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IRDAI health insurance panel report ready

A committee of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India that studied various aspects of health insurance, including prospects of …

This cleaner stove could save as many lives as penicillin

When product developers Alec Drummond and Jonathan Cedar began tinkering with combustion stoves during in their free time in 2006, they weren’t …

Swachh Bharat Mission a misguided approach to ending open defecation

Almost one year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) as he swept the streets of Valmiki Colony in New Delhi and …

Soaring divisions along India-Bangladesh border fence | Asia

<b>Agartala, India -</b> Zohur Ali has lived with divided loyalties since his birth in 1947, the year the British partitioned India.<p>Part of his sprawling ancestral home, a collection of mud houses with tin roofs in Tripura state, falls inside Indian territory, and part of it falls in Bangladesh.<p>Border …

India

India, Pakistan talks face new hurdles as expectations diverge

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - India plans to present Pakistan with a dossier of evidence of its involvement in militant attacks when officials from the two countries meet this month, which could jeopardize the rivals’ first attempt in months to restart talks.<p>Interviews with Indian and Pakistani …

Nawaz Sharif
Weather

Asia’s changing geopolitical contours

New configurations in Asian geopolitics are emerging thick and fast. Last month saw the initiative of a new trilateral involving India, Japan and …

Resilience by World Food Programme on Exposure

website<p>https://panorama.wfp.org/resilience<p>Exposure<p>For centuries, the people of Sahel have lived as nomadic pastoralists, migrating with their herds …

World Food Program

Text of PM’s remarks after witnessing the signing of the historic agreement between Government of India and NSCN

Tagline of #AdvantageAssam is not just a statement, but a holistic vision says PM Modi<p>#AyushmanBharat is the world’s largest healthcare program …

India

5 ways to boost well-being through sustainable urban development

Globally around 54% of people live in urban areas and this proportion is projected to increase, in particular in developing countries. Ensuring …

World Economy

Does bank regulation and competition increase transparency?

The Global Crisis has brought the ins and outs of bank stability to the attention of increasing numbers of academics and policymakers. But what is …

7 interview questions that determine emotional intelligence

Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees — as well as weeding out the ones that won't fit. A candidate's answers can be telling.<p>While different companies embody various values and cultures, success in the workplace is strongly influenced by a …

Emotional Intelligence

India's planned resettlement of Hindus in Kashmir Valley won't be smooth

His two-room apartment in a run-down township is a far cry from Chand Pandita's hometown of Anantnag, 150 miles away, in the disputed territory of Kashmir, where pristine agricultural fields spread to the horizon.<p>"Not a day goes by when we do not miss our home," said Pandita, sitting in his …

India

Why Iran nuclear deal may lead to windfall gains for India

The recent pact between Iran and the US, along with theEuropean Union(EU) and other western countries, is hailed as US PresidentBarack Obama's …

‘Indebted’ India presses Iran for gas field

<b>India has discussed ways of repaying $6.5 billion in overdue debt to Iran and development of a major gas field in the Persian Gulf, New Delhi-based</b> …

Enclaves swapped in landmark India-Bangladesh border deal

<b>India and Bangladesh have swapped control of some 160 small pockets of land on each other's territory.</b><p>The enclaves, home to some 50,000 people, were created through local peace treaties in the 18th Century.<p>New national flags were to be hoisted as a landmark accord between the two countries came …

India
Climate Change

Industrial pride, as immortalised on a packet of Indian laxative

As British factories die off, India glories in making things – even a humble vegetable product with the strange name of Sat-Isabgol<p>As everybody in Kolkata will tell you, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (the last word means thoroughfare) used to be called Harrington Street; mischievously, the city changed the …

Pursuing the global opportunity in food and agribusiness

Satisfying the world’s food needs opens the door to investment throughout the value chain.<p><b>Food and agribusiness have</b> a massive economic, social, and …

India’s skin-whitening creams highlight a complex over darker complexions

Products target darker-skinned consumers in a society where marriage websites and some Bollywood stars help to promote the idea that lighter means better<p>She is sitting in Coffee Day, a favourite spot for Mumbai high school students. “You OK, Nina?”, her friends ask as they arrive. They sit down …

Pakistan has built a massive surveillance state: report

Pakistan has stealthily built up a surveillance network that “would rival some of the world’s most powerful surveillance programmes,” according to a …

India’s DNA profiling bill may become one of the world’s most intrusive laws

Among all the forensic tools available to criminal investigators, DNA analysis is the only one that has consistently produced reliable results. Now Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, wants to ensure that the technique be used more widely to convict criminals in the country.<p>While the goal is …

Surveillance

The unhealthy modern Indian

Globalisation has led to some pretty big changes in India. But perhaps the most critical is the change to the Indian diet. While undernutrition remains a problem across the country, there is a growing obesity crisis, thanks to the influx of fast foods and packaged foods that have changed the way …

Nutrition
Climate
China

Which vision of Europe will prevail?

The negotiations leading up to the latest tentative deal on Greece’s debt brought into relief two competing visions of the European Union: the …

Europe

Earth's best-known climate scientist issues bombshell sea-level warning

The study — written by James Hansen, NASA's former lead climate scientist, and 16 coauthors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields — concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times as fast as previous consensus estimates, resulting in a sea-level rise of …

Climate Change

El Nino has affected monsoon adversely: Govt.

The El Nino has adversely affected the monsoon in the country so far and is expected to further affect the rainfall in coming months, government …

Viewpoint: Britain must pay reparations to India

<b>At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion "This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies". Speakers included former Conservative MP Sir Richard Ottaway, Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor and British historian John Mackenzie. Shashi Tharoor's</b> …

India