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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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Are Modi And Amit Shah Expecting Too Much Of ‘Hindu Extremism’?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah face rising levels of popular scepticism and disappointment. Their main response is Hindu extremism, which is a risky tactic in regions where it has sparked little enthusiasm and with groups who are anxious about other issues. No national leader since Indira …

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Dropping The Idea Of Islamic Banking In India Will Leave Millions Shortchanged

In India, there is an unmet market need for such products. Why can’t it come in the category of another financial product aimed at a niche audience? There is an air of finality and inevitability to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recent decision to rule out introducing Islamic banking …

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Will The ‘Lingayat Gamble’ Work In Karnataka Or Start A Hindu Vote War?

History has it that the BJP benefits every time the narrative shifts to religious undertones. The newly appointed Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a man with considerable work at hand, and joining him is the incumbent chief minister of Karnataka, and his army of strategists and political heavyweights from the …

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A Forgotten Memorial That Gives Indian Soldiers Of Yore Their Due

We have an obligation to those whose valour and heroism deserves recognition even if they fought and died as part of a war that was not India’s. Cavalry officers have always felt that brief surge of extra pride in the month of November, when traffic on Delhi’s busy Teen Murti …

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Firebrand Leader Of Vishwa Hindu Parishad Pravin Togadia Is ‘Missing’ In Gujarat

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today claimed its international working president Pravin Togadia was “missing” since morning and held a protest demanding that he be “traced”. The VHP claimed Togadia (62) was detained by the Rajasthan Police in connection with a case, but the latter denied this. Local Sola police …

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Over 20 Lakh Devotees Take Holy Dip On Makar Sankranti In River Ganga

Nearly 20 lakh devotees from across the country as well as from neighbouring Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh today took a holy dip at the confluence of the River Ganga and the Bay of Bengal on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. With prayers on their lips, the devotees jostled for space …

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India’s Cricket Team Selection: Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Cricket is a funny game and in a week’s time perspectives can change drastically. The ongoing South Africa-India Test series is a classic example of that. Before the start of the series in Cape Town, we were considering this tour as India’s best chance to register a Test series win …

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Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson Among 1122 Registering For IPL-2018 Auctions

A whopping 1122 players including the likes of Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, Joe Root and Shane Watson have signed up on expected lines to be part of the upcoming IPL auction, the BCCI announced. The auction, scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28, will also see …

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What Is To Blame For The Mounting Shortage Of District Court Judges In India?

Not the current recruitment system as is generally believed. For a while now, the ever increasing vacancies in the judiciary have invited attention to the process of appointing judges to High Courts and the Supreme Court – but not to lower courts. With 23% posts lying vacant and nearly 2.62 …

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