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China appears to warn India: Push too hard and the lights could go out

March 1, 2021
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As border skirmishing increased last year, malware began to flow into the Indian electric grid, a new study shows, and a blackout hit Mumbai. It now looks like a warning. Early last summer, Chinese and Indian troops clashed in a surprise border battle in the remote Galwan Valley, bashing each other to death with rocks | Read more|

"Proud Of Leaders Like Our PM," Says Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad

February 28, 2021
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Veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who yesterday shared a stage with other members of the G-23 - a group of senior party leaders who have questioned the Gandhis' leadership style - at a public event in Jammu and Kashmir, today lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | Read more|

"Rahul Bhaiya... You Were On Leave": Amit Shah On Fisheries Ministry Row

February 28, 2021
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The bitter back-and-forth over the crucial question of a "fisheries ministry" continued Sunday, with Home Minister Amit Shah the latest BJP leader to take on Congress MP Rahul Gandhi over last week's remark about fishermen needing a separate ministry to attend to their needs. In Puducherry to campaign for the BJP ahead | Read more|

AIADMK's Last Minute Quota Deal Seals Alliance, Seat-Sharing Talks On

February 27, 2021
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Minutes before the Election Commission announced the poll schedule for five states, including Tamil Nadu, yesterday, the state Assembly cleared 10.5% reservation for the Vanniyar community in educational institutions and in the appointment of posts in government services. What was not reported then is that the ruling A | Read more|

"On May 2, Hold Me To My Last Tweet": Prashant Kishor On Bengal Polls

February 27, 2021
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One of the key battles for democracy in the country will be fought in West Bengal, poll strategist Prashant Kishor said on Saturday, referring to the assembly elections starting March 27. He also shared the Trinamool Congress's main slogan - "Bengal only wants its own daughter" - on Twitter. Mr Kishor's company, I-PAC, | Read more|

High-Level Meet On COVID-19 Today As 6 States Account For 86% New Cases

February 27, 2021
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The cabinet secretary will chair a high-level review meeting today with eight states and union territories exhibiting a surge in COVID-19 cases, and six of whom account for 85.75 per cent of the new cases in the country, the Union Health Ministry said. The states showing a surge are Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh | Read more|

Myanmar Envoy Urges "Strongest" UN Action To End Military Coup

February 27, 2021
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Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations made an emotional plea on Friday to the international community for the "strongest possible action" against the military's rule, as riot police violently clamped down on anti-coup protests in the Southeast Asian country. Since the February 1 toppling of civilian leader Aung Sa | Read more|

India Can Be Global Toy Manufacturing Hub, Make Eco-Friendly Toys: PM Modi

February 27, 2021
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the toy manufacturers to use less plastic and more eco-friendly material, in addition, to focus on innovation. Inaugurating the first India Toy Fair 2021, PM Modi said, "We have to become Aatmanirbhar in the toy sector and also cater to the global market." He regretted that Indi | Read more|

Nodeep Kaur, Dalit Labour Activist Arrested For Delhi Border Protest, Gets Bail

February 26, 2021
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Dalit labour activist Nodeep Kaur, who was arrested on January 12 from a labourers' protest at Kundli border point, was today granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in an attempt to murder case. She has been lodged in a Karnal jail in Haryana. Ms Kaur had accused the police of sexual assault under custody, b | Read more|

Government Moves To Regulate Digital Content, Streaming With New Rules

February 25, 2021
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The government's new rules to regulate digital content and streaming platforms will include a strict oversight mechanism involving several ministries and a code of ethics that bans content affecting "the sovereignty and integrity of India" and that which threatens national security. | Read more|

After Tejashwi Yadav's Tractor Ride, Mamata Banerjee's Scooter Spin

February 25, 2021
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Mamata Banerjee arrived at work on an electric scooter today. The West Bengal Chief Minister, known for her modest "Santro" image, took things a notch up - or, perhaps, down - to drive home the point on spiralling fuel prices. In the run up to the state Assembly polls scheduled for April-May, today's ride is an indicat | Read more|

"Marvel In Making": Piyush Goyal Updates On 'World's Highest' Rail Bridge

February 25, 2021
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The iconic main arch of what is set to the world's highest railway bridge, in Jammu and Kashmir, is almost ready, over three years after construction began. Calling it an "infrastructure marvel in making", Railways Minister Piyush Goyal today shared a photo of the 476 metre-long steel arch of the upcoming railway bridg | Read more|

"Start Of A New Politics": Arvind Kejriwal On Gujarat Civic Poll Performance

February 24, 2021
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The Aam Admi Party's (AAP) emergence in the Surat civic body is the beginning of a new politics in Gujarat and each of its winning candidates will execute the responsibility with honesty, party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today. He also vowed to improve Gujarat in partnership with the people of | Read more|

No Extra Chance If UPSC Attempts Exhausted In 2020: Supreme Court On Plea

February 24, 2021
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No extra chance will be given to Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants who exhausted their last attempt in October 2020, the Supreme Court said today, dismissing a plea that sought another shot at the civil service examination sighting the coronavirus pandemic and also wanted a relaxation on the age limit. A | Read more|

In US, Push For Law To "Outcompete" China, Invest In Alliances Like India

February 24, 2021
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US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has asked his Democratic colleagues to draft a legislative package to "outcompete" China, create new American jobs and invest in strategic partners and alliances like NATO and India.On a caucus call on Tuesday, Mr Schumer discussed his push to direct Senate committees to draft a | Read more|

Big Lead For BJP As Votes Counted For Gujarat Urban Civic Body Polls

February 23, 2021
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The BJP today took a big lead in Gujarat civic polls as votes were counted for elections to six municipal corporations including Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The polls are crucial for the ruling party as it is in power in these civic bodies. Voting took place on Sunday in 576 seats across six municipal corporations. The BJP | Read more|

India Allows Imran Khan's Aircraft To Use Airspace For Lanka Trip: Report

February 23, 2021
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India has allowed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's aircraft to use Indian Air Space, sources told ANI. Imran Khan will be travelling to Sri Lanka on his maiden visit on February 23.In 2019, Pakistan had denied opening its airspace for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flights to the US and Saudi Arabia citing alleged | Read more|

Mamata Banerjee Visits Nephew's Home Ahead Of CBI Questioning His Wife

February 23, 2021
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Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today made an unscheduled visit to her nephew Abhishek Banerjee's home before the CBI questioning of his wife in a coal smuggling case. The Chief Minister met with her nephew, a Trinamool Congress MP, and his family for less than 10 minutes before emerging from the apartment accomp | Read more|

"To Meet 21st Century Power Needs": US On Energy Partnership With India

February 23, 2021
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The energy cooperation between the US and India supports sustainable development, harnesses sources to meet 21st century power needs, protects national security and promotes regional and international stability, a senior official has said. The US and India collaborate on natural gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, c | Read more|