Air bombardment or 'chemical attack': Suspense surrounds Idlib endgame

The Byzantine and Roman sites of Ebla and Idlib, in northwest Syria, may well be reduced to dust if an explosion occurs on a scale many expect. Sadly these archaeological losses will not even be noticed. They will be submerged in the looming human catastrophe.

5 skills to prepare for tomorrow's tech-centric jobs

Rapid developments in technology require professionals to upgrade their skills for technology-centered jobs of tomorrow

India-Russia trade at a mere 10% of potential

India and Russia have been strong trading partners but the total trade between them in the five years till 2015-16 remained stagnant at $6 billion. In 2016-17, the trade stood at $7.5 billion -- an increase of 22 per cent over the previous year.

Finding spiritual common ground between India's religions

"Recent events in India have damaged the country's image as a vibrant, plural and successful democracy." That is the opening line of former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran's recent article in which he expresses his "growing concern over the rising polarisation and communalism of our social and political discourse". Saran pointed out: "We pride ourselves in being the most tolerant of people, celebrating our diversity of faith, culture, and tradition, ways of life and language. Diversity thrives on sharing; it becomes poison when it becomes an instrument for separating 'us' from 'them'. One cannot construct an over-arching Hindu identity on the basis of creating a binary Hindu-Muslim divide."

Oil, foreign exchange and other macro musings

Emerging market forex volatility has dominated financial news headlines in the recent past. As the world emerges from a decade of expansionary monetary policy, one can expect a realignment of the risk metrics across the spectrum. What noted investor Benjamin Graham said -- "In the short run, a market is a voting machine, but in the long run it is a weighing machine" -- holds true as one tides over the volatility.

A decade after Lehman: Liberal democracy, open borders the biggest victims

Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, the dream run of the world economy came undone with the collapse of Lehman Brothers, revealing a rotten scaffolding of financial skulduggery beneath.

Does decriminalizing Section 377 really means acceptance of LGBT in society?

“India gave historic judgement by decriminalising Section 377; gay marriage is legal in India. The society is changing...Congratulations! Now we are part of liberal society”, said my Facebook post. It had many likes and shares but remark in the comment box made me write this article.” 

Reflections on the Supreme Court liberating gays and lesbians

Those travelling to England for the first time in the sixties were recipients of a tract from the British High Commission listing the dos and don'ts. Among the don'ts was a paragraph in italics:

Gauri Lankesh is immortalised in the pages to be read

The week gone by marked the first death anniversary of braveheart Gauri Lankesh, whose murder shook the nation and thrust her in the limelight -- but all too late. The ringmasters of the well-planned murder as well as the actual offenders of the horrendous act remain at large, or yet-to-be-proven-guilty, but her passing has left a void in the lives of those who knew her closely, and those who discovered her thereafter in the pages she penned.

Ruling on gays: Is the BJP out of sync with modern realities?

More than the social impact of the Supreme Court's judgment on gay rights, what will be of concern to the ruling party at the Centre is its political fallout. Hence, the eloquent silence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the subject.

Whither Punjab Politics?

Punjab politics is simmering again for the reasons that have chances and possibilities of emotional outbursts and misadventures by political participants. The political situation in Punjab can go out of control with the slightest provocation and mishandling. Punjab politics these days reeks of blood- the like of which we have seen during the Eighties. The time-such as Punjab is going through, need a political force with the vision that could pull through the current economic slowdown, which is breeding many social tensions. But instead, the current political leadership, incumbent as well as the opposition, has fallen in the same old trap of easy-way-out communal and emotional agendas.

'Don't blame religion, blame materialism, for today's ills'

New Delhi: Religion is blamed for the "dirt it carries" but the fault lies elsewhere, says a timely new book on the subject given the difficult period India and the rest of the world is going through.

India's pathetic sports performance suffers from lack of ambition or national plan

There is a general sense of euphoria after the just concluded Asian Games. But, actually, there is more reason to grieve for Indian sport.

San Francisco unlikely to be epicenter of big quake: Indian seismologist

Last month's occurrence of 70 earthquakes in just 48 hours along the "Pacific Ring of Fire" sparked fears that a big temblor is on the way to rattle California on the US West Coast.

San Francisco unlikely to be epicenter of big quake: Indian seismologist Rent A Boy|Friend – helping women “avoid” & “cure” depression one boyfriend at a time Will Rahul seize the day if he goes to Nagpur? Kerala's devastation: Why can't we learn from others? Since burqa has no Quranic injunction, why annoy host societies? Rahul has to choose his words with care Child sexual abuse: Working towards a solution The best Prime Minister the Congress never had World’s best laboratory is present in Indore – Pious Which of Vajpayee's bequests will the BJP honour? Marginalised adolescent girls must have safe access to education Exploring Business for you in Digital World Mishandling Kashmir: Learning little from history Infrastructure user charges: A salient point of discussion The Age of Awakening India needs to drastically reform higher education in rapidly digitising world Civic education can enhance democracy in India Why Women are the new media? Auctions and interest rates in the times of renewable energy India have to get over touring troubles quickly Dr. Asha Bhatnagar & Dr. Angeli Misra, Co-Founders of Lifeline Laboratory drove their friendship making amazing success story The much-awaited political drama; The Accidental Prime Minister complete its shoot Imran Khan will have to tread on thin ice to form government in Pakistan Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition Congress' yielding on PM face improves chances for grand coalition CID probe begins into sale of infants at Ranchi shelter home Shiv Sena launches 'Chalo Ayodhya, Chalo Varanasi' drive After taking over reins in Pakistan, Imran may not remain army's poodle New law not enough to stop mob violence WhatsApp to restrict India service as government talks tough
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