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Assembly elections 2022: Nothing new in Akhilesh Yadav's EVM fraud claim; a look back at the use of EVMs and the many tampering allegations
Politics

Assembly elections 2022: Nothing new in Akhilesh Yadav's EVM fraud claim; a look back at the use of EVMs and the many tampering allegations

The veracity of Electronic Voting Machines, first used as an experiment in 1982 in India, has been questioned several times in the past — from LK Advani in 2009 to the Opposition in 2017 during the Assembly elections

India’s agricultural exports rose remarkably despite COVID-19, may cross $50 bn in 21-22
India

India’s agricultural exports rose remarkably despite COVID-19, may cross $50 bn in 21-22

This year, the country is also expected to witness the highest ever exports of meat, marine products and rice, with around 50 per cent share of rice exports in the world market

Explained: The NSE co-location scam, how Ravi Narain and Chitra Ramkrishna are involved
Business

Explained: The NSE co-location scam, how Ravi Narain and Chitra Ramkrishna are involved

Certain brokers were said to have benefitted from preferential access to NSE's trading platform between 2010 and 2015. Through this explainer, we try to decode what the colocation case is all about, the chain of events dating back since 2009

Egyptian researcher develops brainwave-controlled wheelchair for those with paralysis: All you need to know
World

Egyptian researcher develops brainwave-controlled wheelchair for those with paralysis: All you need to know

An electric wheelchair for people with tetraplegia, a condition when patients are unable to move their upper or lower body, was designed by an Egyptian researcher Abdelrahman Omran

Hydroxyurea gets DCGI nod for treatment of sickle cell anaemia: all you need to know
Health

Hydroxyurea gets DCGI nod for treatment of sickle cell anaemia: all you need to know

Sickle cell anemia is one of a group of disorders known as sickle cell disease. Sickle cell anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body.

South Africa hit by fourth COVID-19 wave: What we know about country's surge in cases
World

South Africa hit by fourth COVID-19 wave: What we know about country's surge in cases

South Africa is being hit by a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections driven by the Omicron variant which has been detected in seven of the country's nine provinces, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday

WHO updates air pollution guidelines, says it kills seven million per year: What does this mean for India?
World

WHO updates air pollution guidelines, says it kills seven million per year: What does this mean for India?

India continues to remain one of the most polluted areas across the world, with harmful pollutant levels much higher than recommended

Got COVID-19 after two shots?: Four factors that increase the risk of vaccinated people getting infected
World

Got COVID-19 after two shots?: Four factors that increase the risk of vaccinated people getting infected

According to the COVID Symptom Study, the five most common symptoms of a breakthrough infection are a headache, a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and loss of smell

Explained: Mexico confronts complex position on immigration, internal migration
World

Explained: Mexico confronts complex position on immigration, internal migration

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Thursday said the strategy of containing migrants in the south was untenable and more investment was needed to keep central Americans from leaving their homes

As COVID-19 poses challenge to childrens' well-being, here are five tips to help them through lockdown
World

As COVID-19 poses challenge to childrens' well-being, here are five tips to help them through lockdown

Loss of well-being was shown to be the greatest cost of lockdowns for students schooling from home in 2020.

Afghan refugee crisis goes global: Hapless evacuees hope for a place as countries scramble for solutions
World

Afghan refugee crisis goes global: Hapless evacuees hope for a place as countries scramble for solutions

The current crisis comes on top of the 2.2 million Afghan refugees already in neighbouring countries and 3.5 million people forced to flee their homes within Afghanistan's borders.

Timeline of America's longest war: Key dates of US involvement in Afghanistan since 2001 and the human toll
World

Timeline of America's longest war: Key dates of US involvement in Afghanistan since 2001 and the human toll

Here is a brief chronology of US involvement and major developments in Afghanistan over the past two decades

Russia warns of increase in West Nile Virus cases: What is it? What are its symptoms?
World

Russia warns of increase in West Nile Virus cases: What is it? What are its symptoms?

About 1 in 5 people who are infected, develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

What the indemnity clause is and how its waiver will accelerate arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in India
India

What the indemnity clause is and how its waiver will accelerate arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in India

Given that Pfizer's mRNA vaccine is the only jab to have been approved for use in children aged 12 and 17, the 50 million doses the govt aiming to procure should be allow India vaccinate most of its children in that age group

What is R-number, why you should know about it, and what it says about COVID-19 situation in India
India

What is R-number, why you should know about it, and what it says about COVID-19 situation in India

According to some estimates, India’s R-value has increased slightly to 0.88 in the first week of July after being at its lowest-ever value of 0.78 in June-end

What is long COVID and how it makes life difficult for patients even after recovery
Health

What is long COVID and how it makes life difficult for patients even after recovery

People who had mild symptoms or no symptoms during the first COVID-19 infection can still experience symptoms later on or have long-term problems.

All about Guillain-Barré syndrome, the autoimmune disease associated with Zika virus infection
Health

All about Guillain-Barré syndrome, the autoimmune disease associated with Zika virus infection

Severe disease requiring hospitalisation and deaths due to the Zika virus infection are uncommon but in rare cases, Zika may cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

How women can reduce their cortisol levels and turn down the dial on stress
Health

How women can reduce their cortisol levels and turn down the dial on stress

According to a study, published in Journal of Women and Aging, communicating with female friends decreases stress hormone (cortisol) levels for women across the lifespan

Maharashtra local body poll should be put off till OBC quota issue is resolved, demands Pankaja Munde: All you need to know
Politics

Maharashtra local body poll should be put off till OBC quota issue is resolved, demands Pankaja Munde: All you need to know

The Supreme Court in March said that reservation to OBCs was only statutory, unlike the “constitutional” reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Why is China calling for an investigation into Canada's human rights violations against Indigenous people?
World

Why is China calling for an investigation into Canada's human rights violations against Indigenous people?

This call for a probe came from a group of countries that include Russia, Belarus, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Syria