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The 9 deadliest special forces in the world

They go where other soldiers fear to tread, scoping out potential threats, taking out strategic targets and conducting daring rescue missions.<p>These really are the best of the best.<p>Although it's difficult to rank these forces relative to one another, there are some units that rise above the rest in …

Govt to amend tax law retrospectively to give relief to foreign firms

India will amend its tax law with retrospective effect to exempt foreign companies covered under double taxation avoidance agreements from the …

India

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

How Smart Is Your Artificial Intelligence?

Book smart ≠ Street smart<p>In 1950, Alan Turing, a pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI), proposed what’s now known as the Turing Test—an evaluation of a machine’s ability to behave like a human. Though there’s still plenty of room to improve, many AI systems are nearing Turing’s benchmark. And as …

Photograph: Watercolour by Robert Blemmel Schnebbelie/Wellcome Library, London<p>A lecture at the Hunterian Anatomy School, Great Windmill Street, London c. 1830. Private anatomy schools appeared from the 18th century onwards to offer the practical courses some surgeons (and later apothecaries) needed …

Graduate School

Bharti Airtel to apply for payment bank, Kotak steps in with 19.9% stake

<b>New Delhi/Mumbai:</b> Top mobile operator Bharti Airtel today said it will apply for a payment bank licence, while private sector lender Kotak Mahindra …

India's tiger population sees 30% increase

<b>India says it now has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago.</b><p>Presenting the findings of the latest tiger census, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the tiger population had risen from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014.<p>He said a number of government initiatives to streamline …

Why India should not get complacent over its tiger population

<b>How good is the news that India has almost a third more tigers than it did four years ago?</b><p>Experts say tiger numbers are the most reliable indicators of the health of the population. But they also warn that it is more important to monitor individual tiger populations every year to really get a …

<b>Daniel and Jason Freeman:</b> Efforts to prevent suicide, such as those championed, by Nick Clegg must take into account some apparently paradoxical differences between men and women

Mental Health

Germany walks a fine line amid rising anti-Muslim sentiment

Ali began noticing them in the early fall, the men on street corners of his heavily Muslim neighborhood who hoped to "talk about Islam" with him.<p>"It was clear what they really wanted," he said — for him to fight for<p>Islamic Statein the Middle East. "And I watched as friends — people I went to school …

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 …

IMF: The world economy is worse off than we thought

Sorry folks, the world economy is not going to improve much this year. Or next year.<p>The world economy will grow by just 3.5% in 2015, and by 3.7% in 2016, according to the latest estimate from the International Monetary Fund. Both estimates are down 0.3 percentage points from the group's previous …

7 things to know about Yemen

<b>(CNN) —</b> Political unrest has plagued Yemen for years, and the entire Mideast has been in turmoil for decades, particularly since 2011's Arab Spring uprising.<p>But on Tuesday, the situation in Yemen apparently became much more dire, as the country's minister of information said Shiite Houthi rebels …

Looking back at Brahmo Samaj history

An exhibition highlighting the history of Brahmo Samaj through old letters written by Raja Rammohan Roy, Keshav Chandra Sen and Rabindranath Tagore …

India

RBI issues framework for leverage ratio for banks - Firstpost

<b>Mumbai</b>: The Reserve Bank today issued a framework for leverage ratio in line with Basel III norms to enable banks to strengthen risk management …

Silence is not an option

In a piece which has attracted considerable attention in progressive circles, a prominent liberal Muslim commentator has noted with some anguish that …

Religion

Islamic difference and radicalisation

“Radicalisation” has become the standard term used to describe “what goes on before the bomb goes off.” Radicalisation as a precursor to terrorism, …

Made in India? Why manufacturing is the best route to development

India should follow the example of China to make its way in the world rather than rely on its service sector<p>China’s president, Xi Jinping, recently said “the combination of the world’s factory and the world’s back office will produce the most competitive production base”. He was referring to China …

Economic Development

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Marijuana Use Jumps In Colorado, Making It Second Highest Across US: Study

The percentage of regular marijuana users in Colorado jumped to the second-highest level in the United States as the state began legalizing the drug …

U.S.-Cuba ties: From revolution and Bay of Pigs to rapprochement

The United States and Cuba plan to restore diplomatic relations and end more than five decades of fierce animosity that at one point took the world …

Currency crisis- the trade impact

In the past year, oil prices have halved in US dollar terms. However, Russia, one of the world's largest oil exporters, continues to receive pretty …

Economics

Insurance Bill: The finer aspects

The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill that is set to be tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament in the next few days is not just about raising the …

Health Care

Mahabharat takes Indonesia by storm

On a Saturday afternoon in late September, gaggles of <i>hijab</i>-clad women, many with young children in tow, swarmed outside the closed gates of an …

Rosetta Offers New Insight Into Where Water On Earth Came From

Different kinds of rocks have different kinds of water<p>Four and a half billion years ago, the Sun and Earth were just being born out of a giant explosion, and the solar system was HOT. All that heat likely boiled away the water on Earth’s surface. So how did our parched planet come to be covered in …

Countries lax in violence prevention, says study

The Global status report on violence prevention for 2014 reveals that 4,75,000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause …

World Health Organization

Going green, brick by brick

If you thought that the green building concept was losing steam in the country, think again. As per data of the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), …

Green Living

India last among BRICS in Web index

India ranks behind China and other BRICS nations in a comprehensive index aimed at measuring the Internet’s contribution to social, economic and …

India

Climate change: Models 'underplay plant CO2 absorption'

<b>Global climate models have underestimated the amount of CO2 being absorbed by plants, according to new research.</b><p>Scientists say that between 1901 and 2010, living things absorbed 16% more of the gas than previously thought.<p>The authors say it explains why models consistently overestimated the growth …

Climate Change