Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Great Game is not a zero-sum deal

India and China can work together, bilaterally and in multilateral groupings, to build a secure Afghanistan There is an air of uncertainty about the U.S.’s intentions in Afghanistan. The likelihood of an American pullout raises the spectre of instability in Afghanistan, South and Central Asia. If this happens, security could …

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Judicial evasion and the status quo

In high stakes cases, the Supreme Court must ensure that judgments are timely and clear On October 26, 2018, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India, was confronted with a straightforward legal question: whether the decision taken by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) …

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Sabarimala through the ages

The focus needs to shift from the entry of women to ecological destruction of the Western Ghats Public opinion on the question of women’s entry into Sabarimala is polarised. While some cite “age-old traditions” to explain why women aged 10 to 50 should not enter the temple, others believe that …

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Satellite images help assess poverty

High-resolution satellite data can precisely assess the status of poverty at household level in rural areas of developing countries, according to a study. If countries are to achieve the U.N. sustainable development goals, it is particularly important to track the living conditions in poor nations around the world where the …

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Why some snakes are deadlier than others

The environment holds the key: study Scientists have uncovered why the venom of some snakes makes them so much deadlier than others. Some species, such as cobras, boomslangs and rattlesnakes, have far more venom than they apparently need. Why venoms vary so much in their ability to kill or incapacitate …

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Annual show of zeal grips Manila

Many believe that a historic Jesus statue, paraded every year, brings good fortune Throngs of believers flung themselves at a historic statue of Jesus Christ as it was paraded through the Philippine capital on Wednesday in an annual festival that is one of the world’s biggest shows of Catholic zeal. …

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RBI makes changes in gold scheme

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made some changes in the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS) by including charitable institutions and the Central government, among others. Apart from individual and joint depositors, the scheme could now be availed by charitable institutions, the Central government, the State government or any other entity …

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Tax threshold among key GST meet agenda

Rate cut for under construction properties, composition scheme for small service providers on cards Some of the key issues likely to be discussed during the 32nd GST Council meeting on Thursday include increasing the Rs. 20-lakh threshold for GST eligibility, reducing tax rate on under-construction properties in a bid to …

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