articles by Rishiraj Bhagawati

India

Final NRC list published in Assam: As Sarbananda Sonowal tries to quell panic, document draws criticism across political lines

The final and conclusive draft of the long-awaited and contentious Assam NRC, which set out to identify bonafide Indian citizens in the state through a Supreme Court-monitored process, was published on Saturday

India

Final NRC publication: On his last day in office, Assam’s police chief insists that adequate security arrangements are in place

With the publication of the contentious National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam scheduled for Saturday, security arrangements have been beefed up across the state, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said

science

Fact check: Was Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 mission the only time man landed on Moon?

Contrary to popular knowledge, there have been six manned missions to the moon.

Sports

Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019: After failing to live up to the early-season hype, it's now or never for Ferrari in Baku

With history, track design and car strength all going for Ferrari this weekend, one can only hope the team doesn’t pass mindless orders to its drivers mid-race and gets the vital tyre strategy right, to win a very, very winnable race

Sports

As Formula 1's 1000th race approaches, the allure of watching drivers go around in circles at breakneck speeds still endures

As Formula 1's 1000th race approaches, Rishiraj Bhagawati writes about the allure of watching drivers go around in circles at breakneck speeds.

India

How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by Centre for Digital India

With the Lok Sabha election around the corner, here's a look at funds spent on various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government since coming to power in 2014

India

How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by Centre for PM Ujjwala Yojana

With the Lok Sabha election around the corner, here's a look at funds spent on various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government since coming to power in 2014

India

How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by Centre for PM MUDRA Yojana

With the Lok Sabha election around the corner, here's a look at funds spent on various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government since coming to power in 2014

India

How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by Centre for Clean Ganga, Gram Jyoti Yojana

With the Lok Sabha election around the corner, here's a look at funds spent on various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government since coming to power in 2014

India

How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by the Centre for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao

With the Lok Sabha election around the corner, here's a look at funds spent on various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government since coming to power in 2014

India

How Narendra Modi managed money: A look at the funds disbursed by the Centre for the Swachh Bharat Mission

With the Lok Sabha election around the corner, here's a look at funds spent on various schemes launched by the Narendra Modi government since coming to power in 2014

India

‘Why shouldn’t I hold an opinion?’: Meghalaya guv Tathagata Roy on Kashmir, social media trolls and secularism

Meghalaya governor Tathagata Roy’s tweets have attracted sharp and widespread criticism and even spurred debate if governors are needed

long-reads

From Manipur fulvettas to Darjeeling woodpeckers, bird-watching in Arunachal’s Dibang Valley

The best part about arranging for a birding trip from Assam to this region in Arunachal’s heart is that the roads pass through several other tributaries of the Brahmaputra, which also house tens of migratory and endemic birds in lower climes.

long-reads

Jonbeel Mela: Where tradition serves as the only currency, and a king holds a durbar

Touted to be the only regular event on the planet where the barter system is still practised, the Jonbeel festival attracts people in large numbers from Tiwa, Karbi, Khasi, Rabha and Jaintia communities living in the border villages of Meghalaya and Assam.

India

Will Kerala accept UAE's Rs 700 crore contribution for floods? Centre will decide, KJ Alphons tells Firstpost

The minister's comment came hours after the UAE, Maldives and Qatar pledged assistance to India for relief and rehabilitation measures in Kerala.

science

Supercapacitors to charge Galaxy Note 9's S Pen: What is it and how does it work?

Sticking the S Pen into the Note 9 phone for 40s will power it for 30 mins. But how does this work?

science

All about the Aditya-L1: ISRO's upcoming satellite to unveil secrets of the Sun

This ISRO project is touted as ISRO's response to NASA's Parker Solar probe, but it isn't.

science

From the new SSLV to Chandrayaan-2, ISRO announces big plans for next 3 years

For the first time in history, ISRO said 2 launches will be planned every month from February 2019.

science

Postcards from space: Why do photographs clicked in space have no stars behind?

The answer has to do more with the mechanisms of photography than with astrophysics.