Fossilized leaves, around  150-200 million years old, found in Jharkhand's Dudhkol mountain
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Fossilized leaves, around 150-200 million years old, found in Jharkhand's Dudhkol mountain

The geologists believe that they might even find fossilised dinosaur eggs when they conduct a further excavation.

India's COVID-19 epicentre: Three lockdowns later, Maharashtra accounts for 34.5% of nation's confirmed cases, its worst recovery rate
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India's COVID-19 epicentre: Three lockdowns later, Maharashtra accounts for 34.5% of nation's confirmed cases, its worst recovery rate

As it stands, 34.5 percent of India's COVID-19 positive cases and almost 40 percent of India's coronavirus-related deaths are from Maharashtra

Watch: Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma's speech at a party defines the phrase 'charged up'
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Watch: Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma's speech at a party defines the phrase 'charged up'

The way Sharma addressed his employees at a Paytm party really made us think that he wanted to punch someone apart from celebrating Paytm's success.

Bombay HC raps agencies over slow probe of Dabholkar, Pansare murders
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Bombay HC raps agencies over slow probe of Dabholkar, Pansare murders

The Bombay High Court slammed the investigation agencies over slow probe of murders of the rationalists Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare.

Truth pill: Aarathi Prasad examines the many faces of medicine in India in new book
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Truth pill: Aarathi Prasad examines the many faces of medicine in India in new book

The range of diversity in people’s preferences for medicine is the premise that Aarathi Prasad explores in her latest book, In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room

Glued to your smartphone? It can lead to depression and anxiety
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Glued to your smartphone? It can lead to depression and anxiety

A new study has found that addiction to – and not simply use of – mobile phones and internet is linked to anxiety and depression in teenagers.

Infosys to offer healthcare analytics on Microsoft cloud
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Infosys to offer healthcare analytics on Microsoft cloud

Software major Infosys on Tuesday announced tying up with Microsoft to offer healthcare analytics, using the latter's cloud platform.

Watch out! Dating sites may be spreading HIV, claim researchers
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Watch out! Dating sites may be spreading HIV, claim researchers

Dating websites and apps may be behind the growing number of newly HIV-infected men in the US, a new study has said

Online jihad: Why Islamic State threatened Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey
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Online jihad: Why Islamic State threatened Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey

Social Media giants, Zuckerberg and Dorsey, are aggressively thwarting the extremist group's activities by suspending accounts and deleting posts

Beef politics and religion: Why the idea needs to go beyond just cow protection
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Beef politics and religion: Why the idea needs to go beyond just cow protection

To posit the ban on beef as something imposed only by a Brahmin caste on society is unfortunate. There is a strong case for providing all animals the protection from an over-expanding animal husbandry industry and excessive meat-eating

Pet biases in liberal packaging: How the beef ban controversy exposes our elite
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Pet biases in liberal packaging: How the beef ban controversy exposes our elite

There can be no two opinions about the horrific act of a man being killed for allegedly possessing beef. But arguments in the beef controversy have not been consistently liberal

Illiberal India: Why the only minority we have to protect is the 'minority of one'
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Illiberal India: Why the only minority we have to protect is the 'minority of one'

After beef and book bans, we now have the Catholic Secular Forum demanding a play ban because its lead actors are "not Christians". Our penchant for banning comes comes from our tendency to protect the minority instead of the individual

Meritocracy, not mediocrity, is way ahead: Lessons from Sundar Pichai's rise
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Meritocracy, not mediocrity, is way ahead: Lessons from Sundar Pichai's rise

The elevation of Indian Sundar Pichai as CEO of Google shows that meritocracy works in America. But in India, we are still stuck with promoting ideas and policies that promise mediocrity and sub-optimal outcomes

Rajiv Malhotra's Indra's Net: Seven big ideas and Hinduism's integral unity
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Rajiv Malhotra's Indra's Net: Seven big ideas and Hinduism's integral unity

Rajiv Malhotra's book Indra's Net has be criticised by some for failing to provide adequate attribution for some ideas. But more important than these allegations are the core ideas he presents in the book. The author says there are 7 big ideas

Yakub Memon hanged: Why India still needs capital punishment
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Yakub Memon hanged: Why India still needs capital punishment

All said and done, there is a case for retaining the death sentence in the rarest of rare cases, provided the phrase "rarest of rare" is defined clearly and transparently. What is worrisome about capital punishment is its occasional arbitrariness.

Decolonising Indology: Rajiv Malhotra on why he won't follow rules set by the West
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Decolonising Indology: Rajiv Malhotra on why he won't follow rules set by the West

Rajiv Malhotra, target of a campaign over inadequate attribution to western Indologists in his book Indra's Net, explains that he is not here to play by the rules set by western academicians for their own purposes.

Wendy's revenge: Plagiarism charge against Rajiv Malhotra is a red herring
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Wendy's revenge: Plagiarism charge against Rajiv Malhotra is a red herring

Accusations of plagiarism against Indian American author Rajiv Malhotra are a smoke-screen for a generalised attack on Hindu intellectuals.

Shashi Tharoor sings 'Lily The Pink', slams media, opens up on Sunanda: 5 key moments from Firstpost Salon
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Shashi Tharoor sings 'Lily The Pink', slams media, opens up on Sunanda: 5 key moments from Firstpost Salon

Here are some of the most memorable moments from the <em>Firstpost Salon</em> with Shashi Tharoor.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani certainly isn't an Indian; but he is not a Kashmiri either
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Syed Ali Shah Geelani certainly isn't an Indian; but he is not a Kashmiri either

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has applied for an Indian passpost and then went on to say he is not an Indian by birth. He is right, but for reasons unrelated to what he stands for.

Varun Gandhi rediscovers the poet in himself - second time in 15 years
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Varun Gandhi rediscovers the poet in himself - second time in 15 years

One wouldn't have known it, but the BJP MP from Sultanpur has a poet inside him.