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Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar in hospital after testing positive for Covid

NCP leader Ajit Pawar said he is fine but got himself admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital as a precautionary measure 'on the advice of doctors'.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

How quaint Silver Oak Bungalow No. 2 has become one of Maharashtra’s key political addresses

2, Silver Oak, home of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has become a hotspot of political activity and media glare since the MVA govt came to power last year.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and his nephew and Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar | Photos: Commons

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death opens new front in Sharad Pawar vs Ajit Pawar friction

The senior Pawar slammed his grand-nephew, Ajit Pawar’s son Parth, for demanding a CBI probe into Sushant Singh Rajput's alleged suicide, against the party line.
A file photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his deputy Ajit Pawar. | Photo: Twitter/AjitPawarSpeaks

Ajit Pawar’s midnight birthday wish for Uddhav Thackeray comes with a veiled message

Pawar's tweet of a photo of him, in the driver's seat, with the Maharashtra CM came hours after Thackeray said he was steering the 'three-wheeled rickshaw' the coalition govt is.
Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar garlanding a portrait of VD Savarkar at Mantralaya Thursday. | Photo: Twitter/Ajit Pawar

How Ajit Pawar garlanding Savarkar portrait has got Maharashtra political circles abuzz

While Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar garlanded V.D. Savarkar’s portrait at Mantralaya Thursday, ally Congress is protesting in Karnataka over 'Savarkar flyover'.
Sharad Pawar addresses the media in New Delhi

Clear Sharad Pawar stamp on Maharashtra portfolio allocation as NCP bags home and finance

Shiv Sena keeps urban development, CM Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya could boost Mumbai’s nightlife and stop deforestation as tourism & environment minister.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray shakes hand with NCP leader and deputy CM Ajit Pawar during the swearing-in ceremony in Mumbai. | Photo: ANI

Ajit Pawar gets finance, Aaditya Thackeray tourism in Maharashtra portfolio allocation

NCP leader Anil Deshmukh becomes home minister of the state. The Sharad Pawar-led party has got most of the 'plum' ministries.
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AAP’s looming threat, Modi and Shah’s T20 game in 2019 & a humorous goodbye to MiG-27

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Mantralaya in Mumbai | Commons

Mantralaya’s room 602 — an office so ‘unlucky’ that Ajit Pawar has refused to occupy it

Ajit Pawar doesn’t believe in astrology or religion, but has taken up an IAS officer’s room because of the fate of the previous occupants of room 602.

Bidding adieu to 2019, anti-CAA protesters welcome 2020 & Jagdeep Dhankhar’s Twitter gaffe

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On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.