When a law becomes the barrier to equality of opportunity

Duli Bai (left), who has studied only till Class III, is credited with many positive changes in Chenar panchayat, where she was the sarpanch from 2010-2015. She attended workshops organized for women sarpanchs to learn how panchayati raj functions. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint Sirohi, Rajasthan: Twenty-eight-year-old Saroj Kumari was set to contest the 2015 elections for […]

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Heat waves claim 66 lives in Telangana, and it’s only the start of summer

The heat wave moving across the country has already claimed 66 lives in Telangana. The state’s disaster management authority announced on Wednesday said that Mahbubnagar had the highest number of casualties from sunstroke, recording 28 deaths. Heat-related deaths were also reported from Medak, Nizamabad, Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal. The MET department had issued heat alerts […]

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What to do when raped every night by groups of invading soldiers

Image credit: (right) Ubud Writers Festival When afternoon came and a number of Japanese men began to arrive, the girls began running frantically back and forth. They tried to find some crack through which to slip away, but every place was already guarded. The house’s fairly large yard was surrounded by a high wall, with just […]

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Combining gasification with fuel-cell technology could boost efficiency of coal-powered plants

This illustration depicts a possible configuration for the combined system proposed by MIT researchers. At the bottom, steam (pink arrows) passes through pulverized coal, releasing gaseous fuel (red arrows) made up of hydrogen and carbon …more Most of the world’s nations have agreed to make substantial reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions, but achieving these […]

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Sunsuper betting on technology play to become one of the big six

‘Ten years from now the superannuation sector is likely to look a lot more like the banking sector,’ says Scott Hartley, CEO of Sunsuper, speaking at the Australian Financial Review Banking & Wealth Summit. Photo: Christopher Pearce Non-profit superannuation funds that can’t afford to spend big on technology are set to flounder, while a clutch […]

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Australia will have to face the consequences of its education gap

Illustration: Kerrie Leishman Illustration: Kerrie Leishman As the ups and downs of the mining boom stole the headlines Australia was experiencing a less celebrated economic transformation: a know-how boom. Since the middle of last decade the share of adults with an advanced post-school qualification has swelled dramatically. In 2005 the proportion of Australians aged between […]

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The U.S. Department of Education Will Streamline The Student Loan Repayment Process

CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK Share518 Tweet The U.S. Department of Education plans to streamline the borrowing process to make it easier to pay student loans, and have the companies that collect those loans provide uniform information so students don’t receive misinformation, department officials indicated in a blog post on Monday. The department will release more information soon. […]

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