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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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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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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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When A Man Is Killed But The Woman Is The Victim

Whether it be Hadiya, who was more fortunate than poor Ankit who was brutally killed by his girl friends family, the issue is not just about religion but more about the patriarchal and intolerant approach towards the rights of the girl child. Hadiya’s father tried her to lock her up …

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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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Harnaam Kaur – First Bearded Woman Ever in Fashion History

Harnaam Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that causes her to grow excess facial hair. First woman with beard of the catwalk history. This 24 years old British woman just broke out fashion stereotypes. For jewellery designer Marianna Harutunian’s show, in London, Harnaam Kaur tried her hand at …

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