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1.Interceptor missile test successful.

It can tackle targets at a range of 15 km to 30 km

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully carried out a test of an interceptor missile, further validating the reliability of the under-development, two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) in shooting down enemy missiles.

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2.Resilience reaffirmed.

The resilience of India’s economy has been reaffirmed by the latest data, with both the third-quarter and full-year growth estimates belying widespread concerns that the November 8 decision to withdraw high-value currency notes would significantly dampen momentum. read more

3.Manufacturing PMI in second straight monthly expansion.

The survey for February shows output and new orders increased

An expansion in manufacturing business activity strengthened in February as compared to January, with data showing an increase in new orders, according to a private sector survey.

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4.Arsenic in vein, a village atrophies.

Elections may come and go, but Tiwaritola’s fate seems cast in stone

There is little to distinguish Tiwaritola from other hamlets in the backward region of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Awful roads, poor sanitation, unreliable power supply, river embankment woes, unbridled poverty and unemployment scar its infrastructure and social landscape. But one trait gives it additional notoriety. The drinking water sources here are heavily contaminated with arsenic.

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1.Interceptor missile hits test target

India tested a low-altitude interceptor missile to destroy an incoming ballistic missile over the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday , inching closer to putting together a two-tier ballistic missile defence system.   read more

2. Is India well?
While health indicators improve, more needs to be done to shore up Indians’ health
India’s health indicators have made significant improvements over the last decade. Indices such as infant mortality are down while in stitutional deliveries and sex ratio are up. Data gathered during the fourth phase of the National Family Health Survey show that even a state like Haryana has experienced a commendable change in its sex ratio at birth ­ it went from 762 females per 1,000 males in 2005-06 to 836 females per 1,000 males in 2014-15. India’s total fertility rate also declined to 2.2 ­ close to the replacement rate of 2.1­ from 2.7 over the decade.

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1.Policing in the era of mini Vijay Mallayas.

Sixty six years ago when we, the people of India, gave ourselves the Constitution, many things in life were far simpler. Crime was one of them. It was mostly a localised phenomenon.  read more

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