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Xi’s ‘Line of American Control’ and the elusive vikas in Bihar and Bharat

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

Trump sees ‘filthy India’ and Kashmir ‘making headlines’ in Bihar

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
A market stands closed in Srinagar in view of the curfew imposed ahead of the anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 on 5 August | Photo: ANI

Union Cabinet approves adoption of Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act

The move will help establish all the three tiers of grassroots-level democracy in Jammu and Kashmir like in other parts of the country, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
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How long till Modi’s Hindutva politics completely robs Brand India of its democracy bonus

Hyper-nationalist Hindutva politics cashes on India’s democratic credentials for external recognition and weakens those institutions and values within.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses centenary convocation of University of Mysore, via video conferencing, in New Delhi, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 | PTI Photo

Necessary changes are being made in all sectors to ensure India’s growth, says PM Modi

Speaking at a Mysore University ceremony via video conference, PM Modi said this decade has brought an immense opportunity for young India.
Actress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar joined the BJP at the party headquarters in Delhi Monday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

BJP needs more than Khushbu Sundar to open account in Tamil Nadu. Star politics is over

Not just Khushbu Sundar, most of BJP’s new entrants do not fulfil the four factors that catapulted it from a two-MP party into a ruling party with practically no challenger.
File photo of Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal | @officeofssbadal | Twitter

SAD chief requests PM Modi to meet farmers’ bodies to discuss issue of the farm laws

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said not only farmers but farm labour, arhatiya (commission agents), mandi labour among others will be hit by the new legislations.
PM Narendra Modi announces Svamitva scheme via video conferencing Sunday, on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Jayaprakash Narayan (backdrop, left) and Nanaji Deshmukh (right)

PM Modi launches physical distribution of property cards under SVAMITVA scheme

The move will pave the way for villagers to use property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits.
Narendra Modi delivers a speech on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Modi is India’s “salesman-in-chief” in the world, authoritarian at home

In ‘Brand New Nation’, Ravinder Kaur writes about how PM Modi promised to replace red tape with red carpet, but India is now in a permanent state of anticipation.

President Kovind, PM Modi pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

Union ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Gajendra Singh Shekahawt and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also paid homage to him at his memorial.

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If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
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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.