Vice-President Dhankhar: PM Modi congratulates 14th VP for getting support across party lines

NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar was elected India’s 14th vice-president on Saturday, defeating opposition candidate Margaret Alva by a landslide in an election marred by absentee and illegal voting. The former West Bengal governor got 528 out of 725 votes, while Alva – a former five-term Congress MP, Union minister and governor – got 182, which … Read more

Karnataka elections next year: Shah meets CM, top state leaders; Aware of the situation in coastal districts

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a series of meetings with party leaders in Bengaluru on Thursday in what is seen as the first phase of strategizing ahead of next year’s Karnataka assembly elections, and to take stock of the sharp communal divide in coastal Karnataka, where three murders took place between July 20 and … Read more

Uttarakhand Corbett planning ‘Modi circuit’, map is man vs wild episode

The Uttarakhand government is working on tourism circuits for Maa Bhagwati, Shiva, Vishnu, Nava-graha, Golju Maharaj, Nagadevta, Hanuman and Vivekananda. Next is ‘Modi Circuit’. The state tourism department is developing a trail that will cover places and activities visited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a special episode of survival reality show ‘Man Vs Wild’ … Read more

Delhi Confidential: Beyond Politics

Shatrughan Sinha, who used to sit on the treasury bench in the Lok Sabha, now sits in the opposition. But joining the Trinamool Congress and becoming its MP in a by-election does not seem to have changed his popularity or his warm relationship with BJP MPs. Last week, when he was waiting for a car … Read more

Haryana Free Education Scheme: Over 92% seats are vacant

It appears that economically weaker section (EWS) students preferred their existing government schools despite the option of free education in Haryana’s “budget” private schools – mostly in villages or small towns – under government schemes. Under the recently launched scheme, as many as 381 “budget” private schools offered 24,987 seats to EWS students in government … Read more

Take 5 Advocate Shailendra Mani Tripathi: Lawyers can’t wear coats in summer. How can we work if we are wet with sweat?

On July 25, the Supreme Court declined to entertain a plea seeking exemption of Supreme Court and High Court lawyers from wearing compulsory black coats during the summer months. Lawyer Shailendra Mani Tripathi approached the Supreme Court seeking amendment of the Bar Council of India rules. ① Why are you exempt from wearing coats in … Read more

Ready for encounter, move on from UP: Karnataka minister

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said he was ready to adopt the “Yogi model” to deal with “anti-national and communal elements”, while his higher education minister Dr CN Aswathanarayan said on Friday that the state government would “go five steps ahead of Uttar Pradesh” and “even to encounter ready”. “We are ready to send tremors,” … Read more