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MNS Chief Raj Thackeray

Raj Thackeray wants a Modi-mukt Bharat, and is shooting from Congress-NCP shoulder

Without a candidate or political stake, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has turned against BJP but finds leaders unwilling to take him seriously.
Kanhaiya Kumar

Why Kanhaiya Kumar can successfully crowdfund Rs 70 lakh but Bihar’s Raju Yadav struggles

It’s important to know people, but in the case of crowdfunding, what’s more important is who knows you.
Flames and smoke rise from a fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Notre Dame’s terrible fire unites the world in dismay

Notre Dame is a summit of human achievement, and once restored, will stand for an added measure of human resilience.
Deve Gowda

Deve Gowda’s desperate family-first politics make even Pawar, KCR, Naidu clans look better

Even Deve Gowda’s supporters in Karnataka believe he now cares only about the political fortunes of his family.
A student attends a welding class during vocational training at the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) Institute of Skills in New Delhi, India

Here’s what we know for sure about jobs & unemployment under Modi govt

A highly educated youth is more than 5 times as likely to be unemployed as an uneducated one, reflecting quality of education & jobs being created.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian PM Narendra Modi inaugurate a solar power plant in Mirzapur, March 12 | @narendramodi

As the world grieves over Notre Dame, Modi missing in action

PM Modi believes he has brought India to the world’s attention, and so he should have known better than staying silent on Notre Dame fire tragedy.
Srinagar: A girl plays with the Chinar leaves at the Mughal Garden, during autumn in Srinagar, Sunday, November 18, 2018. Autumn which sets in from September to November is known as golden season of the valley when the colours of Chinar leaves turn into golden red. Kashmiris collect these Chinar leaves and make charcoal to use during winter to beat the cold. (PTI Photo/S Irfan) (PTI11_18_2018_000078B)

Despite conflict, Kashmiris economically better off than people of most Indian states

NSSO data shows average Kashmiri household spends more on recreational goods and rural Kashmir fares much better than rural areas of rest of India.
Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

Why don’t we know what’s going to happen next in ‘Game of Thrones’

It’s hard to believe that an article based on interviews with sources in a position to know all of this season’s plot twists wouldn’t have a few zillion clicks.
Rahul Gandhi

Why Indian courts shouldn’t get their hopes up with Congress promise of judicial reform

Congress’ election manifesto opens debate on much-needed reform in Indian judiciary but promises have seldom turned into government action.
File photo of Jaya Prada | jayapradaofficial | Facebook

It’s a tragedy that 3-time MP Jaya Prada becomes news only when men comment on her

Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada has parlayed several parties but has been a prowling tigress in her political avatar.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.


Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.