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Attacks on African students may hurt India’s image as educational destination

Five people were arrested in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh for an assault on Nigerian students on Monday. The Nigerian students had earlier been attacked on allegations of cannibalism and allegedly for forcing a minor boy into taking drugs.

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How CBFC has maintained its status as the Central Board of Double Standards

The argument that certain films are ‘un-Indian’ due to the nature of their explicit content, has been resurrected from time to time depending on the ruling political government.

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Cap on anonymous donations may prove vital to clean political parties of dirty money

The scale of the problem was revealed recently in a report by Association of Democratic reforms which showed top national parties and scores of regional parties were reporting income from unknown sources.

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FIA’s move to ban Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad shows some spine

It is also good to see that the FIA came in support of a non-member airline–Air India. Members of the FIA include IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir.

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UP govt’s lack of appetite for meat leaves poor zoo animals starving

UP illegal slaughterhouse ban: Kanpur zoo animals are likely to be just one example out of many facing a bizarre existential crisis amidst the meat politics.

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Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad’s attack on AI staffer shows some netas are not afraid to take law into their hands

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed an Air India employee with his slipper 25 times onboard a flight. It raises concerns that are there any lines that these VVIPs will not cross as a show of power?

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Anti Romeo Squads: Indiscriminate crackdown on young men is not the way to ensure women’s safety

Is being found roaming around or standing outside women’s educational institutes or other public places ground enough to be detained as a “romeo” by the police?

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Finance Bill relaxes corporate funding to political parties, but is the move really evil?

The facility would seem to allow larger donations from single channel corporate donations as against multiple channel individual donations which are difficult to track as corporate donors are answerable to more bodies than individuals.

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From Mercator’s to Gall-Peters projections, how the world maps vary and change

There is no such thing as a fully accurate map, since a curved surface cannot be projected on a flat surface without distortion.

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Shashi Tharoor suggests Kerala take the lead on Sec 377: Here are the opportunities and challenges

Can Kerala point the way for India?

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India is no. 122 in happiness list: Here are five reasons why

The World Happiness ranking takes into account factors like GDP per capita, social support of having someone to count on in times of trouble, freedom to make life choices, healthy life expectancy, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

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Yogi Adityanath’s take over as UP CM triggers speculations in Nepal, here is why

Yogi Adityanath’s take over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has triggered speculations in Nepal, that does not normally happen in the case of other chief ministers.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tries to fit into BJP’s development narrative

Soon after taking over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is trying to fit into the larger pro-development clean politics narrative of the Bharatiya Janata Party in a bid to move away from religious tonality in administration.

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Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister: This could be make or break for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls

The decision to appoint him as the chief minister of the state could be make or break for the party but it is clear that the decision has been taken keeping the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind.

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With Yogi Adityanath rising to become chief minister, who is the fringe now?

May be there was a sense of denial that the BJP would even consider Yogi Adityanath as the contender for the chief minister’s post. But then, victory is what matters in electoral politics.

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Captain Amarinder Singh becomes Punjab CM: Here are the key challenges

Punjab was one of the rare cases where BJP was dealt bitter defeat in polls and that means that the Captain can’t afford to ignore the whole array of problems accumulated during the past five years.

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BJP moved to tackle tricky Goa and Manipur first, think of assured UP, Uttarakhand later

Looking at the way the swearing in ceremonies have proceeded in states like Goa and Manipur and now the one scheduled for Uttarakhand, it gives an indication that the Bharatiya Janata Party wanted to be done with the states with a tricky mandate first and then approach the states with absolute majority.

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A bad precedent made as Rajasthan minister nearly invited Karni Sena to censor Padmavati

Why are the bullying vandals who destroy heritage sites and attempt to burn another’s property not condemned but treated with respect and justified?

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With populist budget in Karnataka, Congress eyes return to power next year

It may not be too late for the party to do course correction but that would take much more time to get noticed. Banking on the pro-poor card is the Congress’ play at the moment and this budget, in that respect, seems to be just right for the party.

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South Delhi civic body to mandate public use of private restaurant toilets, but this poses complications

Starting April 1, pay up to Rs 5 and use any restaurant/hotel washroom in South Delhi.

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Political parties allege EVM tampering to cloud poor showing in state elections?

EVMs have become the centre of political drama in the country over the past month and the controversies seem to continue unabated.

TVF’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against Arunabh Kumar has been clumsy and insensitive

In an industry rife with misuse of power and harassment stories and adept at covering it up, denials of even such a possibility without investigation understandably irked a lot of people who expected The Viral Fever to embody progressive values which are a selling point of much of their content.

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SM Krishna joining BJP will help party among Vokkaligas in southern Karnataka

Despite not commanding a strong vote base, a veteran Krishna, who has been away from active politics for several years, still enjoys a good standing in his own Vokkaliga community which populates the southern region of Karnataka

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Congress is screaming for change but is Rahul Gandhi listening? If not, why not?

“As far as the Congress party is concerned, we do need to make structural and organisational changes. That is a fact,” Rahul Gandhi said

Loopholes in Air India’s rosy turnaround story, CAG report says financial support to Maharaja may need reassessment

The report said that Air India underreported its operational losses and that may force the government to reassess the financial support to Air India and that may require more taxpayers’ money.

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Congress needs to promote strong regional leaders, not Rahul Gandhi

His failure to strike a chord with the voters have seen the Congress decimated once again in the heartland state of Uttar Pradesh.

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Iron too weak for fire: Do we only like women on a pedestal?

Manipur Elections Result 2017: The Iron Lady could only secure 90 votes.

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Manipur results brighten BJP’s chances in 2019

Over the past few years Manipur has been riddled with conflict, protests, curfews, communal tension and economic blockade.

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UP defeat: Why the Congress hand could not steer the SP cycle to victory

A few leaders in these parties feel that despite the work hard to consolidate the minority votes in their favour, the BJP also attracted votes of Muslim women on the issue of triple talaq.

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Why ‘Pehle AAP’ was second best in Punjab

AAP’s most popular leader MP Bhagwant Mann, who was otherwise pulling huge crowds in his rallies, ended up as a runner up to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and lost by a margin of 18,616 votes.

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The Punjab verdict was bad news for the Akalis: Will this be the end of the Badals?

Badal’s son Sukhbir Badal had taken over as SAD president in 2008 as he was believed to have played a key role in steering SAD to victory in 2007

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UP after BJP victory: Who will PM Modi and Amit Shah choose as CM?

The BJP parliamentary board will meet on Sunday and is expected to discuss the issue. Going by past experience, Modi could pick a rank outsider for the position.

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Maternity (Amendment) Bill: Looks good on paper, but there’s more to it than what meets the eye

While India may be ahead of the United States (which gives its women employees 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave), our Maternity Bill leaves out a large section of women in the unorganized sector — and that’s a colossal setback.

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Nepal gets a new Indian Ambassador but it will bring about any change in relations?

An Indian Ambassador wields considerable clout in Nepal but of late that has visibly cost India the trust and respect of its neighbour.

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Punjab election result will make or break Kejriwal’s ambition to take on PM Modi in 2019

The countdown to the poll results continues to be an excruciatingly long wait for Kejriwal.

In the lexicon of profanities, a majority of them derogate women

Most of the pet cuss words however, are located, alarmingly, in sexism.