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Thursday, January 23, 2020

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.

Explained: Why humans could soon be sacked by technological progress

Explained: Why humans could soon be sacked by technological progress

January 18, 2020 11:37:36 am

“Will there be enough work for everyone to do in the twenty-first century?... The answer is ‘no’ and... the threat of ‘technological unemployment’ is now real,” writes economist and former UK government policymaker Daniel Susskind.

Explained: Delhi has 2 lakh new teen voters; here's where they are being added

Explained: Delhi has 2 lakh new teen voters; here’s where they are being added

January 18, 2020 11:43:41 am

Out of Delhi’s 70 constituencies, the highest additions in the electoral rolls can be seen in the bordering constituencies located in North Delhi, South West Delhi and southeast Delhi.

Explained: How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial

Explained: How Donald Trump’s impeachment differs from a criminal trial

January 18, 2020 9:43:08 am

A look at some of the key differences between a courtroom trial and the impeachment trial that will play out in the coming days.

Yada Yada Virus: A new pathogen discovery that’s just, well, yada yada

Yada Yada Virus: A new pathogen discovery that’s just, well, yada yada

January 18, 2020 7:42:03 am

Yada Yada is an alphavirus, a group of viruses that the researchers described as “small, single-stranded positive-sense RNA viruses (that) include species important to human and animal health..."

Telling Numbers: In 2019, fewer death sentences overall

Telling Numbers: In 2019, fewer death sentences overall

January 18, 2020 8:33:25 am

One out of two sentences were for sexual violence-murder; in three out of four sexual violence-murder death sentences, children were the killer’s victims.

Fact Check: How 2019 amendment changed 2008 NIA Act

Fact Check: How 2019 amendment changed 2008 NIA Act

January 18, 2020 7:44:10 am

The NIA Act was enacted in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008. A decade later, the Act was amended with the objective of speedy investigation and prosecution of certain offences, including those committed outside India.

Explained: What new monsoon dates mean

January 18, 2020 8:04:18 am

The monsoon is supposed to begin on June 1, and withdraw fully by September 30. Over the past many years, however, significant changes have been seen in precipitation patterns. So, the ‘normals’ are now set to shift.

Explained: Bapu Nadkarni is dead. Here's why he will always be remembered

Explained: Why Bapu Nadkarni will always be remembered

January 18, 2020 8:08:44 am

Bapu Nadkarni's greatest strength was his accuracy while bowling, which helped him retire with a career economy rate of 1.67 in Test matches.

Explained: How 'Hulk' the German-Shephard puppy got its lime-green colour

Explained: How ‘Hulk’ the German-Shephard puppy got his lime-green colour

January 18, 2020 9:48:10 am

The lime-green colour of a newborn puppy’s fur has led his owners to name him “Hulk”.

Explained: How indigenous fire-prevention techniques are getting popular in Australia

Australia bushfires: How indigenous fire-prevention techniques are getting popular

January 18, 2020 8:25:00 am

Under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversion Act, 1990 bushfire management is separated into two categories, of firefighting and fire prevention, but amid the ongoing bushfires, indigenous methods are gaining significance.

Explained: What is the US-Guatemala asylum deal?

January 17, 2020 3:11:16 pm

Under the “safe third country” agreement, migrants have to apply for asylum in the first country they land in. If they fail to do so and proceed to the second country, they can be sent back to the first country.

Explained: How Russia's new constitutional amendment will help Putin stay in power

Explained: How Russia’s new constitutional amendment will help Putin stay in power

January 17, 2020 2:48:19 pm

Observers believe that after the constitutional changes come into force, Vladimir Putin would shift back to the prime minister's chair, effectively securing his future in power through re-elections, while redistributing some of his powers with lawmakers.

Explained: Who are impeachment managers?

Explained: Who are impeachment managers?

January 17, 2020 8:16:02 am

The trial will offer the impeachment managers a unique spotlight, and give them a high-profile opportunity to lift their standing in Congress.

Mohun Bagan-ATK merger: What changes, what remains the same?

January 17, 2020 8:17:18 am

The club will continue have its office-bearers, will hold its elections every three years and will be associated to other sports like cricket.

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