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No infiltration from China in last 6 months, 47 attempted from Pakistan until July — MHA data

Govt tells Rajya Sabha attempts to cross over & estimates of successful cross over in J&K reduced as compared to 2018 and 2019. Also, more terrorists were killed this year until July.
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Govt allows foreign journalists living in India to return, restores suspended ‘J’ visas

Foreign journalists had raised the issue on social media almost a week ago, and home ministry has now allowed J-1 and J-1X visa holders to return.
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Merger of J&K IAS, IPS cadre into AGMUT ‘on hold’ as officers say it’s recipe for confusion

J&K cadre for All India Services ceased to exist last year after Modi govt recategorised state as two union territories. It was supposed to be merged into AGMUT cadre.
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

No women, LGBT representation — criminal law review panel criticised for lack of diversity

Three letters have been written by former judges and lawyers questioning the central government-appointed panel's composition and proposed functioning.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.
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Home ministry can withdraw security clearance to TV channels under new draft guidelines

The I&B ministry has released draft amendments to guidelines for private satellite TV channels, and sought suggestions from stakeholders within 15 days.
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Covid-19 situation especially serious in Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai, says MHA

Home Ministry in a statement said that violations of lockdown measures reported in some parts of the country pose a serious health hazard to public.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visits a ration shop during the lockdown in Kolkata on 17 April 2020

3 Bengal districts tagged hotspot by Modi govt ‘haven’t reported Covid-19 cases in a week’

Categorisation of these districts led to a slugfest between Mamata and Modi governments as central teams were not allowed to visit the affected areas initially.
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Home ministry to act against officials who fail to check lockdown violations in their areas

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba asks for appointment of nodal officers across states to fix responsibility for the care of migrant workers and labourers.
Suspected Covid-19 patients being transported to various hospitals from the Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi

Over 25,500 Tablighi Jamaat members and their contacts quarantined across India: MHA

Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said that five villages in Haryana have been sealed, as members of the Islamic organisation had stayed there.

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Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
A customer holds a SIM card packet while waiting to connect his mobile phone to the carrier Reliance Jio | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Rs 4,000 smartphone running on Reliance Jio — How Ambani plans to dominate telecom market

Reliance is apparently in talks with domestic assemblers to make a version of its Jio phone that will run on Google’s Android and be offered with low cost wireless plans from Jio.

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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?