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Rochdale Muslims fear fervour of youth spilling into hate and violence

The murder of a respected imam highlights the dangerous emergence of a radical and intolerant attitude towards religion<p>Community leaders paint a bleak picture for young Muslims living in the borough of Rochdale on the outskirts of Greater Manchester. They have grave concerns that Muslim youth are …

In Muzaffarnagar, rape videos herald death, judgement and communal incitement

Instead of the intersection of technology and sexual violence, and the need to investigate it, the detail that has gripped the tinderbox region is …

Russia

Inner Mongolia races to preserve threatened cultural heritage - Culture

North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region is racing to interview and record performances by aging craftsmen and artists responsible for art …

How turkeys got from Mayan temples to your Thanksgiving dinner table

It is an amusing (and apparently apocryphal) piece of Thanksgiving lore that Ben Franklin believed the turkey ought to adorn the presidential seal.<p>In reality, he was complaining in a letter to his daughter that the eagle chosen for the seal looked more like a turkey. Which, he admitted, he didn’t …

Insects

Cattle in religion and mythology

Due to the multiple benefits from cattle, there are varying beliefs about cattle in societies and religions. In some regions, especially Nepal and …

Why did Nathuram Godse kill Mahatma Gandhi?

To fathom Nathuram Godse’s patriotism and love for India, we must delve into aspects of his personal history. It is important to comprehend the psychology of a boy who was named Ramachandra Godse but who came to be known as Nathuram. Before he was born, in a small village of the Bombay-Pune belt, …

Hinduism

Why Smriti Irani as HRD minister was a terrible choice

OPEN TO OPINION<p>Should the research done by the HRD minister's advisors be taken into consideration, surely India would shoot into stratospheric …

Why do we still not know what’s inside the pyramids?

With their hidden chambers, the pyramids of Giza have yet to reveal all their secrets – how is that possible?<p>“At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley; a magnificent tomb with seals intact recovered same for your arrival congratulations,” scribbled Howard Carter in a hurriedly written …

Archaeology

Skill India: The numbers could be daunting

This could be the icing on the campaigns. For Skill India is the one that, if successful, will provide the tools (skills, if you will) for the …

Brazil

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Insight: Indian spy's role alleged in Sri Lankan president's election defeat

India

Putin critic Alexei Navalny defies house arrest and cuts off monitoring tag

Navalny received suspended sentence on 30 December for embezzling money but was not released from house arrest<p>Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag.<p>Navalny, who led mass protests against Vladimir …

Depression doesn’t make you sad all the time

When I’m having a depressive episode, I’m not walking around in tattered black clothes, weeping and wailing. I go out with friends and I crack jokes (especially sardonic ones)<p>• Scarlett Curtis: YouTube helped me with my depression<p>One of the most popular, enduring, and irritating myths about …

Europe

12 holidays to make you healthier and happier in 2017

How is 2017 feeling so far? Are you looking ahead to a year full of possibilities, or struggling through the triple whammy of hangover, post-Christmas exhaustion and winter blues? If you’re not welcoming the new year with a spring in your step, perhaps one of your resolutions should be to make time …

Canary Islands

European commission set to reject David Cameron’s migration demands

Brussels to advise that demanding citizens have job offer before travelling to UK risks infringing one of EU’s founding principles<p>David Cameron is to be warned by the European commission that a central demand in his renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership terms is likely to be rejected as …

The right stuff, at last

As champagne corks popped at New Year’s Day brunches in Delhi, Mumbai, and elsewhere, economists and other observers of the Narendra Modi government …

Why Nehru’s Planning Commission didn’t fail India—but Modi’s Niti Aayog might

India

PM Modi puts free-market stamp on new policy panel

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday named right-leaning economist Arvind Panagariya to run his new Policy Commission, hammering a final nail into the coffin of socialist planning that defined the first 67 years of independent India.<p>Panagariya, a professor at Columbia …

India

RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reform agenda.<p>Mohan Bhagwat of the …

Israeli Team Digs Up Huge 2,800-Year-Old Farmhouse

An ancient farmhouse dating back to 2,800 years ago — complete with 23 rooms, wine presses and a grain silo — is no longer lost to the ages. Over the past few weeks, archaeologists have uncovered the sprawling stone house in Rosh Ha-'Ayin, in central Israel.<p>Archaeologists found the farmhouse during …

Archaeology