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The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill 2017, which seeks to create a single tribunal  for adjudicating inter-state water disputes, subsuming the existing tribunals, was introduced by Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in the Lok Sabha today, amid BJD opposition.  
 
Though delayed, but it is commendable that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has finally taken a tough call by asking for a report from the Jammu & Kashmir Government on the illegal settlement of the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in the State  
 
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Maternity benefits alone will not be enough to bridge India’s gaping gender gap in the workforce

 
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Timing and this writer’s desire to be contrary have worked together to ensure this column isn’t about the results of the Uttar Pradesh election.  
 
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Edwin Samuel Montagu is not a name that will resonate with Indians today. Born in 1879 and dying in 1924, he belongs to a bygone era — the Jewish MP who opposed the Balfour Declaration.

 
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 Steeped in the liberal democratic spirit of their time, the founding fathers of our Constitution envisioned good governance through the socio-economic objectives spelt out in the Directive Principles of State Policy.  
 
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That police is a State subject complicates matters, but self-correction within the force is essential  
 
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Women outvote men in many states, but gender parity in Parliament and assemblies eludes India.

 
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To make digitisation a success, it must be adopted as a thought, as a service, as a product at the micro level by individuals and at a more evolved level by communities 

 

 
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An apex court order has thrown light on appreciating mitigating evidence before sentencing death penalty

 


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spotlight image During the visit to Vietnam by Modi in 2016, economic cooperation was highlighted as a strategic priority in the ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” between the two countries
 
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The UN will require Sri Lankan troops to undergo “enhanced screening” for human rights violations going back to the final years of the civil war before they can be deployed as peacekeepers.
 
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
 
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The ice that has gripped the government’s policies on Kashmir is beginning to melt, but what it is revealing underneath is confusion.
 
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Recently, quite a few stories have appeared on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both local and international publications.
 
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What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.
 
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Let’s face it: We are turning into, literally, a species of killjoys. The prime examples of this evolutionary trait are those that comprise the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and their adherents outside the West, or even India for that matter. Their latest outrage, in a repetitively numbing pattern, was obviously in Manchester, target
 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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