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Paperless Saharsa is Bihar’s new showcase district. It’s snipping the Great Indian Red Tape

Saharsa is the first district in Bihar to be declared paperless. It was not a one-day magic event but a process that took time, training and changing mindsets.

Why poll strategist PK may not be losing sleep over Gujarat yet

In the next 10 days, the opposition needs to convince voters that they can solve their problems. They might find the fifth ‘M’ that PK hasn’t thought of.

Ramgram, Devdaha—Crisis over Buddha’s remains is brewing between India and Nepal

UP's Maharajganj has asked to excavate the two sites, which it believes to be Buddha's maternal home and Stupa.

‘SC ruling on V-Cs encroaches on state’s right to legislate,’ says Kerala law minister P. Rajeev

State govt will challenge SC order quashing vice-chancellor appointments for violating UGC norms, says Rajeev to ThePrint, adding they're trying to mobilise support from other states.

Gurugram’s ban on 11 dog breeds has given new anxieties to pet parents, breeders, societies

Divisions are visible among Gurugram’s well-heeled. Pet owners worry about what it means for their dogs, while others demand RWAs start enforcing the rule without delay.

Narco test for Aftab Poonawalla won’t help. It’s bad-faith science masking lazy police work

Like torture, narco analysis is an excellent tool for extracting confessions—but that isn’t the same thing as discovering the truth.

Why artillery, Russia’s ‘god of war’, couldn’t crush the Ukrainians & what it means for India

Massed guns have proved unable to compete with precision-guided modern weapons. The final piece of a 3-part series on lessons for India's military from the Ukraine war.

Who is the new Amrish Puri or Pran? The era of Bollywood villains is over

Movies like Wake up Sid, Vicky Donor, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – to name a few – show how the Hindi cinema is devoid of iconic, over the top villains.

From ‘nepotism’ standoff to Rs 85 lakh Mercedes — inside Kerala’s governor vs govt tangle

Tensions between Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and the Kerala government began soon after he entered the Raj Bhawan in 2019, with one spat leading to another ever since.

This is what surprises me about India’s selfie-hunters on Bharat Jodo Yatra, political events

In a political world where party organisations are hollow and proximity to leaders is the only matrix of relevance, a selfie is a bridge between people and power.

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India fares better than China on Rule of Law. Make Constitution Day about measuring progress

Rule of law has few advocates in India. Our overall score in the 8 factor Index is 0.5 out of 1.0. We score lowest in preventing corruption, and for the related weaknesses in our civil and criminal justice systems.
Inside IOCL's 2G ethanol plant in Panipat | Pooja Kher | ThePrint

When farmers give you stubble, make ethanol — how IOCL Panipat plant can cut farm fires, emissions

Ethanol plant in Panipat will process 2.1 lakh metric tonnes of dry rice straw each year to make 3 crore litres of ethanol which will be blended with petrol and sold.

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File photo of the Supreme Court | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Superseded & forced to work under male juniors, senior women Army officers move SC

MoD yet to form Selection Board for promotions despite SC’s two rulings on permanent commission, say women officers. This caused loss of financial benefits, study leave among others.

G-20(24): How ‘Vishwaguru’ can get new strategic space & Modi another stage in pre-election year

Modi has been balancing India’s interests, playing US & Russia and keeping China off his back. You can trust him to exploit this year-long opening to India’s benefit. And to his own.