U.R. Rao's work laid the foundation for India's satellite programme

Capping stent prices may affect indigenous research, innovation

Mithali's team stole not only hearts but eyeballs as well

More than the Doklam issue, Bhutan worried about hydropower deficits

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A power struggle looms

UP’s ambitious plans may pull down Centre’s 24×7 ‘Power for All’ scheme

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Danger at Dolam

Current India-China standoff bears a resemblance to the dispute that sparked the 1962 war. But let’s not stretch the analogy

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A concert at sea

Malabar-17 demonstrates enhanced interoperability among the navies of Japan, India and the US — and a shared determination to safeguard a free and open Indo-Pacific

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Not saying it

The Prime Minister’s message on violence in the name of the cow is still less pointed, less blunt

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July 18, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Nepal’s proposal

Vajpayee had promised the leaders in Kathmandu that India would consider the proposal with an open mind

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Kashmiriyat lives

A generation has grown up amid violence. Yet, the state can fall back on its heritage of tolerance, confluence

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The People Are Watching

Government has an opportunity to enhance use of social audit to monitor schemes

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Roger Federer’s Wimbledon victory: 8 & 19

How Roger Federer at Wimbledon became everyone’s favourite tennis story

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An uphill fight

Health ministry’s plan to wipe out malaria by 2027 is welcome. But it needs to address manpower shortages, beef up research

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Menstrual leave will exclude women even more from workplaces

There are many women in the country, like in the rest of the world, who face severe cramps and pain on the first day of their periods. In fact, some countries have adopted menstrual leave as a policy.

Make transparency a patriotic duty

Unsurprisingly, the government has repeatedly refused to disclose details about the November 2016 demonetisation exercise, despite it attracting enormous public support. The citizenry is required to applaud and cheer every decision but it simply cannot be trusted with the details of the decision making process, it seems

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India’s children need a better deal

For a country that aims to be a regional power, the data on child nutrition confirms that the situation is abysmal. Save for Bihar, six of the seven states with the highest incidence of stunting, for example, are ruled by the BJP or the BJP and its allies – Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bihar.

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Next Door Nepal: Non-alignment in Kathmandu

If it continues, India-China stand-off could test Nepal’s equal-distance policy

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The Arms Of Others

In the defence sector, India’s import fixation is taking a toll

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From Plate to Plough: Lessons for the field

Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again

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Way of the river

Causes for annual floods in Assam are well-known. It’s now time to put lessons from research on the Brahmaputra into practice 

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July 17, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Vajpayee in Nepal

A joint statement said Vajpayee had reiterated the priority given by the new government to having beneficial bilateral relations with all of India’s neighbours “and more particularly with Nepal with whom there are ties in tradition, culture, religion, history trade and commerce.”

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Master of his role

Naresh Chandra never allowed himself to be captured by his job. He shaped it into his preferred mould

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Jobs, facts and fiction

India has more formal non-farm jobs than we think. Creating millions more needs labour, education reforms

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A law for the help

Stand-off between workers and residents in Noida highlights the urgent need for legislation that governs domestic work

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Out of my mind: The opportunity in Kashmir

The Kashmir tragedy has been so routinised and so predictable that nothing ever surprises any longer.

Inside Track: Unprecedented visit

An unusual trip, which went unnoticed, was that of Zhaohui’s wife, counsellor Dr Jiang Yili, who flew to Bhutan and called on the royalty there, including the Queen Mother.

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Across the Aisle: Pushing each other to the brink

Just as the militants have taken a maximalist position that has to be rejected out of hand, the Central government has taken a maximalist position that has aggravated the problem. The people of the Kashmir Valley are caught between the two maximalist positions.

Fifth Column: Musings from a Modi bhakt

If the Prime Minister meant what he said about government not having any business to be in business, then we should by now have at least seen government hotels sold.

Silly season for Indian politicians!

And one didn’t expect Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi to come up with this male-bashing statement—”Which men have committed suicide? I have not heard/read of a single case.” A very Pappu thing to do, we would think!

Time to tap tourism potential of Harsil as it finally opens for foreigners

The Union Home Ministry recently opened Harsil to both Indian and foreign tourists alike, scrapping the ‘permit system’ in entirety. The development follows relentless efforts of the people from Uttarkashi for years who wanted to increase the footfall of tourists to Harsil so as to improve their economic situation.

Let’s talk to the Book

Ramanuja and Martin Luther underline how religion evolves by debating with scriptures, not by being beholden to them.

No state of exception

SC upholds the sanctity of due process, asks CBI to probe alleged extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur

Among the immortals

Chinese government’s efforts to erase Liu Xiaobo have only ensured that he will not be forgotten

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Hurting heritage

Amendments to the Monuments Act threaten historical structures.

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The Saga Of Raymond Davis

The US spy was set free by Pakistan, and thereby hangs a tale

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The untimely dissident

Liu Xiaobo showed that a politics that rises above resentment, that is without enemies, is possible

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A remarkable public servant

Naresh Chandra was a believer in the capacities of the Indian state, while being aware of its failures.

Unmake the rules

The government must rethink the wisdom of its notification on the sale of cattle

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And then they came for Al Jazeera

The demand to shut down Al Jazeera as a precondition to resolving the crisis between Qatar and parts of the Arab world is not just outrageous in nature, but also preposterous because it’s being made by some of the most oppressive regimes in the world. It is also infinitely dangerous for the future of freedom in the Middle East and the world at large.

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Can Mehbooba Mufti build on the Justice Nazki compensation order?

To bind a person to a jeep and parade him over a distance to make an example out of him for deterring stone-pelters violates Article 147 and would constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Convention.