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A market stands closed in Srinagar in view of the curfew imposed ahead of the anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 on 5 August | Photo: ANI

Kargil Congress, NC declare 5 August ‘darkest day’, demand reintegration & statehood for J&K

The Congress & NC took part in an ‘all-party meeting’, to which they said BJP was invited but didn’t attend. They didn’t demand restoration of Article 370.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra | Photo: ANI

‘Ram belongs to everyone’ — Priyanka Gandhi endorses Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan in Ayodhya

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra issued a statement a day ahead of the ground-breaking ceremony in Ayodhya, signing off with ‘Jai Siya Ram’.
File photo | Congress president Rahul Gandhi and former president Sonia Gandhi at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, in New Delhi | PTI

Not young versus old, Congress battle is between two failed guards

Between Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Rajiv Satav, the Congress party is in a free fall — without anyone to really guard it.
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Congress blaming UPA for poll losses because it needs scapegoats to save Rahul from blame

In episode 538 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta delves into the latest mess in Congress where leaders are blaming UPA govts for poll losses to pave Rahul Gandhi's comeback.

To beard or not to beard — Modi and Rahul Gandhi’s makeovers mirror their politics

World over, beards are sending messages about politicians like Trudeau and Beto O’Rourke. And Modi’s white beard and Rahul Gandhi’s clean-shaven look are no different.
Families of victims of the Punjab hooch tragedy mourn in Tarn Taran district | Photo: ANI

Punjab hooch tragedy toll 104, Congress leaders join opposition chorus for stricter action

SAD accuses 5 MLAs of ‘involvement’, demands probe led by HC judge. AAP’s Kejriwal asks for a CBI inquiry, Amarinder tells him to mind his own business.

How Amar Singh exposed the underbelly (or hypocrisy) of Indian politics

Amar Singh’s friendships across political, corporate and Bollywood spheres made him what he was. The ‘fixer’ tag that came with it was only ‘rajniti’ for him.
File photo of Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Corner Modi govt on China, remind people of UPA foreign policy, Sonia tells Congress MPs 

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi held a video interaction with the party’s 41 Rajya Sabha MPs Thursday, where she also discussed the ‘Rajasthan crisis at length’. 
A file photo of Congress leader Saifuddin Soz. | Photo: ANI

‘Not allowed to meet daughter’ — Congress leader Soz says J&K lied in SC that he is free

J&P politician Saifuddin Soz says he was not allowed to go out of his house Wednesday, hours after the administration told SC that he was ‘never detained’.
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West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra passes away at 78

The former Lok Sabha MP and party veteran was hospitalised a few days ago due to kidney ailments and passed away early Thursday following a cardiac arrest.

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India pioneered TV education, but smartphone classes during Covid let down its poor students

Trauma faced by students for being able to afford smartphones and laptops for online classes could have been avoided if the govt implemented the DTH scheme.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh | Photo: Flickr

Indian economy will be booming by next August, worst behind us — HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh

At ThePrint's Off the Cuff, HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh said govt should reduce stakes in state-owned banks to 51% and pursue aggressive asset monetisation & privatisation.

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Women Army Officers outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi on 17 February (for representation only)

Army to call special selection board to screen women officers for permanent commission

Some women officers said the process is still ambiguous and more clarity is needed as many have been asked to undergo a junior command course next month.
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.