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Soaps have a dirty history. Even Greeks and Roman didn’t use them to clean their bodies

Few people know the long and dirty history of making soap, the product we all rely on to clean our skin, and help us in a pandemic.
A man takes a bar of Hindustan Unilever Ltd. Lux soap off a shelf at a store in Mumbai, India. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Kuni Takahashi | Bloomberg

Surging soap demand makes Hindustan Unilever India’s best stock

Hindustan Unilever has surged as bottles of hand-wash, detergents and floor cleaner fly off the shelves amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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This is what makes the humble soap our best bet against coronavirus

As shops run low on hand sanitisers, here's why washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 infection.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Le Sancy, the soap that made Rahul a name to remember way before Shah Rukh Khan

The boat-shaped soap was a case of great advertising that just didn't work.
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Godrej Vatni was India’s foremost Swadeshi soap, and it didn’t remind you of Partition

Godrej Vatni soap continued to carry the map of undivided India for many years, even after Partition.
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India’s first ‘big’ bathing soap failed because it was OK

The ads for Tata's OK soap were hugely popular, but its name and branding let it down.

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Imran Khan and Xi Jinping

Oil to Kashmir — Why China, not Saudi Arabia, is Pakistan’s only Big Brother now

China has again been Pakistan’s friend — bailing it out of Saudi loans and raising the Kashmir at UNSC. But Islamabad is fast losing other friends in Islamic world.
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1 hotel, 2 backup offices, 200 isolated staff — how RBI ensured Covid didn’t disrupt banking

For nearly five months now, RBI has kept many of its staff and vendors, among others, isolated in a hotel and run payments system from its data centre in Navi Mumbai.


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Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.