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    BJP MP Says Speaking Sanskrit Beats Diabetes, Boosts Nervous System

    In a debate in the Lok Sabha on December 12 about the Sanskrit University Bill, Ganesh Singh, the BJP MP from Satna, Madhya Pradesh, cited studies conducted by some American research institution to claim speaking Sanskrit every day 'boosts the nervous system and keeps diabetes and cholesterol at bay', PTI reported. He also said, 'according to a [study] by US space research...

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    Amit Shah's Politics Has Always Thrived on Hindu-Muslim Divisions

    Extracted with permission from chapter 2 of Rajdeep Sardesai's 2019: How Modi Won India (HarperCollins, 2019). Long before he became national BJP president and was hailed as a modern-day Chanakya, Amit Shah was better known as the political strongman of Sarkhej, a sprawling constituency on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Shah, or Amitbhai as he is often referred to, had represented...

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    As Retail Inflation Hits 40-Month High, Worries of 'Stagflation' Emerge

    New Delhi: India's retail price inflation in November jumped to a 40-month high, at a time when growth in Asia's third largest economy has slowed to a six-year low, prompting some economists to warn that the country could be entering into a stagflationary phase. Annual retail inflation increased to 5.54% last month, faster than the 4.62% rate in October and ahead of 5.26%...

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    Watch | Will Citizenship Bill Withstand Legal Scrutiny?

    The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been passed in the parliament. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court. Will it stand the test of the court, challenging as it is to the basic structure of the Constitution? Will the Supreme Court dismiss the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or will it seal its fate?

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    UK Elections: Boris Johnson's Conservative Party Set for a Landslide Victory

    London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party was on course for a resounding victory in Britain's election after voters backed his bid to deliver Brexit on January 31, the country's most significant geopolitical move in 70 years. For Johnson, whose 20-week tenure in power has been marked by chaotic scenes in parliament and stark division on the streets over...

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    Interview | Dilution of Privacy Bill Makes Govt Surveillance a Cakewalk: Justice Srikrishna

    After nearly two years of deliberation, the Narendra Modi government this week made public its version of the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, a piece of legislation that seeks for the first time to regulate on a wide range of issues related to an individual's privacy. The final version, which will now go to a joint select committee consisting of MPs...

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    On Delhi Designer's Posters, Every Single Day That Kashmir Has Been Under Lockdown

    Srinagar: On day 21 of the siege in Kashmir, 27-year-old Musthujab Makkolath started designing posters. Following the reading down of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories on August 5, Makkolath, a Delhi based designer and digital art curator from Calicut, Kerala gathered the support of Pakistan India People's Forum for Peace and...

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    Parliamentary Committee Concerned Whether India Will Achieve Its Solar Power Target

    While the Indian environment minister lauded the country's progress on renewable energy, at the ongoing UN climate conference in Madrid, a latest report warns that the government is faltering on its progress to meet solar power targets. The note of caution came in the December 6 report of a parliament committee on energy that expressed 'deep concern' that the...

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    The Hypocrisy of Politicians' Outrage Over Rape

    The rape and burning of the victim in Hyderabad are indeed a matter of shame for the whole country. However, the outrage expressed in the parliament about a week ago seemed surprising. The honourable MPs who called for 'summary execution', seemed to be blissfully ignorant of what their own political parties have been doing for a rather long time. Editorials in print newspapers named six political...

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    Shiv Sena's CAB Flip-Flop Leaves Congress and NCP Leaders Upset

    Mumbai: The decision of the Shiv Sena to first favour the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha and then to completely stay away from the Rajya Sabha voting has angered its coalition partners in Maharashtra. Several leaders in the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is in coalition with the Sena in the state government, have told The Wire that the Sena's...

    • 4 hrs ago

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