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RTI Amendment: Threat to autonomy? Analyses & Assessments

RTI Amendment: Threat to autonomy?

The Lok Sabha has passed the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which seeks to make changes to the statutorily fixed tenure and service...

Chinese cameras ban at U.S. facilities Analyses & Assessments

Chinese cameras ban at U.S. facilities

U.S. federal agencies are yet to comply with a mandate on Chinese made surveillance cameras which was imposed by the Congress in 2018. The agencies...

Tolerating intolerance in the US Analyses & Assessments

Tolerating intolerance in the US

A Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution to condemn President Donald Trump’s "racist comments" towards four Democratic...

Taliban negotiates with Afghanistan Analyses & Assessments

Taliban negotiates with Afghanistan

An Afghan delegation (not representing President Ashraf Ghani) met Taliban officials in Qatar to seek a political solution to end the 18 year long...

Universities under scrutiny for foreign funding Analyses & Assessments

Universities under scrutiny for foreign funding

The U.S. Education Department has opened an investigation into Georgetown, Texas A&M University over foreign funding from Qatar Foundation and...

World to edge closer to 10B by 2050 Analyses & Assessments

World to edge closer to 10B by 2050

The world population is expected to increase from 7.7 billion to 9.7 billion in 2050. But the population growth rate is tempering down as the...

Peace to Prosperity Summit in Bahrain Analyses & Assessments

Peace to Prosperity Summit in Bahrain

The US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner launched a long-awaited Middle East initiative with a two-day conference in Bahrain amidst...

AI for Agriculture in India Analyses & Assessments

AI for Agriculture in India

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with IBM for a pilot study on using Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

Kashmir: A new haven for Narcotics and Arms Analyses & Assessments

Kashmir: A new haven for Narcotics and Arms

Beneath the political turmoil in Kashmir, the narco smuggling networks is fast growing. How are these drugs supply chains kept alive in Kashmir?

Trump's U - turn at the G20 summit Analyses & Assessments

Trump's U - turn at the G20 summit

US President Donald Trump announced that US technology companies could resume selling to China's Huawei Technologies, effectively reversing a ban...

“Vaccine” against fake news Analyses & Assessments

“Vaccine” against fake news

Researchers from the University of Cambridge launched an online game to inoculate people against fake news. Can we adopt the lessons from this...

Space Race 2.0 Analyses & Assessments

Space Race 2.0

NATO has recently proposed space as an extended domain of warfare in addition to those of land, air, sea, and cyberspace. China also seems to be...

Huawei proposes ‘No Back Door’ to Government of India Analyses & Assessments

Huawei proposes ‘No Back Door’ to Government of India

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd has appealed to India to make an ‘informed and independent decision’ on permitting its 5G trails that are scheduled to...

Dharavi: Mumbai’s Cash Cow Analyses & Assessments

Dharavi: Mumbai’s Cash Cow

Dubai-based company Seclink Technologies Corporation (STC) has emerged as the highest bidder for the project to give Mumbai’s infamous Dharavi slum a...

Demand for Productivity vs Violation of Human Rights Analyses & Assessments

Demand for Productivity vs Violation of Human Rights

According to Thomson Reuters Foundation, Indian garment factories are offering unlabelled drugs to female workers to ease their pain periods,...

Singapore: Food Security vs Land Scarcity Analyses & Assessments

Singapore: Food Security vs Land Scarcity

With an increasing demand for land and sea resources juxtaposed with climate change, rising sea levels, pollution and invasive species, Singapore is...

UPI decline in May 2019 Analyses & Assessments

UPI decline in May 2019

After hitting a record high in March, payment transactions via Unified Payments Interface (UPI) declined second time in a row in May 2019. Can the...

Julian Assange: A Case of Journalism, Hacking and Espionage Analyses & Assessments

Julian Assange: A Case of Journalism, Hacking and Espionage

Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks has been charged with 17 counts under the Espionage Act for receiving and publishing information from Army...

ExxonMobil and climate change Analyses & Assessments

ExxonMobil and climate change

ExxonMobil's shareholders have rejected several proposals that would require greater oversight over the company's environmental policy. Activist...

Trump undermines the science behind climate change Analyses & Assessments

Trump undermines the science behind climate change

Climate change poses a severe threat to planet Earth. Interest groups in the US are in constant denial that humans are primarily responsible for...