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GN Bureau | October 1, 2016
As a number of conspiracy theories are floating around as reasons for the Akhilesh-Mulayam fight, here we are trying to have a deeper understanding of the bonds and equations within the Yadav clan and its impact on the party’s image and future. Akhilesh’s popularity was soaring but so were his troubles within the party that was still controlled by elders – Netaji and chachaji.
READ: All in the family
After the Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks in Poonch and Uri on September 11 and 18, war talk was in the air and a vocal section of Indians were demanding action, though the leadership appeared preferring diplomatic channels. But on Thursday, India responded, with the most restrained action possible – surgical strikes and that too in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) on which India continues to have a claim.
READ: India strikes back
The national capital is battling an outbreak of viral fever, chikungunya and dengue. Till September 26, there have been 3,695 chikungunya cases. Hospitals across Delhi have reported 15 deaths, with Sir Ganga Ram hospital alone reporting seven deaths. But the municipal corporations maintain that no deaths have taken place due to chikungunya. Nearly 1, 692 cases and 20 deaths due to dengue have been reported in the national capital so far this year, which is the worst hit after Karnataka with 9,427 cases.
READ: Chinkungunya: Quite a bite
At COP 21 in Paris, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.
The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
READ:The Paris Agreement
The glaring highlights for the Indian (and the Pakistani) reader from the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) were the verbal spats between India and Pakistan. As the tones got increasingly accusatory with each right of reply (RoR), the concerned audience waited with bated breath for a response, as if historical disputes between the troubled neighbours would see a final victor through this exchange. The national media of the countries involved, predictably, had a field day reporting on this display of verbal prowess.
READ: The India-Pak face-off at the UN
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the new president of Sri Lanka, won the November elections that were held amid continued polarization in the island nation. As defence secretary, he had led the government’s decisive fight against the LTTE rebels in 2009, in which most of the guerrilla leaders were killed. Thus en
Sahitya Akademi, the autonomous organization under the ministry of culture, has been silently promoting Indian literature abroad through a host of activities, including promotion of translations. The Akademi has helped translate much-talked about Bangla novel ‘Herbert’ by Nabarun
Once a guest hands over the car keys to the valet, the vehicle is under the hotel’s responsibility, and it will have to compensate any damage to it, the supreme court has ruled. In a judgment under the contract law, a bench of justices Mohan M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi has upheld
Amid oversupply, slackening demand and financial troubles, many builders have not been able to deliver homes to buyers, leaving the latter in the lurch. The buyers in turn have taken recourse to filing cases against builders: a total of 1,821 cases under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) 2016 were p
The beginning of its historic 250th session gave the upper house of parliament an opportunity to take stock of its past and its future, the challenges ahead and the ways to meet them. The house on Monday took up a discussion on ‘The Role of Rajya Sabha in Indian Polity and the Way Forw
When the corridor to the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, in Kartarpur (Pakistan), was opened for the pilgrims from India on November 9, prime minister Narendra Modi recalled the fall of Berlin Wall, which took place on the same date 30 years ago. The Berlin Wall collapse not only reunited the two Ge