NIRF 2019: For third year, no UP college in top 100

For the third consecutive year, not a single degree college in UP made it to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) list released on Monday. This should serve as a wake-up call for institutions in the state, said academicians. Of the 5,866 degree colleges in the state, 158 are government run, 331 government aided and 5,377 are private (self-financed) colleges. COLLEGES NEED TO ENSURE To improve ranking on NIRF list, UP institutions should work in the following areas: Publish research by their faculty and students in renowned journals Maintain high…

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SC decision on Rafale case review pleas: Defence Ministry says incomplete presentation of facts and records

In response to the Supreme Court decision on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal case review petitions, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said the petitioners were using documents with the intention of presenting a “selective and incomplete picture” of internal secret deliberations on a matter relating to national security and defence. In a unanimous judgment on Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided to hear the Rafale review petitions on merits on the basis of several documents published in the media, including in The Hindu. In a statement, a Defence Ministry spokesperson said, “In…

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First ever image of a black hole revealed

Scientists have been puzzling over invisible “dark stars” since the 18th century, but never has one been spied by a telescope, much less photographed. Astronomers on April 10 unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of white-hot gas and plasma looks like any number of artists’ renderings over the last 30 years. But this time, it’s the real deal. Scientists have been…

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Tory Islamophobes team up against Javid to block his premiership bid

A row over institutionalized Islamophopbia in Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has deepened as supporters threaten to block a potential bid by Interior Minister Sajid Javid to become next British prime minister. The Buzzfeed News reported on Tuesday that an account on Twitter had released online discussions from some 20 self-professed Conservative Party members on how they could prevent Javid becoming prime minister. The information showed that Tory supporters have attacked Javid on Facebook for his Muslim background, as they vowed to do anything they can, including backing another candidate against…

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Turkey, Qatar, China, Iraq denounce US blacklisting of IRGC

Turkey, Qatar, China, and Iraq have separately denounced US President Donald Trump’s recent move to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. According to Press TV, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday warned that the move was a step outside international law which will pave the way for further instability in the region. “The United States issued this one-sided decision in the context of sanctions and pressure on Iran,” he said in a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart. “No country can declare another…

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Trump administration to appeal ruling against returning asylum seekers to Mexico

The White House says it would appeal a federal court ruling that halted a policy by the administration of President Donald Trump that requires asylum seekers from Central America to return to Mexico and wait for their legal cases to proceed. “This action gravely undermines the president’s ability to address the crisis at the border with the tools Congress has authorized and disrupts the conduct of our foreign affairs,” the White House said in a statement on Tuesday. “We intend to appeal, and we will take all necessary action to…

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