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71 years on, it’s time to review the basis for UN peacekeeping

Across peacekeeping, there has been a concerted call for the UN to be more robust, willing to take proactive forceful measures in contexts where civilians may be at risk.

Can Artificial Intelligence help us with our voting decisions?

If politicians are using AI to try to persuade us, why not flip this around and use AI tools needed to help us decide how to vote?
Vintage western electric telegraph machine

Simply elegant, Morse code marks 175 years and counting

In emergency situations, Morse code can be the only mode of communications that will get through.

We are only beginning to grasp how much IS looted from Syria. And it’s a lot

During IS’s seemingly unstoppable rise, looted artefacts were said to be a significant source of income for the group.
Slices of cheese on display

Why cheese may help control your blood sugar

A growing body of evidence suggests that people who eat lots of cheese do not have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Human evolution gallery at Indian Museum in Kolkata

We must stop human evolution right now. It’s our moral obligation

We remain at the mercy of natural selection, the least moral way for a species to develop.

White nationalists want America to be white again, but here’s why it won’t happen

The white share of the US population has been dropping, from a little under 90 per cent in 1950 to 60 per cent in 2018.
Sales fell sharply after November 2016, jewellery traders say struggling to pay workers who haven’t been sacked.

Making fake jewels isn’t a new thing. It happened 43,000 years ago too

Manufacturing imitation beads became a widespread practice, with rare or exotic jewellery items copied in shape and colour in various prehistoric cultures.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed on a gate at the central bank's headquarters in Mumbai, India

Why political meddling with central banks, like in India, is a terrible idea

Undoing the consequences of political meddling and restoring faith in a central bank – and the country’s currency – often requires a lot of short-term pain.
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From Sri Lanka to Kashmir, shutting down social media actually fuels more violence

India has become the world’s most prolific executor of deliberate internet blackouts over the last several years, but that has not curbed violence.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.