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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is welcomed by supporters at Sagardighi Railway Station in Murshidabad, in March 2021 | ANI

‘Making Muslims scapegoat for Mamata’s failure’: Owaisi hits out at Kishor ‘appeasement’ clip

Owaisi was referring to audio clips released by BJP where Prashant Kishor is purportedly heard addressing journalists during an interaction on invite-only chat app Club House.
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Govt exported Covid-19 vaccine, allowed shortage in India — Sonia Gandhi hits out at Centre

At a meeting of Congress-ruled states to review the Covid-19 situation, Sonia Gandhi said public gatherings, including poll rallies, should be cancelled.
File image of election strategist Prashant Kishor | Photo: PTI

BJP latches on to Kishor’s ‘admission’ of defeat in chat, he says release full conversation

The BJP has released purported audio clips of comments by Mamata Banerjee’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor to claim that he has admitted defeat in assembly polls.
Representational image of a BJP rally in West Bengal | Photo: ANI

BJP changes Bengal campaign strategy, will now target Congress to ensure three-way contest

Congress is strong in a number of seats in last 4 phases, and if its alliance with Left & cleric Abbas Siddiqui takes some anti-BJP vote, it’ll impact Mamata’s TMC.
File photo of Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala | ANI

Corruption in Rafale deal led to Rs 21,075 cr loss, claims Congress after latest French twist

In a fresh attack, Congress' Randeep Surjewala asks why Modi govt removed mandatory 'anti-corruption clauses' in Rafale deal, demands independent probe.
A file photo of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat (second from right) in Haridwar. | Photo: ANI

Uttarakhand CM says will review govt takeover of 51 temples after VHP pushes proposal

CM Tirath Singh Rawat was at the meeting of VHP, which was called to decide on whether an agitation should be launched to push the govt on withdrawing the Act.
The Gyanvapi Mosque next to Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi (left) and the Shahi Idgah, which is adjacent to the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple in Mathura | Photos: Commons

Opposition guarded as BJP welcomes ASI survey of Kashi temple and Gyanvapi mosque

Top Muslim leaders said they would challenge the Varanasi court order while AIMIM questions legality of order. Opposition parties such as SP, BSP and TMC have refused to comment.

Election Commission issues notice to Mamata Banerjee over remarks against CPF personnel

The EC said Banerjee's statements attempt to berate and vilify the personnel. Few days ago, EC had issued her a notice for allegedly appealing for votes along communal lines.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during election campaigning at Karunagappally in Kollam district on 30 March. | Photo: ANI

Same same, but little different — how Priyanka Gandhi’s campaign style compares with Rahul

Priyanka Gandhi has gone beyond UP for the first time, moving across Assam tea gardens and Kerala temples. It's an easy approach, say experts, but ultimately only votes can measure success.
The BJP and the Trinamool are both wooing backward castes in Bengal this election | ANI

Caste was never a big issue in Bengal politics. This assembly election has changed that

Banerjee sowed seeds of caste-based politics, starting with pursuing the Matua clan comprising Hindu refugees. Now BJP has promised them citizenship. Other SC/ST votes also being eyed.

On Camera

Who holds the TV remote in India? Women give it up around 7 pm to men, study shows

A recent survey of urban Indian households showed that more and more Indian men are taking over the remote control — especially during primetime.
Boeing 737 Max jet

Months after comeback, Boeing’s 737 Max has a new issue that will ground dozens of jets again

US carriers parked a combined 67 of the workhorse planes Friday, about a third of the Max jets currently in service around the world.

Defence

Chinese PLA troops march back from the Pangong Tso area in eastern Ladakh | Photo released by Indian Army

Corps Commander talks ends after 13 hours, India and China discuss further disengagement

Army sources said that the two countries discussed disengagement from remaining friction points, including Gogra heights, Hot Springs and Depsang Plains in the 11th round of talks.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.