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Signals from States: on the results of Assembly elections

24/05/2019

The results of four State Assembly elections conducted alongside the Lok Sabha polls hold important political signals. Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh elected new Assemblies along with their Lok Sabha members. In Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has won a fifth consecutive...

Full circle: on the change in kilogram`s definition

24/05/2019

As of May 20, the kilogram joined a bunch of other units - second, metre, ampere, kelvin, mole and candela - that will no longer be compared with physical objects as standards of reference. The change comes after nearly 130 years: in 1889 a platinum-iridium cylinder was used to define how much mass...

For a rediscovery of India: on Modi`s return to power

23/05/2019

The definitive nature of the Bharatiya Janata Party`s victory in the 17th general election marks an unmistakable inflection point in the journey of the Republic. If the 16th general election in 2014 catapulted the BJP as the primary pole of Indian politics, relegating the Congress to a distant seco...

Disclosing dissent: on EC`s decision to not record split opinions

22/05/2019

The rejection of the demand of one of the Election Commissioners that dissenting opinions be recorded in the orders passed by the three-member Election Commission on complaints of violations of the Model Code of Conduct may be technically and legally right. However, there was indeed a strong case f...

Eye in the sky: on RISAT-2B

22/05/2019

With the successful pre-dawn launch of RISAT-2B satellite on May 22, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has added another feather to its cap. The satellite will enhance India`s capability in crop monitoring during the monsoon season, forestry mapping for forest fires and deforestation, a...

Being responsive: on the Jammu & Kashmir report

21/05/2019

The government`s decision to shut down communication with UN Special Rapporteurs seeking to question India on alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir may appear extreme, but is in line with its reaction to such international reports over the last few years. In a letter dated April 23, ...

Highs and lows of India`s equity markets

21/05/2019

The prospect of the National Democratic Alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to power has got investors in India`s equity markets all excited. Both the Nifty and the Sensex reached all-time highs on Monday as the indices appreciated 3.75% and 3.69%, respectively, the largest rise ...

Eye on the monsoon

20/05/2019

As India awaits the arrival of the annual summer monsoon, hopes are particularly high for normal rainfall that is so vital for agriculture, the health of forests, rivers and wetlands. The India Meteorological Department has forecast normal rainfall of 96% of the long period average of 89 cm rain, w...

Yemen`s woes

20/05/2019

The withdrawal of Houthi rebels from three of Yemen`s ports as part of the December 2018 ceasefire agreement should have been the basis for further talks to expand the truce to other parts of the country. But while the withdrawal was under way last week, Houthis, who are reportedly getting support ...

Count on democracy

19/05/2019

With the seventh phase of polling for the 17th general election over, the anxious wait is now for counting day. The election dates were announced on March 10, and the first phase of polling took place on April 11. The entire process will take 11 weeks to complete; polling itself was spread over six...

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