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Explained: Why Victoria Falls are down to a trickle?

December 8, 2019 10:41:52 am

The Victoria Falls are one of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions, but now one of the worst droughts of the century has reduced its flow to a trickle triggering fears that climate change might destroy a major tourist attraction such as this.

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Who is Xiyue Wang, the American freed by Iran after 3 years?

December 7, 2019 9:40:01 pm

Iran had accused the American student, Xiyue Wang, of being a spy. He was freed in exchange for an Iranian scientist, Masoud Soleimani, whom the United States had arrested in Chicago in 2018, and subsequently found guilty of violating US trade sanctions against Iran.

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Explained: What are the pension reforms that have brought lakhs of French people out on the streets?

December 7, 2019 7:01:18 pm

The protesters argue that President Emmanuel Macron's proposed pension reforms will force them to make a choice between working for long hours and receiving lower payments.

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Explained: The Bill to set up a unified Authority to regulate financial products

December 7, 2019 5:56:00 pm

Currently, the banking, capital markets and insurance sectors in IFSC are regulated by multiple regulators, i.e. RBI, SEBI and IRDAI.

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This day, 78 years ago: Remembering Pearl Harbour, the attack that changed World War II

December 7, 2019 5:12:49 pm

Before Japan attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941, relations between the US and Japan were already worsening.

Fact Check: Why planet orbiting white dwarf star is a breakthrough discovery

December 7, 2019 9:07:44 am

Some 4.5 billion years from today, our Sun will run out of fuel and shed its outer layers. What will remain of the Sun is called a “white dwarf”. Can any planet orbiting a star survive such an event?

Telling Numbers: 388 wildlife crime cases last year, over 20% were about leopards

December 7, 2019 9:10:38 am

In nearly one in every three cases —123 of the 388 — the species involved was leopards or tigers. Leopards alone accounted for over one in five cases, at 81, while 42 cases involved tigers.

Explained: What ad hoc teachers’ protest tells us about Delhi University recruitment

December 7, 2019 9:11:19 am

On Thursday, the Ministry of Human Resource Development called for a meeting with the vice-chancellor in which it was decided to take certain steps to address teachers’ concerns.

Explained: How to inspect bodies without cutting them up

December 7, 2019 9:11:59 am

In a virtual autopsy, doctors use radiation to examine the innards to reach a conclusion about the cause of death. A CT or an MRI machine could be used, in the same way that they are used to scan a living human’s body.

Explained: Why ‘carbon market’ is debated

Explained: Why ‘carbon market’ is debated

December 7, 2019 9:35:56 am

It is a major contentious issue at Madrid climate talks, dividing the developed and developing world. What is the concept, why was it felt necessary, and what are the major points of disagreement?

Explained: Why Punjab, groups in Rajasthan are upset with Arms Bill

December 7, 2019 9:01:12 am

According to NCRB's 2016 report, in Punjab, 48 were murdered by use of firearms, out of which 22 were licensed firearms and 26 were illegal. In Rajasthan, 23 victims were murdered by use of firearms and all murders were committed using illegal weapons.

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Explained: What Palestine-India techno park says of ties between the two countries

December 7, 2019 9:00:01 am

The techno park is meant to create a national business environment and culture “that will enable knowledge-based and creative enterprises as well as technology clusters to successfully operate locally, regionally and globally”.

Explained: Why Maruti Suzuki has recalled over 60,000 Smart Hybrid petrol cars

December 7, 2019 8:46:52 am

Starting Friday, owners of the suspected vehicles under this recall campaign will be contacted by Maruti Suzuki dealers for inspection and replacement of the faulty parts.

Explained: When can the police shoot to kill a criminal?

December 7, 2019 8:46:08 am

Police have said that they killed the four accused in the rape-murder case because they “attacked” the police. Under what circumstances can police shoot to kill a suspect?

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Explained: What NHRC, SC have said on encounter killings

December 7, 2019 8:45:52 am

Extra-judicial or “encounter” killings have been a contested and divisive police procedure for decades. This is what the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Supreme Court have said on the proper procedures to be followed during such action by police.

Telling Numbers: 3,800 denied boarding in June, 48,000 affected by cancellations in July

Telling Numbers: 3,800 denied boarding in June, 48,000 affected by cancellations in July

December 7, 2019 8:37:21 am

Between May and October this year, over 1,000 passengers were denied boarding by various airlines each month, peaking at 3,834 passengers in June.

Explained: What is Blue Water Force?

Explained: What is Blue Water Force?

December 7, 2019 8:37:20 am

Blue Water Force: The world’s most powerful navies — those that can operate in deep, faraway oceans

Citizenship lost and regained: the importance of being Milan Kundera

Citizenship lost and regained: the importance of being Milan Kundera

December 7, 2019 8:37:18 am

In 1979, Kundera was stripped of his citizenship of undivided Czechoslovakia. He had published a book in France called The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, whose best known line is: “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting”.

Sealed cover: What P Chidambaram bail Bench rejected

December 7, 2019 8:37:08 am

The observations of the Bench have put the spotlight back on the Supreme Court’s controversial practice of seeking and accepting information from government agencies in sealed envelopes that can only be perused by the judges.

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Explained: The issues, debate around Data Protection Bill

December 7, 2019 8:31:17 am

Cleared by the Cabinet, the Personal Data Protection Bill is due to be placed in Parliament. How does it propose to protect personal data, how is it different from previous draft, and why is it a subject of debate?