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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.

Postcard from Dadri: Bisara has become a dangerous word
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

Days after the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq over rumours of cow slaughter, Bisara, on the outskirts of Delhi, remains an area of darkness.

In Dadri alone, at least six active gau raksha outfits
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

Police said Deepak Sharma used his phone to film the skinning of a dead calf, circulated it widely and called the police thinking he had uncovered a cow-slaughter act.

Dadri lynching: Two brain surgeries later, murdered Akhlaq’s son fights for his life
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

22-year-old Danish was with his father Akhlaq when a mob dragged them out of their house following rumours that they had consumed beef.

How Samadhan Sena kept the communal pot boiling
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

The Samadhan Sena, unknown outside Dadri, was set up in June by Govind Chaudhary, a resident of Virpura village. His house in Virpura was locked on Wednesday as was the Sena’s office in Jarcha village.

Death on the highway: What the numbers say
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Every hour in 2014, 16 people died in 56 accidents in India, according to a ‘Road Accident Report’ by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. Type of accident: Hit-and-run accidents went up by 7.6% since 2013 — from 49,576 to 53,334. The number of people killed in such accidents went up Killer cities:  # 50 […]

Diesel-to-CNG conversion to cost dearly, taxi drivers look for alternatives
Fri, Sep 04, 2015

Malchand Chauhan, the owner of Expert CNG Solutions in Delhi, a company authorised to sell CNG kits for vehicles, maintained that diesel conversion is an expensive solution.

Discoms gave incomplete information, didn’t submit other data, says draft report
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

The draft report says discoms were slow to furnish records, did not submit sets of data for several financial years and gave incomplete information in some cases, said sources.

Six months of AAP govt: Jung vs Kejriwal, fake degree row, cheaper water
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had wiped out the Congress and BJP in Delhi, winning a staggering 67 of 70 seats – the largest ever margin in Delhi's electoral history.

The Perfect Murder: Book on Aarushi Talwar poses uncomfortable questions
Mon, Jul 27, 2015

Through two broad chapters on the investigation and the trial, Avirook Sen presents how the Talwars were hit with a double whammy: a shoddy and insensitive investigation by the UP Police and the CBI and what Sen believed was a premeditated judgment.