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Cabinet clears Bill to restore the provisions of SC/ST Act

Centre has decided to introduce a Bill to restore the original provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, which the Supreme Court had struck down in a March ruling.

To what end this exercise?

South Asia has seen many crises over citizenship. The Supreme Court must ensure there isn’t another one in Assam

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TRAI’s nod for sale of 5G spectrum

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday recommended the auction of spectrum for offering 5G services for the first time in the country at a pan-India reserve price of about ₹492 crore per MHz.

Scaled-up solutions for a future of water scarcity

Over the years, we have seen activists, scientists and experts from across India working on bottom-up schemes to revive and rejuvenate lakes, wetlands, streams and other small water bodies. While these movements have brought about a significant change at the local level, the scale of our water problems is much larger.

Reconsider the ban

A clampdown on the sale of oxytocin will have severe public health consequences

No easy head counts

The differences in the size and share of population across States in India in 2011 as against that in 1971 have raised widespread apprehension regarding the disadvantage of States that have performed better in population stabilisation efforts while working out their share of funds

Misadventures in education

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has attracted much attention in recent weeks for two reasons. First, it put out for public consultation the draft Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill. Second, the Right to Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was passed by the Lok Sabha on July 18 and is now before the Rajya Sabha.

River of effluents

On why the Clean Ganga project has a long way to go

India’s population growth rate is overestimated: study

India’s population growth rate is highly overestimated by existing models, say scientists who suggest that accounting for the diversity and differences in the levels of education among people can help arrive at more accurate projections.

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