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Ancient civilization: Cracking the Indus script

Andrew Robinson reflects on the most tantalizing of all the undeciphered scripts — that used in the civilization of the Indus valley in the third …

Ecology

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 …

Health Care

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 …

Emerging Markets

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>Pakistan Rangers (R) and Border …

Climate Scientists Predict an El Nino Event This Year That Could Cause ‘Mayhem’ Not Seen in Over Decade

While the parched western United States might look to the El Nino phenomenon as the “great wet hope,” NASA climate scientist Bill Patzert said the conditions are starting to look similar to those that developed nearly two decades ago and caused “mayhem.”<p>NASA’s Earth Observatory in a recent blog …

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 …

China

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 …

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

Parliament represents the dreams and voice of 125 crore Indians: PM Modi<p>Everything said in Parliament is of immense value and provides an opportunity …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 President Barack 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> …

South Asia

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 …

One of climate change’s biggest dangers is one the world still isn’t talking about

Changes in climate and weather patterns worldwide are converging with social trends, shifting populations, land use change, and increasingly impaired water infrastructure to dramatically make life worse for those across the globe. We now have evidence that climate is a major factor increasing risks …

Industrial pride, as immortalised on a packet of Indian laxative | Ian Jack

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 …

Agriculture

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 …

Skin Care

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 …

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 …

U.N. climate deal draft must be shorter, clearer - minister

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ministers working towards a new U.N. deal to tackle climate change, due in December, need a negotiating text that is shorter and more manageable than the current draft, the Marshall Islands’ foreign minister said after informal talks in Paris.<p>An aerial view …

India, Japan, U.S. plan naval exercises in tightening of ties in Indian Ocean

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Japan is set to take part in joint naval exercises with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean in October, military and diplomatic sources said, a drill that so riled China eight years ago that Delhi has not since hosted such a multilateral wargame.<p>The Indian Ocean …

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 …

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 …

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 …

India

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> …