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The trivia goes that the news from Washington to New York reached after the mailer from New York had left the port and hence a boat was sent in hot pursuit of the mailer to pass the news of Lincoln's assassination

The trivia goes that the news from Washington to New York reached after the mailer from New York had left the port and hence a boat was sent in hot pursuit of the mailer to pass the news of Lincoln's assassination

 
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For India, closing the economic gender gap depends on pushing education for women at all levels.
 
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With the submission of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government’s affidavit in Supreme Court a few days ago, the debate on Muslim personal law has intensified, prompting even the Prime Minister to join the fray in support of the constitutional rights of Muslim women. Although the government’s affidavit did not specifically ask the court to “ban” or “abolish” instant talaq or polygamy, and concedes that “only some women are directly and actually affected by these practices”, it nevertheless tells the highest court that “the issue of validity of triple talaq, nikah halala and polygamy needs to be considered in the light of principles of gender justice and the overriding principle of non-discrimination, dignity and equality”.

 
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The film fraternity is a soft target when it comes to blackmail and extortion, and shamefully, it is the quickest to buckle under threats. The drama related to the release of Karan Johar’s film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, proves this.  
 
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In the eyes of the world, India is seen as a vegetarian country. Presumably, this impression has been created by our best brand ambassadors from political, spiritual and yoga circles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a strict vegetarian. The popular yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, and many other Hindu religious leaders too, are vegetarians and preach vegetarianism.

 
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There is a plea here, from me and many like me, who are baffled by the disdain that flows so freely in people’s hearts on either side. The plea is not to shift your hate. The plea is simply to question it.

 
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The public interest litigation  petition filed by a Muslim woman from Uttarakhand, Shayara Bano, before the Supreme Court, seeking the abolition of triple talaq, has brought the spotlight back on the Muslim Personal Law once again — after 30 years since the Shah Bano controversy.  
 
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Last month when the Namaste India festival was launched I was in Paris in a French museum — at the Musee Guimet devoted to Asian culture. I joined a queue of people into the auditorium to find an intense discussion on

new wave Indian cinema.

 
Grab a plate of good, oily pav bhaji and watch a well-loved Indian movie star perform for thousands of immigrants. He greets the crowd in Tamil, jokes about jet lag, shimmies, and shimmers in the hallucinogenic stage lighting; the crowd squeezes as close as security will allow.   
 
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Sugar is no longer sweet. Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended levying tax on sugary drinks, asserting that such a move can lower consumption and reduce obesity, Type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.  
 


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India is not participating in the conference on negotiations for a total ban on nuclear weapons. India was expected later this week to issue a comprehensive statement at the United Nations laying out its stance on the meeting that is officially called the Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons,
 
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Taiwan's new programme of building indigenous submarines came after it was unable to procure any submarines from the US and Europe. However, even this programme would largely depend on outside help, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
 
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 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
 
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spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
 
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In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
 
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Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
 
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Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
 
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The Islamist terror strike on Parliament building in London was the way this global menace that calls itself the Islamic State (IS), kicked the US-led West-Gulf states combine’s fight to eradicate the self-styled Caliphate. The Islamist terror strike on Parliament building in London was the way this global menace that cal
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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