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Cannons and Swords of Tipu Sultan fetch 6 million pounds

The wonderful collection of Tipu Sultan's arms and armor is of the greatest historical significance. Isn't it really unfortunate that most of it is getting auctioned outside India.

Akshaya Patra: 1.4 million mouths to feed

Akshaya Patra's mid-day meal programme reaches out to both; urban and rural India through its dual-pronged strategy of centralized and decentralized kitchens. It's 21 centralized kitchens, often called 'the happiness factory' cater to the urban children whereas in rural inaccessible areas such as the deserts of Baran, Rajasthan and the deep jungles of Nayagarh, Orissa, decentralized school-based kitchens are established. Here, the food is cooked by local women self-help groups, for whom it is also a steady employment.

Indian farmers don’t need crocodile tears

Politicians of all shades and variety claim to be friends of the farmer but what have they done friends in need?

Who will be the next RSS Chief after Bhagwat Retires?

Is it going to be the beginning of bad times for PM Narender Modi? The thinking in the BJP and RSS is that Modi is enjoying too much power than required. A powerful lobby wants to show him his place.

Semi hi-speed EMUs V/s bullet train

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to France and Germany, cooperation in modernising India's giant but creaking railway system is to be a key focus area. With bullet trains in India likely to take some years in the making, the government is set to go ahead with the purchase of a cheaper, safer and smarter option - a la the Metro trains - called train sets.

A horror called Jammu-Srinagar National Highway

If you hear that the Jammu-Srinagar national highway is not a road but a horror, don't take this to be an overstatement. Muster up the courage to undertake the journey, provided the highway is open, as it remains closed most of the time.

Green revolution and the cancer train in Punjab

Every night at about 9:30, Train No. 339 pulls into the shabby station in the north Indian farm town of Bathinda in Punjab. The local people call it the “cancer train.” The number of cancer patients in this farm region is increasing significantly.

Smarter traffic signals that are green

Smart traffic lights or Intelligent traffic lights are a vehicle traffic control system that combines traditional traffic lights with an array of sensors and artificial intelligence to intelligently route vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Socio-religious polarisation – a new ploy to break India apart

Of late several fundamentalist and radical groups have sprung up causing religious/ethnic polarisation, socioeconomic unrest and new security concerns. This is a new phenomenon that poses a silent long term threat to India’s integrity, unity and peace and progress.

Mama Mia: What makes Rahul Gandhi angry?

Nehru-Gandhi watchers claim that this, not the first time that Rahul has gone after a tiff with his mother. Rahul is said to have inherited this tendency from his great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru who too was known for his obstinacy and short temper.

Child marriage leaves deep psychological scars

Child marriage is strongly entrenched in the customs of Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the only state in the country where the mean age at marriage for boys and girls is lower than the legal age at marriage. Rajasthan accounts for the second highest number of child marriages and ranks second in the world in this social evil.

Elderly and other vulnerable people want rethink on old-age pension

The elderly poor in India live in a state of perpetual crisis. Pension amounts continue to be "criminally low and completely insufficient"

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