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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed an investigation into US President Donald Trump's ties with Russian officials. FBI chief James Comey's formal announcement of the probe follows months of reports quoting anonymous government officials on the FBI-led, multi-agency probe into communications between Trump allies and Moscow in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh might have been a surprise to many, but it's hardly a shock, writes Sandip Roy. The move shows the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is no longer worried about coating its Hindutva politics with the rhetoric of development. Rather it is basking in a newfound confidence.

A day after Yogi Adityanath took oath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Amnesty International India, in a statement released by its director Aakar Patel, has demanded he should publicly withdraw the communal remarks he has made against Muslims in the past.

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In a historic merger, Vodafone and Idea Cellular are coming together to create the biggest market leader in India, the country with the largest telecom market after China. The combined 394-million subscriber base of India's second and third largest telcos will overtake Bharti Airtel's 270 million and bring the merged company to the second spot globally.

Former Chief Election Commissioners SY Quraishi and HS Brahma called for a rollout of the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system to silence all the doubts raised by politicians about the tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

According to a report sent by the Bangladesh government to the Union home ministry, in 2016 there was a threefold spike in infiltration by terror groups into India over the numbers of 2015. A majority of the groups entered India through the border states of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura.

Off The Front Page

India ranked 122nd, behind terror-prone Pakistan and Nepal, which is struggling with poverty, in the global list of the happiest countries, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 released on Monday. India has slipped four positions from its previous rank of 118 this year.

In a chilling reminder of the lynching of a man in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, in 2015 over suspicions of keeping beef at home, the manager of a Jaipur hotel was laid siege to by cow vigilantes over rumours of serving beef. He alleged that police brought him back among the protesters from custody "to calm them down", where he was assaulted by the mob.

Women employees of the central government who file complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace now have the option of getting 90 days' paid leave during while the inquiry is on under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

Opinion

In the BJP'a campaign for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, all the components associated with so-called vikas, or development, were associated with the project of Hindutva, Seema Chisti writes in The Indian Express.

An editorial in Mint comes down strongly on the idea of a Hindutva-proponent like Yogi Adityanath as the new chief minister of the country's most populous state. Such a vision, it says, is antithetical to the notion of a constitutional republic.

In The Telegraph, Ruchir Joshi points out that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP have finally thrown off their disguises and shown their true colours by selecting Yogi Adityananth, notorious for his divisive communal politics, as a leader of one of India's most important states.

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