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Modi govt set to give Bharat Ratna to Pranab Mukherjee in the middle of Lok Sabha polls

The Modi government has set in motion the process to hand over the award to Pranab Mukherjee, over 2 months after it conferred it on the former president.

Bharat Ratna and Padma awards cannot be used as titles, says govt

Minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that national awards are not to be used as prefixes or suffixes to the name of the recipient.
Bhupen Hazarika

No, Bhupen Hazarika wouldn’t reject Bharat Ratna even if he opposed Citizenship Bill

Bhupen Hazarika was concerned about Assamese people turning into a minority due to large-scale migration from across the border.

Crouching ‘tiger’ of Matoshree and BJP’s tally of ‘raids and rallies’

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L-R: Kuldip Nayar, Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati, Nambi NarayananL-R: Kuldip Nayar, Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati, Nambi Narayanan

Archaeologist who wants Muslims out of Babri site & a spice titan: Meet the Padma winners

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, BJP leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika have received the Bharat Ratna.
Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Bhupen Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna

Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika were conferred the award posthumously.

Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the visionary engineer who transformed India

Visvesvaraya was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1955; Engineers' Day is celebrated on 15 September to mark his birth anniversary.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee | PTI

Asian Academy of Arts to launch award in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee National Award will be given for the promotion of art and culture.

My encounters with Vajpayee, a statesman who could smile even in a tough situation

Four instances that give different insights into the mind of a great human being who was also a favourite of political journalists.

An atom bomb, a GSLV going up, is no science at all. Science is being done in small labs: Bharat Ratna Prof CNR Rao

Govts say they’ve given so much money for science. Actually it’s for big projects, space and atomic and not science. IT has also sucked out talent from science.

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PM Narendra Modi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

4 reasons why Modi remains in the hunt for a second term

Without these 4 factors, Modi & BJP’s fortunes would have been sunk by govt's dismal performance on the economy, jobs & reckless steps like demonetisation.
GoT

Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

Defence

After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?