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Non-personal data rules draft has ‘grey areas’, data privacy bill architect BN Srikrishna says

Non-Personal Data Governance Framework has been devised by an expert committee led by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan. It's currently open for feedback.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘Irregularities’ in lateral entry of 3 joint secretaries — hiring row hits UPSC & DoPT

CAT has asked UPSC to respond to petition alleging irregularities in the appointment of three professionals as joint secretaries through lateral entry.
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Begging on trains could soon be decriminalised as railways ministry reviews redundant laws

The Railways ministry is reviewing laws that have seldom been used or are redundant to reduce the burden on the judiciary.
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Tensions soar between Assam Rifles & Mizoram govt, force faces apology deadline

There are several reasons behind tensions between Assam Rifles & Mizoram govt, including the state’s accusation that the force is contributing to its rising Covid tally.
A Group of Ministers meeting at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in March (for representation) | Photo: ANI

Modi govt cut red tape to hire 7 firms for Covid ‘war room’, but data-sharing questions remain

Health ministry RTI reply shows it invoked Disaster Management Act to act quickly, but data is being shared with KPMG, Cisco & Boston Consulting.
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav

Govt approves restructuring of Railways Board, appoints VK Yadav as its first CEO

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the restructuring of the Railway Board, whose strength has been cut from eight to five as part of large scale reforms.
Modi is facing a backlash from within his party for insisting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should stay. | Photo: PTI

States politicising tax shortfall, govt has given best package, says GST veteran Sushil Modi

Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi defends central govt’s suggestion that states borrow to make up for GST shortfall, saying both sides should appreciate constraints faced by the other. 
Ajit Mohan, vice-president and managing director, Facebook India | Facebook

Grilled by IT parliamentary panel on hate speech, Facebook India head says company is neutral

Facebook India head Ajit Mohan says platform has removed 22.5 million hate speech posts globally, but doesn't respond to suggestions of an India-specific standard for the same.
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Modi govt climbs down on Question Hour, will allow ‘unstarred questions’ in monsoon session

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi also requests Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman to keep duration of Zero Hour to 30 minutes.
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Chandigarh DGP thanks ‘lord Ram, PM Modi & Shah’ for promotion, triggers row

IPS officer Sanjay Beniwal, who has been posted in Chandigarh since June 2018, was promoted in the DGP scale by Union Home Ministry Tuesday.

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Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
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Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

Defence

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China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.