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‘Modi’s ouster on 23 May will be India’s fitting reply to the most foul-mouthed PM’

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‘Modi’s ouster on 23 May will be India’s fitting reply to the most foul-mouthed PM’

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar got a lot of flak — and a suspension from his party — when he described PM Narendra Modi as a “neech aadmi (lowly person)” in December 2017. In a piece for Rising Kashmir republished by ThePrint this week, he claims his words were “prophetic” and predicts this election will oust the “most foul-mouthed prime minister this country has seen or is likely to see”.

Akshay Kumar’s Canadian roots go deeper — from campaigning for a PM to owning mansion there

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s Canadian citizenship has been the subject of much controversy over the years — now it emerges that his roots in the country run deeper. He owns a mansion in Canada, and reportedly plans to live in the country after retirement. Deeksha Bhardwaj dives deep.

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

With her “Godse was a patriot” remark, ‘Sadhvi’ Pragya Thakur has succeeded in doing what no one has yet been able to do to Narendra Modi and Amit Shah: Put them on the defensive. Shekhar Gupta explains in this week’s National Interest.

PM shows ignorance of radar tech, gives out crucial details of Balakot raid in interview

In the widely-criticised interview where PM Narendra Modi suggested cloud cover helped the IAF beat radar detection during the 26 February Balakot air strikes, he also gave out critical details of the moments and tactics prior to the daring air raid, Snehesh Alex Philip reports.

First image of black hole taught us what schools didn’t: Astronomy is more than Europe

A team of scientists from eight countries unveiled the first image of a black hole last month. But this is no oddity: Astronomy has historically been a global effort, though our school books do no justice to this fact, postdoctoral researcher Abhijeet Borkar writes.

Less than 20% with foreign MBBS degrees eligible to work as doctors in India

Only a fraction of those who go abroad to pursue a medical degree qualify to practice in India, according to data from the National Board of Examination (NBE), which conducts the Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE) for Indian graduates from countries such as Russia, China, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, Kritika Sharma reports.

Smaller banks to be merged with PNB & Canara Bank in next round of consolidation

In its bid to bring down the number of public sector banks from 21 to six, the government is said to be considering merging some small- and mid-sized lenders with Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Canara Bank, Mahua Venkatesh reports.

Story of Flt Lt Alfred Tyrone Cooke: IAF’s unsung 1965 hero & his classic 1 vs 4 air combat

Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke, who “tenaciously engaged four Pakistan Air Force Sabre jets all alone in a feisty aerial duel” in 1965, and even shot one down, is arguably the greatest fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force, writes former IAF fighter pilot Sameer Joshi in this Medium republication.

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