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Svanubhava 2015: All day and all night

From dawn to dusk and beyond, the 2015 edition of Svanubhava is going to be a 24-hour celebration of culture for the youth, by the youth. As students …

India

For Congress to accept Shashi Tharoor, he must fake mediocrity and live in Rahul’s shadow

Shashi Tharoor's problem is that he has the knack of somehow creeping into the media arc light.<p>The disquiet in the Congress over Shashi Tharoor, …

Why Indian women need to be proud about how they rule politics

OPEN TO OPINION<p>From Indira Gandhi to Jayalalithaa, our country is filled with Iron Ladies galore.<p>POLITICS<p>| 2-minute read | 05-08-2015<p>Gayatri …

Airplanes

Prove wrongdoing, Sushma dares Opposition

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday reiterated in the Lok Sabha that she had made no request or recommendation to the British …

Aadhaar and the right to privacy

Last week, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi set the cat among the pigeons when he told the Supreme Court that there was no fundamental right to privacy …

Privacy

Gurdaspur attack: Now is not the time to score points

It has been nearly seven years since the 26/11 Mumbai attacks were perpetrated by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and elements of Pakistan’s military …

A department of state

In the end, what we have is a highly uneven and differentiated university system in which there is little reflection and no consensus on what a …

Making contact with alien worlds could make us care more about our own

The Breakthrough Message competition aims to build a digital portrait of life on Earth. Making it could increase respect for the preciousness of life<p>The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has languished for more than a decade, as the hunt for habitable planets and simpler forms of …

Universe

A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Brain

Lihong Wang creates the sort of medical technology you'd expect to find on the starship Enterprise.<p>Wang, a professor of biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has already helped develop instruments that can detect individual cancer cells in the bloodstream and oxygen …

Imaging

Why screams are scary (hint: It's not because they're loud)

You know it when you hear it -- the blood-curdling peal, the hair-raising shriek -- but for years scientists have not fully understood what makes a scream a scream, says one team of researchers who believe they have figured out the secret ingredient.<p>"Everyone screams and everybody has an intuition …

Afghan attack should alert India to be prepared for spurt in terror

Monday brought a nasty shock for Afghan parliamentarians. What should have been just another day began with seven terrorists attacking the Afghan …

The unrealised American Dream

Last week’s gruesome shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States, at one of the nation’s most renowned African-American …

Charleston Church Shooting

Will expose BJP's corruption and misgovernance in run up to civic body polls: AAP - Firstpost

<b>New Delhi:</b> AAP will run a sustained campaign against the BJP, "expose its coruption and misgovernance" and "repeat its victory" in the civic body …

Prime Minister Modi wants aptitude tests for all students

An aptitude test should be conducted for all students across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while reviewing the flagship programme …

The girl in the picture: Kim Phuc's journey from war to forgiveness

<b>Ajax, Ontario, Canada (CNN) —</b> Even without the benefit of context, the image of a naked 9-year-old girl running for her life is as searing and indelible today as it was 43 years ago.<p>That image jolted people around the world. Some say it hastened the end of the Vietnam War.<p>"I always remember that …

Vietnam

Why do poor Indians continue to drink deadly moonshine?

At least 97 slum-dwellers in Mumbai died between June 18 and June 21 after drinking illicitly brewed liquor—with 46 people still undergoing treatment at various city hospitals.<p>The tragedy occurred after scores of slum residents in Malwani, a northern suburb, bought and consumed methanol-infused …

Alcohol

The silence over abusive marriages in reel and real life

The veteran actor sat alone with a woman friend in the last row of a nearly empty multiplex for Hamari Adhuri Kahani (HAK). Her smoker’s hoarse …

Sociology

One rank, one pension: Govt should fulfil its promise at the earliest

It was a key poll promise and promises are meant to be kept. And when they are not, people get disappointed and even agitate.<p>The relay-hunger strike …

Impossible for PM Narendra Modi to face House if Sushma, Raje don’t quit, warns Congress

Sources in the Congress said the party would walk alone if need be, pointing out that the party had 68 members in the Rajya Sabha.<p>In the first …

Meet the young men who make Pakistani flags in India’s Kashmir

In the blue glare of his mobile phone’s screen, Muneeb’s clean-shaven face looks pale and nervous. His friend Altaf, 18, shifts his weight from one foot to another and takes a guess: “He must be Shahid.”<p>The shadow approaches closer, the outline of a frail young man now visible. “Be quick about it. …

India

Save the Trees, Save the People

A new study shows that conservation efforts in the Brazilian Amazon are linked to lower rates of some diseases.<p>In <i>The Lorax,</i> Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s conservation parable, after an entrepreneur comes to town and chops down all the tufty truffula trees to make onesies, he gets fully reamed out …

Conservation

The Surprising Reason Dinosaurs Avoided One Area for Over 30 Million Years

Scientists have long wondered why the dinosaurs that spread across the globe 230 million years ago largely avoided living near the equator—and now …

Paleontology

Ran 7,000 Miles. Putin Still Got Them.

The Bitkovs had their lives and fortunes destroyed after they crossed Putin’s people, but they believed they’d be OK in Central America. Wrong.<p>Igor …

Urthecast unveils 1st full-color HD videos of Earth from Space Station

An HD camera mounted to the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) has just beamed down its first videos of Earth from space, and they are …

Rolf Harris Has Written a Derogatory Song About the Victims of His Sexual Assaults

Australian-born TV personality and musician Rolf Harris, currently in prison in the U.K. for a string of sexual assaults against underage girls, has …

Celebrity (Australia)

Watching the Jets: Prince George Joins Royal Family on Palace Balcony

Little Prince George joined other members of the royal family Saturday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as jets flew over for the annual "Trooping the Colour." The tradition originates from preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see and also …

Buckingham Palace

UK insurer bridges India nuclear pool gap

The UK-based insurer Marsh has come to the rescue of domestic reinsurance company GIC Re to launch India's first nuclear pool. Marsh, a global leader …

Insurance