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Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning
Jan 18, 2017 03:14 IST
By Kartikeya Ramanathan
what happened: Manning leaked US army documents and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.
what it means: Manning, a transgender woman incarcerated at a male military prison, twice tried to commit suicide. She is set to be freed on May 17, rather than in 2045.
what next: Obama has now shortened the sentences of more federal inmates than any other US president.
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Italy's Tajani elected new president of European Parliament
Jan 18, 2017 02:31 IST
By Kartikeya Ramanathan
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what happened: Italy's Antonio Tajani was elected president of the European Parliament, succeeding Germany's Schulz
what it means: The European Parliament has the power to block or amend EU laws, and will have the final say on whether to approve a Brexit deal with the UK.
what next: His election puts the centre-right in charge of the European Commission, Council and Parliament.
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Scotland must have choice on independence, says Sturgeon
Jan 17, 2017 21:19 IST
By Kartikeya Ramanathan
Reuters file
what happened: Scotland first minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a fresh referendum on independence from the UK.
what it means: Scots voted by a clear majority against leaving the EU. Sturgeon said the UK government "can't be allowed" to take Scotland out of the EU and said Scots were now more likely to want independence.
what next: The Scottish government is due to meet its UK counterparts as part of negotiations for Brexit.
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Obama's govt is working hard to undermine Trump, says Putin
Jan 17, 2017 21:01 IST
By Kartikeya Ramanathan
what happened: Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the outgoing US administration of undermining Donald Trump.
what it means: Putin's statement reveals a culmination of tensions between Moscow and Washington, which have built up over the Ukrainian crisis, the Syrian war and allegations of Russian meddling in the US election.
what next: Moscow is inviting Trump administration representatives to attend talks on Syria in Kazakhstan.
  • To win Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav will need balance on the cycle
    Jan 17, 2017 17:38 IST

    The family feud in the Samajwadi Party (SP) has taken a decisive turn with the Election Commission of India awarding the cycle symbol to Akhilesh Yadav. It’s a tilting of scales that gives the young chief minister a huge boost on the campaign trail ahead of next month’s more

  • The NCERT’s tweaking of learning outcomes is not exactly child friendly
    Jan 17, 2017 17:37 IST

    Making learning interesting and enjoyable — that should be the main criteria for any educationist or educational organisation when it comes to setting frameworks for children. No one can fault the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) for not trying, but it seems more

  • Cashless rural economy can spur demand for traditional banking
    Jan 17, 2017 23:00 IST

    India is still coming to grips with Prime Minister Modi’s ‘shock and awe’ approach to demonetisation, which should be seen as an important element of his ambitious digital India mission. Interestingly, this sentiment was echoed by none other than Bill Gates, who had at one more

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