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Top news of the day: Supreme Court upholds validity of OBC quota in NEET admissions; Government says COVID-19 deaths significantly less in third wave, and more

A view of Supreme Court in New Delhi. File photo

A view of Supreme Court in New Delhi. File photo

Supreme Court upholds validity of OBC quota in NEET admissions

A Bench led by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud observed that ‘merit’ could not be narrowed to the limit of success in open competitive exams. The merit of a person was a sum total of “lived experiences” and his or her struggle to overcome cultural and social setbacks. “Examinations are not a proxy for merit. Merit should be socially contexualised and re-conceptualised... Reservation is not at odds with merit but furthers its distributive impact,” Justice Chandrachud observed.

COVID-19 deaths significantly less in third wave: Government

Deaths are significantly less in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison to the second wave, and the current surge is not witnessing increase in severe illness or death following high vaccination uptake, the Government said.

Banaras Hindu University opens course on Hindu studies

The course would make the world aware of many unknown aspects of Hindu Dharma and help in taking its teachings to more people, says BHU rector V.K Shukla.

Extended range BrahMos flight-tested

Launch conducted by Brahmos Aerospace in close coordination with DRDO teams.

5G rollout | Boeing clears Air India’s U.S. flights

Flights were cancelled due to concerns over 5G rollout in the U.S.

Goa Assembly Elections 2022 | Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal’s name missing in BJP first list

The party has denied the late Goa Chief Minister’s son, Utpal Parrikar, a ticket from Panaji, deciding instead to stick with incumbent Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate.

Recognise ‘Hinduphobia’ and violence against Buddhists, Sikhs too: Indian envoy to U.N.

India’s Ambassador to the United Nations says global terror strategy is selective, urges against adding right wing extremism, violent nationalism to anti-terror resolutions.

UAE terror attack blatant violation of international law: India

UNSC should stand united in sending clear signals against such acts, says Indian envoy.

White House warns Russia on invading Ukraine

The White House clarified U.S. President Joe Biden’s opposition to Russian aggression on Ukraine after Mr. Biden appeared to suggest during a press conference that a small incursion by Russia would be tolerated.

Walmart invites Indian sellers to join its marketplace to serve U.S customers

The company has set an ambitious goal of exporting $10 billion from the country each year by 2027.

India drop to third place in ICC Test rankings, Australia on top after dominant Ashes

New Zealand held onto their second position after a 1-1 drawn series at home against Bangladesh.


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