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Terror games

Hafiz Saeed walks free again, posing another question mark on Pakistan’s commitment to tackle extremism

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Two leaves and a party

The symbol connects AIADMK with the charismatic leaders of its past at a time when it is searching for a new centre

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Let’s talk filters

Social media giants need robust self-regulation so that no government has an excuse to interfere with the internet

Resetting the bar

With provisions that curb discredited investors, amended bankruptcy code will deal with stressed assets better.

Access denied

FCC’s proposal to roll back net neutrality strikes at the very philosophy which has powered the growth of the internet.

Follow the machine

Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to Sophia, an android. For some regimes, robots make the best people.

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November 24, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Train Tragedy

The Delhi-bound Ahmedabad Mail derailed near Rewari Junction in Haryana and the accident is believed to be due to sabotage.

November 23, 1977, Forty Years Ago

Prime Minister Morarji Desai criticised those who decline to co-operate with the commission of inquiry now probing Emergency excesses.

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Opening the door

Justice Dalveer Bhandari’s election to the International Court of Justice is a resonant moment for non-P 5 members of UN

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Not by force

Officials using coercion to implement Swachh Bharat Mission are going against PM’s goal of turning mission into movement

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This will not offend

A guide to making a creative work that will not invite censorship, bans or ‘hurt sentiments’

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He also scores runs

Virat Kohli sets his sights high — and he promises to lift the team up with him.

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Rohingya diplomacy

India struggles to find the right tone with Myanmar. It could learn from China.

November 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Cyclone toll rising

Reports from Andhra Pradesh put the toll in the cyclone at over 7,000. There is wide apprehension that it may cross 10,000 as reports of death continue to pour in. A big chunk of the affected area is still cut off from all communications and when these are opened up, more harrowing facts may come […]

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Terms of unfreedom

Controversy over ‘Padmavati’ recalls a familiar truth: Political parties in India see no percentage in protecting creative freedom.

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The learned machine

Radiologists become an endangered species as a Stanford algorithm surpasses their diagnostic abilities.

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November 21, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata brainstorming

The two-day “brainstorming session” of the Janata Party members, organised by Piloo Mody and others, recommended ways and means to bring about complete integration of the constituent groups of the Janata Party. Some of the major recommendations are: The retrograde quota system in the important bodies of the party and the government should be scrapped. […]

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An intolerable toll

Data on pellet gun injuries underlines need for accountability and reparations in J&K. CM, Centre must act on their words.

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Undoing the deal

Cancellation of purchase of ATGMs from Israel revives questions about defence modernisation and preparedness.

November 20, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Janata ginger group

The group’s first meeting was inaugurated by Acharya Kripalani. At the inaugural session were Janata MPs such as S.N. Mishra, Viren Shah, Brahm Prakash, Samar Guha, H Bahadur, Vinod Seth, RK Amin, Prasannbhai Mehta and Ram Jethmalani.

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Before 2020

Friction over finances forced the Bonn conference to stretch more than half-a-day beyond its scheduled closing date. The CoP 23 declaration did finally mention financial and technology transfers. But that is, at best, a procedural victory for the developing countries.

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Infinite regression

History is irrelevant to Padmavati, a fictional feature about an ahistorical figure. But that is an irrelevant fact in Raje’s Rajasthan which is taking giant strides backward when it comes to matters involving freedom of expression.

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A beginning, an end

Coup in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe could lead on to a democratic transition — or intensify authoritarianism

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Sex isn’t scandal

Those trying to make an issue of consensual sex to taint political opponents reveal how out of touch they are

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A step up

Big lesson for India from sovereign credit rating upgrades: Stay the course on macroeconomic stability

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November 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Summons to Indira Gandhi

The Shah Commission was officially stated that in the absence of any such intimation for which no time limit has been fixed by the commission, it is presumed that Mrs Gandhi will present herself for examination

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Lagging behind

The Malcolm Turnbull-led government did not take the legislative route to bring about social change, even if such a law would have reflected the will of the people.

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Yogi abdicates

The state claims the monopoly over the legitimate use of violence on the assumption that it will assure citizens’ right to live and speak freely, without fear.

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Three down

Thomas Chandy, the NCP’s nominee to the ministry, could have quit as transport minister when the Kerala High Court reprimanded him for challenging a government report earlier this week.

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November 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Sushma Sacked

An official announcement about Swaraj’s dismissal did not divulge the reasons. It only disclosed that the portfolios held by her — housing, jails, architecture, printing and stationery and cultural affairs — have been taken over by the chief minister.

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A plan for Asia

In Manila, PM signalled commitment to a rules-based order. India must bridge gap between promise and performance

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Mapping illness

New report addresses need for data on the country’s disease burden, identifies challenges for policymakers

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Sweet success

After a bitter inter-state food fight, West Bengal celebrates its equivalent of the return of the Kohinoor diamond

November 16, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Carter’s India Visit

The former Lt-Governor of Delhi, Kishan Chand, told the Shah Commission that he had ordered the requisitioning of Vishwa Yuvak Kendra during the Emergency on instructions from Indira Gandhi.

My right to clean air

I am tired of blame games. I have drafted a private member’s bill on an issue that concerns us all

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A lack of fit

In Delhi’s pollution crisis, National Green Tribunal again ventures into policy-making, undermines its own authority