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Abortion act changes: Women pay the price for systemic failures

Amendments that aimed to give women more choice have been put on hold because of the state’s failure to eradicate clinics and quacks who facilitate sex-selective or illegal abortions. VRINDA SEHGAL

Should the Election Commission get powers to prosecute those who question its credibility? Here’s what former Election Commissioners said

In a letter to the law ministry, the Election Commission of India sought powers of contempt to act against those who question its credibility by making baseless allegations. ThePrint's Kaveesha Kohli spoke to former election commissioners about whether it is necessary.

Will remove misunderstandings on cattle sale rules – Minister Harsh Vardhan

Environment minister tells ThePrint no compromise on spirit of new rules. Defends appointment of mostly cow experts to Animal Welfare Board. SANYA DHINGRA

Govt wants more women at the wheel in rural India, but that might not be easy to achieve

A new government scheme wants more women driving commercial transport vehicles in rural India. A look back at the experiences of women behind the wheel in India suggest the road ahead may be bumpy.  KAVEESHA KOHLI 

Animal welfare means cow welfare in the new Animal Welfare Board

The fallout between the government and the Animal Welfare Board of India over Jallikattu last year led to a revamp of the dissenting body. The government filled it with eight new independent members, seven of  whom have worked on cow welfare. SANYA DHINGRA 

Maharashtra’s Rs 30,500 cr loan waiver is the latest ‘moral hazard’ in the name of farmers

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has finally cleared a Rs 30,500 crore debt waiver for farmers, but has been told by the Union finance...

Lodha Committee on medical education shut shop days before govt snub

The Supreme Court panel to regulate functioning of Medical Council of India disbanded itself at the end of its contentious one-year tenure without any report so far of having fulfilled its mandate. RAMA LAKSHMI

It is nothing but Hindu politics if you exclude buffaloes from cattle trade rules – Animal Rights lawyer

The focus of the government should be on implementation, not amendment, says Jayasimha Nuggehalli who helped draft the rules. The only change should be to let go of small-time butchers. SANYA DHINGRA

Indians should remember their non-violent traditions – the Dalai Lama

Speakers at the launch of Arun Shourie’s new book said looking at our past and the lives of Indian mystics, whose lives were inextricably linked to religion yet so removed from the bigotry that vitiates religion today, can be extremely enlightening. SANYA DHINGRA

A mourning father in Haryana asks: What’s the point of Beti Bachao?

Haryana, a patriarchal state, has launched campaigns to fight its unfavourable sex ratio and gender disparities. But these efforts have not helped address one basic concern of women – safety. RUHI TEWARI in Rohtak, Sonipat & Gurgaon

On Camera

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Demonstrators attempt to enter the US Capitol building during a protest in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 6 January 2021 | Eric Lee | Bloomberg

Texas attack shows a long, violent struggle for America’s soul is inevitable

The shock of Covid 19—both economic and cultural—has strengthened the maniacal conspiracy culture with which the American Right is suffused.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.

Defence

Chinese army has found missing 17-year-old boy from Arunachal, Defence Ministry PRO says

Indian Army had sought assistance from China's People Liberation Army to locate and return Miram Taron, who had gone missing on 18 January and was reportedly captured by PLA.

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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