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If IITs had more Dalit professors, would Aniket Ambhore be alive?

Charu Bahri/IndiaSpend/IANS

In March 2012, Sanjay and Sunita Ambhore, parents of Aniket Ambhore, 19, a first-year electrical engineering student at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), received a letter informing them that their son -- admitted in the Scheduled Caste (SC) quota -- had failed two courses.

Trump shadow on India-US-Australia trilateral relations?

Rekha Bhattacharjee/IANS

With Donald Trump set to be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, will his presidency alter India-US-Australia trilateral relations?

Punjab polls: Will ''Rahu kaal'' end for Congress?

There is little doubt, however, that out of the elections in five states in February and March, the best chance for the Congress is in Punjab.

Only 1 in 100 sexual assaults in Karnataka ends in conviction

Nationwide, one in 10 such cases ended in conviction, 10 times better than Karnataka`s record.

India needs to guard against technological disruption in manufacturing

Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma/IANS

The most recent Purchasing Manager`s Index (PMI) reflects a contraction in the manufacturing activity in India in December.

3 die every 10 minutes in road accidents; up 9% in 4 years

State highways, three per cent of India`s road length, contributed to 25 per cent of road accidents and 28 per cent of deaths due to road mishaps.

India reduces baby deaths but still hasn't met 2012 targets

There were wide variations in infant mortality rate -- a bellwether of national health -- across India.

Dhoni made players feel they can be world-beaters

It was India coach Greg Chappell who noticed a great talent in Mahendra Singh​ Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman but also the potential to be a captain.

State elections: Modi may prove to be lucky

Amulya Ganguli/IANS

It is obvious that the ensuing elections in five states will be an excellent mid-term appraisal of Narendra Modi`s tenure.

The interest in their outcome will be all the greater because the Prime Minister hasn`t had it all in his own way as may have been expected after his resounding victory in 2014.

India's great school education challenge: Crisis in BIMARU states

India`s literacy rate has increased 8.66 percentage points to 74.04 per cent between 2001 and 2011, according to Census data, but wide variations exists across states.

Trump's threat and the challenge before new UN chief

Critics are asking one question: Is the UN behaving more as a NGO today than as a global peace broker?

Mega trends and events to look out for in 2017

In the international sphere, four notable trends and events will have a strong bearing on how things evolve.  

The year gone by and what the future holds

Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma/IANS

CPEC: Pakistan's newest holy cow could also become its millstone

Shabir Choudhry/South Asia Monitor/IANS

The challenge before Sasikala in post-Jaya Tamil Nadu

Amulya Ganguli/IANS

Dynastic succession is not the only means of attaining power in India. As the rise of Sasikala Natarajan in the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu shows, being the companion of a leader revered by the party is another route.

Italian referendum: Sounding the death knell of European integration?

Bhaswati Mukherjee/South Asia Monitor/IANS

The decisive rejection last week in the referendum for reform by 41-year-old Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has once again plunged Italy and the European Union into a crisis.

97% of Indians migrating for marriage are female

Devanik Saha/IndiaSpend/IANS

"It is not a common practice or desirable culture for a Hindu son in India to get separated from his parents on getting married at the instance of the wife, especially when the son is the only earning member in the family," the Supreme Court (SC) noted in a October 2016 judgement, while granting a divorce to a couple from Karnataka.

Jayalalithaa presented India alternative model of development

Amit Kapoor and Chirag Yadav/IANS

Jayalalithaa was to Tamil Nadu what Narendra Modi was to Gujarat. Their respective states symbolise their legacy and present unique models of development that have fuelled the long-standing debate on economic growth and social progress.

Varanasi has India's most toxic air, as North Indian cities outpace Delhi


The holy city of Varanasi has Indias most toxic air, and many north Indian cities are recording worse air-quality than Delhi, according to a new report in which IndiaSpend is a collaborator.

Six places in Mumbai where you can catch a glimpse of your favourite Bollywood star

Being an Indian, you are bound to visit Mumbai at least once in your lifetime. And when you do, you don’t want to miss out on the chance of seeing your hero or your dream girl.

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Life lessons: 7 reasons why you should never give up!

Remove the words Give Up from your dictionary...