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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Happy Rasagola Day

The rosogolla should not be a cause for rancour, only sweet celebrations

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On the edge

Trinamool, BJP must share blame for communal polarisation in West Bengal — and the responsibility to stanch tensions

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Take-off in Tel Aviv

PM Modi’s visit broke new ground with Israel, dehyphenated relations with Palestine

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Forty Years Ago, June 30/July 7, 1977: PNA talk proposals

The Pakistani government was studying proposals from the Opposition for a settlement of the four-month old political crisis. Finance Minister and Pakistan People’s Party leader Abdul Hafiz Pirzada said talks between the two sides would start soon. But a spokesperson for the nine-party Pakistan National Alliance repeated the Opposition’s insistence that the proposals were final. […]

Coins for thought

Cryptocurrency has the potential to galvanise social development

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Before The PM’s Visit

Much was gained by India and Israel, even before the two forged full diplomatic ties

A community’s missed chances

India’s Muslims must ask themselves some hard questions. And acknowledge that education and economic empowerment is the way out

The promise of a chosen people

There exists an idea of Israel which is an alternative to the past and present of the Jewish-Palestinian relationship — and an augury of a different future

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Crime and context

Lynchings draw upon the master narrative of cow protection promoted by the current political elites

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The PM’s Trail: In Israel, Modi comes bearing gifts in copper and gold

Prime Minister Modi gifted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu replicas of two sets of copper plates, said to have been inscribed in the 9-10th century, which demonstrate the history of Cochin Jews in India.

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Grandma Missile

In the interest of authenticity and continuity, the hottest news out of Pyongyang is always announced by Ri Chun-hee

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The same governor

BJP carries on — and adds to — Congress tradition of blatant politicisation of the high office

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A misused power

AFSPA must be repealed from states like Assam and Arunachal Pradesh where insurgent groups have been contained

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Importance of being simple

GST is no mean achievement but concerns over basic structure must be addressed in the here and now

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Rules Against The Law

Why the Centre’s notification against cattle slaughter is controversial

June 30/July 6, 1977, Forty Years Ago

The cumbersome procedures involved in the issue of passports will be resolved soon, External Affairs Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told Parliament.

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One question for the road

On drunk driving, we have the right law and equipment. But do we have the right strategy?

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Haryana’s admiration for the ‘ghunghat is a sign we’re moving backwards into the future

The ghunghat is not a message for development. It represents the patriarchal stratification of society. It conveys to women that they are vulnerable, subservient and under constant threat to personal honor and dignity

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Should we have gone ahead with the GST, warts and all?

The Finance Minister has used the “short-term pain for long-term gain” argument to justify the go-ahead. That sends a chill down many spines, given the experience with demonetisation.

The polygamy myth

The Quran and Hadith are replete with verses in support of family planning. Muslim backwardness on this count is a fallout of poor socio-economic conditions.

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Shalom Namo’ste

Why can’t TV news simply say ‘Modi in Israel’?

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On India-China Himalayan face-off, China may just have a case

The Chinese are right to complain that India is violating the treaty in sending its troops across at Doka La. But the issue is not that simple

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A story of love and hate between the CIA and ISI

The release of CIA operator Raymond Davis’ book on how and why he killed three Pakistani men in 2011 comes at a time when the US is asking Pakistan to “do more” in Afghanistan

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The PM’s trail: A flower for Modi, called ‘Modi,’ in Israel

Tonight in Israel, the Twitter retweet button has become a weapon of mass enthusiasm

Health warning

Mobile phone addiction could be on its way to becoming a serious issue

Handling Pyongyang

North Korea’s claimed ICBM test once again highlights the need for the global community to rethink its approach to it

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The Saudi connection

It is pointing fingers at Qatar, but on terror linkages, Saudi Arabia has a record of double-speak

No story of its own

Nitish-Congress spat has shown up Opposition’s irresoluteness and incoherence

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In Defence Of Esoterica

Lack of high-end research has a cascading effect. It impacts people’s earning abilities

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My journey to Israel

In the time since 1998, the year of my ‘goodwill mission’, the scope for deepening collaboration and joint ventures has only grown for the two countries

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An argument without Aadhaar

Traditional understanding of privacy may not suffice in an age of digital identities. Supporters and opponents of UIDAI are missing the point

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Memories of Baby Moshe

It’s been nine years since the Mumbai attacks and Baby Moshe is now a strong, tall boy of 10 years.. But some things don’t change. As per the Jewish calendar, Moshe’s birthday falls on the 1st of Kislev, (which was on Friday 28th November 2008, that year).

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Posture and policy

The Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) are two policy instruments that are expressly designed at undoing the baneful hierarchies of the past, accelerate the empowerment of SC/STs and further the vision of an equitable society.

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Against Delhi Golf Club, a PIL to redeem the Jainsem

The two pieces of fabric are embroidered (festooned) at the bottom and made to size. The Jainsem is worn over a skirt/petticoat and blouse. Some women wear it ankle length; others wear it just below their knees.

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Why is Air India being singled out for step-motherly treatment

Air India’s whole package is worth over 5 lakh crores and not Rs 20,000 odd crores the government wants to hawk it off for. The hungry vultures of privatisation have been salivating over it for two decades now

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A society that forgets its poet

Devaluing study of liberal arts and humanities could damage the fabric of civilisation