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(From left front row) Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Jairamdas Doulatram and Jawaharlal Nehru | Commons

BJP has found its Bengali Hindutva icon ahead of 2021 assembly polls — Syama Prasad Mookerjee

Modi govt renamed 150-yr-old Kolkata Port as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in January. Bengal BJP has launched programmes to celebrate him as Bengali leader of eminence.
File photo of local residents celebrating the scrapping of Article 370 in Ladakh | ANI

Why an ad for a coveted bank job has left Ladakh anxious 11 months after Article 370 move

Ladakh residents, particularly the youth, are increasingly worried about their shot at a govt job or admissions to educational institutes under new status quo.
Kiran Dighavkar (in pink shirt) during one of his field visits | By special arrangement

The ‘thick skinned’ civil engineer behind ‘Dharavi model’ and Mumbai’s footpath challenge

The ‘Dharavi model’ has made international headlines, and perhaps, just as talked about as the model is the face behind it — assistant municipal commissioner Kiran Dighavkar. 
A file photo of the funeral of the BJP leader who was killed in Bandipora last week along with his brother and father. | Photo: ANI

‘We are sitting ducks’ — elected village leaders in J&K fear for life but govt can do little

After local BJP leader's murder in Bandipora, J&K administration has come under increased pressure to provide security to elected representatives, who say promises not being kept.
TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao during his swearing-in ceremony | PTI

How coronavirus is exposing the ‘autocratic’ leadership of ‘missing’ CM KCR

Since the formation of Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao or KCR has governed with an authoritarian streak and the pandemic has changed little.
Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh | ThePrint Team

Param Bir Singh — ‘encounter specialist’ IPS officer & Mumbai top cop caught in Sena-NCP tiff

Seemingly stuck in the Sena-NCP tug of war in Maharashtra, Param Bir Singh is a celebrated IPS officer but one who has also courted multiple controversies.
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Is Kashmir militancy beginning to ebb? Last decade trend shows it could be another false dawn

Official data shows 118 militants have been killed, and recruitment has dipped 48% so far this year. But a 2010 lull like this had ended with a new phase of militancy.
Representational Image | Stefan Wermuth | Bloomberg

High productivity, less gossip, but no work-life balance — WFH tales of Bengaluru techies

Covid lockdown has transformed how IT sector works, with firms making quick transition to work from home to sustain operations. But the experiment has got mixed reviews.
File image of former Maharashtra chief secretary Ajoy Mehta at Mantralaya | Twitter | @ShelarAshish

Ajoy Mehta — Maharashtra IAS officer Congress can’t stand & Uddhav can’t do without

Ajoy Mehta got two extensions as chief secretary before term ended Tuesday. Now principal adviser to CM, he is known to be a tough taskmaster who's popular with his politician bosses.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was angry about the COVID-19 case in the state | File photo: ANI

Trinamool’s cut-money was CPM’s subscription — Bengal’s long history of political ‘extortion’

While the cut-money allegations have put Mamata govt on the backfoot, political experts say extortion has been an intricate part of Bengal’s politics for the past four decades.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.