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1 billion people in the world can’t formally prove their identity. This can help

A digital ID uses technology to verify your identity and can streamline transactions between governments and citizens, reducing lengthy processes.

33 years after nuclear explosion, Chernobyl has become a wildlife paradise

The biodiversity in the Chernobyl exclusion zone shows wildlife is more resistant to radiation than previously thought.
Illegal sand mining

Global demand for this common mineral is creating an environmental catastrophe

Between 32 and 50 billion tonnes of sand and gravel are extracted from the Earth each year, making it the most mined material in the world.
Birds fly over the Quito Glacier on Greenwich Island, Antarctica

Climate change helped wipe out these four mighty ancient civilisations

Unlike the Mayans and the Mesopotamians, in the 21st century we are in a position to do something about it.
It is fascinating to study how people use technology in their relationships (representational image)

The robots are coming and women’s work faces the greatest risk of automation

New research shows more than 70 per cent of the jobs deemed to be at high risk are held by women.
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The web is 30 years old. What better time to fight for its future

If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.
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These stats on gender inequality will surprise you

Around the world, the achievements of women are being celebrated on International Women’s Day, which began back in 1911. But the day also highlights the work that remains to be done in order to achieve gender parity. The theme for this year is #BalanceforBetter — encapsulating the idea that a gender —balanced world benefits everyone, economically and socially. And it’s up to everyone, men and women, to make it happen. As the following statistics show, there are huge differences in the types of inequality faced by women in different parts of the world — from cultural representation, to domestic burdens and child marriage. But through collective action and shared ownership, change is possible. 1. Women are 47% more likely to suffer severe injuries in car crashes because safety features are designed for men In their 2011 study of more than 45,000 crash victims over 11 years, researchers from the University of Virginia found...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in Davos, 2018 | Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Modi & ministers skip Davos meet due to ‘pressing matters’ ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Last year, Modi had addressed the opening session of the annual meeting, while senior ministers like Arun Jaitley, Piyush Goyal and Suresh Prabhu had attended.
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Richest Indians got wealthier by 39%, world’s poorest saw their fortunes dip by 11% in 2018, says Oxfam study

In its annual study released ahead of the start of the World Economic Forum, Oxfam said 13.6 crore Indians who make up the poorest 10% of the country remained in debt since 2004.
Customers in a departmental store in Mumbai | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India to be third-largest consumer market by 2030, spending to reach Rs 420 lakh crore: WEF

World Economic Forum report says in the next 11 years, less than 5% of Indian households will lie below poverty line.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

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Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.