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Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi

As India-Pakistan ties dip, the heat is on diplomats and their families

The harassment is not limited to Indian diplomats. Pakistanis who approach the Indian High Commission for visas to visit family in India also become victims
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Here’s what’s still holding working women back in 2018

Women are still paid less, female bosses are still in the minority and motherhood still carries the risk of total career derailment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

When BJP wins, it credits vikas; when it loses, it shamelessly blames caste

Not only does the BJP play the game of caste politics, it has been playing it better than anyone else.
A file photo of Stephen Hawkings

Stephen Hawking was a trailblazer who tried to merge quantum physics & general relativity

"If we do discover a theory of everything… it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason — for then we would truly know the mind of God."
The Darul Uloom Haqqania religious seminary

‘University Of Jihad’ gets public funds even as Pakistan fights extremism

For years, Pakistan has promised to clamp down on religious schools that preach violence, yet radical seminaries like Darul Uloom Haqqania continue to receive government funds.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Now that we know Yogi is no Modi, here is some chicken soup for his defeated UP soul

UP proved that, as of now, Yogi Adityanath is no Modi. The Prime Minister might not be too unhappy about that at least.
Samajwadi Party supporters celebrating

The UP results will now set off a competition over which regional leader should lead the opposition

The regrouping among regional parties has already begun and they are looking for an opportunity to shift gears.

Only 18% of Maharashtra’s cropped area is irrigated; we should not be surprised at the distress

It is nobody’s case that problems of agriculture can be fixed by soil health cards, loan waivers, crop insurance or e-NAM.

The BJP is paying the price for alienating Dalits, UP bypoll results show

Mayawati’s unexpected decision to support the SP in the bypolls was an act of desperation — not just her own, but also that of Dalit voters.
A hindu and a muslim making a victory sign in a political rally in Gujarat

Secularism is just a word, but opposition will resist BJP bid to drop it from Constitution

The word itself may not be essential, but its removal will symbolise an assault on the spirit of Indian pluralism and religious freedom.

On Camera

Akshay Kumar's interview of PM Modi | Twitter

The ‘apolitical’ interview between PM Modi & Akshay Kumar was more than just about mangoes

Anyone who believes there can be an ‘apolitical’ interview with the PM right in the middle of Lok Sabha elections knows nothing about Modi.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.