Procurement norms tightened to curb imports
The government on Friday further tightened public procurement norms to allow ministries to mandate over 50% local content, while also insisting that overseas companies set up an Indian venture to execute a contract instead of supplying goods through imports.
'Border peace essential for development of ties'
While Beijing has said that India's China policy had not changed and that New Delhi doesn't consider development of India-China relations as dependent on the settlement of the boundary question, the government believes that these claims are not accurate.
LAC face-off: China study group draws up plan
The sixth round of top-level military talks between India and China in eastern Ladakh is now likely to take place within the next few days, even as the fast-approaching winter has begun to exact a toll among rival soldiers deployed in the high-altitude region.
Human dignity as important as free speech: SC
The Supreme Court on Friday said while it was duty bound to step in to protect the right to dignity of a community and stop a telecast which attempted to malign the Muslim community as a whole by insinuating that they were infiltrating the civil services, it could not act as a PIL-activated censor board for TV programmes.
'Log in & learn' enrolments see jump in India
Coursera added over 3.6 million learners in India since March compared to 1.4 million in all of 2019, EdX doubled its learner base to 3.2 million and LinkedIn reported an increase of 245% in the number of hours spent on learning from July 2019 to June 2020, compared to the same period a year before.
Covid effect: Over 1,000 schools up for sale
Over 1,000 KG-Class 12 schools in the country are up for sale, hoping to pool in an investment of close to Rs 7,500 crore (roughly $1 billion) in the next two-three years, with the Covid-19 wave hitting India’s education sector hard.
Row erupts over Google dropping Paytm
High drama unfolded on Friday afternoon as search engine giant Google removed mobile payment application Paytm from its Play Store, citing breach of its gambling restrictions, before bringing it back again by evening. Paytm's fantasy gaming application was also removed ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday, and was not back till the filing of this report.
PM goes on offensive against oppn, calls agri bills ‘pro-farmer’
A day after BJP’s oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal pulled out of the Modi government to protest against the legislations meant to restructure agricultural trade, and amid continuing opposition from Congress and some other parties, PM Narendra Modi went on the offensive on Friday and called the bills a “historic” pro-farmer measure and dismissed the resistance as having been engineered by “middlemen”.
McConnell vows Trump's nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote, setting up historic fight
The top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of New York, said Friday that a Supreme Court vacancy "should not be filled until we have a new president," signaling the looming fight to come in the Senate one the most polarizing issues in American politics following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Trump says Canada wants to reopen the border. But do we, really?
News/Politics: U.S. President Donald Trump's comments on Friday suggesting Canada is keen to reopen the border with his country stand in direct contrast to statements made by Canadian officials supporting the continued border restrictions.