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Big Data
How Big Data is changing the business landscape

Big Data is increasingly being used by prominent companies to outpace the competition. Be it established companies or start-ups, they are embracing data-focussed strategies to outpace the competition. In healthcare, clinical data can be reviewed treatment decisions based on big data algorithms that work on aggregate individual data sets to detect nuances in subpopulations that […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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2016 Hodge-Podge: Cricket, Pakistan, Russia, Syria and Israel

By Saeed Naqvi One enters 2016 with some happy thoughts. Some anxieties too. Of New Delhi’s umpteen dailies, three had photographs of spin bowlers on the shoulders of their page one on the last day of the year. There were two photographs of R. Ashwin and one of Moeen Ali who helped England beat South […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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No, your pet is not your child

While shaking hands the other day, I felt thankful that we evolved from apes. Had we evolved from dogs, we'd greet each other by circling around with our heads down saying: "Wow, your nether regions smell great." Reply: "Thanks! Yours, too." Nevertheless, I still like dogs, despite their being what my grandmother used to call "forward"

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Are global rankings relevant for the Indian varsities?

New Delhi: If you cannot find Indian universities among the top institutions of higher education in various global rankings, do not blame our academic standards but acknowledge the fact that a lot of research in the country is being done in vernacular languages, Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani recently suggested. “A lot of […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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National Herald slugfest could derail reforms

There are unlikely to be any outright winners in the latest confrontation between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress over the National Herald case which entails a legal battle involving Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. What is more, there will be an unsavoury twist to the case with less than comforting implications for […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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5 steps to revitalize India's higher education system

By C. Raj Kumar The Indian higher education system commanded awe and respect in the ancient world. Important seats of learning like Nalanda and Takshashila attracted the best students and academics from across the globe. Unfortunately, over a period of time, our higher education system lost its global competitiveness. This is exemplified by the fact […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Let's prioritise 'Safe in India' this December

By N. Hamsa & Divashri Mathur Since 2012, December has become synonymous with a rally of activity around women’s safety. We however need to look beyond the month. A while ago, when Prime minister Narendra MOdi launched the ambitious Make in India and Skill India campaigns, one could not help but wonder when we would […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Rajendra Prasad was no rubberstamp head of state

The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, on January 30, 1948, brought Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel, differing on various issues, together. On Nehru’s 60th birthday, 14 November 1948, Patel praised Nehru for leading the nation safely out of the crisis that faced the country during the year and for enhancing India’s image abroad. Nehru responded by […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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Judiciary will protect India's core values: chief justice

New Delhi: A strong and independent judiciary was capable of protecting people from attacks on the inclusive values of Indian society, Chief Justice T.S. Thakur said on Sunday. “As the head of the institution that upholds the rule of law and protects the constitution, the right of all sections of people will be protected,” Chief […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Hindu Right stoking intolerance

The BJP’s castigation of the non-Muslims who complain of intolerance comprises words like “manufactured paper rebellion”, “fake dissent”, Nehruvian, Leftist and the like. In the case of Muslims, however, the charge of being unpatriotic comes naturally to the saffron camp. While Aamir Khan has been accused of treachery for saying that his wife felt unsafe […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
India's democracy allows for fetishised nationalism, knee-jerk rejectionism

India, or at least parts of it, is going through a weird phase of fetishised nationalism and knee-jerk rejectionism. The divide is between those who profess unquestioning nationalism and are staunch supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those who castigate everything and are virulently antagonistic to the prime minister. Social media seems neatly divided […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
India's East Asian push will be mutually beneficial

India has seen a strong standalone performance in its growth in the recent past as compared to the other BRICS economies. This is partly due to the external environment and partly to the push for the right set of policies post the Narendra Modi government coming to power in May 2014. The external environment includes […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
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Bihar 'gathbandhan' a one-time exception

It will be a mistake to see the congregation of various leaders opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony as the beginning of a ‘mahagathbandhan’ or a grand alliance at the national level. Not only are their bases confined to different parts of the country, their respective […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Nando's, where chicken couldn't get any better

By Karishma Saurabh Kalita New Delhi: Whenever we think of having chicken, it is always a soft, succulent piece of juicy goodness that makes you want more and more each time. This is exactly what is offered by a globally recognised outlet, known for its excellent chicken preparations and located in the heart of the […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Kashmiri schoolgirls wearing traditional dresses perform to a patriotic song during India's Republic Day celebrations in Srinagar
Heart of Darkness: Why Kashmiris link power woes to India-Pakistan dispute

Sheikh Qayoom Srinagar: Electric power woes in winter have become endemic in Jammu and Kashmir and, for the moment, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. People of the state have become cynical enough to say that the problem would be solved only after India and Pakistan resolve the Kashmir issue. Many […]

  • Wednesday, 30 June 2021