What is it? In less than six months, a gargantuan exercise will begin in the country, apart from the LokSabha election. In fact, preparations have already begun for the conduct of this operation – to allot 66,000-odd medical seats across India among lakhs of students who take the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). A good score … Continued
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A proposal for a sixth Sikh takht at Guru Nanak Dev’s birth place in Nankana Sahib in Pakistan has sparked a debate in the Sikh community, and among historians and scholars. A look at the significance of takhts, and both sides of the debate: Who made the proposal? It was mooted by the Shiromani Akali … Continued
What has happened? A police inspector, Subodh Kumar Singh, who had probed the Akhlaq lynching case initially, and a youth died of gunshot injuries as a rampaging mob protesting alleged illegal cow slaughter torched a police post-Bulandshahr and clashed with cops. Akhlaq was muslim man who was killed by mob on charges of possessing beef. … Continued
The reported death of John Allen Chau, an American visitor, on North Sentinel Island in an attack by the indigenous people has turned the international spotlight on this tiny 60 sq km piece of land in the Andamans. As one of the last remaining ‘uncontacted’ island dwelling groups, the Sentinelese have inspired awe and scientific … Continued
After 12 years, the Sentinelese have again rejected external contact in the most emphatic way possible. In 2006, two fishermen went harvesting crabs illegally off North Sentinel Island and did not return. Last week, American John Allen Chau made a landing with the help of some local people — and is thought to be … Continued
A grenade attack Sunday at the Nirankari Mission branch on the outskirts of Amritsar, on which three persons were killed and 21 injured, threw the spotlight on the Nirankari sect, which has historically been in conflict with Sikhs who follow traditional practices. When mainstream leaders were seen associating or allegedly associating with Nirankari members, it … Continued
All major political parties are in favour of Maratha reservation. Getting legislation passed in the Assembly and Legislative Council with a two-thirds majority is not expected to be a problem. On Sunday, the Maharashtra Cabinet ratified a decision to grant reservation to the Maratha community under a newly created, independent category. A look at the … Continued
The killing of five Bengalis in eastern Assam’s Sadiya on November 1 has led to an uneasy calm in a State divided over language amid a bid by the Central government to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Why the controversy? The Assamese and the Bengali, the two largest linguistic groups in the northeastern region, … Continued
Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, promises to keep map-makers busy. He has not only picked up the pace in changing names of places in his State, but his colleagues in the BJP seem to be going through the atlas to identify cities elsewhere that could be re-designated in a competitive spiral of … Continued
On October 11, the 112th day of a fast that began in June to protest against the government’s inadequate efforts at cleaning the Ganga, G.D. Agarwal, a well-known crusader for the river, died of a heart attack. He was 86. What was his stand? He had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, and was … Continued