Hutong Cat | Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin: Friends with strategic benefits
Over the years, Xi and Putin seem to have developed a strong personal relationship seemingly enabling them to overcome some of the historical mistrust that has plagued Sino-Russia relations. This was evident in Xi's recent visit
Published on Mar 27, 2023 08:03 PM IST
Review: Trust by Hernan Diaz
Revisiting a novel that might have missed winning the 2022 Booker Prize but is sure to continue to say more each time you read it
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 07:48 PM IST
Why the WPL was a special experience
Women’s cricket appeals to the aesthetic form with the bat and trajectory, loop, dip and swerve with the ball.
Published on Mar 27, 2023 06:09 PM IST
Problematics | Swimmers’ meetings and Asimov’s pretty numbers
This week, we have challenging puzzles, one involving speed and distance and the other, a list by Isaac Asimov, giving both our puzzles a touch of unusualness. Good luck!
Published on Mar 27, 2023 02:12 PM IST
Number theory: Understanding the new American banking crisis
A latest study published to the Social Science Research Network on March 13 estimated that the individual US banks' assets have lost an average of 10% of their market value during the Fed's rapid rate-hike campaign, with the bottom fifth percentile experiencing a decline of about 20%.
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 01:50 PM IST
The story of Kabir Talwar: From clubbing tycoon to drug merchant
At a time when a Pakistan-backed syndicate was looking to push massive quantities of drugs stockpiled in Afghanistan during the Covid-19 pandemic, and amid uncertainty over Taliban’s takeover of the country, Delhi’s clubbing tycoon Harpeet Singh, alias Kabir Talwar, used the opportunity to smuggle drugs into India
Updated on Mar 27, 2023 01:53 PM IST
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Drafting a road map to bolster the pharma sector
The outcomes from the recent Chintan Shivir will set goals for improvement in the regulatory system, making it contemporary and helping take the pharmaceutical and allied industry to the next level of operation for the good of public health
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 09:31 PM IST
Safeguard the rights of interfaith couples
Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislative council that prima facie there was a design behind alleged cases of “love jihad” and announced that the state government was thinking of a legal solution for this.
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:22 PM IST
Criminal defamation in India is anachronistic
The conviction of Rahul Gandhi has highlighted three issues with the law: The ease with which a person can file a criminal case, the vague definition of who can file such a complaint, and the consequent chilling effect on free speech in India
Published on Mar 26, 2023 09:22 PM IST
Lessons from the US bank crisis
Take note of the implications for inflation targeting and the political dimension of economic policy
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 09:20 PM IST
Why Tipu’s diverse legacy echoes in Karnataka today
Tipu’s legacy is mired in false dichotomies – patriot versus tyrant, secular versus fanatic, nationalist versus usurper – and provides a convenient distraction and an incendiary strategy to frame electoral choices.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 09:47 PM IST
Cause and Effect | Is the world on the brink of multiple tipping points?
Tipping points are conditions or thresholds beyond which changes in the climate system become self-perpetuating and can lead to abrupt and irreversible impacts.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 07:53 PM IST
Green hydrogen holds great promise for India
Green hydrogen can overcome difficulties that other renewable electricity-generating technologies create. India has joined the race to develop a green hydrogen economy
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:30 PM IST
On criticism, important advice from PM Modi
In an interview to Network18 in September 2016, by when he had been PM for over two years, Narendra Modi spoke about the need for analysis and criticism of governments and their work.
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:27 PM IST
Can a regional front put up a credible challenge to BJP?
With a year to go for the 2024 general election, regional parties are trying to forge a common platform. But internal contradictions, the Congress’s weaknesses and the BJP’s formidable machinery remain hurdles
Just Like That | Notes on the transcendental power of meditation
When the ceaseless activity of the brain is “blocked” by deep meditation, or in moments of deep surrender, or when the ego is stilled, there is another “Self” that transcends the normal flux of our brain activity.
Published on Mar 25, 2023 07:01 PM IST
Book Box: How to Avert a Financial Collapse
Explore solutions to a crisis by understanding financial systems with these 6 books. And meet Ashish Chauhan, CEO of the National Stock Exchange, for a bookish conversation
Updated on Mar 28, 2023 02:11 PM IST
The Art and Science of Fitness | 3 films, 1 message: Live life to the fullest
This week, I bring to you, dear readers, three films - "Your Day," "A Man Called Otto," and "The Professor" — and their themes of living life to the fullest, having fun, and finding purpose.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 05:37 PM IST
First Principles | How Indian telcos are cracking the 5G challenge
It appears that an altogether different business model may emerge out of India even after the recent hiccups faced by the Adani Group once poised to emerge as a significant player in the enterprise telecom space.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 05:32 PM IST
You don’t mean that: Sadness is not depression, restlessness is not ADHD...
But you already knew that. See why these terms are everywhere, and trace the very valid history of semantic inflation.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:47 PM IST
Here’s an idea: Take a shower to spark a brainwave
Allowing the mind to wander has long been accepted as part of the answer to how inspiration works. Fresh research suggests that the degree of idleness is crucial too.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:43 PM IST
Why must we fight the good fight? Life Hacks by Charles Assisi
Altruism has always been difficult, so why did humans evolve to make room for it? Perhaps because selfishness offers dwindling returns, and would have made us a short-lived species.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:37 PM IST
I knew Kapil Sharma had it in him: Filmmaker Nandita Das, on Zwigato
The struggling food-app delivery worker Sharma plays is nothing like the funnyman we know. But he had done theatre and odd jobs; he was the common man before his TV stardom, says Das.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:38 PM IST
Five specific sins; seven treasures of a king: Words by the numbers in Asia
In this instalment of his monthly column, author Adam Jacot de Boinod hunts down quirky figures of speech from across a continent. Look out for Capital Letters every month.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 03:18 PM IST
Review: One Way to Love by Andaleeb Wajid
In One Way to Love, the first novel of the Jasmine Villa series, the beautiful Tehzeeb Hasan marries the man she falls unexpectedly in love with and goes on to discover the complexities of marriage
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:41 PM IST
Calculate, move, return to sender: The slow genius of correspondence chess
Before computers arrived, PB Dhanish waited for the mailman to deliver his opponents’ moves.
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST
1st batch of Agniveers excited, prepared as training course ends next week
The Navy’s sprawling lakeside training facility, INS Chilka, is brimming with verve and cheer as the country’s first Agniveers are on the threshold of a challenging military career
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:00 PM IST
Why Nikhat Zareen has the attention of the boxing world
Many international coaches feel Nikhat is a shoo-in for an Olympic medal
Published on Mar 24, 2023 09:43 PM IST
Terms of Trade | Should Rahul Gandhi take the two-year jail term?
Here’s a counter-intuitive take: Embracing the sentence will generate moral capital for the Gandhi family, burnish his anti-establishment credentials, create sympathy, and perhaps improve his party’s fortunes in 2024
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:36 PM IST
Digital health tech is key to achieving health SDGs
The time to act is now. It is in our collective interest that digital health technologies are targeted to those countries and populations that are furthest behind.
Published on Mar 24, 2023 07:27 PM IST