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The climax

India fell at the last-four stage, and cricket will now have a new World Cup winner The ICC World Cup awaits its Sunday climax with England taking on New Zealand in the final at Lord’s. However, closer home, disappointment lingers over India’s exit at the last-four stage. It is a …

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Aftershocks in Goa

By aiding defections, the BJP is shrinking opposition space in an unseemly fashion The near liquidation of the Congress legislature party in Goa, close on the heels of a rebellion of Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators in neighbouring Karnataka, is the latest aftershock of the national election results in …

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Game of chicken that can end in disaster

The confrontation between the U.S. and Iran in West Asia could snowball with damaging economic consequences On July 7, Iran announced that it would begin enriching uranium above a concentration of 3.67% permitted under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached by Iran and …

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A case of confused thinking

The draft National Education Policy lacks the very abilities it emphasises — critical thinking and deeper understanding The draft National Education Policy (NEP) 2019 recommends a restructuring of school years and the curriculum, in a wide-ranging manner. If properly implemented, many of the suggested changes may help education. These include …

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Death by digital exclusion?

Many in Jharkhand have been denied food under the public distribution system as their ration cards have been cancelled in the mad rush for putting in place a digital system. While activists claim that some have died from starvation, the government denies this. Shiv Sahay Singh reports on the problems …

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Firm says $32 mn missing in cryptocurrency hack

A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange said on Friday it had halted all services after losing cryptocurrency worth more than $32 million in the latest hack involving virtual money. Remixpoint said its subsidiary BITPoint Japan discovered overnight that about $32.3 million in various digital currencies had gone missing. The apparent hack was …

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Google to probe leak of private conversations

Google said it was conducting an internal review after it discovered confidential audio had been leaked by a contractor of private conversations with its digital assistant. The U.S. internet giant acknowledged “misconduct” in the leak of the Dutch language conversations by one of its language experts contracted to help refine …

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In a first, AI program beats pros in six-player poker

Artificial intelligence programs have bested humans in checkers, chess, Go and two-player poker, but multi-player poker was always believed to be a bigger ask. Mission: accomplished. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, working with Facebook’s AI initiative, has announced that their program defeated a group of top pros in six-player no-limit …

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