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All-women teams bag top 3 positions in Smart India Hackathon at IIT

The teams devised innovative prototypes for the agriculture sector such as smart drip irrigation, mechanical harvesters and soil testers.
The teaching of a selective history can't be unlearned within a generation, writes Ammar Rashid

India has begun to use technology to reunite lost children with their families

The latest facial recognition technology identified almost 3,000 missing children in four days.
Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande, the man Jeff Bezos & Warren Buffet picked to head a US healthcare venture

Atul Gawande, a Boston-based surgeon, also teaches at Harvard Medical School and is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.
prototype dustbin

Trash course from a Chemistry professor in Mohali

Samrat Ghosh of  Mohali has built a unique dustbin under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that makes them easier to clean and keeps the animals away.
ISRO

ISRO to launch free satellite training programme for students from developing nations

Students expected from 45 countries for 8-week course. Chief says ISRO will launch satellites that meet quality standards
Artificial Intelligence

Google is training machines to predict when a patient will die

Google creates a new algorithm which can predict the survival chance of patients. It can even show the records that helped it arrive at the conclusion.
Dry cracked earth in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

US weather agency issues El Niño alert, says conditions for its development right

In India, the El Niño has been known to cause or exacerbate drought as well as affect seasonal monsoon. Its impact this year, if it develops, remains to be seen.
plastic waste

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from 8 Asian rivers

Indus & the Ganges carry second & sixth highest amounts of plastic debris to the ocean.
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Curbing teen pregnancy can help check India’s anaemia epidemic, study finds

An estimated 53% of India’s women in the reproductive age group are said to suffer from anaemia, according to the latest National Family Health Survey.
Square number three

When did humans first learn to count?

All computation and algebra that we know today, had developed over time in India and gradually transmitted to the Western world by Islamic scholars. 

On Camera

Udit Raj

BJP is denying ticket to vocal Dalit MPs like Udit Raj because they just won’t fall in line

Most sitting MPs whom BJP denied ticket to contest the 2019 elections were vocal about issues of caste and social justice in India.
congress

3 months of Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi in active politics: Has she lived up to the hype?

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was appointed Congress’ general secretary of Uttar Pradesh (East) on 23 January 2019.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.