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President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Xi Jinping’s Achilles heel: economy and control over the PLA

Insights of two professors at Harvard University offer a granular look at the recent rise of Xi and his methodical pursuit and consolidation of power. 

What India can learn from this scenic Kerala town about waste management

Alappuzha, a town best known among tourists for its backwaters, had a garbage problem. Here's how it sorted it out and became a model for other cities around the world.
The Centre may amend rules banning sale of cattle for slaughter

Petitioner wants to be consulted before govt amends cattle trade rules

The environment ministry seeks law ministry’s advice on how to amend the rules; activist upset with government’s move.
Salman Khan and Shekhar Gupta at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2017

Censors, SC should take a call on Padmavati release: Salman Khan

Actor also comments on Harvey Weinstein sex allegations, says if something like this happens in India, he himself will take the individual “to the cleaners”
Ira Singhal and Shweta Bansal

Disabled and disempowered in the Indian civil services

Even though the law reserves three per cent of vacancies in each civil service for disabled candidates, they are routinely denied posts.
Metro site work

It took 6 years to build a metro line in Mumbai, but authorities say 3 will be ready by 2021

It took six years to complete just an 11-km route in the first corridor, now government is trying to fast-track work on the next three projects.
Use speed post, it’s better than private courier: Postal dept to defence ministry

Use Speed Post, it’s better than private courier: Postal dept to defence ministry

Citing a CAG report, postal department says that unlike private couriers, speed post is legally bound by the provision of Post Office Act to provide best service
Ivanka Trump is in India to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

As India fawns over Ivanka Trump, top US editor calls her ‘a real sphinx’

Ivanka Trump’s visit to India has attracted a lot of attention – on conventional as well as social media.
Yasmeen Khalid (left) and Khalid Khan (right)

Muslim Sanskrit prof, RSS Muslim leader and the Aligarh talaq case behind Modi govt U-turn

The discord in the marriage of Khalid Khan and Yasmeen Khalid sounds like any other. But local politics apparently spurred the NDA government to propose criminalising triple talaq.
In three months, 25 banned medical colleges get SC breather

In three months, SC gives breather to 25 medical colleges that were banned for two years

In all the cases, the apex court restrained the government from encashing bank guarantees of Rs 2 crore each that the colleges had furnished.

On Camera

An employee works on a six kg gold crown for an up coming festival | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

In Sonbhadra, even professionals and officials got fooled. Such is India’s love for gold

News that nearly 3,500 tonnes of gold was found in Sonbhadra was first picked up by regional papers, but soon spread like wildfire across mainstream media.

What are 3 biggest takeaways for India from Donald Trump’s speech in Gujarat?

Addressing a gathering at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium, US President Trump called PM Modi a “true friend” & hinted at “a very, very major trade deal” with India soon.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump | @narendramodi | Twitter

Trump says US-India to sign $3 billion in defence deals

The US State Department last week approved a potential sale of arms to India, including air-defence radars and missiles, rifles and other equipment.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

How one big India-US deal gave us six big gains to cheer — including decimation of Left

To think the India-US nuclear deal was about a bilateral relationship or energy is to miss the point. It had much larger implications.