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HC’s controversial questions to Sonepat rape victim had been answered by trial court

Trial judge had relied on WhatsApp transcripts to convict three men for Sonepat rape; chats reveal how main accused Hardik Sikri controlled victim.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Despite initial hiccups, Swachh Bharat mission scores on health report card

Study reveals health indicators for children, women have shown improvement in areas that have become open defecation-free in the past year.
Modi’s new vote: Sub-categorisation set to bring OBCs into BJP fold

Modi’s new vote: Sub-categorisation set to bring OBCs into BJP fold

By spreading benefits of OBC reservations more evenly among all castes, the BJP can win over 40 crore of India’s most deprived people.
After Justice Jayant Patel quits, Lawyers’ body moves SC seeking collegium reform

After Justice Jayant Patel quits, lawyers’ body moves SC seeking collegium reform

The collegium debate is set to play out in open court now as the National Lawyers’ Campaign for Judicial Transparency and Reforms has challenged its legitimacy.
After Justice Jayant Patel quits, Lawyers’ body moves SC seeking collegium reform

Justice Jayant Patel transfer case another test for SC’s collegium resolve

Collegium’s decision to supersede Justice Jayant Patel’s elevation to Chief Justice of Karnataka HC is set to be challenged by Gujarat Advocates’ Association.
RAILWAYS

Railways set to embrace technology & automation, reduce hiring

Decision comes in the wake of series of recent accidents; Bibek Debroy committee had suggested staff rationalisation for long-term viability of railways.
Delhi HC acquits filmmaker Mahmood Farooqui of rape charge

Farooqui rape acquittal: HC says a ‘feeble no’ may mean a ‘yes’

High court held that in rape cases where the victim and accused know each other, consent cannot be deciphered by a “feeble no”.
Gender budget shows govt only pays lip service to women's empowerment

Gender budget proves govt only pays lip service to women’s empowerment

The Gender Budget Statement shows Rs 31,390 crore allocated to women-only schemes, but over two-thirds of these are generic schemes like the PM Awas...

The conversation we’re having about reservations isn’t the one we should be having

The government should end its embargo on caste data from the 2011 Census, and the Supreme Court should revisit its arbitrary limit of 50 percent on reservations.
India-Pakistan

India-Pakistan relations: Charting a course without reliable maps

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

On Camera

TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

The new risk in India Inc’s boardrooms is a five-letter word called China

China is the biggest disrupter of corporate-government relations. Boards functioning in B2B or B2C environment are confronting a new govt to business setting.
Two amazon packages

These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 | Representational image | ANI

India’s quest for armed drones gets a boost as US looks to ramp up arms sales

India is now looking at acquiring 6 armed drones from the US instead of the planned mix of 30 armed and non-armed drones. It is also in talks with Israel.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.