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PM Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, at Paliganj in Patna

In his first Bihar rally, Narendra Modi shows Nitish Kumar his place

Narendra Modi’s pitch for Bihar: nationalism, Nitish, EBC vote.
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India needs laws to regulate app stores but first know how Google, Apple control the system

Google's attempt to bring its model of operation closer to Apple’s App Store and build a similar tightly controlled mobile environment has been thwarted. But for how long?
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray | Photo: ANI

Maharashtra govt vs CBI — the law and politics behind clash & why it is not about TRPs

In episode 599 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the reasons behind Maharashtra govt withdrawing 'general consent' from the CBI to probe cases in the state.
Voting in US | Commons

Forget Chinese, Russians, Iranians. Americans themselves can undermine their elections

When Iran, Russia and China attempt to undermine voter confidence in the outcome of the election, they are pushing on an open door. It’s up to American voters to slam it shut.
PM Modi virtually addressing the people of West Bengal during Durga Puja | PTI

Modi is the only Indian mass leader after Gandhi who has used religious symbolism so well

Modi’s two Navratri addresses to the nation deserve closer attention. They were a complex amalgam of carefully crafted and thoughtfully arranged messaging, just like Brand Modi.

Why Arab states should avoid an arms race with Iran

Russia & China are eager to supply Iran with advanced jets, tanks and missiles. This is alarming for its Gulf Arab neighbors, especially for primary adversaries Saudi Arabia & UAE.
Representational image of Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir | ANI

Things are calmer in Kashmir now. Modi govt must listen to its development pangs

The government has appointed an affable old school politician, Manoj Sinha, as the L-G of J&K, but it would be too much to expect from one man alone.

Pakistan fighting war in India’s hinterland without weapons. That’s sixth-generation warfare

Pakistan Army needs one more coup or mutiny. This time for its reforms.
Nepal PM K.P. Sharma Oli (left, centre) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (right, centre) with their respective delegations at a 2019 meeting in Kathmandu | Photo: ANI

New Delhi must warn Oli govt. Allowing China to use Nepal for anti-India activities has costs

New Delhi needs to keep China and Pakistan, guessing about its next step.
A Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Fish fries, Honey Singh at pandals, sound of dhaak — Durga Pujo in 2020 is a silent aching

We will meet again among friends and relatives, and the smell of dhunuchi in the air of CR Park, Kolkata, Murshidabad, and Dhaka alike. But not in 2020.

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Representational image of Navratri celebrations | PTI Photo

Bal Thackeray’s father and Ambedkar used Navratri festivities to counter Brahmin Ganesh utsav

Keshav Sitaram Thackeray ‘Prabodhankar’ had joined BR Ambedkar in a movement to allow ‘untouchable’ to worship alongside Brahmins during Ganesh utsav in Mumbai.
RBI Governor Shakikanta Das speaks Friday | Photo: ANI

Future rate cuts depends on moderation in inflation, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

The reconstituted Monetary Policy Committee, which met from 7 to 9 October, had decided to keep the benchmark lending rates unchanged in view of the hardening of retail inflation.

Defence

INS Vikramaditya | @DefenceDecode | Twitter

Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.