India calls out the West, says food grains shouldn’t go the way of Covid vaccines

Calling out the West, India on Wednesday said that food grains should not go the way of the Covid-19 vaccines As it voiced concern over hoarding and discrimination amid the “unjustified increase” in food prices. It is stressed that its decision to restrict wheat exports will ensure it can truly respond to those most in … Read more

Explained: Perarivalan’s road to freedom

AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, 50, was only 19 when he was arrested on June 11, 1991. He was accused of having bought two 9-volt ‘Golden Power’ battery cells for Sivarasan, the LTTE man who masterminded the conspiracy to assassin Rajiv Gandhi. The batteries were used in the bomb that killed the former Prime Minister on … Read more

Shashi Tharoor: ‘Beginning of an important process, but lot depends on how it unfolds’

One of the G23 leaders, who was present at the Congress’s Chintan Shivir in Udaipur, Tharoor talks about the session, the hopes for a more consultative process, Hardik’s departure, and why the ideologies of most regional parties actually align with the Congress * Your views on the Chintan Shivir and its outcomes? I would say … Read more

From having no motivation to being excited to wrestle, Vinesh Phogat makes progress on the mat

It begins as a self-deprecating joke. But as Vinesh Phogat starts to peel off the layers, she reveals the extremes she had to go to propel her from a dark, deep corner and back into the spotlight on the wrestling mat. One Saturday, a few months ago, she went out on the 400m track to … Read more

Where two new ships will figure in Navy’s overall expansion plan

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday (May 17) launched two different types of surface ships, which will be inducted into the Navy later. What are the two ships? Named Surat and Udaygiri, and both frontline vessels, the ships will go through rigorous sea trials before they can be commissioned into the Navy, after which they … Read more

Explained: The content and scope of Article 142, invoked by Supreme Court to release Perarivalan

“State cabinet had taken its decision based on relevant considerations. In exercise of Article 142, it is appropriate to release the convict,” the court said. Article 142 of the Constitution Subsection 1 of Article 142 (“Enforcement of decrees and orders of Supreme Court and orders as to discovery, etc.”) says “the Supreme Court in the … Read more

US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

The US Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. The federation announced separate collective bargaining agreements through December 2028 with the unions for both national teams on Wednesday, ending years of often … Read more

‘Fire erupts wherever I am’: Pakistani TikToker draws ire for ‘disturbing’ video against wildfires

As wildfires have become rampant around the world amid severe climate change, sad visuals of fire engulfing people’s homes and killing animals have left all heartbroken. However, a Pakistani TikToker used the same forest fire for clout in a video even as trees burnt behind her. As the video went viral, netizens demanded stringent action … 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

Explained: Where coal blocks cases stand

The Supreme Court last week asked the Enforcement Directorate to file by July 15 a status report on the over 50 cases of money laundering it is probing in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam. The directions came in a case where the ED had pleaded that four officers were relieved since their tenure … Read more