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Dara Singh Chauhan, another UP minister & OBC leader, quits Yogi cabinet & is likely to join SP

Chauhan's resignation comes a day after fellow minister & OBC leader Swami Prasad Maurya’s. An arrest warrant has now been issued against Maurya for alleged hate speech in 2014.

Doctors alarmed by ‘strange’ new ICMR rule that makes Covid test optional for hospital patients

New ICMR testing strategy, notified Monday, comes as Covid infections among doctors soar. In Delhi alone, 750 doctors at six major hospitals are reportedly infected with Covid.

Mamata sends ‘get well soon’ fruit baskets to Kolkata’s Covid patients, BJP leaders among them

Kolkata councillors and police personnel are delivering these baskets to Covid patients in person to lift their spirits. Move comes after West Bengal recorded its highest-yet daily tally.

‘We’re finished’: Farmers, traders say Karnataka cattle slaughter law brought year of misery

Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2020, came into effect in January 2021. State finance department had earlier warned about its ‘huge financial implications’.

Curious case of Bengal ‘sports clubs’ TMC govt backs with Rs 5L aid where little sport happens

In 2014, Mamata govt started a scheme that assured Rs 5 lakh in aid to sports clubs. Govt claims 25,000 clubs benefited, but most of the funds allegedly ended up elsewhere.

PM security breach: Gandhis silent, Congress spokesperson says matter ‘should not be politicised’

Senior BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal says he was shocked the Gandhi family hadn’t commented on the matter as they have been ‘the biggest sufferers of security lapses’.

Punjab Police file FIR in Modi security breach case, make no mention of blocking of PM’s convoy

Modi had been on his way to address a rally in Punjab's Ferozepur Wednesday, when protesting farmers blocked the road, resulting in the PM being stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes.

No trial data on 3 shots of Covaxin, as precaution dose begins from next Monday

Trial on third Covaxin shot ongoing, results to be out soon, says Bharat Biotech. ICMR officials say 9-month interval based on studies that show antibodies last 6-13 months.

‘Not your jurisdiction’, SC tells Calcutta HC, orders ex-chief secy to appear for case in Delhi

Alapan Bandyopadhyay had challenged disciplinary action initiated against him by Modi govt. SC says Calcutta HC does not have jurisdiction to quash transfer of case to Delhi.

Cabinet approves MoU with Nepal for construction of bridge over Mahakali river

Briefing the media Thursday, I&B Minister Anurag Thakur said the bridge will be completed within 3 years & will help people living in Uttarakhand's Dharchula & in Nepal territory.

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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