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Explained: What is Joe Biden’s plan to tackle climate change?

January 28, 2021 4:15 pm

During his campaign for the presidential elections, Biden proposed a $2 trillion spending plan to deal with climate change that includes promoting clean energy and climate-friendly infrastructure.

Patharughat Explained: The forgotten peasant uprising of Assam in 1894

January 28, 2021 6:03 pm

Today a "martyrs column" stands where the incident took place — Patharughat, a small village in Assam's Darrang district, 60km northeast of Guwahati.

UK flight restrictions explained: What do passengers have to do?

January 28, 2021 1:33 pm

Currently, Indian airlines Air India and Vistara, in addition to British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, are operating flights between the two countries.

Explained: Three men are paying $50mn each to travel to the ISS. All about the mission

January 28, 2021 1:19 pm

Axiom Mission 1 (AX 1): Axiom chief executive Suffredini said the private astronauts will have to pass medical tests and also undergo 15 weeks of rigorous training before their trip to space.

Explained: Why has Gujarat allowed Classes 9, 11 to return to school; what about the others?

January 28, 2021 1:10 pm

The decision to now allow children of two more classes to return to school applies to all government, self-financed, and grant-in-aid schools across all state, national, and international boards. What about other classes?

Short squeeze explained: Why GameStop jumped 130%, AMC Entertainment shot up 300%

January 28, 2021 10:09 am

The unprecedented rally in these stocks is a result of an extraordinary frenzy among retail traders, as they organised on the message board site Reddit to push up the share price.

Covaxin is effective against UK variant, shows study: what this means for India

January 28, 2021 6:55 am

India has seen a rising number of cases of infection with the UK variant; on January 23, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that at least 150 people have tested positive for the mutant strain.

Experts Explain: Viruses, their variants, and vaccines

January 28, 2021 7:33 am

Over the past week, significant new research has been published on the variants of the novel coronavirus that have emerged in several countries. Two of India's most eminent virologists, who have been explaining a range of issues around the virus and vaccine in The Indian Express, summarise the new findings and evaluate the concerns they raise.

Explained: Why does the US want to put an end to private prisons?

January 28, 2021 7:20 am

US President Joe Biden has described the move as "a first step to stop corporations from profiting off of incarceration".

Explained: Why did Sensex plunge 938 points on Wednesday?

January 28, 2021 7:22 am

With this, the Sensex has fallen 2,600 points after it hit the 50,000 mark last week. Post 50K, why is there selling pressure?


Quixplained: What to keep in mind as gyms, fitness centres reopen

August 08, 2020 11:44 am

The government has allowed opening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums from August 5 as part of the ‘Unlock 3’ phase.

Quixplained: What's new in the National Education Policy

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

National Education Policy or NEP is a comprehensive framework to guide the development of education in the country. A new policy usually comes along every few decades. The latest policy is India's third. It replaces the 1986 NEP, which was in place for 34 years.

Quixplained: How ‘corona’ of the virus changes into a hairpin shape — and why

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

The spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 — the ‘corona’ in the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease — has just revealed new secrets. Researchers have found that the spike protein changes its form after it attaches itself to a human cell, folding in on itself and assuming a rigid hairpin shape.

Quixplained: India's Rafale vs Pakistan's F16 and China's J20

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

The five Rafale fighter jets that land in Ambala on Wednesday morning will resurrect the Number 17 Golden Arrows squadron of the Indian Air Force. It will take the IAF’s squadron strength to 31. When all the 36 Rafale jets are delivered by 2022, it will take it to 32 squadrons, still well below the 42 squadrons of the sanctioned strength.