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File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Inside Modi govt’s virus ‘war room’ — ministers sleep over, 50 phone lines, 4 control rooms

From coordinating with states to tracking cases around the world, North Block is guiding the Covid-19 effort, with Amit Shah monitoring from his residence.
Protests in Jaffrabad-Maujpur, which turned violent Sunday evening, have continued till Tuesday | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘Assault on press freedom’ — Editors Guild seeks MHA action against attack on journalists

Editors Guild of India has said home ministry should investigate the incidents of attacks on journalists covering the CAA violence and direct Delhi Police to take appropriate action.
Police detain activists during a protest against the arrest of activists in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence | PTI

Nothing illegal about NIA taking over Bhima Koregaon case but state police still holds key

The NIA Friday took over the case in which several activists were booked for allegedly making provocative speeches in Pune, Maharashtra, on 31 December 2017.
R.N. Kao

No IPS officer should head RAW, chief should be PM’s choice — Indira Gandhi told RN Kao

RN Kao made R&AW one of the best intelligence outfits in the world. But from very early on, it was a victim of bureaucratic apathy and peer jealousy.
One of the chimneys of TATA steel plant is visible from a street in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Jharkhand gets major chunk of funds in Modi govt’s infrastructure push in Naxal-hit areas

MoS for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy says in Lok Sabha Rs 1,775 cr has been released to 10 LWE-hit states in 3 years, with 44% of it going only to Jharkhand.
The women contingent of Assam rifles during the Republic Day parade rehearsal

Assam Rifles operational control shouldn’t be under home ministry. Don’t mess with the best

The move will affect the Assam Rifle’s operational efficacy. Unless it is simply about the oldest Indian governmental ailment – empire building.
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No farmer suicide numbers for second year in a row as NCRB releases crime data for 2017

The Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India report – a crucial source for data on farmer suicides – brought out by NCRB was last published in 2015.
An immigration counter at the Indira Gandhi International Airport

This year, US has already deported 550 Indians — 50% more than first 6 months of 2018

In 2017 and 2018, the total number of Indians deported by the Trump administration were 570 and 790 respectively.
Sashastra Seema Bal personnel (Representative image) | Twitter| @DGSSB

The ‘tyranny’ of IPS officers over us will now end, say CAPF officers

PM Narendra Modi’s government finally granted the status of an organised cadre services to the Central Armed Police Forces, ending many years of humiliation.

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.