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Govt plans to privatise public sector banks — these two could be the first ones to be sold

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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Privatisation is here — these two public sector banks could be the first ones to be sold

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Narendra Modi government will divest its stake in two PSBs, apart from one general insurance company. While the FM did not name in her Budget 2021 speech the two banks the government plans to privatise, analysts point out Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Punjab National Bank (PNB) are possible candidates, reports Manojit Saha.

Dog-like predator with kangaroo pouch, believed extinct since 1930s, possibly lived till 2000s

Last known thylacine or Tasmanian tiger died in captivity in an Australian zoo in 1936. New study suggests the animal possibly survived up until a few decades ago, reports Sandhya Ramesh.

The GameStop story — how a group of investors on Reddit gave Wall Street a wild week

What was a dying, outdated company just a year ago became a highly valued stock within a matter of days, turning GameStop into a case study on short trading, report Shubhangi Misra and Kairvy Grewal.

Amitabh Bachchan was once ‘casteless’ Hindu. Tandav, Ludo now flaunt loud, proud Brahmins

Pankaj Tripathi in Hotstar’s Criminal Justice to Saif Ali Khan in Tandav, Dabangg to Jolly LLB, Bollywood now showcases only Brahmin stories, writes Ravi Shinde.

Pakistan had a rough week. TikTok star slaps a mufti and army chief lines up for omelette

Bigg Boss-watching Mufti Abdul Qavi is no stranger to controversy in Pakistan. His life is a cocktail of deen, desire and disaster, writes Naila Inayat.

‘Anonymous’ author’s paper on US’ China strategy makes a buzz, has sharp message for India

An anonymous policy paper called ‘The Longer Telegram’ warns about the fast-reducing gap between US and China. For India, it means deciding whether to take sides in what could be a war in South China Sea or Taiwan, writes Tara Kartha.

Modi govt has lost farm laws battle, now raising Sikh separatist bogey will be a grave error

This crisis requires political sophistication & governance skills, Modi-Shah BJP has neither. It would be nuts to reopen an issue in Punjab that was closed and buried by 1993, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

 

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