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Will the calls of the newly elected western leaders push for an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stubbornness or will Israel's assault on Gaza continue?

British Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer appears to be less of a change-maker and more of a Tory due to his tryst with the right.

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The CPC's 20th Central Committee's third plenary session is going to be a crucial one for China's reform and opening up, an expert opines.

With the introduction of new criminal laws and codes, India's defence lawyers face a lot of confusion and with them, justice delivery also faces uncertainty.

Beyond the ballot '24

Will the calls of the newly elected western leaders push for an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stubbornness or will Israel's assault on Gaza continue?

The French National Assembly elections resulted in a hung parliament but showed some peculiar trends in France's polity. One among them is the far-right RN's rise.

South Asia

Modi’s silence on Manipur finally ended in the Parliament, although it didn’t come with any tectonic shift but the usual lambasting of the Congress party.

Narendra Modi skipping the SCO Summit in Astana can be good news for the US-led collective West, but can this be good for India’s long-term interests?

The brutal mob lynching in Swat reveals the grim reality of Pakistan's blasphemy law and lawlessness, which is destroying its economy.

What do early indications suggest about Modi 3.0's foreign policy priorities? Is it going to be a continuation of the previous term's approach?

The global south

Will the calls of the newly elected western leaders push for an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stubbornness or will Israel's assault on Gaza continue?

In response to Israel's continuous attacks on Lebanese villages and territories, Hezbollah launched a series of rockets and drones targeting Israeli positions on Thursday.

Despite “good ties” with Israel, Russia has condemned Israel's massacres in Gaza and its statements which call Palestinian civilians, including toddlers, “terrorists.”

In Kenya, protests over IMF-pushed tax reforms turn deadly, with citizens calling for President Ruto’s resignation.

More on elections 2024

Iran’s economic development and foreign policy face scrutiny amid presidential elections, with candidates proposing varied solutions but failing to increase voter turnout.

Lok Sabha election results in Kerala showed that the LDF has failed to retain its hegemony while the BJP has managed to bloom the lotus.

What changes did Bihar show so far in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections' results?

The conflicts

Will the calls of the newly elected western leaders push for an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stubbornness or will Israel's assault on Gaza continue?

After almost three decades since the Srebrenica genocide, the world witnesses the Gaza genocide. What does that highlight about the efficacy of international intergovernmental bodies like the UN?

Moldova faces critical choices: national identity, political repression, and the push towards European integration, Russian experts discuss.

In response to Israel's continuous attacks on Lebanese villages and territories, Hezbollah launched a series of rockets and drones targeting Israeli positions on Thursday.

Geopolitics

After almost three decades since the Srebrenica genocide, the world witnesses the Gaza genocide. What does that highlight about the efficacy of international intergovernmental bodies like the UN?

Hypocrisy emerged at the G-7 Summit in Italy as leaders discussed sanctions, military support and geopolitical strategies to widen global polarisation rather than peace or development.

The IOC is under scrutiny over silence on demands of banning Israel from the Paris 2024 Olympics while quick sanctions on Russia and Belarus within days over the Russia- Ukraine war.

Can the Gaza peace deal bring lasting peace, or is it just a diplomatic manoeuvre amid growing global pressure?

Geoeconomy

While the Russian defence industry experiences production growth due to the special military operations, it's also eyeing dual-use products for the future

After Nepal bans Everest and MDH spices, is it now the EU? The potential of another ban raises concerns about Indian spice quality and impacts domestic consumer trust.

India's exports surged to a record high of $778bn in FY 2023-24 backed by a growth in service exports. Merchandise exports, however, experienced a marginal downfall.

Can the G20 bring forth a global consensus in the future against the unilateral sanctions imposed by the West, which hinder free global trade? Russian experts have different opinions on this issue.

After its Adani story, an OCCRF report on Vedanta exposed how the mining giant ensured that the government tweaks environmental norms for it.

A new report published in the UK-based newspapers allege that Gautam Adani's family members hold shares of Adani Enterprises bypassing rules.

The Russian economy has managed to navigate through the minefields of western sanctions, however, the US and the West have faced crises.

Recently the MHA denied permission to BYD, the world's topmost EV manufacturer, which wanted to invest US$1bn in Telangana to setup a factory

Editorial & Op-eds

The 'Children of Asia' sporting event in Yakutsk highlights Russia's resilience and capability in organising large-scale competitions amid global tensions.

The Astana summit underlines the SCO's commitment to mutual trust and development amid global challenges.

How did Ukraine's anti-Russian war worsen the US's financial crisis and push it to the brink of bankruptcy? How would Biden fund Ukraine now?

The INDIA group members have created a deadlock in the Parliament demanding the prime minister's statement. But did this help the Opposition?

The West

British Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer appears to be less of a change-maker and more of a Tory due to his tryst with the right.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was freed on Monday after nearly a decade in confinement. His freedom after an illegal confinement raises concerns over US jurisdiction on journalism.

Warwick's encampment unites for Gaza, demanding divestment and amplifying Palestinian voices.

Agriculture & Labour

Farmers have sown a lesser amount of paddy crops this kharif season. Mango farmers are also suffering this season due to several issues.

Japanese management and Indian workers are embroiled in a standoff over retrenchment. Labour union resorts to protracted movement.

Amid countrywide communal tension, leftwing unions mobilised 75,000 workers and peasants in the Mazdoor-Kisan Sangharsh rally held in Delhi.

Ed-tech startup Unacademy is all set to fire 380 employees. This layoff comes after four months of the company firing another 350 employees.

The CBT of the EPFO fixed an 8.15% interest rate for the fund for the financial year 2023-24. The rate is higher compared to last year's.

In Global Millet Conference 2023, PM Modi emphasised millet cultivation during the threat of climate change.

Caste & communalism

Understanding how Islamophobia has been spread among Kolkata's Bengali Bhadralok community over decades, which bolstered the Hindutva camp in West Bengal.

Art, culture, films & more

Art as resistance, from Palestinian ballads to anti-colonial paintings, reveals deep truths and inspires global solidarity against oppression.

The conspicuous silence of the celebrities on Gaza genocide contrasts starkly with Met Gala's glamour, sparking online movements to divest their power.

Adipurush is a controversial film that despite scaling heights of success within three days of release, smacks all propaganda.

Legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen's centenary celebrated in Kolkata's Russian Centre for Science and Culture (Gorky Sadan) by eminent artists.

Law

With the introduction of new criminal laws and codes, India's defence lawyers face a lot of confusion and with them, justice delivery also faces uncertainty.

The Supreme Court on Monday, August 21st, ordered the circulation of the Justice Mittal Committee report on Manipur violence to petitioners.

The Supreme Court has granted conditional bails to Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves. Ferreira and Gonsalves are charged under the UAPA for their alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

Even after five years of their arrest, the accused of the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence still languish in jail due to a prolonged trial.

Climate

Experts say that behind the massive landslides in Himachal Pradesh is the rampant deforestation and unplanned constructions.

Cloudburst and flash floods have wreaked havoc on Himachal Pradesh, killing nine people and leaving over 200 stranded due to road closures.

Finally, southwest monsoon arrives in southern West Bengal, providing a brief relief to the people living in a severe heat-like situation.

The West Bengal government has decided to allot around 30 acres of land to the ECL for open-cast mining in Asansol.

Education

The ragging incident in Jadavpur University, which resulted in the death of Swapnadeep Kundu has opened a pandora's box, students allege.

The Karnataka government has decided to scrap the NEP 2020, which the erstwhile BJP government adopted, and adopt a state education policy.

Jadavpur University student death case leads to the formation of a high-level committee that will investigate the lapses in the system.

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