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Rounak Bagchi


Rounak Bagchi is a Senior Sub-editor at He tweets @RounakBagchi1.

Daily Briefing: PM Modi, Biden to discuss Ukraine war, food security at Quad; BJP MP Arjun Singh returns to TMC
Mon, May 23, 2022

From PM Modi’s meeting with the Quad leaders to BJP MP Arjun Singh returning to the TMC, here are the top stories from today’s edition:

Daily Briefing: Finding religious nature not barred by 1991 law, says SC on Gyanvapi dispute; PM Modi warns those creating controversies over language
Sat, May 21, 2022

From the latest on the Gyanvapi mosque dispute, to PM Modi’s warning to those creating “new controversies” over Indian languages – here are today’s top stories. 

Daily Briefing: SC likely to hear plea challenging videography of Gyanvapi mosque; prices up as India bans wheat exports
Tue, May 17, 2022

A petition seeking videography of the Shahi Idgah Masjid adjacent to Krishnajanmabhoomi was recently moved in a local Mathura court for an assessment of the site “on the lines of (the) Gyanvapi mosque”.

Daily Briefing: India creates history, wins maiden Thomas Cup title; PM Modi in Nepal today
Mon, May 16, 2022

From India’s historic win at the Thomas Cup to a $60-million scandal involving loans and grants by an UN agency, here are the top stories from today’s edition.

Daily Briefing: UNSC calls Russian invasion of Ukraine a ‘dispute’; Tajinder Bagga gets protection from arrest till May 10
Sun, May 08, 2022

The Directorate of Estates under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has sent notices to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and the Indian Women Press Corps to vacate the bungalows allotted to them as their tenures will soon end.

Daily Briefing: Highway drama over Delhi BJP leader Tajinder Bagga’s arrest; Why state govts love the sedition law
Sat, May 07, 2022

With China deciding to postpone the Hangzhou Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held from September 10 to 25, in the face of rising Covid-19 cases, the Olympic Council of Asia is staring at a narrow window where no major championships are already scheduled to conduct its flagship event.

Explained: Impact of Russia-Ukraine war on Europe’s demography
Fri, May 06, 2022

With millions exiting Ukraine in face of the Russian invasion, we take a look at countries which have taken in the maximum number of refugees and how that might have an impact on the demography of the continent.

Daily Briefing: PM Modi to meet German Chancellor over Russia-Ukraine war; Ministries and the PM Speech tracker
Mon, May 02, 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke to The Indian Express on India's position on Russia, "massacres against the civilian population" in Ukraine, and fixing accountability for "war crimes".

Daily Briefing: PM Modi bats for local languages in courts; Parties got electoral bonds worth Rs 648.48 crore this April
Sun, May 01, 2022

Ravindra Jadeja has relinquished Chennai Super Kings captaincy, handing it back to MS Dhoni, following the team’s last IPL match, which they lost by 11 runs.

Daily Briefing: Keen on good ties with Pak but it must end terror, says Army Chief; Centre sells its stake in Pawan Hans
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

India's drive against doping in sports has received a setback with two of its track-and-field Tokyo Olympians, a male and a female, failing dope tests for using banned anabolic steroids and facing bans up to four years.

Daily Briefing: Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal returns to bureaucracy; IndiGo uses Indian navigation system to land aircraft
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

The Indian Air Force needs to prepare itself for intense and short duration operations at a moment’s notice, and also be ready for short swift wars and long standoffs, like the one in Eastern Ladakh, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari has said.

Daily Briefing: Emmanuel Macron wins France’s presidential election; PM Modi inaugurates projects worth Rs 20,000 crore in J&K
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Government wheat procurement in Punjab is set to fall to a 15-year low, with private purchases likely to cross five lakh tonnes (lt) for the first time since 2007.

Explained: Julian Assange extradition order and charges against the Wikileaks founder
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Assange has been wanted by the US since 2010 when WikiLeaks released nearly 4,00,000 documents called the Iraq War Logs from the US Department of Defense databases

Daily Briefing: GST council plans hiking rates of 143 items; Ministry flags Ukraine & Jahangirpuri coverage by TV channels
Sun, Apr 24, 2022

A day after Future Group’s proposed Rs 24,713 crore deal to sell its assets to Reliance Retail was rejected by a majority of lenders to flagship Future Retail Ltd, Reliance Industries, in a stock exchange intimation, has said that as such, the scheme of arrangement “cannot be implemented”.

Daily Briefing: UK PM Boris Johnson signs host of deals, calls PM Modi ‘khaas dost’; 2 Pakistani terrorists killed in J&K
Sat, Apr 23, 2022

Hyderabad MP and All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi speaks to The Indian Express about recent incidents of communal violence across the country, the BJP, and Opposition parties such as the AAP and the Congress.

Daily Briefing: SC halts demolition in Jahangirpuri; Recalling Aurangzeb, PM says fanaticism couldn’t deter India
Fri, Apr 22, 2022

Election strategist Prashant Kishor had reportedly proposed to the Congress leadership last year that a non-Gandhi as party president would have a “high” impact although the “viability” of such an option is “difficult”.

Daily Briefing: Bulldozers roll into Jahangirpuri in face of SC order; UK PM Boris Johnson begins visit to India
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

An overheated job market in the software and BPO space has triggered a surge in attrition rates at TCS and Infosys, the top two IT companies in the country by revenue, prompting tech companies to fall back on unconventional tactics in an attempt to retain talent.

Daily Briefing: Shehbaz Sharif writes to PM Modi, seeks peaceful ties with India; Sonia calls Prashant Kishor to plan Cong revival
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

Underlining that India has remained “unshakeable and resolute” despite “changing circumstances over thousands of years,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “our faith and culture is of harmony, equality and inclusivity”.

Daily Briefing: Time to resume India trade, says Pakistan’s top industrialist; TIFR asks staff not to post anti-govt content
Sat, Apr 16, 2022

At least four major government decisions in poll-bound Gujarat, two of which were taken by the Centre, have been rolled back following protests.

Daily Briefing: Shehbaz Sharif files nomination for Pak PM’s post; many states face power outage
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

Even as the government claims it is pulling out all the stops to avoid a nationwide power crisis, the worsening of fuel stocks at thermal stations is likely to cripple electricity supplies in the weeks ahead.

Explained: Who is Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister?
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Imran’s predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, runs the main opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

Daily Briefing: Imran Khan ousted as Pakistan’s PM, India rejects China’s proposal on pullback at Hot Springs
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

Sri Lanka’s economic distress and its ruling Rajapaksa family have achieved what many thought was impossible: bringing Sinhalese, Tamil, and Muslim together and, at least for now, uniting them in one cry: “Go Gota go”.

Daily Briefing: Central bank shifts priorities to tackle inflation; All above 18 can pay and get 3rd dose from Sunday
Sat, Apr 09, 2022

For TMC leader Babul Supriyo, more than his political rivals, his past in the BJP is being talked about as a hurdle in his attempt to get elected from the Ballygunge Assembly constituency, where a by-poll will be held on April 12.

Daily Briefing: Parliament clears crime ID Bill; ‘Untold Kashmir Files’, a short clip by J&K Police
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, while Delivering the inaugural speech at the India Education Summit 2022, organised by The Indian Express, said the youth of the country needed to be prepared to become job creators instead of job seekers, who become “global citizens” in the future.

Pakistan: A country where no Prime Minister has served a full term
Sun, Apr 10, 2022

Pakistan has experienced four military coups, with at least as many unsuccessful attempts, and spent more than three decades under military rule.