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Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. | Photo: Commons

SC upholds rights of Travancore ex-royal family in running Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala

Supreme Court overruled a 2011 Kerala HC order to hold that the Travancore royal family will continue to exert its shebait rights on the Thiruvananthapuram temple.
Gold bullion bars

MHA allows NIA to take over Kerala gold smuggling case probe

The decision came a day after Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to PM Narendra Modi urging effective investigation into the seizure of gold found in 'diplomatic baggage'.
A health worker screens the patient quarantined next door at the High Speed Rail Training Institute in Vadodara | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Coronavirus crisis is India’s chance to bring health reforms stalled by British colonial rule

Unlike 1991, this is not an economic crisis. India can take the lesson from the last similar healthcare crisis that the world faced in Spanish flu — reform or perish.
M. Sivasankar has been removed as principal secretary to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in connection with a gold smuggling case | File photo: ANI

Top Kerala IAS officer removed for links with woman behind UAE gold ‘smuggling ring’

M. Sivasankar was allegedly close to Swapna Suresh, the key figure in smuggling 30 kg of gold bars in a diplomatic bag bound for the UAE Consulate.
A fisherman in Cochin, Kerala | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Why Kerala is spending Rs 1 crore on private weather agencies despite IMD providing data

Kerala officials say IMD data is not refined or specific enough to provide alerts at the block level, impeding disaster management. 
A rubber plantation in Kerala | Wikimedia commons

Why Kerala is planning to allow its famed plantations to grow exotic fruits

Lockdown, falling rubber prices & a reeling plantation sector have all forced the LDF govt to have a relook at land laws, considered sacrosanct in the state. 
A deserted road during the 'triple lockdown' strategy in Thiruvananthapuram on 6 July | ANI Photo

Kerala’s $14-15 bn 2019 remittances could see $2 bn drop this year – World Bank expert

Fall in remittances can hurt Kerala’s finances seriously. World Bank is working with state govt on ‘diaspora bonds’, to mobilise savings of expats.
Jose K Mani | wikimedia commons

UDF suspends Jose Mani faction of Kerala Congress (M), leaves door open for LDF to make a move 

Jose K. Mani is the son of K.M. Mani, the founder of the Kerala Congress (M) and a chief architect of the UDF. K.M. Mani passed away last year. 
Representative image | Wikimedia commons

How Kerala’s tough Covid rules have made 17% of its population ‘invisible’, hurting economy

Over 17% of Kerala’s population is aged above 65 yrs, who have to strictly stay at home due to the pandemic. But it’s a demographic that wields considerable financial muscle.
Representational image of a doctor conducting a Covid-19 test in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

Doctors’ availability and patient flow improve in states with fewer Covid cases: Survey

A survey by Indian Pharmaceutical Alliances finds lowest availability of doctors at their clinics in Gujarat (60%), Maharashtra (60%) and Delhi (62%).

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Uyghur Muslim women in the Grand Bazaar in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

TV anchors outrage over Uyghurs in China, but stay quiet about Indian Muslims

After cheering the ban on Chinese apps, the latest coping mechanism of Indian TV news seems to be focusing on the plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Army Chief General MM Naravane (2nd R) during his visit along along the border in Jammu, Samba and Pathankot region

Army chief Narvane visits forward areas along IB in Pathankot-Jammu region

During the visit, the Army chief reviewed the security situation and emphasised on 'zero tolerance' against ceasefire violations by Pakistan and infiltration attempts.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.