Human skull about 8,000 years old is found in Minnesota river

Two kayakers were enjoying the last glimmers of summer on the Minnesota River last September when they spotted an odd brown chunk along the bank. They padded toward it and looked closer. It appeared to be a bone, so they called the Renville County Sheriff’s Office. When Sheriff Scott Hable was told of the kayakers’ … Read more

Praful Patel: The artful dribbler shown the red card

For someone not interested in football administration, Praful Patel has done well for himself. The career politician has been at the helm of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for more than a decade, was named the Vice-President of the Asian Football Council in 2015 and, four years later, got promoted to the all-powerful FIFA … Read more

In Perarivalan’s case, the constitutional battle between governor and government

The Supreme Court’s action in exercising its inherent power under Article 142 of the Constitution and ordering the release of AG Perarivalana convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has resulted in mixed reactions. A Congress spokesperson in Tamil Nadu called the verdict a victory for terrorism and money power. His reaction was strengthened by … Read more

Why some young Swedes remain uneasy about joining NATO

“The best thing for the security of Sweden and the people is to join NATO,” said Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, as she formally confirmed Stockholm’s intention to join the world’s largest military alliance earlier this week. Her announcement heralds the end of Sweden’s 200 years of military neutrality — a security policy the Nordic … Read more

‘The [bike] swayed, danced and fell more than once. I loved it’

Ambika Sharma says that as a kid, she was a “wild child”. At 12 years of age, she learned to ride her father’s bike. His reaction? “[He was] delighted I suppose, he taught me to ride… I know that he worried I would sneak the motorcycle out at times, even if we lived where there … Read more

A firebrand, Bandi Sanjay Kumar hopes to walk BJP to power in Telangana

Before his surprising victory from Karimnagar in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Bandi Sanjay Kumar was not a familiar name outside the district. The BJP leader was a municipal corporator in the city and had been trying to take his political career forward. He contested the 2014 and 2018 Telangana Assembly election results but lost … Read more

‘They are unexplained, but they are real’: US officials say Pentagon committed to understanding UFO origins

Two senior US defense intelligence officials said on Tuesday the Pentagon is committed to determining the origins of what it calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” — commonly termed UFOs — but acknowledged many remain beyond the government’s ability to explain. The two officials, Ronald Moultrie and Scott Bray, appeared before a House of Representatives intelligence subcommittee … Read more

On sedition, the Supreme Court has aligned itself with the collective conscience of India

The Supreme Court’s seminal intervention in a batch of challenging applications the constitutional rights of section 124A of the Indian Penal Code is a watershed moment in the progressive expansion of human rights jurisprudence. Rampant abuse of the archaic colonial law in recent times has infracted the citizens’ right to liberty and legal due process, … Read more

Sanjiv Bajaj: ‘Like GST Council, need a platform to sort Center-state issues on land, energy, labor’

Newly-elected CII President Sanjiv Bajaj says that as a country, India is primed for growth and investment, and signs of renewed activity are visible across multiple sectors, such as commodities, construction, transportation, real estate. In an interaction with Pranav Mukul and Anil Sasi, Bajaj — the Chairman and Managing Director of Bajaj Finserv Ltd, the … Read more

US sanctions on Russian diamond producers make ‘life miserable’ for Surat polishers

The US sanctions imposed on the Russian diamond producer Alrosa, after the Russia-Ukraine war, has led to a crisis in the diamond industry in Surat where polishing units had to cut down on working hours, thus leading to a hefty wage cut for polishers , some of whom have taken loans to run their households. … Read more