Politics

Unwanted close encounters in Space

Unwanted close encounters in Space

January 23, 2022

Last month, China lodged a vocal protest at the United Nations against the United States, accusing its multi-billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX of irresponsible and unsafe behaviour in the Space on multiple occasions. China said that the manoeuvres by SpaceX had brought it perilous...

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Parties split over Election Commission ban on physical campaigning

Parties split over Election Commission ban on phys...

January 14, 2022

On January 8, 2022, the Election Commission of India announced the schedule for holding elections to assemblies in five states, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. Alongside the schedule, the Commission also laid down guidelines for holding the polls as well as f...

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Managing Mali mayhem key to countering terrorism

Managing Mali mayhem key to countering terrorism

January 12, 2022

On Monday, leaders of the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to close borders with Mali and impose tough economic sanctions as the military junta in power since last year’s coup, second in under nine months, failed to hold the promised election...

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BJP continues slugfest with AAP over new liquor stores in Delhi

BJP continues slugfest with AAP over new liquor st...

January 8, 2022

On November 17, when Delhi saw the opening of 850 brand new and swanky liquor stores, as part of the new excise policy of the government, they represented different things for different people, especially the political parties. For the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, the new stores were ...

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Cynically combatting Covid-19 in India

Cynically combatting Covid-19 in India

January 5, 2022

On Tuesday, hours after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tested positive for Covid-19, the Delhi government announced further restrictions on movement in the national capital, imposing a weekend curfew, to add to the night curfew already in place, in addition to having closed gyms,...

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Migrant deaths reach new highs in 2021

Migrant deaths reach new highs in 2021

January 3, 2022

About a fortnight ago, the International Organisation for Migration, the United Nations body in charge of migrants and their interests, said that over 160 migrants had died off the coast of Libya as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea and reach Italian coasts. Last we...

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Omicron: Modi sleepwalks taking India towards 3rd wave

Omicron: Modi sleepwalks taking India towards 3rd ...

December 30, 2021

If one scans the headlines from the past two weeks, there have been two different kinds of stories that have dominated the national news. One is a political rally, or an inauguration of a multi-billion rupee project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, preferably somewhere in Uttar P...

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Doctors’ stir over NEET PG courses picks pace after police clash

Doctors’ stir over NEET PG courses picks pace af...

December 29, 2021

Striking resident doctors decide to continue their month-long agitation, rejecting an appeal by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who met with a delegation of representatives of the doctors on Tuesday and urged them to call off the stir, in view of  rapidly rising Covid-...

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Meeting with PMO: Election Commission has failed India

Meeting with PMO: Election Commission has failed I...

December 22, 2021

For decades, the Prime Minister’s Office in India has functioned as the most important body in the executive, often far more powerful than even the senior most cabinet ministers. In many ways, it is important for the Prime Minister to have an empowered PMO, not only to help the...

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France eyes bigger share of Indian defence market

France eyes bigger share of Indian defence market

December 18, 2021

Ever since the controversial government to government deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets that was announced out of the blue by Narendra Modi during his first visit to Paris as Prime Minister in 2015, France has been eyeing a much bigger order from India. For France, Modi’s deci...

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