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Nothing has changed about Taliban, from terror to Sharia. Islamic world should pressure them

From upholding women’s rights to ensuring safety & internal harmony, the Taliban have backtracked on every promise they made, and the outcome can’t be great.

How ‘organic’ diktat, Chinese infra brought farmers to their knees on Rajapaksa turf Hambantota

Farmers in Sri Lanka's Hambantota struggle to keep crops alive without effective fertilisers, with rampaging elephants — displaced due to ill-conceived infra projects — posing another threat.

US ignores failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.

Coordinated campaign? India #1 source for pro-Russia tweets amid Ukraine war, says Ashoka study

Study by Ashoka University’s Centre for Analysis of Network Data & Insight Derivation looks at pro-Russia & pro-Ukraine tweets between February, when the war began, and May.

From pest attacks to climate change, India’s mango yield hits new lows this year

Untimely rains, heatwaves and the red-banded caterpillar wreak havoc on the ‘king of fruits’ in UP and Bihar

‘Would you catch a fallen star’ — Song for fallen BJP CMs, from Deb to Rawats to Yediyurappa

The moral of the story is—don’t look for rhyme and reason when it comes to the installation or removal of CMs by the BJP high command. There's none.

How India’s power crisis is self-made & why we could face another crunch during the monsoon

In 109 of 165 thermal power plants that are currently operational, the actual coal stock is less than 25 per cent of normative stock that they are mandated to keep.

India has debated sedition at length but it won’t go without the overhaul of justice system

Preventive Detention has stayed its course because India didn’t invest much in the investigative competence of the police, or legal acumen of the prosecutors.

Behind Krishna Janmabhoomi controversy lies centuries of politics & a Mughal game of thrones

Krishna Janmabhoomi at the centre of a bitter legal fight. A court has begun hearings on a petition demanding that the Shahi Idgah mosque, which stands alongside the temple, be sealed.

Jewar’s taking off but on ground are broken promises, villages divided & jobless crorepatis

With no fields, jobs, and compensation money running out, villagers who gave way to the Jewar airport feel cheated. Their ‘urban’ life isn't working.

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Author Geetanjali Shree and translator Daisy Rockwell at Booker Prize event, London | TheBookerPrizes/Twitter

Geetanjali Shree won 1st Booker for Hindi novel. Regional authors must ask for right price now

A news article in ‘Independent’ stated that ‘Tomb Of Sand’ was the first novel in ‘Indian’ to win the award—it shows what India is still up against.
Representational image for Indian rice | Commons

India’s protectionist moves spark fear that rice export may be curbed next after wheat, sugar

The country has stockpiled more than enough rice and prices have been under control. Meanwhile, rice is the one staple grain that’s helping to keep world food crisis from getting worse.

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NSA Ajit Doval with NSAs from the other countries at the meeting at Dushanbe, Tajikistan | Photo: Courtesy the NSA's office

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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