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India’s Blind Cricket World Cup – Glorious Feat Goes Unseen

It is almost three days since India retained the Blind Cricket World Cup, when it vanquished Pakistan in a dream championship clash that went the distance. In normal circumstances and given the rarity with which India achieves anything spectacular in team events, such magnificent showing should have sparked a frenzied …

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No Direct Benefits Bank Transfer For Poor In Jharkhand

The Direct Benefits Transfer pilot for subsidised foodgrains in Nagri block has, ironically, led to a quantum jump in cash transactions, inconveniencing beneficiaries and dealers as also putting enormous pressure on banks, even as 25% people still remain excluded. The introduction of any new system is bound to have some …

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This ‘Basant Panchami’, Nourish Yourself With Healthy Portion Of ‘Yellow Foods’

Eating a food that’s great for our brain is an apt way to spend this day. It’s Basant Panchami today. This festival is a celebration of the shift in seasons and marks the onset of spring. Spring denotes hope and new beginnings, and that’s probably why the colour of Basant …

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Why Are India’s Strategic Thinkers Silent About the Country’s Decline Under Modi?

The country’s national interest would be better served if foreign policy analysts think of their vocation more broadly than merely paying attention to the nuances of inter-governmental ties. The Twitter handle of India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon makes for interesting viewing. In December, he had a tongue-in-cheek response …

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Who’s Outraging Against The Daily Insults To The National Flag In India?

No one seems to feel insulted by the fact that scores of children only ever get to wave the flag while selling it at a traffic junction. The Indian external affairs minister set new standards in foreign affairs when she threatened a global e-commerce giant with a visa ban through …

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If There’s a Fire Down Below, Do You See a Firehawk up Above?

Humans might not be the only species on the planet manipulating fires to get what they want. Some say the one thing that distinguishes humans from animals is the use of fire. The title of evolutionary biologist Richard Wrangham’s book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human captures the kernel …

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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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A Job In The Corporate IT Sector: A Blessing Or A Curse?

Waking up to the alarm in the morning, running across the house to get ready and struggling in the public transport to reach office! This is what the life of most Indians typically looks like. Except for those who own businesses or are self-employed, most Indians are employed with some …

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Has Controversy Guaranteed Box Office Success For ‘Padmaavat’ Film?

The name of the game is ‘create buzz’, and films like Udta Punjab show that nothing helps that more than a pre-release controversy. For the last few months, controversy has raged over Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film Padmaavat (earlier named Padmavati). The cast and crew have been subjected to constant …

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In Cricket, Why India Keep Going Back To Parthiv And Karthik On Post Dhoni Era?

Dhoni replaced the two as India’s wicketkeeper, but two years after his retirement from Tests, both are still vying for the spot left vacant by him. On Day 3 of the second Test between India and South Africa at Centurion, there was a spell of play which was particularly frustrating …

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