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Paramedic at the site of shootout | @BalqisSidiqia/Twitter

White nationalists & jihadis are both tech-savvy killers, but they’re far from same

It’s unrealistic to expect the US government to treat white nationalist terrorism the same way it has treated the Islamist variety.

Delhi Crime: Why watch a Netflix series on the intensely reported Nirbhaya gangrape case

Delhi Crime tells Nirbhaya’s story from the vantage point of the Delhi Police, which received a lot of flak and criticism over the 2012 case.
Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan | Sheng Jiapeng/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

Alliance with Pakistan matters more to China than terrorism

Pakistan keeps Indian troops tied down, making it difficult for India to join US-led efforts to contain China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific.

Boeing probe shows US regulator has always played cosy with aviation industry

FAA's long history of entanglement with the industry it purports to regulate has hamstrung its ability to regulate.

Africa has a new health care crisis — obesity

The recently published Global Wellness Index set alarm bells ringing when South Africa scored poorly for life expectancy, alcohol use, depression and diabetes.
air pollution

Air pollution is a public health problem also related to racial injustice

In sum, African-Americans are hit especially hard by air pollution, even though they cause relatively little of it.
Kesari movie review

Kesari sees Akshay Kumar’s rebirth as an action hero as the actor dies

We are all well aware of Akshay Kumar’s knack for taking on social themes, but in Kesari he delivers an entire syllabus on social and political justice.
Made in Heaven | madeinheaventv/Facebook

Made in Heaven shows Sooraj Barjatya & Karan Johar’s ‘happy Indian family’ doesn’t exist

Made in Heaven is the direct spiritual successor of Monsoon Wedding, and refuses to offer any easy answers to the viewers.
Holi being played in Mathura (representational image) |PTI

Holi harmony is not for everyone. Archives show how some castes were kept out

Men have been killed, women assaulted, and villages razed during Holi festivities.
Nimki Mukhiya

Colours of Holi and Arnab’s histrionics: Hindi TV serials have it all but you miss Nimki

It is increasingly clear to soap opera addicts that Arnab Goswami & Co. have acquired their talent for ugly histrionics on TV news from Hindi serials.

On Camera

An aircraft operated by Jet Airways India Ltd. | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A bailout for Jet Airways will fill Indian skies with zombie airlines

Air India is the original zombie, infected by a govt bailout. If Jet is bailed out, then the next firm will need one too & the infection will spread.

PUBG players arrested: Overreaction by police or is addiction a public concern?

The Gujarat police arrested several PUBG lovers, many of them students, for playing the banned video game.

Defence

Tejas

Behind final clearance for Tejas, 10 concessions given to fighter jet

Final operational clearance to Tejas was granted even though the jet's drop tank & other weapon configurations are yet to be cleared while airframe fatigue test is still underway.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?