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Nagaland govt banned consumption of dog meat in July, triggering a huge debate (representational image) | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Medicinal value to prosperity — for many Nagas, dog meat is more than just a source of food

Naga groups have been calling on the government to reverse a ban on dog meat, announced in July, on the grounds that it hurts their cultural values.
Representational image. Volunteers feed stray dogs during the lockdown, in Bikaner. | Photo: ANI

How People For Animals helped rescue stray animals when India was stuck indoors in lockdown

PFA, started by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, is India’s largest animal welfare organisation. It carries out multiple drives and spreads awareness on caring for stray animals.
Gulzar at a song launch. Photo: Wikipedia

‘Dhoop aane do’, don’t lose hope & feed the strays: Gulzar’s lockdown message in poetry, prose

Stay hopeful, and practise social distancing, says Gulzar in his new poem. Read the translation of the poem by Rakhshanda Jalil.

Leopards in concrete jungle of Mumbai may be saving its residents from stray dogs

Leopards are known for their attacks on humans, but in fact leopards save them by hunting and killing dogs in and around their villages.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.