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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
NANO
Tata's Nano remains the central issue in Singur

Singur (West Bengal): Seven-and-a-half-years after Tata Motors relocated its Nano small car factory out of this rural belt, the abandoned plant, with its corroded metal gate and deserted sheds, stands like a haunted house besides National Highway 2. And the aborted project is again the ‘key factor’ in West Bengal’s Singur assembly constituency that goes […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Primed for change, but only 3.2 percent Assamese have Aadhaar card
Primed for change, but only 3.2 percent Assamese have Aadhaar card

A 65-year-old citizenship issue, reflecting the strains of migration, has resulted in no more than 3.2 percent of Assam’s population being enrolled in Aadhaar, India’s biometrics-based unique identity system, the world’s largest. Voting in Assam has concluded (results are scheduled for May 19th) and the new government will inherit a state with some of India’s […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
global warming
Why half a degree change in global warming matters

London: As the world celebrated Earth Day on Friday, a team of European researchers has found substantially different climate change impacts on Earth for a global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius and two degrees Celsius by 2100. The two temperature limits are included in the Paris climate agreement, researchers said, adding that the additional 0.5 […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
agri land
India’s biggest farm reform 91.6 percent behind target

By Abhishek Waghmare India’s biggest reform to transform the life of a crisis-ridden farmer is 91.6 percent behind schedule this year, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to promise in five months what could not be done over the last 10. As many as 250 agricultural markets nationwide (of 585 selected) were supposed to have been […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Mamata Bannerjee
Bengal polls throw up a leadership crisis

By Amitava Mukherjee Never before in the political history of West Bengal has there been such an acute leadership crisis cutting across political spectrums as is now being witnessed in the midst of the assembly elections. While the BJP and the Left parties suffer from absence of any worthwhile leader, Mamata Banerjee’s leadership quality is […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Narendra Modi
Modi is still the best bet for India

By Amulya Ganguli Even if Narendra Modi hasn’t lived up to the expectations which he aroused two years ago, he is still the best person for turning India into a modern and economically advanced country. The claim about modernity may seem odd considering that the medievalists of the saffron brotherhood constitute an influential section of […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
MODI_WEST BENGAL
Modinomics must address the rural economy

By Vatsal Srivastava For a government that has been voted by a historic majority on the single promise of “ache din” and “vikas”, today’s agrarian reality can turn into its most potent cause of demise. The agricultural growth rate is creeping towards negative territory from a dismal 0.2 percent seen in 2014-2015. Data from the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Environment
India leads world In environmental conflicts

There are more environmental conflicts in India than any other country, and more clashes are over water (27 perccent) than any other cause, according to the recently released Global Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas). India has 222 listed conflicts – in proportion to population, there are many more – followed by Colombia and Nigeria with 116 […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
B. R. Ambedkar
Ambedkar, an icon no party can afford to ignore

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary falls on April 14, has emerged as one of India’s most revered leader especially during the last two decades. No political party can afford to ignore him though the reasons for doing so are more electoral than emotional. Independent India’s first cabinet of prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
vote
Tribal votes a key factor in Assam polls

Both the BJP-led alliance and the Congress have left no stone unturned in securing tribal votes which may turn out to be a key factor in deciding the result of the ongoing Assam assembly election. Of all the tribal communities of the state, the electoral behavior of the tea tribes comprising about six million has […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Dalrymple
Writing is intellectual, photography emotional: William Dalrymple

New Delhi: For William Dalrymple, the author of books like “City of Djiins”, “In Xanadu” and “White Mughals”, writing is an intellectual art while photography is emotional. The author, who recently published his first book of photographs, “The Writer’s Eye”, says that it’s a medium to express beauty. “Photographs don’t convey ideas, they express beauty. […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
court
In India’s district courts, a crisis is revealed

As of today, there are more than 20 million cases pending in the Indian district courts; two-thirds are criminal cases and one in 10 have been pending for more than 10 years, our analysis of National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) data has revealed. More revelations: * There is one judge for every 73,000 people in […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
opinion
Spirited Investigations: The Stories of the Occult Detectives

Remember “Ghostbusters”? The 1984 film about three parapsychologists taking on supernatural phenomenon in New York sparked off a whole universe of spin-offs across various media – a reboot version comes out in July with women replacing the original male cast. But the occult detective fiction genre has always been popular and enduring too, having been […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Dividing Maharashtra: Vidarbha=Serbia, Konkan=Cuba
Dividing Maharashtra: Vidarbha=Serbia, Konkan=Cuba

The gross district domestic product (GDDP) of the five districts that form Amravati region (Rs.51,947 crore), a part of backward Vidarbha, was Maharashtra’s lowest in 2013-14; yet it was more than Jammu and Kashmir (Rs.45,847 crore) in the same year. The GDP of Marathwada (Rs.83,765 crore), a region of eight drought-prone districts, in 2013-14 was […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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