India has asked top Web firms to take off links to ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, a mysterious ‘game’ in which shadowy ‘curators’ egg young players on to commit suicide. Well over 100 suicides around the world have been blamed on the challenge.
Art of Living argument in NGT is hinged on a catch: wetlands get their identity only through notification by govt under Rules. The Rules have been around since 2010, but not one wetland has been notified yet.
On July 28 last year, a heavy overnight downpour dumped 51 mm of rain on the city, resulting in the flooding of many low-lying neighbourhoods, especially in the south and the east.
Sexed semen technology is about preselecting the sex of offspring by sorting or separating the X-sperms from Y-sperms. The aim is to deliver freedom from male calves, by ensuring that cows are inseminated by semen containing only X-chromosome-bearing sperms.
The first such Presidential Order was issued on January 26, 1950. This was replaced by another Presidential Order (the ‘mother’ order), which applied several provisions of the Indian Constitution to J&K with substantial changes, amendments and provisos.
A petition of enormous significance to Jammu & Kashmir and its relationship with the Indian Union is currently before the Supreme Court. Under what terms and conditions did the former princely state accede to India? How was that agreement overridden? A look at the past and present of a fraught relationship.
China’s great strength is part steel and part illusion. The dragon may indeed breathe fire — but it has enough teeth and claws missing to not want to fight.
In his Independence Day speeches, Narendra Modi has repeatedly used the words ‘sister’, ‘brother’ and ‘team’. The Prime Minister’s rhetorical technique is inherent in populism, a version of politics that crystallises when a leader tries to relate directly to ‘his’ nation, circumventing institutions in the worst-case scenarios.
The RBI was taking a hit on account of having provided foreign exchange guarantees for bank deposits from overseas Indians under the Foreign Currency Non-Resident Accounts or FCNR(A) scheme — which had been designed in the 70s to boost India’s balance of payments situation.
The central bank has said it will transfer Rs 30,659 crore to the govt in 2016-17, half of the Rs 65,876 crore it gave in 2015-16. Who decides the amount? How is it important? The Indian Express explains.
Disruptions reduced the time for deliberations; Session had its share of controversies as well. Lok Sabha worked for approximately 70% of its scheduled time, and Rajya Sabha for about 73%.
Former Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav has rebelled against his party chief Nitish Kumar for leaving the grand alliance in Bihar to join hands with the BJP. Indian Express summarises the journey of India’s socialist leaders who are probably best known for going their separate ways.
What is a shell company? This is probably the first time that the regulator has issued a circular naming as many as 331 listed firms as suspected shell companies. Why are they being investigated?
At the end of the 58th and final morcha in Mumbai on Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a slew of measures that acknowledged the movement’s focus on economic progress.
In Pilibhit, tigers have killed 6 people over the last 3 months. Classic elements of man-animal conflict, plus site-specific triggers, have made one of India’s youngest tiger reserves one its worst conflict zones
Preschools are ubiquitous in India’s villages, shows a comprehensive new survey that watched 14,000 children over 5 years. But the benefits they bring are often dependent on factors such as the quality of early education, child’s gender and education level of mother.
A J&K Police survey found 209 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by militants since 1989, leading to the registration of 140 cases in police stations across the Valley. Years later, chargesheets had been filed in only 24 cases. The festering wound of Pandit migration has remained a reason why even genuine political demands of Kashmiri Muslims continue to be viewed through a communal prism.
‘Pakistan wants to have us as a client state... It is too offensive for words, but we know it for what it is,’ says Afghanistan National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar
The life and philosophy of Deen Dayal Upadhyay has been celebrated since the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014, and gained momentum after the party’s triumph in the UP Assembly elections earlier this year.
Heat-related deaths have fallen from 2,000 in 2015 to just 222 this summer. Simple, determined steps, costing virtually nothing, by NDMA, states achieved remarkable success. The Indian Express tells the story
The Central Board of Secondary Education, Manipal University, Rajasthan Administrative Services and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bengaluru are some of the institutes that use this method of assessment, apart from Mumbai University.
The Indian Express explains The Hague Convention and why India has been reluctant to ratify it despite repeated recommendations from courts and Law Commission
Nearly 60,000 farmer suicides in the last 30 years in India can be linked to warming, says a new study
Two iconic tech entrepreneurs, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk, hold diametrically opposite views on the impact of artificial intelligence on humanity. AI’s potential is revolutionary, it’s already a part of our lives in many ways. What lies ahead? The Indian Express sums up the issues in the debate.
The general finding that temperature appears more significant than rainfall in determining suicide rates, is consistent with work from other parts of the world, where agricultural yields are shown to be more affected by temperature than they are by rainfall.
As a new academic season opens across India, a committee of mental health and public health professionals, revisit their Psychosocial Study of Ragging in Selected Educational Institutions in India.
The 2015 draft DNA Fingerprinting Bill is back in a new version, and includes some important additions and deletions. What are they? What is the need for such a law in the first place, and what are the problems with having one?
V K Krishnan is answering questions on GST from the readers of The Indian Express. A selection of questions and answers will be published in these columns.
The hijackers were arrested on September 30, 1981 after Pakistani commandos entered the plane. There were no deaths or injuries. The men spent three years in a military prison, and were put on trial for the hijack in 1984. They were sentenced to life imprisonment on January 20, 1986.
On Tuesday, the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe finalised an agreement to sell an 80% stake of the Hambantota Port's operations for $1.1 billion to China Merchant Ports Holding Company Ltd, which also has the contract for the Colombo Port.
In just over a month, retail prices of tomato have gone from about Rs 20 per kg to Rs 70 per kg (all-India modal average as per Department of Consumer Affairs data), after staying at Rs 10-12/kg through May and early June. Why has this happened?
The question civil society activists have been asking since the Tailin Lyngdoh incident is: given that DGC cannot probably survive without government benevolence, does this not make it a ‘public authority’? And, if that is the case, how can it have rules that are essentially unconstitutional?
The design of the GST will itself ensure compliance through a self-policing mechanism. Because of the integration of the value chain from raw material to retail under the GST, buyers of goods and services will only procure this from compliant suppliers who issue a tax invoice — for, otherwise, the buyer cannot avail of input tax credit.
The most expensive commodity that the Golden Temple kitchen purchases is desi ghee — around Rs 4 lakh worth of desi ghee is used in the kitchen every day. At the rate of 12%, the GST on ghee alone will work out to Rs 1.75 crore, the SGPC has calculated.
One is a veteran journalist who has watched the India-China engagement for six decades, and disagrees strongly with the official Indian narrative. The other was India’s Ambassador to China until 2016, and has been one of New Delhi’s key negotiators with Beijing. The Indian Express put the same set of questions to both.
PDP is talking up ‘riders’ in the extension of GST to J&K, but it seems clear that the state’s special status has been encroached upon. Meanwhile a Presidential Order from 1954, which also forms the basis of the GST Order, faces a legal challenge. Jammu & Kashmir and India are at a constitutional crossroads of critical importance.
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