I-Day musing: Does not the law and its protecton apply to all? (Comment) (13:18)
By C. Uday Bhaskar
August 15 this year marks the 71st anniversary of Indian independence. As the Prime Minister unfurls the national flag at the Red Fort, it is a celebratory moment; yet, a certain sense of bleakness and despondency is palpable. There is a deeply ingrained perception that anarchy is spreading in the country and that the state has abdicated in its primary responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of every citizen, irrespective of religion, caste, class and gender. Recent events bear testimony to this mood.

Hindu migrants from Pakistan living a life of homeless wanderers, courtesy Indian red-tapism (Social Feature) (12:08)
By Archana Sharma
Jodhpur, Aug 14 (IANS) At a time when the world is battling one of its biggest refugee crises, India has its own share of the problem -- thousands of Hindu migrants from Pakistan remain stranded at this Rajasthan transit hub. They have been awaiting their citizenship papers for years, despite submitting their passports, documents and hard-earned money too.

Realty sector needs more reforms to realise full potential (Comment) (11:36)
By Vinod Behl
Landmark reforms like RERA and GST, as also demonetisation, have brought about much-needed transparency in transactions, helping the real estate sector to free itself of fraud, malpractices and other problems faced by consumers and investors. Yet, the sector needs more reforms to break free of the various ills that still plague it in order to realise its full potential as a major contributor to the country's GDP.

Books break barriers as Indo-Pak cultural exchanges diminish (11:30)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) At a time when diplomatic exchanges between India and Pakistan are at a standstill and cultural initiatives across the border have taken a backseat, the literary space has become the avenue for exchange of ideas, thoughts and perspectives between the two rival nations separated at birth.

India needs to drastically reform higher education in rapidly digitising world (Column: Active Voice) (11:18)
By Amit Kapoor
As India gets ready to celebrating its 71st Independence Day, concerns over honing its human capital come to the fore. These mus be addressed if the nation is to seize the opportunity offered by a demographic dividend for sustainable and inclusive digital growth.

Karunanidhi: Scratches on my mind firm five years in Chennai (Comment: Special to IANS) (13:50)
By Saeed NaqviIANS Photo Service
Muthuvel Karunanidhis passing away has brought back disparate images of my five unlikely years in Chennai as regional editor of the Indian Express. I use the term "unlikely" because someone born in Mustafabad, raised in the Urdu ambience of Lucknow would generally be expected to expire from culture shock in the four storeyed office in which every forehead was decorated with vertical, horizontal even circular designs. It was a riot of vermillion, ashen and turmeric. The sight stoked my curiosity but it did not repel me.

Angels of hope: They make the poor and helpless aware of their rights (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Mudita GirotraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) When Rambabu, a 27-year-old who worked in a ration shop in Patna, got to know he was suffering from brain tumor, he was devastated. But his nightmare was compounded when he travelled over a thousand kilometres in that condition to New Delhi for treatment only to find there was a waiting period of six months at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) referral hospital.

Lord's is notorious for low Test scores (Column: Just Sport) (11:00)
By Veturi Srivatsa
India are in danger of going 0-2 down in the five-Test series against England unless the elements, which made their life miserable after being asked to bat first, conspire to save them or even help them to turn the tables on the hosts.

Will the Dravidian movement be diluted with Karunanidhi's death? (Column: Political Circus) (12:12)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
There is little doubt that in the wake of M. Karunanidhis death, Tamil Nadu will enter an uncertain, even rocky, phase. It may take some time for the sense of disquiet and foreboding to become apparent. There may even be a period of relative calm as Karunanidhis chosen heir, his younger son, M.K. Stalin, assumes charge of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party.

Civic education can enhance democracy in India (Comment) (11:36)
By Frank F. Islam
As India approaches Independence Day on August 15, it is an appropriate time to celebrate the past and Indian democracy. It is also a time to contemplate the future and the democracy that India should become. India has the opportunity, the responsibility, and the capacity to be a global beacon of hope for democracy. There is a critical need for India to become that beacon.

A movement to make India eat safer, healthier food (Column: Active Voice) (12:04)
By Amit Kapoor
India bears a terrible burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with the lack of proper diet and safe food a major contributing factor. The country has seen an increase in the NCDs burden from 30 per cent in 1990 to 55 per cent in 2016.

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Whither nuclear disarmament? (Comment) (11:06)
By C. Uday Bhaskar
August 6 is etched in an apocalyptic manner on the global consciousness given the nuclear enormity that engulfed the unsuspecting residents of Japan's Hiroshima on that day in 1945. Three days later Nagasaki met the same fate, though tragically August 9 receives even lesser attention from a jaded world whose attention span often oscillates from one tweet to another.

Inside an arts residency: How open spaces help young artists freely ideate (14:32)
By Siddhi JainIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) A critical presence in an arts residency is a source of a counter opinion, and can be a real boon for young ideating artists, said Serendipity Arts Foundation Director Smriti Rajgarhia on housing a resident critic -- an under explored concept in the Indian arts ecosystem.

Women in emerging Indian cities keen to acquire skills for digital growth: GoDaddy (11:54)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) GoDaddy, the world's largest Cloud platform dedicated to small and independent ventures, is empowering small and medium businesses (SMBs) in tier 2 and 3 cities of India and, to its surprise, is finding young women more keen to learn the skills needed to go online.

In Kashmir's hate-and-violence narrative, a silver lining of goodwill and amity (IANS Special Series) (13:14)
By Sheikh Qayoom
Srinagar, Aug 5 (IANS) Rajnath, 72, a retired school headmaster, continues to live in his ancestral home in north Kashmir's Manigam village. The turmoil of the 1990s saw most members of his minority Kashmiri Pandit community leave the village, but Rajnath stayed back in the village he was born in, with his wife and daughter.

In search of a dying game called ball badminton (Sports Feature) (12:48)
By Binoo K. John
Kochi, Aug 5 (IANS) Fort Kochi has a lot of things to look out for. It has a beckoning feel about it, of things old and fascinating, others new and delightful. There are also too many things that are lost in Fort Kochi and waiting to be rediscovered. That's where I found myself after many years of trying to figure out if ball badminton is played anywhere any longer.

Belgrade square: Where lovers gather to laugh and make merry (Travel Feature) (11:10)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Belgrade (Serbia), Aug 5 (IANS) At the magic hour, just past midnight when the rest of the world is in a slumber, lovers gather "near the horse" to give wings to desires that seldom find expression during the day.

Anti-Semitism rises when populism lurches to the Right (Comment) (12:14)
By Saeed Naqvi
Call it coincidence or mysterious design, there are moments in world affairs when disparate societies have the same experience.

Aliens in Assam: Electoral fodder for BJP, Congress (Column: Political Circus) (12:10)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
Ever since the former saffron stalwart, Arun Shourie, created a stir in the 1980s with his articles on illegal immigrants in Assam comprising Bangladeshi Muslims, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen the issue as an excellent one to furbish its nationalist credentials by portraying the "aliens" as a security threat. The depiction also fitted in with the party's anti-Muslim worldview.

Washington's waiver: India inches closer to NSG membership (Comment) (11:10)
By Bhaswati MukherjeeIANS Photo Service
Against the background of intense speculation about US President Donald Trumps growing indifference to Indias security needs and the landmark India-US Nuclear Cooperation Agreement came the dramatic announcement of the "Tier 1 waiver" for India. This exception from the export control regime will allow the US to export sensitive technology to India without individual licences or approval from Congress, where anti-India interest groups used to hold them up through filibusters.

Technology allows flexibility in learning, creates collaborative work environment (Comment) (12:00)
By Sanjay Bahl
India seems to be in a space where technology is a big favourite. Digital marketing and digital automation are among the top-searched words. This is making organisations look for and adapt smart technology-aided training interventions to rationalise training costs while enhancing effectiveness and saving time.

Why the Walled City of Jaipur deserves World Heritage recognition (15:08)
By Archana SharmaIANS Photo Service
Jaipur, Aug 1 (IANS) Steeped in royal splendour and untouched beauty, the Walled City of Jaipur is once again excited to mark its presence on the world map with Union Minister for Culture Mahesh Sharma informing the Rajya Sabha that the city is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition.

Vulnerable South Asian communities gear up to fight floods (Environment Feature) (12:04)
By Imran KhanIANS Photo Service
Patna, Aug 1 (IANS) Vulnerable communities in four South Asian countries across the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region are hopeful and confident of fighting floods this monsoon, thanks to community-based flood early warning systems (CBFEWS).

Imran Khan will have to tread on thin ice to form government in Pakistan (Comment) (14:08)
By Vishnu MakhijaniIANS Photo Service
It would seem rather presumptuous on the part of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to declare that he would take oath as the Prime Minister on August 11, after addressing the nation and sort of laying down his policies for the next five years -- because he is still short of the half-way mark. For this, he might just be helped by the "deep state".

Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition (Column: Active Voice) (12:08)
By Amit Kapoor
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporate zero hunger as one of the 17 targets to be achieved by 2030 for a sustainable future. The criticality of this goal lies in the fact that removing hunger -- and malnutrition -- from the world is intertwined with the other goals such as ending poverty, providing universal quality education and promoting lifelong learning, sustainable economic growth and employment, good health and well-being.

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