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2 men leave footprints on moon

Two men walked on the moon to-day [July 21]. They were U.S. astronauts, Neil Armstrong (38) and Edwin Aldrin (39), the first men to leave their footprints on the dusty, rocky surface of the moon where they landed in the Lunar Module Eagle at 1-47 a.m. (I.S.T.) to-day [July 21]. …

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A new beginning

The pact between the military and civilian protesters may help Sudan turn a democracy Sudan’s ruling military council and representatives of the pro-democracy movement have signed a power-sharing agreement, signalling that its disputed transition to civilian rule is on track. Ever since President Omar al-Bashir’s fall in April amid anti-regime …

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Sucking up surplus

SEBI needs financial autonomy to remain effective as the chief markets regulator The Centre’s decision to clip the wings of the Securities and Exchange Board of India has not gone down too well with its members. Yet, the Centre is refusing to budge. In a letter dated July 10, SEBI …

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An invasive and inefficient tool

Use of facial recognition technology in law enforcement can have disastrous consequences The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) recently proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs is geared towards modernising the police force, identifying criminals, and enhancing information sharing between police units across the country. The AFRS will use images …

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Pride and melancholy

To save the hard-won press freedoms, there is a need to form a vibrant covenant between journalism and citizens Commemorative columns can be an occasion to celebrate a body of work. They have a tone of pride and professional satisfaction. But, I reside in a borderless terrain between personal satisfaction …

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An ally, a partner and American unilateralism

There are major differences but also similarities in the U.S.’s response to Russia’s S-400 deals with Turkey and India The decision by the United States to terminate Turkey’s participation in the F-35 joint strike fighter project and its threat to impose economic sanctions on Ankara under Countering America’s Adversaries Through …

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Ignoring the proportionality principle

The High Court’s verdict in theShakti Millsrape case disregards several judicial standards & precedents The Bombay High Court last month handed down a judgment upholding the validity of Section 376E of the Indian Penal Code, which authorises the award of either a life sentence or the death penalty to perpetrators …

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The tremor of unwelcome amendments

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill is a twin attack on accountability and the idea of federalism “Amendments” have haunted the Right to Information (RTI) community ever since the RTI Act came into effect almost 14 years ago. Rarely has a law been so stoutly defended by activists. It is …

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What you need when it pours

Comprehensive health, home, motor policies can save you from vagaries of weather that may singe your pocket Monsoon can certainly be a delightful season. But, though the rains bring respite from the intense heat, they quite often leave behind a trail of losses. Common problems include water-borne or viral diseases …

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