India Today October 11, 2021

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in this issue

4 min
from the editor-in-chief

We live today under a shadow of uncertainty and doubt, with the invisible coronavirus still among us. Despite being double vaccinated, there is a constant fear at the back of my mind: am I safe? Even if one is masked while visiting a public place or entering a closed room, the niggling unease remains. The paucity of data is a problem too. We don’t know how long the vaccines will protect us against the disease or what new mutants may be floating around. However, there are some heartening indicators that the pandemic in India may be receding. India has reported less than 50,000 daily cases for 92 consecutive days, with only 26,041 new cases added on September 27. The national average of weekly test positivity rates has been less than…

1 min
presenting india today insight

For sharp analysis on topical issues by the editors of india today, log on to How the army is tweaking its vintage L-70 gun into a drone-killer By Sandeep Unnithan A new interface with existing counter drone systems allows the World War-2 era anti-aircraft gun the capa-bility to intercept drones Why Tamil Nadu is against NEET and other entrance tests By Amarnath K. Menon Leaders of most political parties in the state argue that such exams privilege wealthier students from urban backgrounds How Subham Kumar cracked the civil services exam to emerge on top By Amitabh Srivastava Shunning social media, making daily and weekly goals and choosing a subject he had never studied before, both planning and persistence characterise the success of this year’s civil services topper From flab to fab: 5 simple and healthy ways…

4 min
is the congress imploding?

At around 3 pm on September 28, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted his resignation, once again setting the proverbial cat among the pigeons. Soon, two of his known supporters, cabinet ministers Razia Sultan and Pargat Singh, also put in their papers. Apparently, Sidhu was upset with new chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi for taking an independent line on crucial appointments, among them the inclusion of controversial legislator and liquor baron Rana Gurjit Singh in the state cabinet; appointing A.P.S. Deol as state attorney general and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as DGP; and handing the home portfolio to Sidhu’s bête noire Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Till late on September 29, the party high command had not accepted the resignations. In the run-up to the assembly election in February…

2 min

BULLET FOR BULLET Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray seems to have put the brakes on one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects--the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. Two years back, Thackeray had noted how it seemed to benefit Gujarat more than his state. The project is likely to miss its 2023 deadline because land acquisition in Maharashtra has slowed down. The Shiv Sena supremo now seems to have a pet project of his own. He recently suggested the Centre build an 844km high-speed line linking Mumbai with its second capital, Nagpur. He clearly believes in keeping it within the state. Jailhouse Blues Kailash Vijayvargiya, the general secretary in charge of the BJP’s West Bengal unit, faces arrest if he enters the state. Reason? Over two dozen FIRs were registered against him at the behest…

6 min
the rise and rise of the sensex

On september 24, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Sensex touched 60,000 points, a new high and yet another exhilarating moment for the Indian stock markets, which have been unusually buoyant for the past few months. The rise of the Sensex this year follows big slumps last year—on February 28, 2020, as Covid-19 cases began to rise, the market saw one of its worst single-day crashes, losing 1,448 points to close at 38,297; on March 23, again, it recorded its biggest fall ever—3,935 points—after the Centre announced the national lockdown. However, by the latter half of 2020, it was climbing again—back at 45,000 in December and past 50,000 points on January 21 this year. From then on, it took the Sensex just eight months to add another 10,000 points: on September 27,…

6 min
vendetta politics?

In early September, Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee received his third summons—in as many weeks—from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in an alleged money-laundering case relat-ed to a coal smuggling scam in West Bengal. Before he received the order to appear at the ED office in New Delhi on September 21, Abhishek had already faced a nine-hour grilling by ED officials on September 6 and ignored—on a short-notice plea—another summons to show up on September The ED, on September 1, had filed a chargesheet in the 2016 Narada sting operation case against TMC ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, party MLA Madan Mitra, former Kolkata mayor Sovan Chatterjee and former IPS officer S.M.H. Mirza. On September 14, the agency summoned law minister Moloy Ghatak for questioning in the coal…