India

How Modi government should win hearts and bridge trust deficit in Kashmir


by Aroon Purie Jammu and Kashmir is never out of the headlines. Nearly two years after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A reset the entire discourse, ending J&K’s special status and making it a Union Territory, the region is back in the news. The June 24 meeting between Prime Minister Modi and J&K’s political...

MONSOON MAGIC IN INDIA


By Kalgi Patel Desai   Monsoons make the world look divine – the rain-kissed trees shine, all renewed in their lush greens while the fragrance of wet earth kicks in the nostalgia and brings some lovely moments back to memory! Here are some places where the monsoons will have an even dreamier effect on you. Saputara, Gujarat An...

Heavy rain in Maharashtra breaks 40-year July record


Incessant rain over the last 24 hours has led to devastating floods in parts of Maharashtra, with three districts flooded and two districts facing a flood-like situation. This is the heaviest spell of rain in the state in July in 40 years. The Navy has been roped in for rescue and evacuation. Several teams of...

India looks to double digit medal haul at Tokyo Olympics


Mumbai: The 127-member Indian contingent will enter the Tokyo Olympic Games with soaring expectations of returning with their best medal haul ever even as the pandemic plays havoc with their preparations. The Games are being held in an environment of fear with athletes having to constantly monitor their health yet focus on the task at hand...

Pegasus snooping scandal roils Indian politics


New Delhi: After it emerged that Gandhi was one of the potential targets of snooping using the Pegasus spyware developed by an Israeli company, the opposition party planned nationwide agitation and raised the issue in Parliament. At least two mobile phone accounts used by the Congress leader were among the 300 verified Indian numbers listed as...

Pegasus story is concocted, fabricated: BJP


New Delhi: Referring to alleged reports of snooping of prominent citizens using Israeli Pegasus spyware, senior BJP leader and union minister Meenakshi Lekhi on Thursday said that these kinds of stories are concocted, fabricated and have no evidence. Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters, Lekhi said, These kinds of stories are floated to...

Congress plans nationwide agitation on Pegasus


New Delhi: After it emerged that former party President Rahul Gandhi, among others, was one of the potential targets of snooping using the Pegasus spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group, the Congress planned nationwide agitation and raised the issue in Parliament. At least two mobile phone accounts used by Rahul Gandhi were among the 300...

Pegasus snoopgate raises troubling questions for India


New Delhi: The selection of Indian numbers largely commenced around the time of Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel in 2017, the first visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister and a marker of the burgeoning relationship between the two nations, including billions of dollars in deals between Delhi and Israeli defence industries,...

Amid tight security, farmers stage protest at Jantar Mantar


New Delhi: Farmers have arrived at Jantar Mantar, where they are set to hold staggered protests from July 22 onwards. The agitating farmers, who have been protesting against the Centre’s farm laws at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders since last November, plan to protest against the government and hold ‘Kisan Sansads’ on each working day...