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A garden feature shaped like a lotus, the emblem of the the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is seen in the courtyard of the party's headquarters in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. While the BJP has already moved into its newly-built, swanky, high-walled headquarters in New Delhi, the new office of the Congress party is still under construction due to a lack of funds, said the party leader. Congress earned one-fourth of the funds than BJP in the financial year ended March 2017. Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Now we know who is behind the massive funding gap between BJP and Congress: the corporates

BJP’s rise in capturing more than 80 per cent of total donations and Congress’s decline are linked to how they tapped corporate money.
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Prudent is India’s biggest political funding trust and it’s backed by Bharti Enterprises

Prudent, earlier known as Satya, drew in Rs 283.73 crore in corporate donations in 2016-17, and contributed over Rs 252 crore of it to the BJP alone.

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Kota

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 Ltd chairman Deepak Parekh

Why loan restructuring is any day better than a moratorium — HDFC’s Deepak Parekh explains

Deepak Parekh says at ThePrint’s ‘Off The Cuff’ that by giving a loan moratorium, the RBI is creating a problem for later on.

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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.