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Illustration: Prajna Ghosh, Manisha Yadav | ThePrint

From ‘I had idli’ to political megaphone, how tiny Twitter punches above its weight in India

Twitter has far less reach than WhatsApp or even Facebook, so why do political parties think it’s so important?
File image of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur of the BJP | Photo: ANI

‘I accept responsibility for bypoll defeats, they’re an eye-opener for BJP’: Himachal CM Thakur

In interview with ThePrint, Jai Ram Thakur says 'overconfidence' was a reason for bypoll defeats, but results not an indication of public discontent a year before assembly polls.
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2 former ministers, 3 ex-MLAs join BJP in UP ahead of assembly polls

Among the inductees is Jainarayan Tiwari from Sultanpur, a 3-time UP minister who has been with Congress and Samajwadi Party in the past.
Representational image of TMC supporters | ANI

Trinamool sees silver lining in Tripura civic polls rout, also alleges rigging as BJP sweeps

BJP won 329 out of 334 seats across several municipal bodies, while Trinamool Congress won just one out of 119 contested. CPM and TIPRA Motha also accuse ruling party of rigging.
All party meet

Farm laws, MSP, fuel price –– Opposition demands govt action on 15 issues at all-party meet

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge slammed PM Modi for skipping meeting, saying he was supposed to head it to address issues.
File photos of Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (L) and Manish Tewari

It’s Congress vs Congress again, Manish Tewari clarifies after Adhir criticises unreleased book

Tewari tweeted an excerpt from the book this week, saying UPA govt should have taken sterner action after 26/11. This stoked a row, with BJP leaders using it to criticise Congress.

Ruling BJP sweeps Tripura civic polls, wins all 51 seats in Agartala Municipal Corporation

While BJP also recorded clean sweeps in several other urban local bodies in Tripura, opposition parties TMC and CPI(M) demanded countermanding and recounting of the polls respectively.
Aspirants get their documents verified by an invigilator as they appear for the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test 2021 at an examination centre, in Mathura on 28 November 2021. | Photo: ANI

UP govt cancels teachers’ exam after paper leak, Yogi says ‘guilty to be charged as gangsters’

UP Police found question paper for Sunday's exam had already been leaked, arrested people early morning, leading to cancellation. Opposition parties accuse Yogi govt of corruption.

Rani Kamlapati married Muslim, BJP renamed Habibganj station to mislead people: Congress MP

Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rajmani Patel claimed Gond queen Rani Kamlapati had befriended a Muslim commander and later took 'Jal Samadhi' after having a 'love affair' with him.
Representational image. | A file photo of TMC MPs (Saugata Roy, Sajda Ahmed, Jawhar Sircar, Mahua Moitra and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy) addressing the media in New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

Trinamool to skip Opposition meet called by Congress Monday as Parliament session begins

There's tension between the parties after several Congress leaders across India switched over. Most TMC parliamentary leaders will be in Kolkata for a meeting with Mamata Banerjee.

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Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at the COP26 summit in Glasgow | ANI photo

Time to convert Fintech into a revolution to provide low-cost payment system, ​says PM Modi

Speaking at the InFinity Forum Friday, PM said technology is bringing a big shift in finance, and mobile payment last year exceeded ATM withdrawals.

Defence

PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden during their bilateral meeting in Washington on 24 September 2021| Twitter /@narendramodi

US unlikely to impose CAATSA sanctions on India for S-400, but other Russian deals won’t be easy

The $5.43-bn S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems deal is going to be at the centre of the upcoming India visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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