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Peshawar attack shows Islamic State has come home — in arms of jihadists Imran Khan embraces

Throughout his years as PM, Imran Khan coddled the religious far-Right. Now it’s dragging Pakistan into abyss of sectarian warfare.

Ticket out of despair: How agents fuel the boom in Indians wanting to study medicine abroad

Networks of agents across cities and villages profit from aspirations and fears of medical aspirants. But with odds stacked against students in India, they represent hope to many.

This Gurugram village ditched agriculture for sports years ago. Now it’s reaping the benefits

15 years ago, Baliawas was like any other village in Gurugram, next to the oasis of development but carrying on with farming to sustain itself. Now it earns, and dreams, differently.

Preferential access, split-second info advantage: How NSE servers were ‘compromised for gain’

CBI has arrested ex-NSE chief Chitra Ramakrishna in bourse manipulation case, for ‘sharing’ crucial and confidential info with an individual she called ‘Himalayan yogi’.

‘Lauta do purani pension’: The steady growth of Old Pension Scheme agitations across India 

Starting with Vijay Kumar Bandhu’s initiative, demand for OPS has now become a key issue in UP, MP, Himachal, Andhra Pradesh & Jharkhand and features in the SP’s poll manifesto.

From global travel & tourism empire to liquidation, promoter in jail: The fall of Cox & Kings

Agencies have filed at least 10 cases against promoter Peter Kerkar & ex-CFO Anil Khandelwal. Overspending, money siphoned off through shell companies led to bankruptcy, it’s alleged.

More honesty, less grandstanding can prevent Ukraine war from ballooning into a world war

The West must recognise that Russia is a declining power, but if pushed hard, it will react – just like Germany did after a humiliating peace at Versailles.

Whiff from the past — how a handful of Indian companies are reviving the glory of desi attar

The oil-based fragrances derived from flowers & herbs slipped in preference as Western perfumes flooded markets. In their contemporary form, attars are more than old wine in new bottle.

From 1962 to Ukraine—three lessons for India’s non-alignment policy

Like so often in the past, what New Delhi calls strategic autonomy might just be prettified language for ducking hard choices.

‘Netflix is the new PVR’: Why indie films aren’t benefiting from the rise of OTT platforms

OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon prime still have a bias towards studio films. Big names and budgets are shrinking the space for indie filmmakers.

On Camera

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Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

India’s founders kept repressive laws in the book. Today’s politicians show how wrong it was

Most parties today are using the law to stifle dissent. Worse, nobody is doing anything significant to oppose it—not the media, and certainly not the judiciary.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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