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Vikas Dubey arrested by police in Ujjain on 9 July | ANI Photo

One week of Vikas Dubey hit-and-gun saga told the story of India

Vikas Dubey’s manhunt had all ingredients of a pot boiler—a revenge seeking police, an administration that cheers extra-judicial killings, and a screaming media.
Made in China products

Green tea to underpants, China’s grip on Indian lives goes beyond phone apps

There is no way Indians can live without most of the 8,000-odd stuff the country imports from China. So it's just better to wait for the tensions at LAC to simmer down.
Patanjali

Ayurveda, FMCG, Covid, controversy — Baba Ramdev and the Patanjali school of marketing

The reaction to Ramdev’s launch of Coronil, which claims to be a ‘cure’ for Covid-19, would be a nightmare for any other company. Not Patanjali, though.
A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

Ladakh, scenic Himalayan desert at the centre of most fierce India-China conflict in 53 yrs

Ladakh’s barren landscape used to be populated by tourists, until PLA incursion in Galwan Valley and the killing of 20 Indian soldiers turned it into the ground zero of LAC conflict.

India returns to action in Unlock 1.0 — with fever guns, new habits and longing for the old

With malls, restaurants and religious places reopening, India is uneasily but surely coming back to life, but in the shadow of the coronavirus.
A Border Roads Organisation (BRO) worker drives a steamroller while repairing a road surface with tarmac on a section of the Leh Manali highway in Ladakh region | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Ladakh standoff shows ‘unwritten’ LAC will continue to be a thorn between India and China

Unlike the LAC, the border between India and Pakistan is delineated on a map, signed by both armies and enjoys international sanctity. That's what India-China need.

Modi govt turns on air-travel sign. Cabin crew, coronavirus, chaos, prepare for take-off

Just like 9/11 changed how people flew, Covid has brought in more automation and low-touch systems at airports. Health checks will be as important as security checks.
File image of Nepalese PM K.P. Sharma Oli with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Mocking Indian emblem, redrawing Nepal map, KP Oli’s adventures are growing

KP Oli does enjoy a better relationship with China. But New Delhi cannot blame the Nepal PM alone for not resolving the boundary dispute when the time was right.
Migrant labourers depart for their hometowns from Mohali, Friday | Representational image | ANI

A train of afterthoughts: How Indian Railways itself became the story in a lockdown

The journey of railways through Covid-19 symbolises India’s response to the crisis: starting on a high note of hope, but soon giving way to panic and despair.
People carry boxes of alcohol in Paharganj | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

After 40 days of lockdown, Indians just wanted alcohol not ‘Gujarat Model’

While it's easy to forget the coronavirus crisis in high spirits, many states realised that opening the shops was not very practical to keep a pandemic at bay.

On Camera

Harvard Hyderabad, Princeton Mumbai – the future of US higher education could be in India

Schools open to expanding in India will rise considerably in reputation as the nation is in the midst of a phenomenal explosion of talent in diverse fields.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs from Number 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on 13 February 2020 | Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

UK economy plunges into deep recession, shrinks 20.4% between April and June

Reacting to Office for National Statistics data, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the figures confirm that hard times were here and warned about more job losses in the coming months.

Defence

Army convoy moving towards eastern Ladakh from Leh on 30 June 2020 (representational image) | ANI

30,000 additional troops in Eastern Ladakh, Army faces stiff task housing them for winter

There is an infrastructure shortage in Eastern Ladakh, stemming from the fact that such large-scale movement of troops was unheard of in the region, and due to the challenging terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.