Why Telugu states are rooting for delimitation of constituencies

As the Narendra Modi government faces criticism over its move to go for delimitation of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir following its re-organisation, it is finding support for the cause in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, albeit for the two Telugu states.

Akhilesh looks clueless as Samajwadi Party falls like a pack of cards

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Explained: Article 370 gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir

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Modi’s bold decision to scrap Article 370 can lead to chaos, Constitutional cri...

In 1954, with the status of Kashmir’s integration with India still hanging in balance because of the conditions of its accession, the government of India used Article 370 of the Constitution to give special status to Jammu & Kashmir. Apart from giving the state a degree of autonomy, the new provisions limited Parliament’s powers to make laws...

As SC cracks whip, CBI zeroes in on Unnao mishap spot for clues

While the Supreme Court, taking immediate stock of the Unnao rape case and the accident involving the survivor and her family on July 28, shifted all cases related to the incident to a Delhi court, the CBI too has swung into action and begun its preliminary investigations into the case. Probing ground zero The CBI team led by Superintendent o...

Economy hit as private consumption, govt spending lose impetus

New Delhi: India’s economy is slowing down and in the near term, there appears to be little hope of revival as domestic as well as external demand falter. The slowdown became evident in the second half of the last fiscal – between October 2018 and March 2019 – but has since progressed, worsening with each passing quarter. GDP slumps, but is the government ...

Women laud triple talaq bill, but it’s just a beginning, say activists

Chennai: In 2018, the nikah halala of Shabeena exposed the ugly face of Sharia laws in India. Divorced twice by her husband through triple talaq, Shabeena, a resident of Bareilly, was forced to perform a consummated nikaah (marriage), first with her father-in-law and later with her brother-in-law to remarry her husband. In 2015, after putting up with yea...

From near extinction to healthy rate of growth, the tale of Indian tiger’s survival

Around a decade ago, the chances of spotting a tiger in the Panna reserves in Madhya Pradesh were just slightly more than spotting a human being on Mars. By 2009, the sanctuary had been wiped clean of big cats by a network of poachers, infections, and hostile villagers. Only one male tiger, for some reason, escaped this purge. These days you run...

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Would be unwise to turn to Pakistan as strategic partner, says US expert

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Ganga, Yamuna, rivers in spate; alert sounded across north India

Chandigarh/Shimla/Dehradun: Floods and landslides induced by heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Delhi, which were put on high alert on Monday, in view of the rising water levels in the rivers passing through these states.

As Yamuna surges above danger mark, Kejriwal puts Delhi on high alert

New Delhi: The water level in the River Yamuna crossed the warning mark on Monday (August 19), prompting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to call a meeting of departments concerned to assess the situation and review arrangements in place.

Minister Jitendra Singh stresses on ‘freeing’ PoK from Pakistan

Jammu: Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday (August 18) said that after the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, people should now pray for the integration of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) with India in their lifetime.

Former FM Arun Jaitley still on life support, top ministers visit AIIMS

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Quota for Kapus another bone of contention between Jagan and Naidu

The political battle between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and his predecessor N Chandrababu Naidu seems unlikely to end in near future. A month after ordering the demolition of Naidu’s house along the Krishna River in Amaravati and an office building of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Visakhapatnam, Jagan has now overruled ...

RBI warns against NPAs under Mudra scheme yet again. Here’s why

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das met the CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) and warned them against rising non-performing assets (NPAs) under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana. This was the third such warning since January 2019 against the NPAs piling up under the government’s flagship scheme to provide loans. Under ...

What makes a Chandrayaan scientist? Humble roots, rocketing passion

The phrase, “it’s not rocket science”, meaning something which is simple and not as intricate as rocket science, came into American lexicon in the early 1940s when the US was sourcing extremely smart people to develop its rocket technology. Americans imported a group of German military technologists to develop their space and military rockets. That...

RTI Amendment Bill: Here’s all you need to know about the ongoing debate

Chennai: The NDA government’s move to pass a bill amending the Right To Information (RTI) Act on Monday (July 23) has triggered uproar from activists, former Chief Information Commissioners (CICs) and the Opposition. While many amendments have been brought in over the years to fill in the gaps and ease the process of filing an RTI, the recent amendment i...

Probes on J&K Bank raise concerns over state’s financial activities

With the Jammu and Kashmir state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) unearthing another insurance fraud at J&K Bank — the prestigious lender known for keeping banking alive in restive Kashmir for decades — the fate of financial activities in the state hangs in balance. The fraud pertains to an insurance deal struck by the J&K Bank with IFFCO To...

Jagan in a Catch-22 situation over power purchase agreements

Nearly two months into governance, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is facing the first serious dilemma over an issue that will test his manoeuvring skills. The chief minister is caught in a Catch-22 situation over his government’s order to review of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) firmed up by the previous Telugu Desam Party...

India starts historic march to Moon, yet crucial manoeuvers remain

Amidst the countdown, take-off and majestic soaring of the GSLV Mk III rocket, with Chandrayaan -2 aboard, a composed, confident and relaxed K Sivan, chairman of ISRO remained glued to the computer terminal displaying the vitals of the flight. At T+17 minutes, as the display panel at the launch command centre flashed C25 shut off, indicating that t...

Didi’s martyrs’ day rally: Show of strength or call for support?

A giant stage, a large gathering, massive police deployment and a renewed battle cry – what seemed like the Trinamool Congress’ annual show of strength on its “Martyrs’ Day” mega rally on Sunday (July 21) was, in fact, also a desperate call for support, especially to those who believe that the BJP is an alternative to the “misgovernance and tyranny...

Inadequate equipment impedes relief efforts during Assam floods

Assam floods is an annual affair. Every year after the monsoon strikes North East, ‘Assam floods’ make a brief appearance in headlines. But search and relief equipment for flood in all districts continue to remain inadequate. This year, 27 districts in Assam were marooned by the deluge, which has so far claimed 50 lives and affected 48.8 lakh pe...

BJP pushes hard for majority in Rajya Sabha 

The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party’s loss is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s gain. Not only is this true in the case of Lok Sabha, but also the Rajya Sabha. The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance is now inching towards getting a majority in the Rajya Sabha too. Soon after the resignation of Neeraj Shekhar – who was the Samajwad...

Cracks widen in JD(U)-BJP ties as Nitish goes after Sangh in Bihar

Has Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar gotten “suspicious” of the activities of the RSS, the ideological fountainhead of the BJP with whose support he runs his government in the state? The question is being hotly debated after a letter was issued by the Bihar Police Special Branch seeking details about the activities of the RSS and its 18 affiliates...

Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian spy or an innocent victim?

The story of high profile Indian prisoner on Pakistan’s death row, Kulbhushan Jadhav, is one that can make any Bollywood script writer proud.  Jadhav’s story is replete with claims, counter-claims, allegations and denials over his status: Was he a spy or just an ex-naval officer-turned-businessman caught in the swirl of a relentless subterranean co...

SC verdict will sink K’taka’s coalition govt, rebels may stay afloat

The Karnataka coalition government is most likely to sink like the Titanic when it faces a floor test in the Assembly on Thursday. The only question left now is: Will the Congress-JD(S) rebels go down with it or survive by jumping into the BJP boat?

Milk prices go up as fodder becomes udderly, bitterly expensive

India ranks first in milk production across the world, and yet the price for a litre of milk is shooting up. Over the past few months dairy cooperatives and companies such as Amul and Mother Dairy have raised prices of milk by about ₹2 a litre. In 2017-18 India produced 176.3 million tonnes of milk, up from 165.4 million tonnes in 2016-17. This ...

Why IndiGo promoters’ feud may be all about control

The spat between co-promoters of India’s most successful airline, IndiGo, shows that corporate honchos pull no punches when the going gets rough. However, it is not clear what triggered the row and what the underlying intention of the warring factions were. Rakesh Gangwal wrote to markets regulator SEBI on Monday (July 8) against Rahul Bhatia’s w...

‘Jai Shri Ram’ not a Bengali call? Amartya Sen is both right and wrong

It is famously said that the Bengalis celebrate ‘baro mashe tero parbon’ (13 festivals in 12 months), a phrase used to symbolise the rich culture of the state and the plethora of festivals that it celebrates. But the wisdom of such a saying seems to be lost, especially at a time when religious chants have turned into political slogans, and have com...

Dependence on secularism, Mandal and Lalu have weakened RJD

Patna: There was a time when the vast sections of poor, Dalits, deprived sections of the society and people with “secular” looked impressed with the kind of politics pursued by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a party headed by jailed politician Lalu Prasad. Such was RJD’s popularity that it ruled Bihar uninterrupted for 15 years. But currently, the party is b...

Karnataka crisis deepens, but it may not be a cakewalk for BJP

The political drama continues in Karnataka as 14 MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition have resigned from the state assembly as of Monday (July 8) noon. The latest to pull out was independent MLA, H Nagesh, who was re-inducted into the ministry last month. He has promised to back the BJP. Besides, all the ministers (cutting across party line)...

Kolkata may go saffron this Durga puja, Trinamool could lose ground

In West Bengal, Durga Puja is one event that every Bengali looks forward to. It is that time of the year when mighty idols of ‘Maa Durga’ adorn corners of every street, pandals reverberate with the sound of conches, bells and cymbals and ‘bhog' is served to devotees queueing for darshan. Trying to tap into this essence of ‘Bengali fervour’ is th...

Why Amit Shah chose Telangana for membership drive launch

Hyderabad: By choosing Hyderabad to launch Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) membership drive on Saturday (July 6), Union home minister Amit Shah has sent a clear political message to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) headed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Buoyed by the surprise victories in the recent Lok Sabha (LS) elections in Telangana, the...