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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 …

Turkey's move against Russia: Cold War redux? | Politics

On November 24, a Russian Su-24 warplane was shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border. According to Turkish officials, the plane was running an assault against Sunni-Turkmen groups fighting joint Russian-Syrian ground forces.<p>Russia has confirmed that one of their pilots died after ejecting from the …

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

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>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 …

Insects

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, …

Why Smriti Irani as HRD minister was a terrible choice

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

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 | editorials

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 …

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 …

Literature

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

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency in the run-up to this month’s presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa.<p>Sri Lanka's President Mahinda …

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

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 Putin three years ago, was handed a suspended sentence on 30 December after being found guilty of embezzling …

Depression doesn’t make you sad all the time

One of the most popular, enduring, and irritating myths about depression is that it means depressed people are sad all the time – and that by extension, people who are happy can’t be experiencing depression, even if they say they are. It is a skewed and horrible version of depression, and it’s one …

Inflammation

German anti-Islam rally hits record numbers

At least 18,000 people take part in latest PEGIDA march in Dresden, prompting rival demonstrations in several cities.<p>At least 18,000 people in the eastern German city of Dresden have taken part in rallies opposing Islamic influence in Western nations, prompting massive counter-protests in several …

Far-right Politics

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 …

European commission set to reject David Cameron’s migration demands

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 unacceptable on the grounds that it risks infringing the founding principle of the EU on the free movement of people.<p>As the prime minister …

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

Taking down one sign and putting up another; curtains down for <i>Yojana Ayog</i>, curtains up for NITI <i>Aayog</i>; a new era of planning has begun in post Nehruvian India.<p>The Planning Commission has become an easy target for writers and columnists ever since it was shot down by the highest authority. Terms like …

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>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks …

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, chief of …

Putin: If Russian bear sits still, his teeth, claws will be pulled out

Russia needs to keep actively guarding its sovereignty to avoid becoming like a chained bear whose captors "will pull out his teeth and claws," President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.<p>Responding to a question at his annual news conference about Russia's annexation of Crimea, Putin drew an analogy …

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

Science News<p>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 …