Gujarat is a setback for BJP, but will it make party more humble? (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:16)
By Amulya Ganguli
For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to have struggled to cross the 100-seat mark in Gujarat when it was boasting about bagging 150 is suggestive of an undeniable downward turn in its popularity ratings.

After cricket, Australian football can build bridges with India (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:04)
By Andrew Hunter
With Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Malcolm Turnbull approving a Memorandum of Understanding on sports between the two governments, it is time to explore the potential of sports diplomacy between Australia and India.

Stalinist stories: The Soviet Man of Steel's fictional forays (Column: Bookends) (11:20)
By Vikas Datta
There are just a handful of statesmen who have greatly influenced the course of the 20th century -- for good or bad. But can we categorise leaders on this moral standard -- for the most evil may have done some good, or vice versa. We could try the more tangible measure of success and failure, but how much importance should be given to the means they used? How about their literary presence?

Will Beijing be a stakeholder in Modi's SAGAR vision? (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:46)
By C. Uday Bhaskar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined India's maritime potential and current profile in a commendable manner at the commissioning ceremony of INS Kalvari, a Scorpene-class diesel-electric submarine, in Mumbai on Thursday (December 14). Modi's fluency and grasp over the fine-print of the Indian Ocean is indicative of the maritime/naval empathy that South Block has exuded in recent years.

Akshay Kumar emerges as street-smart hero of 2017 (Column: Bollywood Spotlight) (11:46)
By Subhash K. Jha
Not only in 2017. This has been going on for some years. Akshay Kumar, the full-nationalistic package, blending the best of desh-bhakti with consumerism, represents that rare breed of star-actors who have constantly evolved and become more watchable with each passing year.

Perhaps Rahul should visit mosques and churches as well (Column: Political Circus) (11:02)
By Amulya Ganguli
There will probably be a mixed reaction in the secular camp to Rahul Gandhi's temple-hopping in Gujarat.

India witnessed infusion of AI across industries (2017 In Retrospect) (15:12)
(ATTN Editors: Beginning December 15, IANS will be running a series of Yearenders that look at the highs and lows in the areas of politics, business, economy, technology, lifestyle, literature and sports during the year coming to an end. Editor, IANS)

FRDI Bill and bail-in: Your deposits were never safe(r) (14:02)
By Nikhil Arora
One obviously reads how social media and technology have the power to breed beliefs only qualifiable as post-truth. Rare have been occasions when I have witnessed this phenomenon first hand.

SC order on interim relief on mandatory linking of Aadhaar on Friday (18:04)
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) The Supreme Court will on Friday pronounce its order on the plea for interim relief on a batch of petitions seeking stay of various Central and state government notifications mandating the linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including taking exam by the students, availing scholarship, cremation and treatment of HIV positive patients.

Unlocking real estate value in the current scenario (Comment: Special to IANS) (10:32)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As lenders and borrowers in India grapple with heavy debt levels, asset sales have been a strategy used to pare debt levels by conglomerates.

Using liquid biopsy to monitor colorectal cancer (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:02)
Dr. Shabnam Bashir & Dr. Sudhir Borgonha
Cancer is a terrifying disorder which has touched almost everyone in some way or the other. With incidents of cancer rising across the globe, scientists have been frantically researching to figure out solutions to treat this disease in the most effective and non-invasive manner.

It's best to steer clear of Bitcoins lest the bubble bursts (Column: Active Voice) (15:22)
By Amit Kapoor
It is impossible to make sense of the Bitcoin-mania that has been making waves of late.

The Trump syndrome and its impact: A psychiatric probe (Book Review) (11:58)
By Vikas Datta
Title: Twilight of American Sanity; Author: Allen Frances; Publisher: William Morrow/Harper Collins: Pages: 336; Price: Rs 799

Bitcoin: Tread with caution (Column: Curreny Corner) (14:20)
By Vatsal Srivastava
George Soros, the legendary hedge manager, once said that in the financial markets, it doesnt matter whether one is right or wrong: What matters is how much money one makes when right and how much one loses when wrong.

'Yeh mera deewanapan hai..': Dilip Kumar's incomparable acting, inspiring life (Dec 11 is Dilip Kumar's 95th birthday) (11:02)
By Vikas Datta
Debuting on screen in British India, appearing in some of Indian cinema's greatest classics and still present -- over eight decades later -- in the hearts of a vast multitude of fans with whom he remains connected over social media, Dilip Kumar is not just Bollywood's oldest living star but also an Indian institution.

My Padmavati: Rajasthan's shame and a community's misplaced valour (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Rashmi Saksena
My Padmavati is a four-year-old in rural India, possibly in the desert state of Rajasthan. She is lucky to be alive. She has escaped sex-selective abortion and female infanticide. But her fight has just begun. As she enters her teens she will face the outlawed menace of child marriage, dowry demands, domestic violence and honour killing (in case she dares to select her life partner). That is if she till then has managed to ward off malnutrition, rape on her daily trips to find a lonely spot for defecation, sexual harassment, child trafficking and even accusations of witchcraft.

Reading replays: How some books always remain on our mind (Column: Bookends) (11:20)
By Vikas Datta
There are many habits of fervently compulsive readers that can bemuse people around them, but among the most puzzling for their parents and friends would be to see them unwilling to let go of rising stacks of old favourites, in which they again get engrossed with the same level of enjoyment. Book readers, on the other hand, cannot understand why anyone should be perplexed.

Did Koyna quake set trend of opposing hydro projects? (December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna quake) (11:08)
By Arun Bapat
December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna earthquake. The tremor claimed 199 lives and caused minor damage to the Koyna dam in Maharashtra and some houses in its vicinity -- but it is an event that affected science, society and engineering. Till the Koyna earthquake, peninsular India was considered quake-free and most big civil engineering projects were constructed under this assumption.

Three mosques: Muslim generosity would electrify Hindu masses (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:56)
By Saeed Naqvi
The 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition has rekindled debate: Why was it demolished, historical wrongs, Mandal Commission inviting a Mandir backlash, Hindu yearning for a Ram temple and so on. But the clinching evidence judges of the Supreme Court, steeped in the case, might find interesting is a video recording of celebrations at ground zero, the site of the demolition soon after the traumatic event.

Is the BJP nervous about Gujarat? (Column: Political Circus) (11:42)
By Amulya Ganguli
Normally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouldn't have any worries about the election results in Gujarat. It is Narendra Modi's home state and the party has been in power there for more than two decades.

Afforestation the key to clearing Delhi's smog (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:22)
By R. Gopalaswami
Deep forests surrounding the city complemented by emission control measures provide the complete answer to Delhi's air pollution.

Road laying to be fast-tracked: Gadkari (19:26)
Lucknow, Dec 8 (IANS) Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday made a strong pitch for fast-paced laying of roads, saying that if the six lakh villages in the country are linked with strong and robust roads, the GDP will grow by Rs 1.10 lakh crore.

India losing comparative advantage in leading export sectors (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:04)
By Amit Kapoor & Chirag Yadav
In a massive relief to Indian exporters, the government announced liberal incentives of Rs 8,450 crore ($1.3 billion) in its mid-term review of the five-year foreign trade policy (FTP) that was rolled out in 2015 and aimed at increasing the export of goods and services to $900 billion by 2020. Exports, meanwhile, declined from $468 billion to $437 billion between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

Things you can do at home, such as nuclear fission (The Funny Side) (11:04)
By Nury Vittachi
Sometimes I order weird stuff from Amazon and tick "same-day delivery" just to make Jeff Bezos swear. "@#$%! Someone wants the life-sized big foot statue! Get the extra-large drone!"

Seeing through the smog: Role of subsidies in pushing for 'clean' or 'dirty' energy economy: (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:30)
By Peter Wooders & Vibhuti Garg
With a rising population and fast-growing economy, energy demand in India is increasing rapidly. Is the country embarking upon a clean energy or a fossil fuel-dependent approach to meet this rising demand?

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