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Disha Ravi-Greta Thunberg toolkit case: Can't prosecute intent to commit crime, argues lawyer
India

Disha Ravi-Greta Thunberg toolkit case: Can't prosecute intent to commit crime, argues lawyer

A critical question which arises is whether Disha shared the toolkit with an intention to incite violence or public disorder; these being the essential requirements of the crime of sedition

Joe Biden wants Kamala Harris to have a major role, but defining that may take some time
World

Joe Biden wants Kamala Harris to have a major role, but defining that may take some time

“The president has given us clear instructions,” Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, said in an interview. “Our goal is to get her out there as much as we can.”

In geopolitical struggle over Myanmar, China has an edge over US, other nations seeking to shape events
World

In geopolitical struggle over Myanmar, China has an edge over US, other nations seeking to shape events

The Chinese government, according to experts, sees the coup as “a moment of opportunity” to undercut the inroads the United States and other Asian nations made during Myanmar’s halting democratic opening

Union Budget 2021: Slashed funds for NREGA, Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, elderly pensions reflect poorly on Centre
India

Union Budget 2021: Slashed funds for NREGA, Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, elderly pensions reflect poorly on Centre

The biggest hoodwink is the starved Poshan Abhiyan 2.0, which though merges the Supplementary Nutrition Programme and the Poshan Abhiyan, has been allocated an amount less than what was prescribed for Anganwadi services in 2020

80% of India's informal workers lost jobs during COVID lockdown, 63% survived on two meals a day, shows data
India

80% of India's informal workers lost jobs during COVID lockdown, 63% survived on two meals a day, shows data

Government needs to take action regarding job security, social security benefits, food security, health benefits, and safety in the informal sector in such a way that it not only manages the current crisis, but also immunises the sector from future shocks

As Bihar nears 2.6 lakh cases, locals believe COVID-19 is just a 'flu', or, 'nightmare that is over'
Health

As Bihar nears 2.6 lakh cases, locals believe COVID-19 is just a 'flu', or, 'nightmare that is over'

As per one of the many conspiracy theories that have gained a footing in Bihar, COVID-19 is a rumour spread by Westerners to ruin India’s economy

WhatsApp row: How messaging app's new privacy policy impacts legal rights of Indian citizens
India

WhatsApp row: How messaging app's new privacy policy impacts legal rights of Indian citizens

With the data collected from WhatsApp, Facebook Inc may establish a monopoly in digital marketing leading to justified concerns from anti-trust activists

Master is a milestone in Tamizh cinema's portrayals of the carceral system and the dire need for its reformation
Entertainment

Master is a milestone in Tamizh cinema's portrayals of the carceral system and the dire need for its reformation

Master looks into prisons, specifically the juvenile system, and gives us a glimpse of the nature of restorative justice.

Donald Trump's impact on US Supreme Court could reverberate in American politics for a generation
World

Donald Trump's impact on US Supreme Court could reverberate in American politics for a generation

Trump will go down in history as the Republican president who fulfilled his party’s perhaps greatest agenda, one that was thirty years in the making

Washington endures final convulsions of the fractious and divisive Donald Trump era
World

Washington endures final convulsions of the fractious and divisive Donald Trump era

The US capital on Wednesday was a city on edge, bracing for possible violence and unrest, with downtown businesses boarding up their storefronts and windows

Evidence put 7/11 Mumbai blasts accused on death row; now NIA, intelligence and police files are questioning that proof
India

Evidence put 7/11 Mumbai blasts accused on death row; now NIA, intelligence and police files are questioning that proof

In perhaps the most bizarre story to ever emerge from India’s criminal justice system, five innocent men may be on death row — while those who carried out the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, some of them in prison, have never been prosecuted for their crime.

Farms Acts necessary for Green Revolution 2.0; transparency, income support, incentives and communication are key
Lifestyle

Farms Acts necessary for Green Revolution 2.0; transparency, income support, incentives and communication are key

India's Farm Acts are a much needed step to get us to Green Revolution 2.0, which in turn will ensure food security at an environmentally appropriate cost. But the laws need transparency, appropriate incentives, and good communication to happen right.

Repeating old mistakes: Why the new commission on air quality won't ensure clean air
India

Repeating old mistakes: Why the new commission on air quality won't ensure clean air

The new body is called the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020

Pedestrians in Old Delhi happy with Chandni Chowk's redevelopment, shop owners not so much
India

Pedestrians in Old Delhi happy with Chandni Chowk's redevelopment, shop owners not so much

Centuries will now not only co-exist in the market built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century but will also have to compete with each other with the 1.3-kilometre-long stretch set to get its first mall

Stubble burning should be seen through behavioural lens; providing cost, time-effective alternatives key to ending practice
India

Stubble burning should be seen through behavioural lens; providing cost, time-effective alternatives key to ending practice

Studies indicate a lack of awareness among farmers regarding the implications of stubble burning and a lack of information about alternative options to manage crop residue even when they want to stop the practice

Clean coaches, platforms but no adherence to COVID-19 protocols: A first-hand travel experience by suburban rail in Chennai
India

Clean coaches, platforms but no adherence to COVID-19 protocols: A first-hand travel experience by suburban rail in Chennai

The resumption and opening up of suburban trains has been a huge relief for daily commuters, but continued vigilance on the part of the authorities as well as fellow travellers will go a long way in ensuring safety and building trust

2008 Mumbai attacks: How India dishonoured an unknown Kashmiri spy who penetrated Lashkar-e-Taiba before 26/11
India

2008 Mumbai attacks: How India dishonoured an unknown Kashmiri spy who penetrated Lashkar-e-Taiba before 26/11

Mukhtar Ahmed Sheikh had made it possible to intercept the 26/11 death squad's calls — and prove Pakistan's role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks — but he remains nearly unknown. He neither received a medal, nor a reward. Instead, he was held in prison for three months on spurious charges.

Between the iconic and the precarious: Notes on Soumitra Chatterjee's six-decade-long filmography
Entertainment

Between the iconic and the precarious: Notes on Soumitra Chatterjee's six-decade-long filmography

In a filmography extending to more than 60 roles, Soumitra Chatterjee brought to bear upon each performance the cadence of his versatility

Behind Pakistani dossier's low farce on 'Indian terror' hides a lethal script
India

Behind Pakistani dossier's low farce on 'Indian terror' hides a lethal script

For decades, Islamabad has worked to this toxic strategic script, pushing unending war with India as a means to guarantee the Pakistan Army’s institutional primacy in the country

US election officials rebuke Donald Trump's claims, say no evidence of voter fraud
World

US election officials rebuke Donald Trump's claims, say no evidence of voter fraud

While voting fraud in the US is extremely rare, the irregularities that do occur are often inconsequential, isolated in nature, and unlikely to alter the outcome of an election