Tuesday, 19 February, 2019

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A file image of A.K. Sikri | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Justice AK Sikri turned down Commonwealth post. Here’s what he has lost out on

Legal experts say a post at CSAT is not financially rewarding but is considered prestigious professionally because the selection is so rigorous.

Jind bypoll is a matter of prestige for Surjewala, Khattar and Chautala brothers

Jind bypoll is not just another poll. It could change the narrative of Haryana’s politics in a crucial election year.
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.
Mayawati

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.

OnCamera

Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

Blood, bodies and scars: What I saw after the 1983 Nellie massacre in Assam

On the anniversary of the Nellie massacre in Assam, which claimed thousands of lives in a few hours, I recall the horrid sights.

As Pakistan’s leverage with US, China, Saudi Arabia grows, is it even possible to isolate it?

Pakistan signed deals worth $20 billion with Saudi Arabia, even as India vows to isolate the neighbour diplomatically after the Pulwama attack on a CRPF convoy.

Defence

A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

IAF deputy chief and other senior officers set to fly Rafale at Aero India

Even as political slug-fest continues over the deal, IAF is throwing its weight behind Rafale, the first of which is to be delivered in September 2019.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.