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Refugee crisis? The influx into European nations is a godsend for its economies

The continent is rapidly ageing and, unless it takes lessons from the US in welcoming immigration, its growth will suffer.<p>At a dinner organised by a …

Net Neutrality report: Messages to voice-calls, key points in DoT recommendations

Net Neutrality report by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) calls for conforming to the core principle<p>Written by | New Delhi |<p>The Department of …

Net Neutrality

Let’s not be complacent

Grassroots democracy makes an emergency more difficult today. But largescale urban discontent is growing<p>Written by |<p>We cannot be Emergency-proof so …

India

The diet that is changing tennis

During Andre Agassi’s two decade stint in tennis, the one constant in his team was his fitness trainer Gil Reyes, the man who became the player’s rock throughout his career.<p>Reyes remembers an evening during his charge’s run to the 1990 French Open final when Nick Bollettieri, Agassi’s coach, was …

Child marriage in India finally meets its match as young brides turn to courts

Santa Devi Meghwal was married off when she was 11 months old. She knew that, on turning 16, she would move in with her husband and his parents.<p>The reality hit her when they turned up at her house in Rohicha Kallan village in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district on a scorching day three years ago to take …

India

One year of NDA: Change or continuity in foreign policy?

Among the many aspects of Narendra Modi’s leadership that were being propagated during the election campaign last year, his acumen for foreign policy …

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear

(Reuters) - Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.<p>Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller - so small, some …

Wearable Tech

Depression kills too many people in India but smartphones can help

India has among the highest rates of depression in the world. If Deepika Padukone, a leading Bollywood actress, hadn’t talked publicly about her battle with depression, you probably wouldn’t know.<p>And the stigma attached to mental illnesses is hurting India. Few are brave to speak about it to …

The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools

<i>Nishith Sharma is the co-founder of frrole, a social intelligence startup.</i><p>Raw data is boring and it’s difficult to make sense of it in its natural form. Add visualization to it and you get something that everybody can easily digest. Not only you can make sense of it faster, but you can also observe …

Data Visualization

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Financial inclusion, 20-year map must: PM Narendra Modi to banks

He encouraged banks to build on the success of schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana and Direct Benefit Transfer.<p>By: | Mumbai |<p>Prime …

India

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

Inside North Korea: fashion, booze and house prices

North Korea is undergoing some startling developments, write Daniel Tudor and James Pearson in their book North Korea Confidential<p>The city of Chongjin, once stricken by famine, is today developing a rather different reputation.<p>The city is still under the firm grip of the state, but among many <b>North</b> …

North Korea

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

23 Surprising Facts About Being an Entrepreneur | Inc.com

Being an entrepreneur is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it does open up the amazing opportunity to run with your ideas and see if they will actually work. It is a way to bring your passion to life as you help make people's lives better. It is your avenue to severing the ties of a 9-to-5 …

Entrepreneurship

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

5 Ways to Use Milk for Silky Smooth Skin

An amazing skin-care product could be sitting in your fridge right now.<p>Sure, you could load up on pricey cleansers and moisturizers—or you could use a product that's practically free and probably already in your kitchen: milk. Natural-beauty expert Paige Padgett says the ingredient can help soften, …

Skin Care