Tuesday, 7 December, 2021

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Dr. Robert Montgomery, the H. Leon Pachter, MD, Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at NYU Langone and director of its Transplant Institute, prepares sutures for use in the xenotransplantation surgery. | Photo: Joe Carrotta for NYU Langone Health

What went behind the ‘breakthrough’ pig to human kidney transplant in New York

In 1997, India had seen a similar operation, when a transplant surgeon from Assam had conducted a pig-to-human heart and lung transplant in Guwahati. The patient, though, died a week later.
File photo of actor Alec Baldwin | Commons

What is a prop gun, the kind Alec Baldwin used on film set that accidentally killed crew member

Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that accidentally killed cinematographer and injured director. ThePrint explains what is a prop gun and its use on film sets.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi. | Nicolás Pérez/Wikimedia Commons

The 3 granths in Sikhism & the debate surrounding Sarbloh Granth & Dasam Granth

The Nihangs, apart from venerating the Guru Granth Sahib, also hold in reverence the Sarbloh Granth and Dasam Granth. ThePrint explains the distinction between the three granths.
Representational image | Pixabay

‘3,600 attacks since 2013’ — violence against Hindu minority not a first for Bangladesh

At least six people died and several were injured after attacks on Bangladesh’s Hindu minority community during Durga Puja celebrations last week.
A file photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad | Commons

As Syria begins normalising relations with neighbours, a look back at bloody 10-year conflict

Syrian civil war has killed over 4 lakh people. Secy of State Antony Blinken has said US does not support efforts to ‘normalise relations’ with Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Francis Robert Roy Bucher was the second chief of the Indian Army | Wikimedia Commons

Who was Roy Bucher, India’s last British Army chief whose ‘J&K insights’ remain under wraps

CIC says disclosure of papers given by Bucher to NMML is in 'national interest'. Bucher papers are significant as they are said to contain insights on the Instrument of Accession.
Nihang Sikhs at Singhu border | Representational image | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Who are Nihang Sikhs? Sect accused of Sikh man’s ‘sacrilege’ lynching at Singhu

A man named Lakhbir Singh, 35, was Friday lynched for allegedly desecrating a holy text of Sikhs. Assailants cut off his hand and foot.
File photo of China and Taiwan flags | Twitter

As Taiwan pushes back against China reunification call, a look at the 350-year-old dispute

China describes Taiwan as a breakaway province, but the latter identifies itself as a sovereign nation, complete with its own military and Olympics entourage.
Sikhs in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh (representational image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Who are the Sikhs of Lakhimpur Kheri? Tracing their history, origin, livelihood

Sikh families in the Terai region in Uttar Pradesh, of which Lakhimpur Kheri is a part, migrated to the region post Partition. Most of them practice farming.
Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi (left) and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu | Photos: PTI and ANI

Bargari, Behbal Kalan, Kotkapura — sacrilege cases at centre of Sidhu-Channi discord in Punjab

Sidhu believes 2 officers appointed by Channi played controversial roles in 2015 sacrilege cases. ThePrint explains what the cases were & why are they politically relevant even today.

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Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir | Representational image| ANI

I served in Nagaland during the peak of insurgency and without AFSPA

Despite the Nagaland Peace Accord signed in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, AFSPA continues to exist. And we call ourselves mother of all democracies.
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das | File photo | Bloomberg

RBI likely to keep lending rate at record low again over Omicron threat

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das is scheduled to announce the monetary policy committee's decision in Mumbai Wednesday.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi Monday | ANI

Why Rajnath raised China’s Ladakh aggression at 2+2 dialogue with Beijing’s friend Russia

India and Russia’s maiden 2+2 dialogue comes at a time when New Delhi’s ties with Washington are on an upswing while its oldest ally — Moscow — gets closer to Beijing.   

Yes, UPA’s dead. But here’s what Mamata, PK are saying about Congress & why that’s right too

Even in its second successive annihilation by BJP, Congress retained a solid block of 20% votes. That’s why all of BJP’s victims want the Congress at the core of their challenge.