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How a heroin racket linking Afghanistan, Pakistan to India’s Punjab, UP & Tamil Nadu was busted

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

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White residue, ‘Talc’ WhatsApp group, hawala — how Rs 21,000-cr Mundra drug bust was ‘cracked’

NIA chargesheet, accessed by ThePrint, tells the story of an audacious heroin racket with links from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, to Punjab, UP, Tamil Nadu, reports Ananya Bhardwaj.


‘Where’s the research?’ Why space institute IIST’s tailor-made graduates don’t stay at ISRO

Many IIST graduates who are contractually obligated to work with ISRO end up leaving midway by paying fees out of their own pocket, and enrolling for further studies, reports Sandhya Ramesh.


#GenerationNowhere: India’s young are fighting an invisible epidemic, smartphone addiction

Young Indians are dropping out of college, their IIT aspirations turning to dust and many are now in de-addiction centres. Is smartphone dependency growing, asks Jyoti Yadav.


Rise of breast cancer in Indian women is alarming but expected. It’s your ‘Western’ diet

If news of breast cancer cases rising among women is shocking, it’s time to leave your ‘inflammatory diet’. Here’s a healthier model, writes Subhasree Ray.


Another lesson for India from Ukraine: DRDO must get its act together & get along with military

DRDO projects are victims of massive time and cost overruns, plus there’s a trust deficit between them and the armed forces. These issues need fixing, writes Snehesh Alex Philip.


Mann, Kejriwal, Modi: Why new Punjab CM will have a tough time juggling conflicting interests

Arvind Kejriwal’s national ambition could make life difficult for AAP leader and Punjab’s new CM. Bhagwant Mann will have to also keep PM Modi and Centre in good humour, writes D.K. Singh.


What’s behind India’s Ukraine policy, Western hypocrisy & how nations act in self-interest

India’s abstentions at UN drew Western criticism, taunts of immorality. There are many reasons we can’t examine India’s policy in those terms. Those who do should search within, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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