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US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping

What would happen to the world if China becomes the next US

Where is China headed? Here are four possible scenarios.
Narendra Modi

Finally, a summit where Modi govt made no meaningless, empty promises

Modi govt was talking big about BIMSTEC, but nobody bothered to look at how that long and ugly acronym looked in practice.
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Trump says he ‘misspoke’ at Helsinki, and Thailand may legalise medical marijuana

Former US president Barack Obama warns against 'strongman politics' in highest-profile speech since leaving office, and China's most expensive film has been pulled from theatres.
Rescuers install a water pump inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 28, in Thailand | Linh Pham/Getty Images

Indian Navy’s cave diving rescue capability, like in Tham Luang, does not exist

Indian Navy regularly sends adventure expeditions to the Meghalaya caves, but diving in submerged caves is yet to be attempted.
A screengrab of the boys in the cave | Facebook/Thai Royal Navy

At last Thai teens are home, but how did they get there?

The world rejoiced Tuesday as all 12 members of a youth football team and their coach were rescued after being trapped in a cave for 18 days. The team, the Wild Boars Football Club, entered the Tham Luang cave with their coach on 23 June, but were trapped as incessant rain flooded the complex. They were discovered alive by British divers on 2 July. Entering the cave was reportedly a 'rite of passage' The trip into the caves was reportedly a "rite of passage". Some of the local boys had explored the caves before, and their coach was said to be keeping the boys on a strict training schedule to keep them fit and help them bond. On 23 June, they went on a 45-minute bike ride from their school to the cave. When they failed to return by 7 pm, the Wild Boars' head coach Nopparat Kathawong realised something had gone wrong....
A screengrab of the boys in the cave | Facebook/Thai Royal Navy

Diver dies in Thai cave rescue effort, and Afghanistan has ended virginity testing

Justin Trudeau says he does not think he acted 'inappropriately' at 2000 musical fest, and bombing resumes in Syria as ceasefire deal falls through. Former Thai navy diver dies while trying to exit flooded cave "A former Thai navy diver who joined the operation to rescue 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand has died," reports CNN. He died at 2 am Friday due to lack of air while trying to return to a command centre located two kilometres inside the cave, where the boys have been trapped for almost two weeks. His death is a big blow to the perilous rescue operation. The navy and several international experts are trying to find a way to get the boys out before the caves flood further, and have begun pumping the water out of the caves as well as trying to teach the boys how to dive. Afghan women will stop being put through the...
World Cup

Russians love football too much, and Tunis first Arab capital with an elected female mayor

Indonesia has banned a Chinese video app for 'inappropriate content', and rescue efforts for the Thai boys continue as heartwarming videos of them are shared online.
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Last Laughs: An impending environmental doom and politicians chasing wrong problems

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
Petrol refinery

Are we facing an oil shock? These signs say yes

Surging fuel prices have led to discontent in India & Brazil and compensatory measures in Thailand, Vietnam. A 2011 analysis of previous such oil shocks suggests they are strong predictors of downturns.

On Camera

Congress headquarters

One in three people at Congress rallies may not have voted for the party: Lokniti-CSDS

Survey data from BJP and Congress rallies during 2019 election suggest that huge crowds are deceiving and don’t translate into votes in favour.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

An AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force

IAF workhorse AN-32 gets a fuel that’s green and creates jobs for tribals

The IAF will now run its AN-32 transport aircraft on a blended bio-fuel partly derived from trees. It plans to widen the experiment over the next two years.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi era begins in politics as caste factor fades. Here’s why he won’t be easy to beat

BJP's Mandir politics has subsumed Mandal under Modi-Shah and created a pan-Hindu vote. Modi's challenger has to invent a new politics.