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Explained: What is Xenobot?

Explained: What is Xenobot?

January 21, 2020 8:35:00 am

Scientists in the United States have named the millimetre-wide robots “xenobots” — after the species of aquatic frog found across sub-Saharan Africa from Nigeria and Sudan to South Africa, Xenopus laevis.

Simply put: Contesting claims over Sai Baba

Explained: Contesting claims over the birthplace of Sai Baba

January 21, 2020 11:36:54 am

A proposed Rs 100 crore grant for Baba’s ‘birthplace’ Pathri has triggered anger in Shirdi, the town synonymous with the saint. What is the basis of Pathri’s claim? Is the quarrel rooted in faith or insecurity?

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Explained: What are locust attacks, and how does India tackle them?

January 21, 2020 9:03:35 am

A small swarm of the desert locust eats on average “as much food in one day as about 10 elephants, 25 camels or 2,500 people”.

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Explained: Why the poor in India remain poor

January 21, 2020 10:45:00 am

In India, it would take 7 generations for a member of a poor family to achieve average income, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Social Mobility report.

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Explained: UAE has been declared ‘reciprocating territory’ by India. What does this mean?

January 21, 2020 12:00:12 pm

The notification also declared a list of courts in the UAE to be “superior Courts” under the same section.

Explained: Halwa ceremony at Finance Ministry

Explained: The customary halwa ceremony at Finance Ministry ahead of Budget

January 21, 2020 6:50:31 pm

The tradition, which goes back several years, involves preparing the ‘halwa’ sweet dish in a big 'kadhai' (large frying pot) and serving it to the entire staff in the ministry.

Starr turn in impeachment drama: Why Donald Trump’s case recalls Bill Clinton’s

Starr turn in impeachment drama: Why Donald Trump’s case recalls Bill Clinton’s

January 20, 2020 8:38:45 am

Experts were divided on whether Starr would aid Trump’s defence, or prove to be a handicap as he seeks to make arguments that could be exactly opposite of what he said back in 1998.

Explained: Already low, how India-Pakistan trade nearly collapsed in 2019

Explained: Already low, how India-Pakistan trade nearly collapsed in 2019

January 20, 2020 10:20:22 am

Tensions between India and Pakistan in 2019 have reduced the already low volumes of trade between the two countries to near zero.

Explained: How IVF is reversing an imminent extinction

Explained: How IVF is reversing an imminent extinction

January 20, 2020 8:45:17 am

The death of Sudan, who was earlier at the Dvur Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic, left the world with only two northern white rhinos, Najin, 30, and Fatu, 19 — both female.

Explained: What is the agreement to settle Bru refugees in Tripura

Explained: What is the agreement to settle Bru refugees in Tripura?

January 20, 2020 9:21:43 am

Centre, Tripura, and Mizoram have signed an agreement with the Bru/Reang community that promises to end their 23-year-old internal displacement crisis. How did the deal come about, and what happens now?

Explained: The Pulse Polio programme, and why India still runs it

Explained: The Pulse Polio Programme, and why India still runs it

January 20, 2020 9:34:00 am

The WHO on February 24, 2012, removed India from the list of countries with active endemic wild polio virus transmission.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle no longer ‘Royal Highnesses’: What this means

January 21, 2020 7:45:36 pm

In an unprecedented move earlier this month, Harry and Meghan said they would step back as senior members of the Royal Family and spend more time in North America.

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Explained: Why tribes in Brazil are protesting against President Jair Bolsonaro

January 20, 2020 9:41:47 am

Native tribes in Brazil came together to sign a manifesto on Friday, accusing Bolsonaro’s government of planning “genocide, ethnocide, and ecocide”.

Simply put: Contesting claims over Sai Baba

Explained: The many beliefs surrounding Sai Baba’s place of birth

January 20, 2020 9:43:07 am

The temple town of Shirdi witnessed a bandh on January 19 due to a controversy over Sai Baba's birthplace.

Explained: Can National Agriculture Market spur diversification in Punjab?

January 20, 2020 9:52:34 am

There are 18.50 lakh farmers in Punjab out of which around 2,10,438 farmers (11.3 per cent) have been registered. They are being facilitated by 1,369 traders and, 5,241 arhtiyas (commission agents) registered on the e-NAM portal.

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Explained: Why Pune-Mumbai Hyperloop may be scrapped

January 20, 2020 9:54:58 am

In November 2018, the state Urban Development Department accorded the Hyperloop project the status of a ‘Public Infrastructure Project’ and gave the go-ahead to award the work using the Swiss Challenge Method.

Explained: How Yemen's war has resulted in rival powers battling over banknotes

Explained: How Yemen’s war has resulted in rival powers battling over banknotes

January 20, 2020 9:50:39 am

Yemenis from both sides said the ban had effectively created two currencies with diverging values, adding to the turmoil in a state already governed by two powers and brought to its knees by the war.

Explained: Ahead of Bolsonaro's visit on Republic Day, a look at India-Brazil ties

Explained: Ahead of Bolsonaro’s visit on Republic Day, a look at India-Brazil ties

January 20, 2020 9:49:51 am

Modern-day diplomatic ties between India and Brazil were established in 1948, soon after India got independence in 1947.

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NSA in Delhi: What the L-G’s notification says, what it really means

January 18, 2020 1:58:20 pm

Given the daily protests in the national capital against the new citizenship law, the NPR, and the proposed NRC, the order triggered apprehensions on Friday night that a crackdown was imminent. Delhi Police officers have, however, clarified that the order is routine, and is issued periodically.

Explained: What China’s lowest birth rate says about the country’s one-child policy

January 18, 2020 1:07:11 pm

This fall in birth rate can be largely attributed to China’s one-child policy, which came into force in 1979 under then-leader Deng Xiaoping. According to a Deloitte Insights report, China’s population has aged faster than elsewhere, which will slow down the country’s growth potential.

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