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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley finally sees value in blockchain. Here’s what he should also know

In his Budget speech the Finance Minister has said he sees value in blockchain. But there's a lot that most people don't know about blockchain.
Illustration for Defence budget

Why has the Modi govt given Indian defence the Cinderella treatment?

The defence squeeze is particularly difficult to understand because the BJP has traditionally been more security-oriented than other political parties.
Nidhi Razdan, Shashi Tharoor, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Shekhar Gupta and P. Chidambaram at the launch of 'Speaking Truth to Power'

No true Indian journalist can say “I have a story but I am too fearful to run it”

Don’t just look at the two commando-comic channels and get brainwashed into believing everybody is like that and pronounce the end of Indian journalism.
Some tools found in Attirampakkam, Tamil Nadu

One small ancient stone tool, but giant leap for Indian prehistory, says prof who found it

We place these Middle Palaeolithic cultures far earlier than estimated in India. The current models believe that this phase was brought to India only post 125,000.
Amitabh Bachchan

Will the real Twitter Don please stand up? Not you Amitabh Bachchan

For a superstar who seems to be so busy counting his Twitter followers, he appears chronically unable to stand up and be counted when it comes to the burning moral issues of the day.
Rahul Gandhi wearing a Burberry jacket

India would rather talk about Rahul Gandhi’s Burberry jacket than the rape of an 8-month-old

The fact that a political leader’s jacket is news is because we let it be so. We pander, yes. Not to the lazy audience, but to the lazy idea of ‘reportage’.
Kalpana Chawla - a Haryana Girl

Remembering a Haryana girl who made Hindi Medium Type cool by becoming a heroic astronaut

Kalpana Chawla died in a space tragedy 15 years ago. But she brought home to me the Hindi Medium Type, or HMT, advantage.
Paddy seedlings

The government has announced higher farm prices, but has also bought time

There’s no easy solution; and instead of making a promise, Jaitley has announced that NITI Aayog will draft a policy after consulting the states.
Sushma Swaraj welcomes Nepal's Prime Minister

Sushma Swaraj lands in Nepal with ‘no message’ for the nation’s politics stuck in a limbo

In a month or so, none of the political figures Sushma Swaraj meets in Nepal will remain what they are now – Oli, Prachanda, Deuba or even President Bhandari.
Ploughing

Ensuring that only farmers benefit from higher MSP will be a challenge

The idea of giving 1.5 times the cost of the produce is good, but with challenges in implementation, achieving effectiveness will require innovative approach.

On Camera

‘A rich Muslim’s expense on Umrah marriage can teach 3 lakh poor Muslim kids for 18 yrs’

Muslim scholars say 84% of Indian Muslims earn less than Rs 50 a day, and want the community to cut spending on lavish weddings, multiple pilgrimages.
t-series

Should Indians support Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series in YouTube subscriber race against PewDiePie?

Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series and vlogger Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie are fighting to attain the number one spot in terms of subscribers on YouTube.

Defence

Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.