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Mewat is India’s latest Jamtara. And sextortion is the new kill

Mewat’s cybercrime industry has no kingpins. It’s a cottage industry of truck drivers, villagers lead sextortion racket.

Pakistan Army has two loves – flag of Islam and land. Gen Bajwa’s loot isn’t new

Even as Pakistan has slowly descended into an economic crisis, military officers have given taxpayer-funded land allocations worth millions of dollars.

Chudel to Chandanpur—This Gujarat village is doing everything to change its name

As part of the official name change, all venue records will have to be updated to reflect Chudel village’s new name. Yet, the villagers think it is worth all the trouble.

‘Miracles’, caste & now, crackdowns: The inside story of Christian ‘conversions’ in UP’s Fatehpur

VHP, Bajrang Dal workers say police are finally ‘cooperating’ on complaints of unlawful conversion, with 55 arrests since January. But a complex picture comes to the fore on the ground.

Keshubhai, Kashiram Rana, Saurabh Patel – Gujarat is a scrapyard of BJP leaders’ ambitions

Complete centralisation of power and neutralising leaders’ stature is the real Gujarat Model . It has been replicated at the national level with equal success.

Azerbaijan’s war against Armenia matters as much as Russia-Ukraine. India must stand with Yerevan

Historical prejudice has made the world ignore Azerbaijan's war in Armenia. Delhi must train Yerevan's armed forces.

‘Liquor scam, bribes’ — how BJP’s Santhosh plotted ‘anti-graft’ MCD poll campaign against AAP

Santhosh feels graft allegations against AAP are sticking & party should focus on this point 'much more'. Another reason for using this strategy is to counter Kejriwal in Gujarat.

Modi told the world India choosing renewable energy over coal but politics playing a drag

If Modi wants to be seen as a true statesman, he must deliver on the promises he has made to the world, even if this doesn’t reap dividends politically at home.

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.

On Camera

YourTurn

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Apple revolutionised smartwatch. Then came the budget wave and more—AmazFit, Fitbit to Samsung

The Fitbit Versa 4 and Sense 2 are good options for fitness fiends who want a smartwatch for fitness tracking only, while Garmin is great for extreme sports enthusiasts.
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GameFi is revolutionising global NFT market. Here’s how crypto regulations could shape it

GameFi is the intersection of gaming and finance in an environment driven by use of blockchain, non-fungible tokens and smart contracts.

Defence

Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.