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PM Narendra Modi during an election rally in Coimbatore | PTI

‘Pakistan, terrorism, chowkidar’ — Modi’s favourite words in speeches after Pulwama attack

ThePrint’s word analysis of Narendra Modi’s public speeches before and after the Pulwama terror strike reveals a significant shift in his poll campaign.

Is Kendriya Vidyalaya losing popularity among central govt staff? Data suggests so

Proportion of KV students from central govt families has dropped to 47% in 2017-18 from 60% in 2011-12, while that from non-govt families is on the rise.
A cut-out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center in the middle of a street in Surat (Representational image)

Centre orders 10% EWS quota to be implemented in govt recruitment from 1 February

Instructions regarding reservation in admission to educational institutions will be issued by the HRD Ministry.
RBI

This ‘truce’ is actually a defeat for the Reserve Bank of India

A closer look at what we know transpired suggests that, in fact, the government won a victory.
A man walks past the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai | Shashank Parade/ PTI

RBI signals a compromise with Modi govt after marathon meet

The Reserve Bank of India will form a panel to study the transfer of its surplus reserves to the government.
PM Modi interacting with IAS probationers in 2015 | pmindia.gov.in

Central govt is bearing the brunt of severe shortage of IAS officers

The Centre, which relies on states for IAS officers, has only 34 per cent of the officers it should ideally have.  

Devastating Kerala floods: National indifference or political partisanship?

Heavy rain hit Kerala on 8 August leading to floods that have affected 443 villages. By Friday, the death toll rose to 177. The Centre announced a relatively meagre Rs 100-crore package on 11 August. An additional Rs 320-crore was released to the Kerala government two days later. ThePrint asks– Devastating Kerala floods: National indifference or political partisanship? Centre has provided us with all relief and rescue support that the state has asked for P. H. Kurian Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue, Kerala Centre has provided us with all relief and rescue support that the state has asked for The Centre has been providing us with whatever we have asked for to date. We asked the Centre for boats, teams from the armed forces. We have 58 Navy teams who are working in the rescue operations. From the National Disaster Response Force, another 53 teams have been deployed and more are on their way. The Army, too,...
UPSC IAS Officers (representational image) | Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Weak demand makes expertise an orphan child

For many in the opposition, any decision to depart from the status quo is tantamount to the skies falling down.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (R) and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal (L)

The Modi govt hasn’t exactly upheld the spirit of federalism with its action on AAP posts

In the spirit of federalism, the central government could have asked the Delhi government to seek post-facto approval for the posts that were created.
Editors guild

Ahead of crucial polls, a new media hub to be the Centre’s watchdog on the ground

At least one person will be employed to monitor each of India’s 716 districts. Staff will be tasked with broadcasting the govt’s success stories via WhatsApp.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.