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23 March - Shaheed Diwas

The date March 23 is etched in the pages of history as the day when freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar attained martyrdom in the pursuit of independence for India from the British. This year marks the 86th martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the most revered figures of the anti-colonial movement. Bhagat Singh attained martyrdom at the young age of 23 and became an inspiration and the face of [...]

Finance Bill 2017

The Finance Bill, 2017, was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The bill is not a new piece of legislation but a bunch of 40 amendments to existing laws. A number of issues such as current taxation laws, returns filing and IT raids, Aadhaar card linkage, cash transaction limits, mergers of public tribunals, etc. have been addressed by the bill. Major Amendments Here are some of the major amendments coming through with passage of the [...]

India Continues to Sting China's Tail Through Dalai Lama and Taiwan

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will undertake a visit to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on April 5. The visit is taking place despite China’s warning of “severe damage” to relations with India and increased instability along China-India border. Tawang has a special place in the hearts of millions of Buddhists across the world. Moreover, the 430-year-old monastery in this mountainous town is considered the holiest and the largest in the world, second only to the [...]

cbse Introduced Uniform Assessment From Class-VI Onwards

The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) method of assessing a student, which was introduced in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools all over India in 2009, has now been junked. CCE will now be replaced by a new format, ‘uniform system of assessment, examination and report card’ for classes VI-to-IX from the academic year 2017-2018. CBSE aims at standardising the pattern of education and evaluation across the schools in India. This step is [...]

Lving status to Ganga, Yamuna

It has been about a week since New Zealand legislators passed a legislation that granted the Whanganui River the status of a “legal person”. The Whanganui, a river sacred to the native Maori tribe, was given “its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person”. The move, a first in the world, was hailed by environmentalists and people from across the globe. Ganga and Yamuna: Living Entities Not [...]

Students Beware: Fake Universities in India

In a shocking revelation, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a list of 23 universities and 279 educational institutions that are not recognised by the UGC and continue to dupe students. The degrees issued by them are not recognised by the UGC or the Government of India, and thus have no credibility or value. In a belated move, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, MN Pandey informed members of Rajya Sabha that [...]

Income Tax Saving Tips

At the end of the financial year, employees get a reminder call from the accounts department to submit their investment proofs or else their income would be subject to tax. Every professional, who falls in the tax slab, has to pay income tax. However, if you want to cut down on some of the taxes, here are a few tips that would help you to do so. Exemptions/ reimbursements Exemptions and reimbursements are a good [...]

Vaishno Devi Temple

The Vaishno Devi temple is dedicated to Mata Rani/ Goddess Vaishnavi/ Trikuta, who is the manifestation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. The holy cave temple of Mata Vaishno Devi is located in Katra (Jammu and Kashmir) at the Trikuta Mountains, at a height of 1,560 m above sea level with shimmering clouds as its crowning glory. Every year, thousands of Hindu devotees flock to the temple, which has a cave with the idols of [...]

Next President of India in 2017

The state assembly elections of UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab, and Goa are over and there is some time before election fever grips the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. There is one more major election coming up this summer that will keep the people of India excited. President Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He was elected on July 22, 2012, and was sworn in three days later (July 25, 2012). President Mukherjee’s [...]

Yogi Adityanath : New CM of Uttar Pradesh

Today will complete the transition from Ajay Singh Bisht – the person, to Yogi Adityanath – the religious priest, to the political and administrative head of India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). Yogi Adityanath, 44, has been hand-picked to be appointed today as the 21st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and will be sworn-in at ceremony attended by the Prime Minister and other senior leaders of BJP. Senior BJP leader and State Party President Keshav [...]