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Explained: How a unique 2015 case underlined electoral process-citizenship link

Explained: How a unique 2015 case underlined electoral process-citizenship link

February 25, 2020 9:26:26 am

That 2015 case resulted in the Election Commission amending Forms 2A to 2H to underline the direct link between the citizenship of a person and the electoral system.

George Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump: Reading American Presidents India visit

George Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump: Reading American Presidents India visit

February 25, 2020 9:14:27 am

Trump is the third US President to visit India over the last decade and a half. Each of the four presidential visits — Barack Obama visited twice — have had a context. While the Presidents’ most used word has unsurprisingly been ‘India’, all their speeches have had two other things in common — the invocation of Swami Vivekananda, and praise for the Indian American community.

Telling Numbers: US-India bilateral trade and investment

February 25, 2020 9:19:13 am

The current balance of trade, which is tilted in India’s favour, has long been a sore point with Trump, who has described India as a “tariff king”. This is where things stand.

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Explained: Answers to travelers’ questions about coronavirus

February 25, 2020 1:23:44 pm

Should you cancel your trip to Asia, despite the financial penalties? Or go ahead? What about going to other parts of the world? How hard is it to disinfect an airplane, anyway, and is a mask enough to protect from the virus? Your questions answered.

Explained: Who is gangster Ravi Pujari? From crime in India to philanthropy in Senegal

February 25, 2020 1:25:33 pm

According to the police, in Senegal, Ravi Pujari had been living under the assumed name of Anthony Fernandes, running restaurants and "doing social work".

Explained: Why coronavirus presents special challenges for open-borders Europe

February 25, 2020 1:26:58 pm

The outbreak in Italy is the biggest in the world outside of Asia, and has triggered widespread fears across Europe.

Explained: As Mahathir Mohamad resigns, what next in Malaysia

February 25, 2020 1:28:01 pm

The political intrigue could bring fresh tumult to Malaysia, and deter investors looking for stability at a time when the global coronavirus epidemic and trade wars are hurting growth.

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Explained: As Julian Assange extradition hearing begins, timeline of charges he faces

February 25, 2020 1:29:26 pm

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plead guilty to computer hacking in 1995 and was fined, but avoided prison on condition that he would not reoffend.

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Explained: Mud packs and other remedies to save the Taj from pollution, age, and insects

February 25, 2020 1:32:10 pm

Mud packs were applied on the surface of the monument first in 1994, and then again in 2001, 2008, and, most recently, beginning 2014.

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Explained: The spying scandal that claimed the job of Credit Suisse CEO

February 25, 2020 1:33:45 pm

Thiam’s exit took formal shape at a board meeting on February 6. Thiam agreed to resign after acknowledging that the spying scandal had “disturbed” Credit Suisse.

Explained: What is C gretathunbergae?

Explained: What is C gretathunbergae?

February 25, 2020 1:54:29 pm

A new species of snails have been named Craspedotropis gretathunbergae, in honour of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. The species has been described in the Biodiversity Data Journal.

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Explained: How Twitter plans to flag lies and fake videos

February 24, 2020 6:59:10 am

Over the years, Twitter has often been called out by misinformation spread by its users, some of whom are politicians and public figures with a wide audience. Earlier this month, Twitter announced plans for dealing with deep fakes, or manipulated video.

Explained: How to unify defence resources

Explained: How to unify defence resources

February 25, 2020 1:44:23 pm

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat is working on a timeline for the rollout of joint commands of the Army, Navy and Air Force. What are the existing commands in India, and how will jointness help?

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Explained: 29 days this February, here’s why we have leap years

February 25, 2020 8:38:42 am

To keep in tune with the Earth’s orbit, the calendar needs to keep adding February 29 from time to time.

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Explained: What is biojet fuel, which powered the IAF aircraft mentioned by PM Modi in his Mann ki Baat?

February 25, 2020 8:50:36 am

Biojet fuel, PM Narendra Modi said, is prepared from “non-edible tree borne oil”, and is procured from various tribal areas of India.

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Explained: How Nevada victory puts Bernie Sanders in pole position to clinch Democratic nomination

February 25, 2020 8:48:37 am

The Nevada results are a clear sign of Bernie Sanders’s broad appeal in racially diverse states, whose demography approximates that of the Democratic Party.

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Explained: The state of the war in Syria, and the bloody battle for Idlib

February 25, 2020 8:41:48 am

Turkey has closed the border and is trying to seal itself from waves of displaced refugees as Assad presses forth with a brutal campaign to take back Idlib.

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Explained: Why a mission to make Maharashtra villages drought-free has been shelved

February 23, 2020 8:47:58 am

Launched in December 2014 after Maharashtra experienced consecutive droughts, Jalyukta Shivar aimed at rolling out measures that could potentially mitigate water scarcity in the most drought-prone villages in a systematic manner.

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Explained: Why Punjab still doesn’t have its own Public Library Act

February 25, 2020 8:39:41 am

As of now, 19 states have enacted their own Public Libraries Act with Tamil Nadu (formerly Madras) being the first one to implement it way back in 1948.

As India sets stage for Trump's visit, a look at previous visits by US presidents

As India sets stage for Trump’s visit, a look at previous visits by US presidents

February 23, 2020 2:23:10 pm

“Across our two countries, we have Hindus and Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jews and Buddhists. We remember the wisdom of Gandhiji who said, 'for me, different religions are flowers from the same garden or branches of the same majestic tree',” Obama said on his visit in 2015.