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India not to consider Ayub’s conditional offer

The Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, told the Rajya Sabha to-day [December 12, New Delhi] that the conditions which President Ayub of Pakistan had made in his offer of no-war pact with India “have made it rather difficult for us to consider it.” President Ayub had said that certain things …

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Getting citizenship could become easier for some

Why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is so deeply contested What is the proposal? The winter session of Parliament may see the government push for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2016. The proposed law, which amends the original Citizenship Act of 1955, mandates that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians …

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Homeward bound?

By fleeing India, Vijay Mallya hasonly helped establish the charges against him The judicial order in the United Kingdom allowing the extradition of businessman Vijay Mallya marks a rare victory for India in getting back a fugitive from the law from another jurisdiction. Coming shortly after the United Arab Emirates …

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Friends for polls

The Congress may have won this roundof elections, but it needs more allies Post-poll alliances between parties, shaped as they are by intractable realities, are easier to form than pre-poll alliances that have to reconcile competing expectations of the prospective partners. Soon after the results of the Assembly elections were …

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On the learning curve

The Congress needs to continue to introspect afterthese victories rather than celebrate The political map of India had largely turned saffron in 2014. This has changed after the recent Assembly elections with the Congress registering a convincing victory in Chhattisgarh and just falling short of a majority in Rajasthan and …

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Engaging with climate change

A solid syllabus can enable children to hold governments to account on sustainability Thousands of schoolchildren demonstrated on the streets of Australian cities at the end of November. They were protesting against their government’s lacklustre response to climate change. Their protest march coincided with the G20 summit in Argentina. The …

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A self-goal for India

There are substantive reasons for the questions being raised about the new GDP back series Without in any way impugning the integrity of the Central Statistics Office (CSO), most knowledgeable people are asking: if most important indicators of the Indian economy were better in 2004-2014, how is the GDP growth …

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Verdict 2018, a democratic fable

As the BJP’s seal of inevitability is cracked, the Congress must diversify its narrative Election results have an inevitability, a closure once they are announced. The very numbers add to a sense of objectivity and abstraction. The results sound like a pool table score, with the Congress having retained the …

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Cosmonauts spacewalk to a ‘mystery hole’

Take samples of a cavity in Soyuz Using knives and shears, a pair of Russian spacewalkers on Tuesday cut samples of material around a mysterious hole in a Soyuz spacecraft docked on the International Space Station that a Moscow official suggested could have been deliberate sabotage. Roscosmos space agency said …

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Japan picks ‘disaster’ as symbol for 2018

It faced a series of natural calamities Japan on Wednesday selected the Chinese character for ‘disaster’ as its ‘defining symbol’ for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms. Japanese TV stations broadcast the annual announcement live, with Seihan Mori, master of the ancient …

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