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Azeem Rafiq | Twitter

What is the Azeem Rafiq race scandal, and why it has gone beyond Yorkshire & English cricket

Karachi-born Rafiq, who hasn’t played for Yorkshire since 2018, spoke of slurs & discrimination last year. He recently appeared before UK parliament panel to elaborate on claims.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at the COP26 summit in Glasgow | ANI photo

What is the Glasgow Climate Pact & why India did not commit to coal phase out

The Glasgow Pact was adopted by 197 parties 13 November after the COP26 deliberations were extended by a day. ThePrint explains the key issues covered in the pact.
Stubble being burnt as part of 'Slash and Burn' agriculture practice after the harvesting of paddy crop in Jalandhar. | ANI

Cash sops, machine subsidies & more — why nothing has helped stop stubble burning in Punjab

From cash incentives to biomass power plants, governments have been spending crores to contain farm fires, but have had limited success.
Representational image | ANI

Why Modi govt’s new autopsy rules will eliminate delays for families, boost organ donation

Modi govt Monday introduced a new post-mortem protocol that allows autopsies to be performed after daylight. Earlier convention often led to a delay in the procedure.
The idol of goddess Annapurna was retrieved from Canada and installed in the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Varanasi, on 15 November, 2021 | Photo: ANI

Tracing history, significance of stolen idol of Annapurna that Yogi installed in Varanasi today

Statue was smuggled out of India by Norman MacKenzie, a Canadian lawyer and arts patron, in 1913. It was handed to Indian envoy to Canada last year but pandemic delayed its return.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan with a statue of Rani Kamlapati, in Bhopal Monday | Photo: Twitter | @ANI

Who was Rani Kamlapati? Gond queen whose name is on railway station opened by PM Modi in Bhopal

The Habibganj Railway Station has been renamed as the Rani Kamlapati Railway Station, to honour the last Hindu queen of Bhopal who died in 1723.
COP26 climate talks

Why climate finance is a big deal, and where negotiations have reached at Glasgow COP26

COP26 is looking to settle a new climate finance goal under Paris deal. But how much funding developing nations will get to tackle climate change is stuck in negotiations.
A view of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation depot during the strike. | ANI

Why Maharashtra’s state transport buses have been off the roads for past 16 days

Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation has been reeling under losses, made worse by pandemic, causing salaries to be delayed at times. Some workers have even committed suicide.
The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Lowest cost or ‘L1’ no longer the only way to select bidders — why Modi govt revised policy

Under revised guidelines, govt has now allowed selection of bidders through other procurement methods like Quality-cum-Cost Based Selection (QCBS).
American psychiatrist Dr Aaron Beck died on 1 November at the age of 100 | Photo: Commons

Dr Aaron Beck has died, but here’s how his CBT changed the entire field of mental health

Dr Aaron Beck developed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the 1980s and 1990s. After scientific studies, it began replacing Freudian psychoanalysis in mental health treatment.

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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.
Representational image. | A vendor selling tomatoes at the vegetable market, in Okhla, New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

Tomato is the new onion as rain damage in southern states doubles prices, no respite soon

Retail as well as wholesale prices of tomato have more than doubled to as high as Rs 80/kg in several places. In some southern cities, prices rose to as much as Rs 140/kg.

Defence

Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

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.
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