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Kavita and Raji | By Special Arrangement

Two women IAS officers in Punjab are spreading warmth among poor children

Raji P. Srivastava and Kavita Singh started a programme to contribute old blankets, clothes and books, and have been able to help over 500 children so far.
U.S. President Donald Trump (C) speaks during a Diwali ceremonial lighting of the diya event at the White House | Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

Donald Trump wishes all communities on Diwali, omits Hindus in tweet

US President Donald Trump hosted Diwali celebrations in White House which was attended by prominent Indian-Americans, Indian-origin administration and diplomatic officials.
Customers shop for firecrackers and fireworks at a stall during Diwali | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Diwali wasn’t happy for consumers due to cash crunch at non-bank finance companies

Sales are sluggish as NBFCs are growing more cautious about extending new credit amid a funds crunch of their own.
People gather during Diwali celebrations in Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

This Diwali once again showed the ugly side of the urban middle class

The pollution this festive season shows the middle class is increasingly self-indulgent, with little regard for laws and rules.
School children leaving for school amid heavy smog in New Delhi | Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Delhi filed 2,438 pollution complaints in a week, most about construction dust & garbage

Pollution watchdog CPCB launched multiple complaint portals ahead of Diwali, including an app.
A pedestrian is silhouetted as traffic moves along a road shrouded in smog in New Delhi

Delhi’s air pollution is a water crisis in disguise

Delayed rice planting relieves pressure on aquifers but exacerbates the stubble burning that chokes the capital.
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Flights delayed after Air India’s ground-handling staff go on strike at Mumbai airport

A section of employees of the carrier's ground handling subsidiary went on a strike against non-payment of Diwali bonus.
The picture of policemen standing around 2 children selling diyas has gone viral | Twitter/@HatindersinghR

UP police help two children selling diyas on Diwali, picture lights up social media 

Policemen in Amroha buy diyas from the children, urge other members of the public to come forward and help.

Virat Kohli’s ‘silly point’, and BJP’s losses in the Karnataka bypolls

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
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SC cracker ban fails: Can legal diktats alter cultural habits or did police not do enough?

The morning after Diwali, Delhi-NCR’s air quality was “hazardous”. The Supreme Court had allowed bursting of green crackers between 8 pm and 10 pm. But the court’s orders were flouted and people were seen bursting crackers way past midnight. ThePrint asks – SC cracker ban fails: Can legal diktats alter cultural habits or did police not do enough? Impossible to put all violators behind bars but token persecution was necessary Maxwell Pereira Retd Joint Police Commissioner, Delhi The SC ruling to ban firecrackers was well publicised by the media. But was it emphasised enough by the government? For them, Ayodhya and Ram Mandir are the only issues worth being prioritised. Why is public health being neglected? Despite the SC order, there was little to no attention given to it by the government. An equally important stakeholder responsible for this neglect is the people themselves. We are so accustomed to violating rules that we have become...

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File photo | Dimple Yadav (R), Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav (L) at a rally | Facebook/Dimple Yadav

Why Dimple Yadav touching Mayawati’s feet still riles upper caste Indians

Dimple Yadav’s gesture challenges the class system of Hindu society which categorises women and backwards of all castes as low and inferior.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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IAF men face action in Kashmir Mi-17 chopper crash as probe ‘almost confirms’ friendly fire

Six IAF personnel, one civilian were killed as an Mi-17 chopper was shot down in Kashmir on 27 February while Indian and Pakistan air forces were locked in a dogfoght 100 km away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.