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Salvaging trust after Urjit Patel's exit (Comment) (13:44)
By Amit Kapoor & Chirag Yadav
Disagreements between the government and the central bank are a common occurrence in any economy. It is an expected outcome, given their contrasting roles where one has to maintain the growth of the economy at a healthy pace while the other has to ensure price stability, which sometimes dampens growth prospects. However, this time it was different as weeks of animosity between North Block and Mint Street has culminated in the resignation of the RBI Governor, Urjit Patel.

"Sadak, bijli, paani": Basic, yet game-changing (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:32)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Given the varied use of government spending, the question remains on how important it is to focus on the "basic" infrastructure services such as roads, electricity and water -- the classic troika of "sadak-bijli-paani".

Universities should consult industry on designing courses to make students employable (Column: Active Voice) (12:00)
By Amit Kapoor
Even though the idea of globalisation has come under fire in the last few years, with increasing levels of discontentment over inequity in the distribution of gains, the benefits that the world economies have derived from it are often overlooked.

Into the heart of the art of a book cover (14:16)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) A gathering of book lovers here celebrated the art of book cover designing and recognised the foremost practitioners of the craft. Cutting across genres and languages, the longlist of Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize was unveiled over the weekend and also saw experts throw light on the subject -- with some fine wine and country music to keep one company.

Cervical Cancer in India: A preventable tragedy that requires urgent attention (Comment) (12:34)
By Prof Vivekanand Jha
Premature death and disability from cancer is a great tragedy that hundreds of thousands of women and their families in India and other developing countries face every year. Of the various cancers that afflict women, that of the cervix, a part of the reproductive system, is one of the most common causes of death in a low socio-demographic index (SDI) country like ours.

Returning the favour: A unique educational experiment in Madhya Pradesh's tiger country (IANS Special Series) (12:00)
By Kushagra DixitIANS Photo Service
Mukki (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 9 (IANS) Six-year-old Vinannya Uikey wakes up excited every morning to go to school where she can not only learn new things about the world but also play with fascinating toys. What's different about Vinannya compared to the millions of other school children in India is that she belongs to the adivasi (aboriginal) Baiga tribe for whom playschools are an unknown concept. And what's different about the school is that it is situated bang in the middle of a famous tiger reserve in central India and its students comprise children of both indigenous tribes and forest officers.

Dharam's unfulfilled dream - of sharing screen space with Dilip Kumar (Lead, correcting intro) (Dec 8 is Dharmendra's 83rd birthday) (15:58)
By Ali Peter JohnIANS Photo Service
Two days ago, Dharmendra was in his bungalow in Juhu (these days he spends most of his time on his farm in Lonavala, where he is busy writing poetry in Urdu) and knowing that it was his 83rd birthday on December 8 I asked him if he had any one dream unfullfilled.

Dharam's unfulfilled dream - of sharing screen space with Dilip Kumar (Dec 8 is Dharmendra's 82nd birthday) (15:32)
By Ali Peter JohnIANS Photo Service
Two days ago, Dharmendra was in his bungalow in Juhu (these days he spends most of his time on his farm in Lonavala, where he is busy writing poetry in Urdu) and knowing that it was his 82nd birthday on December 8 I asked him if he had any one dream unfullfilled.

Brexit turmoil: Britain gears up for make or break week (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:40)
By Azeez Anasudhin
London, Dec 8 (IANS) Weekends are usually peaceful days at Westminster. But the ongoing Brexit debate has changed Britains ground zero of power.

Congress needs to position itself differently from BJP (Column: Political Circus) (12:08)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
The Congress deserves two cheers for recovering from being down in the dumps in 2014 to a position where it is believed to be posing a credible challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Sundarbans women lead the way in making dairy farms organic (Environmental Feature) (12:08)
By Sahana Ghosh
Chowrangi (West Bengal), Dec 7 (IANS/Mongabay) Over 30 women have gathered to deliver milk at a one-room milk collection centre here. It's a daily rendezvous for this clique belonging to a women-run dairy cooperative in the Sundarbans delta in south Asia that is inching its way to becoming 100 percent organic.

Kunming: The city of eternal spring (Travelogue) (12:06)
By Aroonim BhuyanIANS Photo Service
Kunming (China), Dec 7 (IANS) Covered with blossoming flowers and lush vegetation and blessed with a salubrious climate throughout the year, the city of Kunming, the capital of the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan, is a tourist's delight.

Poland seeks to send a climate-change message to the world (Comment) (11:32)
By Rajendra ShendeIANS Photo Service
Is humanity in peril due to climate change? The much-publicised underwater meeting of the Maldavian cabinet 2009, just about two months before the 15th UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 15), was deemed to have already responded to that question, albeit symbolically.

Of a kingmaker, farmland fiction and start-ups (IANS Books This Weekend) (11:26)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Read a biography charting Mamata Banerjee's rise from a student leader to the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal and how she could be a possible "kingmaker" after the 2019 general elections; take in a novel set against the backdrop of old Punjab, early California and revolution-torn Mexico; read a fictional tale that pits debt-laden farmers against the political forces at work; and finally, get a peek into the world of start-ups in India.

As solar industry booms, time to start thinking about recycling (Comment) (11:52)
By Vishu Mishra & Dr Abhijit BanerjeeIANS Photo Service
One of the few encouraging trends in the global efforts on mitigating climate change is the rapid adoption of solar energy across the world. This change is driven by a combination of government policies and declining costs.

Content-starved digital platforms help revive interest in Braj sangeet (Feature) (13:06)
By Brij Khandelwal
Mathura/Vrindavan, Dec 5 (IANS) Thanks to new digital platforms and the rising popularity of YouTube channels, Braj folk songs and classical singing traditions, which were threatened by loss of patronage, are back in demand and are witnessing a happy revival.

Real estate innovation: The next phase of growth (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:04)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As the Indian economy evolves, value-creation opportunities in real estate will exist as much in capturing the consumption-growth upside as in pursuing strategies of specialisation. The last decade has seen significant investments in real estate and real estate-related infrastructure, as investors braced for growth and development. The next phase of growth will be driven as much by value-added real estate strategies as by capital market innovation in real estate financing.

India's education crisis: Time for India, Australia to forge knowledge partnership (Comment) (11:14)
By Amit Dasgupta
India faces a critical challenge in the education sector that has, tragically, been of its own making. In each area, whether primary, secondary or tertiary, supply and resource constraints, infrastructural inadequacies, lack of qualified personnel, including faculty, are a common complaint. This is a result of seven decades of neglect and a lack of forward-planning.

Focused higher education can help India capitalise on its demographic dividend (Column: Active Voice) (18:16)
By Amit Kapoor
While investment in critical social infrastructure like education is a pre-requisite for a country's sustainable development, government expenditure on education in India, as a percentage of GDP, has declined from 3.1 per cent in 2012-13 to 2.4 per cent in 2015-16, with a marginal increase to 2.7 percent in the budget estimates for 2017-18 (Economic Survey, 2017-18).

Don't design to accommodate only disability, design to accommodate all (Comment) (11:28)
By Arman Ali
They say Newton adored his cat and her kitten. To make it easy for them to enter his house, he made two holes -- a small one for the kitten, and a bigger one for the cat. Just perfect, he thought, till he saw the cat entered through the larger hole, and the little one used the same. That's when it hit him -- like an apple had fallen on his head -- that he needn't have made the smaller hole after all. One entrance suitable for his cats of whatever sizes - now, that would have been perfect.

How their jewellery-making skill is empowering women of the forest (IANS Special Series) (12:10)
By Kushagra DixitIANS Photo Service
Bandha Tola (Kanha Tiger Reserve), Dec 2 (IANS) Dependent on the forest for their day-to-day needs, women of Bandha Tola faced an uncertain future when their whole village, along with hundreds of other such Baiga tribal villages, was moved out of their traditional habitat in the jungles of this famous tiger reserve in central India's Madhya Pradesh state. But today they feel empowered and foresee a bright future for their forest-dependent tribe and cherish the fact that, despite being relocated, their culture and traditions are alive and flourishing.

Pregnancy is safe for breast cancer survivors: Experts (11:00)
By Rachel V. Thomas
New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) Breast cancer, the most prevalent cancer among Indian women, cannot deter motherhood, if intervention takes place at the right moment, say health experts. According to them, pregnancy is possible for women survivors of breast cancer -- it does not increase risk of recurrence and neither does it cause any harm to the baby.

Korean coach Kim Sang-ryul out to make China a hockey power (Column: Just Sport) (20:32)
By Veturi Srivatsa
Exciting things are happening in the world of hockey for the Indians to sit up and take note, rather than be preoccupied by the murky goings-on in Indian cricket.

Sentinelese in shadows: A lesson in letting live (12:36)
By Sahana Ghosh and Mayank AggarwalIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS/Mongabay) John Allen Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary who "illegally" paddled his way to the remote shores of North Sentinel Island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, was recently killed by the protected Sentinelese tribe. Experts apprehend that his "trespassing" to contact the North Sentinel islanders, the "uncontacted" and "isolated" inhabitants, may have further endangered the existence of the bow-wielding natives.

Tweaking data as in an Orwellian world (Column: Political Circus) (12:28)
By Amulya Ganguli
The British magazine, The Economist, once wrote about the Chinese growth figures being stir-fried. Is India emulating China in keeping with the "Wuhan spirit"?

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