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BJP’s national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain filed his nomination papers Monday for MLC elections in Bihar, starting a new innings in state politics. A berth in Nitish Kumar Cabinet may give a boost to his sagging political career.----more----Read this week's Politically Correct here: https://theprint.in/opinion/politically-correct/what-shahnawaz-hus…
 
With the world's largest Covid vaccination drive under way since 16 January, Shekhar Gupta analyses why most hospitals in most states are struggling to get even doctors, nurses and health personnel — listed as beneficiaries in the first phase of the programme — to take the vaccine shots. He discusses vaccine hesitancy, the anti-vaxxer movement, mis…
 
ThePrint's National Affairs Editor Jyoti Malhotra sat down with the Finance Minister of Punjab, Manpreet Singh Badal, to discuss the ongoing farmers' protests, current relations between the Centre and the Punjab government, the role played by Punjab and Haryana in India's agriculture, the Supreme Court, and more, in this episode of #ThePrintUninter…
 
Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse. Punjab farmers need economic freedom, liberty of land use, not the wheat-paddy-MSP comfort. Watch ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta's column to know more.…
 
A London arbitration court has ordered Pakistan to pay Rs 450 crore to Broadsheet LLC, a little known private company registered in tax haven Isle of Man, and directed the confiscation of the funds from the account of the Pakistan's High Commission. Shekhar Gupta breaks down this entanglement of epic proportions, involving bribery, subterfuge, intr…
 
India is catching up with vaccine diplomacy. It will buy about 10 million doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) and later Bharat Biotech to give free Covid-19 vaccines to all the countries in South Asia — except for Pakistan, which will be a part of China's vaccine push in South Asia. China is also expanding its diplomatic and political inf…
 
With Modi govt clearing the long-awaited Rs 48,000 crore deal for 83 HAL Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Shekhar Gupta takes a look at what this means to the IAF given the armed service's checkered record with indigenous aeronautics, India's decades of technology denial, and more in episode 661 of #CutTheClutter.…
 
While we have always believed that identical twins share all of their genomes, a new study reveals that they could actually be genetically different. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains the findings and their significance.----more----Supplementary reading: NewScientist | The stranger within (chimera mother) https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg180…
 
The outgoing Trump administration in the United States has declassified a document, originally intended to be made public in 2043, titled 'U.S. Strategic Framework For The Indo-Pacific' while President-elect Joe Biden appoints an Indo-Pacific head in the State Department. In episode 660 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta unravels the nuances, includi…
 
Supreme Court ordered that the implementation of the new farm laws be suspended for now and set up a committee to resolve the issue. Shekhar Gupta examines the precedent, wisdom and propriety of the intervention. He also picks out a nugget of irony from the courtroom in previous cases. In episode 659 of #CutTheClutter…
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with Chief Ministers since the outbreak of Covid-19 are emerging as a new mechanism for the Centre-States coordination, with existing ones, including the Inter-State Council and NITI Aayog Governing Council, not meeting for longBy ThePrint
 
Why does a draw against Australia at SCG feel even better than a win? The mystique of Test cricket, and how India has got better at it, if we may dare to say so, in spite of the judges. In episode 658 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta with a cricketing deep dive using data.By ThePrint
 
ThePrint's National Affairs Editor Jyoti Malhotra sat down with Union Minister for Housing, Urban Development, Civil Aviation, Commerce & Industry Hardeep Singh Puri, and fast emerging as a key person in the Modi government, to discuss the ongoing farmers' protests, the privatisation of Air India, the future of the Central Vista project, and more i…
 
A new crisis has emerged in Pakistan with the abduction and massacre of 11 Hazara Shia labourers in a Balochistan coal mine. Shekhar Gupta focuses on the hardest-hit and most oppressed victims of these terrorists' activities in the region. And why, for Hazaras, both ethnicity and sectarianism have become mortal enemies. In episode 657 of #CutTheClu…
 
Amid the recent violence and unrest that took place in the American capital as Trump supporters, instigated by the president, stormed the Capitol Hill, Shekhar Gupta analyses reactions from American politicians, meaning of 25th Amendment, President Trump's legacy, and damage to US soft power. In episode 656 of #CutTheClutter.…
 
Following the 2:1 majority order of the Supreme Court in favour of Modi government‘s Central Vista redevelopment project for the area around Lutyens' Delhi, Shekhar Gupta analyses the facts & controversies of the project, the views of the three Justices, India's suspicion of urban renewal issues and more in episode 655 of #CutTheClutter…
 
In this interview with ThePrint's National Affairs Editor Jyoti Malhotra, Rashtriya Lok Dal leader and former Member of Parliament Jayant Chaudhary has his say as the farmer's agitation enters the 40th day, the government's agricultural policies, why the Opposition is so weak and more. Watch #ThePrintUninterrupted…
 
In episode 654 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta begins with a riddle, about a country whose native population is just over 3 lakhs but whose GDP is $360 billion. The United States' largest air force base in Middle-East is based in this country, which also shares ownership of the world’s largest gas field with Iran. Its neighbours lift a three-year…
 
The last few weeks of 2020 witnessed several targeted assassinations of Afghan civilians – journalists, human rights activists, students in Afghanistan. While the Taliban denied responsibility, many believe that the ISI is behind the killings. Pakistan has wanted to control Kabul and influence the great game in Inner Asia for decades. Amid the chan…
 
Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav scored a self-goal by declaring that he won’t take the ‘BJP’s vaccine.’ With vaccine nationalism in full swing now, some genuine questions about the unnecessary haste in approving Bharat Biotech’s Covid vaccine have been drowned.By ThePrint
 
Amid controversy & noise over India approving the Covid vaccines developed by Serum Institute (with Oxford-AstraZeneca) and Bharat Biotech, and the phase-3 trials for ZydusCadila, Shekhar Gupta explains the science behind each vaccine and sifts facts from fear & fiction, in episode 653 of #CutTheClutter.…
 
2020 was arguably the most eventful year in recent decades due to many upheavals, such as the Covid pandemic and the destabilising rise of China. As we leave 2020 behind and move into 2021, Shekhar Gupta revisits 10 of the most watched CutTheClutter episodes of the 307 produced in 2020, in this special year-end episode.…
 
The well-preserved archaeological site of Pompeii in Italy has yielded yet another impressive finding. Researchers have excavated a fully well-preserved thermopolium or fast food stall, complete with remains of foods. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains how the discovery was made, why Pompeii is so well-preserved, and how scientists determine diets …
 
With zero political base, no prior experience with elections & no affiliation to any established outfit, Arvind Kejriwal's performance has been a breakout. In her column #PoliTricks, News Editor Ruhi Tewari explains why the Delhi chief minister is this decade's biggest political story.----more----Read here: https://theprint.in/opinion/politricks/ar…
 
The Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine has now been approved for mass production and distribution by the United Kingdom government, which has ordered 100 million doses to be administered to 50 million people. India's Serum Institute has also claimed to have 5 crore doses of the vaccine, and says it can produce 10 crores per month by February. Am…
 
This past weekend, not only has the BJP lost its 19th NDA ally since 2014 in Hanuman Beniwal's RLP, but complaints have also arisen from Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) due to the recent poaching of 6 JD(U) MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh by BJP. In view of this brewing discontent, Shekhar Gupta analyses how the BJP's use-&-discard strategy is transforming nation…
 
Less than two months after the IPO for Ant Group, potentially the biggest in history, was cancelled, global fintech/e-commerce superstar Jack Ma's companies, including Alibaba, have been hit by crippling orders from the Chinese government. In episode 649 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta takes a closer look at Xi Jinping’s capitalism, deification, a…
 
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