Governance

Members of a Right-wing outfit known as Sanskruti Bachao Manch celebrate after Madhya Pradesh government lifted restrictions on height of Durga idols, in Bhopal Sunday | By special arrangement

Why MP govt imposed curbs on Durga Puja pandal, idol size and then removed them

Rules issued by MP govt on 18 September restricted height of Durga idols to six feet, and size of pandals to no more than 10 feet x 10 feet. They have now been revoked.
File image of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa | Photo: ANI

Yediyurappa govt announces Kannadiga quota in jobs, but it’s likely to run into SC hurdle

Karnataka issues order reserving Group C and D category govt jobs for ‘Kannadigas’, adding that those from the state will be given priority for employment in the private sector.
A cinema hall in India

In Unlock 5, govt allows cinemas with 50% seating, gathering of over 100 people

The new guidelines for opening up of activities are for areas outside Containment Zones only. For schools, states have been given flexibility to take a decision in a graded manner.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh | Photo: ANI

CM Amarinder transfers Punjab IAS officer who accused minister of scam, draws flak

Kirpa Shankar Saroj, whose report indicted minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, has been sent from social welfare to the animal husbandry and fisheries department.
The new parliament building is set to come up in the same complex as the existing one | File photo: Bloomberg

Parliamentary Standing Committees reconstituted, Tharoor to continue as head of panel on IT

Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has been made a member of the panel on external affairs. Congress leader Anand Sharma will continue to chair the parliamentary panel on home affairs.
File image of West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha | Twitter | @FollowCII

‘Mamata’s trusted officers don’t retire’ — chief secretary joins list as industry body head

Rajiva Sinha, who has been made West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation chair, is latest civil servant to earn important post-retirement posting under Mamata govt. 
The notices put up at Sandi town in UP's Hardoi district | By special arrangement

UP town tries new trick to curb theft, wants public to inform police when they leave town 

The project, launched by police of Sandi town in Hardoi district, has been described as a pilot that, if successful, may be rolled out wider.
Representational image of patients meditating in a hospital ward | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Govt wants to merge allopathy, homoeopathy, Ayurveda into one health system, plans 2030 launch

The idea — ‘One Nation, One Health System’ — has already appeared in Modi govt’s new health and education policies, and a committee has been formed to study its implementation.
Former IPS officer Gupteshwar Pandey addresses a press conference in Patna Wednesday | PTI

Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey’s case rare. Approval of VRS plea by IAS, IPS takes month or two

IPS officer Gupteshwar Pandey, who served as Bihar DGP, applied for VRS Monday and his application was accepted within 24 hours.
A health worker wearing PPE suit attends COVID-19 patients at quarantine Center, CWG Village, in New Delhi on 15 July 2020 (representational image) | ANI

Step up testing, work on messaging to beat rumours, Modi tells CMs of 7 worst-hit states & UT

The seven participating chief ministers represented Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi.

On Camera

People waiting to enter a supermarket have their identity documents checked by staff in Singapore (Representational image) | Photo: Roslan Rahman | Getty Images/AFP via Bloomberg

Don’t ignore the good news on Covid-19 from Asia

The perception of an Asian advantage often falls prey to essentialist thinking — that somehow the East's values, politics and culture is letting it do things the West can't.
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet operated by IndiGo

IndiGo to trim fleet size over 2 years as Covid pandemic rages on

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said the airline hasn’t engaged in any 'major renegotiation' with Airbus SE on new deliveries, but it will keep returning as many as 40 older planes a year.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass in Drass (representational image) | ANI

These are the measures China has proposed to ease tensions at LAC in Ladakh

Over a series of meetings, China has made several suggestions to de-escalate tensions at the border, but India has rejected them since they boost Beijing's strategic position.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.