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Sabarimala order: What is the ‘essentiality’ test in religious practice?

The doctrine of "essentiality" was invented by a seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court in the 'Shirur Mutt' case in 1954. The court held that the term "religion" will cover all rituals and practices "integral" to a religion, and took upon itself the responsibility of determining the essential and non-essential practices of a religion.

Explained: Why tourist hotspot Venice has gone under water

As a result of the “apocalyptic” floods, the city’s historic basilica and other areas were left underwater. Subsequently, Brugnaro blamed the flooding on climate change.

Republic Day 2020: Who is Jair Bolsonaro, the man who will be Chief Guest?

For many years, Bolsonaro had been on the fringes of Brazilian politics, but was suddenly propelled to prominence after a major corruption scandal-tainted the image of the country’s mainstream political class.

Explained: Who was Bahaa Abu al-Ata, the Palestinian militant killed in Gaza?

Bahaa Abu al-Ata played a major role in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s military wing. He was a household name in Gaza, and had been on Israel’s hit list for years, being accused of plotting rocket fire, drone, and sniper attacks into Israeli territory

Explained: RBI’s quandary — boost growth or arrest inflation

India's central bank has been cutting interest rates all year long in order to address the growth slowdown but with the latest retail inflation breaching RBI’s target level, the RBI might be forced to reconsider.

Explained: What bringing the Chief Justice of India’s office under RTI means

While the office of the CJI is now under the RTI’s ambit, the CBI is exempt. When the UPA government brought the RTI law on October 12, 2005, the CBI was under it.

BRICS Summit: What it means for India in the global order

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, his sixth since he assumed office in 2014, it will be the beginning of what New Delhi sees as the “second cycle” of BRICS.

Explained: How Guru Nanak’s langar is helping UN achieve its ‘zero hunger’ goal

Of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the second one ⁠— ‘zero hunger’ ⁠— aims to end extreme hunger and malnutrition, especially among children, by 2030.

Explained | Dollar domination: Why global markets depend on the US currency

A Fed research paper estimated in 2017 that as much as 70% of all dollars are held outside the United States and 60% of all $100 bills circulated overseas.

Rafale review petition: Plea to rethink rejection of SC-guided probe into 36-jet deal

The IAF had issued a tender for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) in 2007, and at the end of a stringent selection process in 2012, Rafale was chosen.

Sabarimala review petition: Challenge to order that opened temple to all women

Basis of the ban: The petitioners have argued that the court erroneously concluded that the ban is based on the age of women; in fact,it is based on the celibate nature of Ayyappa, which is distinct to Sabarimala.

Explained: Why Hockey 5s could be the future of the sport at Olympics

What were once whispers have turned into roars that the shorter version of the sport will replace the traditional 11-a-side game at the Olympics, with many even suggesting the change could take place as soon as the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.