Monthly Archives: February 2019

NIA questions couple via WhatsApp

In a first, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) questioned an Indian couple currently in Yemen through the messaging platform WhatsApp. Shirin Shahana and Fasal Musthafa, who allegedly persuaded Hadiya (Akhila Asokan), a homeopathy student from Kerala, to convert to Islam, were recently sent questions by the agency. A senior NIA …

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Denial of consent can’t stall ongoing probes

The high drama over the CBI’s move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner on Sunday in the chit fund scam cases raises questions about the agency’s jurisdiction in a State which has already withdrawn “general consent” for its investigations . The CBI has been investigating the Saradha scam after the Supreme …

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Modi invokes ‘Mother India’ at Jammu rally

Terming the surgical strikes “India’s new policy on terrorism”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Citizenship Amendment Bill was aimed at “standing by all children of Mother India”. “There are many natives of Mother India who have faced oppression in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh for their religious beliefs. …

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52 surplus deer moved to Arabithittu forests

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru has successfully translocated 52 spotted deer that were in surplus in its collection to Arabithittu wildlife sanctuary near here and all the animals were said to have accustom-ed to the new habitat. Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/52-surplus-deer-moved-to-arabithittu-forests/article26171780.ece

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Lakhs pay homage to Annadurai

Several lakhs of grief-stricken men and women from all over the State to-day [February 3] made a pilgrimage to the Government Estate to pay their last respects to Mr. C.N. Annadurai. It was a vast surging humanity jampacking all the approach roads to the Government Estate, demonstrating the fact that …

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We need a validation of good reporting

A news ombudsman is in a bind when his criticism of journalism is proved right. While there is an element of personal satisfaction, there is also the pain of witnessing professional shortcomings. In my column, “Discussing an editorial” (Dec. 3, 2018), I had expressed my reservations about the editorial “Number …

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Afghanistan at a crossroads

Afghanistan is seeing growing national, regional and global attempts to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict. The U.S. is desperate to extricate itself from the war, heightened by an unpredictable President and an ambitious negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad. This desperation is matched by growing fears in Afghanistan that the Taliban …

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Imagining alternative futures

The caricaturing of scientific inquiry at the recent Indian Science Congress (ISC) is only symptomatic of the larger ideological thrust through which institutions of higher education in India are now sought to be governed. Further, the choice of venue for the ISC this year — a private university in Punjab …

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Legitimacy of the basic structure

The doctrine may be derived from the abstract. But it exists within the Constitution itself It has now been more than 45 years since the Supreme Court ruled in Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala that Parliament’s power to amend the Constitution was not unlimited, that the Constitution’s basic structure …

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Train your brain to form good habits through repetition

If you want to form good habits — such as going to the gym and eating healthy — then you need to train your brain by repeating actions until they stick, says a study. Researchers created a model for the study, published in Psychological Review Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/train-your-brain-to-form-good-habits-through-repetition/article26170557.ece

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