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Keshav Desiraju retired as an IAS officer with unquestioned integrity. Those who have spoken eloquently in memory of Keshav and in praise of his life are doing it because they can still imagine the possibility of change. | @JoChopra writes thewire.in/government/kes…
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In the past two years, more than 20 journalists in Kashmir have either been called for a background check, summoned or raided; they are being forced to present themselves to explain their stories, social media conduct & societal behaviour. | @JunaidKathjoo thewire.in/media/summoned…
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The prime example of news media’s vulnerability is the state of market leaders like the Zee group. Zee was always top of the heap in commercial viability. Now, Zee Entertainment is being taken over, while Zee Media faces a tough future. thewire.in/media/sign-of-…
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Delhi Police has arrested members of the Hindu Sena for vandalising the official residence of #AsaduddinOwaisi at Ashoka Road in the national capital. Owaisi has alleged that attackers had arrived in a mob and shouted communal slogans during assault. thewire.in/communalism/fi…
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The dust kicked up by Telangana Congress president A. Revanth Reddy, who had called his colleague Shashi Tharoor a ‘gadha’, appears to have settled for now. But the disparaging remark may haunt his political future in the grand old party. | @NagarajaGali1 thewire.in/politics/telan…
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In a significant judgment, the Bombay HC held the state government accountable for the deaths of three men who are killed while cleaning septic tanks despite the fact that they were killed while working on a private contract. | @sukanyashantha reports thewire.in/caste/maharash…
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Many doctors and patients in India have a lackadaisical attitude towards patient confidentiality. The attitude problem also extends to medical research, observational studies, in which it is common to ignore the need for patient consent. | @dramulyagupta science.thewire.in/health/india-l…
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“Wasting millions of doses that could be used to save lives would be an atrocity,” he said, “but it’s almost inevitable when a handful of rich country companies monopolise vaccine production.” thewire.in/health/an-atro…
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The bulk of advertising goes to the entertainment segment and news media always got less than 8% of the pie. This leaves standalone news projects in print and TV very vulnerable. | @mkvenu1 thewire.in/media/sign-of-…
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Notwithstanding Pakistan’s tactical victory in Afghanistan, Islamabad’s rhetorical offensive against India will continue unabated. But, could this lead to an escalation of tensions and a re-initiation of conflict? | Rahul Roy-Chaudhury thewire.in/diplomacy/auku…
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The officials noted that the e-commerce company had spent Rs 8,500 crore in legal fees over the past two years and that “it is time to think where it is all going.” thewire.in/business/amazo…
“We need to avoid at all cost a Cold War that would be different from the past one, and probably more dangerous and more difficult to manage,” Guterres said. thewire.in/world/no-cold-…
While in fiction there are no limitations to the writer’s imagination, in the real world the Soviet Georgian women’s triumphs owed not to chance but to effective social policies that cleared barriers from their path. thewire.in/film/the-queen…
The Taliban, reports have said, have banned the broadcast of the Indian Premier League in Afghanistan, citing presence of “anti-Islam content,” the fact that women with their hair uncovered will be present and that there will be dancing. thewire.in/sport/taliban-…
Nearly a century after Jaipal Singh Munda was admitted to St John’s College, Oxford, six students from ST communities have been selected for pursuing higher studies in prestigious UK institutes under a state-funded scholarship in his name. thewire.in/rights/jharkha…
If there is no material justice and investment in healing the harm enacted onto South Africans over generations, the rot in the country's wounds will bear them down. | Mohammed Jameel Abdulla thewire.in/world/south-af…
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The Defence Ministry told the Supreme Court that the notification for the entrance exam for women candidates seeking entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA) will be published by May, 2022. thewire.in/law/nda-entran…
The Draft Master Plan for Delhi, 2041 is banking on land pooling as a new paradigm for urban development. But, landowners are also not satisfied with the policy and are confused about certain clauses such as redistribution of land. thewire.in/government/as-…
In an interview to Karan Thapar, @GKangInd said that the Indian government must make a deliberate effort to reach people in rural areas, who are distant and also uninformed, to ensure they get vaccinated. Otherwise that could be a serious problem. science.thewire.in/health/worryin…
A court on Tuesday fixed September 24 as the date to frame charges in a Muzaffarnagar riots case against the former Uttar Pradesh minister Saeeduzama and nine others. Over 60 people died in the communal clashes and 40,000 were displaced. thewire.in/communalism/mu…
India‘s plan to tighten rules on its fast-growing e-commerce market has run into internal government dissent with the Ministry of Finance describing some proposals as “excessive” and “without economic rationale”, memos reviewed by Reuters show. thewire.in/business/centr…
Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, as per a Wall Street Journal report. thewire.in/tech/facebook-…
Unvaccinated heads of state attending United Nation General Assembly may have to settle for a piece of pizza on sidewalk instead of fine dining at New York’s restaurants. That is how Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro dined on his first night in New York. thewire.in/health/bolsona…
The Allahabad high court on Tuesday, September 21, denied bail to two officers of the Uttar Pradesh police accused of leaking information to criminal Vikas Dubey in the lead up to the police raid to apprehend him. thewire.in/law/allahabad-…
Weeks before the World Bank scrapped its flagship- Doing Business rankings, following a damning independent probe, a group of external advisers recommended an overhaul of the rankings to limit countries’ efforts to “manipulate their scores.” thewire.in/banking/extern…
Officials said on Tuesday that they had seized nearly three tonnes of heroin originating from Afghanistan worth an estimated of Rs 19,000 crore amid the chaos following last month’s takeover of the country by the Taliban. thewire.in/south-asia/rs-…
ICMR is an organisation with conflicting interest regarding Covaxin. ICMR may have been in a tricky situation due to collaborations with industry while under political pressure, but it should have disclosed these issues in advance. | A. Janardhana writes science.thewire.in/health/icmr-be…
Two pilots died when an Army helicopter crash-landed in a dense forested area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district on Tuesday. Both the pilots were major rank officers. thewire.in/security/two-i…
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Online retail giant Amazon on Monday, September 20, announced that it would be conducting an internal investigation into whistleblower allegations that the company’s legal council bribed officials of the Indian government. thewire.in/business/amazo…
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Warning of a potential new Cold War, the head of UN implored China and the US to repair their “completely dysfunctional” relationship before problems between the two large and deeply influential countries spill over further onto the rest of the planet. thewire.in/diplomacy/no-c…
Soviet chess grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili is suing Netflix for belittling her achievements in 'The Queen’s Gambit'. Her career shows we don’t need fictional stories but real social policies that value them. thewire.in/fiction/the-qu…
After the Income Tax department gave an undertaking that it would not leak material seized from the Newslaundry office during a ‘survey’ carried out on September 10, the Delhi high court disposed of a writ petition filed by the news outlet. thewire.in/law/data-seize…
The main opposition BJP in West Bengal said on Monday it will not field a candidate for the October 4 Rajya Sabha by-poll, a development that will pave the way for the election of the ruling Trinamool Congress nominee Sushmita Dev unopposed. thewire.in/politics/bjp-n…
“...BJP’s faces in the state, none of them is on good terms with Ghosh... The party needed someone who can get along with all the leaders.” The decision to remove Dilip Ghosh as BJP's Bengal unit president took state leaders by surprise. | @snigspeak thewire.in/politics/bjp-r…
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hung onto power on Monday as his main rival conceded defeat, saying he had won a clear mandate to govern although he fell short of his goal for a majority win. thewire.in/world/canadas-…
Golwalkar and his Hindutva proponents hold the view that the idea of a Hindu Rashtra or a Hindu nation has been in existence from the glorious past. But there is no basis for such an idea even in the Vedas. This is the lie of the ancient Indian nation. thewire.in/history/the-tr…
Captain Amarinder Singh’s exit may or may not benefit the Congress party in the polls next February but it has opened up new possibilities in the political scenario going ahead. The Congress has played its hand. It is for the others to show theirs. thewire.in/politics/punja…
'Racism': Shashi Tharoor, Jairam Ramesh Slam UK's Vaccine Rule for Indians India is not in the list of countries whose vaccines are recognised in England, forcing travellers from there to be subjected to over a week of tests and isolation. thewire.in/rights/racism-…
Brazilian investigators have tried the diplomatic route and direct communication with Bharat Biotech to get hold of the elusive pact which could reveal how much commission money would have been paid in the $300-million deal. | @ShobhanSaxena @flomcosta thewire.in/business/brazi…
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A member of the CIA director’s delegation which travelled to India recently has reported symptoms “consistent with Havana syndrome”, leaving US top security officials perplexed and forcing them to order an investigation into the matter. thewire.in/health/us-orde…
Excessive flooding and two recent landslides in Mumbai that killed 50 people are early signs of climate change. “But Mumbai is taking note of this and planning for the future,” @liquidperson from @UPennAnth, says in this podcast with @bombaywallah. thewire.in/environment/po…
External affairs minister S. Jaishankar urged for an “early resolution” of COVID-19 quarantine issue and discussed the situation in Afghanistan as well as developments in the Indo-Pacific during his meeting with British foreign secretary Elizabeth Truss. thewire.in/diplomacy/jais…
“Even after 15 days, my body still has clear marks of the brutality inflicted upon me.” Hamida Idrisi alleges that the SHO only let her go after a payment of Rs 5,000 and threats of consequences if she spoke about what had happened. | @ghazalaahmad5 thewire.in/communalism/de…
In a letter published in The Lancet, scientists question the 'proof' offered by supporters of the natural-origin hypothesis and say that a lab leak origin is plausible. thewire.in/health/jury-st…
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