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Wali Ahmad


Ahmad is a Deputy Associate Editor based in New Delhi.
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Out of quarantine, student stares at 2000-km drive home, Rs 60,000 taxi bill
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

As per details released by Rajasthan’s Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Rohit Kumar Singh, 457 evacuees from Iran who were quarantined at the Army facility in Jaisalmer have been sent home to Srinagar and Ladakh in three batches over the last three days.

‘It’s now a question of survival’: Migrant workers from Seemanchal
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

As the government extended the lockdown by 19 more days, migrant workers from Seemanchal -- consisting of Kishanganj, Purnea and Kathihar in Bihar and Uttar Dinajpur in West Bengal -- are staring at a bleak future.

Kishanganj: Protest over exam cancellation turns violent, 15 students of Marwari college arrested
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

The students of Marwari College which is affiliated to Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University, Madhepura, were protesting against the cancellation and delay of BA Part-I examination just a day before it was to begin.

Seemanchal flood leaves trail of destruction, victims say govt relief slow
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

A week on, water has receded in the flood-hit Seemanchal region of Bihar and parts of West Bengal, but what is left behind is only wreckage, telling the stories of death and destruction. Apart from human lives, livestock have been lost and crops destroyed.

‘Seemanchal flood unprecedented’; rescue efforts yet to pick pace 
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Chakulia block in Uttar Dinajapur is also under the grip of flood. Water from the Mahananda river breached the NH 31 on Sunday marooning major part of the area. The power grid in Dalkola is under water, disrupting power supply in the entire region.

Flood wreaks havoc in Seemanchal, water enters homes, snaps communication links
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

Pankaj Dixit, District Magistrate of Kishanganj, said, “People are being moved to safer areas. We have set up relief camps. Teams from NDRF and SDRF are carrying out rescue and relief work.”

With Yogi Adityanath rising to become chief minister, who is the fringe now?
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

May be there was a sense of denial that the BJP would even consider Yogi Adityanath as the contender for the chief minister’s post. But then, victory is what matters in electoral politics.

From demonetisation to Modi factor, four questions the elections results have answered
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

We look to answer four questions these elections had thrown up.

After the Samajwadi fracas, can Akhilesh Yadav hold on his own?
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

In the SP stalwart's word, he expelled both the leaders to save the party.

Rahul Gandhi tightens the noose, but does he have anything conclusive on PM
Wed, Dec 14, 2016

Only time will tell whether it is a hit job by Rahul Gandhi or he actually has evidence to link the PM to corruption. But for now, the Congress seems to have unnerved the government.

Modi govt can’t just shrug off every criticism of demonetisation
Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Ever since the demonetisation scheme came into effect, the government has shrugged off every criticism as politically motivated, even calling these voices as anti-national and pro-black money.

Kashmir violence: Rajnath Singh’s statement suggests Centre could be biting the bullet on pellet guns
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Once fired, these lead loaded shots hit the soft parts of the body and eye being the delicate organ having soft tissues becomes the prime target.

Narendra Modi speech on Independence Day: ‘March to good governance will need sacrifices’
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

PM Modi said swarajya is about empowering citizens and improving their quality of life and that his government was committed to bring that change to every citizen of the country.

Gau Raksha: Narendra Modi has found a voice, and not without reason
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

PM Modi's remarks came after months of dithering and denial on such attacks by the Central and respective state governments.

Arvind Kejriwal vs Najeeb Jung: This fight is set for a long haul
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

Ever since Arvind Kejriwal returned with absolute majority in Delhi, his government has been locked in a power tussle with the LG.

Anandiben Patel resigns: Gujarat sees a redux of 2001, will another Modi emerge?
Tue, Aug 02, 2016

Anandiben's resignation bears an uncanny resemblance to circumstances which led to then chief minister Keshubhai Patel's exit as CM in 2001.

PM Narendra Modi is still silent, but cow vigilantism is a hot topic of discussion elsewhere
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Though it's the prerogative of the PM as to what and when to speak, his continued silence emboldens the cow vigilante groups which are operating with impunity.

Gurdip Singh case shows how Sushma Swaraj has made foreign ministry accessible to everyone
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

PM Modi is actively pursuing and dictating the government's foreign policy initiatives, but Swaraj has been instrumental in making the crucial ministry more responsive

Bihar’s Seemanchal counts the loss as flood destroys crop, snaps communication links
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

Continuous rain and rise in water levels in Mahananda, Kankai, Retua, Mechhi and Bakra rivers have caused massive flooding in this part of the state, with Seemanchal being the hardest hit.

As Rajnath Singh leaves for Islamabad, hopes for another window of opportunity
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Now that Home Minister Rajnath Singh is visiting Islamabad for the SAARC meeting, he doesn't seem to have the same advantage, conducive environment or euphoria created after that famous handshake.