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A file photo of the central information commission building

Agents of RTI justice, information commissions are its biggest bottleneck

The CIC and state information commissions (SICs) are almost all functioning much below their sanctioned strength.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurate a solar power plant in Mirzapur, March 12 | @narendramodi

India is leading the solar charge, but its own domestic industry faces gathering clouds

While capacity is expanding rapidly, profit margins are shrinking, which could make it difficult for India to keep its promise of 100 GW solar power by 2022.
Drug price regulation

After chief’s transfer, govt wants to turn drug price regulator into ‘market research agency’

The NPPA was behind capping the prices of knee implants, stents and medicines.
The Sunder Nursery, New Delhi

Up-close: The new-look Sunder Nursery, a world heritage site Delhi had forgotten

A photo essay that takes a close look at the newly-renovated Sunder Nursery which is next door to Humayun's tomb.
Surgana Tribal area

This tribal belt in Maharashtra powered the Farmers Long March

These farmers aren’t getting their land rights, or any basic amenities. They’re even threatened by displacement due to an ambitious river-linking project.
Blistered feet

The Maharashtra farmers’ march reminded us of what Tagore & Premchand tried teaching us

Our encounter with farmers has a quality of suddenness, as if it was not meant to be.
Andhra Institute

Govt cracks whip on UGC for clearing deemed varsity status to ‘unfit’ Andhra institute

HRD ministry drops UGC recommendation, scraps expert panel that gave clean chit to Vignan’s Foundation. Panel members also barred from other committees.

‘Either there wasn’t an economist in Swaminathan panel, or he didn’t know economics’

Renowned agricultural economist Sardara Singh Johl takes on the father of Green Revolution, M. S. Swaminthan's idea of raising MSP 1.5 times the production costs.
File photo of women at work in India

With biggest budget, how has the rural development ministry performed on key schemes?

For FY 2017-18, the ministry had an allocation of Rs 1.07 lakh crore. How has it fared on implementing schemes like MGNREGA, housing, and roads?
CBI team seals Punjab National Bank's South Mumbai branch at Brady House | PTI

Staff crunch making probe into PNB-Nirav Modi scam difficult, CBI tells court

‘We are short-staffed, need more expert hands to probe voluminous PNB case,’ it says while asking for permission to let sub-inspectors probe the case.

On Camera

Clockwise: Usha Devi, Rekha Chaggla, Nirmala Dasua, Darshana Devi, Nirmala Dasua, Ishwar Kaur Narwal | Source: Kalyani, Satnam Singh

Not just Mayawati, these are the unsung women who led Kanshiram’s Bahujan struggle

Bahujan movement founder Kanshiram paid special attention to mentoring women leaders. But that rich history has now shrunk into the image of Mayawati.

Should Twitter, FB censor world leaders like Trump or remain platforms for freedom of speech?

Earlier, Twitter issued a fact-checking warning on Trump's controversial tweet threatening Minneapolis protesters.

Defence

File image of a meeting between officers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army in Nathu La, Sikkim (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Ladakh standoff continues, India ‘prepared for long haul if needed’

Talks between Indian and Chinese military commanders Saturday were held in a 'positive atmosphere', paving the way for higher diplomatic parleys.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.