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Representational image. | Medics collect swab samples of Covid-19 patients at a hospital in Guwahati. | Photo: ANI

High positivity, caseload in northeast has Centre on edge, but states say situation ‘in control’

Central govt held a meeting with northeast states' health department officials this week to understand their containment plans.
(Clockwise) Pratima Bhoumik, Sarbananda Sonowal, Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Rameshwar Teli and Kiren Rijiju — the five BJP leaders from the Northeast who have been named ministers in the Modi government. | Photo: ANI

5 ministers, including a first from Tripura — how Team Modi revamp boosts BJP’s NE mission

On Wednesday, PM Modi inducted a record five Northeast leaders into his Council of Ministers — two cabinet ministers and three ministers of state.
Representational image for the Central Reserve Police Force | Photo: ANI

Spare Army counterinsurgency tasks, police does it better. Look at Punjab, Andhra, Tripura

Indian experience points to the need for a nodal role for the state police in counterinsurgency operations. Military involvement is neither necessary, nor desirable.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

UP, MP, Goa, Uttarakhand — BJP’s command-and-control is malfunctioning

If a party helmed by the most popular leader in India and one of the sharpest political strategists—Modi-Shah— is looking like a house on fire in states, there’s a problem.
West Tripura District Magistrate Shailesh Kumar Yadav (third from left) stops the wedding in Agartala | Screengrab

‘Mentally devastated, he harassed us’, says bride’s mother of wedding raided by Tripura DM

Video clips of West District Tripura DM Shailesh Yadav stopping a wedding over Covid violations have gone viral, in which he is seen shoving out the groom & thrashing a priest. 
Tripura's hand-rolled orthodox tea of Neermahal brand | Photo: Twitter/@SumedhaDas19

This hand-rolled Tripura tea variety just fetched ‘highest-ever’ price in state — Rs 12,500/kg

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.
Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma flashes the victory sign after his new party TIPRA Motha won the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council elections Saturday | Photo: ANI

Why ex-Congress leader ‘Maharaj’ Pradyot Debbarma could now hold key to 2023 Tripura polls

Pradyot Manikya’s TIPRA Motha & its ally INPT won 18 seats in tribal areas’ district council polls, while BJP won 9 and its partner IPFT drew a blank.
A rain-soaked Dimapur street | Commons

Nagaland entrepreneur develops LED lights that ‘do not go dim’ when voltage fluctuates

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.
File image of Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb | Facebook

Tripura govt will deal with insurgents with a firm hand, says Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb

Deb's warning came after 3 construction workers were allegedly kidnapped by National Liberation Front of Tripura ultras from a tribal hamlet near the Indo-Bangla border in Dhalai.
BJP

BJP leadership asks Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to call off 13 December meeting

Biplab Deb Tuesday said that he would hold a meeting in Agartala and ask people whether they want him to continue as the chief minister.

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File photo of health workers at a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in New Delhi | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Why the pandemic’s invisible deaths needs to be counted

A better grasp of the toll is vital to assess the precise, real-world impact of vaccines and other preventative measures, or to understand just how lethal variants have been.
Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.