domingo, 22 de septiembre de 2019

Aramco airstrike: Saudi Arabia says if attack launched from Iran, it would be an act of war | World News, The Indian Express

Aramco airstrike: Saudi Arabia says if attack launched from Iran, it would be an act of war | World News, The Indian Express

By Reuters |Riyadh |Updated: September 22, 2019 5:41:00 pm

Aramco airstrike: Saudi Arabia says if attack launched from Iran, it would be an act of war

Saudi Arabia has called the strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais facilities as a test of global will to preserve international order, and will look to form a united front at the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

Saudi Arabia says if attack launched from Iran, it would be an act of war
“Appeasement with Iran does not work. For example, trying to set up a parallel financial payment system is appeasement. Trying to give them a line of credit is appeasement. It just emboldens them,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir.


If an investigation shows that last week’s attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities was launched from Iranian territory, the kingdom would consider it an act of war, but Riyadh is currently seeking a peaceful resolution, a senior Saudi official said.

Annihilation of nature: Environmental restoration should be a key factor in future development | The Indian Express

Annihilation of nature: Environmental restoration should be a key factor in future development | The Indian Express

Updated: September 22, 2019 9:13:50 am

Annihilation of nature: Environmental restoration should be a key factor in future development

An extremely severe cyclonic storm, Nilofar, had prevailed in the Arabian Sea between October 25 and 31 in 2014. In 2015, two more extremely severe cyclonic storms were reported.

Cyclones generally originated in the Bay of Bengal and made landfall on India’s eastern coast — the west was safe from cyclones. (File)


By G Madhusoodanan 

Vikram and Pragyan may be lost but that part of the Moon will indeed forever remain Indian | The Indian Express

Vikram and Pragyan may be lost but that part of the Moon will indeed forever remain Indian | The Indian Express

Vikram and Pragyan may be lost but that part of the Moon will indeed forever remain Indian

A couple of days is all it took for us to move on from talking about trajectory, deceleration, orbits and Moon terrain, to tying ourselves up in knots asking, by way of gravity, what’s maths got to do with economics.

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To most of us, Moon was also our window into space. (File)


A couple of days is all it took for us to move on from talking about trajectory, deceleration, orbits and Moon terrain, to tying ourselves up in knots asking, by way of gravity, what’s maths got to do with economics.

Fifth column: Sanitation is a human right | The Indian Express

Fifth column: Sanitation is a human right | The Indian Express

Fifth column: Sanitation is a human right

It is because we in India did not want to talk about it that until the Swachh Bharat campaign Indians continued to ‘defecate everywhere’.

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Until the Swachh Bharat campaign Indians continued to ‘defecate everywhere’.


Last week I was reminded of the reason why I endorsed Narendra Modi in this column when he first became prime minister in 2014. I believed then that he had been unjustly maligned in the mainstream (read liberal, Leftist) media as the ‘Butcher of Gujarat’ for something that has happened under other chief ministers who have totally escaped censure. The only pogrom by the Indian State against a community was against the Sikhs. Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister. The ‘liberals’ who ensured that Modi was denied a visa to enter the United States, until he became prime minister, never held Rajiv to account.

Out of my mind: No winners in the NRC exercise | The Indian Express

Out of my mind: No winners in the NRC exercise | The Indian Express

Out of my mind: No winners in the NRC exercise

The reason for saying this is not political but simple understanding of the difficulty of measuring a large population accurately. Remember the debate about unemployment rates.

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At an NRC centre. (Express photo: Tora Agarwala)
Be careful what you wish for. When you get it, you may not like it.


This seems to be the situation with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the BJP in Assam. The headlines are about the 19 lakh left out. People from outside Assam, home and abroad, say that 19 lakh is too large a number. The BJP has been saying for three decades that the infiltration of Bangladeshi Muslims since 1971 has been massive. It was expecting four or five times the excluded numbers. Alas, once you start counting, guesswork stops.

The Howdy moment: Modi government ought to recognise that diaspora diplomacy is double-edged | The Indian Express

The Howdy moment: Modi government ought to recognise that diaspora diplomacy is double-edged | The Indian Express



The Howdy moment: Modi government ought to recognise that diaspora diplomacy is double-edged

Modi must also underline that the main purpose of India’s diaspora engagement in America is about elevating the strategic partnership with the US to a higher level.

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Trump might be betting that the celebration of the India-US partnership with Modi might let him make a dent in the community.


This weekend’s gathering of the Indian American community in Houston, to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, is likely to go down as a special moment in India’s diaspora diplomacy. It is but rare that an American president joins a foreign leader in addressing a diaspora event. For Modi, the Houston engagement is a continuation of his extraordinary political investment in engaging the Indian diaspora. It is based on the recognition that a large and very successful diaspora has widened India’s footprint and can contribute to achievement of India’s domestic and international goals.

Creation and innovation sit at the crux of Dalits’ secret to survival | The Indian Express

Creation and innovation sit at the crux of Dalits’ secret to survival | The Indian Express

Creation and innovation sit at the crux of Dalits’ secret to survival

Taking a stab at his first ever journalistic piece, Babasaheb Ambedkar lamented the recklessness of newspapers in manhandling Dalit issues.

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At the protest by Dalit groups on August 21 in the capital.


This is our time. I want us to believe in the fate of history and its important effort in shaping our lives. The uncompromising work of the great people that remained stead in the midst of callous atrocities and unrelenting attacks on their dignity and stature has much to offer to our burnt souls. The times that we are bearing witness to is an assault on that hope. I want us to look at the most vulnerable bodies living in these pessimist times.

Explained: What’s fanning onion price hike & why govt steps aren’t cooling it down | Explained News, The Indian Express

Explained: What’s fanning onion price hike & why govt steps aren’t cooling it down | Explained News, The Indian Express

Written by Parthasarathi Biswas |Pune |Published: September 22, 2019 4:59:23 am

Explained: What’s fanning onion price hike & why govt steps aren’t cooling it down

With elections in Maharashtra and Haryana only a month away, the government has to walk the tightrope of not upsetting onion growers, who are part of the voter base in rural areas, and urban consumers who have to shell out more money for the bulb.

Explained: What’s fanning onion price hike & why govt steps aren’t cooling it down
Since May this year, prices in wholesale markets across the onion-growing districts of Maharashtra have been increasing. (Representational Image)


Onion has been making news, first for its shooting prices in wholesale markets and then for the many efforts by the central government to control the increasing price. A host of efforts, including the controversial tender to import onions from Pakistan, has not quite had the desired effect. With elections in Maharashtra and Haryana only a month away, the government has to walk the tightrope of not upsetting onion growers, who are part of the voter base in rural areas, and urban consumers who have to shell out more money for the bulb.

Explained: Using Happy Seeder and how it affects wheat yield | Explained News, The Indian Express

Explained: Using Happy Seeder and how it affects wheat yield | Explained News, The Indian Express

Written by Divya Goyal |Ludhiana |Updated: September 22, 2019 10:55:29 am

Explained: Using Happy Seeder and how it affects wheat yield

Farmers and experts say that to get a higher yield when wheat is sown with Happy Seeder, the trick lies in following proper technique. Also, in initial years, productivity won't overwhelmingly increase or decrease.

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The Happy Seeder wasn’t well received in Punjab by farmers till 2016, when just around 620 machines were operating in the state covering just 64,000 hectares.


Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh faced opposition from farmers during Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana recently, when he said that ‘using Happy Seeders for direct wheat sowing leads to increased productivity’, and hence farmers must ‘stop burning paddy stubble’ to clear the fields. The Sunday Express explains if Happy Seeder machines really ‘increase’ wheat productivity.

Cumbre clima: El día en el que los que mandan callaron y escucharon | Planeta Futuro | EL PAÍS

Cumbre clima: El día en el que los que mandan callaron y escucharon | Planeta Futuro | EL PAÍS

El día en el que los que mandan callaron y escucharon

La ONU acoge una cumbre protagonizada por activistas menores de 29 años, con Greta Thunberg a la cabeza. Abundan las críticas por el legado que recibirán las generaciones futuras

En foto, el secretario general de la ONU saluda a Greta Thunberg. En vídeo, las activistas Greta Thunberg y Bruno Rodríguez y el secretario general de la ONU.