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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Rahel Philipose


Rahel Philipose writes for the news desk.

Explained: What is China’s Zhurong rover, set to explore Mars?
Tue, May 18, 2021

The spacecraft’s impressive descent to the surface of Mars is a major milestone in China’s growing ambition to position itself as a “great space power”

‘Beyond my imagination’: Srinagar teen bags $70,000 scholarship to Qatar university
Mon, May 10, 2021

Late last month, Class 12 student Maleeha Zehra received an email informing her that she had bagged a $70,000 (over Rs 51 lakh) full-ride scholarship to study at the prestigious Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Meet the school students running statewide databases and a 24×7 Instagram helpline for Covid relief material
Thu, May 06, 2021

The students have been able to assist hundreds of Covid patients in distress with the help of expansive state-wise databases, updated and verified almost “every hour” by a 55-member team of volunteers who work in shifts through the day.

From Kashmir to Mumbai, battle against Covid is the positive trend on social media
Sat, Apr 24, 2021

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is playing out vividly on social media platforms, which have been inundated with desperate pleas for help from critically ill Covid patients and their loved ones. 

Explained: How Cuba is developing five homegrown Covid-19 vaccines
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

Apart from protecting its own population from the deadly disease, an effective Covid vaccine will also help Cuba revive its economy, which was crippled by the coronavirus pandemic and a drastic drop in international tourism over the past year.

How Wikipedia is fighting the gender gap, one biography at a time
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

In an effort to promote gender equality on the website, Wikimedia Foundation launched ‘Project Rewrite’ to address the absurd lack of recognition women have historically received.

Explained: Gordon Liddy and the Watergate scandal he masterminded
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

G Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent and Republican adviser who was widely considered the mastermind behind the 1972 Watergate break-in, died on Tuesday at the age of 90. Who was he, and what was his role in the scandal?

Explained: What is ‘Everyone’s Invited’, the website calling out rape culture in UK schools?
Sat, Apr 03, 2021

The aim of the website is to expose the extent and severity of “rape culture” in the UK’s schools and universities.

These transgender beauticians are fighting stereotypes, one makeover at a time
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

Ramjas College’s social entrepreneurship society, Enactus, has been working closely with members of the transgender community, who like Alina, are looking for their big break in the beauty industry.

Explained: Why Chinese celebrities are boycotting H&M and Nike
Tue, Mar 30, 2021

China’s top ride-hailing apps have dropped Swedish fashion label H&M from its listings, and the company’s products disappeared overnight from major Chinese e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and, AP reported. The brand’s smartphone app went missing from app stores soon after.

Explained: The scientific, ethical and privacy concerns around vaccine passports
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

Vaccine passport: Critics warn there are scientific, legal and ethical effects of this type of documentation that still need to be addressed.

Explained: Harry and Meghan’s son Archie isn’t a prince. Here’s why
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

The rules that determine who gets assigned a royal title and who does not draw from an order introduced by Prince Harry’s great-great-grandfather, King George V, in 1917.

Explained: Why scientists want ‘Australia’s worst female serial killer’ to be pardoned
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

In a petition released this week, they argued that her children may have succumbed to rare genetic mutations.

Daily briefing: Covid-19 surge in some states; Simlipal forest fires; and more
Sun, Mar 07, 2021

With some states and UTs reporting a surge in coronavirus cases, the Centre has urged them to step up vaccination of priority groups, tie up with private hospitals for opening up the vaccination time-table for at least 15 days, and increase contact-tracing.

Meet Sayer Abdullah, the 23-year-old steering an off-roading career with just one hand
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

On the road, Abdullah experienced a sense of peace he realised had been missing since the accident. “Driving made me feel emotionally balanced,” he said.

Explained: Why the decision to take meat off school menus sparked a political storm in France
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

Lyon mayor Grégory Doucet's decision to take meat off the menu at school canteens in the city sparked a political storm this week. Why was the decision taken, and what was the response?

Somalia, Ethiopia, Syria… this travel vlogger from Hisar has an unusual bucket list of most dangerous places on Earth
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

From spending a day with one the world’s ‘most dangerous tribes’ in Southern Ethiopia, to finding himself in the midst of deadly riots in Lebanon — he has spent the last two years documenting his unusual and often risky adventures, amassing millions of views and a loyal fan base along the way.

Explained: Why did the winter storm cause widespread blackouts in energy-rich Texas?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Texas winter storm: Over a dozen deaths have been attributed to the unprecedented winter storm ‘Uri’ so far in the state, with local authorities warning that frigid conditions are likely to continue for another few days.

Explained: What’s new in the Capitol security footage Democrats are using to impeach Trump
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

House impeachment managers on Wednesday showed the harrowing video footage along with audio recordings of the police officers present at the Capitol on January 6 when the violence broke out, to recreate a nearly minute-by-minute timeline of the insurrection.

Explained: What UAE’s historic Hope Mars probe aims to achieve
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

UAE Mars Mission: The UAE has become the fifth country after the US, Russia, China, the EU, and India, to reach the Martian orbit. The primary objective of the mission is to study Martian weather dynamics. 

Explained: Who are the Proud Boys, far-right group declared a terrorist entity in Canada?
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

The Proud Boys grabbed headlines worldwide last year during the first presidential debate between then-President Donald Trump and his Democratic contender Biden.

Explained: What is the ‘Doomsday Clock’ now just 100 secs away from apocalypse?
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded by Albert Einstein and students from the University of Chicago in 1945, created the ‘Doomsday Clock’ as a symbol to represent how close the world is to a possible apocalypse.

Explained: Why health experts in US are recommending ‘double masking’
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

The practice generated buzz after US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration ceremony, where several officials and celebrities were photographed wearing two face masks.

Biden-Harris Inauguration: 7 ways it’s different from swearing-in ceremonies of the past
Wed, Jan 20, 2021

While the traditional features of the ceremony — such as the oath of office — will remain the same, there are several striking differences from the presidential inaugurations of the past

Already struggling, now battered by lockdown, single screen theatres are not ready to call it curtains yet
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Four owners from different parts of India tell us what it takes to run a single screen cinema hall in the age of the pandemic.