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Why it’s so important for BJP to snatch power in Congress-ruled states

Much of the money that can be milked from the govt system for political use is at state level. The same money can then be denied to opposing parties.
Delhi High Court

Delhi HC seeks report after WhatsApp video claims Covid patient denied bed by private hospital

Delhi HC order for Centre and Delhi govts also asks for details of Covid helplines, capacity created to deal with such calls, and nature of assistance rendered.
Women health workers during house-to-house drive for coronavirus at a slum in Kolkata on 27 April 2020

West Bengal showing low rate of Covid-19 testing, high death rate, says Centre

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said there was poor supervision and implementation of crowd-control measures by district authorities.
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Will hear plea against Omar Abdullah’s detention if he’s not released: SC to Centre

The Supreme Court's order to the Centre and Jammu & Kashmir administration comes days after Omar Abdullah's father Farooq was released from detention.
105-year-old woman Asma known as Dadi with mother of Rohit Vemula after hoisting the flag at Shaheen Bagh on 26 January 2020 (ANI Photo)

Stretching the Overton Window from Amit Shah to Shaheen Bagh

If we didn’t have Shaheen Bagh, the centre for a populist like Arvind Kejriwal would have been further on the Right.
Arvind Kejriwal 2.0

No soft Hindutva, no Left Revolution, Kejriwal establishing a new centre in Indian politics

If Arvind Kejriwal's pragmatic soft-nationalism does well in Delhi election, then it will offer a template for national and regional politics to counter the BJP’s rise.
Protesting police personnel gathered outside the police headquarters at ITO | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Rejig in Delhi Police’s top brass expected as Centre ‘unhappy’ with how protest unfolded

Senior officials said the protest showed that Delhi Police’s top leadership failed to handle the situation, and added that a disciplined force couldn’t be allowed to develop a mob mentality.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a group of IAS officers (representational image) | Photo: narendramodi.in

Only 153 IAS officers got central deputation in 2018-19, down 50% since 2015-16

A total of 340 IAS officers were appointed at the Centre under the central staffing scheme in 2014-15, and 320 in 2015-16, according to govt data.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt must treat farmers as businessmen & introduce ease of doing agri-business index

If Narendra Modi wants to double farmers’ incomes, then the Centre has to create a system that can rank states according to agricultural performance.
Ram Vilas Paswan

States given year’s time to roll out ‘one nation, one ration card’ system

The new system will ensure no poor is deprived of Public Distribution System entitlement if that person shifts from one place to another.

On Camera

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India’s democracy crumbling? Constitution shows how to create democracy in unlikely settings

Ashutosh Varshney, in his reading of Madhav Khosla’s new book, writes how India is a democracy by design and the Constitution its teacher.

Jugaad and Covid pose new threats to India’s diesel consumption

Rise of natural gas & electric vehicles will crimp diesel demand over longer-term, but coronavirus is adding to the pressure by cutting economic activity.

Defence

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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.