Clampdown & unclear policy, crypto exchange founders leaving India

MULTIPLE INDIAN entrepreneurs and developers in the Web 3.0 space are moving out of the country in a bid to shift base to more crypto-friendly destinations. The co-founders of India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange WazirX, Nischal Shetty and Siddharth Menon, have moved to Dubai with their families. Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal is also among those who … Read more

Gujarat 2002 cases | Moving key riot trials out to indicting state: What Supreme Court once said and did

Dismissing the appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots, against the Special Investigation Team clean chit to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others over allegations of conspiracy in the riots, the Supreme Court, in its judgment three days ago, referred to proceedings … Read more

Coal dust and methane below, Russian bombs above

When Aleksander Maryinych enters a metal cage and descends into darkness with dozens of other miners for his six-hour shifts, the concussive thumps of an artillery war are replaced by the clatter of rail carts and the grind of machinery carving deep into the earth. Plumes of dust and smoke from Russian bombardment are exchanged … Read more

Why Amazon, Google, Starbucks workers in the US want unions

Apple Inc. workers in Maryland vote last week to form the first union of retail workers of the technology giant in the United States. US President Joe Biden said he was “proud” of the workers, and that “workers have a right to determine under what condition they are going to work or not work.” Employees … Read more

The dramatic history of resort politics in India

For the last four days, a hotel in Guwahati has been at the center of India’s biggest political story. It is where the majority of MLAs from Maharashtra–rebels against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray–have been sequestered against the turmoil in Mumbai. The leader of the revolt, Maharashtra Urban Development and PWD Minister Eknath Shinde, claimed on … Read more

Modi listening, Xi: Cold War mentality, bloc confrontation must be abandoned

WITH PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin listening, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday said the “must abandon Cold War mentality” and “confrontation block” — and “oppose unilateral sanctions and abuse of sanctions”. Xi’s references to the Cold War and blocs at the annual summit of the five-nation group appeared to target … Read more

In Arunachal district, women lead fight for drug-free community

THREE MONTHS back, Kimcham Taiju says, she made the “bravest decision” of her life: she signed up her husband for a drug de-addiction programme. For 25 long years, Taiju’s husband, like many in his village, was addicted to ‘kaani’ — as opium is colloquially referred to in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district. But one Sunday evening … Read more

To rev up EV push, battery solutions per Indian needs

Government think tank NITI Aayog and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) have kicked off deliberations with the industry and academia on developing an open source battery management system (BMS) for two- and three-wheeler EVs. While the idea to develop an open source BMS was first floated last year, it has caught renewed momentum … Read more

Agnipath scheme: Govt raises upper age to 23 for this year after protests

With key NDA ally JD(U) leading calls for an immediate violent review of Agnipath, the new short-term recruitment policy for the Armed Forces, after seeking a rollback erupted in several states on Thursday, the Center announced a two-year relaxation in the upper age limit for the scheme this year since there was no recruitment in … Read more

Explained: 2 years after Galwan clash, where India-China relations stand today

Two years after the Galwan clash in the Ladakh heights, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, and which plunged India-China relations to their lowest in decades, the two sides are normalizing relations in many respects, with the Indian side displaying a pragmatism far ahead of the “lal aankh” rhetoric. Relations now Even though New … Read more