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  • Can Rahul Gandhi breathe new life into a floundering party?

    New Delhi: Anticipated for long by his party, Rahul Gandhi took over as Congress President on Saturday, an elevation that comes at a time when the party faces an "existential crisis" and has huge electoral challenges in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Gandhi, 47, is the sixth member of ...

  • A year of comparative normalcy, but permanent peace eludes J&K

    Jammu/Srinagar: Even though permanent peace remained a distant dream for the people of beleaguered Jammu and Kashmir, 2017 was a comparatively better year for the state -- security forces registered huge successes against militants, mainstream politicians once again moved out to meet ...

  • Books as 'bombs': Opposition gets ready to unleash 'soft power'

    New Delhi: Keen observers of contemporary Indian literature would recall that a series of memoirs, which came to be known as "book bombs", critical of the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, hit the stands just ahead of the 2014 general election. Four years later, it ...

  • Perhaps Rahul should visit mosques and churches as well

    There will probably be a mixed reaction in the secular camp to Rahul Gandhi's temple-hopping in Gujarat. To some, it may seem to be a negation of the Congress's vaunted secular credentials and that, too, by the great grandson of the man who championed the concept of keeping the state separate from ...

  • World War I's forgotten violent aftermath and toxic legacy

    Title: The Vanquished - Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923; Author: Robert Gerwarth; Publisher: Penguin Random House UK; Pages: 416; Price: Rs 699Not all wars end when the fighting does is a lesson that we still have to learn. The First World War was supposed, despite all the upheaval ...

  • Idea to implementation: Beyond the semicolon

    The Pragyan Hackathon Pragyan - the techno-managerial festival of NIT Trichy - is conducting its 4th annual hackathon in Bangalore on the 16th and 17th of December 2017. Organised first in 2014, the Pragyan hackathon has evolved both in magnitude and vision by encouraging and investing in ...

  • Use of smart machinery can check stubble burning, farm experts suggest

    New Delhi: If the farmers of Punjab and Haryana were to adopt smart techniques and use appropriate machinery, say experts, they won't hog the headlines every winter for the wrong reasons -- causing smog in the national capital because of stubble-burning. The Borlaug Institute of South Asia ...

  • Tackling 'crush hour': Metro to have women-only bogie from Jan

    Bengaluru: There is good news for Namma Metro passengers. The BMRCL will be adding three more coaches, included an exclusive bogie for women passengers, to tackle the daily rush, according to Vasanth Rao, PRO, BMRCL. According to Rao, the BMRCL, which has placed orders for the bogies with the ...

  • Persian odyssey: The ruins of Persepolis

    Hadish PalaceDuring my stay at Shiraz, I observed an unusually large number of people with band-aid covered noses. Being a former cop, my curiosity was aroused. Surely all of them were not involved in boxing bouts, I reckoned. On enquiry, I was informed me that Shiraz is one of the ...

  • Pragyan Hackathon: Inventing for the society

    Bengaluru: Hackathons, trending since the early 2000s, are some of the best learning platforms available to coders, challenging thought processes and time management skills like no other competition. Defined by Wikipedia as "design sprint-like events where programmers and others involved ...

  • Five years after Nirbhaya, is Delhi any safer for women?

    New Delhi: Five years after 23-year-old Nirbhaya was brutally raped and murdered by five men on December 16, earning Delhi an epithet of "rape capital" of India, has the national capital become any safer for women? Crime data doesn't suggest so and females who live and work in the city and its ...

  • Unlocking real estate value in the current scenario

    We think one aspect of asset sales that needs even greater focus in India is for corporations to realise that selling real estate is an alternative to using the capital markets for share or debt issuance. This "unlocking of real estate value" need not be limited to only distressed borrowers, but ...