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One of India’s murkiest jailbreaks & killing of 8 Muslim men remains wrapped in mystery

The SIMI under-trials were shot dead in 2016. Judicial probe report was submitted 7 months ago. But Madhya Pradesh’s BJP govt is sitting on it.
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Last Laughs: Salman Khan’s new accessory, minister babas in MP, and the angry common man

The best Indian cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
A file photo of Namdeo Das Tyagi, populary known as 'Computer Baba | PTI

The new ‘babalog’ in Indian politics are gurus who want plum posts and perks

The godmen, always powerful in India, have moved from being shadowy Rasputin figures to the centre stage in an administration.

All you need to know about the new ‘minister babas’ of Madhya Pradesh

One of them is a tech-savvy seer and another a former model who travels in SUVs. But all of them have been vocal about saving Narmada.
Bhaiyyu Maharaj

Computer Baba, Bhaiyyu Maharaj among 5 religious leaders made Ministers of State in MP

The 'saints' were allegedly accorded the MoS status to make their work on environment and river conservation easy. 
Schoolchildren participating in an awareness campaign against child sex abuse

Behind Arunachal’s new death penalty law is a 170% rise in child rape cases

Lack of legal awareness leads to low reporting of cases with police; lynching of two rape accused last month forced state assembly to amend law.
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EC orders special audit of MP voters lists after the dead turn up in thousands

An EC team led by a principal secretary-level officer is currently in MP for the audit, sources said.
Former HRD Minister Arjun Singh

Remembering Arjun Singh: Loyal Rajiv Gandhi aide, accessible Congressman and astute politician

Arjun Singh, who was born today, was an old-fashioned Gandhi family loyalist who believed he was denied the prime ministership twice, as Narasimha Rao and then Manmohan Singh were preferred, both of whom he considered lesser leaders than himself.
Shivraj Chouhan addressing the public in Shivpuri

Bypoll defeats mean Shivraj Chouhan faces a serious threat in Madhya Pradesh 

Senior BJP leaders believe the central leadership might sideline Chouhan as he is anyway battling a 15-year anti-incumbency ahead of this year’s polls. New Delhi: It seems the national leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party will now play a more important role in the politics of Madhya Pradesh, while chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will have to be content playing second fiddle after the BJP failed to win two assembly bypolls – Mungaoli and Kolaras. Senior BJP leaders said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah were likely to wrest charge of the state unit from Chouhan and his loyalists ahead of the assembly polls in the state later in the year. Chouhan met Modi at the BJP’s chief ministers’ council Wednesday and briefed him on his 15-year government’s achievements in Madhya Pradesh. But the bypoll defeats have undermined his once-unchallenged authority, say senior party leaders. His name has already cropped up within party circles as...
Headquarters of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi

EC steps up vigilance over MP bypolls after complaint against ‘biased’ authorities

Commission to depute 10 special observers and double paramilitary presence for Saturday’s by-elections, following allegations of the state machinery’s ‘bias’.

On Camera

File photo of US Senator Kamala Harris | Facebook

Hinduphobia makes Kamala Harris’ identity a liability. So she is ‘Black’ in US media

No wonder the wealthy and influential, but largely Democratic, Indian-American community has not yet welcomed Kamala Harris’ candidature as warmly as might be expected.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs from Number 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on 13 February 2020 | Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

UK economy plunges into deep recession, shrinks 20.4% between April and June

Reacting to Office for National Statistics data, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the figures confirm that hard times were here and warned about more job losses in the coming months.

Defence

Army convoy moving towards eastern Ladakh from Leh on 30 June 2020 (representational image) | ANI

30,000 additional troops in Eastern Ladakh, Army faces stiff task housing them for winter

There is an infrastructure shortage in Eastern Ladakh, stemming from the fact that such large-scale movement of troops was unheard of in the region, and due to the challenging terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.