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Chhattisgarh nurses are wading through rivers to help tribal women with prenatal care

According to state data, early referral centres have resulted in more institutional births, but terrain & lack of connectivity are biggest challenges for caregivers in Naxal-infested Abujmarh.

What reports on Indian women’s falling participation in labour force don’t tell you

Critics analysing World Bank report to claim continuance of patriarchal oppression and structural barriers fail to acknowledge a critical aspect about women's economic participation in India.

Japan, the only country merging two security theatres in Europe and Indo-Pacific

If there is one Indo-Pacific player with the economic heft and strategic capabilities to truly champion the merging of the two security theatres, it is Japan.

How India’s longest sea link is taking shape in Mumbai one span at a time & notching many firsts

The 22-km Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link is on track to meet December 2023 deadline, officials say. It’s also setting the bar by using technologies that have not been seen before in India.

Pedigree dogs are India’s new therapists. ‘Rent-a-dog’ latest business on the block

Personal dog therapy can be just as expensive as hiring a snazzy Mumbai therapist with three master’s degrees and a PhD.

‘Only place we’ve ever known’: As Joshimath crumbles, the displaced demand ‘fair compensation’

Govt offering Rs 1.5 lakh, residents demand at least Rs 5 lakh. Protesters want to halt demolitions until agreement is reached on displacement & compensation.

Mental health insurance picking up in India. Employers are also listening—without prejudice

The IRDAI’s order to make mental health insurance mandatory has raised questions about 'good policies'. Professionals are welcoming this first step.

Army ‘rightsizing’ just a clever play of words. It’s about choosing technology over soldiers

Downsizing is inspired by the global chorus seeking a ‘lean, mean fighting machine.’ But India is different—socially, geographically, and in combat ethos.

Haryana ‘love jihad’ law puts first case to litmus test—govt agenda, Sangh help, new fears

The Shuklas are fighting to bring their daughter back. But first, they're educating Haryana police and courts about the Act and getting help from Bajrang Dal too.

Vajpayee to Modi, why India-Pakistan secret peace dialogues on Kashmir have always failed

Even though governments in Pakistan and India have changed, the calculations in either capital have not. New Delhi thinks time is on its side on Kashmir.

On Camera

YourTurn

Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image| kremlin.ru

PLA media villainises India as Xi inspects LAC troops ahead of...

Xi has signed a troop mobilisation order for military training during the first week of every new year since 2018. But no such order was signed in 2023.
File photo of an employee inspecting an egg in an incubator at an hatchery in Mangaon, south of Mumbai on 2 February, 2015 | Reuters

Malaysia’s egg shortage sets Indian hatcheries on path for record exports

The outbreak of bird flu has curtailed supplies of eggs & chicken in many countries, pressuring already high food prices & triggering trade restrictions from countries that import poultry.

Defence

Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Why Iran’s drone programme is a ‘triumph’ – Harsh sanctions, western...

Tehran's drone programme can be traced back to 1980s. Iranian drones are cheap, have more range & flight endurance, besides stealth capabilities & counter GPS jamming systems.

Shehbaz Sharif is talking peace. India must keep mum, leave Pak...

Anything that gives breathing space and strategic relevance back to Pakistan is negative for India. It’s worse for Pakistan.