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Aerial view of Jang-e-Azadi Memorial | By special arrangement

This freedom fighters’ memorial is providing cheer to people & moolah to Punjab govt

The Jang-e-Azadi Memorial at Kartarpur doesn’t take a single paisa from Punjab treasury, and has received almost 4 lakh visitors in the last 3 years.
File image of Eknath Khadse | Twitter

The relegation of Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse — from CM aspirant to just another MLA

Eknath Khadse, who once held 9 key portfolios, resigned from Maharashtra cabinet in 2016 on graft charges. He is yet to be rehabilitated despite a clean chit.
INLD supporters before the Jind bypoll | @Dchautala/Twitter

A song a day on WhatsApp & YouTube: Election campaigns in Haryana hit a new note

Ahead of the Jind bypoll, as well as the Lok Sabha elections, Haryana’s politicians are counting on viral music and lyrics to win votes.
Zameer Ahmed Khan with Karantaka CM Siddaramaiah | Facebook

Meet Zameer Ahmed Khan, the man who helped HD Kumaraswamy pull off (and survive) coups

Zameer Ahmed Khan is a former JD(S) leader who is now in the Congress.
Grape farming (representational image) | Pixabay

In Karnataka’s wine-making ‘California belt’, fears of grapes turning sour

Winegrowers say the weather, at 4-5 degree Celsius, may have sucked out the sweetness of the grapes, making then unfit for wine production.
Chengannur Mahadeva Kshetram

Next door to Sabarimala temple district, a menstruating goddess is worshipped

The Chengannur Mahadeva Kshetram is located in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, which neighbours Pathanamthitta, where Sabarimala temple is situated.
Students receive school kits from several organisations | Facebook

How an IAS officer’s Facebook campaign is rebuilding Kerala’s Alleppey

Alappuzha sub-collector Krishna Teja’s Facebook page 'I am for Alleppey' is helping rehabilitate those affected in the flood-battered state. 
Youth Akali Dal members blacken the statue of Rajiv Gandhi in Ludhiana | PTI

Why Akalis & AAP are reigniting 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue in Punjab

The two main opposition parties in Punjab have latched on to the issue in a bid to improve their 2019 electoral prospects.
The Golden Chariot train

South India’s Golden Chariot has gone off the rails, but looks to salvage itself next year

Luxury train service Golden Chariot, which suffered losses worth Rs 40 crore in 10 years, will be off the tracks for a year while it undergoes a complete overhaul.
Manuscripts from the library | By special arrangement

In Punjab, a library’s silent digital revolution is preserving the state’s heritage

From Maharaja Ranjit Singh-era manuscripts to phulkaris and even Mughal coins, the Panjab Digital Library is making historical treasures digitally accessible.

OnCamera

PM Narendra Modi

India-Pakistan face-off over Pulwama is Narendra Modi’s biggest foreign policy challenge

New Delhi can pat itself on the back for persuading Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to not fly directly from Pakistan.
shiv sena

Is pact with Shiv Sena sign of BJP’s desperation or smart manoeuvring ahead of elections?

The BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra assembly election in alliance. The BJP is also forming an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

Defence

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

7 islands in Lakshadweep and Andamans identified for seaplane operations 

Private sector participation was also invited for tourism-based projects in two archipelagos in the region. 
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.