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The psychology behind Apple’s fans. Blind loyalty or just wanting to belong?

|By David Glance|The Conversation| The reputation of Apple’s fans is as well known as Apple’s products. These are the people who have already started lining up outside Apple stores, just to be first to own the latest iPhone due to go on sale this Friday. When they are not in line, they scour the Internet for articles that affirm their ...

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Vandalised "No Thanks" sign from Scottish independence referendum 2014. (Photo: K. R. / Flickr Creative Commons)

The Price of Scottish Independence

By Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – Though the world’s eyes now are on Scotland’s referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, Scotland is not alone in seeking to redraw national boundaries. There are independence movements in many other parts of the world; indeed, 39 new states have joined the United Nations since 1980. The Scottish pro-independence campaign is based ...

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Liquor ban in Kerala | Photo: www.mole.my

Alcohol ban in Indian States: Prohibition ke Side Effects

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: With Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy denying renewal of licenses to 418 bars, promising to shut another 294 bars by next year and setting a target of ushering total prohibition and alcohol ban in Kerala by October 2023, another Indian state is going to challenge Bacchus. The Roman god of wine and intoxication, who was ...

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Elections | Photo: PTI

Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots

|By Shashi Tharoor| NEW DELHI – Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions. But some Asian democracies – notably, Thailand and Pakistan – seem to be losing their way. In the world’s largest ...

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Calcutta stock exchange | Photo:PTI

Calcutta Stock Exchange details survival strategies

The CSE is a hard case post Sebi’s directive to wind up CSE in May this year. Sandhya Sutodia finds out the ways of how CSE is ensuring its continued existence.   Kolkata: Earlier when shares were traded in the form of certificates, the regional exchanges had a role to play. But now when the shares can be traded in the demat form; the regional ...

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A villager being rescued using a rope | Photo: PTI

Kashmir floods: Our “disastrous” disaster management

|By Adfar Shah| The floods in Jammu and Kashmir following the Uttrakhand tragedy last year exposes our response and preparedness for disasters both at the state and the national level. Unprecedented rainfall in the State has destroyed houses and submerged vital highways and lanes. A calamity of such a magnitude taking hundreds of lives and destroying property worth billions does not come as ...

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Ishita, India's first professional surfer | Photo Credit- Crystal Thornburg-Homcy

India’s First Female Surfer: Taming The Tides

|By Sanjay Pandey| India is a country of 1.2 billion people and one that boasts of a 7,000 km of coastline, but ironically enough its beaches largely wear a deserted-look. But thanks to a motley group of native surfers, the country’s beach culture is changing for the good. A surf board is no more an alien thing on the palm-fringed beaches of India. Seven years ago ...

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BJP-Sena dillydallying keeps workers in lurch

|By Sanjib Guha| After capturing the Parliament with over-whelming mandate with 282 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state unit seems to have got down to the business of repeating the feat in the Maharashtra Assembly elections due in October. The Jan-dhan Yojna announced by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi couldn’t have been timed better and the state ...

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a muddy street near Turkman gate

Why BJP is wary of Delhi Elections

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Dharam Dev Solanki, veteran BJP MLA from Palam Assembly Constituency, spends bulk of his day hours in redressing complaints of his constituents about drinking water even in late August. His constituency is parched during major part of the year. Dry ponds in and around Palam Village are an evidence of acute water scarcity in the ...

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Mel  and her dance group

Gangster,Addict,Dancing Queen

See how a former gangster and drug addict changed her life, her children’s, as well as the lives of  young, “up-coming gangsters”. Her secret weapon to reach the troubled youth? – Dance.  That’s our kind of success story.  

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