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File photo of Isher Judge Ahluwalia at the Annual Young Women Achievers Awards 2009-10 in New Delhi | Kamal Singh | PTI

Economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Padma Bhushan awardee, dies at 74

Ahluwalia had, last month, stepped down as chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations due to her declining health.
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UGC cites top universities like MIT, Cambridge to justify decision to hold final-year exams

UGC issued a circular Thursday, detailing SOPs for colleges and that they conduct a risk-assessment before holding exams. Health of students and staff to be monitored too.
Foreign tourists wear protective masks at the Taj Mahal complex in Agra amid the coronavirus threat | Photo: ANI

New paper-based test developed by MIT researchers claims to detect coronavirus in 30 mins

The test developed by MIT start-up E25Bio is conducted using paper strips, which show a coloured spot if a patient’s sample has the novel coronavirus.
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Age-old business of selling youth to the aging is likely never to stop

The global market for anti-aging products is expected to exceed $330 billion by 2021.
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Up in the air, plane with no moving parts

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Become a democracy, achieve 20% higher GDP growth: New study

Study by MIT, Columbia, Boston University and University of Chicago researchers shows that democracy outscores China’s authoritarian capitalism.
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India needs jobs for all, including its Muslims

New data suggests efforts of governments to expand opportunities to India’s most deprived citizens may be failing.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.