Monthly Archives: October 2018

A bid to unlock the mysteries of solar system

A bid to unlock the mysteries of solar system

As we go about our daily routines on Earth, Japanese robots are literally hopping about on the surface of a primitive asteroid called Ryugu, some 280 million km away. The data they are collecting might unlock some of the most fundamental mysteries of our solar system. The asteroid-exploring spacecraft, Hayabusa …

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A reality check for Prime Minister Khan

A reality check for Prime Minister Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lost three National Assembly (NA) seats in the October 14 byelections, two of which were won by Mr. Khan in the July general election and vacated later, in what is widely seen as a reality check for the Prime Minister. Byelections took place …

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One step forward, two steps backward

One step forward, two steps backward

The newly-appointed U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, recently concluded a trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar aimed at setting the stage for talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Mr. Khalilzad met with Taliban representatives in Qatar in early October, following several statements made by …

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China, U.S. flaunt nuclear muscle

China, U.S. flaunt nuclear muscle

Quietly, the rapidly deteriorating ties between China and the United States — often dubbed a “trade war”— are acquiring a military edge. In the midst of the downslide in the relationship, which first began in the form of rising tariff walls and Washington’s efforts to deny high technology to China, …

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Bullet train plan stalls on land row

Bullet train plan stalls on land row

An estimated 312 villages in Gujarat and Maharashtra will have to give up land for the Rs. 1.08 lakh crore project. Additionally, 7,974 plots belonging to the forest department and railways will have to be acquired in the two States. Mr. Modi, at a meeting with the Maharashtra Chief Secretary …

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M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards: entries invited

M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards

Aspiring classical singers now have an opportunity to exhibit their talent and win the prestigious Voice of the Year 2018 award. Entries are invited for the 7th edition of the M.S. Subbulakshmi Awards from young Carnatic vocalists. The event is being organised by The Hindu along with the music company …

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Red Fort to witness another flag hoisting

Red Fort to witness another flag hoisting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join a flag-hoisting ceremony at the Red Fort on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of the ‘Azad Hind government’ headed by Subhas Chandra Bose. Interacting with BJP workers via video-conference on Wednesday, Mr. Modi announced his plans to attend the ceremony. Traditionally, the Prime …

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are migrants insecure in Gujarat?

are migrants insecure in Gujarat

What happened? Early this month, migrants working in several districts of Gujarat, and hailing mostly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, began fleeing, fearing for their lives. What was the trigger? On September 28, a 14-month-old was raped allegedly by a migrant labourer in a small village in Sabarkantha …

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The lowdown on NCR’s air quality

The lowdown on NCR’s air quality

What is it?How did it come about?Why does it matter?What lies ahead? Swinging between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ air quality for the past two weeks, the National Capital Region seems set for another lung-clogging winter this year. Figures released by the Union Health Ministry early this week showed the total …

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Dhaka faces Rohingya ire on shift plan

Dhaka faces Rohingya ire on shift plan

Within a year, the Kutupalong camps near the famed unbroken beaches of Cox’s Bazaar have emerged as home for 13 lakh Rohingya refugees who were displaced from Myanmar by its military. The Myanmar military is the enemy back home for the refugees, but they have to remain alert for the …

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