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India more open to n-inspections

Ratifies IAEA Additional Protocol; decks cleared for nuclear imports India has decided to enhance transparency of its nuclear infrastructure by ratifying an Additional Protocol with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — a step that in a single stroke can be leveraged to boost energy security and lift international confidence.

11th century stepwell in Gujarat gets World Heritage site tag

Rani-ki-Vav is designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water Rani-ki-Vav, a 11th century stepwell in Gujarat’s Patan area. —File Photo: AFP Rani-ki-Vav, a 11th century stepwell in the Patan area of Gujarat, was approved for inscription on the World Heritage list by UNESCO at the meeting of

Turning to Iran

The rapid advance across Iraq by Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL), the Syria-based extreme Sunni militia, to the point where its forces are only 60 km from Baghdad, has caused a serious humanitarian crisis and reopened several questions that are central to the future of West Asia. Over half

War in Iraq hurts every home in India

The Islamist resurgence in the great arc from Syria to Pakistan is threatening India’s most vital interest — energy. New Delhi needs to start thinking about how it might respond “Iraqi democracy will succeed,” President George Bush proclaimed days after United States forces had brushed aside President Saddam Hussein’s forces

Learn how plants reproduce

The HinduFlowering plants require not one but two sperm cells for successful fertilisation. File photo: M. SathyamoorthyHybrid plants that produce high yields of grains, fruits and cash crops are of great value. Plants give us life, but how do they reproduce has long been a mystery. Now, biologists from the

Gravitational waves: a big bungle?

An announcement made earlier this year prior to publication, which was purported to be the cosmology world’s finding of the year, may well prove to be flawed, as viewed by two independent analyses. This was the discovery of gravitational waves by a Harvard University group led by John Kovac, seen