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Raavan at the World Ramayana Conference in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

Samvidhaan is the Oxford Hindi Word of 2019. Oxford University Press said the word was chosen as 2019 saw the values of democracy, secularism, justice, liberty, equality and fraternity being tested on the touchstone of the Constitution, or Samvidhaan. The word received widespread attention last year, with the abrogation of two key constitutional provisions, Article 370 and Article 35(A) of the Constitution.

Double Duty

Schoolteachers and junior engineers in Uttar Pradesh are called so because Multitasking Ninja is not a job title. Here’s why. First, the government instructed 20 woman teachers to help brides get ready for an official mass wedding. Outrage followed, order revoked. Second, the PWD directed junior engineers to lasso all stray cattle on the CM’s route during his visit to Mirzapur. Well, sometimes novel ideas stray off the limits.


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