‘Red flag’ eases Union Home Ministry official out

Days after a Home Ministry official red-flagged the involvement of private consultants in operating a new emergency response control room for disaster management, he was transferred to the Culture Ministry. Bipin Mallick, Additional Secretary (Disaster Management), was shunted out on March 1 after he wrote to Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba against bringing in private consultants…

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Congress shifting tactics to win battle of optics

The call for a midnight march last Thursday by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to highlight what he called “growing violence against women” against the backdrop of the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents was not only aimed at tapping into public anger but also to build a narrative that the Modi government has failed vulnerable sections.…

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Kings XI survives Dhoni’s breathtaking late onslaught

After blitzkriegs from Dwayne Bravo and Sam Billings took Chennai Super Kings past the finish line in its first two encounters, the team stared at a similar chase. But this Sunday evening, in spite of M.S. Dhoni’s hope-inspiring, unbeaten 44-ball 79, Kings XI Punjab just about managed to halt the winning run of the former…

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