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V.V. Giri — how election of first ‘independent president’ changed Congress & India’s politics

When it comes to presidential elections changing the course of politics and economy, the impact of the 1969 contest continues to remain unparalleled.

What’s lumpy skin disease — the viral outbreak killing cattle in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab

ThePrint draws upon its observations in Kutch — one of the worst-affected districts in Gujarat according to officials — research & interviews with vets & experts, to profile the disease. 

‘Not slaves but no better off’ — why govt wants ‘girmitiya’ labourers’ story taught in schools

Indentured labourers, or ‘girmitiyas’, were transported from British India to work on plantations in far-off countries that are now home to large ethnic Indian populations.

Recategorised animals, more Union govt oversight — amendments wildlife protection bill brings

Passed by Lok Sabha, Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2021, seeks to make law suitable to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

How corruption case initiated by Mizoram BJP chief led to conviction of party’s lone MLA

Case pertains to misappropriation of Rs 1.37 crore meant for road works. BJP MLA Buddha Dhan Chakma was with Congress when the case was filed.

How the cheetah, hunting ally of Mughals & ‘vermin’ for British Raj, went extinct in India

Union government plans to revive the cheetah population in the country by importing the animal from Namibia & South Africa 'on an experimental basis'.

Why SC clubbed FIRs against Zubair of Alt News and what the Constitution says about this

While Article 21 guarantees right to life, Article 20(2) says no one 'should be put twice to peril for the same offence'. It's been argued multiple FIRs for 1 offence violates both rights.

Only 5 US Democrats voted against India’s CAATSA waiver, 5 of 6 radicals called ‘The Squad’

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act deals with countries which do trade, especially military trade, with nations considered 'adversary' under the 2017 law.

How US & UK made bail the rule, jail the exception, and why SC wants specific law in India

Govt should consider enacting a bail Act, SC said Monday. Countries including US, UK, Australia & New Zealand have comprehensive laws that govern rules of granting and refusing bail.

What is Kaliningrad? Unique Russian territory that stirred up tensions between Moscow, EU

On Wednesday, EU member state Lithuania said it would not block the transit of sanctioned goods between Russia and the Russian exclave, Kaliningrad, via rail.

On Camera

YourTurn

CDS Lt Gen Anil Chauhan has a lot to do. But first, fast track what Gen Bipin Rawat started

The fact that the Narendra Modi government waited nine months to appoint Gen Anil Chauhan as the second CDS shows that it has complete faith and trust in him.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

Eye on indebted cooperatives, Maharashtra sets up asset reconstruction firm, 1st state to do so

Maha ARC Ltd, incorporated Monday with initial capital of Rs 111 crore, will restructure firms under financial distress that have direct links to state govt. RBI yet to issue licence.

Defence

Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the DRDO for the Army | Twitter/@DRDO_India

As tensions rise with Azerbaijan, Armenia buys Pinaka rockets & ammunition from India

The government-to-government contract, valued at about Rs 2,000 cr, is learnt to have been signed earlier this month. Supplies to be fast-tracked according to Armenia's requirement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.
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