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Mughalsarai: Renaming British-era train station causes Indian political storm

<b>Mughalsarai, an iconic British-era railway station, has played an important role in India's transport history since its construction in the 19th Century. But it has been in the news recently for an entirely different reason - its name, writes the BBC's Vikas Pandey.</b><p>The British built the station in …

India must build on the decline in maternal mortality | editorials

A sharp drop in the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in India from 167 per 100,000 live births in 2011-2013 to 130 in 2014-16 is a positive indication …

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

Consciousness

All Galaxies in Our Universe Seem to Have One Surprising Feature in Common

The cosmic clockwork is beautiful.<p>There's a surprising amount of order in this chaotic Universe of ours, but this is a pretty weird one - astronomers …

The most Hindu of them all

Religion was always recognised in India’s public sphere — but, unlike now, in the plural<p>Written by |<p>During the last election campaign in Gujarat, …

Wealth and Hindutva: For the BJP, one is for rich and the other is for poor

After four years of falling short, the BJP knows that it cannot go back to the larger, non-urban electorate with economic delivery as its election …

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians

The strains of Hindi carols have rung out in the Aligarh Church of Ascension every Christmas since 1858. Armed police on the grounds is a more recent tradition.<p>This year the officers will be out in force. On Thursday night in the north Indian city, Rahul Chauhan was playing tabla drums while the …

India

What will it take to keep India united?

This is a forbidden question we must ask. I began by remarking that as a 70-year-old nation state, India was older than some which had a shorter shelf life. Yugoslavia and the USSR were mentioned among others. I have also said that maintaining its integrity and unity has been the greatest …

India

How India is battling sexual violence: gender classes for Delhi rickshaw drivers

We tell them 70% of their passengers are women. So if we won’t come out, how will the drivers earn? Rutika Sharma, social worker<p>In the dim classroom, the low lights form a halo around Achyuta Dyansamantra as he strides back and forth before a whiteboard, intoning into the microphone like a preacher.<p>…

Hindutva forces must listen to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s message of tolerance | editorials

The recent statements from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat seem to mark a welcome shift from some of the organisation’s rigid positions of the past.<p>Speaking …

India

#AintNoCinderella: Why Indian women are posting midnight photos

<b>Women in India have been posting photographs of themselves enjoying a night out on social media in response to a politician who said a woman who was chased in her car by two men "should not have gone out so late at night".</b><p>Varnika Kundu, who works as a DJ in the northern city of Chandigarh, was …

Social Media

'You are worse than I am': Trump told Turnbull he admired offshore detention

Leaked transcript shows PM told the US president on first phone call detainees on Manus and Nauru were ‘basically economic refugees’<p>Donald Trump told the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that a deal to admit to the US refugees currently held on Manus island and Nauru was “stupid” and …

India’s Battered Free Press

Press freedom in India suffered a fresh blow on Monday when the country’s main investigative agency raided homes and offices connected to the founders of NDTV, India’s oldest television news station. The raids mark an alarming new level of intimidation of India’s news media under Prime Minister …

Centre missed point of women empowerment by not exempting tax on sanitary napkins: Congress

<b>New Delhi:</b> The Central Government which has run the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign actually missed the point by not exempting tax on sanitary …

India

How Indian men are keeping women out of the workforce | editorials

The World Bank’s India Development Report, which was released on Monday, had some serious news for the country’s policymakers. The country, the …

Demographics

'Bomb violence with mercy': anti-terror ad goes viral in Middle East

Video by Kuwaiti telecoms firm Zain aired during Ramadan divides opinion with depiction of victims confronting a bomber<p>A Ramadan TV ad by a Middle Eastern telecommunications company in which victims of terrorism confront a suicide bomber and urge society to “bomb violence with mercy” has provoked a …

Extremism

Jewish life in Iran was 'always better than in Europe'

Iran is frequently at odds with Israel, despite having the second biggest Jewish community in the Middle East. DW's Theresa Tropper spoke with the …

Dissent and plurality, symbols of Hindu tradition, are under severe assault | opinion

Dissent is one word which has assured, in the last few years, a currency unprecedented in our democratic history. The reason obviously is that at …

3,000-year-old judge discovered in Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered a tomb near an ancient court room, estimated to be over 3,000 years old.<p>The find was made near the Nile city Luxor, in the east of the country. The archaeologists says the remains found in the Dra Abu-el Naga necropolis belong to Userhat, a judge who lived …

Time to focus on women’s access to sanitation, hygiene | analysis

In the urban milieu, a 1-BHK is the bare minimum a family should have, in terms of shelter. And that unit includes bathroom space, however, small.<p>In …

Personal Hygiene

This explains why Venezuelans reelect leaders who dismantle democracy

By Milan Svolik<p>On Friday, the Venezuelan government, run by the party of the leftist populist Hugo Chávez, banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles from running for office for 15 years. The ban follows a ruling a few days ago by the Venezuelan Supreme Court to strip the National Assembly, run by …

#StopHindiChauvinism: Uniformity is not a prerequisite for unity | opinion

On Friday, the working president of the DMK, MK Stalin, noticed that the milestones on the Chittoor-Vellore Highway and National Highway 77 in Tamil …

I was rejected by every PhD program I applied to. This year, I got into my top choice. Here’s how

Around this time last year, I was reading my final rejection letter from the University of California-Berkeley. It wasn’t much of a surprise. By the time the email appeared in my inbox, four other universities—Yale, Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania—had already denied me …

College & University

Iran willing to mediate between Pakistan, India over Kashmir, says envoy

<b>Islamabad:</b> Iran has said it is willing to mediate between Pakistan and India over the Kashmir issue if requested as any conflict between the two …

Pakistan

7 of the Most Extreme Towns on the Planet

From cold to hot and high to remote, these are some of the most extreme locations that humans inhabit.<p>In towns that have hundreds of citizens to cities that have hundreds of thousands, residents of Earth have found some extreme locations to call home. Let's take a tour of some of the coldest, most …

Declan Murphy: ‘When I woke up, I had no memory of my life as a jockey’

The former jump jockey reveals how he pieced together his missing years – and what it cost his friends and family<p>The moment that changed Declan Murphy’s life for ever arrived when he was 28. It was in 1994 at a May bank holiday meeting at Haydock Park, and Murphy, a celebrated jump jockey, was at …

New Simulations Suggest Dark Energy Might Not Exist

68 percent of the Universe might not exist.<p>Ever since the late 1990s, physicists have been fairly certain that the Universe isn't only getting …

Indian State Is Expanding Penalty for Killing a Cow to Life in Prison

NEW DELHI — The Indian state of Gujarat is tightening the punishment for the slaughter of cows, considered sacred in Hinduism, to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.<p>The move on Friday came after a government crackdown on the largely Muslim-run buffalo slaughterhouses in the state of Uttar …

India

Lawmakers in India’s tech hub want women banned from night shifts so they can be better mothers

For years, night shifts at work have been the norm in India’s Silicon Valley, thanks to the different time zones that the techies here must traverse to liaise with clients and colleagues in the West. A good section of these IT employees in Bengaluru are women.<p>Earlier this week, however, it dawned …

Employment