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Bihar’s Aurangabad beat Covid misinformation with ‘influencers’ — politicians, religious gurus

Successful public-private partnership & combination of mature and young officials — District Magistrate of Aurangabad, Bihar writes on his team’s Covid battle.

As armies ‘retreat’ at LAC, India must turn to options it hasn’t used against China so far

To goad Modi govt to reveal each move against China and put it in public domain is not in keeping with India's security and strategic parameters.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

Pakistan chuckled while India clashed at LAC. Forgot how China nibbled at its borders too

A serious threat may lead to Beijing hitting the pause button on territorial expansion, but in the long run the slow decadal expansionism will not cease.
Delhi University | Photo by Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi University has one obsession and it’s making a mess of it. Exams

After months of back-and-forth over the much-criticised online Open Book Examinations, Delhi University has postponed its exams once again.
BJP leader Wasim Bari | @DrJitendraSingh | Twitter

Why BJP and RSS workers are the new targets of militants in Kashmir

The murder of BJP leader Wasim Bari in Bandipora is another reminder that we must be steadfast in our resolve to completely erase militancy from Kashmir.
PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping met in Wuhan in April, 2018 | @PMO/Twitter

Modi, Xi are strong leaders, but for lasting peace at the LAC both need to make compromises

Both, Modi and Xi, understand that if India and China don’t make compromises, then a limited war is inevitable, which neither side wants.
A health worker screens the patient quarantined next door at the High Speed Rail Training Institute in Vadodara | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Coronavirus crisis is India’s chance to bring health reforms stalled by British colonial rule

Unlike 1991, this is not an economic crisis. India can take the lesson from the last similar healthcare crisis that the world faced in Spanish flu — reform or perish.
File image of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan | Photo: ANI

Pakistanis are saying ‘mandir nahi banaenge’. Fatwas follow Hindu temple construction

Not allowing the construction of a Krishna temple in Islamabad is Pakistan’s latest ‘sin’ against the Hindus who have equal rights under the Constitution.

Bhujiya, bicycle, bathroom: TV news scripts potboiler story of Vikas Dubey before UP Police

Aaj Tak anchor Anjana Om Kashyap seemed to be auditioning for a dialogue writer's role. Channels not satisfied with police-criminal nexus went looking for gangster Vikas Dubey's wife.
A BR Ambedkar statue

Unlike in the West, Dalits have built statues to resist historical oppression

Ambedkar statues have reclaimed public space for Dalit contributions in virtually every town in India.

On Camera

Representational image | Beef steak | Pixabay

Meat-lover who wants to save the planet? 3D printed steaks are your solution

It can take up to 15,000 litres of water to produce a single kilogram of beef. But there is now a growing amount of interest in meat alternatives.
Representational image of Union finance ministry | ANI

This is what Modi govt wants 3 loss-making insurance firms to do to turn profitable

The Modi govt has attached conditions for its capital infusion into OlCL, NICL and UIICL, focussing on profitability and improving customer service.

Defence

An Arad rifle | www. iwi.net

Two new Israeli assault rifles Arad and Carmel now set to be manufactured in India

The assault rifles will be manufactured under Make in India initiative in Madhya Pradesh by joint venture PLR Systems, which is already producing arms like Tavor.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.