Earth's rotation is slowing down

Knapps

09, Dec 2016


The speed at which Earth spins on its axis has slowed by 1.78 milliseconds over the course of a century, according to a report published in Proceedings of the Royal Society, London. This remarkable discovery has been made by studying certain...

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Second thoughts on Air Force One

Knapps

09, Dec 2016


Trump’s tweet on cancelling Boeing’s contract to build the new Air Force One led to a slight dip in the corporation’s shares. This was followed by a discussion on topics from what instigated Trump to the consequences of cancelling the deal....

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When the virtual is the real deal

Knapps

08, Dec 2016


In the last decade, virtual reality games involving the sport of football or soccer, as it is known in North America, have had an explosive surge to the top of video game picks across the world. With annual instalments of the various football gaming...

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Donald Trump is TIME Person of the Year

Knapps

08, Dec 2016


Even as 2016 continued to kill celebrities and shatter hearts, Donald Trump rose to own this year, and - many would say - shatter more hearts. It is no surprise then that TIME magazine has chosen the U.S. President-elect as its Person of the Year....

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Just walk out of Amazon

Knapps

07, Dec 2016


Tech giant Amazon has announced its new disruptive venture — a corner store called Amazon Go - which fuses together online and in-store consumer experiences. The 1,800 square-foot store in Seattle has no registers. Instead, shoppers scan into the...

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United Nations appeals for record aid

Knapps

07, Dec 2016


The United Nations, in a record appeal, has sought 22.2 billion dollars to abate the emergency humanitarian crises in 2017. Even generous donors have failed to prevent fund shortage from growing. With nationalist sentiments gaining ground in...

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Of animal fat and currency notes

Knapps

06, Dec 2016


The revelation of tallow, a substance made from animal fat, in the new five pound notes issued by Bank of England has sparked off backlash from Vegans, vegetarians and Hindu and Sikh communities of UK. They see this move as a dismissal of their...

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Live it like Jayalalithaa

Knapps

06, Dec 2016


Jayaram Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, passed away at 11.30 pm on 5 December in Chennai after a 73-day long hospitalisation. Jayalalitha was a reluctant entrant to movies and politics, but she succeeded in both, becoming Tamil Nadu’s...

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Renzi resigns after referendum rout

Knapps

05, Dec 2016


He asked for it. He got it. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi dared to call for a referendum on proposed constitutional reforms in the age of Brexit and Trumpism. The voters comprehensively rejected his proposals, and Renzi has now quit as Prime...

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The oppressed half in a neglected community

Knapps

05, Dec 2016


The Perna caste is recognized as a Denotified Tribe (DNT) and granted Scheduled Caste status. But the women of this caste are almost always forced into prostitution by their husbands in order to earn a living. The historical disadvantage of DNTs...

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When chess is war

Knapps

03, Dec 2016


It took nearly three weeks for world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen to defend his championship against the determined and talented Russian challenger, Sergey Karjakin. The air was thick with tension and politics polarized chess enthusiasts....

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The periodic table has four new elements

Knapps

03, Dec 2016


The periodic table just got a little bigger after scientists added the names of four new elements, completing the seventh row of the chart. In naming elements 113, 115, 117 and 118, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry settled on...

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Callers for dollars

Knapps

02, Dec 2016


Investigators in India and the US have uncovered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scam or what could be deemed India’s most daring telefraud. A secret operation in swing since 2013, it enabled scammers to extort millions from US citizens....

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Every company is a tech company

Knapps

01, Dec 2016


Technology is spreading into previously remote domains blurring the distinction between tech and non-tech companies. Each company – tech or non-tech – needs to harness the power of technology to survive the rapidly changing landscape....

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Lights Camera Anthem

Knapps

01, Dec 2016


The Supreme Court has ordered that all cinema halls across India play the national anthem and that those present “stand up in respect” to instill committed patriotism. The order will prove incredibly difficult to implement as the experience from...

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The machine’s own language

Knapps

30, Nov 2016


The Google Brain Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taught itself to translate between two languages without prior training. For example, training the AI to translate from Korean to English and English to Japanese will equip it to translate from...

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First and furious

Knapps

29, Nov 2016


As Nico Rosberg celebrated finally having added to his father’s accomplishment a solid 34 years after Keke won the F1 World Championship, a thorn must have been pricking at his mind – what was Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton trying to achieve?...

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The eternal love affair of religion and politics

Knapps

29, Nov 2016


A 7 judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court of India remarked recently that asking for votes in the name of religion is “evil” and “not permissible”. This is at odds with the grim reality of India where it has been incredibly...

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History absolves Fidel Castro

Knapps

28, Nov 2016


Fidel Castro, who survived more than four decades of assassination attempts by the United States and outlasted 11 American Presidents, passed away on November 25. Flag-waving Cuban students are chanting "I am Fidel" to salute the fearless leader who...

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The other one percent

Knapps

28, Nov 2016


‘The Other One Percent: Indians in America’ has been reviewed as a case in point of the little known story of Indian immigrants settled in America successfully. Though the book overlooks the dark side of this diaspora, it is a relevant read in...

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All that is wrong with alt-right

Knapps

27, Nov 2016


The alt-right is extremely convenient a name for a movement that upholds white nationalism, racism and misogyny. Even as the tepidity of the term is being debated, the white educated males of this movement are increasingly making their presence...

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Cassini prepares for a death dive into Saturn

Knapps

26, Nov 2016


All great missions come to an end. NASA’s Cassini mission is set to begin on November 30 a daring set of “ring-grazing” orbits, during which it will fly closest to Saturn’s rings since its 2004 arrival. If it survives this phase, in April...

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The making of a digital colony

Knapps

26, Nov 2016


What would India’s digital economy look like? Even as a plethora of opportunities await the fast growing country, there is the threat of India becoming a digital colony dominated by US and China. To some extent the threat seems to have already...

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Tata Corus: the match that was not

Knapps

25, Nov 2016


Ever since Cyrus Mistry was ousted as chairman of Tata Sons last month, the two sides have been trading barbs on a daily basis. This week, Mistry alleged that the expensive acquisition of UK-based steelmaker Corus was undertaken due to "one man’s...

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India’s one percent own 58 percent

Knapps

24, Nov 2016


The Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2016 has revealed that 1% of Indians now own 58.4% of the country’s wealth. The report shows that the share of wealth of the top 1% has been steadily increasing since 2010. India’s economic disparity is...

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A life well sung

Knapps

23, Nov 2016


Veteran Carnatic musician Dr M Balamuralikrishna has passed away aged 86. This multi-faceted multi-instrumentalist and vocalist was also a multi-awardee, having received all the three Padma awards of India. Through 25,000 performances across 8...

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Dylan is busy

Knapps

22, Nov 2016


Dylan made news for the third time in connection with the Nobel Prize. The Swedish Academy said he had written excusing himself from the ceremony and expressing regret. Some say he may give a concert next year in Stockholm and use the opportunity to...

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Chennai the destroyer of enemies

Knapps

21, Nov 2016


India's third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer in the Kolkata class, INS Chennai, has been commissioned by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Mumbai. Armed with the nuclear-capable Brahmos and Barak-8 missiles, Chennai is the...

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Behind the glory that was Rome

Knapps

20, Nov 2016


The mystery of how the Roman Empire gained its phenomenal stature from a small non-descript village is often explained away as a combination of military prowess and one-sided barbarianism. Professor Mary Beard re-examines this notion and points to...

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Dealing with demonetisation, the Northeast way

Knapps

19, Nov 2016


The government’s decision to demonetise currency despite its obvious flaws has had some interesting effects. In the Northeast, from promissory notes to Bhutanese currency to no newspapers, the government’s announcement had some curious impacts....

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Freeze. Wait. Reanimate.

Knapps

19, Nov 2016


A terminally ill 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be frozen in the hope that she could be brought back to life won a historic legal fight shortly before dying. She died happily knowing that someday she could “come back to life”. Cryonics...

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Art of the lie

Knapps

18, Nov 2016


Social media is generating experts by the minute. Suddenly people are publishing - some say unleashing - their views on the cyberspace feeling empowered by Facebook and Twitter. Brexit referendum and the 2016 U.S. presidential election demonstrated...

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The magical leap of Mixed Reality

Knapps

17, Nov 2016


Magic Leap is the start-up that magically wooed several high profile investors and raised a whopping 4.5 billion dollars. The highly secretive startup is yet to announce a product or explain its technology. But it aims to provide a mixed reality...

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November 15, 1989: Tendulkar makes his international debut

Knapps

16, Nov 2016


On this day, 27 years ago, a curly-haired, shy Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut as a 16-year old against arch-rivals Pakistan. Tendulkar scored 15 off 24 balls before being dismissed by fellow debutant Waqar Younis, but would go on to dominate...

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Ugliness lies in the mind of the beholder

Knapps

15, Nov 2016


Do you click one hundred selfies only to discard them all? While ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder’ may sound strange, its effects are felt by millennials across the world. This mental disorder causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look...

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Nimrud regained but possibly lost forever

Knapps

15, Nov 2016


Iraqi forces claim to have captured a portion of Nimrud – a site of historical renown destroyed by ISIS – as a part of their advancement into Mosul. Nimrud, according to the World Monuments Fund, was one of the two sites with the preserved...

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Walnut’s last walk

Knapps

13, Nov 2016


The human-canine bond has a sad limitation. Dogs live for far less number of years than humans do. The time had come for Walnut, Mark’s best friend for 18 years, to be put out of his suffering. Mark decided to honor their special relationship by...

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When Facebook killed two million users

Knapps

13, Nov 2016


A technology glitch in Facebook declared two million users dead and put up ‘memorial’ messages on their pages asking their friends to ‘celebrate’ the life of the departed. The glitch did not even spare Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg,...

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When USA goes right, California goes left

Knapps

13, Nov 2016


California is the sixth richest economy in the world. 60% of California, home to the Silicon Valley, voted for Hillary Clinton but Donald Trump is their President now. Faced with the prospect of living in Trump Country, many Californians are...

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Currency and culture

Knapps

12, Nov 2016


The use of Devnagari numerals on the new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes that were introduced overnight on November 10 has triggered controversy around the government trying to slyly impose one culture over all others. This could reignite the language...

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Hillary concedes and inspires in doing so

Knapps

12, Nov 2016


As Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech before supporters in New York City, hashtags #ImStillWithHer and #NotMyPresident trended on Twitter. The speech was widely hailed as gracious and inspiring. This time, the dream of electing the first...

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Rubik's Cube puzzled by loss of trademark

Knapps

11, Nov 2016


Rubik's Cube, a three-dimensional puzzle, lost a trademark battle on Thursday after a European court said merely its shape was not sufficient to grant protection against those who copy it. Seven Towers, which manages Rubik's Cube, registered its...

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Of Nano Chips and Currency Notes

Knapps

10, Nov 2016


The government of India has demonetized the current Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, to replace these with new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes. Even before the sudden announcement of this change, rumours started spreading on social media about the 2000 note...

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The drug that can kill AIDS

Knapps

10, Nov 2016


The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has claimed 25 million lives and continues to affect millions more. Israeli scientists have identified a new protein, Gammora, that they claim reduces the virus in infected patients by 97% in just 8 days....

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Chaos in India’s cash economy

Knapps

09, Nov 2016


In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday added a lethal edge to India's fight against black money by announcing that the currencies in the denominations of 500 and 1,000 will become invalid at the midnight of 8 November. The...

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Donald Trump is the next US President

Knapps

09, Nov 2016


First they mocked him, then they fought him, and now he has won. After a nail-biting counting and a nerve-wrecking battle for the swing states, it is now certain that Donald J Trump will lead America as its President for the next four years. Today,...

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His date with destiny

Knapps

08, Nov 2016


In 1987, when he was converting his father’s millions into billions, Oprah Winfrey asked him if he would consider running for President. He replied "Probably not." Then he added that if things got “really bad”, he would not rule it out...

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The spirit of the Third

Knapps

08, Nov 2016


Even as electoral excitement pervades the air in United States, it is time to take stock and honour the Presidential candidates from Third Parties. Their tenacity deserves admiration, but most importantly, their presence highlighted the flaws that...

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Her date with destiny

Knapps

07, Nov 2016


Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon know if she crossed the ultimate milestone. Whatever one makes of her, the perseverance and unflinching focus that characterize Hillary need to be admired. Be it admitting her mistakes and moving on or refusing to...

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The search for Tata’s seventh

Knapps

07, Nov 2016


The Tata Group has seen six chairmen since it was founded in 1868. As Cyrus Mistry was ousted after less than four years in charge and Ratan Tata took over as interim chairman, they will soon be looking for a seventh. As Mistry and Tata group trade...

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The making of a gas chamber

Knapps

06, Nov 2016


Schools remained closed after Diwali but the residents of Delhi did not have the slightest excuse to celebrate. Smog descended the day after Diwali and dangerous pollutants pervade the air. The same set of causes is claimed across sources, and each...

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One Bill, many rights, some concerns

Knapps

06, Nov 2016


India’s Cabinet had approved the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 with amendments in early October 2016. The bill, drafted to safeguard the rights of people living with and affected by HIV, seeks to control HIV spread and...

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GST rates finalized, finally

Knapps

04, Nov 2016


India’s GST Council has decided upon a 4-slab tax structure of 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent, with lower rates for essential items and the highest for luxury and demerit goods. Though the agreed GST rate structure deviates...

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Our gift to India’s future bureaucrats

Knapps

04, Nov 2016


In our endeavour to act on the suggestions we receive, we have some good news for the UPSC Civil Services aspirants. With the Civil Services (Mains) Exam barely a month away, Knappily has created customized magazines in line with the four General...

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India wakes up to parental abduction

Knapps

04, Nov 2016


Parental child abduction is not recognized as a crime in India despite decades of evidence that show its detrimental impact on victimised children. To address this issue, the Ministry of Women and Child Development released a draft Bill which was...

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Tipu Sultan goes to court

Knapps

03, Nov 2016


A public interest petition (PIL) against Karnataka’s decision to celebrate the birth anniversary of former Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan has come to the High Court. The judge hearing the case questioned the state government on the need for celebrating...

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The Toy Smuggler who wasn’t

Knapps

03, Nov 2016


Till a few days ago, Rami Adham was an internet celebrity. He claimed to have made 28 trips to the war-torn Syria with a simple but beautiful aim of gifting toys to children. He was the aid worker who risked his life to deliver teddy bears and...

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Bullets, bodies and unanswered questions

Knapps

02, Nov 2016


Yet another encounter incident has been brought under scrutiny. Police version of the Bhopal encounter in which officers killed eight SIMI undertrials has evoked several questions. Silence on most of these so far has fuelled further suspicion. Fake...

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The winner takes all in US elections

Knapps

02, Nov 2016


American pollsters suggest that it could be a tight race to the finish between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Donald Trump. The voting to elect the 45th American president will take place on Tuesday, November 8. With less than a week...

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China shows off as J-20 takes off

Knapps

01, Nov 2016


Two of China's top-of-the-line stealth fighter jets screamed across an air exhibition, Airshow China, on Tuesday as the world got the first glimpse of China’s newest military hardware. The J-20 fighter is Beijing's answer to the US F-22 stealth...

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Comey vs. Clinton

Knapps

01, Nov 2016


Just when it seemed no further event would impact the Presidential election, James Comey, director of the FBI, re-entered the scene. The FBI obtained a warrant to investigate newly found emails for classified information casting a shadow on...

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WhatsApp warned by privacy watchdogs

Knapps

31, Oct 2016


European privacy watchdogs have expressed concerns over WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy which allows it to share some user details with the Facebook family. WhatsApp defended the changes as measures to provide a better and broader user...

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Occupying Islamabad

Knapps

31, Oct 2016


Imran Khan has vowed to ‘shut down’ Islamabad on November 2 to protest against the ‘corruption’ of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Khan had crippled Islamabad for days in 2014 after he rejected Sharif's election win. At a time when all is not...

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The What-the-hell effect

Knapps

30, Oct 2016


‘What-the-hell’ effect is witnessed in most individuals trying to get rid of a bad habit. Most research has focused on dieters and revealed how this effect can counter progress. Experiments reveal that dieters who have succumbed to the first...

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Technology in fundamentally flawed societies

Knapps

29, Oct 2016


BBC investigated the abuse of technology and social media in conservative societies across North Africa, Middle East and South Asia and how women, children and men are victimized by the abusers. The stories shared by BBC also highlight women’s...

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One rocket, 83 launches

Knapps

29, Oct 2016


Indian space agency ISRO is aiming for a world record by putting into orbit 83 satellites – 2 Indian and 81 foreign – on a single rocket in early 2017. Russia - with 37 satellites in 2014 - currently holds the record for launching the highest...

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The truth behind India’s most generous boss

Knapps

29, Oct 2016


For most Indian employees, the Diwali gifts come in the form of Indian sweets. However, Savjibhai Dholakia, a diamond merchant in Surat, is once again ‘gifting’ cars and flats to his employees as a bonus. His employees have received 1,260 cars,...

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A tiny nation with big dreams

Knapps

28, Oct 2016


The island of Niue, with an area of 260 sq. kilometres and population of 1300 is the world’s smallest independent nation. It has now declared itself debt-free and plans to spend the money saved from interest payments on offering incentives to lure...

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Kill me, heal me

Knapps

27, Oct 2016


For years, South Korea has had one of the highest suicide rates in the world, with more than 40 deaths being recorded each day. This has resulted in many public programs being put forward in an attempt to defuse stress and depression. One of the...

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Shakespeare has a co-author thrust upon him

Knapps

27, Oct 2016


Researchers have used big data technology to analyze Shakespeare’s works and probe for other contributors. As a result, Christopher Marlowe, a highly-esteemed playwright will share the credit with Shakespeare for Henry VI, Parts One, Two and Three...

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The rise of renewables

Announcements

26, Oct 2016


New installations of renewable energy overtook conventional power for the first time in 2015, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said in its Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. With the global green power rising by a record 153...

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But where is Bob Dylan?

Knapps

25, Oct 2016


Bob Dylan’s staunch silence after he was announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature this year has evoked mixed reactions. Fans revere him all the more while committee members do not know how to respond to his silence or interpret...

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What’s in a dam?

Knapps

25, Oct 2016


The Polavaram dam was a distant dream for the state of Andhra Pradesh for more than six decades. The project faced roadblocks in the form of techno-economic challenges, lack of clearances and changing political commitment. But, after it was awarded...

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The myth becomes reality

Knapps

23, Oct 2016


The efforts of the government of India to find the historical roots of the mythical river Saraswati seem to have borne fruit. A seven-member committee headed by eminent geologist KS Valdiya has found scientific evidence of the river. In it heydays,...

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A pardon is not an apology

Knapps

22, Oct 2016


The ‘Turing bill’ which would have given an ‘automatic pardon’ to gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences in England and Wales has been ‘filibustered’ by a lawmaker in the British Parliament. Knappily assesses the...

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Hollande and the art of pushing one’s luck

Knapps

21, Oct 2016


French president Francois Hollande had been able to sustain some loyalists by his optimism and some good fortune. But with the release of a book – a collection of 60 interviews he gave over five years – it seems to be the last of several last...

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The vector spectre of India

Knapps

20, Oct 2016


It is not the best optics for India, Asia’s third largest economy — people dying of vector borne diseases, health services crippled by lack of hospital beds and doctors and a government looking on helplessly. The recent surge in vector-borne...

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Indian Bridge Management System

Knapps

17, Oct 2016


The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari recently launched the Indian Bridge Management System (IBMS) in New Delhi. IBMS is set up to create an inventory of bridges in the country and rate their structural...

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The lady who broke the World War story

Knapps

12, Oct 2016


Clare Hollingworth, the war correspondent who announced the start of World War II, turned 105 on Monday. Though Clare remains most famous for these first scoops on the War, she did phenomenal work throughout her career. Clare also saved thousands of...

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Lighting up the path

Knapps

12, Oct 2016


Poland has taken the quest for eco-friendly infrastructure solutions to a beautiful level. A brand new glow-in-the-dark cycle lane, powered entirely by the sun, has been unveiled near Lidzbark Warminski in the north of the country. The path is made...

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New debate, old tricks

Knapps

10, Oct 2016


The second Presidential debate began in a tense atmosphere. This time however candidates also had to face important questions directly from undecided voters who shared the stage with them. Like last time the candidates managed to find more ways than...

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Blessed to death

Knapps

10, Oct 2016


A 13-year-old girl has died in Hyderabad after completing a two-month holy Jain fast amid allegations she was coerced. Aradhana Samdhariya’s ‘successful’ completion of fast and her death were glorified giving her the status of a ‘bal...

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On a milestone

Announcements

10, Oct 2016


Knappily has reached 50,000 downloads on Play Store. As we reach here in a little over eight months, it hits us that we are also the fastest to get there in our category (‘news & magazines’). We would like to thank you (the readers) for...

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Gandhi will not fall

Knapps

09, Oct 2016


A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be removed from a university campus in Ghana after professors launched a petition “Gandhi must fall” claiming the revered Indian independence leader was ‘racist’. The allegation that Gandhi considered Africans...

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Not just Ander brick in the wall

Knapps

09, Oct 2016


A humble servant, a shining football brain and the tenacity and hunger to chase down every single milestone in football, Ander Herrera personifies the last of a dying breed of footballers. With his tactical acumen, his strength on the ball, his...

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The BCCI vs. Lodha Committee saga

Knapps

09, Oct 2016


The Supreme Court (SC) has postponed until October 17 its hearing on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vs. Lodha Committee matter. As the board is resisting carrying out some of the committee’s proposals that overhauls its...

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Age and gender bias in Nobel Prizes

Knapps

09, Oct 2016


Science takes pride in being apolitical but a look at the recent trend of Nobel Prize recipients suggests otherwise. Especially in traditional sciences, laureates are likely to be white men in their sixties. The reason for this shift in age and the...

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Juan Manuel Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

Knapps

07, Oct 2016


What a roller-coaster few weeks it has been for Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Last month he got a historic peace deal done with the FARC rebel group to end a 52-year long bloody conflict. In a surprise result, the Colombian electorate...

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Amma’s health has her state on edge

Knapps

07, Oct 2016


Apollo Hospital says she is stable but on respiratory support, the Madras High Court refuses to intervene, her political opponents say it is unfair to not know the ‘truth’, and the rumour-mongers circulate fake updates and pictures even as her...

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Machines vs. jobs

Knapps

07, Oct 2016


World Bank’s research reveals that the ill-effects of increased automation will be felt most by developing countries. For India, it means automation threatens 69 percent of its jobs. More importantly the conventional path to economic prosperity...

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Sports gets infrastructure status

Knapps

06, Oct 2016


India’s Ministry of Finance last month approved a proposal by the Sports Ministry for the inclusion of sports in the master list of infrastructure sub-sectors. This approval will ease the flow of investments and incentives to the sports sector,...

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Molecular machine developers win chemistry Nobel

Knapps

06, Oct 2016


The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for the development of the world's smallest machines. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa will share prize for the design and synthesis of ‘machines on a molecular...

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Nobel Prize in Physics to three topologists

Knapps

06, Oct 2016


Three British-born scientists have won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for revealing unusual states of matter, leading to advances in electronics that could aid researchers trying to develop quantum computers. David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and...

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Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Knapps

06, Oct 2016


Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his ground-breaking experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism in the body's defences where cells degrade and recycle their components. Ohsumi's discoveries have led to...

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The disposable women of South Asia

Knapps

04, Oct 2016


A research by academics at the University of London has revealed a new form of abuse meted out to South Asian women by their NRI husbands – transnational abandonment. The research focuses on India-UK and highlights how the patriarchal mindset...

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This bridge goes far

Knapps

04, Oct 2016


The Dhola-Sadia Bridge being built on the mighty Brahmaputra will be the longest bridge in India when completed. After clearing many hurdles, it is expected to be ready by mid-2017. The bridge will enable better road connectivity between Assam and...

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Kerala’s and India’s man-dog conflict

Knapps

03, Oct 2016


Politicians of Kerala Congress killed stray dogs and left their bodies near Kottayam’s municipality body offices in so-called protest against government’s negligence of the stray dog menace. These actions by misdirected people and opportunists...

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The window that worked

Knapps of Knappily

03, Oct 2016


Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on October 1 announced that the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has received total disclosures of Rs. 65,250 crore under the Income and Assets Disclosure Scheme, 2016. The four-month window under the scheme...

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Mom and Dad, and one more

Knapps

02, Oct 2016


It is now known that the world’s first child created using a controversial “three-parent” fertilization technique was born five months ago in Mexico. According to critics, the procedure is tantamount to genetic modification of humans or even...

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Somebody killed Scarlett Keeling

Knapps

01, Oct 2016


Eight years of effort to obtain justice for Scarlett Keeling came crashing down as the men accused for her culpable homicide were acquitted by Goa Children’s Court. Her mother rightly asks, “If these men are innocent, who was responsible for the...

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The Shakespeare of the sciences

Knapps

29, Sep 2016


Alexander Von Humboldt’s ideas, findings and writings influenced several of the greatest scientists, naturalists, politicians and artists of his time. Yet he is hardly recognized outside of the academic community today. Andrea Wulf, through her...

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Jio vs. the Others

Knapps

29, Sep 2016


Reliance Industries Ltd’s Jio Infocomm, which was launched on 5th September, is facing its first hurdle with charges of frequent call drops over the network. As over 80 per cent of calls made between Jio and other telecom companies are reported to...

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The tragedy after the tragedy

Knapps

28, Sep 2016


Ex-Director General Corporate Affairs B K Bansal, who was accused of corruption, and his son committed suicide on September 26, two months after Bansal's wife and daughter committed suicide. In their suicide notes, while the wife and daughter stated...

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The stabbing of our conscience

Knapps

25, Sep 2016


Surender Singh repeatedly stabbed Karuna Prajapati in public view. Karuna’s death is yet another reflection of the disastrous consequences of leaving stalking unchecked. As usual every facet of India bears responsibility – law, police, cinema...

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The absurdity of Brangelina

Knapps

23, Sep 2016


The Brangelina split has managed to shock and entertain several people. “Brangelina” attained a status unmatched by celebrity couples in the past. Even as we obsess over celebrities, unfortunate incidents like the Brangelina...

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Mind over matter

Knapps of Knappily

21, Sep 2016


In a world of duality, there is a perennial dispute between skill and spirit, between brawn and belief. Nowhere is this contrast more visible than at the world’s most celebrated sporting event, the Olympics. The grand quadrennial competition was...

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Knappily crosses 10000 downloads

Announcements

29, Mar 2016


THANK YOU! For believing in us.For spreading the word.  We will continue the good work.One Knapp at a time.. 

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Dude applies for ‘Mallya loan’

Knapps

13, Mar 2016


The teller at a bank was left dumbfounded when a dude walked in and requested for a loan where he has to repay “neither the principal nor the interest”. It was not until he declared that he is going to start the same businesses in the same order...

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Great King Kamsa and the hunt for the real Kanhaiya

Knapps

20, Feb 2016


Great King Kamsa was a smart ruler in the Kingdom of Mathura (near present day Delhi). While his focus was on development of his kingdom, he was bothered by news of sedition and rebellion. Then he received actionable intelligence from...

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Miles Morales: The black Spiderman

Knapps

07, Feb 2016


After female Thor, Muslim teenager Ms Marvel-Kamala Khan and the first black superhero-Black Panther, Marvel introduces Miles Morales as the first black Spider-Man, in a new reboot of the character, Spider-man#1. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and...

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Did Rose let Jack die?

Knapps

07, Feb 2016


It is a truth universally acknowledged that Rose could have saved Jack’s life in Titanic, but instead allowed him to freeze to death while she selfishly hogged that door. Kate Winslet, who played Rose in the Oscar-winning disaster epic on the...

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February 7, 1999: Kumble claims 10/10 against Pak

Knapps of Knappily

07, Feb 2016


Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble achieved a rare feat of getting 10 wickets in an innings against arch-rival Pakistan, thus becoming the second man in the history of Test cricket to do so. Wisden hailed this as the second best bowling performance...

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Patanjali – the giant killer in FMCG market

Knapps

05, Feb 2016


In less than a decade, after starting out from a small food park in Haridwar, Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved has started taking giants in business. It is proving to be a disruptive force in FMCG space which has traditionally been the bastion of...

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Mustang arrives in India

Knapps

05, Feb 2016


Ford finally unveiled its iconic Mustang all-American muscle car in India. The company held a pre-Auto Expo show in New Delhi where it announced that the car would go on sale in the subcontinent in the 2nd quarter of 2016. Fulfilling the dream of...

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January 31, 1999: Tendulkar’s masterclass ends in a heartbreak

Knapps

31, Jan 2016


Sachin Tendulkar, batting with a bag of ice cube on his back, took India almost to the finish line against Pakistan in Chennai. The show ended in a tragedy for Sachin and India, and it took Sachin almost 10 years to exorcise the Chennai ghost....

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MBA grad dumbstruck when asked to explain things in simple terms

Knapps

30, Jan 2016


The event seems to have taken place at a team meeting where the others couldn’t quite follow what he was getting at. “What do they mean simple terms? I was trying to think outside the box, bring a paradigm shift in thinking, and reinvent the...

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On This Day: Jan 30, 1948: Godse kills Gandhi

Knapps

30, Jan 2016


Time discredits heroes as easily as it forgets everyone else; but the saints remain. On January 30, 1948, Nathuram Vinayak Godse sprayed bullets into the frail mortal body of Mahatma Gandhi, the saint of non-violence and tolerance. Godse only...

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Avid reader excited about ChetanBhagat’s new release

Knapps

24, Jan 2016


Last week, Chetan Bhagat took to twitter to announce that his new book would be releasing later this year. Ramesh, who describes himself as an “avid reader”in his twitter bio was seen celebrating and uttering words “Finally!”, and hugging...

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Rohith – killed by the system?

Knapps

24, Jan 2016


On January 30, Rohith Chakravarthi Vemula would have turned 27. The Dalit research scholar, suspended from Hyderabad Central University over a political dispute, told his friends that since his stipend was on hold, he was unable to give them...

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Today, we begin

Announcements

21, Jan 2016


Information overload: A symptom of the high-tech age, which is too much information for one person to absorb in a world of expanding digital technology. Six months ago, we were complaining about information overload. Today, we are doing...

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