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Soaring mercury, long power outages & more — why ‘coal shortage’ has states & Modi govt squabbling  

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh are facing some of the longest power cuts in the country, as a heatwave sweeps over India.

Macron winning second term in France is politically & historically significant. Here’s why

One of only 4 presidents to be re-elected since 1958, Macron's win triggered angry protests in Paris & Lyon. Macron's majority over far-Right rival Marine Le Pen was halved.

What’s the BA.2.12.1 Omicron sub-lineage, reported to be behind the renewed Covid surge in Delhi

BA.2.12.1, along with its sister lineage BA.2.12 , was also reported to be behind the Covid surge in the US this month. Delhi reported 965 new cases of Covid Friday.

Do you share your Netflix password? You could be key to streaming giant’s recovery from ‘slump’

After pandemic high, Netflix suffered first drop in subscribers in 10 years. To turn fortunes around, it’s looking to ‘monetise’ password-sharing feature, among other measures.

BJP’s bulldozer began life as humble earth-mover in US. Indians just call it ‘JCB’

Images of bulldozers rolling down the streets of Jahangirpuri in Delhi have taken the internet by storm. These machines were initially developed as an alternative to tractors.

Bulldozers go after ‘illegal encroachments’ from MP to Delhi, but the law requires a notice

Rules for demolition of ‘illegal’ structures vary across states, but law requires proper notice in all cases. No law provides for demolishing property of those accused in riots.

Why ED is accusing Amway of ‘pyramid fraud’, duping customers of ‘hard-earned money’

Enforcement Directorate attached assets of Amway India worth over Rs 757.77 crore Monday. ED alleges firm's focus is on signing people up for get-rich schemes, not selling products.

Nehru’s 1949 ‘goodwill tour’ of US & how it opened a new chapter in bilateral relations

At 2+2 ministerial dialogue, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a reference to the first summit level meeting between the countries, when Nehru was Indian PM and Harry Truman was US President.

Bill in Lok Sabha on WMDs: What it seeks to do, and why it’s been introduced now

Experts say timing of amendment bill may have to do with reports of unauthorised work in labs amid the pandemic, and also as a response to rapid advances in drone technology.

Are Zomato & Swiggy helping restaurant business or hurting it? Why CCI has ordered a probe

Aggregators are accused of monopolising market and imposing their own price terms on partner restaurants. Complaint in CCI was filed by restaurant-owners' body.

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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

Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

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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