Doval strengthens team

Former Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee RN Ravi's appointment as deputy national security adviser is being seen by observers as further strengthening the power of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. Ravi will be the third deputy to report to the NSA, the others being...

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Hydra-headed problem

Santosh Kumar Mohapatra “Ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030” is a Sustainable Development Goal of the UN. But State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report and Global Hunger Index Report-2018 reveal that governments around the world, including India,...

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Oceans of jellyfish

Maneka Gandhi I have just spent a week in monsoon-washed Goa, without going to the beach. The reason for this sacrilege? Jellyfish. The Goa government has issued a warning to beachgoers that the beaches and coastal waters have swarms of live and dead jellyfish. These...

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Care begins in wombs

The federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) observes ‘Foetus Day’ October 31 to sensitise communities about the possibilities in preventing unusual outcomes in newborns. Two to three per cent of live-born babies are found to have anomalies at birth. Chromosomal anomalies are...

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Wholesome growth distant still

Human development is about human freedoms. It is about building human capabilities — not just for a few, not even foremost, but for everyone. The greatest innovations in measuring human development have been new measurement tools — notably the Human Development Index (HDI) published by...

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Call for correction

Inequality has grown globally over the past few centuries. Some may argue that growth should happen before inequality is resolved. Some may go further to allow for inequality by quoting Aristotle: “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” But...

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Enemies of what?

I had a conversation with an individual from an investigating agency this week, who had come to raid my office. He was exactly my age, almost 50, and I was surprised by the things he said. I will tell you what they were in a...

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Priceless beyond prizes

Sudha Devi Nayak The short list for the Booker containing the six novels culled out from the formidable long list of a dozen novels waited for the final word. It was a mixed bag, with veterans who have featured on earlier short lists and debutantes,...

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Deconstructing sexual politics

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court removed the age-based restriction that had prevailed on the entry of women to the Sabarimala Temple. The verdict is significant on three major grounds: It overruled a tradition seen to be based on menstruation; it held that the...

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