Saturday, 19 January, 2019

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Sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra

Why sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra are up in arms against mill owners

Recent protests sparked by sugar mills’ move to pay farmers at a rate of Rs 2,300 per tonne while the FRP is Rs 2,850 per tonne.
Devotees at Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala’s Makara Jyoti today: A day devotees see the ‘light’

A special occasion for the Sabarimala temple, the festival this year comes amid the showdown over women’s entry into the shrine.

24 years after guesthouse attack on BSP chief Mayawati by SP workers, all seems forgotten

24 years after alleged bid to attack BSP chief Mayawati at guesthouse, she and SP seemed to have buried their differences.
Indian army

Here’s how homosexuals in Indian military can be punished

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has ruled out inclusion of gay soldiers in military, saying Indian Army is not “westernised”, and was “conservative” .
File image of U.U. Lalit | Twitter

Justice UU Lalit and the Kalyan Singh case which led to his recusal from Ayodhya bench

In a 1994 case, U.U. Lalit had represented Kalyan Singh in a contempt matter in which the top court had sentenced the then UP CM for a day.
Demolition of the Babri Masjid 1992 | Getty Images

SC sets out to solve politically sensitive Ayodhya dispute, here’s why it matters

An emotive issue of its own accord, the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid matter in apex court gains greater significance ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
A cotton farmer in Vidarbha, Maharashtra

What Monsanto’s seed patent victory in Supreme Court means for India’s farmers

Monsanto used an interesting analogy in Supreme Court to retain its patent rights over a Bt cotton variety that resists the bollworm pest.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Not Supreme Court but Narendra Modi-led panel will have the final word on Alok Verma

Tuesday's SC order can be read as a sharp rebuff to the Modi government, but it leaves several questions unanswered. ThePrint looks to clarify some.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg greets her counterpart Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Norway has a history of brokering peace, but slim chance of mediating on Kashmir

Norway PM Erna Solberg has said the Nordic nation is open to the idea of playing mediator on Kashmir if India and Pakistan so wish.

BJP’s 10 per cent reservation for upper castes is votebank politics, but will face legal issues

Implementation of the vote-catching decision, finalised by the Union Cabinet Monday, will require deft political maneuvering.
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Rahul Gandhi’s pitch that Modi is the worst doesn’t mean Congress is the best

Which constituency is Rahul Gandhi addressing? How exactly does he define his base? Or, does he even know what his base is?