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Emoji Power: A New Mosquito Emoticon May Help Battle Diseases Like Dengue

Smartphones have already been identified as tools for surveillance of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks. A mosquito emoji can help get the message home. Mosquitoes are coming. The Unicode Consortium has just announced that alongside your smiling face – or perhaps crying face – emoji you’ll soon be able to add a …

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Why an Early Election Has Become a Political Compulsion for Narendra Modi?

The “secular” realm – jobs, prices, the economy, living conditions – is trumping the world of perverse ideas delivered slickly through clever propaganda disseminated by fanatical Hindutva outfits and a section of the fawning media. Rulers seldom know what’s happening, do they? They have the intelligence apparatus and their party …

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Viral Craze Priya Varrier’s Wink Is A Relief When Love And Sex Become Burning Issues

She is forward. She winks. She flirts. She puts the tease into eve teasing. In real life, the moral police would probably come down on her like a ton of bricks. It’s the wink that launched a thousand memes. Priya Prakash Varrier has taken the internet by storm. The wink …

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As Elections Near, Rattled Sangh Parivar Plays Polarisation Game to Recover Lost Ground

There is no mistaking a new sense of urgency in the BJP and the larger Sangh parivar. The results in the Gujarat elections and Rajasthan bypolls point to rising popular dissatisfaction with the party. Eight state-level elections, including in Rajasthan and Karnataka, are on the way and by May next …

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‘Housing For All’ Means Nothing For India’s Migrant Workers

Earning less than a living wage, migrant workers resort to living in the open, in shared and cramped rented rooms, or within the workplace. The Union Budget, announced on February 1, has committed to provide assistance for building 3.7 million houses in urban areas in 2018-19 under the Pradhan Mantri …

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The Hidden Tragedy In Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugee Camps

Modina Khatun stared blankly at the hilltop holding the grave of her 5-year-old daughter Romaida, the latest refugee to be buried in a makeshift cemetery overlooking a patchwork of thousands of plastic emergency tents. Khatun’s daughter died on a hot morning last November in Kutupalong, a vast refugee camp in …

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Will ‘Modicare’ Make A Difference?

KhabarLive analyses world’s largest healthcare scheme announced in this year’s Budget. Few politicians can beat the ambition and audacity of schemes conceived by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The latest one is the announcement by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in this year’s Budget of the National Health Protection Scheme, or …

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Classroom Attendance In JNU Is Mandatory: What Is The Rationale?

The unrest provides an opportunity to both faculty and students to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of either attending or non-attending classes. The piece by Arunoday Majumder on the student agitation in JNU against the university’s decision to make minimum 75 per cent attendance compulsory for all students, deserves serious attention …

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With New Cracks In The Judiciary, Will Politics Reclaim Its Hold On Ayodhya Issue?

The apex court, by directing the case to come up as a title dispute, which is a narrow legal facet of this case, has thus continued to manage the conflict. The Supreme Court is all set to hear the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi matter Thursday. The 130-year old title dispute poses …

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BJP Will Mollify NDA Allies Closer To 2019, When It Risks Getting A Reduced Majority

Nineteen states have NDA governments, but the partners have lost their bargaining power because the survival of Modi government does not depend on them. In 1989, when the BJP won 85 seats in the Lok Sabha polls, there were expectations in political circles that perhaps the country was moving towards …

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