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A screenshot from the viral video showing Ballari district officials' insensitive handling of Covid-19 deceased. | Photo: Twitter

Ballari officials apologise, change staff after video shows Covid bodies being dumped in grave

The Ballari administration in Karnataka apologised for the 'disrespectful' disposal of deceased Covid patients after the video sparked outrage over the 'inhuman' handling of the bodies.
BJP leader and mining baron Janardhan Reddy | Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Reddy brothers threaten mass protest as Yediyurappa moves to divide their bastion Ballari

The Reddy brothers believe the move will greatly diminish their influence on the region and benefit disqualified Congress MLA Anand Singh.
Bellary

Why winning Ballari is a matter of prestige for Congress and BJP

Once a Congress stronghold, Ballari saw Sonia Gandhi beat Sushma Swaraj before the controversial Reddy brothers delivered the seat to BJP for 14 years.   

In Ballari Lok Sabha bypoll, Siddaramaiah & Sriramulu cross swords by proxy

Ballari Lok Sabha bypoll is being seen as an extension of the rivalry on display in the May election, when Siddaramaiah defeated Sriramulu from Badami.
K.G Balakrishnan

Explained: 2010 mining case verdict that dragged in ex-CJI Balakrishnan & BJP’s Sriramulu

The purported sting operation showed BJP candidate Sriramulu trying to facilitate a deal with a relative of then CJI Balakrishnan on behalf of Reddys.
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Return of the Ballari brothers shows how desperate BJP is for Karnataka

BJP hopes Janardhan Reddy, who faces more charges than most politicians, will deliver most of the 23 seats in his territory — 10% of the assembly’s strength.
Faucet

The biggest issue in Ballari is not illegal mining but access to clean water

Since their rise in 2008, the Reddys have promised to convert Ballari into one of India’s most progressive cities, but nothing has changed on the ground so far.
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TalkPoint: Ballari mining scam ‘clean chit’- political expediency or not enough evidence?

In November last year, three different CBI branches dropped the investigation into the Rs. 16,500 crore Ballari illegal mining scam. Experts weigh in on BJP's decision to give tickets to family members of the accused.
Heavy mining activities in Karnataka | Marco BULGARELLI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

CBI’s ‘clean chit’ to Reddy brothers in mining scam blows holes in BJP’s corruption plank

The CBI had, in November, said it could not take forward the probe into the mining scam. But in March, Siddaramaiah announced an SIT to continue the probe.

On Camera

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.