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Security personnel at the site of Naxal attack at Sukma-Bijapur border on Sunday | ANI

Latest war cries against Naxals are absurd. Go visit Bastar, a war is already on

Every major police casualty ignites the demand for security forces to be given a ‘free hand’. But no state govt has restrained its forces in the last 15 years.
File photo | Students light candles to pay tribute to soldiers, who were killed in the encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh | PTI

Army, IB, CRPF — India needs culture of accountability to prevent Chhattisgarh, Ladakh repeat

The 1971 war was the finest moment for India’s defence and security establishment — intelligence and accountability saved lives. Now errant officers get promotions.

India’s Maoist strategy needs a reset. But will Modi govt change its muscular approach?

Evidence suggests the Maoists have their back against the wall. India can take a leaf from the successful negotiation by the Columbia govt and FARC.
Two beneficiaries receiving Covid-19 vaccinations simultaneously in Dadar, Mumbai | Representational image: ANI

Modi govt says there’s no vaccine shortage, but states & hospitals tell a different story

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan dismissed states’ shortage claims as baseless, but govt officials and some private hospitals across the country say the crisis is real.
Security personnel at the site of Naxal attack at Sukma-Bijapur border on Sunday | ANI

Missing CRPF commando in our custody, appoint interlocutors for release, say Maoists

Maoists have, however, not raised any formal demands for the release of commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas even as police are verifying the authenticity of their purported statement.

How naxalism and the extremist communist movement grew and infested Chhattisgarh

In episode 717 of 'Cut The Clutter', Shekhar Gupta talks about how Maoist\naxal groups gained power since independence and the recent ambush of security personnel in Chhattisgarh.
Representational paddy harvest image | ANI

How a surprise revolution in Chhattisgarh made it No. 2 for paddy procurement in India

Chhattisgarh is 7th in rice production, but procures much more than other states thanks to its policies. Better-paid farmers have ensured higher yield too.
Representational image | People wait for their turn to get the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine | ANI

With 55,512 cases, nearly 500 deaths in a month, Chhattisgarh is India’s latest Covid red flag

Chhattisgarh has, along with Maharashtra and Punjab, emerged as one of the epicentres of the Covid-19 second wave in India. 
Security forces only have two old photos of Madvi Hidma from his younger days | By special arrangement

Madvi Hidma, the ‘ruthless’ Chhattisgarh Maoist 2,000 security personnel went hunting for

Hidma was allegedly a part of the 2013 massacre that almost wiped out Chhattisgarh Congress leadership, and 2010 Dantewada ambush. Security agencies have no recent photo of him.
Medics collect swab samples of passengers for Covid tests at Kopar Khairane Railway Station in Navi Mumbai on 5 April 2021. | PTI

Centre deploys 50 high-level teams to Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh & Punjab amid Covid surge

The high-level public health teams are being rushed to assist the state health department and local authorities in Covid surveillance, control and containment measures.

On Camera

The BYJU'S learning app | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Byju’s raises $1 billion from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s company, others

The infusion that values the online-lessons platform Byju's at about $15 billion is among the largest recent capital increases in India.

Defence

Army tanks seen in eastern Ladakh, on 10 February 2021 | Photo: Indian Army

Chinese military says India should cherish ‘positive trend’ of disengagement in Ladakh

After the 11th round of military talks, Indian Army said that both sides held deliberation on disengagement of troops at remaining friction points & agreed to avoid new incidents.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.