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Can Biden buck the historical trend in November 2022?

The outcome of the midterm election will be critical not only for the Democratic Party but also in the way individuals of both parties shape their futures for 2024 and beyond

BJP surprisingly cautious in choosing Bommai as Karnataka CM

By anointing Basavaraj Bommai as the chief ministerial successor to B.S. Yediyurappa, the BJP leadership has opted to play it safe politically,  and not disturb the status quo, considering that the state assembly elections are due just two years away. 
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Real agenda behind EPS, OPS’s rush to Delhi. (It’s nothing to do with TN)

The AIADMK leaders and fierce rivals ostensibly discussed issues related to the state with the prime minister. But the motives were more personal

Conservative extremists now attack Biden on falling vaccination rates

Joseph Biden’s summer was going to be long and hot even without vaccines and the coronavirus. But right wing and extremist conservatives within the Grand Old Party, who have been used to peddling lies and conspiracy theories, have found yet another opportunity to take on the Democratic administration, not by questioning the methodology of the vaccine rollout across the fifty states but based on fiction put out on social media as also on the notion of trust: how could you believe an individual—and by extension an administration - that just “cheated” you out of an election!

AIADMK registers no protest even as allies give it shabby deal in Puducherry

The AIADMK leadership in Chennai has spent no time in assessing the reasons for its colossal failure in the elections to the Union Territory of Puducherry, where all the party’s five candidates lost, even as its allies, the AINRC and BJP triumphed. What is worse, is that the party has been cold-shouldered by the BJP, which nominated three of its ow...

Rising CO2 in air, melting ice make monsoon ‘stronger’

Sediment cores harvested from beneath the seafloor in the Bay of Bengal, off the Indian coast, have uncovered that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and related warming were “major players” in shaping the intensity of the South Asian monsoon over the past million years, said scientists in a new study. The findings support numerical models that pred...

Anti-trafficking Bill draws flak for administrative overreach

The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill 2021 is scheduled to be presented in the ongoing Parliament session, but it has already invited widespread criticism from women and child rights activists, lawyers, media persons and civil society organisations. The Bill proposes death to offenders of child trafficking, but ex...

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Can turncoats be turned away? Bommai caught in a dilemma

"What have we promised the MLAs who quit Congress, JD(S) and joined us?” That's the question the BJP high command has asked a close confidante of BS Yediyurappa. This even as Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is caught up in chalking out a list of probable candidates to be part of his new cabinet.

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More than 4.36 crore workers hit in TN tourism industry due to lockdown

More than 4.36 crore workers from Tamil Nadu's once-thriving tourism industry have been hit very badly due to the COVID-19 lockdown since March last year.

Airtel’s 2G rate hike: It’s less about money and more about signalling

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Nitish Kumar likes babus but his cabinet colleagues have a problem

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is in the crosshairs of the Opposition and ruling parties alike for the alleged high-handedness of bureaucrats in the state. So grave is the problem that a political analyst remarked that it is high time the CM stems the rot and curbs the tendency of bureaucrats turning 'autocrats'. Recently, Bihar social wel...

Jaishankar urges nations to act as Taliban advance continues

Hundreds of Afghan security personnel recently chose to flee across the border into Tajikistan, which hosts a Russian base, rather than attempt to halt the Taliban’s advance in northern Afghanistan

Why Oppn is reluctant to co-operate with Centre’s ‘Ministry of Co-operation’

'They [the BJP] want total control of the cooperative movement across the country and that’s why they have made Amit Shah in charge of the ministry. Cooperatives is a state subject under entry 32 of the State list under the Schedule 7 of the Constitution. How can they create a ministry without an Act of Parliament,' Chennithala said

‘Maharaj’ now in-charge of Maharaja’s turbulent flight

“The Maharaj will now oversee the sale of the Maharaja,” said a long-time political observer as news of Jyotiraditya Scindia being appointed the next Civil Aviation Minister flashed across television screens last night. Scindia is often referred to as ‘Maharaj’ or ‘Shrimant’ due to his royal lineage. And as a Minister for Civil Aviation, he woul...

By inducting Paras, BJP shows intention to dominate Bihar politics

The BJP has bowled a googly in Bihar by inducting Pashupati Kumar Paras, the renegade uncle of young Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) politician Chirag Paswan, during the reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (July 7).

How terror law was abused against 4 youngsters in Assam

Akhil Gogoi is not a terrorist. The organization he was associated with was not a banned one. His activity was not violent and he made it a point to repeat the appeal to observe protests in a peaceful manner and never resorted to violence. Yet he is charged as a terrorist, is alleged to have committed sedition, promoted communal violence, and consp...

As US, Europe open up, new IT challenges emerge for domestic firms

The new fiscal for Indian IT companies comes with a new set of challenges as the economy opens up, especially in the West. The pandemic has to a great extent retreated in several countries in Europe and in the US, with vaccination levels going up there. One of the biggest challenges IT companies will face is when the clients start reducing budge...

Covaxin deal lands Brazil prez Bolsonaro in serious trouble

Halfway round the world from India, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency looks shaky, all thanks to a controversial deal with Bharat Biotech’s COVID vaccine, Covaxin.   The indigenous vaccine is embroiled in a corruption scandal that threatens to lead Bolsonaro straight into impeachment. Even if he escapes it, the suspected fraud in t...

Twitter continues to remain defiant but it faces no-good options

Tensions between the government and Twitter specifically, exploded into public view this February over blocking of accounts related to farmers’ protests

Dalit woman’s custodial death: Absence of CCTVs points to gross negligence

The death of a Dalit woman in police custody in Telangana’s Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri district on June 18 at Addagudur police station has prompted the Telangana High Court to order a judicial probe into the matter. The court has also directed a second autopsy of the deceased after exhumation of the body. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday (J...

COVID rocks India’s federal structure amid calls for reform

On June 2, 2021, Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik wrote a letter to all chief ministers urging them to “unite and form a consensus that the Centre should procure COVID vaccines and distribute them free to the states.”

Noose tightens around Mallya, but UK will not extradite him yet

Early this week, Dutch beer company Heineken bought around 39.64 million shares for around ₹5,833 crore in United Breweries in which former liquor baron Vijay Mallya owns more than 15 per cent stake. The lenders to Mallya have so far recovered about ₹7,200 crore selling his shares. But the lenders want more even though Mallya has in various affi...

Delimitation and what it means for the people of Jammu and Kashmir

The Delimitation Commission was set up last year to redraw the electoral boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir and four northeastern states – Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. The commission was given a one-year extension – only specific to J&K – in March this year

Centre’s call for dialogue: J&K parties tread with hope, and caution

Top unionist parties in Jammu and Kashmir are all set to attend the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Thursday (June 24), but they refuse to abandon their demand for restoration of special status while keeping their expectations low from the “ice-breaking” interface.

In Maharashtra, it is a tiger’s share of problems

It was a busy Monday morning for Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, most of which was spent putting out fires—fuelled by speculation—in the media. At a press conference held on Monday morning, the ex-editor of Sena’s mouthpiece “Saamna” reiterated the loyalty that the Shiv Sena, INC, and NCP had towards each other in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition g...

Battle for Ram Vilas Paswan’s legacy intensifies in Bihar

LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan remains at the centre of intraparty politics eight months after his death. His son Chirag Paswan and younger brother Pashupati Kumar Paras, currently engaged in an internecine battle over the control of the party, are staking their respective claims to his political legacy. Since Chirag is a new entrant to politics a...

Party hoppers in Assam, Bengal expose chinks in anti-defection law

They have been elected only about a month ago, but already many opposition MLAs in two eastern states of Assam and Bengal started looking for greener pastures, bringing to the fore inefficacy of the anti-defection law to fetter party hoppers. Four-time Congress legislator from Assam Rupjyoti Kurmi joined the ruling BJP on Monday (June 22) with a...

By setting up high-profile EAC, Stalin’s message is clear: TN means business

The DMK government, led by Chief Minister M K Stalin in Tamil Nadu, stunned the business world on June 21 with the announcement of an Economic Advisory Council (EAC), including big names like Raghuram Rajan (former RBI Governor) and Arvind Subramanian (former chief economic advisor to the Union government), which the government hopes will help jump...

Death of an ‘Adikavi’ and his influence on Tamil Dalit literature

Before talking about the impact of Siddalingaiah's works in Tamil Nadu, one must know the journey of how this poet emerged as a fiery Dalit Kannada voice in Karnataka during the turbulent times of the state’s history.

MSP on agri produce has gone up, but does the farmer care?

The Union government recently hiked Minimum Support Price (MSP) for major agricultural commodities. It is a ritual followed every year, just ahead of the kharif season. Ironically, the government hikes MSP, but shies away from making it a legal guarantee, which is one of the primary demands of the agitating farmers in Punjab and Haryana right now.
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