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File image of K. Chandrashekar Rao | KCR/ Facebook

Vastu-compliant secretariat in Covid times — why KCR is building new complex in Hyderabad

Earlier this month, Telangana govt began the demolition process of the old secretariat to build a new one. Opposition has questioned the timing of the move.
File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray with his son and Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray (right) | Photo: PTI

Behind the CM spotlight, Uddhav is a family man, Marathi arts fan & shutterbug at heart

Uddhav Thackeray is a health enthusiast who shuns fried food. His iPod is said to be full of old Marathi songs and his father Bal Thackeray’s speeches.
A sweet shop employee places a sign in front of their 'Immunity Sandesh', in Kolkata in June | ANI

Mishti, immunity kick or gimmick? Kolkata doesn’t care as ‘anti-Corona’ sweets are the rage

Sweet makers claim Covid-themed sweets are selling like hot cakes. Customers say they eat sweets just as sweets and don’t expect them to work as medicine.
Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, his son and Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray acknowledge their supporters, at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. | PTI

The ‘softening’ of Shiv Sena — belligerent under Bal Thackeray to more liberal under Uddhav

27 years after the Mumbai riots, in which it played a major part, the Shiv Sena prepares to take credit for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. But much has changed within the party and its cadre. 
(From left front row) Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Jairamdas Doulatram and Jawaharlal Nehru | Commons

BJP has found its Bengali Hindutva icon ahead of 2021 assembly polls — Syama Prasad Mookerjee

Modi govt renamed 150-yr-old Kolkata Port as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in January. Bengal BJP has launched programmes to celebrate him as Bengali leader of eminence.
File photo of local residents celebrating the scrapping of Article 370 in Ladakh | ANI

Why an ad for a coveted bank job has left Ladakh anxious 11 months after Article 370 move

Ladakh residents, particularly the youth, are increasingly worried about their shot at a govt job or admissions to educational institutes under new status quo.
Kiran Dighavkar (in pink shirt) during one of his field visits | By special arrangement

The ‘thick skinned’ civil engineer behind ‘Dharavi model’ and Mumbai’s footpath challenge

The ‘Dharavi model’ has made international headlines, and perhaps, just as talked about as the model is the face behind it — assistant municipal commissioner Kiran Dighavkar. 
A file photo of the funeral of the BJP leader who was killed in Bandipora last week along with his brother and father. | Photo: ANI

‘We are sitting ducks’ — elected village leaders in J&K fear for life but govt can do little

After local BJP leader's murder in Bandipora, J&K administration has come under increased pressure to provide security to elected representatives, who say promises not being kept.
TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao during his swearing-in ceremony | PTI

How coronavirus is exposing the ‘autocratic’ leadership of ‘missing’ CM KCR

Since the formation of Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao or KCR has governed with an authoritarian streak and the pandemic has changed little.
Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh | ThePrint Team

Param Bir Singh — ‘encounter specialist’ IPS officer & Mumbai top cop caught in Sena-NCP tiff

Seemingly stuck in the Sena-NCP tug of war in Maharashtra, Param Bir Singh is a celebrated IPS officer but one who has also courted multiple controversies.

On Camera

Lt Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa | File photo: Twitter | @AsimBajwaISPR

Nawaz Sharif or Asim Bajwa, corruption scandals in Pakistan turn into never-ending soaps

In Pakistan, no one seems interested in demanding stronger, more independent institutions which would do due diligence away from the public glare.
The Reserve Bank of India | File photo: Bloomberg

Stringent Kamath panel suggestions mean not many stressed firms can avail of RBI debt recast

RBI has implemented KV Kamath panel’s recommendations in totality, including parameters like high debt service coverage ratio and investment grade rating.

Defence

Representational image for India-China relations | File photo: Bloomberg

China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night

Hours before trying to push in 1,000 soldiers near Pangong Tso on 28 August, Chinese PLA had called Indian Army to avoid escalatory action and night patrolling.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Fort Modi is impregnable despite China, Covid, job losses. Only one leader can defeat him

Critics wonder why voters aren’t turning against Modi. But a well-entrenched Indian leader has never been defeated by a rival; only Modi can do that to himself.