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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah | Vijay Verma/PTI

Modi is set to fly to US, and Amit Shah wants Indians to say ‘Howdy, Modi!’ in Hindi

If only Amit Shah were saying the same thing as guru and mentor Modi. The PM speaks shaky English, but he knows its value.
Rakhigarhi DNA study

A 4,500-old woman from Rakhigarhi spoke this week, and made Indians ask ‘Who are we?’

New DNA study results from Rakhigarhi remains set off a debate about Indian history, politics, and British colonialism online.
Skeletons found at Rakhigarhi date back to around 2500 BC | YouTube

2500 BC Rakhigarhi skeletons have no traces of ‘Aryan gene’, finds DNA study

Study examined DNA of skeletons found in Rakhigarhi, an Indus Valley Civilisation site in Haryana, and found no traces of R1a1, or Central Asian ‘steppe’, gene.
Skeletons found at Rakhigarhi date back to around 2500 BC | ancientorigins.net

Archeologist who found 4,500-yr-old skeletons in Haryana doesn’t buy Aryan invasion theory

Vasant Shinde says skeletons found in Rakhigarhi date to around 2500 BC, and there’s only ‘stray evidence’ of contact with Central Asians at that time.

Does Rakhigarhi skeleton DNA confirm Dravidian ancestry or reignite Aryan invasion debate?

DNA samples collected from a 4,500-year-old skeleton in Rakhgarhi have reignited the age-old debate whether the Harappans were Aryans or Dravidians. While many historians say this settles the Aryan invasion issue, others say the findings are premature. ThePrint asks:Does Rakhigarhi skeleton DNA confirm Dravidian ancestry or reignite Aryan invasion debate? To come to conclusion about Dravidian or Aryan ancestry is abuse of Rakhigarhi DNA findings Ravi Korisettar Karnatak University, Department of History & Archaeology It is too premature to associate the Rakhigarhi findings to either Dravidian or Aryan ancestry. There is nothing called Aryan DNA or Dravidian DNA for that matter. As an anthropologist, I can say that anthropology has not been able to establish a skeletal feature that is Aryan or Dravidian in nature. The two are only language groups, not races. We have to wait for findings from other sites before we jump to any conclusion. These are populist issues that end up garnering...

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

Defence

File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.