US Supreme Court overturns Roe versus Wade; states can ban abortion

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its majority conservative to overturn Roe versus Wade. Friday’s outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. The decision, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the … Read more

Muslim girls walk tight rope between education and religion as Mangalore University now cites high court order to ban hijab

Ashraf, a fruit seller in Uppinangady in the Mangaluru region of Karnataka, is a worried father. His daughter is currently pursuing a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in the Government First Grade College, Uppinangady and she is caught in the quagmire of the hijab controversy. Following a week of suspension, his daughter has now returned … Read more

Explained: Who is Viktor Orban, Hungary’s PM who made the EU bend on the Russian oil ban?

After weeks of negotiations, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban on May 30 was able to secure concessions from the European Union in its sanctions against Russian oil. Landlocked Hungary, along with Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will be temporarily exempt from the embargo and will be able to receive oil from Russia’s Druzhba pipeline. Hungary … Read more

Explained: Why textile and garment industries want ban on cotton exports

On Wednesday, May 18, Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal convened a meeting of cotton traders, millers and garment manufacturers. The topic: Spiraling prices of cotton, resulting in demands by the textile and garment industries to ban exports of the fiber. This comes days after the government on May 13 banned wheat shipments in response to … Read more

Wheat export ban: India’s extreme heat wave is having ripple effects on the world’s food supply

New Delhi: India’s heat wave is having ripple effects for the world’s food supply as the country over the weekend banned wheat exports just days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year. The scorching heat wave has curtailed output and domestic prices hit a record high. India will now approve exports to countries … Read more

Explained: Why US wants to ban menthol cigarettes, and what ‘racial justice’ has to do with it

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday (April 28) issued a proposal to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, a move aimed at not just curbing smoking in the American population, but also “reducing tobacco-related health disparities”. Menthol cigarettes see a disproportionately high usage in the African American community than by White Americans. The … Read more