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Smog Alert: The dangers of breathing in today’s world

Smog-Causes, Effects and Precautions Every day, the average adult breathes about 15,000 to 20,000 liters of air. Air is a mixture of gases that makes up our atmosphere and is vital to life on earth. It largely consists of oxygen (21%) and nitrogen (78%).However, as a result of both natural …

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Rohingyas to SC: Not linked to ISIS, nor being radicalised by terror elements

Rohingya Muslims, who had taken refuge in India, have denied in the Supreme Court the Centre’s charge that they have links with terrorist organisations. They made it clear that they were not linked to the ISIS nor are being radicalised by terror elements. The Centre has maintained its stand saying …

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Intolerance over Food – Which meat is Holier and Why??

A post on “Foodies in Hyderabad” caught my eye today, where Parashar Kumar put up what looks like a conventional picture of a typical Indian dish- rice and an assortment of curry- but a closer look at the caption raised eyebrows and had tempers flaring !- “Dog meat and rice …

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“I belong to an upper caste”

I belong to a so called ‘upper’ caste. I am fully aware of the atrocities my ancestors have committed to whole communities of people. My ancestors denied entire communities of children the right to education for two thousand years. My ancestors denied them the fine arts for 2000 years. My …

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Gift yourself some privacy. You will love it.

From your mobile, send SMS to 1909 START 0 This will register you for DND (Do Not Disturb) and block all telemarketers. Alternatively, you can call 1909 and use the IVRS, to register for DND. The next time a telemarketer calls you or sends you an SMS about offering a …

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Death is such an enigma. We find the worth of wonderful people after demise.

You read what Chidu Rajghatta wrote about Gauri Lankesh in Sunita’s thread. Mary Breeding is his second wife. This is what she writes: The night freedom of speech went silent in Bangalore: A few hours ago, while on the phone with my SIL the news flashed across the TV screen: …

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A God that Fails: A lesson worth learning

A young man got up from his ‘Charpai’ in the court yard and reached for the ‘Surahi’ in the verandah. It was still hot and humid though it was almost 2 AM on that fateful July Morning. He could not sleep all night because of the heat, but more so …

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The Media: Skeletons in the cupboard

Never before in the history of independent India have we had a media, both print and visual, so supine to a government at the center. There are two things that have made media behave like this. First is of course the unbridled money power deployed before the elections in 2014 …

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What Happens When You Join ISIS – Then Change Your Mind

As soon as his cab arrived in an Islamic State safe house in December 2015, his lawyers say, Mohamad Khweis realized he had made a huge mistake. The 27-year-old Fairfax County, Virginia native fled the group three months later and was captured by Kurdish forces in Iraq. Now, as his …

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An Orientalist take on Current day India

When the ancient Chinese decided to live in peace, they made the Great Wall of China. They thought no one could climb it due to its unscalable height. During the first 100 years of its existence, the Chinese were invaded thrice. … And each time, the hordes of enemy infantry …

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