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Decongesting Mumbai, so far a mission impossible

Mumbai is the world’s 2nd most congested city, making it lose its sheen as India’s financial capital. State govt’s plans to expand it have gone nowhere.

There’s no crop burning presently, so why is Delhi’s air so polluted?

Traditional sources of pollution combined with weather factors have resulted in Delhi's air quality worsening again. 

Madhya Pradesh clears bill to hang child rapists, legal experts say it’s a really bad idea

Legal experts say it could increase under-reporting of cases and put the lives of children in danger.

From posh areas to slums, India is unable to get rid of its encroachment problem

Top NDMC official says religious structures are a dicey matter, but the law comes first; even agencies in Mumbai chalk out a plan to relocate such structures.

Xi Jinping’s Achilles heel: economy and control over the PLA

Insights of two professors at Harvard University offer a granular look at the recent rise of Xi and his methodical pursuit and consolidation of power. 

What India can learn from this scenic Kerala town about waste management

Alappuzha, a town best known among tourists for its backwaters, had a garbage problem. Here's how it sorted it out and became a model for other cities around the world.

Petitioner wants to be consulted before govt amends cattle trade rules

The environment ministry seeks law ministry’s advice on how to amend the rules; activist upset with government’s move.

Censors, SC should take a call on Padmavati release: Salman Khan

Actor also comments on Harvey Weinstein sex allegations, says if something like this happens in India, he himself will take the individual “to the cleaners”

Disabled and disempowered in the Indian civil services

Even though the law reserves three per cent of vacancies in each civil service for disabled candidates, they are routinely denied posts.

It took 6 years to build a metro line in Mumbai, but authorities say 3 will be ready by 2021

It took six years to complete just an 11-km route in the first corridor, now government is trying to fast-track work on the next three projects.

On Camera

YourTurn

Representational image of a protest against rise in prices of fuel and LPG, in Kolkata | ANI

You thought inflation’s high in India? Data shows at least 100 countries doing worse

Lebanon faces worst inflation rate in the world, followed by Zimbabwe and Sudan, according to 'Trading Economics', which sources data from governments.

Defence

A Sikorsky S-76D chopper | Credit: Twitter/@PawanHansLtd

Pawan Hans chopper crash not an anomaly, doesn’t bode well for govt-owned firm’s disinvestment

Crash that killed 4 one of several Pawan Hans chopper accidents in last few decades. These incidents, coupled with losses, operational issues & legal hurdles, may delay disinvestment.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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