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Geography:

A cyclone called Ockhi — why this is raising such an unusual storm: Cyclones are no strangers to the Indian coast, our east coast in particular witnessing several cyclonic storms each year. Yet, Ockhi, the latest powerful cyclone, is unlike other recent ones.


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Polity and governance

The gag on free speech : Recent actions by the Indian judiciary suggest a trend of creeping censorship.

Social Issues

Capturing crime — on the NCRB data for 2016: The increase in crimes against women must prompt better policing and all-round reform.

A misleading hunger index: In its calculations, the Global Hunger Index assigns a disproportionate value to child undernourishment.

Disability rights over time: A quick recap of how legislation for disabled persons has evolved.

International relations:

How Chabahar Port could bring India and its partners a new spring: Chabahar Port, inaugurated on Sunday, has been jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan. The port, noted by both Al Biruni and Alexander the Great, could be a game-changer for its developers now.

‘Resolve Rohingya refugee crisis through diplomacy’ : Even though the crisis concerning Rohingya refugees in India seems to have subsided, veteran experts on statelessness and refugees have called for resolving the issue through diplomacy.

The Brahmaputra conundrum: The news that China is planning to divert the waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (the upper stream of India’s Brahmaputra) to its water-starved Xinjiang province is hardly surprising.


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Economy

GST effect: shaky Budget in offing?: ‘With no clear number for targeted GST collections, is the Centre raking in as much as it should?’

Science and Technology

What’s behind the bitcoin boom?: As the price of the bitcoin leapt past $10,000 this week, marking a tenfold gain in 2017, many investors seemed to nurse a ‘missed-out’ feeling.  

Security issues

Watch out for ransomware in 2018: report: The McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report also warns individual home users that greater inter-connected home devices will surrender consumer privacy to corporates.

BSF doubles down on Rohingya: A total of 167 vulnerable points were identified along the Bangladesh border, and additional forces deployed to detect and push back the Rohingya.

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