The Army’s Kumaon regiment — one of its most decorated — has been getting a good run, of late, when it comes to bilateral military exercises. The 5th battalion of the regiment has just returned from the Alps after a 12-day exercise with Alpine troops of the French Army. As it turns out, the 15th battalion of the regiment is also engaged in an exercise with the Nepal Army in Pithoragarh. The ‘Surya Kiran’ exercise is India’s first-ever battalion level war game with Nepal and is a prestigious affair. Army Chief Bikram Singh and his Nepali counterpart will be visiting the troops on Monday.
There was intense speculation about the likelihood of Chandrababu Naidu sharing the dais with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Delhi on October 2 where the TDP chief was expected to announce his party’s alliance with the BJP. But as it turns out, the event is being organised by an NGO, Initiative by the Citizens for Accountable Governance. And Naidu is not the only leader to be invited. Among others set to share the dais, as claimed by the NGO, are Congress’s Abhishek Manu Singhvi, CPM’s Nilotpal Basu and Trinamool Congress’s Dinesh Trivedi.
India's premier engineering institutes, it seems, are not tech-savvy enough to have come up with a website that is in keeping with the times. With global rankings on everyone’s minds, the IITs have been asked to pull up their socks and bring out one single website that details all possible information in line with ranking parameters. The institutes, which churn out top league computer engineers, will, however, be outsourcing the job through a tender soon. Incidentally, a pan IIT website run by IIT Kanpur has been around for a while to fill the void but is apparently not up to the mark.
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Ten months after Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath first said that juveniles accused of heinous crimes will not get the cover of Juvenile Justice Act only to quickly backtrack, her ministry has reopened the debate. In a meeting last week, Secretary Nita Chaudhury discussed options available in the matter in a clear indication that the
ministry has decided to revisit the issue. However, any decision is unlikely before yearend with Tirath preoccupied with the Delhi Assembly elections.