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India’s Aspirations

India’s democracy, the world’s most populous, is a marvel of the modern age: 1.3 billion people who speak more than 700 languages uniting under one …

The love for sons and appropriate attire

As one of the world’s most socially heterogeneous societies, building solidarity across social groups has been a singular challenge in India. Social …

Critics question India-US nuclear breakthrough

Critics have expressed concern after US President Barack Obama announced a breakthrough agreement with India on civilian nuclear cooperation, saying little is known about the deal and it's unclear whether compensation would be paid to victims of any nuclear disaster.<p>Detractors of the agreement also …

Travel Special: Ahmedabad's stone wonders

Ahmedabad is home to a variety of architectural styles and beautiful stone structures because of different rulers it has been under. Here's a look at …

Let’s quit together: health kicks are easier if your partner signs up too

Quitting smoking, getting fit or losing weight are all easier if your partner is on the same health kick, new research suggests.<p>People whose partner stops smoking, loses weight or gets more active are far more likely to be successful in adopting healthier habits themselves, according to a study …

Cancer

From Campfire to Haute Cuisine: How Food and Flavor Drove Human Evolution

"We owe our existence and our humanity to taste," says author John McQuaid.<p>Taste is often dismissed as the most primitive of the senses. But new research reveals it is in many ways the most subtle and complex of them all.<p>Reporting from kitchens, farms, restaurants, and science labs, Pulitzer …

Why India’s poor continue to be ravaged by the world’s oldest disease

In 2005, the World Health Organisation declared that leprosy had been effectively eradicated worldwide. But this “eradication” only conformed to an arbitrary definition they’d set for themselves a little over a decade before, which meant that its incidence had been driven down to less than a case …

West Bengal

The Indian government won’t stop my fight to save Mahan’s forests

Mahan in Madhya Pradesh is one of the oldest and largest sal forests in Asia. The local communities are dependent on the forest for their livelihoods and it is also home to several rare and endangered species. But a portion of this reserve is earmarked for open cast coal mining by Essar, a British …

Tackling the Indian house crows invading Mombasa

<b>The Indian house crow, described by scientists as an invasive pest, is living up to expectations in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, grabbing food off tourists' plates and bullying other bird species out of town.</b><p>The crows are not indigenous to East Africa but there are lots of them in …

PM Modi to launch 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme' on January 22

<b>New Delhi:</b> Government's ambitious 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme' to improve the child sex ratio (CSR) will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra …

Between good and bad inequality

In the pantheon of economic theories, the tradeoff between equality and efficiency used to occupy an exalted position. The American economist Arthur …