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India's apex court verdict decriminalising same-sex ties worth celebrating

Today’s landmark Supreme Court judgement in India to scrap Section 377 (of the Indian Penal Code) that made same-sex relations criminal is a great leap in social thinking.

125 years later Vivekananda's message of religious unity and tolerance echoes from Chicago

A century and a quarter after Swami Vivekananda's rousing speech to the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, the World Hindu Congress has declared its objective to re-connect the 1.1 billion Hindus worldwide with their common heritage and their spiritual link to people of all other denominations.

In Kerala's man-made disaster, united we stand

What actually caused the recent devastating floods in Kerala? This was the worst ever in Kerala since 1924 or what is popularly remembered  as the 'big floods' of 99 (according to Kolla Varsham or Malayalam era it is year 1194).

Climate change in ‘God’s Own Country’

Past one week Kerala received unprecedented rains resulting in landslides and floods all over the state. According to the meteorological department, the cumulative rainfall in Kerala, the southwest monsoon between June 1st and August 15th was 2,087.67 mm, a departure of nearly 30% from the normal 1,606.05 mm rainfall.

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.