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A sweet shop employee places a sign in front of their 'Immunity Sandesh', in Kolkata in June | ANI

Mishti, immunity kick or gimmick? Kolkata doesn’t care as ‘anti-Corona’ sweets are the rage

Sweet makers claim Covid-themed sweets are selling like hot cakes. Customers say they eat sweets just as sweets and don’t expect them to work as medicine.
Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray acknowledge their supporters, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. | PTI

The ‘softening’ of Shiv Sena — belligerent under Bal Thackeray to more liberal under Uddhav

27 years after the Mumbai riots, in which it played a major part, the Shiv Sena prepares to take credit for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. But much has changed within the party and its cadre. 
(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.

On Camera

File photo of Vladimir Putin | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russia’s Sputnik vaccine gamble is all about Vladimir Putin

Putin's rushed vaccine endorsement is less an affirmation of Russian scientific prowess than it is an expression of his hankering for Soviet-era international clout.
A farmer rests in a wholesale market (Representational image)

India’s WPI inflation falls 0.58% in July but food prices rise

Fuel, power basket inflation fell 9.84 per cent in July from 13.60 per cent in June. Manufactured products saw inflation of 0.51 per cent in July from 0.08 per cent in June.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses CII Annual Session 2020 via a video conference in New Delhi Tuesday. | Photo: ANI

Submarines, AK 203 rifles — two Make in India projects Modi govt set to push on priority

Tenders for the submarines are expected to be issued ‘soon’ while the Indo-Russian AK 203 rifles could be finalised by October.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.