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File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

SP and BSP extend their Lok Sabha poll alliance to MP and Uttarakhand

The Samajwadi Party will contest 3 seats in Madhya Pradesh and one in Uttarakhand while the BSP will contest all the remaining seats.
Jyotiraditya Scindia

What’s keeping Jyotiraditya Scindia out of Madhya Pradesh

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A cow shelter in Madhya Pradesh | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

From Nehru to Kamal Nath, Congress’ cow politics has always been a balancing act

Congress has historically kept a liberal face at the national level and selectively pushes its pro-cow image in states.
The Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication campus in Bhopal

Nehru is back as Kamal Nath begins to undo ‘saffronisation’ at top journalism school

Kamal Nath's Congress govt in MP is probing allegations of irregular appointments, wasteful expenditure, violation of UGC rules & unauthorised changes in curriculum.
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MP issued most death sentences in 2018 — a result of harsher child rape law

As of 31 December 2018, there were 426 convicts on death row. No death sentences were awarded in J&K, Goa and 6 NE states, with Assam as exception.
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RSS worker tries to pass off labourer ‘he murdered’ as himself to claim Rs 20 lakh insurance

Alleged murder of RSS worker Himmat Patidar sparked a controversy last week as local BJP MLA claimed Congress govt was targeting people associated with party.
Central transfers can make up some, not all, of the inequality in India (Representational image) | PTI

India needs to fix the growing inequality between poorer east and richer south

Social sector spending by the poorer states remains lower than in the better-off ones. If they are to catch up, this is the opposite of what it should be.
File image of Asheesh Singh | By special arrangement

This Indore IAS officer has a solution for India’s garbage problem

Asheesh Singh, the Indore municipal commissioner, was behind efforts that cleared 13 lakh tonnes of refuse in just six months through bio-mining. 
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath (R) with Shekhar Gupta (L) and Neelam Pandey (C) at Off The Cuff

Modi is not a loved PM, he is a feared PM, says Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath

During 1984 riots, Rajiv Gandhi sent me to Gurdwara Rakabganj Road to stop a mob of Congressmen from attacking it, clarifies Kamal Nath.
L-R: Raman Singh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje

BJP’s new heartland dilemma — what to do with Singh, Chouhan & Raje

BJP brass wants to move 3 former CMs out of state but they don’t want to let go. And in this tussle is stuck BJP’s pick for leader of opposition.

On Camera

Have online learning tools like BYJU’S & Khan Academy made tuition centres redundant?

In the last few years, several online learning tools like BYJU’S and Khan Academy have made a splash in the education sector.

Defence

China sends fighters for Pakistan Day parade, days after thwarting Masood Azhar terror tag

China had last week placed a technical hold on a proposal moved by France, the US, and the UK at the UN Security Council for sanctions against Masood Azhar.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?