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BJP will mollify NDA allies closer to 2019, when it risks getting a reduced majority

Nineteen states have NDA governments, but the partners have lost their bargaining power because the survival of Modi government does not depend on them.
Narendra modi in Lok Sabha

How many times did Narendra Modi talk about the Congress in his 90-minute-long speech?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Lok Sabha, and a lot of his speech was about the Congress.
Devendra Fadnavis

BJP trying to prevent two Maharashtra Lok Sabha bypolls from going the Rajasthan way

The party faces a tough fight from the Congress-NCP in Bhandara-Gondia in Vidarbha, but is expected to have a smoother path to victory in Palghar.
Shashi Tharoor in the Lok Sabha

In Parliament, Shashi Tharoor’s valiant fight to change section 377

The Congress MP had tried to slip in a change through an amendment to the government’s bill to repeal 104 old laws, but Lok Sabha rejected it in winter session.
Rajya Sabha

शीतकालीन सत्र की समाप्ति के एक दिन पहले, तीन तलाक का विधेयक ठंडे बस्ते में

भाजपा इस विवादास्पद विधेयक को राज्यसभा में बजट सत्र में लाने की सोच रही है, क्योंकि तब पार्टी को कांग्रेस के 'दोहरेपन' पर प्रहार करने का काफी मौका मिलेगा.
Rajya Sabha

On penultimate day of winter session, triple talaq bill likely goes into cold storage

BJP likely to bring controversial bill back to Rajya Sabha in budget session as that will give party time to attack Congress 'doublespeak'.
Protest against the government over Triple Talaq Bill. PTI Photo

Congress to hold back triple talaq bill in RS & insist on amendments

Party leaders dismiss Arun Jaitley’s charge of double standards, say Congress is demanding the same changes it asked for in the Lok Sabha. New Delhi: The standoff between the Narendra Modi government and the opposition over the triple talaq bill is likely to continue as the winter session of Parliament draws to a close. While desisting from openly opposing the bill, the Congress will hold it back in the Rajya Sabha and insist on amendments, party insiders told ThePrint. Sources indicated that the Congress will continue to demand that the bill be referred to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha Thursday as well. The party will also strongly counter the BJP by emphasising that it is not against the ‘reform’ centric bill per se, but wants a ‘stronger law’ that ‘empowers women’ comprehensively, through clear provisions for maintenance among other points, sources said. The Congress will also reject the BJP’s charge that it...
Tassaduq Mufti after taking oath in the BJP-PDP coalition government

Brother Tassaduq’s induction may help Mehbooba tighten her grip over PDP

A cinematographer by profession, 45-year-old Tassaduq served as the coordinator of the CM’s grievance cell until he took oath as minister Thursday
Muslim women

Will triple talaq bill stand the test of constitutionality in courts?

The bill is full of redundant provisions, and will likely prove to be ineffectual in its approach. It actually does little to help Muslim women.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in the Lok Sabha

Not just opposition, NDA ally JD(U) also raised objections to triple talaq bill

The parties urged the government to make changes in the bill and send it to a standing committee for a further review of the draft. New Delhi: Despite backing the triple talaq bill in Parliament, opposition parties as well NDA partner JD(U) Thursday raised objections to certain provisions, such as making the practice a criminal offence, and the issue of subsistence allowance. They urged the government to make changes in the bill and send it to a standing committee for a further review of the draft. Congress “All of us are supporting this bill, but there are certain lacunae which should and can be rectified in the standing committee,” said Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress’s leader of the House in the Lok Sabha. “We can sit together and sort this out in a time-bound manner.” Amendments moved by Congress MPs — Suhmita Dev and Adhir Ranjan Choudhary — on the bill were rejected through a voice...

On Camera

Cyclists ride along the Venice Beach boardwalk on May 25.

Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

File photo of INS Kavaratti | Indian Navy

Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.