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Delhi colonies | Wikimedia Commons

BJP & AAP know regularising Delhi colonies is smart policy, but it’s an incomplete plan

Seven in 10 Delhi residents live in informal settlements. And both the BJP and the AAP have promised regularisation of colonies ahead of the assembly election.
Sonia Gandhi

Asked Gujral, Kalyan Singh. Finally Sonia got women equal rights to agri land: Ex-IAS officer 

Former PM IK Gujral was shocked when I told him about plan to make women landowners. Being a Punjab MP, he didn't want to annoy the patriarchal Jats.
Modi's new cabinet at the swearing-in ceremony | ANI

Modi & his top ministers are risk-averse, invest their money in gold, FDs and land

An analysis of ministers’ declarations shows most of them don’t invest in equities and mutual funds, except Amit Shah and Piyush Goyal.
A view of a deserted street during restrictions at Lal Chowk in Srinagar | PTI

J&K BJP wants checks on buying land in state, says it can’t be open to just anyone

State BJP leaders say they have already conveyed to the central leadership that they want land laws on domicile basis to protect the rights of locals.
Farm land on the outskirts of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

100 mn hectares going to waste, govt to bring land & water schemes together to fix problem

India to host Conference of Parties to UN Convention to Combat Desertification in September where issues such as land degradation, drought will be discussed.
temple

Modi’s economic advisor red-flags ‘illegal temple’ in elite IAS officers’ colony in Delhi

Seeking action, EAC-PM member Ratan Watal has said in his letter to Modi govt that the temple is sitting on state land worth Rs 20-30 crore.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.