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A trial court had convicted the three students for raping a fellow student on the basis of WhatsApp chats which show how they harassed her. The three were granted bail by the high court

2 mins — that’s the time ‘Nirbhaya’ helpline staffers get under new owner to stop suicides

Women employees at 181 helpline, set up after 2012 Delhi gang rape, say new owner has removed their safety net — late-night cab drops & a female constable for security.
An aircraft takes off at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Small airport privatisation gets on the fast lane after Modi govt relaxes rules

Many key foreign and domestic players are willing to invest in upgradation of 6 airports, including Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.

Private companies have caught up with India’s public sector on delinquent behaviour

Market-oriented reform is the only way forward for the Indian economy. But the failures of private businessmen have set back that process.
Air India

Air India debacle shows Modi doesn’t get business

For a government that was supposed to be business-friendly, the Modi administration has shown little or no understanding of what businesses actually want, as proved by the conditions set for AI sale.
Red Fort, Delhi

Fact Check: Here’s the Red Fort-Dalmia agreement that everyone is talking about

Here's the full text of the agreement signed by the government and the Dalmia Bharat group. Even as opposition and public outcry continue over the government’s decision to lease out the Red Fort to the Dalmia Bharat Group, a fine reading of the agreement makes it clear that the deal doesn't permit any “profit-making”. Contrary to criticism that the move puts control of the 17th century iconic monument in the hands of a corporate who will not be responsible for its damage, the MoU has watertight provisions to check the rights of the corporate and is filled with bureaucratic processes and approvals. The full agreement for the maintenance of the Red Fort is given below and the important sections have been highlighted. Also read: The row over Red Fort shows Indian liberals outrage first and Google much later
Red Fort, Delhi

The row over Red Fort shows Indian liberals outrage first and Google much later

Left-libertarians have no problems cadging sponsorships from the same 'evil' corporates for their lit-fests, and generous wine ’n cheese laden evenings.
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Govt’s new defence production policy can only work with a strong private push

With an emphasis on joint research and testing as well as govt push for exports, the draft policy has got the direction right.
PSU illustration

Privatising sectors isn’t enough, public companies need to be told to perform or die

While privatising markets benefits customers, the system must accept the hard budgetary constraints on the public sector entities in these markets.
Mr Modi and his team expect to win the 2019 elections, the groundwork for improved performance of India's economy in their second term should be done now.

How Modi can privatise PSU banks and still win 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a good historic course-correcting opportunity that would leave India better-off, its economy stronger and politics wiser.
Indian banking system | Illustration by Peali Dezine

Rescuing public banks could be very costly. The Modi govt must reduce its stake in them

The one sector where there is still a sense of crisis is banking, but the government has regrettably set its face against privatisation.

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
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3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.