Here's why the 90-day 'golden period' in post-stroke rehabilitation is vital (Comment) (11:46)
By Dr Vijay Janagama
A stroke can hit anyone at any age. India reports more than 1.8 million cases every year, of which almost 15 per cent affect people in their 30s and 40s.

In an era of productivity slowdown, India has entered AI arena at perfect time (Column: Active Voice) (11:10)
By Amit Kapoor
The current global economy is caught in a major paradox. We live in a world where systems using artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation are matching or exceeding human performance in more and more domains. Yet, global productivity levels have been stagnant since the economic crisis of 2008.

Renewable energy-based desalination could resolve India's perennial water woes (Comment) (11:04)
By Suhas Bannur
The ever-increasing demand for potable water is exerting tremendous stress on our existing consumable water resources. Water covers a little over 70 per cent of the earths surface, and by this we erroneously presume that there is adequate potable water. Realistically, only 3 per cent of this water is potable.

Two Muslims near the very top in British politics' (Comment: Special to IANS) (12:18)
By Saeed Naqvi
The three column, six inch-deep headline on page 1 of the Daily Telegraph caught my eye: "Doors open to thousands more skilled migrants."

Modi's strategic vision: Gap between aspiration and reality (11:40)
By C. Uday Bhaskar IANS Photo Service
Global disorder appears to be the leitmotif of mid-2018, with the US and China embarking upon a trade-tariff war and the US-led Western alliance in considerable turmoil over the unseemly outcome of the just-concluded G-7 summit in Canada. The "historic" meeting in Singapore (June 12) between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has the potential to lead to a completely unexpected rearrangement of the strategic framework in East Asia. Disruption is the flavor of the times.

Laughter: A diagnosis, and some personal prescriptions (Column: Bookends) (11:06)
By Vikas Datta
Laughter is our audible reaction, usually involuntary, to something that amuses us -- yet, it is a complex emotional expression that can also serve as a gesture of bravado, contempt or even desperation or a sign of mental imbalance. Consequently, it has been viewed variously down the ages and, likewise, so used in literature.

Mid-term poll will call Kejriwal's bluff (Column: Political Circus) (12:08)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
The biggest argument against granting full statehood to Delhi is Arvind Kejriwal himself. If an election leads to the elevation of what a former Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, called a "yeda" Chief Minister -- yeda is a Marathi word for unhinged -- when referring to Kejriwal, then the risk of elevating the status of the national capital cannot be taken.

Back in Goa, Parrikar will have to prove himself again, win back confidence (Comment) (17:16)
By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar IANS Photo Service
Panaji, June 15 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is back at the helm in the state after a four month hospital stay but now faces a litany of chaos.

You could have lived to keep that promise, Shujaat (Tribute) (Reissuing with corrections) (11:10)
By Sarwar Kashani IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, June 15 (IANS "We shall meet when you come here," Shujaat Bukhari told me over phone some months ago. We could not. I only encountered his bullet-perforated body as I returned home for Eid.

Amazing-but-true reports from North Korea (The Funny Side) (11:06)
By Nury Vittachi
Pity us poor reporters. This columnist covered a North Korean election in the 1990s. There was only one candidate! So for the first and only time in my life, I wrote a firm, confident prediction about who would win an election.

You could have lived to keep that promise, Shujaat (Tribute) (10:44)
By Sarwar Kashani IANS Photo Service
Srinagar, June 15 (IANS " "We shall meet when you come her"," Shujaat Bukhari told me over phone some months ago. We could not. I only encountered his bullet-perforated body as I returned home for Eid.

Global policy trends that should interest Indian infrastructure sector (Column: Behind Infra Lines) (12:04)
By Taponeel Mukherjee
In a world where trade wars dominate news headlines, trade in goods is interesting, but trade in capital is no less exciting. The Indian infrastructure ecosystem should take note of some policy and regulatory changes globally over the last few months. These can potentially aid the country to significantly bridge the infrastructure financing gap.

Saudi Arabia and India: Global partners against terrorism (Comment) (11:34)
By Ayalur K. Balakrishnan
Saudi Arabia has faced more than 60 attacks by terror groups Al-Qaeda and Daesh, about half of them in the last two years alone. Daesh, also known in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), called for the extermination of the Saudi royal family in three formal pronouncements issued between 2014 and 2016. India is the third-biggest target of terror attacks after Iraq and Afghanistan. Of the 11,072 terror attacks worldwide in 2016, as many as 927 took place in India.

Pranab's Mission Nagpur: Striking a blow for democracy (Comment) (12:08)
By Tarun Basu IANS Photo Service
The images from Nagpur were, in the words of a Congressman, hard to digest. Here was Pranab Mukherjee, a dyed-in-the-wool secularist, who had spent a lifetime in the Congress party, then became the President of India with the responsibility of upholding its Constitution, sharing the platform with, and enjoying the hospitality of, a person -- and the organisation he heads, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) -- espousing values and ideals that are the very antithesis of all he stood and strove for his entire life.

Quebec, Qingdao and the new age of multilateralism (Column: Active Voice) (11:02)
By Amit Kapoor IANS Photo Service
The contrasting events that transpired in the cities of Quebec and Qingdao over the weekend signalled the immediacy of the changing world order. At the meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) advanced nations in Quebec, Trump went beyond expectations in ensuring that multilateralism sees its early demise while some 10,000 kilometres away in the coastal city of Qingdao, new beginnings were made at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as if to negate all that was undone across the Pacific.

Users are no guinea pigs, Mr Facebook (Tech Analysis) (11:04)
By Nishant Arora IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) A couple of months back, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked if users data on his platform was at risk, he unambiguously said ‘No, adding that there was no way the data of his users could be breached or "improperly shared" on a massive scale.

When an ignorant wild herd killed my friend (Opinion) (15:32)
By Karishma Saurabh Kalita
I still can't believe that one of my friends has been beaten to death on suspicion that he was a child abductor. The reality is Nilotpal Das wouldn't even hurt a fly.

India's education system needs urgent rewiring: Are we running out of time? (Comment) (11:56)
By Amit Dasgupta
The CBSE results are out and students would be enrolling in droves for university education. While children find it exciting to embark on the next chapter of their life-journey, it is also a worrying and stressful exercise because of the significant demand-supply mismatch and, further, that none of India's higher educational institutions feature in the top 100 QS rankings. For students with exceptional aptitude, this can be a major disappointment. For a country of India's size and aspiration, this is a major failure.

The unglamorous model of a spy and his achievements (Column: Bookends) (11:54)
By Vikas Datta IANS Photo Service
The rather immense human propensity for self-delusion, or even what psychologists would term "wish-fulfilment", can also influence fiction, even its variant seeking to appear realistic. Heroes (and heroines) are expected to be attractive, brave and so on, mental attributes dispensed with or delegated (to supporting characters), and good and evil delineated. The espionage genre offers a good example.

Pranab's message to RSS: Will the hotheads listen? (Column: Political Circus) (12:18)
By Amulya Ganguli IANS Photo Service
It was an evening of pious homilies at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur where former President and now citizen Pranab Mukherjee was the guest of honour at a valedictory function.

Kasam se, regional na kaho (Column: Bollywood Spotlight) (12:18)
By Subhash K. Jha
The one major lesson that has emerged from the diversity of films this week is the line dividing Bollywood and non-Bollywood films in Indian cinema has almost vanished. Sorry, but you can't call "Abhimanyudu" a regional film although its spoken language is Telugu. Its projection of cyber theft and digital intrusion is slicker, sassier and cooler than anything I have seen in a recent Hindi film.

Corporate wellness goals will spell good health for healthcare industry (Comment) (12:52)
By Varun Gera
With a surge in unhealthy lifestyles, increased cases of mental illness and NCDs in India the concept of workplace wellness has become pertinent. The market for corporate wellness, valued at $3.4 billion in 2015, is expected to reach $7.4 billion by 2024 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of nine per cent in the Asia-Pacific during this period.

Secrets to success for India's budding entrepreneurs and start-ups (Comment) (12:06)
By Frank Islam
India is blessed to be the third-largest start-up economy in the world. Unfortunately, there is a curse that comes with that blessing. That is, as indicated in a 2016 report issued by the IBM Institute for Business Value and Oxford Economics, 90 per cent of Indian start-ups fail within five years.

'Why can't action against CFCs be replicated against plastics?' (Comment) (15:18)
By Rajendra Shende
It may be true that the world is drowning in plastics. However, in the last few weeks, we are submerged more in statistics than in plastics.

Planning a student loan? 5 essentials to keep in mind (Comment) (12:24)
New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) For long, parents have been saving for the primary and secondary education of their children, as well as any higher studies. The past 10-15 years have seen a change with more students willing to take on the responsibility to fund their education, and this is where student loans play an important role.

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