One size does not fit all

For some momentous stories or judgments, we need to tweak the design template to introduce a one-page explainer Last week, we heard a slew of important Supreme Court judgments that have a profound impact on our lives. The available space within newspapers cannot do justice to the findings of the …

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The road to e-vehicles

Electric vehicles will reduce fuel bills and are an integral component of the smart cities project Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das recently announced that his government has introduced electric vehicles for official use. While 20 vehicles have been acquired for the first phase, another 30 are expected to be added …

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In Parliament’s court

It is time for legislation to thoroughly clean up electoral politics While the issue of candidates facing criminal charges getting elected to Parliament and State legislative Assemblies is often raised, initiatives to minimise the problem, if not eliminate it completely, have been rather slow. One had hoped that the judiciary …

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An ongoing quest for equality

The Supreme Court will soon have the opportunity to consider the differing opinions in the Sabarimala verdict On September 28, the Supreme Court delivered a 4:1 verdict, in Indian Young Lawyers Association v. State of Kerala , throwing open the doors of the Sabarimala temple to women of all ages. …

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Gandhi: a fox or a hedgehog?

He was a man who looked for a harmonious universe, but he was also a pragmatist As the world prepares to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019, opinions and views about his person and his non-violent technique of struggle remain deeply divided. For some, he was a puritanical, …

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Taking stock of dementia

A heartening feature of health care in India is how life expectancy has increased — from 32 years in 1947 to 68 years today. However, this has resulted in newer health challenges, notably cancer and dementia. Dementia refers to deterioration in a person’s mental faculties and is serious enough to …

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Trial touts dramatic benefits

Omega-3 fatty acid found to help treat cardiovascular events Cardiologists may one day have a new tool to help prevent heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients: a prescription drug that contains large doses of EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid contained in fish oil. A large clinical trial found …

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The Great Indian Male

An airline has a separate seating policy for this sub-species of homo sapiens When I first arrived on this planet as an Indian male all those years ago, I never imagined that one day I would become a personal embodiment of a global embarrassment. Please don’t think I am exaggerating; …

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The garden opposite the Taj

Imagining the Mahtab Bagh as it was supposed to be The most visited monument in India is the Taj Mahal in Agra. Guides and locals tell you stories of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s love for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, when they walk you up to the main chamber housing the …

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