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Congress leader Sachin Pilot is among the contenders for the next Rajasthan CM | Facebook

Sachin Pilot, the BBC intern who joked about joining the BJP

As a BBC intern, Sachin Pilot, now in the race for Rajasthan CM's post, had scripted and edited a radio package for BBC and earned £20-30.
German ambassador Martin Ney (L) with his wife playing the flute at a private concert in his residence | india.diplo.de

German Ambassador to India is diplomat by day and concert musician by night

Martin Ney, who is believed to be moving on from his diplomatic posting, held last private concert in India at his residence Tuesday.
Rahul Gandhi | Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Rahul Gandhi runs 12 km every other day. And he isn’t the only politician working out hard

Gym at midnight or stroll on their lawns, politicians — from Rahul Gandhi to Rajnath Singh — are not letting busy schedules get in the way of a healthy life.

Why out-of-power Indian politicians are writing more and more books

As Kapil Sibal joins the list of writer-politicians, leaders such as Shashi Tharoor and Pavan Varma explain what it entails in a country like India.
Chhagan Bhujbal | Facebook

Why Chhagan Bhujbal choked with tears when he visited Maharashtra Sadan

The NCP leader is out on bail for corruption cases, one of which pertains to alleged irregularities in the contract for the Sadan.
Mehbooba likely to appoint her brother Tassaduq as J&K tourism minister

Mehbooba’s brother Tassaduq Mufti shifts focus to films, culture and environment

Cinematographer by profession, Tassaduq served as tourism minister in Mehbooba-led J&K govt, and now wants to revive old city of Srinagar.
Kenneth Ian Juster, United States Ambassador to India | YouTube

Kick-started nuclear deal, bowled over by cricket: He’s the US ambassador to India

Kenneth Juster’s Twitter feed, teeming with posts about the sport, are a world away from recent tensions in India-US ties over Trump’s rejection of the Iran nuclear deal, and defence buys from Russia.

What happened to all the men who spoke for the silent PM?

While Manmohan Singh has taken a backseat from public life since Congress’ defeat in 2014, his 3 media advisers have continued to have an impressive career.

Pictures: Is it Santa Claus? Is it Lord Krishna? No, it’s a Member of Parliament

In the Budget session alone, Siva Prasad has dressed up as a Christian priest, Lord Krishna, Santa Claus, and TDP founder NTR, among others.
Graphic showing Dr Pradeep Chowbey and his patients

Many VIPs hide bariatric surgery, wish they wouldn’t: surgeon to India’s powerful

Dr Pradeep Chowbey has operated on many VIPs during his long career as a surgeon, and reveals what it is like to deal with some of the nation's most powerful people.

On Camera

In Gujarat, BJP hopes to retain power in the name of ‘chief minister’ Narendra Modi

The Modi magnifier

This is the first Indian election where a politician is winning by not promising governance, but simply seeking a vote against Musharraf, the Muslims and the Italian church.
PM Narendra Modi | ANI

If Modi wins on Sunday

According to the forecast, rupee will reach 67.5 per dollar by end of September and 67 by end of 2018 I Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Offer cashback, relax KYC norms to check decline in remittances, suggests WEF paper

Remittances, or the money overseas citizens send back to their home country, are expected to contract 20% in 2020 on account of Covid-19, according to a World Bank report.

Defence

Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.