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Narendra Modi

Liberals accusing Modi of creating a fear complex in 2019 are guilty of doing the same

If you are openly naming and shaming a legitimate political party, you cannot claim to be “neutral”.
Members of SC/ST and Muslim communities comprise more prisoners than their share in the Indian population | Shutterstock

Another data mishap? NCRB’s new prisons report has no caste, religion breakdown of inmates

Representation of some social group in jails has been higher to their share in population but NCRB’s 2016 report takes away that understanding as well.

National Crime Records Bureau adds more than 5 lakh names to database of sex offenders

The database keeps a record of offenders convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing.
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4 school students killed themselves in India every day, shows data

A National Crime Records Bureau report shows a total of 8,934 students committed suicide in 2015, up from 8,068 the year before.
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Appoint grievance officer for WhatsApp, think tank urges Supreme Court

The CASC plea says shutting down internet services — as governments have been doing so far — is not a viable option.

Every 6 hours a girl is getting raped, what are you doing about it: SC pulls up Bihar govt

The top court's observations came during a hearing on the alleged sexual abuse of 34 minors and women at a Muzaffarpur shelter.
Red tape and lethargy ensure Delhi remains a gas chamber

Indian cities are choking but there have been just 6 air pollution convictions in 2014-16

Uttar Pradesh, the state with four of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, registered just two cases in 2016, NCRB data shows.
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Punjab’s losing war on drugs as tough narcotics law is punishing, not reforming, addicts

A report by Vidhi Center for Legal Policy has said that the NDPS Act has failed to meet its twin objectives of deterrence and rehabilitation in Punjab. That Punjab has a drug-abuse problem is well-known. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics, Punjab’s share of crimes in India under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act climbed from 9.2% in 2001 to a peak of 42.3% in 2013. Although the numbers have come down gradually since then, the figure was still 10 times more than Punjab’s all-India share in Indian Penal Code crimes in 2016. NCRB statistics also suggest that the law and order machinery in Punjab is trying its best to deal with the problem. Punjab’s share in total convictions under the NDPS Act also climbed with its increasing share in cases registered under the act. Punjab accounted for more than 30% of total convictions under the NDPS...
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One in two Indians feel women lack strength, aggression to be in police: Study

A survey by NGO Common Cause and Lokniti 21% of the respondents said they considered a policewoman more honest than a policeman, with 14% thinking the other way around. New Delhi: A greater number of Indians believe women police personnel are more honest than their male peers, but fewer choose to approach the ‘weaker gender’ for help, a study on citizen opinion of police has found. The survey was carried out by NGO Common Cause and Lokniti, a research initiative of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), among 15,563 respondents across 22 states in June and July 2017. According to the survey, 21 per cent of the respondents said they considered a policewoman more honest than a policeman, with 14 per cent thinking the other way around. Forty-three per cent of the respondents said both were equally honest, while 12 per cent said neither. However, only 15 per cent...
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Two of five Indians are scared of police, Sikhs in Punjab fear them the most

A survey by NGO Common Cause and Lokniti finds that, among India’s institutions, police are the least trusted, with faith particularly low among women, Dalits, Muslims and the poor.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.



RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.