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Bus row intensifies, UP’s BJP govt slams Congress-ruled Rajasthan for bill to ferry students

UP Deputy CM says Congress is charging to ferry students from Kota while offering buses to transport migrants, Rajasthan minister says UP asked for bill.
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Yogi must learn from Shivraj Singh Chouhan on labour reforms. UP needs a scalpel, not an axe

We fail to understand what Adityanath will get by this policy. A 3-year window of regulatory concessions add up to nothing for any new and serious investor.

Over 1 lakh migrants to return on 114 trains by Saturday night: UP govt

The govt also gave permission for 98 more trains to bring back migrants from rest of the country Sunday & Monday, said Additional Chief Secretary - Home, Awanish Awasthi.

Fighting visible enemies while coronavirus plans its next step

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
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Samajwadi Party founder and ex-Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma passes away at 79

Samajwadi Party expressed condolences for their beloved 'Babu Ji', a former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha member.
Women sit with their children on a footpath in Agra | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh government declares coronavirus pandemic a state disaster

An official from UP government said procurement procedures for emergency medical equipment and coronavirus related medical consumables will be relaxed.
The usually crowded ghats of Varanasi are almost deserted due to the coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing | Photo: ANI

Uttar Pradesh govt extends lockdown to entire state to battle coronavirus

Seventeen of Uttar Pradesh's 75 districts that have reported positive cases of coronavirus are already under lockdown since 23 March.
UP cadre IAS officer Awanish Kumar Awasthi | Photo: Twitter | @AwasthiAwanishK

UP IAS officer in Ram temple trust is Yogi right-hand man who led crackdown on CAA protests

Awanish Awasthi is additional chief secretary in UP govt departments such as home, information and tourism.
A picture of the UP government's posters for DefExpo 2020 featuring a Turkish made chopper. | Photo: Twitter/@zone5aviation

UP DefExpo gaffe — Turkish helicopter for Pakistan on posters showcasing Make in India

DefExpo in Lucknow also invites criticism on Day One for poor arrangements at the much-publicised tent city for VIP guests. Nail found protruding from bathroom floor.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath | PT

Yogi govt wants public to pay damages for protest but order violates Supreme Court judgment

Yogi govt has issued notices to 28 people for recovery of Rs 14.86 lakh as damages for destruction of public property during anti-citizenship law protests.

On Camera

Doctors wearing protective suits check residents with an electronic thermometer inside a slum in Worli, Mumbai | PTI

Mumbai is now India’s national Covid epicentre, but it is not what New York City is to US

In episode 482 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta looks at Covid data from Maharashtra and Mumbai, which has become the epicentre of coronavirus in India.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

More midair refuellers, UAVs — Bhadauria explains how IAF is bracing for new nature of war

In an interview to ThePrint, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria says the IAF is not in favour of ‘rigid theaterisation’ as it will divide already scarce IAF combat assets and effort.
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PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.