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A ‘golden record’ of all residents — Maharashtra plans master database for faster services

State cabinet approved Maharashtra Unified Citizen Data for Digital Delivery of Services last year. According to govt resolution, state has allocated Rs 294.02 crore for project.

India saw 81.2 lakh deaths in 2020, up 6% over last pre-Covid year 2019, CRS data shows

CRS data for 2020 released by health ministry Tuesday. It comes amid a tussle between WHO and government over exact figure of deaths in India during Covid pandemic.

Modi govt’s gift to India’s elderly poor — bamboo walking sticks from Northeast at your door

Move aims to expand scope of govt assistance to senior citizens, as now, beneficiaries will be all those receiving old-age pensions under rural development schemes.

Ex-petroleum secretary Tarun Kapoor, known as ‘Modi’s man’ during pandemic, named PM’s adviser

Tarun Kapoor worked during pandemic to design & implement free LPG cylinders-to-households scheme. Two serving IAS officers also inducted into PMO, DoPT gets third woman secretary..

Class 5 students as teachers, low attendance — Gujarat govt schools don’t paint ‘vibrant’ picture

About 700 government primary schools in Gujarat, headed for polls later this year, function under just one teacher. ThePrint got a close-up view in Kachchh and Mahisagar.

Uttarakhand puts 15 cameras on way to Kedarnath, for PM Modi to track redevelopment if he wants

High resolution cameras between Sonprayag & Kedarpuri will monitor pilgrim movement, and can track progress of PM's pet project. Kedarnath area was damaged in 2013 flash floods.

Who’s responsible for Maharashtra power crisis? BJP points to rift in MVA, which blames Centre

BJP has attributed load-shedding to ‘internal issues’ between coalition partners Congress and NCP. MVA govt, however, is pointing finger at Modi govt, and an increase in demand.

Jails full, J&K Police struggle to execute arrest warrants under draconian PSA

Over 500 people being held under PSA in J&K, of which 150 were arrested in March-April alone. PSA allows detention without trial for up to 2 years — subject to a review every 6 months

‘Baseless rumours’ — Bharti Airtel denies govt charge it sold viewership data to news channels

I&B ministry sent show-cause notice to Airtel in March. A few broadcast networks had allegedly cited data from Airtel to claim that their popularity had gone up.

Soaring mercury, long power outages & more — why ‘coal shortage’ has states & Modi govt squabbling  

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh are facing some of the longest power cuts in the country, as a heatwave sweeps over India.

On Camera

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Congress can hold a million ‘Chintan Shivirs’ but can’t defeat BJP until Rahul is around

Rahul Gandhi says he knows that only the Congress can defeat the BJP. So why then doesn’t he realise that he is one reason why it hasn’t happened yet?
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

Defence

Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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