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Fall armyworm destroying crop

This worm army is marching across India and destroying everything in its path

The Fall Armyworm, from the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the Americas, was first detected in Karnataka last year. It's already reached Mizoram.

These plastic-eating fungi may be the answer to our garbage epidemic

Last year, a team of scientists from Pakistan and China stumbled upon a species of fungus that colonised the surface of plastic, causing it to chip away.
Triclosan — an antibacterial incorporated into soaps, cosmetics, cookware, yoga mats mouthwash, and toothpaste — is unsafe (representational image)

Your germ-killing kitchen soap may be doing you more harm than good

While bacteria were once equated with causing illness, it’s now understood there are some dangerous species, while others are beneficial

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.