Aprameya Rao
Aprameya Rao
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World

India's foreign policy for the next 5 years: From counter-insurgency ties to big investments, New Delhi must keep Sri Lanka warm to keep China at bay

India’s strategic autonomy in Sri Lanka will seriously be tested by the United States and – to a lesser extent – Japan.

Politics

Former CECs laud campaigning ban on politicians violating MCC, suggest stricter action for repeat offenders

Strongly objecting to the violation of the Model Code of Conduct during their Lok Sabha campaign speeches, the Election Commission of India on Monday barred four prominent politicians

World

Female Genital Mutilation has declined globally, but Dawoodi Bohra women continue to fight 'khatna' in India

International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation: In India, FGM in the form of 'khatna' is strongly associated with the Dawoodi Bohra community.

India

World Cancer Day: Early diagnosis is key to survival, say doctors but point out lack of consolidated effort to cure disease

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is the second-biggest cause of death after cardiovascular diseases, amounting to over 9.6 million deaths in 2018 worldwide

India

CN Annadurai: Legacy of a Dravidian stalwart

On February 3, 1969, Tamil Nadu witnessed over 15 million people – an unbroken world record – participating in the last journey of former chief minister Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai

India

VS Sampath says first prove that EVMs can be manipulated; on National Voters Day, ex-CEC supports empowering NOTA

With the Opposition raising concerns over alleged manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission is facing one of the toughest challenges in the last seven decades.

India

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2019: Govt wants 31 million-strong Indian diaspora to make 'desi' drive with flagship programme

The Government of India will mark the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Varanasi between 21 and 23 January. Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth will preside over the three-day convention, where the theme this year is 'Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India'.

Business

Narendra Modi inaugurates Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2019 today: Meets can help states play role in economic diplomacy

As a quintessential business hub, aided no doubt by sustained publicity efforts, Gujarat has been able to promote its biennial Global Investor Meet (GIM) on a grand scale.

India

Modi govt's 10% quota for economically weaker upper castes not a new offer; move likely to face judicial scrutiny

As per the 10% reservation approved for economically backward upper castes, any family from the general category that holds less than five acres of agricultural land, owns less than 1,000 square feet of residential property and earns less than Rs 8 lakh per annum is eligible to seek quota.

India

Atal Bihari Vajpayee's 94th birth anniversary: 'Bhishma Pitamah' of politics was known for zeal for reforms, moderate outlook

When he sat in the Opposition for many years, Vajpayee was called the “right man in the wrong party”. However, during his premiership, he began to be called “Vikas Purush”.

India

National Mathematics Day: On Srinivasa Ramanujan's 131st birth anniversary, a look at his unique legacy

At an age when students struggle with algebra, trigonometry and arithmetic problems, Ramanujan not only mastered them but also found theorems to solve many trigonometric problems.

World

Human Rights Day on 10 December: 70 years since UN adopted resolution, violations still not thing of past

As the world marks 70 years of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights marked as International Human Rights Day, the UN's year-long campaign #Standup4HumanRights draws to a close.

India

BR Ambedkar's 62nd Death Anniversary: For the Dalit leader, accepting Buddhism was rediscovering his roots

Ambedkar saw conversion to Buddhism as the means to break age-old caste barriers, repudiate oppressive Hindu dogmas and reignite self-esteem among the untouchables in India.

Life

How India Became Democratic book review: Ornit Shani unravels how the first electoral rolls were made

How India Became Democratic reflects the socio-cultural peculiarities of pre-Independent India, a time when the idea of ‘one nation, one vote’ was path breaking | #FirstCulture

India

Ex-CECs bat for simultaneous elections in India, but say 2019 time frame for implementation looks unachievable

Backing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clarion call for simultaneous elections in India, two former Chief Election Commissioners, N Gopalaswami and SY Quereshi, told Firstpost on Wednesday that such an idea will be cost and time effective for the country.

World

Afghanistan's ordeal: Will terror-hit country realise its economic potential or fall prey again to geo-political machinations?

Afghanistan was a major topic of discussion at the recently-concluded Raisina Dialogue 2018 in New Delhi. And rightfully so.

Politics

Gujarat Election Results 2017: Congress-BJP contest, NOTA debut relegated ‘others’ to insignificance

One factor, completely absent in the 2012 elections, but had a significant impact in several seats was NOTA (None of the Above)

India

Nepal polls 2017: As Communists rise to power, India's 'big brother' attitude only alienated the Nepalis

Three and a half years later, the "neighbourhood first" is now under scrutiny. Courtesy: Nepal.

World

By moving US embassy to Jerusalem, Donald Trump is acting on long-pending law on Israel's disputed capital

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is just a confirmation of the ground reality. The fact of the matter is that no Arab country can start a war with the militarily superior Israel to snatch Jerusalem

Business

Ahead of RBI policy, Surjit Bhalla wants MPC to cut rate by 200 bps, says central bank shouldn't be carried away by 6.3% GDP

The RBI MPC’s reluctance to cut rate means that no businesses can survive as the cost of working capital is high and no entrepreneur will be willing to hire new people, Surjit Bhalla said.