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Discoms. Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

If there’s one Gujarat model we must replicate, it’s the power sector reforms one

Crisis in coal? The real problem is in the power sector.
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Neither MoD nor MHA can resolve the unacceptable state of affairs on Indo-Tibetan Border

The ITBP needs to be converted into a military force that is based on a design like the Rashtriya Rifles with suitable modifications.
climate change activists

Eco Anxiety is real. Children across the world are struggling with it

More than 45 per cent in a survey of 10 countries said their feelings about climate change "negatively affected their daily life and functioning".

Why global energy drought could herald a future of excess

Surging costs of Chinese coal, European gas and global crude are symptoms of an energy system using high prices to incentivise additional supply when and where most needed.
A Chinese national flag flies from a ferry on the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China sees ‘snub’ to India in Bhutan agreement. And Chinese are mocking Ajay Devgn

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
US President Joe Biden listens as Australian PM Scott Morrison speaks via videoconference during the announcement of the new AUKUS partnership on 15 September 2021 | Photo: Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg

Security in Indo-Pacific is not a simple affair. AUKUS, China missile, and Taiwan prove that

Indo-Pacific security is a dangerous affair. The single-most significant strategic development in the past two decades has been China's ‘area access denial’.
India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar | File photo: ANI

3 choices for India in Afghanistan – walking away is the easiest one but not the best

It is up to China to persuade Islamabad that Indian aid in Afghanistan will only help stabilise a country that could quickly wreak havoc within Pakistan itself.
File photo | Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Gen Bajwa can bet on Pakistan’s divided politics. Imran Khan’s defiance will lead to nothing

It's unfortunate that no one in Pakistan government and opposition will capture this opportunity and join hands to push back the army chief for good.

This Diwali, millennials are pulling out India’s crypto industry out of the shadows

After Supreme Court overturned the ban on banks dealing with digital currencies, the industry itself is demanding to be regulated and is lifting its profile with Bollywood's help.

Rahul Gandhi’s impending return as president is a win-win for both Congress and BJP

CWC choice of Rahul Gandhi as party president isn't about the fight against BJP. It was about the Gandhi dynasty’s crown jewel, Congress, and they have secured it.

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YourTurn

Why Colin Powell’s death from Covid complications argues for vaccines, not against it

Powell, who was fighting multiple myeloma, needed as many people around him as possible to be vaccinated to diminish his chances of encountering the virus.
A pile of coins representing Bitcoin cryptocurrency | Photo: Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg file photo

Bitcoin pushes toward record high before futures exchange-traded fund debut

The ProShares bitcoin-linked exchange-traded fund will trade on the NYSE. The move is the latest sign of how cryptocurrency-related investments are becoming more mainstream.

Defence

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande. | Photo: Nirmal Poddar | ThePrint

China has ramped up troops deployment, infra along LAC but so have we — Eastern Army commander

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande says there has been a 'marginal increase' in patrolling activities in some areas along the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Mohan Bhagwat is right, China is the big threat. But his prescription to counter it is flawed

India can fight China, but it needs peace & stability at home. It can't take on Beijing while re-lighting old fires like NRC or polarising Hindus & Muslims to win elections.
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