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Bahujan Samaj Party rally (file photo) | Twitter/BSP4Bharat

BSP will be stuck at zero, warn Punjab unit rebels as dissent brews over Akali alliance

BSP has already expelled former state president Rachpal Raju for speaking out against the move, while its OBC wing president Sukhbir Singh Shalimar has resigned over the decision. 
Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu | ANI

How Congress MP’s Panthic seat jibe at Akali-BSP exposed caste fault lines among Punjab Sikhs

Congress MP from Ludhiana Ranveet Bittu had questioned Akalis leaving ‘Panthic’ seats of Anandpur Sahib & Chamkaur Sahib to the BSP for 2022 Punjab polls.
Several Sikh personalities from Punjab joined the BJP on 16 June 2021 | Photo: punjab.bjp.org

117 seats, no Sikh leader: BJP’s 2022 Mission Punjab begins with hunt for credible local faces

The BJP, facing the wrath of farmers in the state over the farm laws, is also looking to distribute a booklet that will ‘highlight PM Modi’s special relationship with Sikhs’. 
File photo of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal | @officeofssbadal/Twitter

SAD chief Sukhbir Badal appears before SIT probing 2015 Kotkapura police firing case

Badal was Punjab deputy chief minister and held the home portfolio when incidents of desecration of religious texts and the subsequent police firing at protesters had taken place.
BSP MP Satish Mishra (third from left) with SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal in Chandigarh Saturday | Twitter/@officeofssbadal

‘Not just a party of Jats,’ how the SAD hopes to rebrand itself with BSP alliance

The alliance's revival comes at a time when SAD is facing a backlash among Sikh farm workers in Punjab and the Mayawati-led BSP is fighting for survival in UP.

SAD holds sit-in near Punjab health minister’s residence, seeks his dismissal from cabinet

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal accused the Congress-led govt of ‘making money’ by selling vaccine to private hospitals and asked the CM to dismiss Balbir Singh Sidhu.
SAD (Democratic) chief Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (front row, second from left) and SAD (Taksali) head Ranjit Singh Brahmpura (beside Dhindsa and in blue turban) along with other leaders of the breakaway factions | By special arrangement

Breakaway SAD factions merge in Punjab, bring bad news for Badals & ruling Congress

The two factions — SAD (Democratic) led by RS member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and SAD (Taksali) led by ex-MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura — will contest 2022 Punjab polls.
SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal addresses a rally Monday | Twitter | @officeofssbadal

Punjab polls a year away but Akalis start campaign, announce 2 party candidates too

Experts see Akalis’ early preparation as good strategy since the election is likely to be a major challenge for the 100-year-old party, which broke up with BJP over farm laws last year.
File photo Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

9 Akali Dal MLAs from Punjab booked for trying to confront Haryana CM outside Assembly

The MLAs had allegedly gheraoed Manohar Lal Khattar outside the assembly hall on 10 March and had demanded that a resolution be passed in the state assembly against the farm laws.
Punjab Police personnel (representational image) | Kamal Kishore/PTI

2 killed in clash between Congress and Akali workers in Punjab’s Moga district

Akali workers, who were campaigning for the 14 February municipal polls, alleged that Congress activists ran their vehicles over them when they tried to flee.

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Illustration by Viola Gesmundo | Unbias The News

When ‘help’ hurts – Being nice isn’t an excuse to touch a disabled person without consent

Most of my journeys involve fending off unwanted help. People take my arm, my shoulder, my waist, my white cane, and occasionally my dog guide leash.
Ather Energy’s electric scooters at its experience centre in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti/ThePrint

Electric scooters are becoming a rage and Bengaluru’s Ather has quietly raced ahead

Nearly three years since it launched its first scooter in 2018, Ather Energy’s revenues have increased from Rs 11.7 crore in FY19 to Rs 48.8 crore in FY20.   

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DRDO successfully flight tests new generation surface-to-air Akash missile

The missile has been indigenously manufactured by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.