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Ready to withdraw FIR against Assam CM Sarma, says Mizoram Chief Secretary Chuango

Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo outside the Home Ministry in New Delhi, on 28 July, 2021 | Ravi Choudhary | PTI Text Size: A- A+ Aizawl: The Mizoram government is ready to withdraw the FIR filed against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuango said on Sunday. Even Chief Minister Zoramthanga did not approve the inclusion of Sarma’s name in the FIR, he said. “In fact, our chief minister did not really approve of mentioning the name of the Assam chief minister in the FIR. He suggested to me that we should look into it,” he told reporters. Chuango said that he will discuss the matter with police officials concerned and remove the name of the Assam chief minister ...
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Cryptocurrencies need new rules and tools. We need to design more forward-thinking laws

A pile of coins representing Bitcoin cryptocurrency | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg file photo Text Size: A- A+ Digital currencies have been around for a decade, yet the regulatory systems governing them are fragmented, ineffective and, in some countries, non-existent. This allows illicit activities to flourish, from fraudulent Bitcoin traders who disappear with your cash to the financing of terrorism and international money laundering. Digital currencies are the inevitable future, so international coordination and individual country action is required to close the legal loopholes that allow cryptocurrency crime to flourish. Recently, financial and regulatory experts from around the world discussed digita...
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Hindi Dalit literature has a gaping hole – satire

At a stall at 2nd Dalit Literature Festival, Kirori Mal College, Delhi University | Photo: @MahtabNama | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ Even as modern Dalit literature took off with the arrival of Dalit Panthers in Maharashtra in the 1970s – chiefly in Marathi, with Hindi following up about a decade or so later – there remains a gaping hole: humour and satire. That, too, when we have a mother book for satire: Annihilation of Caste. Until a few decades ago, the works of Munshi Premchand, whose novels and short stories such as Kafan and Sadgati have forever divided critics on whether they showed a “realistic understanding of caste oppression,” were primarily regarded as examples of Dalit representation in Hindi litera...
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No grounds to suspect ‘accuracy’ of CBI probe in Unnao survivor’s accident, Delhi court says

File photo of the wreckage of the car in which the Unnao rape survivor was travelling during its collision with a truck near Raebareli on 28 July, 2019 | PTI Photo Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A Delhi court has upheld the investigation conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that had ruled out any foul play in the Unnao rape survivor’s accident in 2019. In 2019, the rape survivor, her family, and lawyer were travelling in a car when it was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli, killing two aunts and leaving her and the advocate critically injured. Pursuant to this, a murder case was filed against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was also awarded life-term imprisonment for raping t...
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Gulf War to Vietnam to Balakot—role of air force offers lessons for theatre command planners

File photo | Indian Air Force | Facebook Text Size: A- A+ In all the debate on theatre commands, the key aspect of unity of aerospace command has been compromised. Aerospace power is unique and requires an innate understanding for its effective application. While its initial grandiose promises didn’t quite ring true in their entirety, air power emerged to establish itself as a force that could gravely alter the course of conflicts, if not win them by itself. Paradoxically, the detractors who thought nothing of the tank as a fighting weapon oversaw its birth and initial use. The rhetoric claiming that air power was the panacea to the horrors of trench warfare proved to be its bane with its proponents brushed as...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Rajiv ‘Lalan’ Singh replaces RCP Singh as national president of JD (U)

JD (U) MP Lalan Singh after being elected party national president at JD(U) National Executive meeting Saturday | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Senior Janata Dal-United MP Rajiv Singh alias Lalan Singh has been appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar chief minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi on Saturday. Celebrations begin at JD(U) office in Patna after the appointment of Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party’s National Executive meeting...
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Babul Supriyo bids ‘alvida’ to politics in Facebook post, says ‘not joining any other party’

File photo of Babul Supriyo | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Former Union minister and BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo announced his decision to “quit politics” in a Facebook post Saturday, weeks after he was dropped from the cabinet in a major reshuffle that took place on 7 July. Supriyo, in an emotional post on Facebook, written in Bengali, bid “alvida” to politics. “I am leaving….farewell,” he wrote. The leader, however, clarified that he won’t be joining any other party, either the TMC, Congress or CPI(M) and that he is “a one team player”. “I have heard everything that everybody said — father, (mother), wife, daughter, one or two close friends .. after hearing, understanding and thinking about everyth...
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Mizoram says Assam govt order on checking of vehicles for drugs ‘harassment’, writes to MHA

Mizoram Police at National Highway 306 that connects Mizoram with the rest of the country | Praveen Jain | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Silchar: The Mizoram government wrote to the Union home ministry Saturday seeking its intervention to direct Assam to withdraw its recent order enforcing mandatory checking of “all vehicles entering the state from Mizoram for drugs”. The order, the Mizoram government said, is “unreasonable and illegal” and “will act as a tool of harassment of the people of Mizoram”. The order, issued by the Home and Political Department of Assam on 29 July, said the police should carry out an intensive drive against drugs and check “all vehicles entering into Assam from Mizoram”. The order came ...
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Why the pandemic’s invisible deaths needs to be counted

File photo of health workers at a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in New Delhi | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Eighteen months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we don’t know exactly how many people have died. A true global tally is not just overdue. It’s vital. The task is a Herculean one, given that so much of the world struggles to record basic information about deaths even in normal times. But without a better grasp of the toll, we will strain to assess the precise, real-world impact of vaccines and other preventative measures, or to understand just how lethal variants have been. Absent efforts to fill the gaps even in developed nations, the wealthy will be counted, ...
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Rajya Sabha lost 40 out of 50 working hours in first 2 weeks of monsoon session

Proceedings of Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on 28 July 2021 | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The productivity of the Upper House fell drastically in the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament as the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in an official notification informed that the House lost 40 out of 50 working hours during the first two weeks of the session. “With disruptions continuing, the productivity of Rajya Sabha fell to 13.70 per cent during the second week of the ongoing monsoon session from 32.20 per cent during the first week, resulting in an overall productivity of 21.60 per cent for the first two weeks. Of the total 50 working hours available, 39 hours 52 minutes has...
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Extreme heatwaves in a warming world don’t just break records – they shatter them

Visitors cool off in the splash pad at Domino Park during a heatwave in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on 29 June 2021 | Nina Westervelt | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Summer isn’t even half over, and we’ve seen heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with temperatures that would be hot for Death Valley, enormous fires that have sent smoke across North America, and lethal floods of biblical proportions in Germany and China. Scientists have warned for over 50 years about increases in extreme events arising from subtle changes in average climate, but many people have been shocked by the ferocity of recent weather disasters. A couple of things are important to understand about climate change’s role in ex...
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RimZim, popular desi jeera drink bought and relaunched by Coca-Cola before it lost all fizz

Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A jeera-flavoured fizzy drink may not make everyone’s tastebuds ‘pop’ in excitement, but back in the 1980s, RimZim had its own set of loyalists, who made it one of the top-selling drinks of that time. This was before Coca-Cola acquired the homegrown brand in 1994 and took it off the market, before relaunching it in 2018. Today, not many millennials and Gen Z will probably recall the ‘chatpata’, desi drink, but after the exit of Coke from the Indian market in 1977 —  the company had refused to bow down to the Indian government’s provisions of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA), 1973 — Indian consumers were left with few soft drink optio...