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22 August, 2017 2:47 PM Post triple talaq verdict, activists urge SC to act on Section 377, marital rape

As the Supreme Court on Tuesday banned instant triple talaq, activists urged the apex court to also take steps to decriminalise homosexuality and penalise marital rape. The triple talaaq verdict should open people’s minds to more progressive laws, gay rights activist Harish Iyer said. “Any step in the direction of liberty for the most marginalised should 50

19 August, 2017 6:34 PM Stirred up Darjeeling hills alive with the spirit of cooperation

People continue to share, volunteer and rally despite prolonged impasse On a drizzly Monday morning, Dambar Prasad Shiwakoti, senior master of Darjeeling’s elite Turnbull High Secondary School, leaves his house at 5 a.m. for the nearby neighbourhood of Rose Bank, where he enters an unimpressive double-storey building. He cleans the blackboard in a large 53

9 August, 2017 5:53 PM A sense of insecurity is creeping in among Muslims: Hamid Ansari

Interview with outgoing Vice-President of India Karan Thapar: Now, you’ve spent 10 years as Vice-President, and as I said, no one has spent more time as Vice-President than that – what did it mean to you, a career diplomat, to be Vice-President of India? Hamid Ansari: Well, collectively yes. Not individually, but collectively. Hamid Ansari: Because the personalities 36

9 August, 2017 6:37 AM Ahmed Patel Win Deserves No Congress Celebration

Ahmed Patel, senior Congress leader and political secretary to Sonia Gandhi, has an affable demeanour with a strict avoidance of displays of emotion. Yet, after his roller coaster ride to his fifth Rajya Sabha seat from home state Gujarat, at 2:30 am, Patel, a night bird, was visibly moved as he hugged his son Faesal. But sweet as it is, make no mistake 58

2 August, 2017 8:30 AM Make India an enemy and you will lose your lifeline, Chinese experts caution Beijing over Doklam

Military experts have cautioned that Beijing's hardball politics is pushing New Delhi further away and could end up making it an enemy. NEW DELHI: Apart from raising tensions between India and China, the Doklam standoff could potentially threaten Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese scholars and experts have warned for the first time. Macau-based 99 1

1 August, 2017 4:15 PM Nitish Kumar Has Surrendered, Will Have Another Face For 2019: Lalu Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Party chief Lalu Yadav pilloried Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for saying that there was no opposition leader strong enough to take on PM Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections. PATNA: Lalu Yadav today accused former partner and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of being "greedy for power," calling him a palturam (turncoat) 53

28 July, 2017 10:53 AM Doklam border standoff: Will there be an India-China war?

Both sides have compelling reasons to avoid it, but India will now see the peril in ignoring its defence preparedness. A week ahead of August 1, when China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) marks its 90th anniversary, Xi Jinping's Red Army had a stern message for India. A PLA major-general, flanked by three senior colonels, held a rare meet-the-press 188

28 July, 2017 12:13 AM Nitish and Modi's love-hate relationship: Meet the frenemies in Indian politics

Rahul Gandhi would do well to remember that those who shifted camps multiple times can do so again When Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed his angst at Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar simply walking out of the mahagathbandhan or grand coalition, which he had so assiduously stitched together in the state 79

27 July, 2017 4:47 PM Arundhati Roy’s book in Man Booker longlist

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness commended for style Arundhati Roy’s latest work of fiction, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, has made it to the longlist of this year’s Man Booker Prize. The judges described the book as “a rich and vital book” that “comes from the bowels of India” and has “remarkable scale” and “extraordinary style and intelligence 75

26 July, 2017 5:45 PM Indian banks most at risk among South, South-East Asian peers: Poll

Indian banks are most at risk in South and South-East (S-E) Asia, and being under-capitalised, they lack sufficient loan provisioning, says a Moody's poll. It said the government has appeared reluctant to increase capital injection into PSU banks despite the limited ability of these lenders to access equity markets for the much-needed capital. Earlier 59