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Meditation can help douse body fires

Inflammation is the body’s first line of defense. Anytime we have disease or injury, body heals it by producing inflammation. Increase in blood flow and white cells at the injury site produces redness, swelling, heat and pain. Inflammation is therefore like a fire burning inside the body.

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Will Modi and Trump learn the right lessons from recent poll defeats?

While most Indians were observing recent domestic political developments; with surprise defeats for the ruling BJP in its pocket boroughs and a likelihood of the opposition uniting against the Party for the 2019 national elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini

It’s time to reimagine South Asia: On India-China-Pakistan cooperation

India-China-Pakistan cooperation can transform the subcontinent — joining a renamed CPEC would be a good start, writes Sudheendra Kulkarni

Modi’s trip to West Asia and Agenda 2030

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to West Asia served as an entrée on the platform of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Adrij Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor

India needs to aim for global excellence in education

Campus placement season is here and the news is that graduates from the top campuses in India, especially the IITs, have received six figure pay packets and job offers in the US. However, looking beyond the top 200 engineering schools in India, pay packets are not looking too promising. The reason is the emergence of new engineering schools in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in the last 10-15 years. A majority of them are producing hire-worthy graduates. However, their remote location often leads to few recruiters approaching these colleges, despite knowing it would mean missing out on brilliant talent. This upsets the demand-supply equation.

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India poised to join China as global leaders in renewables: Report

India is poised to join China as the two global leaders in the renewable energy technology-led transformation, a US-based research institute said.

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India’s growth story is treading on thin ice

By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...

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