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How Nitish Kumar’s fight against corruption has unravelled in 13 years

In 2007, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar gave a rousing speech with a focus on fighting corruption. But in the years since, that fight appears to have lost its sheen.
LJP president and Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Holding Bihar polls amid Covid will put people at risk, turnout may be low: Chirag Paswan

LJP chief & Lok Sabha MP Chirag Paswan has urged Election Commission to think and then take a decision that will be beneficial for the people at large.
BJP working president J.P. Nadda

Nadda asks BJP MPs to create e-books of their Covid relief work & publicise Modi’s efforts

In meeting with MPs of various states, BJP chief J.P. Nadda said the battle against Covid is long & any relaxed approach could backfire.
A file photo of BJP leader Uma Bharti. | Photo: ANI

Uma Bharti questions MP CM Chouhan after Vikas Dubey ‘encounter’, praises Yogi govt

BJP leader Uma Bharti questioned the Madhya Pradesh govt over how Dubey reached Ujjain, among others. A BJP leader says this doesn’t reflect well.
File image of a BJP supporter at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Wary of blowback during Bihar polls, Modi govt puts OBC creamy layer tweak on backburner

Any bid to tamper with the quota system, even perceived, is likely to cost the BJP heavily in the Bihar elections, as it did in 2015, when RSS called for a ‘review of reservation’.
File image of Nitish Kumar | Photo: ANI

How ‘Vikas Purush’ Nitish Kumar favoured fellow Kurmis in Bihar administration and politics

Kurmis make up just 2% of Bihar’s population, but members of the caste wield a lot of influence on Nitish Kumar’s administration and in his JD(U).
File photo of Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel | @bhupeshbaghel/Twitter

CM Baghel eyes Jogi fortress Marwahi, but ‘Target 70’ not likely to be easy one for Congress

The Dalit and tribal-dominated seat has been with former CM Ajit Jogi & his family for 5 consecutive terms. A bypoll, necessitated after his death in May, is due.
Supporters of BJP carry flags during a rally in Bhopal

Kamal Nath’s ‘loot’, 65,000 WhatsApp groups, 80 rallies — BJP strategy for MP bypolls

PM Modi will virtually inaugurate a 750 MW solar power project in Rewa on 10 July, which, BJP leaders say, will set the tone of development vs loot narrative of Kamal Nath.
ABVP activists hold up placards and cut-outs of Swami Vivekananda and Dr B.R. Ambedkar at a demonstration | File photo: ANI

72 years of ABVP, student body where Amit Shah, Nadda, Rajnath began their political careers

The RSS-backed student organisation now has a membership of 3 million, and a presence in 4,500 cities and towns from colleges to the district level.
A file photo of Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu. | Photo: Twiiter/AjayLalluINC

Jungle raj in state, govt should be sacked: UP Congress chief slams Yogi Adityanath

Alluding to the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen were killed, Lallu said people have come to know how the goons are being taken care of by those in power.

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Representational image of digital payment | Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

Coronavirus succeeds where demonetisation failed as Indians dump cash for digital payments

Value of UPI transactions reached all-time high June as people feared handling banknotes amid the pandemic. Electronic fund transfers have also rebounded.

Defence

Sig Sauer

Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
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.