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Only 6% compensation to repair destroyed forests used

By Himadri Ghosh Bengaluru: No more than six per cent of a government fund – collected over six years from companies and institutions – meant to restore forests lost to development projects has been used, according to government data, a pointer to the laws violated and promises not kept after forests are cut. Even the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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As net use spreads, cyber crimes up 19 times over 10 years

By Chaitanya Mallapur Cyber crimes reported in India rose 19 times over the last 10 years (2005 to 2014), from 481 in 2005 to 9,622 in 2014. India is now ranked third – after the US and China – as a source of “malicious activity” on the internet, second as a source of “malicious code” […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Fudging Covid Toll Doesn’t Help Anyone, Least Of All Odisha Govt !

One does not have to be a grave-digger to know that the current official death toll in Odisha is a gross understatement and the actual number of deaths is several times higher.

Anonymous online access: VPNs gaining ground in India

New Delhi: At a time when security has become the foremost concern in browsing or sharing data online, people in India are progressively turning to virtual private network (VPN) services for anonymous and safe Internet experience. A VPN generates a secure network connection over a shared network such as Internet or a private network owned […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
It takes a village: Where religious harmony defies years of Kashmir strife

By Aadil Mir Manzgam (Jammu and Kashmir): A Hindu temple and a Muslim shrine in this lush green village of south Kashmir have stood close to each other for centuries as pillars of communal harmony, unshaken by the nearly three-decade-old Islamist conflict in the state. About 100 km from Srinagar, Manzgam has largely been an […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Don’t report it: How Bihar fights crime

By Amit Bhandari Bihar – India’s third-most-populous state, with the country’s poorest people – has a crime rate lower than more prosperous states with fewer people such as Gujarat, Kerala, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, an IndiaSpend analysis of national crime data reveals. If this is an analysis that is hard to believe – especially after […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Surge in female contestants, not MLAs

By Saumya Tewari Female contestants increased across the four states that went to polls recently – but not legislators – and three times as many women contested in Kerala compared to the 2011 elections, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of electoral data. Two of the four states had incumbent women chief ministers – West BengalÂ’s […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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Philosophy, peace, and a Bollywood cameo: The relevance of Bertrand Russell

By Vikas Datta (10:34) Among the foremost thinkers of all ages, his contribution to knowledge spans maths, logic, history, philosophy and computer science at the very least. But he didn’t ignore the world as it was, championing reason, freedom and choice and opposing war, organised religion, nationalism and totalitarian politics. One of the few philosophers […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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Video streaming set to trigger smartphone war in India

By Nishant Arora (13:32) New Delhi: Smartphone shipments are on the decline globally. Devices launched with same features and specifications and price cuts are so far unable to make a visible impact. So what is going to drive the sales numbers? The answer is content, and global and Indian internet-based video streaming service providers have […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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Women as a vote bank: Not a win-win for politicos

Women are now being courted by some politicians who sense that their appeal to Dalits, backward castes and Muslims is dwindling in the absence of providing more and more sops, or that their rivals are more successful in cultivating these vote banks. In the Hindi belt, for instance, the support base of the Yadavs, the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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Despite low net use, India’s e-commerce triples in 5 years

Although India’s use of the internet is lower than many poorer countries, the country’s e-commerce sector tripled – or grew by 209 percent over the last five years – from $4.4 billion (Rs.20,020 crore) in 2010 to $13.6 billion (Rs.83,096 crore) in 2014. This data was contained in a reply given to the Lok Sabha […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Education not diminishing IndiaÂ’s preference for boys

By Tanay Sukumar Young graduate mothers gave birth to 899 girls per 1,000 boys, lower than the national average of 943, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Census data. Higher education levels have helped in better family planning, but they do not eliminate the preference for boys, the analysis reveals. The reason, experts said, could […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Priyanka Gandhi
Will Priyanka be the Congress face in UP?

By Amulya Ganguli Uttar Pradesh is up for grabs in next year’s assembly elections. With anti-incumbency stalking the Akhilesh Yadav government, Narendra Modi losing his earlier appeal and Mayawati yet to live down her statue-building extravaganza when in power, there is no obvious winner. Seeing the empty field, the hero of Bihar’s ‘mahagathbandhanÂ’ or grand […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
India’s quiet tide of childhood obesity

Madurai: When 12-year-old Madhu (not his real name) was diagnosed as obese — he weighed 98 kg when his ideal weight was 55 kg — there were no obvious medical issues, except a faulty diet and lack of exercise. After counselling and improving his diet, the Madurai preteen, 160 cm or 5.2 ft tall, lost […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Houston Celebrates Acceptance at 2013 Pride Parade
Transgender wisdom from a bear with a sore head

By Nury Vittachi A woman was sacked for having short hair and wearing trousers to work. “They said I was gay,” she complained to an unsympathetic labour tribunal in the city of Guiyang, southwest China. How could her employers get it so wrong? A pixie cut and skinny pants are what all the babes wear […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021