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Nixon installed President

Mr. Richard Nixon was sworn in as the 37th President of the United States to-day [Jan. 20] and the inaugural ceremony held on the cold, damp steps of the Capitol marked the return of the Republicans to Washington after waiting in the wings for the last eight years. Unlike the …

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Unity and strength

It is always easier to agree on the ends than on the means. Opposition parties that came together at the Kolkata rally hosted by Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee had a commonality of purpose — defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party. But little else. To share a dais and hold hands …

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Clear the air

That troubling questions about the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets will persist despite a clean chit of sorts from the Supreme Court, was demonstrated compellingly last week following The Hindu ’s detailed investigation into the deal. It showed that in comparison to the bid under the UPA there was …

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The story behind a story

In 2008, when journalist Aidan White wrote To Tell You the Truth: The Ethical Journalism Initiative , there was no social media. At the time, the first step towards building public trust in journalism was by developing and implementing ethical standards. “When media act ethically and have systems in place …

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Fabrication and falsification

Chunni Devi (name changed), an Adivasi woman in her late 20s, lives with her three under-nourished children in Mahuadand, Jharkhand. Her husband died more than a year ago due to the cold conditions in the area. She is yet to get a widow’s pension and ration under the Antyodaya category. …

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This is not the future we want

In what appears to be draft zero of the BJP’s election manifesto, NITI Aayog released the ‘Strategy for New India @ 75’ document in 2018. This high-sounding and aspirational strategy aims to achieve a ‘New India’ by 2022, when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence.The strategy has many …

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Steel frame or steel cage?

In his letter of resignation from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in early January, Shah Faesal cites a number of reasons. He became an icon and a celebrity when he topped the IAS examination, in 2010. He was the first Kashmiri to do so. Now, after his resignation, he is …

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Dandiya moves

Folk artists from Gujarat performing Maniyaro, a version of dandiya, at a cultural event on the sidelines of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 in Ahmedabad.Vijay Soneji Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/dandiya-moves/article26046012.ece

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Climate change: toast of a German town

In the basement of the new Van Volxem vinery building, Christoph Dirksen, one of the Mosel region’s most important wine tasters, was making his rounds sampling from giant stainless-steel tanks.It’s early to make a final judgment on the wines of 2018, even for Dirksen, a critic for Vinum , an …

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#10YearChallenge: viral trend or a boon to giant tech firms?

The #10YearChallenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression?The #10YearChallenge gained widespread traction on social media this month. It calls for posting two photos …

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