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File photo of Taliban fighters | Representational image | ANI photo

No one knows what the new Taliban is. But the ‘good Taliban’ house of cards is down

As the global community directed its anger at Taliban and US President Joe Biden, India’s foreign minister S. Jaishankar told UNSC it can't be complacent about terror groups.
A view of the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi, on 11 August 2021 | PTI

Disruption in Parliament isn’t new. But there was a new aggression in this monsoon session

This monsoon session was the worst in terms of productivity in the second term of the Modi govt, with Lok Sabha recording just 22% functioning hours and Rajya Sabha 28%.
Indian players celebrate after their win against Germany during the men's field hockey bronze medal match, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, on 5 August 2021 | Twitter/@AmitShah

With Tokyo Olympics, Indian hockey has gone back to the ‘bronze age’ with golden era in sight

India, hold the hockey high. With Tokyo bronze, national sport has just got its pride back.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi (left) with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday | Twitter: @INCIndia

Mamata Banerjee’s Delhi visit says a lot about ‘Mission 2024’. More than what she let on

During her four-day visit, Mamata Banerjee met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal, and spoke to RJD leader Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
A worker sweeps in front of a banner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan | Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

Can’t cancel, can’t hold – Tokyo Olympics was going to help Brand Japan, now it’s a headache

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is a tale of loss – for many infected players, for Japan’s economy that really needed a boost, and the fight against a hovering virus.
Crowd at Sadar Bazar market after authorities eased Covid-induced restrictions in New Delhi, 14 June 2021 | PTI

Lower population good for India’s health. Time to get over ‘if and but’ approach

The famed demographic dividend is not yet fully apparent but the negatives of a burgeoning population in a resource constrained country have been on full display.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, the ‘Maharaja’ BJP rewarded with Cabinet berth is ready to fly high

BJP high command has repeatedly told Jyotiraditya Scindia, who rebelled against Congress at the most crucial stage of his political career, that there is no limit for his growth.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

Navjot Sidhu hit a sixer against the Captain of Punjab Congress. Now he has a seat with Gandhis

Engaged in a tussle with Capt Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu met with both Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, and posted an image on Twitter in a show of proximity to the Congress high command.

Jio-Google phone dream for millions but only MRP will shake them up — when September comes

Mukesh Ambani wants to make India ‘2G-mukt’. To a lay person that’s not a big deal, to a telecom geek, it’s nothing short of a spiritual awakening.
Chirag Paswan

Chirag Paswan put hopes on ‘Bihar first, Bihari first’. He is now having to save LJP first

Chirag Paswan is forced to launch a fight not just to save his father Ram Vilas Paswan's legacy but also his party LJP, which is caught between two power centres.

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I asked historians what find made them go ‘wait, wut?’ The answers didn’t disappoint

I asked a simple question on Twitter. About 300 historians replied.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.


A Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft

IAF signs deal with France to purchase phased out Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

None of these aircraft would be used for flying and they are being acquired to help improve the serviceability of around 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, sources said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.