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Union Home Minister Amit Shah (C) interacts with Bru community people as Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb (blue jacket) and Mizoram CM Zoramthanga (L) look on, during signing of an agreement for permanent settlement of displaced Bru tribals in Tripura, in New Delhi, Thursday. | Photo: PTI

Bru settlement in Tripura ‘best solution’ as community claims ‘ethnic cleansing’ by Mizos

The Modi government has managed to strike a four-party agreement to try resolve the 23-year-old crisis. The 34,000 refugees will now be settled in Tripura.
A file photo of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Modi govt ministers could meet Kashmiri politicians who are part of an ’emerging front’

Five Modi government ministers are set to visit Kashmir next week. They are likely to meet several Kashmiri politicians, some of whom were previously with the PDP.
Illustration by Arindam Mukherjee | ThePrint

Modi govt must learn — instinctive response not always best solution to economic problems

Pharma price caps, onion export ban and the snarky response to Amazon chief Bezos shows that Modi govt hasn’t learnt to be counter-intuitive yet.
Antibiotics

Pharma firms want govt to tweak ethics code, allow free samples, ‘educational’ foreign trips 

The proposal, criticised by patient-health activists, has been prepared by drug firms through the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance.
Student protests

Who represents India’s Muslims? Thanks to CAA protests, we now know the answer

Without any political party's support, India's Muslims protesting CAA have asserted a new political identity and also settled the issue of representation.
File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

This is PM Modi’s new 7-word mantra to get his secretaries cracking

Modi has held a number of meetings with the sectoral group of secretaries since December on his government’s vision for the next five years.
BJP Parliamentary Committee meeting | Praveen Jain| ThePrint

From assets to electoral bonds, Indian politicians have one answer: Kagaz nahin dikhayenge

Before asking Indians for documents under CAA or NPR to prove citizenship, Modi government should look at papers that political parties are hiding.
North Block and South Block on Raisina Hill | Manisha Mandal/ThePrint

These civil services want Modi govt to merge them to challenge ‘IAS hegemony’

The suggestion comes less than a month after the Union Cabinet merged 8 railways services in a bid to streamline the transporter’s operations.

Patients could receive upto Rs 15 lakh aid under govt’s proposed rare diseases policy

The health ministry had formulated the policy in July 2017 and proposed providing the financial aid for one-time treatment of patients with rare diseases.
Gunny bags of onions | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt wants Bangladesh to buy imported onions after states withdraw demand

Until last week, 18,000 MT of imported onion had arrived but states have only bought 3,000 MT. Modi govt is offering Bangladesh a lower price to buy stock.

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File photo of Sheik Hasina Wajed | David Greedy/Bloomberg News

As Modi govt doubles down on CAA, long-time friend Bangladesh moves closer to China

Opposition’s misinformation campaign has generated enough negative publicity. Modi govt will be in bigger trouble if Bangladesh’s rumour mills become active.

Has CDS Gen Bipin Rawat overstepped his brief by speaking on ‘de-radicalisation camps’?

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat said that India has de-radicalisation camps for the young. He also said that 10-12 years old from Kashmir were being radicalised.

Defence

Asif Ghafoor

‘Twitter General’ Asif Ghafoor is no longer Pakistan military’s spokesperson

Asif Ghafoor has been sent to Infantry Division. Major Gen. Babar Iftikhar will be new director general of Inter-Services Public Relations, Pakistan military’s publicity wing.

Under Modi-Shah, BJP is back to being the Bharatiya ‘Baniya’ Party

BJP under Modi-Shah is returning to its protectionist, anti-MNC, technophobic old notions, underlining that strong governments can also be more risk-averse.