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Human-bear conflict: Learning to coexist the Slovenian way

When he used to go hunting, Miha Mlakar would dream of killing a bear. But today the 33-year-old from Slovenia makes his living watching the animals, peacefully, in their natural forest environment. The turnaround to shooting bears with a camera, not a rifle, puts Mlakar, who runs bear observation tours, in step with wider efforts […]

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‘ The Godfather is always with me’

Actor Rajkummar Rao runs across the hall, apologising profusely for having been whisked off for a photo shoot. The actor is being celebrated for both his commercial wins, like the romantic comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi , and his offbeat successes like Newton . But while he shakes a leg with Fanney Khan co-star Anil Kapoor […]

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‘Afghanistan govt determined to curb opium production’

Speaking to The Indian Express, Khaliq said that although opium production in Afghanistan was highest in the world, President Ashraf Ghani’s government was determined to curb the menace of drugs in Afghanistan. Efforts by the Afghanistan government to curb the production of opium are being hampered by some foreign countries fuelling drug trade in the […]

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Karunanidhi: A die-hard proponent of Tamil language

In June 2010, the DMK regime conducted the World Classical Tamil Conference in Coimbatore; he made the success of the meet a matter of personal prestige. Language as an instrument of politics has played a crucial role in Tamil Nadu. It was cited as a major factor when the DMK dislodged the Congress from power […]

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M. Karunanidhi: A screenwriter who took Dravidian ideology to the masses

His screenplays and dialogue helped in popularising its anti-caste, anti-religious outlook; later, he played a major part in shaping M.G. Ramachandran’s film career. The Dravidian  movement’s embrace of cinema in the middle of the 20th century to popularise its anti-caste, anti-religious ideology resulted in  film personalities exerting an overt influence, not just in the cultural […]

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7th pay commission recommendations: Strike ‘completely successful’ claim Govt employees

The employees’ association, with more than 15 lakh employees, claimed the strike was “completely successful” in many districts such as Pune, Latur, Osmanabad, Gondia, Bhandara among others. The first day of the three-day strike called by the Maharashtra State Employees Organisation, demanding implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, across the state received […]

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Contemplating no Brexit

The EU’s greatest failure is not to have quickly integrated politically with strong central controls As Brexit draws closer, there is growing desperation among the British. The front-page headline in The Sunday Times of July 22, “Voters turn to far right, Boris — and Remain”, reflected the state of confusion in people’s minds. The Brexit […]

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Confrontation in Dhaka

The Bangladesh government clamps down on dissent and democratic challenges Students in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have long worried about their journey to school. Dangerous driving cost the lives of two students in the last week of July — they were run over by a bus — which triggered mass rallies of students across the centre of […]