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Security personnel in Srinagar, October 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Minorities leaving in fear. A silent Modi govt and Naya Kashmir promises not helping

Us-vs-them rift is deepening in Kashmir. But be it Army personnel killed or civilians or migrant workers, outrage is always selective.
Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who served as West Bengal chief secretary, during a review meeting on Cyclone Yaas, in Kolkata on 31 May 2021 | ANI

Bengal’s ex-chief secy takes Modi govt to Central Admin Tribunal over ‘indiscipline’ probe

Bengal govt officials say Alapan Bandyopadhyay filed an application with CAT challenging Centre’s jurisdiction in initiating a probe against him, bypassing the state.
Representational image of Taliban members | Bloomberg

Pakistan & China among invitees as India looks to host NSA meet on Afghanistan next month

Meeting was supposed to take place in April amid concerns about Afghanistan ahead of NATO pullout. But worsening security situation in Afghanistan foiled it.
Representational image of Odisha residents working under MGNREGA | Photo: ANI

Controversial order to split MNREGA payments on caste lines withdrawn after states object

Social justice ministry noted that its field report indicated a deepening of caste division within village communities over segregation of workers into SCs, STs and others.
Illustration by Manisha Yadav

There’s a festive cheer in Indian economy, let’s hope today’s energy & optimism is sustained

Is finance minister’s optimism about sustained rapid growth warranted? Govt programmes should be expected to generate some momentum, but macro-economic numbers aren’t encouraging.
File photo of Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay | Photo: ANI

Modi govt moves on ‘misconduct’ case against ex-chief secretary, TMC MP says will proceed legally

Centre has appointed an inquiry officer to probe into ‘misconduct’ of Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who skipped a meeting with the PM in May.
Representational image of Air India | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

The spirit of my great-grandfather, a shareholder of Air India, is now resurrected

By resurrecting Air India, the present dispensation has finally undone the mistake that we can attribute to Nehru or his advisors.
The national flags of China and India (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India-China trade deficit soars to $47 bn as business ignores Ladakh crisis, ‘Atmanirbhar’ push

Trade deficit between India and China ballooned to almost $47 billion in just the first nine months of 2021. It stood at $44.02 billion in 2020-21.
A traveller wearing a mask sits in a departure hall at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi | Representational image | T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Modi govt lifts additional checks and restrictions imposed on UK travellers

Centre's decision to withdraw travel advisory comes after UK ordered discontinuation of mandatory testing and quarantine for those vaccinated with Covishield travelling from India.
Representational image of a pregnant woman | Image: Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Centre notifies new rules extending abortion limit to 24 weeks for certain women

Upper limit for pregnancy termination has been extended from 21 to 24 weeks for survivors of sexual assault or incest, minors & women with physical disabilities.

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If Hong Kong wants zero Covid strategy to succeed, it must improve its quarantine rules

It’s increasingly difficult to find a clear, logical justification for policies, which at this point are defensive and rooted in fear. The govt must improve its quarantine system.
File image of Subhash Chandra, chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises | Scott Eells/Bloomberg

How Subhash Chandra is fighting to keep control of his media empire

The 70-year-old tycoon risks losing control just as Zee’s prospects are looking up. The media mogul is looking for ways to raise his family’s shareholding.

Defence

A Kilo-class submarine of the Indian Navy (Representational image) | Commons

‘Lot of money changed hands’, says CBI after arresting 5 including serving Navy commander

The five persons have been arrested for ‘leaking sensitive information in connection with the modernisation of a submarine project’
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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