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Our flagship daily news show, where hosts Neha Mathews and Shashank Bhargava talk to in-house experts about what is going on and why you need to care about it
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access_time2 days ago
For the past few weeks, Jet Airways has drastically reduced its operations due to a liquidity crunch, leading to angry customers and employees. Pranav Mukul explains the Jet Airways crisis and why the government needs to find a solution quickly. Liu Chuen Chen discusses why boycotting Chinese products is not feasible and traders' sentiments towards a prospective ban. Last, a building has collapsed in Karnataka.
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access_time3 days ago
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Monday kicked off her three-day Ganga Yatra Lok Sabha campaign from Prayagraj to Varanasi. Uttar Pradesh correspondent Maulshree Seth joins us to discuss the significance of the Yatra.  Next, Shaleen Agrawal unpacks how Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications finally paid off its dues to Swedish equipment maker Ericsson and explains why this case is a learning lesson for creditors. Last, a London court on Monday issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi.
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access_time4 days ago
The Election commission has called a meeting with the heads of social media firms on Tuesday. It has been working on guidelines for social media keeping in mind the up coming elections and the Model Code of Conduct. Karishma Mehrotra, who reports in technology and society for the Indian Express, joins us to talk about the agenda for the meeting. Next we talk about the Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who passed away on Sunday. Liz Mathews, who writes on BJP for the government, tells us about his tenure as the chief minister and the kind of political void his passing away is going to cause in the state. And last, we talk about the terror attack that took place in New Zealand on March 15.
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access_time7 days ago
Yesterday evening a tragedy took place in Mumbai when a portion of a foot overbridge collapsed killing 6 people and injuring 31 others. This foot overbridge connected the north-end of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station to BT Lane near the Anzuman Islam School. The incidence has caused significant outrage and has once again raised questions about the infrastructure in Mumbai. For our first story Sandeep Ashar, who reports on issues of urban governance and policy planning in Mumbai for the Indian Express, joins us to talk about the state of infrastructure in the city. Next, as China once again stalls the listing of terrorist Masood Azhar at the United Nations Security Council, Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, joins us to explain why China continues to do so and what options does India have now. And last, Rakjot's ban on the mobile game PUBG.
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access_time8 days ago
Today India and Pakistan will hold their first meeting to talk about the modalities for setting up of a corridor which will link the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib, which is in the town of Kartarpur in Pakistani, to the Gurdaspur district in Punjab. For our first segment Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, joins us to explain whether these talks will be affected by the tensions between the two countries post the Pulwama Terror Attack. Next, Daksh Panwar talks about the biggest learning for the Indian cricket team from the India v/s Australia ODI series. And last, Rahul Gandhi promises to reserve 33 per cent seats for women in government jobs if UPA is voted to power in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
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access_time9 days ago
Pranav Mukul explains the fallout of Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing jet crash and what measures India is taking to ensure the safety of passengers. The Congress' highest decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee, met in Gujarat today to finalise its strategy for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Manoj CG discusses the highlights of the meeting and its very strategic location. Last, why Microsoft Excel is getting bad ratings on the Google Play store. 
UPDATE: India’s aviation safety regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), late Tuesday night decided to ground Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with immediate effect until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations. At the time of recording this episode, this development had not taken place.
You can read more in this piece: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-grounds-boeing-737-max-ethiopia-crash-5623448/
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access_time10 days ago
A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operative, who was allegedly the  “main conspirator” of the Pulwama attack, was killed in an encounter in Kashmir's Tral district on Sunday. Deeptiman Tiwary discusses why Mudasir was identified as the mastermind and what we still don't know about the Pulwama attack. Shubhangi Khapre explains why a combination pf political and family pressure is keeping Sharad Pawar out of electoral politics and whether he has higher ambitions. Last, what an RTI query revealed about demonetisation.
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access_time11 days ago
On Sunday evening, Chief Election Officer Sunil Arora announced that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases starting on April 11th. The results will be announced on May 23rd. Ritika Chopra joins us to discuss updates on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and steps being taken to ensure that these elections are free and fair. Last, the Biju Janata Dal is likely to allocate 33 per cent of its Lok Sabha tickets to women.
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access_time14 days ago
On Thursday, The National Green Tribunal ordered automobile giant Volkswagen to pay Rs 500 crore as fine for “intentionally programming its diesel engines with cheat devices”. Kaunain Sheriff unpacks the "Dieselgate" controversy, how it made its way to India and why this is a landmark judgement. Maoist leader CP Jaleel was killed in a gunfight with Kerala Police’s Thunderbolt force on Thursday in Wayanad district. Vishnu Varma joins us to explain the significance of this Maoist attack. Last, how Hardik Patel has finally made the plunge into electoral politics.
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access_time15 days ago
Yesterday the Pakistan Army spokesperson said that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), the terrorist organization, is not in Pakistan. For our first story, Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, joins us to explain what this says about the relationship between the Pakistan government and its army. Next, we talk about the Rafale case. The Supreme Court is hearing a bunch of petitions filed against its December 14th verdict on the case. Prashant Bushan, one of the petitioners in the matter, is being accused by Attorney General KK Venugopal of using stolen documents to argue his case. Ananthakrishnan G, who reports on the courts and law for the Indian Express, joins us to tell what bearing this can have on the case. And last, we talks about a BJP MP attacking a BJP MLA with a shoe.
Shoe Assault video: https://bit.ly/2tQNzMi
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For our first story we talk about the first direct account of the Balakot Air Strike to come out from the Jaish-e-Mohammad's training camp. Nirupama Subramanian, the national editor at Indian Express, who reported on the story joins us to tell us about this account and what it reveals about the relationship between Jaish and the Pakistan Army. Next, Mallica Joshi, who reports on Delhi politics for the Indian Express, joins us to explain why the talks between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Delhi Congress for an alliance failed again and what it would mean for them in the coming elections. And last, we talk about Pakistan detaining 44 members of banned organisations, including two relatives of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.
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This Lok Sabha election, the youth may hold the key in as many as 282 seats across 29 states. Bureau Chief Ravish Tiwari joins us to explain why the sheer number of voters is significant and how they differ from previous generations. Next, Mihir Vasavda details how wrestler Narsingh Yadav's doping case has taken another turn with the CBI dismissing his sabotage theories. Last, what Jay Panda brings to the BJP in Odisha.
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access_time18 days ago
For our first story we talk about the political discourse post the Pulwama terror attack. Liz Mathew, who writes on the BJP for the Indian Express, explains how it has changed and how it will affect the BJP in the coming elections. Next, amidst talks about India not playing Pakistan in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, we look into how likely that is and the kind of pressure players are under these types of situations. Sriram Veera, who writes on Cricket for the Indian Express, joins us to talk about it. And last, 'Made in Amethi' rifles.
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access_time21 days ago
On Thursday, Pakistan's Prime minister Imran Khan announced that Pakistan will return Abhinandan Varthaman, the Indian Air Force pilot who is in its custody, back to India by Friday. Later that evening there was a press meet held by the Indian Armed Forces. In this episode, we look at the highlights of the press meet, the international responses to the situation and whether the situation between the two countries will finally de-escalate. Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, joins us.
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access_time22 days ago
Yesterday, the tensions between India and Pakistan escalated. In retaliation to India hitting Jaish-e-Mohammed biggest training camp in Pakistan on Tuesday, Pakistan violated India's airspace and attacked its military installations on Wednesday morning. The day proceed to see a number of new developments in the matter including an Indian Air Force pilot being captured by the Pakistan forces. In this episode we talk to Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, about the series of events, the international response regarding the situation and how things might proceed between the two countries.
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access_time23 days ago
Early on Tuesday morning, India hit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan in what it called a “non-military preemptive action”. Shubhajit Roy joins us to unpack what information we have of the air strike, explain its significance and why Pakistan has limited options to retaliate. Next, Ananthakrishnan G explains why the Supreme Court might recommend mediation between the parties in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Last, a ‘happiness therapy’ initiative that never took off.
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access_time24 days ago
Over three days, violence broke out in Arunachal Pradesh over the Permanent Residence Certificate controversy. Northeast correspondent Abhishek Saha explains what the controversy is about and why it flared up this week. Next, Tamil Nadu correspondent Arun Janardhanan joins us to discuss fraught political alliances in the state and why caste will play a role in these elections. Last, the Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party have announced a tie-up in two more states.
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access_time25 days ago
Yesterday, Prime Minister Modi launched the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by transferring the first installment of Rs 2,000 each to over one crore farmers. Rural affairs editor Harish Damodaran explains why direct income transfer in itself is a good idea but the PM KISAN scheme will not amount to much. We also discuss why the roll-out may take time and why launching the scheme in Gorakhpur is a strategic move before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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access_time28 days ago
For our first story, we talk about the announcement made by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to stop the water from the eastern rivers to flowing into Pakistan. This was positioned as response to the recent Pulwama terror attack where 40 CRPF personnel were killed. In this segment Amitabh Sinha joins us to talk about what this move means and to what extent it will affect Pakistan. Next, we talk to Shalini Nair about the hundreds of Adivasi and Dalit women coming to Delhi today to protest against gender based violence as part of the 'Garima Yatra' or Dignity March. And last, Pakistan bans Pakistan bans 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Jamat-ud-Dawa.
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access_time29 days ago
On Tuesday the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, landed in New Delhi on his first state visit to India and last night India and Saudi Arabia released a joint statement. For our first story Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, joins us to share the highlights of the joint statement. Next, as the Supreme Court orders Reliance Communications to pay Rs 453 to Ericsson, Shaleen Agrawal, the markets editor at the FinancialExpress.Com, joins us to talk about the case. And last, a new date for the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute case.
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Yesterday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan finally made a statement on the Pulwama terrorist attack, five days after the incident. Among other things, the PM said that the Pakistani government had been blamed for the attack, without any evidence. National editor Nirupama Subramanian joins us to discuss Imran Khan's statement. We then detail what options India has to retaliate to the attack, and whether any of these options would actually work.
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In 2016, Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested by Pakistani officials for allegedly being an Indian spy for RAW. With the ICJ hearings underway, we discuss the background of the case, followed by Shubhajit Roy discussing the developments at the ICJ hearing and why India's demands have changed. Next, Nirupama Subramanian joins us to explain why security for the Hurriyat leaders was removed and whether it's simply a political move. Last, why vandals were made to re-erect pillars in Hampi.
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Since the Pulwama terror attack on Thursday, India has held meetings with 25 countries, withdrawn the MFN status from Pakistan and raised the customs duty on all goods imported from it to 200 per cent. All in an attempt to strategically isolate Pakistan on a global level. India also had a conversation with US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, about the matter and his response was significantly different from the previous US administrations. In this episode, we look at in what way was this response different, how other countries have responded so far and how China affects Jaish-e-Mohammed's status and power. Senior Editor Shubhajit Roy, who reports on matters of foreign affairs for the Indian Express, joins us to give us insights.
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Yesterday in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwana district, a terrorist rammed a Scorpio SUV filled with explosives into a CRPF bus killing atleast 37 and injuring over 40 CRPF personnel. This is the deadliest ever terror strike against security forces in three decades of militancy in Kashmir. For our first story, Deeptiman Tiwary joins us to talk about the intelligence failure in the matter and its possible repercussions. Next, as the Supreme Court delivers a split verdict in the Delhi v/s Center case, Ananthakrishnan G joins us to explain the verdict and the tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the central government. And last, CBSE chief's message to students.
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In light of the CAG report on the Rafale deal, we unpack what the controversy is about. Next, Sushant Singh explains the highlights of the CAG report on the Rafale deal and why the revelations aren't really a shot in the arm for the Modi government or the Opposition. Last, we discuss what will happen to the bills that have not been passed in the Rajya Sabha like the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
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Yesterday, a tragedy took place in Delhi when a massive fire broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh killing 17 people. This included one woman and a child who tried to escape the fire by jumping out a window. In this episode, we look at how the fire started, whether the hotel had complied with the fire safety regulations and where does the problem with India's fire safety management lie. Sourav Roy Barman, who reports on the Delhi government and politics, joins us to answers these questions.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is slated to appear before the Parliamentary panel on Information Technology on February 25 to “examine” the issue of citizens’ rights on “social or online media”. Karishma Mehrotra joins us to explain the chain of events that led to the summons, what Twitter's response has been and whether other social media platforms will be affected. Next, Rahul Tripathi explains why India's sedition law has been criticised in the past and why the Government is not likely to dilute or scrap it. Last, we discuss why an FIR has been ordered on Arnab Goswami.
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The Congress and CPM-led Left Front on Saturday appeared to be heading for a tactical understanding in West Bengal for the Lok Sabha elections.The state leadership of both the Congress and CPM has been pushing for a tie-up, but the central leaders were ambivalent. Is the prospective alliance only based on anti-BJP sentiment? How is this complicated by the Congress and CPM rivalry in Kerala and how will seat sharing take place? Senior assistant editor Manoj CG, who covers the Congress for Indian Express joins us to explain.
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Yesterday, the RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee decided to cut its key policy rate, that is, it's repo rate, by 25 basis points, taking it from 6.5 per cent to 6.25 per cent. The decision has come as a surprise to a lot of people, as it was widely expected that the committee would not tinker with the repo rate. In this episode, P Vaidyanathan Iyer joins us to explain what does it say about the current economy and the new governor, whether this move has been made keeping the elections in mind and the kind of impact this decision will have on the economy.
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Yesterday Robert Vadra appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi for an interrogation in a money laundering case. For our first story, Deeptiman Tiwary joins us to tell us about the questions that the ED asked Vadra and the new things have come to light in the case. Next, we talk about a surprising new development in the Sabarimala matter. Ananthakrishnan G joins us to tell us about it. And last, why Mayawati has finally joined Twitter.
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Shares of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications have been crashing after the firm filed for insolvency. Shaleen Agrawal, Markets editor at the Financial Express, discusses what led to Reliance Communications going bankrupt and how Ericsson is involved. Next, Jay Mazoomdar explains why leopard spotting in urban areas has increased and what the ideal conflict mitigation method is. Last, Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel has decided to take a plunge into electoral politics.
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Since Monday morning, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been holding a dharna to protest the CBI's attempt to question police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams. Kolkata bureau chief Esha Roy unpacks the incident in the context of the bitter Mamata vs Centre rivalry. Next, senior editor Shubhajit Roy joins me to discuss what economic interests India has in Afghanistan and why America is planning to exit the country. Last, we discuss how the labour ministry is attempting to create employment opportunities for women.
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On Saturday, the government appointed Rishi Kumar Shukla as the new director of CBI for a term of two years. Shukla's appointment by the three person selection committee was not unanimous however. Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the opposition party, had opposed the nomination for a number of reasons. In our first segment, we look into Kharge's reasons. Next, as Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd is slapped with a penalty of Rs. 1585 crore in the Antrix-Devas case, we explain what the case is about and what exactly has the company been changed with. Deeptiman Tiwary joins us to explain both these matters. And last, we talk about the arrest and release of the Dalit scholar and civil rights activist Anand Teltumbde.
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For a special episode, we unpack the highlights of the budget and analyse why it is electorally important. Rural Affairs editor Harish Damodaran and Consulting editor Shaji Vikraman explain why it's a political budget, whether it will lead to macroeconomic stability and what they found interesting about the budget. Policy analyst Priyaranjan Dash explains why the 1lakh crore giveaway comes by way of a slip-up in the fiscal consolidation road-map.
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Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Narendra Modi-led government will present its final Union Budget in Lok Sabha today. Shaleen Agrawal, the Markets Editor for FinancialExpress.com, joins us to discuss what an interim budget is and what announcements we can expect. Next, Shaleen unpacks the Essar Steel bankruptcy case, which has become a test case for the newly-formed Insolvency and Bankruptcy code. Last, we discuss the Jind and Ramgarh bypoll results.
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As two members, including the acting chairperson, of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) quit after protesting the withholding of the Annual Survey on Employment and Unemployment for the year 2017-18, P Vaidyanathan Iyer joins us to explain the role of NSC and why the survey is being withheld. Next, as Ranjan Daimary and nine others are sentenced to life in the 2008 Assam serial blasts case, Abhishek Saha explains the involved of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and what had led to the incident. And last, Chanda Kochhar is sacked from ICICI bank.
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On Tuesday, the Center asked the Supreme Court to change the status of the land around the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site and return it to its "original owners". Liz Mathew joins us to explain the current status of the land and how it came to be. Next, Amrith Lal joins us to talk about the former union minister George Fernandes' career and what made him a socialist firebrand. And last, we look at Rahul Gandhi's new promise.
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Upping the ante for the Lok Sabha polls, Congress president Rahul Gandhi announced yesterday that if voted to power, his party will ensure a Minimum Income Guarantee. Chhattisgarh correspondent Dipankar Ghose joins us to explain what this entails. Next, Pradeep Kaushal discusses the BJP-Shiv  alliance. Last, why CM Kumaraswamy is threatening to resign.
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The BJP leadership has made it clear that West Bengal, which has 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, will be its top priority now. Liz Mathew, who covers the BJP for Indian Express, explains what factors they will take into account to gain ground in the state and what may work against them. After that, Arun Janardhanan discusses what the agenda for the PM's visit to Tamil Nadu and Kerala was, the yet to be confirmed AIADMK and BJP alliance and why the Modi government faces hostility in Tamil Nadu. Last, Novak Djokovic  became the first man to win the Australian Open seven times.
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As the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registers an FIR against the former CEO and MD of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar for alleged corruption and criminal conspiracy in connection with the Rs 3,250 crore loan case, we talk to Sandeep Singh about the latest developments in the matter. Next we speak to Indian Express's Deputy Editor, Sushant Singh, about how the Indian Air Force will soon have an alarmingly low number of squadrons of fighter aircrafts and what it should do about it. And last, we talk to Arun Janardhanan about Tamil actor Simbu's fans stealing milk.
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Yesterday, the Congress party appointed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the general secretary for the Uttar Pradesh East Region. This is being seen as Priyanka's active entry into politics. In this episode we look at what has brought about this decision now, how it might change things for the Congress in the state and what are the liabilities she comes with. Manoj CG joins us to answer these questions.
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On Monday, Syed Shuja, a self-proclaimed cyber expert claimed that EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) can be hacked and that BJP had won by a landslide in 2014 because of EVM hacking. This has brought EVMs back in the news and has raised concerns about their credibility again. In this episode we look at when the rhetoric of EVM tampering began, to what extent are the claims that they can be tampered with valid and are paper ballots a good alternative?
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On Saturday, leaders of 23 different opposition parties came together for the United India Rally in Kolkata, led by Mamta Banerjee, to project themselves as a 'Mahagathbandhan'. In this episode we try to look at whether an alliance such as this is likely to hold up, how alliances among political rivals have fared in the past and to what extent will this 'Mahagathbandhan' actually hurt the BJP. Manoj CG joins us to answer these questions and also explain why the notion of a grand alliance might be somewhat misplaced.
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For our first story we talk about this year's Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). Uma Vishnu joins us to tell us about the survey and share its biggest highlights this year. Next, as the Delhi High Court puts on hold the Delhi government’s plan for a measles rubella vaccination campaign across schools in the capital saying that the decision did not have the consent of parents, Abantika Ghosh joins us to talk about parental consent regarding vaccinations. And last, we about 'kulhads' being reintroduced to railway stations.
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Anand Mohan joins us to discuss what the chargesheet against JNU students contains and why former ABVP students allege that the JNU row was a ABVP ploy. Then, Ritika Chopra unpacks how educational institutes will have to accommodate the 10% EWS quota. Last, why Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
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With the sacking of the Indian hockey senior men's team captain Harendar Singh, hockey in India finds itself in another crisis. Mihir Vasavda joins us to discuss how this is hurting its chances of long-term growth. Next, Vishnu Verma explains how a viral Tik-Tok video drew attention to the sand-mining issue in Kerala. Last, how will the 10% EWS quota be implemented in private and central institutes?
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With the sacking of the Indian hockey senior men's team captain Harendar Singh, hockey in India finds itself in another crisis. Mihir Vasavda joins us to discuss how this is hurting its chances of long-term growth. Next, Vishnu Verma explains how a viral Tik-Tok video drew attention to the sand-mining issue in Kerala. Last, how will the 10% EWS quota be implemented in private and central institutes?
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