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Om Marathe


Om Marathe

Om Marathe is a sub-editor at the Indian Express, with interests in foreign policy, law, and engineering. He is a qualified Spanish speaker and keenly observes the Latin American region.

Explained: What is INS Baaz, and why is it important?
Mon, Oct 28, 2019

On Friday, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh visited INS Baaz, the southernmost air station of the Indian Armed Forces and spent a day with personnel stationed there.

Explained: Indian visitors don’t need visa to enter Brazil now
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

According to a Government of Brazil website, the country first waived visa requirements for tourists from Japan, Australia, US, and Canada on June 17 this year. The citizens of these countries do not need a visa to enter Brazil for a period of 90 days, extendable for another 90 days.

Lèse-majesté law explained: Why ‘insulting’ Thai king can land you in jail
Sat, Oct 26, 2019

Although the foreign press has often reported about the Thai monarchy, any discussion about the royals within Thailand itself, if perceived as “insulting”, can lead to strict punishment under the nation’s lèse-majesté law.

Explained: Why Jagmeet Singh is important for Canadian politics
Wed, Oct 23, 2019

Canada election results: In Monday’s election, Jagmeet Singh emerges as kingmaker despite polls showing the NDP losing almost half its tally of 44 seats that it won in the 2015 elections.

Explained: Why has a Chinese company leased a whole island in the Pacific?
Sat, Oct 19, 2019

The move by China is considered to be in furtherance of its aggressive foreign policy, which seeks to make Beijing a major sea power in the Pacific Ocean, where Tulagi is located.

Explained: The protests that forced Ecuador’s capital to move
Mon, Oct 14, 2019

The indigenous groups protesting a rollback in fuel subsidies in Ecuador have arrived at an agreement with the government, bringing to an end to the largescale demonstrations that have brought the Latin American country to a standstill.

Explained: The long battle of Iran’s women to enter stadiums
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

The current move is the most significant yet in erasing the country’s four-decades-old legacy of not allowing women from entering sports stadiums.

Explained: What election manifestos must do, why they matter
Fri, Oct 11, 2019

The Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra release their manifesto in the beginning of the week, and the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee published its Sankalp Patra on Friday. How do manifestos matter, and how seriously should they be taken?

Explained: C40, the international meet that Kejriwal could not attend
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

The C40 summit is being held in Denmark’s capital, and attendees include mayors representing over 90 cities from around the world. United States Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is also in Copenhagen for the event.

Explained: Portuguese leader António Costa’s old India connection
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Costa, who is of Indian descent, was congratulated on the election victory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who tweeted in Portuguese and in English.

Swapping 3 Indian engineers with 11 Taliban terrorists — the Afghan deal, explained
Tue, Oct 08, 2019

In May 2018, seven Indians engineers working with Indian power company KEC International were abducted by the Taliban in the Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan. In March this year, one of the kidnapped engineers returned safely to India.

Sikkim CM gets EC’s reprieve: Here are the offences that attract debarment from elections
Wed, Oct 02, 2019

After becoming chief minister in April, Tamang was required to win an Assembly seat in six months. He had asked the EC for a waiver of his disqualification under Section 11 of The Representation of the People Act, 1951.

Explained: The ‘right to be forgotten’ on the Internet
Tue, Oct 01, 2019

The right to be forgotten empowers individuals to ask organisations to delete their personal data. It is provided by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law passed by the 28-member bloc in 2018.

Explained: The Global Goalkeepers Award, given to PM Narendra Modi
Fri, Sep 27, 2019

A function to honour achievers, called the Goalkeepers event, is held every year. This year’s event coincided with the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, and was held on September 24 and 25 in New York City.

Explained: Gen Franco, and the exhumation of a brutal phase in Spain’s history
Thu, Sep 26, 2019

The memory of Franco’s 36-year-long regime between 1939 and 1975, and the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) which brought him to power, continue to remain emotive topics in Spain today.

Explained: Will Thomas Cook’s collapse affect India’s business?
Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, founded in 1841, in the recent past, faced challenges such as competition from online travel agents and tourists independently planning their journeys.

Explained: The tradition of Marsiya poetry in India
Sun, Sep 22, 2019

The word Marsiya means elegy, meaning a poem which is a lament for the dead.

Explained: Why some South Africans are attacking migrants in their country
Mon, Sep 16, 2019

At least 12 people have died so far in riots in the major cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and up to 1,000 businesses run by foreign nationals have been targeted. Over 600 people have been arrested by the local police.

Explained: Why the US is under pressure to choke its vaping industry
Mon, Sep 16, 2019

E-cigarettes, also called ‘vapes’ or ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)’, are battery-run devices that were originally marketed as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.

Explained: How changed UK visa rules may help Indian students
Fri, Sep 13, 2019

The proposed rules also do not place any restriction on the type of jobs that students could look for. There is also no cap on the number of students who could avail the work visa.

Explained: Why India skipped SCO’s Eurasian Economic Forum in China
Wed, Sep 11, 2019

The SCO, an intergovernmental body for security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region, was formed in 2001 by the ‘Shanghai Five’ (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan), in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991.

Remembering Ranjitsinhji on his birth anniversary
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

The Ranji Trophy is named after him and was started by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 1934 after his death in 1933.

Explained: The making of e-commerce titan Jack Ma
Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Jack Ma is valued at $38.4 billion, and occupies the 21st spot on the Forbes list of richest billionaires. Apart from his business triumphs, the Chinese entrepreneur is known for his charismatic public appearances and philanthropic work.

Explained: Robert Mugabe and his connect with India
Mon, Sep 09, 2019

Throughout his rule, Zimbabwe’s longtime leader Robert Mugabe shared close ties with India’s leadership. He visited India seven times, his last visit being in 2017.

Explained: How influenza is classified as H5N1, H1N1 and other kinds
Mon, Sep 09, 2019

The WHO defines influenza as “a contagious, acute respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, usually influenza A or B subtypes.”