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Reconsider poll boycott: Mizoram CEO

The NGO Coordination Committee had on Monday said that it would boycott polls to the lone Mizoram parliamentary seat if special polling booths were established in the State for Bru refugees staying in neighbouring Tripura.

Pakistan airspace closure hits Afghan, Kazakh, Russian airlines

Thousands of passengers travelling this summer are likely to face longer flights and pay higher airfares due to the closure of Pakistan airspace, in place for more than a month now after the Balakot airstrike.

The many and different faces of terror

It is premature to read the Islamic State’s defeat as the start of a more peaceful phase

Poll-time censorship

The Bengaluru civil court’s blanket order restraining 49 newspapers, television channels and other media outlets from publishing anything ‘defamatory’ about Tejasvi Surya, the BJP’s candidate for the Bengaluru South Lok Sabha constituency, is contrary to the law and the Constitution.

How to achieve 24×7 power for all

The efforts under Saubhagya have come upon decades of hard work preceding it. The enactment of the Electricity Act, in 2003, and the introduction of the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, in 2005, expanded electrification infrastructure to most villages in the following decade.

The principle and procedure in Lokpal

It is disappointing that the appointment of the Lokpal was shrouded in secrecy

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RBI circular to banks on loan defaulters quashed

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on February 12, 2018 had issued a circular saying that lenders have to provide for resolution plan within 180 days in case of large account of ₹2,000 crore and above.

Enzyme to curb bacteria cell growth discovered

Scientists at the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB) have discovered a new enzyme which helps in breaking cell walls of bacteria and hence, offers a potential for a new drug delivery route to arrest the anti-bacterial resistance through existing antibiotic drugs.

Starting May, ISRO to launch a string of ‘defence’ satellites

Communication satellite GSAT-32 is also in the offing next year to replace GSAT-6A, which was lost in a failed launch and was meant to mainly serve the ground forces. Until now, such defence-use satellites were spaced out over a few years; or were put up only once a year as in the case of the Cartosat-2 series high-resolution imaging satellites.

Indian space debris may have doubled after Mission Shakti

The amount of Indian space debris may have almost doubled in the aftermath of the Mission Shakti anti-satellite strike but this is still significantly less than the existing space debris generated by China, Russia and the United States.

‘Early brain function affected in poor kids’

Children born into poverty show key differences in early brain function, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The unkindest cut

Reducing funds for MGNREGS has caused disenchantment among two groups which are politically powerful

SC verdict could delay resolution of stressed assets

The prospect of recovering ₹3.8 lakh crore of stressed loans of over 70 large borrowers has become uncertain after the Supreme Court (SC) quashed the controversial February 12, 2018 circular of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on resolution of stressed assets.

Adding egg or milk can reduce stunting in young children: study

The team found that the risk of stunting in children aged 1 – 3 years (in the National Family Health-4 survey) was reduced by 10% when high quality proteins such as egg and milk were consumed along with a combination of cereals and pulses.

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