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Opium threat from China: A new danger to India

A new threat is that Chinese drug mafia, which is sending refined opium back into India to be sold on the streets, will expand its operations, aided by the Chinese government. The additional terror threat rising from the insurgency-sensitive region could make the state a tinderbox.

Leader of opposition in Gujarat assembly Shankarsinh Vaghela at a public meeting of his supporters on his 77th birthday where he announced he was expelled from the Congress in Gandhinagar on Friday. | PTI

BJP unwilling to spare MPs, Raj Bhavan doors now open for saffron elders

With Lok Sabha elections less than two years away, former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel along with BJP veterans C P Thakur and Luxmi Kant Vajpayee are apparently in the reckoning to wear the Constitutional hats after decades of active political career in their respective states.

Grand Alliance leaders at a unity rally

Mahagathbandhan, an opposition grand alliance lost in wonderland

The sound of an upheaval in the neighbourhood is still resonating in the political circles of Uttar Pradesh.

BJP set to defuse lalu & family with Nitish’s help

The resurgent BJP is strategising with all guns blazing to push the beleaguered Lalu Prasad Yadav and his politically ambitious family to the wall

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NDA roulette begins in Bihar

Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president and former chief minister of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi is miffed at the sudden turn of political events in the state. Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, who heads the

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‘Twipraland’ war cry breaks out in Tripura

After Darjeeling, the demand for a separate state is now gathering momentum in Left-ruled Tripura, which is being spearheaded by a former director of All India Radio.

NIA has gathered evidence of funding from Pak through LoC

Action against hurriyat triggers revolt in separatist camp

The NIA has so far gathered evidence of funding from Pakistan through the cross-LoC trade route. The probe has revealed that some traders from Jammu and Kashmir were used by the arrested Hurriyat leadership to avail funding from Pakistan.

Heavy cost of neutralising terrorists in Kashmir Valley

The FIF and ISI dispatched Rs 9.4 lakh in June to the Valley to be distributed among families of eight local terrorists, nine arrested suspects and local leaders. In Shopian and Pulwama districts, agencies tracked over Rs 17 lakh moving through hawala.

‘I am a fighter and will remain so’

In an exclusive interview with Kumar Vikram, Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel plays down his tussle with Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and talks about his affinity for Delhi.

‘BJP’s strength is its workers and trust of the masses’

Cited as a master poll strategist and the number two in Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s Cabinet, Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Brijmohan Agrawal talks to Ejaz Kaiser on the BJP’s election strategies.

Babus face the heat, focus on integrity and honesty now

After Operation Clean Money, the Centre has now undertaken a mega exercise to cleanse and tone up the bureaucratic set-up by going after the babus of doubtful integrity.

The first Chief Justice of India, HJ Kania, administering the oath to the first PM

14th president gets oath from 44th CJI

On July 25, when India got its 14th President, Ram Nath Kovind, it was the country’s 44th Chief Justice who administered him the oath of office. With a tenure as short as 198 days, J S Khehar emerged to be one of those lucky Chief Justices of India who he performed the coveted constitutional duty.

A stray dog walks past a herd of deer at IIT-Madras campus      | Sunish and Ashwin

Strays vs deer debate rocks IIT-M

Currently, there is a vertical divide with one group led by IIT’s wildlife club Prakriti demanding for dog-free campus and another group ‘Friends of Animals’, which enjoys the support of external animal rights organisations.

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KCR comes to the rescue of celebs

Much to the delight of Tollywood stars, being questioned in the drugs investigation, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is learnt to have hinted last week that drug addicts will be treated as “victims” and not “criminals”.

Public transport vehicles are off the roads in Kerala during a hartal. (File | EPS)

UDF says ‘no’ to hartals on flimsy grounds

In good news for Kerala, the Congress-led Opposition has decided to stall the practice of announcing hartals in districts and at the panchayat-level by local UDF committees on issues of less concern.

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Uttarakhand high court wants regulation of lawyers’ fee

To regulate fee paid to lawyers by litigants, the Uttarakhand High Court has asked the State Bar Council to formulate guidelines for total transparency.

Migrant workers to enter world of letters on I-day

Thousands of migrant workers from the northern states will be initiated into the world of letters as part of an ambitious literacy programme to be rolled out by Kerala government on Independence Day.

JNU V-C Defends Tank Remark

“It will be wrong to say that a kitchen knife is used for murders, therefore you cannot put it in homes” is how M Jagadesh Kumar, vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University defended himself.

AAP defumigates MCD projects

In the ongoing viral season, checking mosquito breeding in Delhi is crawling as the state government is yet to notify the formation of zonal committees in the corporations

Defunct e-beat machines leave cops helpless

It was launched amid fanfare and was revived with a lot of hope.

TN sought flag 50 years ago

Karnataka government’s recent proposal to have a separate flag for the state did not trigger much discussion in Tamil Nadu. Ironically, considering the state was among the first to raise such a demand nearly five decades ago.

Rookie terrorists’ fodder is Pak’s new martyr factory

Sensing the popular unrest from growing radicalisation among Kashmiris, Pakistan’s ISI has cynically changed strategy to keep militancy alive. According to a senior intelligence official, local novice recruits comprise a new section of jihadis trained more in the Koran than terror.

No faith in make in defence

In spite of the Make in India drive, NITI Aayog has shown lack of confidence in India’s defence equipment manufacturers. In a proposal sent to the Prime Minister’s Office and Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, CEO Amitabh Kant has recommended 100 per cent FDI in defence manufacturing.

Capt smart to connect Punjab’s youth with the world

Coming true on his poll promise of distributing smartphones to the youth of the state, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will launch the scheme—Captain Smart Connect—on Diwali which falls on October 19.

Yoga instructor teaches art of happiness in war-torn Syria

At a time when millions of people are leaving Syria looking for safer places, 58-year-old Youssef Majed, an instructor with the Art of Living (AoL), is going around the war-ravaged nation teaching peo

This unity tour is being done for the first time by the department and it is definitely one of its kind Bhaskar Rao, ADGP, KSRP

Pedalling a police story

The last few years have not been an easy ride for the police department in Karnataka. With a spate of suicides and attempted ones by its personnel, the threat of a strike over poor pay, overwork and s

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Jumbo

With their natural habitat reducing, animals are straying into human areas leading to killings. And it will only get worse, predict numbers.

Working women matter. Period.

Among men and women alike, there’s overwhelming support for the latter to get a day of paid menstruation leave each month, reveals a survey by this newspaper conducted across six states.

‘Morality’ behind no sale of contraceptive pill

The sensitive expression on a pharmacist’s face changes to a puzzled one when a customer asks for an emergency contraceptive pill.

Unfinishing line: states put a spanner into centre’s ambitious sports sprint 

Government efforts for a uniform sports scheme and policy across the country by moving ‘Sports’ from the State list to the Concurrent list are yet to make the desired progress. While national sports f

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No beef this Bakrid?

While cow vigilantes have got the country’s goat—including the PM’s—the RSS is on a bovine sensitisation campaign ahead of ‘Bakrid’. The festival falls on September 1-2.

Beas to be conservation reserve

The Punjab Wildlife department is all set to declare a conservation reserve along the 185-km-long Beas river. No commercial fishing, netting, or hunting will be allowed in the river.

Streaming down soul music

Music has been the antidote to singer-songwriter Akash Vincent’s aching heart. For this artiste, who is performing at The Piano Man Jazz Club, he has always turned to songs to cope with emotions. So m

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New brewery in the ring

Luxury is possessed by many but processed by a discerning few. Driven by this maxim, restaurateur Priyank Sukhija’s Lord of the Drinks Barrel House (LOTD) offers an ambrosial culinary experience with

Deceit in the face of innocence

Sultana’s innocence is her most endearing quality. Even as a sex worker,  she looks at life only through the prism of purity.