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Missed deadlines, cost overruns, tiff with Centre — why Polavaram isn’t yet Andhra’s ‘lifeline’

Polavaram was first proposed in 1941 but received green light in 2004-05, under YSR. It is projected to irrigate 2.91 lakh hectares, and provide drinking water to 28.5 lakh people.

‘Shady deals, money laundering, impropriety’ — what Kerala gold smuggling case has unearthed

The alleged racket that spans India & the UAE has exposed a network of facilitators, financiers, black gold traders & former employees of UAE consulate.

Rotting crops, unsold produce, falling incomes — How India’s hopeful rural economy has crashed

Rural economy was meant to push India in a difficult year, but a number of factors are making that difficult. ThePrint travels across the country to find these out.

Modi wants to double farmers’ income by 2022. But it is only their debt that’s growing

Across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, farmers say central schemes like PM-Kisan are a mockery, and that they no longer have MGNREGA as a safety net.

Maggi, fridge, clothes, mobile data, booze — nothing is selling in slowdown-hit rural UP

Kids are denied lunch and weddings are austere as rural consumption takes a beating due to economic slowdown. ThePrint travels through UP to meet people caught in the crisis.

Babri Masjid demolition trial is a textbook example of how delayed justice can be

ThePrint spent two days attending the Babri criminal trial in Lucknow, going through court records, evidence and statements. Here’s what we found.

IAF set to begin process to buy bird-detection radars — for the 4th time in 10 years

Nearly 10% of all fighter accidents involve bird-hits, which cause irreversible damage to the engines. IAF has long suffered the problem.

Fugitive arms dealer & Robert Vadra’s ‘friend’ Sanjay Bhandari lives in plush London flat

Robert Vadra & Sanjay Bhandari's names were dragged into the Rafale deal controversy by the BJP last week.

Smriti Irani’s close friendship with Ekta Kapoor ‘cost’ Doordarshan serious TRP & revenue

I&B minister scrapped a programming deal Balaji Telefilms was on the verge of violating and being penalised for. She denies wrongdoing, says she protected Doordarshan.

UP encounters: ‘Grabbed in front of dad’, killed & the ‘crime of being a low caste crook’

In notorious Azamgarh, the story is the same as the rest of UP. Only here, families allege that caste decides who dies, even if he is a petty criminal.

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Representative image: Authors argue education can improve the integration of intellectually disabled in India | Commons

Young Indians have an intellectual disability crisis. Stigma, lack of reporting...

A team of Indian researchers show how in India, intellectual disability is treated more as a medical than a social issue.
File photo of an employee inspecting an egg in an incubator at an hatchery in Mangaon, south of Mumbai on 2 February, 2015 | Reuters

Malaysia’s egg shortage sets Indian hatcheries on path for record exports

The outbreak of bird flu has curtailed supplies of eggs & chicken in many countries, pressuring already high food prices & triggering trade restrictions from countries that import poultry.

Defence

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Why Iran’s drone programme is a ‘triumph’ – Harsh sanctions, western...

Tehran's drone programme can be traced back to 1980s. Iranian drones are cheap, have more range & flight endurance, besides stealth capabilities & counter GPS jamming systems.

Shehbaz Sharif is talking peace. India must keep mum, leave Pak...

Anything that gives breathing space and strategic relevance back to Pakistan is negative for India. It’s worse for Pakistan.