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Outgoing CEC on EVM tampering controversy: ‘It was avoidable and should not have been raised’

The outgoing Chief Election Commissioner says he would have liked to see more electoral reform before he left. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI Days before he demits the top...

Privatising Air India: Analysts say govt has multiple choices, union says its opposed to all of them

The airline could be privatised in multiple ways but all attempts to do so are likely to be opposed by the employees union After deliberations...

Congress MP, NGO threaten to take govt to court if sanitary pads aren’t made tax-free under GST

Activists are up in arms over the government's plan to tax sanitary pads at the same level as cheese, cell phones and frozen meat products under the Goods and Services Tax. And there may be at least two legal petitions challenging this decision. KAVEESHA KOHLI

How to disinvest in Air India: the British Airways, Japan Airlines & Austrian Airlines models

The Union cabinet is expected to take a decision on disinvesting in chronically sick state-carrier Air India this month and Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya is reported to have cited the privatisation experience of British Airways, Japan Airlines and Austrian Airlines as case studies. Here's a look at what they went through and how they are faring today. NIKHIL RAMPAL

We had designed 2008 farm loan waiver to be last of its kind – UPA Agriculture Secy

Repeated loan waivers raise question if the move benefits farmers or banks as someone else ends up paying for the write-off, says former bureaucrat T. Nanda Kumar. RUHI TEWARI

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 

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File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

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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