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
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Hima Das Gold at world level Athlete Hima Das has won Gold in 400m of World U20 Championships. For someone who took to the 400 m just this year and who ran her first individual race as recently as in March, the 18-year-old from Assam has produced one stunning performance after another. So much so … Continued
The vigilante breaks a law in order to impose another law, and in the process sets into motion a relentless unravelling of all of law and order Lynching is in the news: the victims range from poor Muslims suspected of eating beef to educated middle class men mistaken for being child lifters. Failure of the … Continued
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
Although word of mouth played a key role in spreading the rumours that set off mob violence which led to the lynching of five persons in Dhule of Maharashtra, it was social media that spread most of the rumours leading to a recent spate of lynchings in various parts of the country, including in districts … Continued
“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
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
Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. The change should also save families billions of dollars on chauffeurs while encouraging more women into the workforce and raising productivity, … Continued
What were the events before murder? On New Year’s Day, 2012, the national flag of Pakistan was hoisted in front of the tahsildar’s office in the sleepy town of Sindagi, where Hindu and Muslim families had been living in harmony for generations. The town, near the Karnataka-Maharashtra border, was on the brink of communal violence … Continued
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