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During the budget presentation, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced a National Research Foundation (NRF). The proposed NRF would fund, coordinate and promote research in the country. Assuming that the goals of the NRF proposed in the budget are the same as the NRF proposed in the NEP: what would be the effect of this on the research situation in India?

05:22:54 on 09 Jul

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A high-level panel of IAS officers set up by the Narendra Modi administration to reform governance has recycled an ambitious but unrealised idea from the NDA’s first term to suggest a professional exam that could overhaul government recruitment. The panel on governance reform has now suggested a common preliminary exam for recruitment to all Group B, C and D posts.

09:48:25 on 08 Jul

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No Laughing Matter: The Ambedkar Cartoons

This book takes a good hard look at independent India’s early cartooning. It could be disturbing for readers who believe that a cartoon can do no wrong. As you turn the pages, you still find much that is right but the noise is sometimes loud enough to drown out the message. For everyday art that quickly caught the Indian imagination, our cartoon seldom gets a second look.

06:15:02 on 06 Jul

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The Indian Space Research Organisation has announced the launch date of India’s most ambitious space program till date - Chandrayaan 2. The successor to the 2008 Moon mission will be launched on July 15. What makes this project special is that India aims to become just the fourth country to have landed a craft on the Moon.

12:52:54 on 15 Jun

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Plans for India’s second unmanned mission to the moon have been unveiled by the Indian Space and Research Organisation. Chandrayaan-2 will take off aboard the GSLV MK-III rocket at 0251 hours on 15 July from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The Chandrayaan-2 will attempt a soft landing on the unmapped southern pole of the moon.

11:57:52 on 14 Jun

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The United Nations is urging governments around the world to tax polluting industries, end fossil fuel subsidies, and stop building new coal power plants to lower air pollution that is choking the planet. Instead of waiting for governments to act, you can do your bit by cutting down your carbon footprint.

05:27:18 on 07 Jun

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