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Farmers plant paddy saplings as monsoon rains fill their fields, at a village in West Bengal | PTI

Modi govt’s Zero Budget Natural Farming still in trial mode, scientists say not viable

The low-cost method uses a cowdung-based mixture called ‘jeevamrut’ instead of chemicals. Scientists say it could lead to decline in farmers’ income.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan | PTI File Photo

Manmohan Singh to Modi Govt: forget vendetta politics, focus on crashing economy

Former PM, in a video address, urges Modi govt to 'put aside vendetta politics' and reach out to sane voices so that economy is steered out of this 'man-made crisis'.
MoS Finance Anurag Thakur and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a press conference in New Delhi |Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt rolls back super-rich tax, announces series of measures to revive economy

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also announced the withdrawal of angel tax provisions citing difficulties faced by start-ups and their investors.
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Opposition walkout during vote on Triple Talaq Bill exposes their hypocrisy

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Stocks crash after Modi govt stays super-rich tax on foreign fund trusts

A higher surcharge on wealthy Indians in the Budget has alarmed overseas investors since it also applies to trusts – a choice for several foreign funds that invest in India.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy

Iran’s Ambassador feels US wrong on Iran, Valerian Rodrgiues on Karnataka politics & TCA Raghavan on ‘Indo-Pacific’

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

UPSC doesn’t want mandatory aptitude test in civil service exam

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

Modi isn’t about to change India into national security state like Pakistan & bankrupt it

Hope that Modi would dramatically raise defence budget were misplaced & unfair. A robust strategic posture doesn't mean Modi is a reckless militarist.
Budget 2019

Blame tradition, not ‘data fudging’ by Modi govt for missing Rs 1.7 lakh crore in Budget

Modi govt used revised estimates for FY19 in budget for FY20 rather than provisional actual numbers. That’s standard practice in election year budgets.
Nirmala Sitharaman during the post-Budget press conference | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Shyam Saran on Budget’s ‘flawed Swadeshi’ angle, & Brahma Chellaney on ‘Make in India’ for weapons

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

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Artist concept of the solar system. | Photo: NASA

Millenials love discussing Mercury retrograde on Instagram, but scoff at jyotish predictions

If you’re a millennial and everything is going wrong at work, in love, and in life — it’s probably just Mercury retrograde, which began in June and ends mid-July.

Indian lawsuits allege former Wirecard COO played key role in deals later mired in disputes

The suits allege Marsalek took part in negotiations leading to the acquisition of Hermes by a Mauritius-based private equity fund in 2015.

Defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Modi dares China, tells Indian Army ‘our enemies have seen your fire and fury’

China sees Modi’s visit as an attempt to ‘escalate’ the situation. Experts say the visit was a powerful message to China to not escalate the matter.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.