Must Read News Articles – May 18th, 2019

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No move for nationwide NRC exercise: Centre

The ruling party’s election promise to implement the National Register of Citizens across the country, if voted back to power for a second term, contradicts the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court and Parliament.

Govt. issues order on 10% quota for EWS

The Karnataka state government has issued an order that mandates 10% reservation to individuals from economically weaker sections (EWS) in the general category for government jobs and educational institutions.

‘Peace pact with Taliban is unlikely before September polls’

A peace agreement with the Taliban is unlikely to materialise before the September election in Afghanistan.

House Democrats concerned over Trump’s India policy

Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the President appoint an Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and lists a series of concerns, including the lack of a coherent India policy.

Air India arm’s privatisation hits a bump

The government’s effort to privatise Air India Air Transport Services Ltd., Air India’s ground handling arm, has run into a stone wall, with potential bidders raising concerns over the Airport Authority of India’s plan to award ground-handling work at 76 of its airports to vendors.

China to host fest of Indian New Wave

A retrospective of Indian New Wave Cinema from the 50s to 70s is set to play this October in China at the Pingyao International Film Festival.

Textile machinery expo in Africa

The India International Textile Machinery Exhibitions Society (India ITME Society) will organise ITME Africa 2020 between February 14 and 16 next year at Addis Ababa.

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Mizoram to increase maize yield despite pest outbreak

The Mizoram Agriculture Department is taking steps to increase maize production despite an outbreak of the fall armyworm, which has left a trail of destruction in the fields across the State

Varanasi has only one air quality monitoring station

The Central Pollution Control Board’s 2015 dataset (made public in 2016) found Varanasi’s air quality to be among the most toxic in the country and that it had only one air quality monitor capable of measuring particulate matter 2.5 and particulate matter 10 levels.

Navy boosts its air warfare capability

The Indian Navy has achieved a significant milestone in enhancing its Anti Air Warfare Capability with the maiden cooperative engagement firing of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM).

Ex-servicemen status for Nursing Service

The Defence Ministry and the Army have agreed in principle to grant ex-servicemen status to the Military Nursing Service (MNS) cadre, which has been their long-term demand.

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