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Atal Tunnel is ready after 10 years; world's longest tunnel at 10,000 feet will connect Manali and Leh
India

Atal Tunnel is ready after 10 years; world's longest tunnel at 10,000 feet will connect Manali and Leh

Built at a cost of over Rs 2,500 crore, the idea was conceived by the Indira Gandhi govt in 1983. Work, however, started only in September 2009 — seven years after the then prime minsiter Atal Bihari Vajpayee approved the project

Narendra Modi becomes the longest serving non-Congress PM, surpassing tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee
India

Narendra Modi becomes the longest serving non-Congress PM, surpassing tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Modi, who took the oath of the prime minister in May 2014, became the fourth longest-serving prime minister after Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Manmohan Singh

Hiroshima Day: Imagining a South Asian nuclear apocalypse triggered by India and Pakistan
India

Hiroshima Day: Imagining a South Asian nuclear apocalypse triggered by India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan are just part of a larger — fraught — landscape. Every nation-state to acquire nuclear weapons after the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council is in Asia

Galwan incident was no mere 'security' issue; India's diplomacy needs to kick in with rigour to counter China
India

Galwan incident was no mere 'security' issue; India's diplomacy needs to kick in with rigour to counter China

Historically, India's diplomacy had maintained the high ground of morality, persuasiveness and professional engagement that allowed it to 'manage' the restive neighbourhood and internal contradictions. Current relationships are not reflective of that ability

Govt to boost Made in India products for exports; wants MSMEs to tap market potential in Europe, Latin America, Africa
Business

Govt to boost Made in India products for exports; wants MSMEs to tap market potential in Europe, Latin America, Africa

MSMEs in the new avatar is expected to develop cutting edge export-oriented technology products. The government, sources said, will assist the concerned MSMEs with research and technology up gradation.

Anti-CAA protests a result of people's suspicion about Narendra Modi govt's intentions, says ex-FM Yashwant Sinha
India

Anti-CAA protests a result of people's suspicion about Narendra Modi govt's intentions, says ex-FM Yashwant Sinha

The Vajpayee government was never questioned for amending the Citizenship Act in 2003, but suspicion about the Modi govt's intentions led to nationwide protests, former minister Yashwant Sinha said in Mumbai on Friday

Strategic tunnel under Rohtang Pass named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary
India

Strategic tunnel under Rohtang Pass named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary

The government will name the strategic tunnel under Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary on Wednesday

Govt to conduct NPR along with Census 2021: All you need to know about NRC, National Population Register and how they are linked
India

Govt to conduct NPR along with Census 2021: All you need to know about NRC, National Population Register and how they are linked

How similar or different is NRC from NPR, a nationwide process, which the government announced will be conducted along with Census 2021, Firstpost takes a look

AASU files petition in SC challenging amended Citizenship Act, says protests against law will continue till it's repealed
Politics

AASU files petition in SC challenging amended Citizenship Act, says protests against law will continue till it's repealed

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying Assam, AASU said that it has filed a petition against the amended Citizenship Act in the Supreme Court and that the agitation against the legislation will continue till it is repealed

Citizenship Amendment Bill is tool for BJP to further communal agenda, push demography towards Hindus: Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi
Politics

Citizenship Amendment Bill is tool for BJP to further communal agenda, push demography towards Hindus: Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi

The CAB is basically an afterthought of NRC project taken up in Assam with the underlying objective that a Hindu population should be increased within certain vulnerable areas such as Assam, says Congress Lok Sabha MP from Nowgong in Assam Pradyut Bordoloi.

'Second House, not secondary': Narendra Modi, addressing Parliament to mark 250th session of Rajya Sabha, quotes Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Politics

'Second House, not secondary': Narendra Modi, addressing Parliament to mark 250th session of Rajya Sabha, quotes Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Upper House of Parliament was essential for checks and balance in democracy but a distinction needs to be drawn between checking and clogging

Winter Session of Parliament: Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury slams govt for not letting Farooq Abdullah attend LS proceedings, not allowing MPs to visit J&K
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Winter Session of Parliament: Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury slams govt for not letting Farooq Abdullah attend LS proceedings, not allowing MPs to visit J&K

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary said it was an 'atrocity' not to allow former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah to attend Lok Sabha proceedings

Congress' hue and cry over withdrawal of SPG cover misplaced, shows Gandhi family's uneasiness at not being special
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Congress' hue and cry over withdrawal of SPG cover misplaced, shows Gandhi family's uneasiness at not being special

With the SPG cover withdrawn, the Gandhi family is now like any other political family in the country and that makes Congress and its loyalists uneasy

'Arun Jaitley was an invaluable gem': Narendra Modi joins politicians in Delhi to pay tribute ex-FM, mourns loss of 'very close friend'
India

'Arun Jaitley was an invaluable gem': Narendra Modi joins politicians in Delhi to pay tribute ex-FM, mourns loss of 'very close friend'

Narendra Modi on Tuesday joined leaders from several political parties in paying glowing tributes to Arun Jaitley, saying the former Union minister's life 'inspires us to work harder for the nation'.

Eminent Supreme Court lawyer, ex-law minister Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95; last rites to be performed this evening
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Eminent Supreme Court lawyer, ex-law minister Ram Jethmalani passes away at 95; last rites to be performed this evening

Veteran Supreme Court lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away on Sunday morning at his residence in New Delhi. Jethmalani was 95. He is survived by his son Mahesh Jethmalani, a noted lawyer, and a daughter. His other child, Rani Jethmalani, had passed away in 2011

Ram Jethmalani dead at 95: 'Maverick' criminal lawyer defended BJP stalwarts like Amit Shah, Advani in high-profile cases
India

Ram Jethmalani dead at 95: 'Maverick' criminal lawyer defended BJP stalwarts like Amit Shah, Advani in high-profile cases

Ram Jethmalani, hailed for his contribution to the Indian law fraternity, passed away early on Sunday morning at the age of 95.

Kerala Governor-designate Arif Mohammad Khan blames regressive identity politics, 'minority psychosis' for backwardness among Muslims
Politics

Kerala Governor-designate Arif Mohammad Khan blames regressive identity politics, 'minority psychosis' for backwardness among Muslims

In Arif Mohammad Khan’s opinion, the ignorance of the subcontinent’s cultural history is often visible in its politics.

Former Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor vouches for third party intervention in Valley, wants Centre to fulfil aspirations of people forthwith
India

Former Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor vouches for third party intervention in Valley, wants Centre to fulfil aspirations of people forthwith

The government is however prepared for the long haul and would not relax its grip until a peaceful situation prevails, which is unlikely in the foreseeable future owing largely to lack of political engagement with mainstream political parties.