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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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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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‘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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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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Blatant Subterfuge On ‘Political Funding’ Hidden In ‘Budget 2018’

The proposed amendment to the already repealed FCRA 1976, tucked away in the last page of the Finance Bill, is akin to trying to conduct a heart or liver transplant on a person who has been dead for seven years. In 2014, the Delhi high court found BJP and the …

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Despair Looms Large In Kashmir As Civilians Continue To Face ‘Targeted Killings’

Locals claim that contrary to official statements, the deaths near encounter sites are not necessarily a result of cross firing or “collateral damage”, but are “targeted killings” that occur a considerable distance away. The year has begun on an ominous note in Kashmir with more killings of unarmed civilians. On …

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Beware Downside Risks In ‘Economic Survey’ Of India

The Economic Survey, the blueprint for 2018 Budget, is out. It gives one a feeling that all is well. A series of major reforms undertaken over the past year will allow real GDP growth to reach 6.75 per cent this fiscal and will rise to 7 to 7.5 per cent …

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On 69th Republic Day, This Village In Rajasthan Is Still Waiting For A Road

Just 3km from civilisation, this place is still living in a dark age. “Can you help me get behind bars?” cried a voice from some distance as I was trying to click a picture of three men walking towards me. As they came closer, I asked the man, who had …

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Are Weight Loss Pills Making Indians Sick?

Just because a product is available doesn’t mean that it is safe. I used to be an overweight child. In fact, I spent most of my school life being overweight. Thankfully, I’m no longer overweight (a little underweight, actually). However, back when I was in school, I honestly thought that …

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The ‘Y Chromosome’ Is Disappearing – What Will Happen To Men?

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it carries the “master switch” gene, SRY, that determines whether an embryo will develop as male (XY) or female (XX), it contains very few other genes …

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