Taliban’s return may rob Indian delicacies of their favourite spice

Asafoetida or ‘Hing’, as it is popularly known in the Hindi belt of India, has become such a ubiquitous part of the Indian spice offerings, ...
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There are reasons why China is so keen on friendship with Taliban

Slowly but steadily, Taliban is taking charge of Afghanistan. And as the world grapples with the militant organisation’s new face of “reform”, China took the decisive step by becoming the first country to establish diplomatic channels with Kabul since the US-led NATO forces left the mountain country in April. China’s rush to connect with Taliban...

No hot air: Govt’s mission to make hydrogen fuel is costly, but doable

Hydrogen power can trim emissions and help India become fully energy independent; challenge lies in making it commercially viable

How ISRO’s EOS-03 launch failed in a big setback to its plans

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the GSLV-F10 rocket with an earth observation satellite (EOS-03) on board on August 12 at 5:43 am from the Sriharikota spaceport. “Performance of first and second stages was normal. However, Cryogenic Upper Stage ignition did not happen due to technical anomaly. The mission couldn’t be accompli...

How will warming planet affect India and ways to minimise impact

Our globe is warming faster than we thought as “things get worse” with temperatures rising at a pace much higher than anticipated by world leaders, states a report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday (August 9). The IPCC report says that time is running out to limit global temperature below 1...

Retrospective tax: Why Centre ‘rose to occasion’ after 7 years of wait

In a major relief for global investors, the government on Thursday proposed amendments to the Income-Tax Act and Finance Act, 2012 to scrap the controversial policy of retrospective taxation.  What is retrospective taxation? It is a form of taxation introduced by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee through an amendment in the I-T Act durin...

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New NACH rules: What changes for your salary, pension, and EMI

First of the month falling on a holiday? Not an issue — the RBI’s new NACH norms allow you to receive and make payments all 365 days of the year

Pegasus aftermath: How to check yourself if you are being spied on

Pegasus can be used to manipulate or alter the call records and existing data in the device on which it has been installed

What is NSO? The tech firm behind Pegasus spyware controversy

The military-grade malware created by Israeli-based cyber surveillance company, NSO Group, came under scrutiny after an investigation by a consortium of media organisations found that governments used its surveillance application Pegasus to hack smartphones and spy on journalists, political opponents, and human rights activists among others. For...

Jeff Bezos is joining the astronaut club; here’s what you need to know

We all know Amazon, but what does Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin do? How is his upcoming space trip different from Branson’s? What’s the ‘India’ link in the event? Read on

Why cash-hungry start-up giants turn to IPOs for sustenance

For Zomato, Paytm and others, a public issue offers immediate funding with few hassles; for eager investors, it’s an attractive way to take part in start-up success stories

What is SaaS and why does it promise 5 lakh new jobs for Indian techies?

Digital transformation and automation are driving growth for SaaS, a cost-effective software delivery model that draws on Indian IT’s strengths

Explained: The Arab war over global oil production policy and crises ahead

Crude oil prices continue to hover over a staggering $75 per barrel as OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) Plus partners Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates lock horns over the cartel’s future production policy. Even though the disagreements within OPEC Plus are usually confined to the quarters of the royal palaces, they w...

Explained: What is a ‘Soul Cap’ and why is it banned at the Olympics?

Global swimming federation FINA rejects use of Soul Caps at Tokyo Olympics, but global backlash from black athletes may lead it to a rethink

Why are the global rich planning Great Reset? What changes for India?

The WEF's Great Reset proposal is futuristic and idealistic; whether it will work for COVID-battered India remains debatable

The Edge of All We Know: A quest to understand black holes

This documentary follows scientists as they try to understand the nature of a black hole and in the process, click its photograph.

I don’t own a vehicle… why should I worry about fuel price hikes?

Explained: How and why petrol and diesel prices increase frequently, and in what way this makes a difference to your monthly budget

How Centre’s draft rules for e-commerce firms affect shoppers

The new e-commerce rules under the Consumer Protection Act bans specific flash sales and are geared towards making the process more reliable for customers.

Here’s how film certification Bill gives Centre the final say

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has sought public opinion on the draft Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill which proposes to empower the Centre with re-certifying a film which has already been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after complaints by viewers and penalize piracy with a jail term among other provisions. Th...

Explained: What is PGI, Centre’s go-to tool to gauge school education

Just like students are graded according to their performance in school, the Performance Grading Index (PGI) put in place by the Centre determines the status and quality of school education in states and Union territories. Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andaman Nicobar Islands were adjudged the top five achievers in PGI in the list fo...

Why super rich feel safer in Caribbean Islands? All your queries answered

India on Sunday (May 30) sent a private jet to Dominica carrying documents related to the deportation of fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi, wanted in a Rs 13,500-crore bank loan fraud case. Choksi, 62, is currently in Dominica, a tiny island nation in the Caribbean,  where he was caught while trying to flee to Cuba. He obtained citizenship of Antig...

Why the market for Bitcoin and other cryptos is teetering so violently

Following China’s new stance, the price of Bitcoin crashed as much as 30 per cent to a low of $30,101, before clawing back its losses to less than 8 per cent

Explained: What’s the Narada sting operation and bribery case all about

Nearly seven years after a sting operation sought to expose Bengal politicians in bribery scandals, the CBI on Monday (May 17) arrested two senior Trinamool Congress ministers, a party MLA and former Kolkata mayor. An angry Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stormed into the central probe agency’s Kolkata office on May 17 at Nizam Palace and questioned...

Chinese rocket debris likely to hit Earth today. When and where is anyone’s guess

About 100-foot-long portion of a Chinese rocket, Long March 5B, is likely to hit the earth’s surface anytime this weekend. The big question is when and where? While scientists are still scrabbling for answers, Indians are on guard, like many other people the world over, for a possibly hard impact.

Black fungus found to infect COVID patients. Know ways of detection, cure

A rare fungul infection, mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, has been reported in some people from Delhi and Gujarat who recently recovered from COVID-19.

How RBI’s ₹50,000 crore fund, other sops will ease pain of COVID-hit citizens

With its new measures, the RBI seeks to ease funding for healthcare entities and patients, provide liquidity support for small finance banks, help small enterprises restructure loans, and ease KYC compliance norms
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