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Manraj Grewal Sharma


She is the Resident Editor, Chandigarh newsroom.

‘Make in India with Bulgaria, the gateway to Europe’
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

"Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers and exporters of rose oil. Almost every renowned brand of perfume contains a drop of oil produced from Bulgarian roses. We also rank no. 1 in lavender production."

All agrarian movements resulted in political upheavals… PM must learn from history: Ashwani Kumar
Sat, Mar 13, 2021

Former union law minister and Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Ashwani Kumar says, "All agrarian movements have resulted in political upheavals, be it the pagdi sambhal agitation of 1907 and the Champaran satyagraha of 1930s. The PM must learn from history and not stand on prestige."

Sonia has capacity to sacrifice, will do right thing to unite secular forces: Ashwani Kumar
Sat, Mar 13, 2021

The veteran Congressman said he remained optimistic about the future of the party despite the rumblings within.

Sukhbir Singh Badal Interview: ‘Modi will emerge a much stronger leader if he withdraws farm laws’
Fri, Mar 12, 2021

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal talks about the reforms needed in Indian agriculture, the need to repeal the farm laws and SAD's strategy in run-up to the assembly polls.

Decades ago, when Centre-Akalis stalemate plunged Punjab into violence
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

What are the 42 demands Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was alluding to? How did the failure of talks between the Centre and Akali Dal plunge the state into what is now called the dark decade of militancy?

Some goons shamed us, don’t use it to negate pain of farmers: Amarinder Singh
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Speaking to The Indian Express, Amarinder Singh said, "The Red Fort incident cannot and should not be used by BJP or anyone else to negate the pain of the farmers, who have been camping out in the bitter Delhi cold for more than two months now. Can’t the BJP see their tears?"

How talks froze: Centre says we yielded, farmers insist repeal was always key demand
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Govt-farmer talks: This lack of movement has hardened the divide and poses the main challenge as both sides work on their next steps.

Reports of disquiet in Punjab; Govt looks at MSP, redressal assurances
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

Hopeful of breaking the deadlock Saturday when the talks will resume, sources said the government was willing to even give a written assurance to farmers on the continuance of MSP and the manner of procurement to farmers.

Maharani Jindan Kaur: ‘One of the most remarkable characters of 19th century history’
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

Maharani Jindan Kaur, the last wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, waged an unending struggle against the British.

Explained: What Punjab’s three new farm Bills say, and what they seek to achieve
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

A special session of the Punjab Assembly on October 20 rejected the Centre's three farm laws and passed its own amendment Bills removing Punjab from the ambit of the central laws.

Meticulously planned, Uma Bharti took onus: Justice Liberhan on Babri Masjid demolition
Fri, Oct 02, 2020

The Liberhan Commission, set up in 1992 to probe the Babri Masjid demolition, had, in its report submitted in 2009, pointed to the involvement of senior RSS and BJP leaders, including L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

Explained: Why three farm bills have pushed the Akali Dal to quit Modi cabinet
Sun, Sep 27, 2020

Peasantry forms the backbone of the Akali Dal vote-bank in Punjab. Earlier this week, Sukhbir Badal summed it up when he said, "Every Akali is a farmer, and every farmer is an Akali."

Explained: The nature of the cyber security threat from China
Thu, Sep 17, 2020

The working of the authoritarian regime in which the communist party, government, and military, as well as the worlds of business and academia are closely linked, provide a unique advantage to Beijing compared with democracies around the world.

Explained: Understanding India-China 5 point action plan to reduce LAC tension
Wed, Sep 16, 2020

The Indian Express speaks to Maj Gen Prof G G Dwivedi (retd), who has commanded troops in this sector and served as Defence Attaché in China, to put the India-China talks in perspective.

Explained: In India-China border standoff in Ladakh, why Chushul sector is critical
Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Chushul has an airstrip, and its connectivity by road to Leh gives it a unique operational vantage. Indian troops have now secured the ridgeline in this sub-sector that allows them to dominate the Chushul bowl on the Indian side, and Moldo sector on the Chinese side.

Explained: The origin and evolution of India’s military ties with Nepal
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Soldiers from Nepal form a significant part of the Indian Army’s legendary Gurkha regiment. Here is a brief explainer on the origin and evolution of these ties.

Ladakh through a bifocal lens: a short zoom-in, zoom-out history
Tue, Sep 01, 2020

Ladakh history: A short primer on the region, its history, and some of the places where Indian soldiers are locked in conflict with the Chinese army.

The military ties that bind India and Nepal
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Both the officers and troops of the 2 neighbours are fiercely proud of their war cry ‘Jai Maha Kali, Ayo Gorkhali’ , the khukri, and their command over Gurkhali language.

Rattan Lal: ‘Soil a living being, can boost farm output, mitigate climate change’
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Health of the soil is like the health of a human being. Soil is a bank account — you can’t withdraw more than you put in. So look after your soil.

IAF says ‘well prepared, suitably deployed’, analysts say India has geographical advantage in air power
Sun, Jun 21, 2020

Analysts told The Sunday Express that although IAF enjoys a geographical advantage over air power, any decision on its use will have to be taken after careful consideration by the government.

Build global pressure on China, keep talks going: ex-diplomats
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

Terming it PM Narendra Modi’s Nehru moment of 1962, K C Singh, a former diplomat, said China has been planning this incursion for a while but India seems to have been caught by surprise.

Amarinder Singh on LAC showdown: ’20 men need a response… it is an insult to Army’
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

The Punjab Chief Minister said he was against “this policy of appeasement. India must maintain its integrity of territory”.

Why no arms? Congress, Govt battle ahead of meet today
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh too weighed in and sought answers while former Generals that The Indian Express spoke too had their own observations on practices on the Line of Actual Control, clauses in border agreements and the implementation on the ground.

General Bikram Singh: ‘Political efforts shouldn’t lull us into complacency’
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

The former Army chief called for rightsizing the Army with state-of-the-art equipment --- by not only reducing manpower and pruning existing structures but also augmenting manpower and creating new structures where necessary.

Gen V P Malik: ‘Be ready for a long haul if talks don’t yield results’
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Gen Malik, who led the Army in evicting Pakistani intruders from the Kargil heights in 1999, said, “The Chinese occupation was premeditated and it is apparent from their statements that they are in no mood to withdraw.”