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Ranjit Bhushan

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is an independent journalist and former Nehru Fellow at Jamia Millia University. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has worked with Outlook, The Times of India, The Indian Express, the Press Trust of India, Associated Press, Financial Chronicle, and DNA.

How the ED works, the long hours, intense questioning and vanishing witnesses

POLITICS

How the ED works, the long hours, intense questioning and vanishing witnesses

With the cream of the opposition leadership under its scanner, the directorate has practically replaced the CBI as the central government’s principal law enforcer  

Agnipath-like plan for police, bureaucracy needed, says leading reform campaigner

INDIA

Agnipath-like plan for police, bureaucracy needed, says leading reform campaigner

“In the highest echelons of the country’s police services, you have officers who can’t walk and are physically unfit. They should be told to go home,” says Prakash Singh, crusader for police reforms and bureaucratic accountability. He, however, says the Agnipath plan for defence forces needs a review.

Explained | Recruitment, salaries, perks, and pensions in the Indian armed forces

INDIA

Explained | Recruitment, salaries, perks, and pensions in the Indian armed forces

The defence sector, the second-biggest employer in the country after the Indian Railways, has millions of applicants every year. A ballooning pension bill has put a check on hiring, and therein lies the story of Agnipath.

How Agnipath changes India’s defence recruitment plans

TRENDS

How Agnipath changes India’s defence recruitment plans

Post-demobilization future of Agniveers is a grey area and a cause of concern; more clarity is needed, experts say

Geographical spread not enough to call it a fourth wave, says ICMR

INDIA

Geographical spread not enough to call it a fourth wave, says ICMR

The week ending Sunday saw fresh COVID-19 cases rising by more than 23,000, the highest surge since January’s third wave

West Asia diplomatic row| Experts stress on need for moderation in domestic debates

INDIA

West Asia diplomatic row| Experts stress on need for moderation in domestic debates

New Delhi, at the receiving end of a global spat engineered by some Islamic countries in the Middle East, is facing an unprecedented pickle, and coming out of this would test the mettle of the country’s political will and its talented diplomatic services.

COVID-19 relief hits cash-strapped NGOs hard, finds survey

BUSINESS

COVID-19 relief hits cash-strapped NGOs hard, finds survey

Voluntary organisations say diversion of CSR funds towards management of COVID-19 pandemic and relief efforts and greater compliance have added to their difficulties.

Rajya Sabha nominations: BJP looks at state politics, Congress continues with loyalist 'outsiders'

POLITICS

Rajya Sabha nominations: BJP looks at state politics, Congress continues with loyalist 'outsiders'

With the Lok Sabha dominated by the ruling party, the Upper House remains an important platform for opposition and regional party politicians of all hues

Modi Govt @ 8 | Religious revivalism, caste mobilisation or both?

POLITICS

Modi Govt @ 8 | Religious revivalism, caste mobilisation or both?

The caste matrix, which determines society and electoral politics of India of 2022 is vastly different from what it was before 2014 and there remains intense speculation about its trajectory

PMs Museum finally spreads wings as visitors get first-hand view of the country’s post-1947 politics

BUSINESS

PMs Museum finally spreads wings as visitors get first-hand view of the country’s post-1947 politics

For decades, Teen Murti Bhawan has represented the vision and legacy of India’s first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. Now that patrimony is shared by 13 of his successors

Ten things you didn't know about Davos, which begins on May 22

BUSINESS

Ten things you didn't know about Davos, which begins on May 22

More than just a very famous name, this quaint Swiss village is a brand

With Colombo in a disarray, now is India's chance to make amends in Sri Lanka

BUSINESS

With Colombo in a disarray, now is India's chance to make amends in Sri Lanka

The country’s Neighbourhood First policy will be tested in the island nation, limiting China’s sway in what was once India’s sphere of influence by way of cultural and ethnic connect

Experts back India figures in COVID death toll clash over WHO data

BUSINESS

Experts back India figures in COVID death toll clash over WHO data

Methodologies can differ to a limited extent but a 10 percent margin of difference is difficult to explain, as a war of words breaks out in India and overseas

HAPs and wet bulbs — the scorching summer lexicon you should know

INDIA

HAPs and wet bulbs — the scorching summer lexicon you should know

With searing heat, power shortages have hit Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra

Definite link between climate change and rise in average temperatures, says top Skymet climate scientist

INDIA

Definite link between climate change and rise in average temperatures, says top Skymet climate scientist

Several cities in the country have breached a 45-degree mark says Mahesh Palawat; average nationwide temperature in March was 33.1°C, beating out the 32.7°C recorded in March 2021, the third warmest on record, he says

With unprecedented, blistering heat in 2022, India's HAPs will be on severe test

TRENDS

With unprecedented, blistering heat in 2022, India's HAPs will be on severe test

The central government, its agencies, and other stakeholders are working with 23 heat wave-prone states over 130 districts to develop heat action plans. The challenges they face are formidable

Summer of 2022: How prepared is India for a frightening rise in temperatures?

INDIA

Summer of 2022: How prepared is India for a frightening rise in temperatures?

The deadliest-ever heat wave this year makes it imperative for India to take its Heat Action Plan very seriously

India-Pakistan ties after Imran Khan: Too early to take a view

WORLD

India-Pakistan ties after Imran Khan: Too early to take a view

In the first exchanges, both countries stick to their traditional positions; some experts believe that Indian diplomacy needs to tackle rivals, not just deal with friends.

India stays the course, abstains and remains neutral at UN

WORLD

India stays the course, abstains and remains neutral at UN

Horrific as the killings in Bucha and Ukraine are, similar outrages in other parts of the world have earlier been ignored, says India’s diplomatic community about a war in which their country is not involved

Explained: What does rolling back of AFSPA from many Northeast districts mean for army, police, and civilians

POLITICS

Explained: What does rolling back of AFSPA from many Northeast districts mean for army, police, and civilians

Military experts welcome the easing of Armed Forces (Special Powers Act, 1958) as they believe the law and order situation has improved in the Northeast and it is time to use state police and central forces for internal security, leaving the overextended army to handle an increasingly live border with China

Russia-Ukraine war: Could India’s prolonged fence sitting prove costly?

INDIA

Russia-Ukraine war: Could India’s prolonged fence sitting prove costly?

New Delhi is being wooed by most of those who matter, but her diplomatic choices, acknowledge experts, must be governed by one single factor – abiding national interest.

India leads global exodus for better life, says UN report

BUSINESS

India leads global exodus for better life, says UN report

The country now has the world’s largest diaspora population of 18 million; top migration experts find figure questionable.

Should India be worried about 'Nato's eastward expansion'?

POLITICS

Should India be worried about 'Nato's eastward expansion'?

A top Chinese foreign ministry official recently warned that smaller blocs such as Quad will weaken the Indo-Pacific or Asia-Pacific region. Experts Moneycontrol spoke to said that China's fear is real but India is placed in a completely different situation.

Indian legal fraternity backs Bhandari’s anti-Russia vote at ICJ

POLITICS

Indian legal fraternity backs Bhandari’s anti-Russia vote at ICJ

Government keeps its distance; says it has no role to play in the Justice’s decision, which is private

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