On our heads mostly: Hair and its importance to human society (Book Review) (With Images) (11:44)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Hair (Object Lessons); Author: Scott Lowe; Publisher: Bloomsbury; Pages: 152; Price: Rs 250

Climate financing: India, South Asian nations lack funds to meet SDGs (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:12)
By Lenin Babu
India has made significant progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN member-states in 2015 but finances remain an issue, a study of the country's Voluntary National Review (VNR) submitted earlier this year indicates.

Economic issues will have a decisive say in 2019 general elections (Column: Active Voice) (13:54)
By Amit Kapoor
It is becoming really hard to be optimistic about the Indian economy. As T.N. Ninan pointed out last week, it has been six years since the economy breached the seven per cent growth rate mark. There have been repeated forecasts in these last six years of regaining those glory days of 2003-11, when India managed to grow at an annual rate of 8.4 percent.

The Czech Locomotive's long run into our hearts (Sep 19 is Olympian Emil Zatopek's 95th birth anniversary) (With Images) (11:10)
By Vikas Datta
If sport epitomises human grace, then look elsewhere. For when running, he looked as he was "wrestling with an octopus on a conveyor belt". But if it reflects endurance, he was the standard. The only one with a long-distance "grand slam" -- golds in 5,000 m, 10,000 m and the marathon (the first of his life) in a single Olympics -- Emil Zatopek was proof that sportsmen are not always born, but can become champions with effort.

Gloomy characters: The melancholic aspect in literature (Column: Bookends) (11:36)
By Vikas Datta
The human race displays an infinite capacity for dividing itself into various categories -- justified or not. But one rather interesting differentiation is in the (figurative) eyeglasses people use to see their world, with their lenses' colour ranging from rose to jaded (or being particularly effective sunglasses). It may be a matter of opinion if the cheery or gloomy outlook is better, but the latter scores higher in one respect at least.

Gorkhaland demand: Road to nowhere? (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:36)
By Saeed Naqvi IANS Photo Service
Darjeeling, Thimphu, Gangtok and Siliguri are a tight cluster on any map even in a large Atlas. Because of the recent standoff with China over Doklam, the strategic importance of the area, the saliency of the Siliguri corridor, cannot be overlooked. Is New Delhi taking an interest in the demand for a Gorkha homeland from this perspective?

Indian Muslims should embrace triple talaq verdict (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:58)
By Frank F. Islam IANS Photo Service
On August 22, the Supreme Court ruled that triple talaq -- the practice which allows a man to divorce his wife instantly by saying the word talaq thrice -- is unconstitutional. Predictably, the ruling was denounced by a number of Muslim leaders and organisations. Some interpreted it as an attack on their religion and way of life. Others saw a conspiracy angle in the importance given to an issue.

Glucagon-like Peptide 1 (GLP) is the new hope for type 2 diabetes (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:20)
By Ganapathi B. and Arpandev Bhattacharyya
Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems of modern times. It is characterised by persistently high levels of blood glucose (sugar) in the body. At present, there is a whole range of effective medication for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Despite this, about 60 percent of populace diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are not able to achieve good blood glucose control on their current treatment.

Scaling up core micronutrient interventions: It's $12 bn vs $574 mn (Column: Active Voice) (14:30)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, was quoted as saying: "If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger." Sadly, even today 248 million children across the globe are suffering from one or the other form of malnourishment -- stunting, wasting and obesity. It accounts for 45 per cent of child deaths.

BRICS crafts new mantra of diplomacy (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:16)
By Rajendra Shende IANS Photo Service
The BRICS meeting in Xiamen in China last week was a timely opportunity for both India and China to end the high-altitude and potentially high-voltage stand-off at the Doklam plateau. Many political observers around the globe feared a spark, ignition and even a war. Concurrent "cross-continent" threats by North Korea aimed at the US brought the situation to the brink.

Playing fed up: Herbert Lom's masterful performance in the 'Pink Panther' films (September 11 is Herbert Lom's 100th birth anniversary) (With Images) (11:54)
By Vikas Datta
Most of us, in our working life, may be unfortunate to encounter a subordinate, whose incompetence is boundless and and exasperating beyond measure, but despite their bumbling and usually destructive approach, end up successful. This actor however made a career of playing such a hapless and increasingly vexed boss with flair and panache.

Globalisation has to retune itself to needs of the time (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:18)
By Kula Saikia
The tsunami of change was all-pervasive to engulf most of the nation states. Liberalisation, free trade, WTO, TPP, NAFTA,EFTA, EU, the information revolution et al came together and broke the historically defined geographical barriers. Isolationism became a hated and much maligned term in international trade, commerce and strategic considerations. There arose new hope of transnational job opportunities cutting across organisations and authorities.

India must not be seen to be uncaring about Rohingyas (Column: Political Circus) (11:42)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
The Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, is looking for a round of applause for not driving the Rohingya refugees in India into the sea or shooting them; all that he wants is their deportation.

Keeping track of your kids (The Funny Side) (11:52)
By Nury Vittachi
Modern life is weird. Thanks to supermarket delivery tracking apps, we know the precise location of our next roll of toilet paper, but we haven't the faintest idea where our children are.

State discoms playing spoiler on open access for solar power (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:46)
By Jaymin Gajjar & Saptak Ghosh
There is an increasing opportunity to innovate in solar markets in India thanks to the rapidly declining price of photovoltaics (PV). While large-scale ground-mounted solar parks are seeing tremendous growth, an area that still remains largely untapped is open access (OA) for the sector.

India should take humane view of Rohingya refugees (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:40)
By Bawa Singh IANS Photo Service
Given its rich mineral resources, historical and civilisational ties and strategic location, sharing maritime and land borders, Myanmar holds a pivotal position in India's Act East policy. However, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have become a serious security concern not only for Myanmar, India and Bangladesh, but for the entire region.

Is there an impending debt crisis? (Column: Active Voice) (11:02)
By Amit Kapoor
It has been a decade since the biggest financial crisis in living memory swept the globe. In the run-up to the crisis, the debt levels of the developed economies saw a rapid expansion. Between 2000 and 2009, credit for the entire global economy grew at 7.5 per cent annually. This pace of credit expansion was more than double the economic growth rate of the world economy.

What's causing so many changes to India's monsoons? (12:04)
By Raghu Murtugudde
For the third year in a row, the monsoon season has produced floods in the northwest and the northeast, while south India has suffered from a rainfall deficit. Rainfall extremes have increased threefold over the last few years and now extend over all of central India -- from Gujarat to Odisha.

Enjoying power - a lesson from a legendary Indian king's throne (Column: Bookends) (With Images) (12:02)
By Vikas Datta
Rulers of men, be it in a system autocratic or democratic, soon begin to believe in their "divine right" of leadership and that they outstrip their predecessors -- some of whom are sought to be brushed out. This sentiment is not alien to our country and our time, despite the lessons from one of the most abiding and popular works of our cultural tradition.

Demonetisation may have hurt more than it helped (Column: Political Circus) (12:48)
By Amulya Ganguli
It will take time for the economists to figure out whether the fall in the growth rate to 5.7 per cent is the result of the disruption caused by demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but most of the common people will see a connection between the two steps and a slowing down of the economy.

BRICS Summit against backdrop of plummeting Washington-Moscow ties (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:46)
By Saeed Naqvi
Two recent events will influence attitudes at the 9th BRICS summit at Xiamen, China, from September 3 to 5 -- Doklam and Trump's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.

TN girl who fought against NEET commits suicide, leaders condemn state, Centre (Lead) (21:02)
Chennai, Sep 1 (IANS) With her dreams of becoming a doctor dashed owing to a low score in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), S. Anitha, who fought against the common entry test for medical colleges, committed suicide on Friday, said police citing her family.

Imaginary ailments make me ill (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
I don't always Google my cold symptoms but when I do I have the Black Death, pregnancy and a disease only horses get.

Denouement at Doklam: India must take long-term measures (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:16)
By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd)
Accustomed as we are to shrill hyperbole in India's public discourse, the description of the tense Himalayan face-off as the "incident at Doklam" and its denouement as "expeditious disengagement of border personnel" by the Ministry of External Affairs came across as refreshing examples of phlegmatic understatement. The diplomatic finesse shown by India stood in stark contrast to the Chinese spokesperson's gauche declaration that India had "pulled back all the trespassing personnel and equipment".

The irrationality of belief? (Column: Active Voice) (11:02)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
Self-proclaimed godmen and a coterie of sycophants to back them and validate their claims have always been ubiquitous in India. This phenomenon is not problematic in itself until the sycophancy is followed to the point of absurdity as seen in the series of events in the wake of the brave court verdict last week against the Dera Sacha Sauda head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

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