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In a bizarre coincidence, at about the same time when a group of people was working for girl child empowerment through a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) half-marathon in Noida, some unscrupulous elements were taking people for a ride across Uttar Pradesh in the name of this scheme.

In a bizarre coincidence, at about the same time when a group of people was working for girl child empowerment through a ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (BBBP) half-marathon in Noida, some unscrupulous elements were taking people for a ride across Uttar Pradesh in the name of this scheme.

 
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There is fear and speculation about the contents of the pending transgender rights bill that may bring in a new kind of rigidity about who is transgender and who is not. 

 
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The threshold for intervention in domestic abuse is usually very high. Family, friends and neighbours — those closest to the victim — should be the first to pick up signs of abuse and intervene.   

 
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Irom Sharmila is living proof of the perversities of our society. She went on a hunger strike for 16 years, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (Afspa).

 
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A legal fix for a social issue is a hard sell in pragmatic situations, as it proposes to regulate a strictly private affair of citizens.

 
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The Jat agitation for quotas is back on the streets of Haryana, with additional demands for withdrawal of charges against those booked for the protests last year. The young leader of the Patidar agitation, Hardik Patel, following his long jail term and exile, appears all set for a bigger and more fiery political role, with his plans to campaign for the Shiv Sena in the upcoming Mumbai civic polls, and the Shiv Sena promoting him as its future chief ministerial candidate in Gujarat. 

 
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The project of replacing Pragati Maidan’s structures ignores their significance as cultural artefacts that commemorate and showcase a distinctly Indian approach to problem-solving

 
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The traditional system is past its expiry date and needs complementing with a hybrid, flexible model

 
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Recent days have witnessed a distinct of clash of views. The Jaipur Literature Festival ended with protests and disagreements. Film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked in Jaipur, for allegedly portraying a Rajput queen in his forthcoming film Padmavati.

Recent days have witnessed a distinct of clash of views. The Jaipur Literature Festival ended with protests and disagreements. Film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked in Jaipur, for allegedly portraying a Rajput queen in his forthcoming film Padmavati.

 
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A basic minimum on gender rights should be non-negotiable even in a state with special privileges like Nagaland

 


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India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year – a first by an Indian head of the government that comes 25 years after the two countries established full diplomatic ties. The visit, a long awaited one.
 
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China bluntly warned that if the 'One China' principle is compromised or disrupted, the sound and steady growth of the bilateral relationship, as well as bilateral cooperation in major fields, would be out of question, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.
 
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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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