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July 27, 2021

Does Assam CM’s belligerence over border dispute mark turn from coalition builder to regional bully?

Five Assam police personnel fell to bullets on July 27 as a festering border dispute with neighbouring Mizoram took a bloody turn. Both states have contesting versions of the day’s events and accuse each other of opening fire first. While the death of five policemen in an inter-state dispute is in itself egregious, the episode is astounding for a host of other reasons.First, the Mizo National Front, the party which is in government in Mizoram, is part of the National Democratic Alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party,…

What a people’s jury on the migrant crisis taught us about the gaps in Indian democracy

In a globalised world, migration begets migration. Those who are well-off migrate to metros or the West to seek better career opportunities. They may invest their earnings in apartments in large cities. Their investment drives construction that drives further migration: these apartment are likely to have been built by economic migrants from Chhatisgarh or Bihar. However, as the pandemic has shown, the two migrants aren’t equal: the elite migrant could retreat into Zoom calls and “work from home”, while the marginal migrant…

Indian badminton legend Nandu Natekar dies at 88

Indian badminton legend Nandu Natekar died on Tuesday in Pune. He was 88. One of India’s earliest badminton stars, he was the first sportsman to receive the Arjuna Award for sporting excellence.He was first Indian badminton player to to get an international medal and make his way to the quarter-finals of the All England. He also had six national titles.He was born in Sangli, first represented India in 1953 at the age of 20 and had a distinguished career where he saw several highs both individually and as part of a team.Know…

Tokyo 2020, swimming: Katie Ledecky wins inaugural Olympic women’s 1500m freestyle gold

World record-holder Katie Ledecky claimed the inaugural women’s Olympic 1500m gold medal Wednesday, producing a commanding swim to win her first title of the Tokyo Games.The American, just 75 minutes after her disappointing fifth in the 200m freestyle final, clocked 15mins 37.34secs ahead of teammate Erica Sullivan (15:41.41) and Germany’s Sarah Kohler (15:42.91).It was well outside her own world record time of 15:20.48, but still one of the fastest ever.The result was never really in doubt. While Ledecky has swum under…

Coronavirus: India registers 43,654 new infections in the last 24 hours

India on Wednesday morning registered 43,654 new Covid-19 infections, pushing the overall case tally to 3,14,84,605 since the pandemic broke out in January 2020.The number of new infections was 47.03% higher than Tuesday’s count of 29,689 cases.The toll rose to 4,22,022 as it recorded 640 deaths in a span of 24 hours. The number of Covid-19 patients being treated stood at 3,99,436, while the recoveries reached 3,06,63,147.More than 40 lakh vaccine doses were administered in India on Monday. This took the number of doses…
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