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The KamaSutra ad that changed the role of condoms in India from functional to pleasurable

Depicting a sensuous Pooja Bedi in the shower, the 1991 ad was a landmark for being the first in India to show the contraceptive as a tool of pleasure.
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After decaf and low-sugar drinks, it’s time for low-nicotine cigarettes

A New York-based company is seeking FDA's nod to market cigarettes with 95% less nicotine than conventional ones.
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Love can reduce chronic pain, anxiety. But governments still want to break us up

Governments need to reflect on how policies may undermine people’s capacity to love and be loved and the long-term costs on public health and human happiness.
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Love Aaj Kal review: How not to make a film, feat. Imtiaz Ali

An incoherent mess from start to finish, this Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan film will leave you exhausted.
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Five things that will redefine the way you fly

From creating a system that purifies air around premium seats to linking passengers’ faces to their passports, the world of aviation and the way we travel is changing fast.
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Parasite Oscar win says a lot about South Korea

In the past decade, Korean music and TV shows have exploded in global popularity. But the Korean wave isn’t just a global cultural fad, it’s the capstone of a unique and remarkable national growth story.
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Iconic Akashvani tune to secret station and banned songs — India’s tryst with radio waves

On World Radio Day, a look at how radio played an important role in Indian history.
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Faiz Ahmad Faiz: The years that preceded Hum Dekhenge

A look at the life of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, on his 109th birth anniversary, as editor-in-chief of Pakistan Times and the poetry he wrote in prison.  
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Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite becomes first non-English film to win best picture Oscar

The South Korean film, a dark comedy and commentary on class politics, also took home the Oscars for best international feature and best director.
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Wonder how people make it big in business? New research reveals luck plays a critical role

No rule exists for achieving exceptional success because it usually requires doing something different or novel and there can be no recipe for such innovation.

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No need to panic. ‘Westlessness’ just means world without West’s dominance, not its ideas

More than a desire to emulate China’s success, western populism is quite likely an indication that the structure of the liberal democratic state needs to change.

Deora, Kamal Nath, Scindia, Ajay Maken: Congress imploding or showing internal democracy?

Congress is seeing some of its leaders engage in public spats. Ajay Maken criticised Milind Deora for praising AAP and asked him to “leave” Congress if he wanted.

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India will purchase 110 new fighter jets in staggered manner, says CDS Gen Bipin Rawat

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, who is mandated with prioritising capital procurement, says India will likely buy more submarines for the Navy too.

Amit Shah’s performance as minister will now determine the success of Modi-Shah power pair

Modi-Shah share a unique power equation unlike Nehru-Patel and Vajpayee-Advani. After Delhi defeat, Shah enters a new, unfamiliar phase of his political career.