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Explained: Why Justin Trudeau’s blackface costume is offensive and racist

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is just the latest celebrity public entity in the centre of a blackface controversy. So, what is blackface, something that keeps appearing in both apparently lighthearted situations as well as in more serious ones?

Explained: How an MRI machine killed a man in Mumbai

Bombay High Court has directed BMC to pay interim compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family Rajesh Maru, who was killed after he was sucked into an MRI machine at BYL Nair Hospital in January 2018.

Explained: PoK and Gilgit Baltistan, parts of J&K under Pak occupation

Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is an area of 13,297 sq km, which was under the control of the Pakistani forces when the ceasefire line came into effect on January 1, 1949.

Explained: What is yank?

Proposed new term for changes in force over time, so that scientists can study muscle behaviour better

Explained: Why twin strikes on Saudi Arabia oil facilities matter worldwide

Saudi Aramco drone attacks have impacted the Kingdom's oil production and exports, and in turn the global oil market.

Explained: What is Lovers of Modena?

A pair of skeletons, 1,600 years old, found holding hands in grave. It turns out that both were men.

Explained: The India-Nepal petroleum pipeline inaugurated today

The pipeline will transport fuel from Barauni refinery in Bihar's Begusarai district to Amalekhgunj in southeastern Nepal, situated across the border from Raxaul in East Champaran district.

VIDEO | Chandrayaan-2 Moon landing: All your questions answered

WATCH VIDEO: ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 will land on the Moon between 1:30 am and 2:30 am on Saturday, September 07, 2019. We explain what happens before Chandrayaan-2 lands on the Moon and after that.

Mumbai rains: What ‘Red’, ‘Orange’ alerts mean

Alerts by the IMD are colour-coded from Green to Red. 'Green' stands for 'No warning': no action needs to be taken by the authorities, and the forecast is of light to moderate rain. A 'Red' alert stands for "Warning", and asks authorities to "Take action".

Explained: Who are the 19 lakh excluded from Assam NRC, and what next for them?

Assam NRC Explained: Witness to decades of migration from Bangladesh — formerly East Bengal and then East Pakistan — Assam already has an NRC, which was published in 1951 on the basis of that year’s Census.

Telling numbers: Does political pressure hinder probes? Police reflect in survey

‘Status of Policing in India Report 2019: Police Adequacy and Working Conditions’ has been prepared by Common Cause and the Lokniti programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).

This word means: Coprolite

Coprolites are fossilised faeces belonging to animals that lived millions of years ago.

Tip for Reading List: How Migration Shaped Europe

The book is packed with individual accounts of migrants of their experiences across a period of more than six decades between World War II and the recent refugee crisis in European countries.

Explained: The law that Donald Trump says he can use against American firms in China

The law was intended to target terrorists, drug traffickers and regimes that the United States considers criminal, such as those in Iran, Syria, and North Korea, not to cut economic ties with a major trade partner on the question of tariffs.

Explained: What is Adratiklit boulahfa?

The oldest stegosaurus species ever, newly discovered and the first in North Africa.

Explained: Pakistan Army Chief gets another three years: What does this indicate?

Gen Bajwa, who turns 59 in November, was appointed to his current three-year term by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on November 29, 2016. This is the second time in the past decade that a Pakistan Army Chief has got an extension.

Partha Chatterjee summoned by CBI: Saradha scam’s connection to Mamata’s TMC

Chatterjee, the MLA from Behala Paschim Assembly constituency in the southern part of the city of Kolkata, is among the most senior members of the Trinamool Congress, and considered close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Explained: PM Narendra Modi calls for ‘One Nation, One Election’. What does this idea mean?

What is the idea of 'One Nation, One Election', what purpose would simultaneous polls serve, and why are many Opposition parties opposed to the idea?

Explained: Downgrading Indo-Pak ties — what this means, when has it happened earlier

The development comes a day after the Parliament adopted a resolution scrapping special status to J&K under Article 370 and passed a bill bifurcating the state into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

Explained: Syama Prasad Mookerjee and the BJP’s ‘emotional connect’ with Kashmir

The BJP has held up Syama Prasad Mookerjee's “sacrifice” as the reason and inspiration for its goal of uniting Jammu and Kashmir fully with the Indian Union.