office/official work” and expressed reservations about the pace of work in the watchdog body.

Ram Temple trust should have had OBC face: Uma Bharti
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

Uma Bharti said the announcement of the setting up of the trust just three days before Delhi goes for Assembly polls, will not have any impact on the elections.

Lok Sabha tightens belt for House panel study tours
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The circular says that all arrangements related to travel and stay will be undertaken by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) which comes under the Ministry of Railways.

Funding for cleaning Ganga cut by almost 50% in Revised Estimate, ghat beautification gets Rs 2 lakh
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Under the Namami Gange project, Rs 700 crore was allocated to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, and Rs 50 crore was allocated to the Ghat Beautification of Riverfronts.

Key Health, HRD Min schemes fail to utilise allocated funds
Thu, Jan 30, 2020

The Ministries and their departments try to reach their overall target of expending 75 per cent of the Budget allocation, but several important schemes have failed to do so.

Amid higher expenditure level of Ministries, funds in welfare schemes remain underutilised
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Several schemes of these ministries where there are real beneficiaries — Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, women, minorities, and disabled people — have shown very poor expenditure level in almost nine months.

Firozabad: Anti-CAA protests Of 34 FIRs, most filed in days after violence
Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Nearly half (13) were filed by journalists, camerapersons or other private individuals, all of them on days following December 20.

Seize the Right
Sun, Jan 26, 2020

A comprehensive account tracing the history of the Lokpal movement, and locating its relevance in contemporary times.

UP CAA protests: Firozabad FIRs same, accused fear will be blamed for deaths
Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Thirteen people are in judicial custody for the Firozabad anti-CAA violence, facing charges such as attempt to murder, dacoity and damaging public and private property, rioting and criminal intimidation.

CAA protests: In one of worst-hit UP towns, 6 deaths, ‘no bullets found’
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

The hospital version in most cases is that while the men carried bullet injuries, they had not found a bullet. Three of the victims were taken to Delhi's AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals, while one is being treated for spinal injuries at Apollo Hospital in the Capital.

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