Time to write an obituary for AAP?

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 07:39 am
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Posted by Himanshu Upadhyaya


In the aftermath of the recent developments within the Aam Aadmi Party, Himanshu Upadhyaya’s straight-from-the-heart essay describes the loss of hope and feeling of dejection among many idealists, who had fondly seeded and nurtured dreams of a politics of alternatives.

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Posted by Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar

Retired diplomat and well-known translator of ancient Sanskrit texts, Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar recently released the reprint of his 2003 translation of the Jatakamala, the stories from the Buddha's previous births. He speaks to Rajat Ghai about the importance of the environment in ancient Sanskrit literature. Edited excerpts

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Clutching at straws

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:21 am
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Posted by Rakesh Kalshian

Delhi High Court's warning over the city's worsening air shows the grim situation and lethargy of the authorities

Last year Delhi earned the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world. Its unsuspecting denizens, a WHO study revealed, were breathing air 15 times more toxic than is deemed safe by science. The arch-poison in this miasmic cocktail is fine particles, known as PM2.5. Measuring 2,500th of a millimetre or less in diameter, they can make deep inroads into the respiratory labyrinth, causing asthma, stroke, heart attack and eventually premature death. A 2013 study in nine European countries concluded there was no safe level for these deadly interlopers.

Sugar-stricken

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:20 am
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Reducing sugar intake as per WHO recommendation is a must to lower the risk of non-communicable diseases

The youth in urban India are vulnerable to junk food and consume high amount of sugar in the form of soft drinks and fast food

Leguminous affair

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 05:20 am
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Boiled, roasted or deep fried... explore the many culinary delights of fresh pigeon peas

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Toor lilva na ghugra is a favourite winter snack of Gujaratis

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The AIDS-like Disease Seldom Mentioned

Monday, 30 March 2015 08:29 pm
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

As worrisome as my health is to me, I am extremely troubled by the strong likelihood that more people are being infected every minute that Non-HIV AIDS cases (like mine) are allowed to go undetected – especially if it turns out that AIDS and CFIDS/ME are basically the same disorder.

Researchers assess Iceland’s DNA

Monday, 30 March 2015 06:00 pm
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The study would go a long way in finding women at risk of developing breast cancer, according to the team

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Iceland’s researchers have effectively deduced the nation’s genetic code which was done by combining the DNA data with family trees.

The study would go a long way in finding women at risk of developing breast cancer “at the touch of a button”, according to the team.

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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

When big agribusiness [Syngenta] teams up with international aid organizations [Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US Agency for International Development] to corner the market on seeds, everyone loses. To give it a more succinct description, this is a meeting where corporations will discuss how to increase their control of the global seed sector.

The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

Monday, 30 March 2015 11:00 am
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

What price would you pay not to kill another human being? At what point would you commit the offenses allegedly perpetrated by Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged Wednesday [25 Mar 2015] with desertion and “misbehavior before an enemy?”

Does Coffee Harm Your Gut?

Monday, 30 March 2015 11:00 am
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

We know that coffee is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, plant-compounds, fats, and carbs. In small amounts, coffee can actually be beneficial for most healthy individuals. The main downside to coffee is that it’s highly acidic, and this acidity can have possible repercussions on the gut.

Yemen Beware as It Threatens US-Backed Order

Monday, 30 March 2015 11:00 am
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

The old order has been backed by the United States and its allies among the Persian Gulf Arab dictatorships as a bulwark against a popular uprising that could lead to democratisation in the poorest Middle Eastern country. If such an outcome were to succeed, the repercussions for the autocratic Gulf monarchies would be deeply destabilising.
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

The issue I want to emphasize here is how extreme focus, eliminating both breadth and depth, historical context and psychological motivation, afflicts our general approach to the “War on Terror” and effectively rules out conflict resolution.

How Haiti Abolished Its Military

Monday, 30 March 2015 11:00 am
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

A soft spoken, retired Quaker couple from Troy, New York, took a crucial step that led to the complete abolition of Haiti's army, which in 1991 had violently overthrown the democratically elected government of President Aristide and arbitrarily arrested, tortured and murdered many Haitian citizens.

Financial Feudalism

Monday, 30 March 2015 11:00 am
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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa

We should expect the social hierarchy among the owners of capital to become unstable and capsize. A few among them have the talents to become warlords and fleece the rest out of existence. But in a situation where financial institutions have failed, factories are no longer functioning, and real estate holdings have been overrun by marauding mobs and/or invaded by squatters, one's net worth becomes rather difficult to compute.

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