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Pandu Naik, a resident of village Ravalkole, shows the tap connection set up at his home in early 2019 under the Telangana government's Mission Bhagiratha | Rishika Sadam | ThePrint

All homes in Telangana villages now have tap water, but it’s not a Nal Se Jal story alone

Before Har Ghar Nal Se Jal was launched in 2019 to equip every rural household with drinking water connection, Telangana had KCR's Mission Bhagiratha. 
General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Why Pakistan Army chief is sermonising on peace and talking mutual respect

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
A child toys with a newly-established tap at the Panchayat Bhawan campus in Dumna village, Rupnagar | Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

In rural Punjab, Nal Se Jal has brought not just water but also a luxury few had: ‘free time’

Three districts in Punjab — Rupnagar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar — have achieved 100 per cent coverage under Modi govt's flagship Nal Se Jal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook HQ in San Jose, California | PIB | File photo

‘Details matter, will study rules’ — Facebook’s guarded response to Modi govt’s new norms

Modi govt has announced guidelines for online media — OTT platforms, social media and online news portals — under IT (Intermediary Guidelines & Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules.
A medical worker withdraws vaccine from a vial | Representational image | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

This is how much you may pay to take Covid vaccine in a private hospital

Govt said Wednesday that those getting the Covid-19 vaccination at private hospitals will have to pay for it, setting the stage for their participation in immunisation drive.
A tap installed at a house in a Ganderbal village | By special arrangement

In J&K’s Ganderbal, Nal Se Jal has reached all rural houses. But there’s a catch for some

Residents in plains say Har Ghar Nal Se Jal has helped resolve the issues they faced earlier, but those living in Ganderbal heights aren't happy with water pressure.
File photo | A medic administers the first dose of Covaxin to a frontline worker, in New Delhi | PTI

Private sector can be govt’s useful ally in Covid vaccination, not an adversary

At around 300,000 per day, the current vaccination rate is only a quarter of the 1.3 million per day that was estimated by the Modi govt in January.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public rally at Mehrauli in New Delhi on Thursday. | ANI

NEP reflects Modi govt’s commitment towards empowerment of Indian languages, says Amit Shah

Shah said maximum efforts should be made for the use of mother tongue and foster the wisdom passed on by it to strengthen the foundation of the country's culture in children.
Illustration by Soham Sen

5 key areas Modi govt should focus on to walk the private sector talk

Govt has launched Production Linked Incentive scheme for telecom & networking, but it must ensure stable and predictable policy environment too.
ThePrint

Punjab civic poll results proof Akali Dal didn’t gain from deserting BJP and AAP has a crisis

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Afghan peace deal being signed in Doha

Year on, Trump’s Doha accord with Taliban grows into a headache for Biden — and for India

Should the Biden administration go ahead with Trump’s plan to withdraw troops and risk plunging Afghanistan into further chaos and bloodbath like the Obama administration did?
Indian currency

GST collections cross Rs 1 lakh crore-mark for fifth consecutive month in February

The finance ministry said that the revenues for the month of February 2021, which stood at Rs 1.13 lakh crore, were 7% higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year.

Defence

Representational image of a Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier at a base in Qinyang, China

4, 9 or 14? Even China ‘isn’t sure’ how many PLA soldiers died in Galwan Valley

During talks with India, Chinese officials have — unofficially — given contradictory figures for their Galwan clash casualties. China has officially acknowledged 4 deaths.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.