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In the liver’s secrets, new hope for medicine

In the liver’s secrets, new hope for medicine

From the Lab — The research: The mechanism through which the liver regulates fat secretion into the bloodstream

Can mass jumping by World Cup fans trigger an ‘artificial earthquake’?

Fact check, ground reality: Can mass jumping by World Cup fans trigger an ‘artificial earthquake’?

This is not the first time that “earthquakes” have been attributed to sports fans. It has happened even in India: during IPL matches, there are readings on a seismograph whenever a boundary is scored.

47 Indian journalists killed in 16 years, 33 of them murder targets

47 Indian journalists killed in 16 years, 33 of them murder targets

Since 1992, 47 journalists have been killed in India. These 47 are out of 1,305 journalists killed worldwide in these 16 years — either murdered or killed in crossfire or on dangerous assignments.

Assessing the Balance of Payments position

Assessing the Balance of Payments position

New RBI data on India’s Balance of Payments (BoP) for 2017-18 show current account deficit (CAD) at $48.72 bn, the highest since the record $88.16 bn of 2012-13. With CAD expected to widen to $75 bn during this fiscal, how vulnerable is the overall BoP position today?

Shillong curfew

What fuelled the fire in Shillong

To the Khasis, the Mazhabis are outsiders who practise a different faith, and dominate a semi-governmental job market over which they have no control. Economic anxieties underlie the assertions of the Khasi identity.

Explained Snippets | Tip for Reading List: Great minds on today’s problems

Having come out of the financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession that followed, all the major economies are experiencing significant challenges to generating wealth.

Defence Ministry approves military purchases worth over Rs 5,500 crore

How the row over closing cantonment roads began, what it suggests

The major objection to the opening of roads is related to the security of military installations and families of Army personnel staying inside the cantonments.

Why Japan has cracked down on Airbnb

Japan, which Airbnb says is the top travel destination in the Asia-Pacific region for its customers, has long had a system of family-run guesthouses in which rooms are let out to visitors. Airbnb’s rapid expansion in Japan rode on the laxity in the enforcement of the minshuku (literally, inn) rules.

How the IITs admit students

The IITs had already declared their merit list when govt directed them to relax their criteria and release a supplementary list. What are the usual procedures for admission, and what led to the govt move?

Explained Snippets | Yo-yo test: What Mohd Shami and Sanju Samson have just failed

Yo-yo is an aerobic endurance training exercise that uses beep methods, velocity bursts, and an aerobic fitness test.

Daan, dakshina: Why an SC order has triggered disquiet in the Lord’s home

The powerful servitors of Puri’s Jagannath Temple are upset after a court direction on a plea that alleged harassment of visitors.

Explained Snippets | CBSE Class XII: 95 per cent peak in Physics and English too

Prashant Bhattacharji, the analyst who had highlighted this and concluded that it reflected random falsification of marks, has now found that the 95% spike is true of at least two other subjects.

Involvement of the Catholic Church in politics in India — a short history

Catholic bishops have from time to time issued guidance and advice that seemingly crossed the church-state line.

How likely US Federal Reserve rate hike could impact India

The Fed’s policy statement and fresh economic projections are due to be released at 2 pm EDT (11.30 pm IST) Wednesday, Reuters reported. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will hold a press conference half an hour later.

Accused adviser to Silk Road creator extradited to United States from Thailand

How to bring back a fugitive

India has moved the UK for extradition of Vijay Mallya, and Interpol for a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi. Will these bring the fugitives back? What are the rules for extradition, and the precedents?