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How US & UK made bail the rule, jail the exception, and why SC wants specific law in India

Govt should consider enacting a bail Act, SC said Monday. Countries including US, UK, Australia & New Zealand have comprehensive laws that govern rules of granting and refusing bail.

What is Kaliningrad? Unique Russian territory that stirred up tensions between Moscow, EU

On Wednesday, EU member state Lithuania said it would not block the transit of sanctioned goods between Russia and the Russian exclave, Kaliningrad, via rail.

Who will succeed Gotabaya when he resigns? Game of Thrones begins to pick next Lanka President

After mass protests over surging prices and shortages of food & fuel, Rajapaksa announced he will resign on 13 July, PM Wickremesinghe has announced intent to resign too.

From spoons to flags, how govt’s plastic ban aims to phase out ‘low-utility’ single-use items

Nationwide ban, which came into effect on 1 July, prohibits manufacture, circulation & sale of 21 types of single-use plastic items. Experts say vendors must be informed about alternatives.

Fines, not jail time – how Modi govt aims to make environment laws ‘tougher’

Govt last week released consultation papers seeking to decriminalise violations under 3 environment laws. Experts say criminal liability hasn't been effective in curbing violations.

Can Chhattisgarh attempt arrest in UP & not tell local police? Rohit Ranjan case reignites debate

Debate around rules for interstate arrests and police jurisdiction has been in the news for the past couple of months — since Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Bagga’s arrest in May.

Another year, another deluge in Assam — why northeast floods are getting grimmer

Floods have displaced millions of people in northeast India and Bangladesh this year. Driving the annual phenomenon is a volatile confluence of factors that make a bad problem worse.

Can 20 years jail for sex offender and Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell unmask the mighty?

Maxwell's conviction 6 months ago got worldwide attention because of her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, their high-profile clients and the vocal survivors of abuse.

Rafale, 2 Boeings, JAS-39 Gripen & F-21 — 5 in race for IAF’s Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft deal

The nearly $20 billion MRFA deal entails procuring 114 modern multi-role fighters by the IAF to develop and advance its squadron. ThePrint looks at the contenders.

What UN General Assembly’s adoption of multilingualism resolution means for Hindi, Bangla, Urdu

India-sponsored resolution promoted use of both official & non-official languages — such as Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Portuguese, Kiswahili, & Persian — by UN’s Department of Global Communications.

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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.