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Amit Shah orders BJP Delhi unit to shake off complacency and work toward capturing 51% vote

Shah also asked the Delhi unit to send him a compilation of all the letters he has written to them till date. But members worry they may have been lost.  PRAGYA KAUSHIKA 

Nervous HRD ministry waves red flag as Niti Aayog panel stokes language row in Tamil Nadu

Panel appointed by Niti Aayog after a review of autonomous bodies by the Department of Education wants merger of Classical Tamil Institute with national body. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

Shah and Bhagwat may have zeroed in on vice-presidential candidate

Amit Shah and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat may have already chosen BJP's vice-presidential candidate, while the parliamentary board of the party is likely to meet soon to discuss the nomination. PRAGYA KAUSHIKA 

“Fake” Bengal violence pix used for representational purposes – BJP IT Cell head Malviya

Amit Malviya tells ThePrint original visuals from the state were too gory to publish. Says it is a norm to use images for representational purposes. PRAGYA KAUSHIKA
Animal welfare board to show preference to for cows

Cow welfare gets more lip service than funds under BJP govt.

The BJP government has cut grants to the Animal Welfare Board every year since it came to power. As a result, grants to cow shelters now are lower than what they were under the UPA government. SANYA DHINGRA

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Quest for Equity’

The Congress will hold a three-day international conference in Bengaluru from July 21 to 23 on ‘Reclaiming Social Justice, Revisiting Ambdekar’, will culminate in a possible blueprint for a ‘common minimum programme’ for a united opposition ahead of 2019. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI
File photo of Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi | Facebook

Maneka Gandhi quietly pitched for cattle market rules, documents show

Legal papers show the Women and Child Development minister wrote to the Finance ministry in 2014 to stop the illegal transport of animals to Nepal for sacrifice. ANUBHUTI VISHNOI

No rhetoric please! BJP puts a lid on comments on China stand-off

The ruling party has directed its central leadership to “refrain” from making any comments on the border confrontation with China. PRAGYA KAUSHIKA

Out of power, Akali Dal flirts with politics of religion again

In Punjab, the Badals seek to retrieve lost political ground by replacing "progress" with "Panth".  CHITLEEN K SETHI

Remembering Indira and the Reminders from her era

The release of a book on the late prime minister gives an opportunity to examine her legacy and the relevance of its lessons today. AADYA SINHA

On Camera

YourTurn

Proceedings underway in the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session | ANI

Parliament a Bill-passing factory under Modi govt. Suspending Opposition MPs proves it

Repeal of farm laws without any discussion in Parliament and the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs show Modi government is reluctant to engage.
People at a market place in Ranchi | Bloomberg Photo

Recovery gathers pace: India’s Q2 GDP grows at 8.4% for fourth straight quarter of expansion

The second wave of Covid had forced states to impose fresh restrictions. However, the economy has now surpassed the pre-Covid level, according to data released by National Statistical Office.

Defence

BSF jawans | Representational Image |Flickr

West Bengal, Punjab govts’ apprehensions on BSF jurisdiction extension ‘ill-founded’: Centre

MoS Nityanand Rai said the extension of BSF’s jurisdiction would result in better & more effective control on trans-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police.

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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