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Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border refrain: Will wait 20 more days, after that…
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

All have more than felt the pinch of the demonetisation gambit effected a month ago, struggling to cope with the shortage of cash.

In Faizabad and Ayodhya, cash move faces first test — college elections
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

The December 8 college elections are important, as a morale-booster before the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections early next year. And, with the Ayodhya seat as the prize, every bit helps.

Cash crunch in SP home turf, BJP puts up brave face, confident of poll gains
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

In 2002 and 2007, the BJP had won the Mainpuri seat, one of four assembly seats in the district. In 2012, the seat went to the SP.

In Uttar Pradesh village, nervous staff, angry lines: ‘Have to withdraw money at any cost’
Fri, Dec 02, 2016

On pay day in rural Uttar Pradesh, the bank queues are longer, bank officials nervous and the policemen on guard extra-cautious.

From the Heartland: Tourist flung notes, asked how currency could be declared invalid overnight
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Demonetisation outside the Taj: tourists angry, exchange counters shut, curio shops offer discounts, guides missing.

Uttar Pradesh: Donations dry up at temples, dargahs; anger over media ‘lies’
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

With Uttar Pradesh heading into arguably its most polarised elections ever, the shock of demonetisation is also manifesting in contempt for the media across this area.

UP polls: Parties say BJP setting agenda; voters praise end but ask how long do we suffer the means?
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Demonetisation enters third week, The Indian Express travels through poll-bound UP to listen to the lines.

The sugar test: Demonetisation couldn’t have come at a worse time for those in jaggery business
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

From the production units in Shamli to the markets in Delhi and the middlemen in between, how the cash crunch is choking the supply lines. Photographs by Abhinav Saha.

Demonetisation: SBI report had clues to possible currency pullback in March
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

Report had cited an ‘unusual rise’ in currency with public, an estimated 25 per cent YoY rise in April-Jan FY16.

At 78, Sheila Dikshit readies for another big fight in Uttar Pradesh
Fri, Jul 15, 2016

Dikshit has had an illustrious political career including union cabinet posts and more importantly, an uninterrupted 15-year-rule in the national capital.

Why Kairana is new frontier in UP poll politics: Pot simmered before ‘lists’
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

For over a month now, communal clashes have been keeping the administration and police of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli on tenterhooks.

Day after NDMC officer was killed, office of L-G sought action on complaint against him
Thu, Jun 23, 2016

Khan was shot dead outside his house in Jamia Nagar on May 16 by two motorcycle-borne assailants.

Odd-Even scheme: High compliance but more commuters switched to 2nd car, says MIT study
Sun, May 01, 2016

Analysis of the data from this research project was published in The Indian Express after the first round of the road rationing policy between January 1 and January 15.

VAT reduction in Delhi budget: can populist move increase revenues?
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said in his budget speech that his Rs 46, 600 crore budget was financed primarily from Delhi's own tax revenue of Rs 36, 525 crore.

One solution for Delhi’s air problem: Autorickshaw with diplomatic plate
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

Outside the main gate was an autorickshaw, painted white, bearing a diplomatic number plate and flying the flag of Mexico. The driver was wearing a suit and the passenger was Mexican Ambassador Melba Pria.

On the ground, a flood: Dog squads to welders to artistes
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

It was all about music practice sessions, bomb detection dog squads, scurrying volunteers and the ceaseless clamour of tonnes of metal being hammered, welded, cut and assembled.

Parliament watch: Quoting wisdom from 40 BC, misquoting Kashmiri poet
Thu, Feb 25, 2016

This widely quoted statement of Cicero was perhaps made in the Roman parliament around 40 BC in response to the attempts of Roman senator Lucicus Catiline to overthrow the Republic.

Rohith Vemula, Kanhaiya Kumar: Tale of 2 students, 1 protest
Wed, Feb 24, 2016

What was planned as a march to protest the death of Rohith dovetailed into one demanding the release of Kanhaiya, now in Tihar Jail facing charges of sedition.

Delhi: Top cop Bassi not quite at home in last reception as host
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia skipped the reception.

Fight for Delhi: Centre of the tussle
Tue, Feb 09, 2016

Delhi’s tussle with the Centre over governance of various bodies of administration has been a problem since early ’90s when the then Union Territory was made the National Capital Territory with partial powers of a state.

Caste came up in 3 suicide probes at Hyderabad University
Mon, Feb 08, 2016

The HRD Ministry wants a judicial commission to probe the events that led to the suicide on January 17 of Vemula.

Rohith’s friends echo his story of struggle: ‘Don’t touch them, don’t play with them…’
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Dontha Prashanth, Vijay Kumar, Seshaiah Chemudagunta and Sunkanna Velpua continue to sit in protest at the University of Hyderabad, like they were doing on the day their friend Rohith Vemula committed suicide. The four friends of Rohith, fellow Dalits and PhD students, were suspended by the university along with him. Apart from the four, Rohith […]

Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula: The student, the leader
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

How a boy who loved science, impressed with his English and worried only about the environment grew into the angry young man demanding answers on identity and caste.

First red flag raised month before Rohith Vemula’s suicide, was ignored
Fri, Jan 22, 2016

A day after his death, Rohith’s friends — Dontha Prashant, Vijay Kumar, Seshaiah Chemudagunta and Sunkanna Velpua — found a photocopy of the letter “in a book”.

Rohith Vemula suicide: Dalit professors threaten to quit, campus tries to lower heat
Thu, Jan 21, 2016

According to the Forum, Irani Wednesday said a senior Dalit professor was part of the executive council sub committee that took the decision to suspend the students including Vemula.

Odd-even scheme: In capital of entitlement, awareness, heavy fine drove ‘90%’ compliance
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

The jury may still be out on the short-term pollution control mechanism, but for the first fortnight of 2016, a majority of Delhi’s car owners persisted in following the policy.

Odd-even scheme —What worked and what needs to be done
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

At the end of the 15 day policy, the Indian Express looks back at what worked and what can be improved.

Delhi’s polluted air, the diagnosis and the prescription
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

Along with vehicles, construction and industries, the study has identified road dust, coal-based tandoors and concrete batching as major sources of air pollution in Delhi.

Tandoors, burning of solid waste adding to dirty Delhi air: IIT study
Wed, Jan 13, 2016

According to the report, a complete ban on MSW burning can almost bring emissions from this source to zero and possibly see an improvement of 5-10 per cent in air quality.

Even on Day Two, Delhi’s clean air plan seems to work
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

"Mere rules can not change anything, change of mindset is needed which we aimed at through implementation of odd-even formula," said Rai.

Delhi on Day One: The Oddacity of Hope
Sat, Jan 02, 2016

How politics, duty, and some trust got together to flag off the odd-even.

Happy New Odd, Happy New Even Year
Fri, Jan 01, 2016

Most polluted city in the world wakes up today — to change. All eyes on 15-day Delhi pilot plan for odd and even cars on alternate days.

Mexico City to Delhi, she has a bike and some lessons to clear the air
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Mexican envoy warns against quick fixes, says their 1989 car policy is only a ‘small cog in a larger plan’

The Mexican roadmap
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

It took Mexico City over two decades to reduce pollution by strictly enforcing several measures. Mexico’s ambassador to India Melba Pria tells Apurva how the city achieved this and lessons Delhi can learn.

BJP leader’s son among 15 named in Dadri lynching chargesheet
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

The chargesheet names Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader, and cousin Shivam as the main conspirators who led the mob to Akhlaq’s house and assaulted the family.

Chennai floods: Food, shelter, rescue — via a website
Thu, Dec 03, 2015

According to Balakrishnan, the website quickly gained momentum, and soon volunteers even began eyeballing calls for help.