Bitcoin: Tread with caution (Column: Curreny Corner) (14:20)
By Vatsal Srivastava
George Soros, the legendary hedge manager, once said that in the financial markets, it doesnt matter whether one is right or wrong: What matters is how much money one makes when right and how much one loses when wrong.

'Yeh mera deewanapan hai..': Dilip Kumar's incomparable acting, inspiring life (Dec 11 is Dilip Kumar's 95th birthday) (11:02)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Debuting on screen in British India, appearing in some of Indian cinema's greatest classics and still present -- over eight decades later -- in the hearts of a vast multitude of fans with whom he remains connected over social media, Dilip Kumar is not just Bollywood's oldest living star but also an Indian institution.

My Padmavati: Rajasthan's shame and a community's misplaced valour (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:34)
By Rashmi Saksena
My Padmavati is a four-year-old in rural India, possibly in the desert state of Rajasthan. She is lucky to be alive. She has escaped sex-selective abortion and female infanticide. But her fight has just begun. As she enters her teens she will face the outlawed menace of child marriage, dowry demands, domestic violence and honour killing (in case she dares to select her life partner). That is if she till then has managed to ward off malnutrition, rape on her daily trips to find a lonely spot for defecation, sexual harassment, child trafficking and even accusations of witchcraft.

Reading replays: How some books always remain on our mind (Column: Bookends) (11:20)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
There are many habits of fervently compulsive readers that can bemuse people around them, but among the most puzzling for their parents and friends would be to see them unwilling to let go of rising stacks of old favourites, in which they again get engrossed with the same level of enjoyment. Book readers, on the other hand, cannot understand why anyone should be perplexed.

Did Koyna quake set trend of opposing hydro projects? (December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna quake) (11:08)
By Arun Bapat
December 11 is the 50th anniversary of the Koyna earthquake. The tremor claimed 199 lives and caused minor damage to the Koyna dam in Maharashtra and some houses in its vicinity -- but it is an event that affected science, society and engineering. Till the Koyna earthquake, peninsular India was considered quake-free and most big civil engineering projects were constructed under this assumption.

Three mosques: Muslim generosity would electrify Hindu masses (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:56)
By Saeed NaqviIANS Photo Service
The 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition has rekindled debate: Why was it demolished, historical wrongs, Mandal Commission inviting a Mandir backlash, Hindu yearning for a Ram temple and so on. But the clinching evidence judges of the Supreme Court, steeped in the case, might find interesting is a video recording of celebrations at ground zero, the site of the demolition soon after the traumatic event.

Is the BJP nervous about Gujarat? (Column: Political Circus) (11:42)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
Normally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouldn't have any worries about the election results in Gujarat. It is Narendra Modi's home state and the party has been in power there for more than two decades.

Afforestation the key to clearing Delhi's smog (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:22)
By R. GopalaswamiIANS Photo Service
Deep forests surrounding the city complemented by emission control measures provide the complete answer to Delhi's air pollution.

Road laying to be fast-tracked: Gadkari (19:26)IANS Photo Service
Lucknow, Dec 8 (IANS) Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday made a strong pitch for fast-paced laying of roads, saying that if the six lakh villages in the country are linked with strong and robust roads, the GDP will grow by Rs 1.10 lakh crore.

Things you can do at home, such as nuclear fission (The Funny Side) (11:04)
By Nury Vittachi
Sometimes I order weird stuff from Amazon and tick "same-day delivery" just to make Jeff Bezos swear. "@#$%! Someone wants the life-sized big foot statue! Get the extra-large drone!"

India losing comparative advantage in leading export sectors (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:04)
By Amit Kapoor & Chirag YadavIANS Photo Service
In a massive relief to Indian exporters, the government announced liberal incentives of Rs 8,450 crore ($1.3 billion) in its mid-term review of the five-year foreign trade policy (FTP) that was rolled out in 2015 and aimed at increasing the export of goods and services to $900 billion by 2020. Exports, meanwhile, declined from $468 billion to $437 billion between 2014-15 and 2016-17.

Seeing through the smog: Role of subsidies in pushing for 'clean' or 'dirty' energy economy: (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:30)
By Peter Wooders & Vibhuti GargIANS Photo Service
With a rising population and fast-growing economy, energy demand in India is increasing rapidly. Is the country embarking upon a clean energy or a fossil fuel-dependent approach to meet this rising demand?

Bleak prospects for Indian economy for next few quarters (Column: Active Voice) (11:02)
By Amit KapoorIANS Photo Service
The much-awaited second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures were released last week. It must have come as a relief to the Modi government that economic growth is finally on the upswing. After five successive quarters of decline, growth inched up to 6.3 percent in the July-September quarter after hitting rock bottom at 5.7 percent in the previous quarter. There was a mild sentiment of euphoria over this turnaround, but it is instructive to point out that even the worst quarter after the 2008 recession took India to a low of 6.9 percent. Clearly, we've left the last decade far behind.

At 70, Indian Navy is self-reliant, shipshape (Comment: Special to IANS) (Dec 4 is Navy Day) (12:24)
By Commodore Srikant Kesnur
Navy Day this year is a good occasion to reflect on its journey and evaluate its progress over the last 70 years. The Indian Navy was an exceedingly small force at the dawn of independence and, while being a product of both its British inheritance and the maritime DNA of our forebears, is largely a post-independence construct.

Mirror or game? A philosopher's quest to gauge language's reality and limits (Column: Bookends) (11:04)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
One thing that exalts the human above all other sentient creatures is its capability for speech, facilitated by language that is a medium of communication, of expression, of representation and so on. However, how does language relate to reality, and does it have infinite capacity for its functions? This may seem obvious. But is it, and if not, can philosophy help? Hardly -- according to this influential but singular philosopher.

Raise a toast, Trump is all for this climate treaty (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:02)
By Rajendra ShendeIANS Photo Service
George Bernard Shaw once said that "England and America are two countries separated by the same language". When the UN conference on the Montreal Protocol on the substances that deplete the ozone layer ended in Montreal on November 24, albeit in the wee hours of November 25, I thought this could also be said for Paris and Montreal, not only because of the French language but also the agreements signed there on global action on the climate.

BJP needs to rein in the Hindutva hotheads (Column: Political Circus) (11:16)
By Amulya GanguliIANS Photo Service
The rise in the growth rate to the moderately satisfactory 6.3 per cent from the depressingly low 5.7 per cent is good news for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a time when the Prime Minister reminded the audience at a function organised by a media house about former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's observation about the negativism which generally marked newspapers and magazines.

If not now then when? Living the Great Indian Dream (First Person) (12:06)
By Saket Suman
There's talk that the country has lost track and is headed in a direction not envisaged by those who fought for our independence from colonial rule. Those growing up today are faced with the unnerving challenge to thrive against all future obstacles -- increasing population, decreasing jobs and unmatched inflation -- that, they are told, awaits them. Yet we are doing fine.

But it's my emotional support frozen turkey (The Funny Side) (11:24)
By Nury Vittachi
Mothers of nursing babies are banned from flying into Australia with breast milk, unless it is retained within the originating boob, a reader was told.

Air pollution: Reduced self-cleansing capacity of atmosphere (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:22)
By S.N. Tripathi
An apple a day keeps the doctor away is passe. Yet, it applies so well to the health of our environment, especially the atmosphere.

India moves to catalyse innovation through academia-industry partnership (Comment: Special to IANS) (11:24)
By Indu Kannan
Academia and industry are two important pillars of our economy. A robust collaboration between the two will augur well for our developing economy, enabling innovation, growth in the education system and producing an employment-ready workforce.

Cover designers: Unsung heroes of the publishing industry (Literary Musings) (Part 2 of 2) (11:56)
By Saket SumanIANS Photo Service
Of all the aspects that go into shaping the fate of any given book, its cover, apart from the merit of the title, is perhaps the most significant. In today's times, when the calibre of a novel is based on its Instagram likes and Facebook shares, "do not judge a book by its cover" is nearly lost in time. And yet, the faces behind these covers are the real unsung heroes of the publishing industry. How are the book covers created and who creates them?

Contested paths: Setting the course for newly-free India (Book Review) (11:06)
By Vikas DattaIANS Photo Service
Title: A Republic in the Making - India in the 1950s; Author: Gyanesh Kudaisya; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 250; Price: Rs 575

Bidis need to be targeted to reduce tobacco consumption (Column: Active Voice) (11:24)
By Amit Kapoor
Over the last weekend, tobacco advertisements were again seen across US media channels after decades of being banned. However, this time around, it was not by choice but by a court-imposed order to advertise the deadly effects of smoking.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit: Put Indian women entrepreneurs first (Comment: Special to IANS) (14:18)
By Frank F. Islam
On November 28-30 in Hyderabad, India and the US will jointly host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. This is the eighth annual summit which was the brainchild of former US President Barack Obama. It has been held in other locations such as Istanbul, Dubai and Silicon Valley. The theme for this year's Summit is "Women First, Prosperity for All".

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