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Officials collect Census data | Photo: censusindia.gov.in

Safety of enumerators, risk of Covid spread through them set to upset Census 2021 timelines

Uncertainty prevails over when the houselisting phase can start but states are gearing up with training of officials, and readying infrastructure for decadal census.
Migrants heading out of Danapur railway station in Bihar | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Census migration data released on time could have helped policymakers during migrant crisis

In order to combat India’s Covid mobility crisis, the latest Census migration data must be released to reduce the information gap in internal migration networks.
Union Minister Amit Shah at Parliament | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePirnt

The real reason Amit Shah wants to know your mother tongue

In the absence of a proper data protection law, the NPR is an excessive centralisation of personal data waiting to be politically misused.
Officials collect Census data | Photo: censusindia.gov.in

Abandon NPR, delink it from Census — 190 economists and social scientists urge Modi govt

In a statement, 190 economists and social scientists have pointed out that it is crucial that collection of Census 2021 data is safe and uncontaminated by other factors.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Narendra Modi

Jaffrelot & Rizvi ask govt to engage with Sri Lanka, Chibber says FM needs to revive growth

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from Christophe Jafferelot, Arindam Bhattacharya, Ajay Chibber, Katherine Pistor & many more.
A well in the Urwa village

Internet access, type of cereal & water consumed ⁠— questions in new census exercise

The new census exercise is scheduled to take place between 1 April and 30 September.
Participants take part in a Rainbow Pride Parade to promote LGBTQ rights in Chennai.

Govt to collect data on households headed by transgenders during census exercise

This is the first time the government is listing transgender as an option under the question 'sex of the head of the household' in the census exercise, officials said.
Security forces stand guard in Srinagar | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

J&K’s delimitation was Modi govt’s top priority 5 months ago. Now it’s nowhere in sight

BJP knows that unless Kashmir’s dominance over Jammu ends inside J&K assembly, anything Modi govt does will fall short of Jammu voters’ expectations.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu

Jammu and Kashmir administration announces house listing & census operation in 2020

Ahead of the nation-wide 2021 Census, union territory announces a house listing and housing census, to be conducted between 1 June and 15 July next year.
Modi government to start a Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) pilot this year (Representational image) | Commons

We know the number of cows & pigs in India, but not those of OBCs & Brahmins

Modi govt rightly believes data is required for proper planning and formulation of any programme. But this holds true for social policies too.

On Camera

Firefighters extinguish flames in damaged buildings following a large explosion at the Port of Beirut on 4 August, 2020 | Hasan Shaaban/Bloomberg

What the massive Beirut explosion reveals about Lebanon’s complex political situation

In episode 542 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about what led to catastrophic blast in Beirut and how this makes Lebanon's political and economic crisis more messy.
File photo of Mark Zuckerberg | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The world has a new centibillionaire – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook hit a record high on optimism about the release of its TikTok competitor Reels, shooting Zuckerberg's net worth over $100 billion for the first time.

Defence

Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.