In his first speech as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Monday, Rahul Gandhi set the tone for the new Parliament, his aggression reflecting the changed power equations in the House. Manoj CG brings you the main takeaways from his speech.

Meanwhile, his repeated potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi riled up the Treasury Benches and prompted the PM and his senior Cabinet to intervene and counter him repeatedly. Here’s what they said.

PM Modi is likely to respond to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in Parliament today. Follow our live blog for latest updates.

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The Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita (BNSS) has replaced the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973. However, at least two of the key changes it brings fly in the face of landmark Supreme Court judgments on these issues. We explain.

Festive offer

β€œMy mind was clear that kaise bhi karke pakad he lena hai (come what may, have to catch it).”

In a tell-all interview a day after his once-in-a-lifetime catch, cricketer Suryakumar Yadav reflects on the momentous events at the T20 World Cup final and what it meant for him and the team.

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The loss of an estimated 2,250 chital β€” Kuno’s prime cheetah prey β€” has confounded the Project Cheetah team. The authorities have reached an in-principle decision to shift surplus cheetahs from the national park to Gandhi Sagar wildlife sanctuary.

After the video of a man and a woman being whipped, kicked and punched at a “salishi sabha (kangaroo court)” in West Bengal’s Uttar Dinajpur sparked outrage, police had lodged a suo motu case. They have now invoked sterner sections of attempt to murder and molestation against the accused, a TMC functionary.

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In the early hours of June 25, ten Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, faced a nightmare when their routine fishing trip turned chaotic, resulting in the death of a Sri Lankan Navy officer. While the Sri Lankan authorities attribute the officer’s death to ‘aggressive manoeuvres’ by the Indian fishermen resisting seizure, the fishermen tell a different story.

The dismissal of over 100 employees at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) campuses, followed by the retraction of the order, has raised concerns about the stability of one of India’s leading higher educational institutions. What was the controversy all about and is the issue resolved now. We explain.

In today’s opinion piece, KR Meera discusses the UAPA case against Arundhati Roy, arguing that it underscores the continued relevance of writers in India. She contends, β€œThis government still believes in the writer’s power to transform the nation, exceeding their own. Isn’t that what all authors β€” living, dead, exiled, and murdered β€” all over the world wrote for?” she says.

πŸ”΄ And finally

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has joined Project Nexus, a multinational initiative aimed at facilitating instant cross-border retail payments by linking domestic Fast Payments Systems across participating countries. We explain the project and list the countries that have joined this platform.

Delhi Confidential: Rahul Gandhi’s maiden speech as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha was keenly watched by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, and sister, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Meanwhile, the Army recently sent a message to its personnel that despite having a policy, laying down the rules for “wearing trinkets and religious symbols in uniform”, many personnel have been found not adhering to the rules.

🎧 In today’s episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss how an interfaith relationship led to the demolition of 6 houses in UP’s Moradabad. We also cover the preservation of private papers belonging to public personalities in the Prime Minister’s Museum and Library. Tune in!

Until next time,

Sonal Gupta and Aradhana Kalia

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