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The world has a message for Modi: Brand India is severely damaged

India’s image — and by extension Modi’s — has been damaged by a combination of identity politics and economic decline. But the world isn’t writing us off, not yet.
Priests offer prayers to Lord Swaminatha

Modi govt wants to train pandits and pujaris, design curriculum to standardise rituals

Skill Development Ministry officials say Modi govt wants to sustain Vedic culture, and also create employment opportunities in India and abroad.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt moves SC to speed up hangings, change its 2014 guidelines on death row convicts

Govt contends that death row convicts are ‘taking judicial process for a ride’, and wants SC to specify a time period for curative and mercy petitions.
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Limiting duty-free alcohol purchase is regressive. Govt must focus on bigger goals

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Protests against the CAA have impacted the image of the Modi government | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Stung by CAA-NRC backlash, Modi govt plans mega publicity campaign to boost image

Less than a year after winning big Lok Sabha majority, Modi govt goes into ‘damage-control’ mode ahead of important state assembly elections this year.
A protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, after Friday prayers, at Jama Masjid | PTI

US investment firm reducing Indian govt bond holdings as CAA, Kashmir hurt economic outlook

Western Asset Management is diverting some funds into Malaysian & Chinese debt as it feels Modi govt focus is distracted by anti-CAA protests, Kashmir.
Workers sort onions at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee wholesale market in Lasalgaon, Maharashtra | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

It’s not inflation but economic stagnation that poses a bigger worry for India

Risk of economic stagnation combined with high inflation has risen, though former remains the dominant force. RBI shouldn’t get nervous and worsen it.
File image of PM Narendra Modi with IAS probationary officers at the Statue of Unity | Photo: ANI

Modi govt plans national university to train IAS, IPS, IRS officers, other civil servants

The proposed National Civil Service University will come under DoPT, and existing civil service training institutes will function under it.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Kashmir freeze will continue in 2020 as Modi govt’s promises to develop Valley look bleak

The silence maintained by the Kashmiri population and the leaders can in no way be taken as acceptance of Modi govt’s decision of 5 August 2019.
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PM Modi spent first term collecting diplomatic capital, second can’t be about firefighting

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On Camera

File photo of US Senator Kamala Harris | Facebook

Hinduphobia makes Kamala Harris’ identity a liability. So she is ‘Black’ in US media

No wonder the wealthy and influential, but largely Democratic, Indian-American community has not yet welcomed Kamala Harris’ candidature as warmly as might be expected.
Rishi Sunak, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs from Number 10 Downing Street in London, UK, on 13 February 2020 | Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

UK economy plunges into deep recession, shrinks 20.4% between April and June

Reacting to Office for National Statistics data, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the figures confirm that hard times were here and warned about more job losses in the coming months.

Defence

Army convoy moving towards eastern Ladakh from Leh on 30 June 2020 (representational image) | ANI

30,000 additional troops in Eastern Ladakh, Army faces stiff task housing them for winter

There is an infrastructure shortage in Eastern Ladakh, stemming from the fact that such large-scale movement of troops was unheard of in the region, and due to the challenging terrain.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.