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Crackdown, heavy deployment, UAPA arrests kept J&K calm after Article 370 move, police says

According to MHA data, while there were 532 incidents of stone-pelting and violence in the Valley in 2018, the number came down to 389 in 2019 and 102 in 2020.
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MHA allows colleges to hold final-year exams, UGC wants exams to be wrapped up by September

MHA order says the final exams are to be compulsorily conducted according to UGC guidelines. UGC said it is upto colleges to decide how they want to conduct the exams.
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Modi govt transfers MHA’s media wing officers after ‘CAA wasn’t mentioned’ as an achievement

The Modi govt was irked over a series of errors by the MHA’s media wing, but not mentioning the CAA in the list of achievements may have been a ‘tipping point’.
File image of Tablighi Jamaat attendees being moved out of the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

No need for CBI probe into Tablighi event, Delhi Police on the job: Centre to SC

Home ministry also tells SC that organisers of Tablighi Jamaat event had deliberately disobeyed restriction orders even after they were apprised of Covid threat.
People suspected of Covid-19 being transported to various hospitals after Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

MHA blacklists 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members, bans entry for 10 years

The action has been taken after various state govts provided details of foreigners who were found to be illegally living in mosques & religious seminaries.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Order junking made in India products from CAPF canteens withdrawn, issuing officer removed

The order was withdrawn as it was ‘issued without any consultation with seniors’. A new order will be issued with a fresh list of products.
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Lockdown extended until 31 May but shops and salons to open, inter-state movement can resume

Centre allows states to decide on red/orange/green zones. Air travel and metro services to remain suspended, sports can resume without spectators.

25% Indians clear about lockdown rules, 74% want no relaxation in ‘virus load’ areas: Survey

The survey by LocalCircles found 25% Indians were totally confused about the functioning of local shops, e-commerce, while 34% said they were somewhat confused.
File image of Tablighi Jamaat attendees being moved out of the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

‘It’s Ramzan’ — kids of Covid-negative Tablighis ask Delhi govt why they’re in quarantine

Tablighi Jamaat members have been at various quarantine centres for over 30 days, and some of them have tested negative multiple times, but not been released.
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Modi govt to bring back Indians stuck abroad from 7 May — on ‘payment basis’ and in phases

In the first phase, only those Indians, who are facing financial difficulties and having medical emergencies, will be repatriated.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

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India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
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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.