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GN Bureau | April 23, 2016


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Every few days one more child dies after receiving the pentavalent vaccine… Yet as these deaths mount, it has been announced that pentavalent vaccine is to be introduced in 3 more states…

READ: Vaccine leaves experts on pins and needles


Jehangir Khan, director of Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, speaks on the recently-held Geneva conference on preventing violent extremism

READ:  “This conference is all about prevention [of violent extremism]”


As the battle rages on and security forces and Maoists have sharpened their attacks on each other in recent times, there have been rumours and stray reports of excesses, in particular of an incident of mass rape. Now there’s official confirmation of it: seven tribal women were sexually assaulted by security personnel in one incident.

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Why Bastar women are scared


The debate on what indeed is a ‘smart city’ continues to reverberate even almost a year after the mission on smart cities was launched in June 2015. Environmentalists keep insisting on clean and green dimensions as the key themes for smart cities, while sociologists talk of social equity, architects of signature structures, technologists of ICT as the main driver and town & country planners define smart city in terms of integrated and sustainable land use planning. These concerns are all very genuine and appropriate. However, the role of technology in making cities smart is, in many ways, overarching, in as much as technology can facilitate every aspect of the city, be it environmental, social, or managerial.

READ: What makes a city smart?


When Ritu applied for a birth certificate her experience turned out to be completely different. The Delhi-based college student applied for her certificate through the e-district portal. The online platform allowed her to fill the form and submit the required documents in one go. The only visit she paid to the east Delhi’s sub-district magistrate office was when she had to show her original documents. Within 14 days, she received a message stating that her digitally-signed certificate (a unique code is used as a signature to validate a document) has been delivered to her email account.

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Everything you need to know about e-district project

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