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03/08/2017 10:02 AM IST | Updated 03/08/2017 10:03 AM IST
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Arvind Panagariya, vice-chairperson of Niti Aayog, is going back to his job in the US, ostensibly because his sabbatical from Columbia University will not be extended. Read Sandip Roy's take on this notion of nation-building as a sabbatical.

India's Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar will not only be retiring from his job this month but also from his 40-year-long habit of donating blood every three months, which, at the age of 65, is not advisable, doctors say.

A 16-year-old slam poet has a powerful message about 'How to be a Man'. Not only all men, but everyone else should watch this video too.

Main News

Two Army personnel, including a major, were killed when militants opened fire at a search party in South Kashmir's Shopian district in the early hours of Thursday. A soldier was also injured in the shooting.

South Asia, home to one-fifth of the world's population, could see humid heat rise beyond survivable levels by 2100 if nothing is done to halt global warming, researchers said.

Interest rates on loans and deposits are set to fall with the Reserve Bank of India slashing the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6%, the lowest level since November 2010 against the backdrop of a steep fall in inflation and weak demand.

Off The Front Page

President Donald J Trump announced his support for a legislation that would cut in half the number legal immigrants allowed into the US while moving to a "merit-based" system favouring English-speaking skilled workers for residency cards.

India rejected China's claim that the number of troops stationed in Doklam plateau has thinned and refused to withdraw its forces or changing its position on the ground.

Employees at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna apparently have to fill up a form that asks them if they are "bechelor", widower, or virgin.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Ashutosh Varshney reads the signs of greater Hindu consolidation and the pushing away of the Muslims towards the margins in Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's move to forge an alliance with the BJP.

"As a loyal Indian citizen, I propose that the government should ban our countrymen from accepting the Nobel Prize," Sukanta Chaudhuri proposes in an op-ed in The Telegraph. Here's why.

In the Hindustan Times, N Chandra Mohan explains why cutting the repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India is not going to be the panacea to reviving flailing investments.

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