49 Civil Servants Sign Open Letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Over Kathua & Unnao Rape Cases

On the 15th of April, days after the rape of two minor girls in India, 49 retired civil servants penned an open letter to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, expressing concern and anguish over the recent nightmarish cases of rape at Kathua and Unnao and our collective failure as human beings.

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‘India’s steel industry is dominated by electric-based processes’: US Energy Information Administration

India is the third-largest steel producer in the world after China and Japan, having surpassed other countries such as the United States, Russia and South Korea

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Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind energy as coal

Britain’s wind energy output increased by 14 terawatt-hours between 2016-17 (enough to power 4.5 million homes) and electricity was completely “coal free” for 613 hours last year

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Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them)

A deeper look at the beef ban, cow vigilantes, Hinduism, and Hindutva vigilantism. Cows have become in India a lightning rod for human cruelty, in the name of religion.

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Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Gone, But Scrutiny Will Continue

In an executive order on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump dissolved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (Voter Fraud Commission).

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Scientists find genetic switch that decides fate of embryonic stem cells

Researchers at the Bangalore-based Institute of Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (InStem) have shown how a genetic switch controls development of organs and body plan of animals.

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New drug combos using pain killers may be effective against cancer

Combining commonly used pain killers with ruthenium (a metal belonging to the platinum group) may prove effective in cancer treatment, a study by Indian scientists has indicated.

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Pfizer’s patent for children’s pneumonia vaccine challenged in India

The ‘PCV 13’ vaccine from Pfizer is intended for India’s universal immunisation program for children. The patent has been challenged by Doctors Without Borders.

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Driverless cars could be better or worse for our health – it’s up to us

The main criteria for success should deal with how to use driverless car technology (autonomous vehicles) to make people’s lives better & make cities healthier

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From internet blackouts to violent attacks, India & South Asia saw new threats to free speech & expression online in 2017

In 2017, India and other South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of speech & expression.

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Delhi should follow Beijing’s example in tackling air pollution

India has made remarkable progress lifting millions of people out of poverty in recent years, but has singularly failed to curb air pollution in Delhi & other cities

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Behind Narendra Modi: The growing influence of the India lobby

Narendra Modi and Donald Trump each have a corporate style of administration. Modi’s frequent visits to the US have reinvigorated both India-US ties and Indian lobbying

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Triple Talaq Bill: Rushing to Judgement (A Lawyer’s Lament)

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights On Marriage) Bill, 2017, is no doubt a piece of progressive social legislation, well

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