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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Rahel Philipose


Rahel Philipose is an intern in the news desk.

Turkey-Greece stand-off: France deploys fighter jets, naval warship; Erdogan presses for dialogue
Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Despite being NATO allies, this is not the first time Greece and Turkey have been at odds. Over the past four decades, the countries have nearly gone to war at least three times.

Why Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were at loggerheads during the presidential race
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

At a press conference at the White House Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that he was surprised Biden had picked Harris as a running mate after she allegedly disrespected him during the democratic debates.

Explained: Why is Wikipedia asking users for donations?
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

The fundraising drive sparked heated debates amongst social media users — some of whom questioned whether one of the world’s most popular websites really needed donations to stay afloat.

Explained: What is the new tick-borne virus spreading across China?
Sat, Aug 15, 2020

A disease called Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome, caused by the tick-borne virus, has killed seven and infected at least 60, setting off alarm bells among health officials in China. 

Explained: Why are people using #ZimbabweanRightsMatter in an online campaign?
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

At least 60 protesters, including 2020 Booker Prize long-listed novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga, were arrested by law enforcement authorities for participating in street protests held in the capital city of Harare last Friday. 

Which countries are seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases?
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Several countries across the world are showing signs of a resurgence of Covid-19 infections merely a few months after reporting a significant decline in cases.

Explained: How Covid-19 lockdowns caused a drop in seismic noise levels worldwide
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

High frequency noise caused by human activities dropped by as much as 50 per cent between March and May this year, according to researchers.

Explained: Why young people are protesting against the government in Thailand, again
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Thailand Protests: Last week, around 3,000 young people — led by the student coalition group Free Youth — assembled at Bangkok’s historic Democracy Monument. In the days that followed, smaller protests broke out in cities and towns across the country.

Federal executions resume in the US: The debate, the history
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

On July 15, Daniel Lewis Lee became the first federal inmate to be executed in the United States in 17 years.

How RPF constables’ bid to feed migrant workers brought all of Vasco on one track
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

For nearly 50 days after the lockdown commenced, the RPF personnel and station staff were able to develop a food distribution system that ran like clockwork.

Explained: Kanye West, his career, politics and now presidential bid
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

While rapper Kanye West has said he will run for President of the United States, he has not confirmed if he has submitted the official paperwork required to appear on state election ballots.

Population of endangered New Zealand native bird kaki soars by 30 per cent
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

A large-scale conservation project by the New Zealand government has helped double the number of kaki birds found in the wild over the last two years.

Explained: Why US corporates like Unilever and Verizon are pulling ads from Facebook
Tue, Jun 30, 2020

Facebook’s recent policy tweaks did little to suppress the growing revolt among advertisers worldwide, who have criticised the company for allegedly failing to contain the rampant spread of hate speech and misinformation.

Explained: Why the Trump family is trying to block a book by US President’s niece
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

Donald Trump’s brother Robert has filed a complaint on the grounds that Mary Trump’s book violates a non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2001, during a legal battle over the Trump family estate.

Explained: How Jean Smith Kennedy, JFK’s younger sister, helped end sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland
Sat, Jun 20, 2020

Jean Smith Kennedy, who died at the age of 92 on Wednesday, was known for her unconventional approach to diplomacy and her tendency to flout protocol during her 5-year term in Dublin.

WATCH: Caught in fishing nets, Goa fishermen release Olive Ridley turtles
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

One of the turtles sustained minor injuries and has been left in the care of the state’s forest department.

#Sikh hashtag ban lifted, but community still looking for answers
Mon, Jun 15, 2020

The hashtags have been unblocked after three months, but Sikhs unhappy with explanation given by Instagram and Facebook.

In education’s new normal, some challenges for students and governments, many opportunities for edtech firms
Sat, May 30, 2020

India’s burgeoning edtech sector, worth over Rs 15,000 crore, is cashing in on the captive audience, but it is not an easy lesson for governments that have traditionally not spent on digital infrastructure

They took good care of me: 9-yr-old after solo flight back from Mumbai
Wed, May 27, 2020

Shiven had left for Mumbai on March 15 with his grandmother after his exams were cancelled on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. His holiday was unexpectedly extended when on March 24, the Centre announced a nationwide lockdown.

Why Covid-19 fears rise in South America as Brazil becomes world’s second largest hotspot
Sat, May 23, 2020

With a steadily rising number of COVID-19 cases and ill-equipped and under-funded public health systems, other parts of South America also find themselves in the midst of an uphill battle against the deadly virus.