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In latest reshuffle of IAS officers, Centre appoints new defence secretary, census commissioner

The government order has 16 fresh appointments, including Aramane Giridhar as the new defence secretary and Sanjay Malhotra as revenue secretary.

From social media pundit to ‘man behind plastic ban’, meet Modi’s A-team in PMO

Many of the high-profile civil servants from Modi’s first term have moved out, but the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is still a power centre. A look at the who’s who.

Modi govt’s piped water scheme can stop 1.36 lakh child deaths/yr, says Nobel laureate-led study

Co-authored by economist Michael Kremer, study says it can be done only if water delivered through Jal Jeevan Mission is free of contamination. Microbes are biggest culprit, it adds.

Broadcast infra work pending, new Parliament building unlikely to be ready for Winter Session

Modi govt set November deadline for completion of project, coinciding with 75th year of India’s independence. Ukraine war has hit broadcast equipment supply chain, says an official.

Fight for Rs 20 — Clash between AAP govt and BJP MCD has left cows in the lurch

Cattle shelters in Delhi, supposed to get Rs 40 per cow, per day have been getting only Rs 20 since 2018. BJP-led MCD allege not their responsibility, should be taken on by AAP govt.

Hindi medium in colleges, govt, recruitment exams…and UN — what Shah-led language panel wants

Parliamentary committee's report also says HC proceedings in Hindi-speaking states should be in Hindi, and recommends action against officials who 'deliberately don't work in Hindi'.

How Modi govt extending free grains scheme could help BJP in Gujarat, Himachal polls

PMGKAY was extended for three more months last week. An analysis of the scheme's beneficiaries shows that over 50% of the population in Gujarat and 38% in HP will benefit from it.

‘Spine of key panels broken’ — Why Congress & TMC are angry about parliamentary committees rejig

While Congress retained chairmanship of one committee, TMC got none. BJP and allies now hold six major committees, including Home Affairs, Defence, External Affairs and Finance.

For the sixth time in a row, MP’s Indore clinches the ‘cleanest city in India’ tag

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs released the Swachh Survekshan 2022 Saturday. With two cities in the top 10, Madhya Pradesh emerged as the best-performing state in India.  

Eye on indebted cooperatives, Maharashtra sets up asset reconstruction firm, 1st state to do so

Maha ARC Ltd, incorporated Monday with initial capital of Rs 111 crore, will restructure firms under financial distress that have direct links to state govt. RBI yet to issue licence.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

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The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.