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Raising the quality of higher education across the board should be a priority (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Social Issues)

Three needs of higher education In its report on higher education for the Twelfth Plan, the working group of the erstwhile Planning Commission identified expansion, inclusion and excellence as the three pillars for growth. Focus on quality The NDA government had the theme of excellence in its 2016 annual budget, with a proposal to make … Continued

Comments Invited for Creation of National Health Stack (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

India today is witnessing significant trends in health: increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases for instance, as well as marked demographic shifts. Climbing out-of-pocket costs is becoming difficult for most households. What will be National Health Stack? The National Health Stack (NHS) envisages a centralized health record for all citizens of the country in order to … Continued

“Behdienkhlam” festival at Jowai, Meghalaya (Relevant for GS Prelims; Culture)

“Behdienkhlam” is Meghalaya Annual Cultural Festival, held every year at the small peripheral town of Jowai, Meghalaya. Jaintia Tribe festival Most popular festival of the Jaintia tribe, Behdienkhlam is celebrated in the month of July for good health, property and bumper harvest. Although Behdienkhlam is celebrated all over the Jaintia hills, the main spectacle happens … Continued

Why Assamese script wants its own slot, and what it has got instead (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

ISO recommends renaming of Bengali script as ‘Bengali-Assamese’; a look at what led to that move and why campaigners aren’t satisfied. Every character that we type on a keyboard has a unique code number. These numbers are encoded under a standard maintained by the Unicode Consortium, which also classifies characters according to the scripts they … Continued

Sri Ram Sene man shot Gauri: SIT (Read only for understanding; Social Issues)

What is the stage of investifation?  Nine months after a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle opened fire on journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh outside her house on September 5, 2017, the Special Investigation Team probing the case believe that they are nearing the finish line. Investigators are confident of proving that 26-year-old Parashuram Waghmore … Continued

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