Will Captain’s electoral swansong end in a Patiala peg or humiliation?

Within a month of being unceremoniously dumped by the Congress, former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh is on an exploratory expedition...

Is lack of critical mass failing the BJP in Andhra, Telangana?

The party cannot be propelled with the charisma of national leadership alone, and there is an immediate need to project a few local faces. Such faces are absent in the party. Hence the large-scale appointment of outsiders to the national body

J&K’s NC faces series of setbacks; will Abdullahs learn from Rana’s ...

The National Conference (NC), the oldest political party in Jammu & Kashmir which was formed in the 1930s, is facing a series of setbacks. With two of its senior most leaders from Jammu — Devender Singh Rana and Surjit Singh Slathia —deserting the NC camp and then joining hands with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party’s ‘secular credentials’ have come under question in the Jammu region.

The politics behind the Lakhimpur violence and its huge cost 

Mishra Jr allegedly fled and hid in a nearby sugarcane field while opening gunfire to deter the mob from reaching him

Five things to know about Aryan Khan drugs case

The Narcotics Control Bureau’s (NCB) October 2 raid aboard a Mumbai-Goa luxury cruise liner and the subsequent arrests of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan and others, have tossed up more questions than answers. The agency claims nexus between the people arrested from the cruise and international drug mafia. Aryan Khan (23), Mu...

COVID, fuel prices drive food inflation to an all-time high

Food prices are soaring all over the world mainly in the backdrop of COVID pandemic, aided by bad weather and high fuel prices. September saw food prices jump 33 per cent on a year on year basis. The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) monthly Food Price Index shows that global food prices have shot up by three per cent since July. Toda...

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Does NDPS law have enough heft to tackle India’s ‘drug problem’?

India’s statutory control over narcotic drugs is governed by a primary piece of legislation called The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 — commonly referred to as the NDPS. It is the statute under which all cases relating to consumption, possession, and sale of narcotic drugs are prosecuted in the country, and has been amended t...

As esports industry explodes, major players plan ad blitz

According to forecasts, ad spends from the industry (esports and gaming) are expected to touch upwards of ₹1,000 crore in 2021

Can Priyanka do Indira’s comeback ‘Belchi’ moment of 44 years ago?

To many Congress members and sympathisers Priyanka’s bellicose challenge to the BJP and her detention by Yogi Adityanath’s police has given the nostalgic gratification of drawing, yet again, parallels with her grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi’s combative politics.

Did Prashant Kishor’s dalliance with Cong fizzle out before it could begin?

Has the Congress party’s dalliance with poll strategist Prashant Kishor ended even before it could formally begin? Former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, who switched from the Congress to the Trinamool Congress last week, publicly stated that his decision to defect came after a meeting with Kishor. Faleiro’s disclosure coincided with rumour...

Even mild cases of COVID leave a mark on the brain, study finds

In the general population, it is normal to see some change in grey matter volume or thickness over time as people age, but the changes were larger than normal in those who had been infected with COVID-19

What Tatas bring to the table in Air India acquisition

It is confirmed but not official yet. Tata Sons has likely won the bid for Air India, with sources indicating that it has offered more for the airline than the only other bidder, Ajay Singh (promoter of SpiceJet). The government is the sole owner of Air India and, after a failed attempt in 2018, it had announced a roadmap for exiting the airline...

Bank of Maharashtra makes a windfall, but staff feel the pinch

One of the biggest nationalized banks in India – Bank of Maharashtra – is struggling with a shortage of clerical employees. A few branches of the bank have reported ‘zero clerical staff’, allege the All India Bank of Maharashtra Employees Federation (AIBMEF). The bank, which has the largest presence in Maharashtra, has shown a substantial increa...

How Congress’ decay is beneficial to Mamata’s ambition to go national

It was the December of 1997. The Congress party, then led by Sitaram Kesri, was on a tailspin. Elections for the 12th Lok Sabha had been called, and it was certain that the Kesri-led Congress was heading for another rout. Mamata Banerjee, then a Congress member, had had her fair share of rough exchanges with Kesri, often accusing him of treating he...

Decoding Punjab Cong muddle: Why did Sidhu walk out in a huff?

For the crisis-ridden Congress party in Punjab, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Within a fortnight of effecting an acrimonious change of guard in the poll-bound state by replacing Captain Amarinder Singh with Charanjit Singh Channi, the state's first Dalit chief minister, the Congress got a bolt from the blue, on Tuesday, wi...

Murders, attacks take wind out of ‘whistles’; RTI activists in fear

Last week, unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot dead an RTI activist, who investigated the alleged land encroachments and irregularities in the public distribution system, in Bihar’s East Champaran district. According to police, the victim, identified as Bipin Agarwal, succumbed to bullet injuries while being taken to the hospital. Whil...

As Yogi boasts of 2nd term in UP, Oppn looks at realigning social forces

The Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls are hardly six months away. But, the Modi-Shah promise, made in 2017, to make Uttar Pradesh another Gujarat, has failed miserably. With Yogi Adityanath at the helm, the state government has earned a dismal track record over the past five years with regard to increasing income and generation employment opportunities ...

In fight against BJP, Trinamool pitches itself as face of Opposition

Addressing a rally at the constituency’s Shakespeare Sarani on Saturday, Banerjee even went to the extent of claiming that the Congress “every now and then strikes secret deals with the BJP”. Hence, she said, only the TMC can “dethrone” the BJP government at the Centre

Jaganmohan Reddy is eyeing early election, but it’s no easy task

Jagan’s support for simultaneous elections is no surprise given his proximity to the NDA and his backing of the Narendra Modi government’s key initiatives, such as the new Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, agricultural reforms, and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

Why BJP’s refusal of caste census gives Opposition a unity plank

The Centre’s renewed refusal  — this time before the Supreme Court — to conduct a caste-wise enumeration of Indians in the decennial national population audit has triggered the chorus among various political parties, including constituents of the ruling NDA coalition. Reiterating the position it had taken in the last session of Parliament, the Cen...

Folk to film: How the true Tamil heart is in sync with music

Over the years, Carnatic music has become isolated and was learnt and taught only by a certain community. About 50 years ago, it was a common scene among Brahmin families in Tamil Nadu to send their children to ‘Gurukula Vaasam’ to learn music

NEET: What Constitution says about role of Centre, States in education

Tamil Nadu recently adopted a Bill seeking to ‘dispense’ with the requirement for candidates to qualify in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses in the state.  The ‘Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021’, seeks to provide admission to medical courses on th...

Sample surveys show rise in household debt in six years from 2012

Indebted households in India reported higher levels of debt between the two rounds of the national sample survey conducted six years apart, with urban indebted families reporting an average debt of ₹5.37 lakh at the end of June 2018, against ₹3.78 lakh in 2012. The debt of indebted rural households rose from ₹1.03 lakh to ₹1.71 lakh between thes...

What Punjab vote share data tells us about Congress’s Dalit CM gambit

Charanjit Singh Channi may not have been the Congress’s first choice to replace Captain Amarinder Singh as Punjab’s chief minister, but analysis of the state’s two-decade-long community-wise voting pattern suggests that in giving the state its first Dalit CM, the Grand Old Party may have, unwittingly or through a calculated risk, tried to win back ...

Not just suicide-murder theory, UP mahant’s death leaves more questions unanswered

The death of a prominent person, especially when he is a Mahant, the head priest of a renowned mutt and a revered ‘sant’, causes tremendous shock and anguish to the faithful. And when the death is due to an alleged suicide, it causes disbelief. To top it off, when a ‘suicide note’ emerges, in which the Hindu pontiff, a spiritual guide to millions w...

China, US talk big on climate change. Ground reality begs for clear action

Two of the world’s foremost carbon emitters – US and China – have pledged action to mitigate climate change. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden promised full support to developing countries in dealing with the climate crisis by doubling funding to $11.4 billion per year in the next three y...
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