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File photo | Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik arrive for questioning by CBI in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, at Santacruz, Mumbai, 28 Aug | PTI Photo

Indian news TV has a god bigger than Modi

TV news bends before Modi, crawls before TRP. We need institutional reform to tame the vulture.
File image of Communist Party of India leader Kanhaiya Kumar | Photo: Twitter | @KanhaiyaKumar

RJD and CPI move past Kanhaiya Kumar issue, plan to fight Bihar assembly polls together

In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Kanhaiya Kumar was a deal-breaker for CPI-RJD alliance. But now RJD is attempting to ‘prevent the split of secular votes’ with an alliance with CPI.
One of the two Covid hospitals in Bihta, Patna, to be inaugurated Monday | Twitter | @PMOIndia

PM CARES to fund 2 Covid hospitals in Bihar ahead of polls, opposition says ‘too late’

In a tweet, PMO says two 500-bed makeshift hospitals will come up in Patna and Muzaffarpur, which will go a long way in improving Covid care in Bihar.
A file image of PM Narendra Modi with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar at the centenary celebrations of the Patna University | Getty Images

No rallies or roadshows, Bihar digital election is on WhatsApp, Facebook — BJP’s home turf

Gone are the days of packed campaign rallies of Lalu Prasad Yadav. Today’s politics is about who can spread their message better on WhatsApp and Facebook.
Former minister Shyam Rajak (left) is welcomed into the RJD by Tejashwi Yadav Monday | Photo: ANI

Spate of defections in Bihar — why JD(U) minister joined RJD & 3 MLAs went the other way

Industries minister Shyam Rajak was sacked and expelled from the JD(U) Sunday, joined the RJD Monday. 3 RJD MLAs crossed over to JD(U) the same day.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna Monday | Photo: ANI

No Question Hour, Zero Hour as Bihar holds 1-day assembly session, the last before polls

Around 12 bills and the supplementary budget was passed by the Bihar assembly without a single question being asked.
RJD leader and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav | ThePrint

Only Lalu Prasad Yadav could have stopped Mandir politics again. BJP must be relieved

Even today, Lalu Prasad Yadav is the only politician with the ability to bring all secular forces together. Without him, BJP has a clear path in Bihar election.
The Election Commission of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

EC set to allow ‘mixed’ campaign for Bihar polls — combination of digital, physical rallies

Opposition parties in Bihar have expressed concerns about an all-digital campaign, given its limited reach. But EC says it’s yet to take a final decision.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah

Eye on Bihar polls, Modi govt moves to hike OBC creamy layer income ceiling to Rs 12 lakh

Apart from raising the creamy layer ceiling, the proposal also calls for including the salary in calculating the gross annual income of an OBC household.

Kejriwal’s ‘odd-even’ behaviour, and Amit Shah’s ‘poll bugle’

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
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.