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Please keep masks on, says govt as it braces for Covid surge during festival season, winter

At Covid briefing, govt flags ‘laxity’ on the matter of masks, and says this needs to be changed. Claims masks can help reduce cases by 36-50%.
NCBC chairperson Bhagwan Lal Sahni

OBC panel writes to PM Modi for parity with SC/ST panels, seeks cabinet rank for head 

A cabinet rank for NCBC chairperson will go a long way in allowing the panel to deliver on its duties, incumbent Bhagwan Lal Sahni has said in the letter. 

Why Modi’s ministers are sounding like Mahabharata’s Yudhisthir

Is China in Indian territory? Did India miss Covid cases? What about doubling farmers’ incomes? Modi's ministers won’t lie on these, but neither will you hear the truth.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai introduces the FCRA amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha Sunday | Photo: ANI

Modi govt tables FCRA amendments, opposition & NGOs call it fatal blow to civil society work

FCRA amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha Sunday proposes reduction of foreign funds for admin expenses to 20%, mandates use of Aadhaar as ID.
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RSS affiliates join farm bill chorus, want MSP for farmers in open market too

Several farmers’ organisations have been protesting against the three agriculture bills brought by the govt, which have been termed anti-farmer by opposition as well as ally SAD.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in Parliament | Photo: ANI

Fireworks in Lok Sabha as opposition & Modi govt lock horns on ‘black hole’ PM-CARES

The exchange came as Lok Sabha debated the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill 2020, which was eventually passed Saturday.
A general view of the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament | Photo: ANI

Polymer sheets, MPs in masks, no Gandhis and Amit Shah — Monsoon session has a new look

The last five days saw Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu frequently ticking off MPs for speaking with their mask pushed to the chin.
SC closes contempt case against Rahul Gandhi

How Congress is justifying its stance against farm bills after backing reforms last year

In its 2019 election manifesto, Congress had promised repealing APMC Act, and Essential Commodities Act. Now, it is at the forefront of opposing similar reforms.
A Bhartiya Kisan Union member protests against three ordinances passed by the Centre, in Sri Muktsar Sahib | PTI

The disappearance of ‘samanvaye’ from Indian politics 

Farmers today are facing what students, Muslims and Kashmiris have just faced: unilateral policymaking that does not believe in creating consensus. 
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

Modi govt was handed weak data institutions by Congress, but it ruined them further

The BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised ‘real-time data’. Now, the Modi government has no data on migrant workers’ deaths during Covid pandemic.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

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.
The Bombay Stock Exchange

Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.

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Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

India, China say won’t send more troops to Ladakh frontlines, agree to avoid misunderstandings

India and China issued a joint statement after senior Army officials of the two sides held commander-level talks as part of the countries’ first military-diplomatic dialogue.
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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?