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No room for liberal doubt

India’s liberals who are torn by dilemmas because of the intricacies of the Sabarimala affair may factor in three historical-constitutional variables in order to look at the present situation with a clearer perspective. First, reformers have always had to face...

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Opinion | Misconceptions about an RBI special dividend

A key agenda for discussion in Monday’s Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board meeting will be the framework for distribution of surplus from the RBI to the government. This has become an issue of controversy between the government and the RBI, with reports that the...

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Opinion | The impact of World War I on India

On the morning of 26 September, 1914, the Castilia and the Mongara sailed into Marseilles. On board the British India Company ships was the Lahore Division of the British India Corps. An article in The Times, published on 2 October that year, described the scene as...

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Trump and the Iran boomerang

Seven months after US President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum kicking off the process for America to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, new wide-ranging sanctions on Iran’s oil exports as well as its shipping and aviation industries are coming back...

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India Post Payments Bank

India Post Payments Bank, in 5 points Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 September launched the India Post Payments Bank that offers doorstep banking to customers, mainly in rural areas. Mint analyses the banking model and how it seeks to ensure greater financial...

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India-U.S. Growing defence cooperation: Evolution

Growing Defence cooperation: Evolution The parallel tracks of dialogue began in the 1990s. The strategic dialogue covering nuclear issues shifted gears following the nuclear tests of 1998 and imposition of sanctions by the U.S. The over a dozen rounds of talks between...

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The Demonetisation Decision

On November 8th, government announced the decision to discontinue the legal tender status of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. The original objectives were stated as: eliminating fake currency; inflicting losses on those with black money; and disrupting terror and criminal...

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Artificial Intelligence

AI can make high-definition fake videos from just a simple sketch A fake is only as good as it looks. But while forging a counterfeit handbag or watch takes time and effort, churning out fake videos has become surprisingly easy. A new system can turn a few simple...

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Cauvery Issue

Some of the Inter-State Water Disputes and States Involved: 1. Narmada Water Dispute- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan 2. Mahi River Dispute- Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh 3. Ravi and Beas Water Dispute- Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh,...

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