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Enhancing employability for young Indians: Lessons for policymakers, academics (Comment) (12:04)
By Sanjiv Kataria
Like many proud Indians I get upset when faced with alarming reports that point to the poor employment rate of India's college and university graduates.

Under Harmanpreet Kaur's captaincy, team India have a superb opportunity (Comment) (11:34)
By Suprita DasIANS Photo Service
For a country thats as cricket-crazy as India is, its amazing (read "really really unfortunate"), that the womens game, up until very recently, has got such little attention.

Satellite-tagged Amur falcon killed in Manipur (Environmental Feature) (11:34)
By Sahana GhoshIANS Photo Service
Dimapur, Nov 16 (IANS/Mongabay) Days after it was satellite-tagged and released, an Amur falcon "Manipur", eponymously named after the northeast Indian state bordering Myanmar, was allegedly shot down by unknown miscreants at a roosting site during its migratory passage through the region.

Why are central bankers obsessed with inflation? (Comment) (12:48)
By Nikhil Arora
The battle between the Indian government and its central bank is neither new nor unique.

Investment policy: Looking at 2019 and beyond (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:26)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
Given the current economic scenario of India, it would be prudent to have our eyes on the pressing issues that need the attention of the government over the next six years. Policy changes, new policies and an environment that facilitates investment will be vital.

India's higher education system needs drastic changes to address tech-induced challenges (Column: Active Voice) (11:54)
By Amit Kapoor
As the world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, powered by a wide range of new technology breakthroughs such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), advanced robotics, Internet of Things IoT), Cloud computing and 3D printing, major changes are expected in the labour market globally.

Water access and sanitation shape birth outcomes and earning potential (12:02)
By Sahana Ghosh
Kolkata, Nov 12 (IANS/Mongbay) Spending more time per day fetching water increased Indian women's risk of delivering a low birth-weight baby, a study has said.

How a Muslim trust is redefining charity, making it meaningful (IANS Special Series) (11:46)
By Mohammed ShafeeqIANS Photo Service
Hyderabad, Nov 11 (IANS) There is no dearth of generous people in society who want to do something for the less fortunate, but their help often doesn't reach the needy or gets misappropriated. To make charity a satisfying experience that brings the intended results to both benefactor and beneficiary, a Hyderabad-based group, Safa Baitul Maal, is showing the way by creating and using data to link the rich with the poor and needy.

The lesser known Maulana who sought 'United India' to the bitter end (Comment) (12:44)
By Saeed Naqvi
Sunday, November 11, happens to be Maulana Abul Kalam Azad's birth anniversary, forgotten this year as it has been in the past. The Maulana is an inconvenient name to remember at a time when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel towers above every national leader.

Sydney: A vibrant city at ease with multiculturalism (Travelogue) (13:50)
By Prashant Sood
New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) One of the abiding pleasures of travel is that it never ceases to surprise. And so it was in Sydney when on my way to catch a bus I heard a name that rung a bell -- Dave Sharma. It turned out to be a fascinating story of a recent trip that gave a glimpse into Australia's vaunted multiculturalism.

Ray of hope as ozone layer recovery on track, world safer than in 1980s (Comment) (15:56)
By Rajendra Shende
Read this: "The world is falling apart. The future of humanity is hanging on a cliff, on the edge of catastrophe. But there still is hope and a window of opportunity to take action." That sounds like a stereotypical UN moralising rhetoric on climate change or loss of biodiversity.

Retail markets in India: Opportunities in a dynamic world (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (13:00)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
As the retail industry story unfolds in India, new strategies come to the fore. Recent news of Amazon acquiring a stake in Future Retail is an indication that the strategy will be differentiated given the nature of the market and consumption trends.

Time now to breathe life into the country's languishing business environment (Column: Active Voice) (12:10)
By Amit Kapoor
In a refreshing change of pace for the government, which has been reeling under challenging economic circumstances of late, the release of the World Banks Doing Business report last week provided some respite.

Why Tim Cook is bullish on the Indian middle class (Tech Trend) (11:34)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Nov 6 (IANS) Breaking his silence on Apple's India presence, CEO Tim Cook admitted last week that his business was flat in the country in the fourth quarter amid weak currency trends. Cook, however, stressed he is still a big believer in the Indian middle class.

Don't frame government-RBI debate in terms of adversarial engagement (Comment) (11:10)
By G. GurucharanIANS Photo Service
Media reports have portrayed the differences between the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) as a face-off, or worse still, as attempts by the government to undermine the independence of the central bank.

Empowering children to be future civic leaders (IANS Special Series) (12:06)
By Nivedita Singh
New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) While kids of their age were busy playing, 12-year-olds Jatin, Vikas and Ritesh joined hands to resolve the problem of garbage disposal and the unhealthy living conditions in their working-class neighbourhood in Shiv Vihar in north Delhi. At the same time, Aatrey, another pre-teen from Nilothi Nangloi, took the initiative to solve the problem of an unsafe road after his aunt met with an accident.

Four years of Khattar government: Reforms boost affordable housing, infra poses challenge (Comment) (11:30)
By Vinod BehlIANS Photo Service
The four-year report card of Haryana's Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is marked by significant developments in housing, particularly affordable housing. But the pace of infrastructure development leaves much to be desired.

A new chapter in the saga of the Ram temple (Column: Political Circus) (15:24)
By Amulya Ganguli
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), the two "non-electables", to use Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's term, are among the Hindutva groups which are pushing for immediately starting the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Sabarimala: BJP stirs religious cauldron while Congress stokes the fire (Comment) (13:26)
By Saeed NaqviIANS Photo Service
My own experience of Sabarimala causes me to rub my eyes with disbelief at the spectacle of what poet Niaz Haider called "badsoorat siyasat", not quite the same as ugly politics. I owe my visit to Sabarimala in 1982 entirely to Bob Murari, the distinguished IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre who, along with his brothers, undertook the pilgrimage annually to wash off his sins.

The mountain that artists seek to climb -- and how to reach the summit (Book Review) (11:10)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Book: Art matters; Author: Neil Gaiman; Illustrator: Chris Riddell; Publisher: Headline/Hachette India; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 112

Five tips to decision-making if you want to study abroad (Education Tips) (11:12)
By Amit Dasgupta
Among the more important things we do in life is to take decisions. At a time of information overload, this can be particularly challenging. And yet, this is the time of year when students have to make up their minds on their future course of study. It is one of the most difficult and important decisions they would need to take and would, most certainly, impact them for the rest of their lives.

Industry choice vital to benefit from India growth story (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:14)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
The adage that "investing in the right industry is at least as important, if not more, than choosing the right investments" holds true in India as much as it does in any other country.

India can save more than 50 per cent electricity usage through LEDs (Comment) (11:14)
By Vishu Mishra
As per the United States Department of Energy (US-DOE), lighting causes 5-6 per cent of the overall Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions globally. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) can greatly help in mitigating the adverse effects of GHG emissions. They consume 80-85 per cent less electricity than conventional lighting sources and have much higher operating lifetimes (more than 50,000 hours). Unlike the preceding generation of lights, such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), LEDs release zero mercury toxicity into the environment.

India in dire need of long-term growth strategy (Column: Active Voice) (12:10)
By Amit Kapoor
The 2019 general election is now just months away. This means that the time for any significant change on the ground has passed as the government will soon get into campaign mode.

For Microsoft, AI is all about empowering 1 bn people with disabilities (11:54)
By Nishant AroraIANS Photo Service
Redmond (Washington State), Oct 29 (IANS) Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the big buzzword in the world of technology as it promises to change the way we live and interact with devices.

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