IAF needs to prepare for small duration intense operations at short notice, says VR Chaudhari

The Indian Air Force (IAF) needs to prepare itself for intense and short duration operations at a moment’s notice, and also be ready for short swift wars and long standoffs, like the one in Eastern Ladakh, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said Thursday. Addressing a conference on logistics management in the IAF, Chaudhari said, “The … Read more

Big draw on banks of Ganga in Patna: mock tests for Railways

For the last two months, Kali Ghat by the Ganga at Patna has seen large crowds during the weekends, unusually so. Sunday, too, is no different. Sitting on the steps of the sprawling ghat are thousands of students – from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra – scribbling away on mock test papers for the … Read more

Jai Ram Thakur retains BJP leadership’s faith, but rivals wait in the wings

He rose to the top of Himachal Pradesh politics by navigating internecine power struggles in the state BJP and kept the infighting largely in check. Now, amid reports of his rivals in the party manoeuvring, the central leadership has made it clear that Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will be the BJP’s face for the … Read more

Delhi: Day after Jahangirpuri violence, Aman Committee meeting ends abruptly over BJP leader’s comment

A day after communal clashes broke out in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri Following a shobha yatra organized to mark Hanuman Jayanti, a meeting of Aman (peace) committees on Sunday to discuss the way forward ended abruptly after a BJP councilor blamed “illegal immigrants” for the violence. Tension prevailed in the area even as companies of CRPF … Read more

Tamil Nadu Governor Ravi: The former cop and interlocutor now at the receiving end of DMK’s boycott

On April 14, the DMK-led Tamil Nadu government boycotted events organized by Governor RN Ravi to protest against the alleged delay on his part in clearing several cabinet recommendations and a dozen Bills passed by the state Assembly, including a crucial one seeking the abolition of The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions, … Read more

Bochahan bypoll: RJD romps home owing to split in NDA votes

The parting of ways with Mukesh Sahani’s Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) has led to BJP’s defeat in the bypoll for the Bochahan (Muzaffarpur) assembly seat in Bihar. On the other hand, the split in NDA votes helped the RJD regain the seat after over 15 years. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Amar Kumar Paswan won … Read more

13 Opposition leaders speak out against hate speech, communal violence, question PM’s ‘silence’

Leaders of 13 Opposition parties, including three Chief Ministers, came together on Saturday to speak out against recent incidents of communal violence and hate speech. They argued that the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government against those “who propagated bigotry and incited and provoked society through words and actions was an eloquent … Read more

Cases cross 400 mark, Delhi’s positivity rate shoots past 5%

Delhi recorded 461 new Covid cases Saturday, up from 366 the previous day. The positivity rate shot up to 5.33% on Saturday when 8,646 tests were done, a dip from 9,275 tests on Friday when a positivity rate of 3.95% was recorded. The number of covid cases has been on the rise over the past … Read more

BTP set to break up with Owaisi, but AIMIM revs up for foray into Gujarat Assembly polls

Months before the Gujarat Assembly elections, slated for December this year, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) ‘s chief Asaduddin Owaisi landed in Ahmedabad on Thursday to reach out to his party rank and file and look for new alliance partners. Officially, Owaisi arrived in the capital to attend an Iftaar event organized by the … Read more

Kerala: Day after murder of PFI leader, RSS activist hacked to death in Palakkad

A local RSS leader was hacked to death in Kerala’s Palakkad district on Saturday, barely a day after a PFI leader was murdered in the area. The BJP’s district leadership in Palakkad said the PFI and its political wing, the Social Democratic Party of India, were behind Saturday’s murder. The police identified the victim as … Read more