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NASA’s Martian quake sensor InSight lands at slight angle

NASA's unmanned Martian quake sensor, InSight, has landed at a slight angle on the Red Planet, and experts are hopeful the spacecraft will work as planned, the US space agency said Friday. The USD 993 million lander arrived Monday at its target, a lava plain named...

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All you need to know about the Ayodhya dispute

What is the long-standing Ayodhya/Ram Mandir dispute all about? It boils down to a plot of land in the city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. The site that is regarded among Hindus as the birthplace of Lord Rama also historically locates Babri Mosque. Now whether a...

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Opinion | The Odisha Land Rights Act: Technology for all

The Odisha Land Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2017, intended to provide titles to over 200,000 households, is a landmark legislation for many reasons. It is a multi-stakeholder endeavour that leverages unique capacities for effective implementation, adopts a...

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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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