Blog & Analysis
Trump’s Threat And The Challenge Before New UN Chief
US President-elect Donald Trump's controversial tweet on the 193-member UN comes at a time when former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has assumed office as its ninth Secretary General. Trump questioned the United Nations' efficacy, calling it a "club of people to get together, talk and h..
2016: India Projected Soft Power At UN, But Setback On Terrorism
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi stayed away this year, India followed a strategy of quiet diplomacy while projecting its soft power at the world body, even as it suffered a setback in the fight against terrorism. A.R. Rahman's concert commemorating that of M.S. Subbulakshmi at the UN 50 years ago..
India Test-Fires N-Capable Agni-V With a Range to Reach China
India on Monday moved a step closer to join the super exclusive club of countries with nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM) by successfully test-firing the indigenously developed Agni-V off the Odisha coast. Once the Agni-V is inducted, India would be among the league of th..
#Notebandi Frontlines: Sales Fall, Anger Rises – Why The Fishing Industry Can’t Go Cashless
Siolim/Mapusa/Panaji/Margao (Goa) Gangu Kundaikar is a small-framed, sari-clad woman who rises at 3 a.m. every day, wraps a cloth around her waist so fish do not soil her sari, and takes a rented vehicle to the Malim jetty in Panaji, North Goa, 8 km from her village in one of Indias most prosperous ..
Celebratory Firing Leaves Trail of Deaths at Punjab Weddings
Kulwinder Kaur, 24, was dancing with fellow women dancers on the stage at a wedding function in Maur Mandi town in Bathinda district of southwest Punjab on the night of December 3. There was merry-making and drinking, which is typical of Punjabi weddings. Among the guests celebrating, there were a f..
Publishing Industry Still to Overcome Shock of Demonetisation
India's otherwise booming publishing industry is now undergoing a crucial phase as sales have dropped by almost 30-60 per cent since November 8, after the government's decision to invalidate the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes. The Nielsen Book Report had estimated the Indian book market in 2015 to be..
Digital Banking May Eat Into ATM Business
With the government nudging people towards digital banking modes -- payments through mobile phones, Point of Sale (PoS) machines and others -- ATM players may find their business in a flux in the coming years. ATMs are cash-vending machines and operators are paid on a per transaction basis. Wh..
JAXA-Canon Makes Low-Cost, Mini Space Rocket
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is building a low-cost space rocket with the help of Japanese tech manufacturer Canon, reports said on Friday. The project would use Canon's experience in designing smaller and lighter control instruments with a view to create the world's smallest sat..
If You Don’t Talk to Pakistan, You Give Terrorists and Sponsors What They Want: Former NSA
India's former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon says there is no alternative to talking to Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues because not talking is to allow terrorists to have a "veto on the relationship" and submitting to the "agenda of terrorists and their sponsors". "If you don..
WISE: Making Women Technologically More Efficient
Two years ago, Sri Charvitha, a student of the B.V. Raju Institute of Technology, walked into the Microsoft campus in Hyderabad to join the Women in Software Engineering (WISE) mentoring programme. Dreaming of leveraging it to land a reputable job, she transformed herself from a rookie coder to an e..