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Clean energy and net-zero emissions are possible only if we act now. Here’s a roadmap

The SDG7 Global Roadmap outlines how the world can move to clean energy by 2030, to eventually reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China has a negative celebrity list of 88, as Xi doubles down on 3rd term

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | ANI

This is why Modi revised his stand on dynasty politics. Beyond usual Gandhi family bashing

BJP leaders no longer have to feel apologetic about hailing from a political family or promoting their sons or daughters. Modi's shift on dynasts has won many hearts in BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, Russia | PTI

US must not be too hard on India over Modi-Putin summit. For its own good

US needs to realise that an India that can push back against China is worth more to American designs for Asia than a few S-400 missiles.
A farmworker monitors the burning of rice crop stubble in the Patiala district of Punjab (representational image) | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

A solution to stubble burning that gets to its root cause

Encouraging farmers in the western Indo-Gangetic Plain to give up rice will take considerable effort, but the benefits are clear.
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at a vaccination centre in Gurugram on 15 September 2021 | PTI

Why Covid cases in India are decreasing, despite low double vaccination rate

WHO’s chief scientist said in late August that India seems to be ‘entering some stage of endemicity’.
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Overeating can affect your ability to fulfil social, work or family roles

People who struggle with addictive eating may have intense cravings, which don’t relate to hunger, and feelings of withdrawal.
World Food Programme chief David Beasley has urged billionaires like Elon Musk to donate in the fight against world hunger

How 2% of one man’s money can end world hunger

Tesla founder had offered to pay to end world hunger if the UN explained how it would spend the money. So the World Food Programme came up with a plan.
The 2021 Ballon d’Or trophy. | Photo Credit: Twitter/@francefootball

Messi-Ronaldo dominance shows why Ballon d’Or has failed. Football is much more than awards

While Ballon d’Or is awarded to the player who has fit the definition of being the “best in the world”, nobody really knows what it means.
A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.

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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal | Linkedin

Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.

Indian bankers risk losing business to Google, PhonePe, says Uday Kotak

Banks will need to scale up technology, hire more and focus on customer and not sales-centric approach to match competition from the 'deep-pocketed tech firms', the Kotak founder said.


Indian Navy ready to deal with any security challenge, says Admiral R Hari Kumar

Speaking on eve of Navy Day, the Navy chief said the situation along India's northern border has added to security complexities along with Covid & that the 'dual' scenario continues.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.