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The main objective of the Right to Education Act (RTE), which was implemented on April 1, 2010, was to ensure free and compulsory education for all children aged between six to 14 years. The Act, in one go, ensured right to education and fixed the responsibility of an institution (read Government).  
 
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Our prime minister has given his vision of Digital India to connect all Indians and empower them. It is a truly transformative dream which will remake India and create a digital society, removing disadvantages and distance. It will unify us, level the field and create a new generation that can compete in all respects globally. It has become even more critical now that we have demonetisation of 86% of our currency and a renewed drive to bring in digital banking for the masses.  
 
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Alluding to direct benefit transfer (DBT) of fertiliser subsidy, in his Budget speech for 2016-17, Union Minister for Finance  Arun Jaitley had stated: “We have already introduced DBT in LPG. Based on this successful experience, we propose to introduce DBT on pilot basis, for fertiliser in a few districts in the country, with a view to improving quality of service delivery to the farmers.”  
 
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India must join the ranks of developed nations who have implemented urban planning and sanitation on an equal footing and reaped spectacular results in the form of highly evolved and environment-friendly cities

 
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  We had to take into account what was a judge's basic outlook on life….was it not right to take all these aspects into consideration? was it not right to think in terms of more suitable relationship between the court and the government?  We had to take into account what was a judge's basic outlook on life….was it not right to take all these aspects into consideration? was it not right to think in terms of more suitable relationship between the court and the government? 
 
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It is not hard to guess why the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) reviewing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 decided at the last minute to postpone the public hearings in Assam it had scheduled for the first week of November. 

 
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Are we prepared to face another 26/11-like strike? During the last eight years, since the devastating attack in Mumbai, some measures have no doubt been taken to strengthen the counter-terror architecture of the state, but much remains to be done. At the grassroots level, the inherent weaknesses of the state police remain. The thana police, which is the first responder to a terrorist act, continues to be in a dismal state.

 

 
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Though smart cities may still be a far-off goal, the government is now making headway towards smart transfers. In a bid to go cashless, after demonetisation, the economic affairs secretary on Wednesday announced that the government would ask all car manufacturers to install radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags in vehicles for e-payment of tolls.

 
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Writing about railway safety in the immediate aftermath of a major accident is a particularly unpleasant and challenging task for someone who has been part of the system for almost four decades.

 
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Donald Trump has given the world a scare. A man who cared two hoots for established conventions of politics; who defeated the professional politicians in the Republican party; whose trump card was that he is an anti-establishment “un-politician”. His unexpectedly large following in the US has alarmed the world. In India, the other huge democracy, the Aam Aadmi Party, running on the plank of a new, people’s politics against the political establishment, made a clean sweep in the Delhi state election. Trump and Arvind Kejriwal are completely different persons who tapped into a rising discontent of citizens in many democracies: they are turned off by politics as usual.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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But there are reasons for optimism too. At first glance, the election of Trump, Europe’s problems and the UK’s vote for Brexit represent a shift against immigration, globalisation and liberal ideals. The wider picture, however, looks a bit different.
 
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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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Africa is a world leader in poverty and hunger due to a lack of committed leadership and rampant corruption, said Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in his address at the House of Lords December 7.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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