At the end of a fairly dreary year on planet Earth, we decided to end the year with a Big Story on the vast and glorious universe beyond. NASA is getting ready to launch the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope on Christmas Day. It will allow humans to look back into the ancient past—all the way to the Big Bang. How amazing is that?
Starting January 1, you will have to manually enter your card details at every place you shop online—delivery apps included. And you may have to do it repeatedly with a number of merchants if they are not ready for a brand new set of Reserve Bank of India rules—which dictate that companies can no longer store your card data.
A new law pushed through Lok Sabha yesterday allows election officers to ask for your Aadhaar card when you register to vote. Whether you choose to do so is still voluntary, but civil rights activists and opposition leaders are raising the alarm—claiming it is the first step toward a serious loss of voting rights and privacy.
This December, Champaca Books, the Bangalore-based independent bookstore, brings you reading recommendations from our shelves: discover unique books by indie publishers, travel with us to Kabul, and find your next read.
Each year, without fail, there is a story on the high rate of suicide by housewives in India. And yet more men die by suicide than women in this country—and by a magnitude. Rather than get into futile debates over who is more at risk, we look at the different reasons why Indian men and women take that irrevocable step.
Days before the announcement of elections in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor—in a grand ceremony and with a speech that spoke directly to Hindu pride. But oddly enough, there are plenty of Hindus who are not happy with the project—which also raises the threat of a new Babri Masjid-like controversy.
A joint investigation by Bloomberg News and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered a covert phone surveillance business—which may be even more alarming than Pegasus. This one hijacks networks used to send SMSes we all receive—ads, alerts and two step verification requests—from some of the biggest companies, including Google and Twitter.
President Vladimir Putin is in New Delhi for a big summit that affirms Russia’s friendship with India. And the two sides have talked of many issues except one: Ukraine—more specifically, Moscow’s intention to invade it. We look at the great elephant in the room—which is raising fears of war in the US and Europe.
An army operation went terribly wrong when soldiers shot and killed six civilians—who they mistook for extremists. More people died in a clash with the troops when villagers rose in anger. We look at why this happened—and what is going on in a state that most Indians rarely pay attention to.
Earlier this month, Amnesty International released a brief report calling out the dangerous use of facial recognition technology in the city. But Hyderabad is far from the only Orwellian nightmare in India—but part of a sweeping nationwide trend, which is closely linked to the Smart Cities Mission.