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Election officials demonstrate the functioning of EVM and VVPAT for the local voters | PTI

Statistical body says opposition demand for 50% VVPAT verification not ‘sound’

The Indian Statistical Insititute advises EC that for representative sample, 50% verification not needed. Poll panel to frame response to SC based on input.
Representational image | Shuttercock

Delhi police arrests alleged Khalistan militant & associate of Bhindranwale

The accused was planning to re-constitute his organisation on directions of Pakistan-based Khalistan Commando Force chief Paramjeet Singh Panjwad.
Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

‘Butcher of Kabul’ Gulbuddin Hekmatyar wants to be Afghan President

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is trying to position his Hizb-e-Islami as a legitimate political party, says he is keen to arrive at a political settlement.

Pakistan’s ISI tried to disorient Wing Commander Abhinandan and break him

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan custody | @OfficialDGISPR/twitter

Pakistan subjected Wing Commander Abhinandan to loud music & bright lights to break him

Pakistan’s ISI wanted to break captured IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by keeping him disoriented and sleep-deprived, say defence sources.
Gen Asad Durrani

Ex-ISI chief Durrani, who admitted to creation of Hurriyat, stripped of pension benefits

Pakistan’s strictures come in the wake of the publication of Spy Chronicles, a collaboration between Durrani and former RAW chief A.S. Dulat.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander General Mohammad Ali Jafari | Bloomberg

After Pulwama-like attack, Iran warns Pakistan that it ‘will pay a heavy price’

Day before the Pulwama attack, 27 Revolutionary Guards were killed in a similar attack in Iran, drawing the warning from security chief Mohammed Ali Jafari.
Amarinder Singh

Enough is enough, I’m warning Gen. Bajwa — full text of Punjab CM Amarinder Singh’s speech

While moving a resolution condemning the Pulwama attack in the Punjab assembly, Captain Amarinder Singh came down heavily on Pakistani politicians and army.
Pulwama attack

US experts suspect Pakistan’s ISI agency of supporting those behind of Pulwama attack

Former CIA analyst Bruce Riedel said that the Pulwama terrorist attack will be the first serious challenge of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's administration.
File photo of Christine Fair

Lashkar members more educated than average Pakistani male, says scholar Christine Fair

In a wide-ranging discussion on her new book, Georgetown University professor Christine Fair shed light on some unknown aspects of terror organisation LeT.

On Camera

The Servant of Sahibs | Source: Sandeep Krishnan

Ghulam Rassul Galwan — The man who named the Galwan river, the site of India-China stand-off

It was unusual in the 19th century for rivers to be named after their regional discoverers. But Galwan, and his love for exploration, stood out.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 (representational image) | ANI

Chinese troops blacktopping track in disputed ‘finger’ area in Ladakh amid border tensions

The fresh Chinese construction activity is happening around Finger 4 in Pangong lake area. China also blocked the route of Indian patrol teams in the disputed region.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.