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India-Pakistan relations: Charting a course without reliable maps

Emotional handshakes seem to vaporize in the atavism of distrust that constantly reasserts itself.

Modi government’s pet e-Sampark database hits privacy roadblock

Days before Supreme Court judgement on privacy, health and railway ministries had raised concerns over sharing citizens’ details for the new database. Before the Supreme...

Bail for rapists, shame for victim: HC order on gang rape sparks outrage

Judges refer to “promiscuity”, “adventurism”, and “experimentation in sexual encounters”, top lawyers say victim’s character cannot be the subject of gang rape trial.

MGNREGA audit: Low wage rate & delayed payments among the biggest problems

The Common Review Mission on MGNREGA also found that people were unaware that the scheme is supposed to deliver work on demand.

Centre shoots down IIIT-Dharwad, Infosys partnership proposal

Government cites conflict of interest as IIIT-Dharwad chairperson Sudha Murthy also chairs Infosys CSR arm Infosys Foundation.

No more foreign govt-funded courses for Indian military officers: Centre

Uncomfortable with other countries cultivating Indian military officers, government says it’ll pay for an international course if justified. The defence ministry has barred armed forces...

South Korea set to invest in Rs 45,000-crore Mumbai-Nagpur expressway project

South Korea has shown interest in investing in big infrastructure projects in India.

Tokenism and repackaging old provisions: Centre’s response to rise in child abuse

Union ministers Maneka Gandhi and Prakash Javadekar ask NCPCR to formulate guidelines on child abuse; activists say it’s pointless because they already exist.

Rohingyas are a ‘serious’ threat, Centre tells Supreme Court

The central government is going to state its final stand on deporting Rohingya refugees in the next hearing on 3 October in the Supreme Court.

Red tape be damned, Modi is creating a new bureaucracy tailored to his vision

PM Narendra Modi has begun reaching out directly to officers, keeping tabs on their performance, and setting goals, for better implementation of his policies.

On Camera

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Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.

Defence

Nuclear submarine INS Chakra (representational image) | Indian Navy

Russia wants to build next generation tanks, submarines with India

As the second regiment of the S-400 Triumf air defence system starts getting delivered, Russia said it expects the serial production of AK 203 rifles in Amethi to begin in late 2022-early 2023.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.
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