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Explained: The history of the Pulitzer Prize and India’s tryst with the prestigious award
India

Explained: The history of the Pulitzer Prize and India’s tryst with the prestigious award

Slain photojournalist Danish Siddiqui was awarded the Pulitzer Prize along with three others for their coverage of the COVID-19 crisis. A look back shows that Gobind Behari Lal was the first Indian to win the honour in 1937

Books on immigration, slavery win honours at Columbia University's 2020 Lukas Book Prize
Arts & Culture

Books on immigration, slavery win honours at Columbia University's 2020 Lukas Book Prize

The Mark Lynton History Prize, also worth $10,000, was given to William G Thomas III for A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War.

Ebola survivor infected years ago may have started new outbreak in Guinea, claim researchers
World

Ebola survivor infected years ago may have started new outbreak in Guinea, claim researchers

The survivor harboured the virus for at least five years and then transmitted it via semen to a sex partner, researchers reported in articles published in Science and Stat. Until now, the longest the ebola virus had been known to persist in a survivor was 500 days

Isabel Wilkerson's Caste, a book which explores racism in the US, named finalist for Lukas Book Prize
Arts & Culture

Isabel Wilkerson's Caste, a book which explores racism in the US, named finalist for Lukas Book Prize

Other finalists include Becky Cooper’s We Keep the Dead Close, Seyward Darby’s Sisters in Hate, Barton Gellman’s Dark Mirror and Jessica Goudeau’s After the Last Border.

Amid wildfires and sweltering Siberia, 2020 emerges as one of three hottest years on record, says UN
World

Amid wildfires and sweltering Siberia, 2020 emerges as one of three hottest years on record, says UN

The 2020 provisional State of the Global Climate report also found temperature averages across the last five years, and across the last 10-year period to be "the warmest on record"

Fantasy sports team selection requires higher skill than mutual fund management, shows research
Sports

Fantasy sports team selection requires higher skill than mutual fund management, shows research

The study applies tests to data obtained from fantasy sports platforms for cricket and basketball (2013 to 2016) and various mutual funds (2005 to 2018). The study includes over 16 million data points collected over four years.

Madhya Pradesh: Students employ citizen science approach to detect increasing levels of fluoride content in drinking water
India

Madhya Pradesh: Students employ citizen science approach to detect increasing levels of fluoride content in drinking water

Madhya Pradesh is one of the 19 Indian states severely affected by high fluoride content in drinking water with as many as 140 habitations where water quality is affected by excess fluoride.

Public sector banks had 'worst phase' under Manmohan Singh, Raghuram Rajan: Nirmala Sitharaman
Business

Public sector banks had 'worst phase' under Manmohan Singh, Raghuram Rajan: Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the Indian public sector banks had the "worst phase" under the combination of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan

US court tells Donald Trump to unblock more critics from Twitter: 'Can't shut out opposing viewpoints', President told
World

US court tells Donald Trump to unblock more critics from Twitter: 'Can't shut out opposing viewpoints', President told

More critics of US Donald Trump found themselves unblocked from his Twitter account, in keeping with a court ruling that he can't shut out opposing viewpoints

Pulitzer Prize goes to New York Times, New Yorker for breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal
World

Pulitzer Prize goes to New York Times, New Yorker for breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal

The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement and set off a worldwide reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Arvind Panagariya suggests political parties should mention privatisation of PSBs in manifestos in 2019
Business

Arvind Panagariya suggests political parties should mention privatisation of PSBs in manifestos in 2019

Former NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya has made a strong case for privatisation of public sector banks with the exception of SBI, saying that political parties serious of forming the government in 2019 should include the proposal in their manifesto.

Mark Zuckerberg's rare media blitz to respond to the Cambridge Analytica issue still has no indication of authorities been won over
News & Analysis

Mark Zuckerberg's rare media blitz to respond to the Cambridge Analytica issue still has no indication of authorities been won over

Zuckerberg apologized for a "major breach of trust," admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect users following Cambridge's data grab.

Delhi air pollution: Odd-even restrictions must include two-wheelers, autos-rickshaws to succeed, says Columbia researcher
India

Delhi air pollution: Odd-even restrictions must include two-wheelers, autos-rickshaws to succeed, says Columbia researcher

The researcher said air pollution is "taking a toll on the health" of the citizens of Delhi and the rest of India.

'Could not find a single person against demonetisation, got a lot of flak for reporting this fact', says Jay Panda
India

'Could not find a single person against demonetisation, got a lot of flak for reporting this fact', says Jay Panda

In a 40 minute talk at Columbia University, Jay Panda spoke on demonetisation, GST, the arithmetic of political capital, the common misinterpretation of Modi’s strengths and the building blocks for an economy to reach critical mass.

Politicians blocking people on social media has sparked a debated about violation of free speech
News & Analysis

Politicians blocking people on social media has sparked a debated about violation of free speech

Politicians at all levels increasingly embrace social media to discuss government business, sometimes at the expense of traditional town halls.

Arvind Panagariya dismisses dual power centres as reason for resigning from NITI Aayog
Business

Arvind Panagariya dismisses dual power centres as reason for resigning from NITI Aayog

Panagariya is scheduled to leave Niti Aayog on 31 August and will be succeeded by well-known economist Rajiv Kumar.

Arvind Panagariya says it was a 'courageous move' on Narendra Modi's part to hire him as Niti Aayog vice-chairman
Business

Arvind Panagariya says it was a 'courageous move' on Narendra Modi's part to hire him as Niti Aayog vice-chairman

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya has described his two-and-a-half year tenure 'a dream come true', saying that it was a very courageous move on part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have appointed 'an outsider' at such a high position

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange supports lawsuit against Donald Trump on blocking Twitter users
News & Analysis

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange supports lawsuit against Donald Trump on blocking Twitter users

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has supported a lawsuit filed against US President Donald Trump by a group of Twitter users whom he blocked last week.

Julian Assange supports Twitter users blocked by Donald Trump, calls action 'unconstitutional'
World

Julian Assange supports Twitter users blocked by Donald Trump, calls action 'unconstitutional'

Julian Assange speaks in support of twitter users blocked by Donald Trump.

James Comey testimony: Donald Trump accuses ex-FBI director of cowardice over 'leaks'
World

James Comey testimony: Donald Trump accuses ex-FBI director of cowardice over 'leaks'

US president Donald Trump accused James Comey of cowardice by leaking accounts of his meetings with the president in his Senate testimony.