Governance

Insha Mushtaq, a victim of pellet shots in Kashmir.

Blinded by pellet shots in 2016, Kashmiri teen Insha Mushtaq shines in Class 10 exams

Insha Mushtaq (16) was sitting in her home at Shopian in July 2016 when a barrage of pellets fired by security personnel hit her, leaving her fully blind.
Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje

Air strip expansion proposal in Vasundhara Raje’s backyard raises Centre’s hackles

Proposal is part of ambitious international airport project in CM’s constituency Jhalrapatan, Jhalawar. Environment ministry panel raises questions

Modi govt wants to know why your latte is so expensive, McDonald’s says thank GST

McDonald’s franchisee Hardcastle gets notice for not dropping the price even after GST rate cut, insists input tax credit withdrawal has left a deep impact.
National flag

Keep calm! Now, bureaucrats to take a call on national anthem in movie halls

The government tells the Supreme Court that playing of national anthem in cinema halls is optional; forms an inter-ministerial panel to frame rules in six months.
In January, a three member bench decided the matter required to be further debated by a larger bench | PTI

Why don’t Indians have a problem when heterosexuals have oral sex—even though 377 bans it?

Remember that Section 377 doesn’t criminalise ‘gay sex’ — it is the product of a homophobic mindset that targets queer people.
People visiting NSK

It’s clear NRC isn’t enough to protect Assam’s indigenous population

There is an urgent need for protective legislations which can bar illegal immigrants from acquiring land and enjoying other government benefits.

RSS man who served as vice-chancellor of PTU arrested for fraud

Rajneesh Arora was vice-president of the Punjab unit of the RSS and is alleged to have committed serious fraud and administrative malpractices as PTU V-C.
Ghat in Varanasi

More than 3 years after Modi’s clean Ganga promise, Varanasi is still drinking its sewage

Almost 4 years since PM’s promise, corpses and puja leftovers still pollute the river, while data shows that the holy city might be drinking its own sewage.
LGBTQ pride parade

Supreme Court had decided to revisit section 377 two years ago as well

A bench headed by then chief justice T.S. Thakur had also agreed to hear a curative writ petition in June 2016, seeking to decriminalise homosexuality.
OP Jindal university campus building

SC stays bail of 3 Jindal University students convicted of rape, but all are still free

Supreme Court stayed their bail, but the men were “not home” when police went to serve fresh arrest warrants issued by the trial court.

On Camera

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

1 soldier killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Rajouri

Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?