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Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union minister of state with independent charge for labour and employment, speaks in the Lok Sabha Tuesday | Photo: ANI | Lok Sabha TV

Lok Sabha passes 3 labour codes as opposition parties boycott over MPs’ suspension

The three codes — on industrial relations, health & safety and social security — aim to reform archaic Indian labour laws and benefit employers & employees.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the BJP | Photo: ANI

Chouhan announces cash scheme for MP farmers, politics over Congress’ loan waivers intensifies

The new Kisan Kalyan Yojana will provide farmers Rs 4,000 on top of Centre's PM-KISAN scheme. BJP govt admits Congress’ loan waivers benefitted 26 lakh farmers.
File photo of Tathagata Roy | @tathagata@/Twitter

Some turncoats in BJP are moles, party must weed them out, says Tathagata Roy

Former Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy says BJP should ‘put an examination process in place for the new inductees’, and also scrutinise their background.
Harivansh Narayan Singh

Witnessed ‘murder’ of Gandhi, JP, Lohia in House — RS Deputy Chairman Harivansh goes on fast

In letter to Venkaiah Naidu explaining his decision, Harivansh plays up his Bihar roots, which the ruling BJP invoked to slam the opposition for Sunday's ruckus over farm bills.
Sasikala | Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images

Sasikala ‘set for release’ — AIADMK says inconsequential but some leaders wary of poll impact

Lawyer of Sasikala, in jail for 4 years now in Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case, says the close aide to late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa could be released this month.
File image of Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij at the Haryana Police headquarters in Panchkula | Photo: ANI

Anil Vij — Haryana’s BJP minister who cracks down on IPS officers, clashes with boss Khattar

BJP's Anil Vij last week punished a senior IPS officer by withdrawing all work. He’s infamous for running his mouth and once proudly called himself ‘Gabbar Singh’.
The eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs at their night-long dharna on Parliament premises | By special arrangement

With song, slogans & mosquito repellents, 8 suspended MPs complete nightlong Parliament dharna

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh visited the MPs early morning with tea, in a bid to break the impasse, but the opposition says stalemate will continue until suspensions are revoked.
Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot | ThePrint

Congress to field Sachin Pilot on buddy Scindia’s home turf to swing votes in MP bypolls

16 of 28 seats up for grabs are in Jyotiraditya Scindia’s home turf of Gwalior-Chambal, and a few have notable Gurjar presence where Sachin Pilot could prove influential.
Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses media during a press conference in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Bihar hurt by Congress, RJD insult of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, Ravi Shankar Prasad says

Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh is from Bihar. Prasad says BJP doesn't want to make it a political issue but people of Bihar, going to polls later this year, will be told how Singh was attacked.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray | Photo: ANI

Cash-strapped Maharashtra govt hires ad firm to highlight schemes on social media, faces flak

The 12-month contract is worth about Rs 6 crore. BJP leaders say Uddhav Thackeray govt should spend every rupee on Covid management.

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Muslim wedding in pakistan

Is she 18? How Pakistan’s forced conversion of minors get legal cover

If your kidnapper-husband says you are 18, or have had your first period, no more questions are asked in Pakistan about abduction-conversions of young girls.
PMC Bank depositors protest against the bank in New Delhi on 23 September 2020. | Photo: ANI

Net worth wiped out, withdrawal restrictions, no resolution — PMC Bank’s worse off 1 year on

RBI’s process to fix the bank hasn’t yielded any results. The bank’s net worth is wiped out and its depositors are struggling with restrictions on withdrawal.

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Indian pilots climb out of a Rafale fighter jet that was operationally inducted into the IAF on 10 September 2020 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?