Governance

Girls during a candle light vigil against the brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl

This is how India will now punish those accused of sex crimes against children

Minimum punishment for gang rape of a girl below 12 years will now be life imprisonment (until a person dies a natural death) or a death sentence.

Kathua effect: Cabinet passes ordinance to award death penalty for raping girl under 12

Ordinance will be applicable legally from the time the President signs it, to be presented in Parliament in monsoon session in July.
Swati Maliwal

Swati Maliwal: The woman on an indefinite hunger strike that India hardly cares about

Maliwal is demanding the death penalty for rapists of minors, but the Centre or the BJP have taken no cognisance of her protest at Delhi’s Rajghat.

Tirupati temple trust is training SC/ST priests, but won’t let them serve in its own temples

Dalit rights activists say that the programme serves no purpose if the trained priests can't perform rituals in the temples associated with one of the richest temple trusts in the world.
St. Stephens college

St Stephen’s College to head the list as govt pushes to grant autonomy to 130 institutions

India has 868 higher education institutions, and the plan is to grant autonomy to 15%. A list of 62, including JNU & BHU, was released last month.
Kapil Sibal

Sibal who read out impeachment motion against CJI Misra had defended a judge 25 years ago

Veteran lawyer Sibal had defended SC judge V. Ramaswami in 1993 when he faced an impeachment motion over charges of financial impropriety.
Dipak Misra

What happens next: Seven things that may follow Congress’ move to impeach CJI Dipak Misra

ThePrint analyses the various scenarios in the aftermath of the historic move to initiate an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India.
Dipak Misra

5 reasons behind the historic impeachment motion moved against CJI Dipak Misra by Congress

Congress leaders claim that the timing of the motion has nothing to do with Thursday's ruling in the CBI judge Loya death probe case.
Medicinal herbs

Modi govt to bring minimum support price to promote Ayurveda

Four ministries are working to decide the minimum support prices for farmers involved in the cultivation of over 1,200 herbs.

Top court declines new probe into judge Loya death, says there is no ground for suspicion

Judge Loya died on 1 December 2014 in Nagpur. At the time, he was the special judge in the trial for the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

On Camera

ram madhav

Why does the Right-wing want to ‘occupy’ Delhi’s liberal hotspot Khan Market?

BJP's Ram Madhav took party workers to Khan Market to celebrate the Lok Sabha victory to assert the "new political ideology and culture".

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.