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Jallikattu continues to be a bloody affair — for humans and bulls

Five people lost their lives this year while cruelty to the animals continued unabated, despite the Animal Welfare Board’s guidelines and monitoring teams.

Animal welfare team to oversee Jallikattu told ‘a little bit of cruelty is alright’

The traditional Tamil sport takes place this weekend, and the convener of the team responsible to ensure this has called for a ‘balanced approach’ to cruelty.
Madras High Court

Make breastfeeding mandatory: Madras High Court tells Modi govt

The court sent questionnaire to Centre, asking why it should not be the right of a newborn child to be breastfed for at least six months after birth.
Rajinikanth | PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

Rajinikanth, the politician, wants to clean up ‘rotten’ politics. Mind it.

Rajinikanth will try to fill the huge vacuum in Tamil Nadu politics, which has revolved for the last half a century around larger-than-life figures, whether it was CN Annadurai, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, MG Ramachandran or Jayalalithaa.
AIADMK leader T. T. V. Dinakaran

आर के नगर का परिणाम तमिलनाडू की राजनीति में करेगा उथल-पुथल

दिनकरन की अप्रत्याशित जीत से सभी ताकतों के पुनर्निर्माण का रास्ता खुलेगा. किस तरह का नया समीकरण बनेगा, यह कहना थोड़ी जल्दबाजी होगी.
TTV Dhinakaran greeting voters at a polling booth | PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar

तमिलनाडू आर. के. नगर उपचुनाव: दिनाकरण की जीत ने बढ़ाईं भाजपा की दुविधाएं

आर.के. नगर से शशिकला के भतीजे की जीत के बाद भाजपा के लिए समीकरणों को साधना चुनौतीपूर्ण. 2019 के मद्देनजर तमिलनाडू भाजपा के लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण.
AIADMK leader T. T. V. Dinakaran

R.K. Nagar verdict has blown Tamil Nadu politics wide open

Dinakaran’s facile win will ensure realignment of forces. It is too early to predict what kind of realignment, but all options are open to all the players.
Collaboration between IIT-Delhi and the Bureau of Police Research and Development

Data says India’s safest city for women is Coimbatore. But is it really?

Official data says the city in Tamil Nadu didn't have a single case of rape in all of 2016. That may be too good to be true. 
Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan as ‘Citizen K’: blockbuster or cult classic?

It is too filmy to expect Haasan to waltz in and occupy political space. But what if he is not looking for a blockbuster, and prefers to make a niche film?
Hadiya in Supreme Court

Hadiya wants freedom and her husband. Only gets to go back to college

Hadiya said she was mentally harassed in the court-mandated protective custody of her parents, and wanted only her husband Shafin Jahan to be her custodian.

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An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.


File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
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.