Monthly Archives: September 2018

A pan-India Dalit assertion

The story of the Bhim Army of western U.P. is a lens to understand the Dalit challenge to the Hindu Right In a move that took many by surprise, the Uttar Pradesh government recently released Chandrasekhar Azad, the founder of the Bhim Army Bharat Ekta Mission, from jail. It was …

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Miniature human oesophagus grown in lab

In a first, scientists have successfully grown functional version of the human food pipe using stem cells, paving the way for new ways to study and test drugs against gut disorders. The study, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell , shows how human oesophageal tissue could be grown entirely …

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Kalpana Lajmi, who carved a niche for herself, dies

Right from her first feature film, Ek Pal (1986), Kalpana Lajmi carved out a distinct space for herself in Indian cinema. Based on a short story by Maitreyi Devi, the love triangle, with Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah and Farooque Sheikh in the lead, wasn’t just seen through the perspective of …

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Rouhani blames Arab separatists for attack

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday appeared to blame Arab separatists for a deadly attack on a parade, accusing an unnamed U.S.-backed Gulf state of supporting them. Tehran also summoned diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain for allegedly hosting members of the group suspected of links to Saturday’s attack …

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British Muslim held in Syria on suspicion of being ISIS member

A British Muslim has been detained in Syria on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State. Anwar Miah, who claims to be a pharmacist from Birmingham, was reportedly seized by Kurdish forces near the Iraqi border, according to U.K. media reports. Source :

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China steps up protest over U.S. sanctions

China has responded robustly to Washington’s decision to impose military sanctions — opening up key diplomatic channels to air its protest, and recalling its visiting naval official from the U.S. It has also cancelled an upcoming defence officials meeting in Beijing later this month. On Friday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister …

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Offer of friendship not a weakness: Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan’s offer of “friendship” to India should not be considered as its weakness and the Indian leadership should shun “arrogance” to hold peace talks. Addressing Punjab bureaucracy here on Sunday, Mr. Khan said, “I hope the Indian leadership will shun arrogance and …

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Women Foreign Ministers hold meet

Women Foreign Ministers meeting for the first summit of its kind vowed on Saturday to bring a ‘women’s perspective’ to foreign policy. The two-day meeting, which began on Friday in Montreal and brought together more than half of the world’s top women diplomats, focussed on topics such as conflict prevention, …

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