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A view of a deserted street during restrictions at Lal Chowk in Srinagar

India officially adds Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh to its union territories

This is the first time a state has been downsized into union territories, taking the total number to nine and bringing the number of states down to 28.
Delhi Public School in Srinagar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Private schools in Kashmir hold annual exams, but classrooms remain mostly empty

The move to hold the annual examinations was aimed at bringing children back to school at a time when the Valley is in the midst of a civil shutdown.
Lal Chowk, Srinagar | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

The administrative changes that await J&K as it heads towards bifurcation

Once J&K is bifurcated on 31 October, its governor will assume role of a lieutenant-governor, who will preside over security, police & postings of govt officials.
A security personnel stand guard near Lal Chowk in Srinagar (representational image) | S Irfan/PTI

Minorities panel to visit Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, start dialogue with people

Representatives from the National Commission for Minorities plan to meet religious leaders and begin confidence building measures.
Representational image of people in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

J&K will be extra special — it will be only UT to get central funds from finance panel

The Modi govt’s J&K Reorganisation Bill provides for the new UT of Jammu and Kashmir to be given more funds and financial security.
the government has decided to merge Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli into a single union territory.

There will be one UT less as Modi govt plans to merge Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu

Proposal with Union cabinet and may come up in meeting today. Centre reckons the two UTs are just 35 km apart and don't require 'duplication of work'.
Headquarters of the Election Commission of India in New Delhi

Former BJP leaders running UTs, once an IAS preserve, exempt from model code

Three Union Territories — Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli — are run by ex-BJP leaders. A recent EC order has effectively exempted the office from the model code of conduct.

On Camera

The Apple Inc. logo is displayed at one of the company's stores in Hong Kong | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Why nothing can challenge the power of Apple, Amazon and Google

EU wants to make sure other companies are allowed to compete with these incumbents but American antitrust law focuses on the interests of the consumer.
Two amazon packages

These are the sweeping changes Amazon India is making for its first Prime Day since Covid

This time, thousands of Amazon employees will coordinate the sale from their homes, and packers, sorters and deliverymen will follow stringent hygiene protocols.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 | Representational image | ANI

India’s quest for armed drones gets a boost as US looks to ramp up arms sales

India is now looking at acquiring 6 armed drones from the US instead of the planned mix of 30 armed and non-armed drones. It is also in talks with Israel.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.