Akhilesh Vikram Singh

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GST: Good for business, snag for federalism?

It might be useful to begin by quickly summarising the business case for GST.<p>The GST is a tax reform that has been on the cards for more than a …

Taking a comprehensive view of quakes

The Nepal earthquake of >April 25 is the largest in the Himalayan region since the 1934 quake which measured 8.2 on the Richter scale and destroyed …

A long march to a new relationship

In 1950, the year of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China, the Indian Sinologist, …

To China with a clear strategy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s >forthcoming visit to China, beginning May 14, is of considerable interest not only to peoples inhabiting the two …

Prodigies and autistic people share genetic similarity, finds study

Researchers have found the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigiousness and autism.<p>The finding may help explain why the two groups share …

Migratory spotting throws up an Adelie surprise

Explorations in the Southern Ocean (SO) have yielded a pleasant surprise to marine scientists.<p>A young marine scientist from the Centre for Marine …

Pollution: particulate matter in India higher than WHO limit

In 2010, air pollution killed nearly 600,000 people in India, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The situation has not changed in the …

Fun and fitness

A pudgy little kid, sporting shorts and shoes, rubs his belly purposefully. Behind him stands a girl, her pink T-shirt revealing patches of sweat, …

Bundelkhand—the worst place in India to be a farmer

<b>Banda/New Delhi:</b> “I have made up my mind. I cannot repay my loans. I cannot free my land. I will die,” Ram Bahadur Singh said, with a casual chuckle. …

A look at Bharat Ratna, Padma awardees 2015

Padma Shri<p>Medicine:<p>Art:<p>Others:<p>Literature and Education:<p>Science & Engineering:<p>Sports:<p>P. V. Sindhu<p>Sardar Singh<p>Arunima Sinha<p>Saba Anjum<p>Civil Services:

Leading the debate on Net neutrality

Why now?<p>Earlier this year, TRAI released a draft consultation paper seeking views from the industry and the general public on the need for …

This week's questions

April 15, 2015 23:58 IST<p>Updated: April 15, 2015 23:58 IST<p>more-in<p>How do non-green coloured leaves in a plant photosynthesise?<p>Himanshu Rajmani,<p>What …

Question Corner: Wind direction

<b>Why do most of the clouds move from south to north direction over our subcontinent?</b><p>MAHESHKUMAR T.,<p>Clouds usually move according to the wind pattern. …

How knuckle cracking produces popping sound

For the first time ever, scientists have unassailable, experimental evidence on what causes the popping sound that is heard when knuckles are …

Pacific Ocean warms, indicates potential El Nino

Recent warming of the Pacific Ocean may signal an El Nino weather event is forming, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.<p>Climate …

For a breath of fresh air

There is a growing concern about the quality of air in our cities. Air pollution is now a major cause of diseases in India and reducing the amount of …

Conserving water: Every drop counts

For the next few weeks, we will get to know about something which is precious; which forms the basis of life; and something which all of us have …

All those beautiful birds about town

Compared to many other cities in India, Bangalore is much greener. From the terrace of our newly built house in J.P. Nagar 9th Phase, I have shot the …

Birds add colour to cities

Professional and amateur bird watchers use a variety of tools today, including online portals to keep counts of species. They update this frequently. …

Emissions from biomass burning cross the Himalayas

Contrary to the general assumption that the southern slopes of the Himalayas act as a barrier and effectively block the transportation of pollutants …

Nuclear energy turns saffron

A $350-million Indo-Canadian nuclear agreement has emerged the hallmark achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s summit with his counterpart …

Modi says his ‘historic visit’ will herald new era India-Canada ties

Winding up his visit to Canada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it was a historic trip that will herald a new era of cooperation …

Namaste France, Bonjour India

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his visit in France, he might be wondering why it hasn’t generated more of a buzz, given the range and depth …