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Punjab opposition joins hands to take on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘clean chit’ to party on 1984 riots

The Akali Dal has asked the Congress president to apologise for the party's role in the riots, while the AAP has challenged him to a debate.

Modi’s GST exemption for Punjab Sewa Bhoj – placated an ally or changed the idea of langar?

The central government launched the Sewa Bhoj Yojana on 1 June, exempting charitable organisations that provide free food from paying GST on the raw materials used. Experts weigh in.
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TalkPoint: Has BJP’s big brother attitude damaged NDA beyond repair?

Experts weigh in on the turmoil within the National Democratic Alliance (with the TDP and Shiv Sena) as allies say that BJP ignores their suggestions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Lok Sabha

Remember your hatred for the Congress: PM Modi’s subtle message to dissenting allies

In his speeches to both houses of Parliament, Modi spoke about Congress’s perceived slights to Andhra leaders & Sikhs, in a bid to reduce TDP & SAD’s anger.
A farmer in a field in Punjab

Punjab farmers protest over flaws in loan waiver scheme before highly publicised rollout

CM Amarinder Singh will launch the scheme Sunday; farmers allege gross favouritism in selecting beneficiaries besides clerical errors in the lists.
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Punjab’s New Year gift to its public servants: Fewer holidays

Now, the number of gazetted holidays in Punjab are almost equal to the ones declared by the central government —17 — for 2018.
Sukhpal Singh Khaira at a press conference in Punjab Vidhan Sabha | Getty Images

AAP rediscovers its mojo in Punjab assembly session

AAP raised allegations of judicial corruption during House session; it survived heavily stacked odds against it, turning the tables on a smug Congress.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with his cabinet colleagues | Twitter

Bickering opposition to ensure easy winter session for Amarinder’s government

The focus of the upcoming session of the Assembly is going to be targeting AAP's leader of opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira.

Gurdaspur bypoll a challenge for CM Amarinder Singh

Expectations among MLAs, who have won their seats multiple times, and Rahul Gandhi’s youth brigade, are running high and hectic lobbying has given way to impatience Chitleen K Sethi

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Xi Jinping Wuhan

US’ decoupling from China has begun. Modi govt must work to minimise India’s losses

Modi govt does not appear to recognise that international politics is spiralling towards a ‘soft war’ where all issues are linked to security and political interests.
Indian currency

Troubled NBFCs begin to show signs of revival after stimulus

Sound health of NBFCs is vital because they form backbone of Indian economy in lending to wide range of borrowers from small merchants to business giants.

Defence

IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
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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.