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An Indian Oil Corp. employee loads LPG cylinders onto his vehicle in Cochin | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

CAG flags widespread irregularities in Modi govt’s marquee LPG scheme

CAG lists allocations to unintended beneficiaries, diversion of domestic cylinders for commercial use and bogus allocations to non-existent households among other issues.  
A woman in Uttar Pradesh cooks on a LPG-connected stove | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

How Modi stopped rural Indian women from inhaling an equivalent of 400 cigarettes per day

Narendra Modi government’s Ujjwala scheme has been a game-changer for millions of women across India.

Is it high-handed or routine for Modi govt to insist on PM’s face on petrol pumps?

State-owned oil companies have been using fuel stations across the country to promote government schemes, including the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Many petrol pump dealers now allege they are being forced by oil companies to put up ad hoardings for these schemes, featuring PM Narendra Modi’s picture, ahead of the 2019 elections. ThePrint asks: Is it high-handed or routine for Modi govt to insist on PM’s face on petrol pumps? Posters with PM’s photo put up so more people can benefit Ashwani Mahajan National Co-convener, Swadeshi Jagaran Manch Putting up hoardings and photographs of political leaders and publicising their achievements is not something new. This had happened during Atalji’s time when the golden quadrilateral was being publicised. Atalji had said that it is the duty of the government to publicise its schemes and programmes. We see Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s photographs in almost every nook and corner of Delhi, including on the walls of government...
Narendra Modi on Google search

One graph that captures 50 months of ‘Modi Magic’ on Google

Rahul Gandhi’s hug may have made big news but it’s Aadhaar and Supreme Court collegium that showed steady search interest.

On Camera

Empty Sheikh Zayed Road during lockdown in Dubai | Bloomberg

What ails Arab economies is older than Covid-19

Dependence on oil and natural-gas exports and an over-reliance on Europe and US as trade partners have made it difficult for the region's integration into the world economy.
A motorcyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. branch on a near-empty street in Mumbai, India. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd merger stacks up in numbers

The combination would boost its assets to Rs 7 lakh crore and cement Kotak’s position as India’s fourth-largest private bank, closing the gap with Axis Bank Ltd.

Defence

A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.