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Govt announces OROP, but leaves many unanswered questions

QUICK PILL<p>The announcement<p>Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the govt\'s plan to introduce OROP<p>His speech was more about politics and pats …

4 cases 2 meetings that may have forced Mulayam to ditch allies in Bihar

4 cases & 2 meetings that may have forced Mulayam to ditch allies in Bihar<p>The Samajwadi Party's decision to walk out of the Nitish Kumar-led alliance …

What can be undone: helping Modi reclaim India from the Nehru-Gandhi family

The Narendra Modi government is all about good governance. That's why silly things like Christmas need to move aside and make way for Good Governance …

India tales: ISRO makes bus for the future, school shuts for lack of teachers

01<p>Beyond borders: transgenders from Pakistan enliven Bhopal festival<p>There is at least one community in Pakistan that can travel to India without any …

Playing field: why cricket should be an Olympic sport

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will feature 28 sports including golf that will appear for the first time since it featured in 1904. While …

Greenpeace's new campaign: epic Bollywood posters to fight the govt

The last year has been a rough one for NGOs. Following a 2014 report by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) that accused foreign-funded NGOs of working …

Jan Aushadhi redux: will the generic drug scheme work this time around?

QUICK PILL<p>The scheme<p>NDA is relaunching UPA scheme Jan Aushadhi to make generic drugs available to the public.<br>• The scheme had flopped badly. Very few …

5 reasons why the Congress is in a shambles in Uttar Pradesh

The Congress has begun preparations for the 2017 assembly election in Uttar Pradesh rather early. The urgency, perhaps, is an acknowledgment of the …

The Cult of Sneakers: how this shoe went from crime to catwalk

It was 1989, and a boy had just been murdered for his shoes.<p>Not just any pair of shoes, though; it was a pair of Air Jordans, a shoe that …

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Eye on Hindu vote: why UP govt wants to control temples

QUICK PILL<p>The idea<p>The UP govt plans to take control of Banke Bihari temple in Mathura, Vindhyachal temple in Mirzapur<br>• The temples exploit, fleece …

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Repeat offender: Welcome Back takes a bad thing and makes it worse

QUICK PILL<p>The sequel to Welcome (2007) is a repetitive loop of silly one-liners and stale gags<p>Relies solely on self-parodying over-the-top gimmicks …

Is this honour? Sister goes home to tie rakhi, leaves a widow

QUICK PILL<p>For love<p>Archana married Hemendra Dongre last year, for love<p>Her family wanted to get her married within the caste<p>This year, they invited her …

Doomsday in 10 years: India may run out of water by 2025

We know quite well that water is scarce. Many even imagine that a Third World War will be fought over water.<p>Nonetheless, the thought of taps running …

Why public history matters: a Lahori historian argues for Aurangzeb Road

QUICK PILL<p>Kya Dilli kya Lahore<p>People in Delhi don\'t remember old street names anymore<p>Despite renaming, Lahore still remembers its Charing Cross & …

Think only Djokovic is funny? Wait till Federer leaves you in splits

They are the best male tennis players in the world (with due apologies to Rafael Nadal, on current form). One is a 17-time Grand Slam champion, the …

RSS message to Modi: the country isn't a one-man show

QUICK PILL<p>The meet<p>PM Modi, senior ministers and BJP leaders met the RSS top brass in Delhi from 2-4 September<p>Ministers gave a \"report card\" of …

Diplomatese: why it's time to let Pakistan take the first step

QUICK PILL<p>Failed dialogue<p>Pakistan has scuttled talks with India twice in the last one year<p>The aborted NSA level talks is the latest example<p>It was …

Trigger Happy: the 5 winners of our #SnapCatch Street Photography contest

We take for granted being able to quickly, inconspicuously, take a photograph of absolutely anything that catches our eye.<p>In the early days of the …

Not just a Parivar matter: why ministers trooping to RSS meet is worrying

QUICK PILL<p>The meeting<p>At RSS\' conclave, BJP ministers gave presentations on their work<p>PM Narendra Modi says the RSS gave them guidance<p>RSS says they …

Suspicion of infidelity costs Sagar wife an ear, Mumbai vendor loses pricey onions to thieves

01<p>Sordid affair: Man chops off wife's ear, fingers, toe on suspicion of infidelity<p>Suspicion, it is said, poisons a relationship. Shobha, 30, of Sagar …

Europe's migrant crisis: why did three year old Aylan Kurdi have to die?

A tragic photograph from Turkey has become the focal point of Europe's escalating migrant crisis. Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy, was on a …

Givenchy is setting up the year's most disruptive fashion show. Here's why

It's the ultimate disruption of everything haute couture stands for.<p>On September 11, when Givenchy shows its Spring-Summer 2016 line at a fashion …

Why is Delhi's AAP govt delaying the appointment of a Lokayukta?

QUICK PILL<p>The post<p>Delhi\'s last Lokayukta, Manmohan Sarin, retired in 2013<p>Since then, the post has been lying vacant<p>The philosophy<p>AAP was formed as …

Your wire on 4 September

IMPORTANT INTERESTING IGNORED<p>New refugee proposals as tension grows over Europe's migrant crisis<p><i>File photo</i><p>With tensions growing in Europe over how to …

BJP won the Bengaluru municipal corporation, but Cong may get to run it

QUICK PILL<p>The results<p>The BJP won 100 seats in the BBMP polls, Cong won 75<br>• The debacle could have been bad for CM Siddaramaiah<p>Cong game plan<p>Cong may …

Will things ever be the same again for Chhagan Bhujbal?

QUICK PILL<p>Bhujbal\'s trouble<p>Chhagan Bhujbal\'s name came up in the Telgi scam in 2010, but NCP backed him<p>But the party has deserted him in the …

Now airing: the hounding of a TV channel for showing Modi in bad light

QUICK PILL<p>The attack<p>The I&B ministry has pushed Sathiyam TV to the brink of closure<p>Why? It allegedly portrayed the prime minister in \'poor light\'<p>A …

Sports Illustrated just named Serena Williams Sportsperson of the Year

A force of nature - that's probably the most apt way to describe Serena Williams' impact on women's tennis. With her imposing presence on court and …