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How Congress president is elected & why call for publication of electoral rolls is gaining ground

Party set to hold its next presidential polls on 17 October. Demand for electoral rolls to be made public comes three weeks before filing of nominations begins on 24 September.

Bilkis Bano case convicts controversy: Why the 11 were released under ‘old’ 1992 policy

Gujarat govt’s release of the 11 convicted in the 2002 gang rape & murder case has drawn widespread criticism, since they were not eligible for remission under the state's latest 2014 policy.

V.V. Giri — how election of first ‘independent president’ changed Congress & India’s politics

When it comes to presidential elections changing the course of politics and economy, the impact of the 1969 contest continues to remain unparalleled.

What’s lumpy skin disease — the viral outbreak killing cattle in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab

ThePrint draws upon its observations in Kutch — one of the worst-affected districts in Gujarat according to officials — research & interviews with vets & experts, to profile the disease. 

‘Not slaves but no better off’ — why govt wants ‘girmitiya’ labourers’ story taught in schools

Indentured labourers, or ‘girmitiyas’, were transported from British India to work on plantations in far-off countries that are now home to large ethnic Indian populations.

Recategorised animals, more Union govt oversight — amendments wildlife protection bill brings

Passed by Lok Sabha, Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2021, seeks to make law suitable to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

How corruption case initiated by Mizoram BJP chief led to conviction of party’s lone MLA

Case pertains to misappropriation of Rs 1.37 crore meant for road works. BJP MLA Buddha Dhan Chakma was with Congress when the case was filed.

How the cheetah, hunting ally of Mughals & ‘vermin’ for British Raj, went extinct in India

Union government plans to revive the cheetah population in the country by importing the animal from Namibia & South Africa 'on an experimental basis'.

Why SC clubbed FIRs against Zubair of Alt News and what the Constitution says about this

While Article 21 guarantees right to life, Article 20(2) says no one 'should be put twice to peril for the same offence'. It's been argued multiple FIRs for 1 offence violates both rights.

Only 5 US Democrats voted against India’s CAATSA waiver, 5 of 6 radicals called ‘The Squad’

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act deals with countries which do trade, especially military trade, with nations considered 'adversary' under the 2017 law.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...

Defence

The Defence Services Staff College in Wellington | Image credit: dssc.gov.in

In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.