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NADA, UAE to jointly carry out dope tests in IPL

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 22:36
NADA has already been in touch with its UAE counterpart and, according to the initial talks, the cricketers will be subjected to both in and out-of-competition testing, with maximum emphasis on carrying out a ‘no-contact’ testing in accordance with restrictions placed by local health authorities to ensure protection of cricketers.
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Biden, Harris vow to 'rebuild' America post-Trump

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 22:09
Making their first appearance as running mates, before a small crowd of reporters and staffers at a Delaware high school closed to the public due to coronavirus concerns, the Democratic duo vowed to end Donald Trump's presidency and, in Biden's words, "rebuild this country." "Everything we care about," said Harris. "It's all on the line."
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Live: PM to launch scheme for honest taxpayers

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:08
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Sexual Science in post colonial and contemporary India and the role of the Kinsey Institute

CASI Student Blog - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:59

I have been working on the role played by the Kinsey Institute in the history of sexual science in post-colonial and contemporary India. My decision to work on the Kinsey Institute specifically was prompted by the accessibility of digitized archives of the institute. As I near the end of my research, I am glad that I undertook the project. Though the project started as being centered on the significance of the Kinsey Institute in Indian sexual history, I have been able to use the sources to paint a broader picture about the wider history of sexual science during this period. This project has also helped to broaden the temporal scope of my dissertation project which I had initially thought of concluding by the late 1950s or early 60s at the latest. But having found a significant number of sources from the 1980s and later, I have been convinced to extend my study further into the contemporary history of sexuality in India.

In my last post, I had raised a question relating to the conspicuous absence of women from the correspondences sent to or by the Institute and or even generally when it came to discussions on sexuality in India in the Kinsey institute archives. Having gone through a few more files, I did come across references to female sexologists who participated in the 7th World Sexology Conference which took place in Delhi in 1985. The event, as I mentioned in my last post, the was widely covered by the press. The Philadelphia Inquirer interestingly ran a feature on it as a number of sexologists from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex (SSSS), based in Philadelphia, participated in the conference. The female sexologist chose to remain anonymous as she commented on the total absence of any sexual rights that women enjoyed in the developing worlds of Africa and Asia. Though the aim of the conference was to reduce the stigma surrounding sexuality and introduce a discourse on sex education, the Indian media appeared scandalized by the fact that the word ‘sex’ was used ten  thousand times a day during the conference and chose not to cover it. The stigma surrounding sex and the conference also resulted in the then health minister, Mohsina Kidwai “respectfully” declining an invitation to inaugurate the conference on account of being Muslim and a woman.

The Philadelphia Inquirer feature on the 7th World Sexology Conference, New Delhi, 1985.

Apart from the conference, I also came across an interesting letter written to the Kinsey Institute by Professor H.C Ganguli, who had established the Psychology Department in Delhi University in 1964. Ganguli wanted to spearhead a research on sexuality at Delhi University and wrote to the Institute in 1967 requesting material beyond Kinsey’s reports. Ganguli was particularly interested to know more about the methodology employed by Kinsey and his colleagues as he was beginning to devise a similar study in India. Facts such as these have given me another anchor to conduct further research study in India and know more about the history of sexual science in the post-colonial context.

Professor H.C. Ganguli(1924-2013)

Another interesting aspect of sexology emerged as I read through a correspondence between the Institute and a biographer of Sir Richard Burton. Burton was a colonial officer and ethnographer who had travelled through the British Empire and was posted in Sindh in 1844. He would later establish the Hindoo Kamashastra Society in London along with F.F. Arbuthnot and translate into English, among other works, the Kama Sutra and the Arabian Nights. Burton came up with the theory of the “Sotadic Zone” which was a geographical zone right from the Mediterranean and the Middle East up to the South China sea in the east which included South Asia. According to Burton inhabitants of this zone were particularly licentious and predisposed to homosexuality. Burton interestingly cited an Italian sexologist of the times to “prove” how the nerve endings of the genitals of the inhabitants of the Sotadic Zone were connected to their anal region which explained their predisposition to homosexuality. Byron Farwell, as he wrote a biography of Burton in the 1960s wrote to the Kinsey Institute asking whether there was any truth to Burton’s ideas about the sexuality of the “oriental races.” Paul Gebhard, who was the director of the Institute from 1956 onward replied to Farwell stating that Burton’s views could be attributed to cultural and colonial bias rather scientific facts. What was interesting to me in this exchange was the way in which sexology was used by both Byron and Burton for truth making claims about sexuality albeit in different contexts.

Richard Burton

As I wrap up this summer project and prepare my final presentation, I will be highlighting the findings I made by accessing these sources from the archives of the Kinsey Institute and how it will fit into my larger project on the history of sexual science in modern and contemporary South Asia.

Maruti to quit Gurugram plant, but stay in Haryana

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:47
The Haryana government has offered three land parcels to Maruti, the country’s largest car manufacturer, as an alternative to its Gurugram plant, from where the company has decided to shift out.
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UP" tigress dies sans food for 10 days

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:29
For nearly 10 days, a tigress in the Dudhwa reserve had been trudging along with a nylon wire trap painfully enmeshed in her neck. She went without food or water all those days, dropping dead on the edge of the forest two days ago. Her autopsy report that came in on Wednesday said her stomach was empty, faecal sample hard and body dehydrated.
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Sliding doors & 180 kmph top speed in trains run by pvt cos

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:15
The trains to be operated by private players may have swanky features like that of Metro trains or Vande Bharat Express, including electronic sliding doors, passenger surveillance system, public address announcement system, display of information and destination boards.
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CRPF-secured 'hostels' likely for J&K panchayat members

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:47
Hostel-type lodging facilities, to be secured by CRPF, are being identified in all districts of Kashmir to accommodate and shield grassroot-level people’s representatives and political workers from terrorist threats.
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‘Forgive, move on': Gehlot tells MLAs

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:32
Jaisalmer/ Facing resentment among his flock to the idea of taking back all 18 dissidents who had sided with Sachin Pilot, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday advised the legislators to "forgive, forget and move on".
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Like UP, Karnataka may seize rioters’ properties

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:26
The Karnataka government ordered a magisterial inquiry into the violence in parts of Bengaluru on Tuesday night. Deputy commissioner of Bengaluru Urban GN Shivamurthy as executive magistrate may inquire into the violence and submit a report within three months, sources said.
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Congress spokesman Rajiv Tyagi dies soon after TV debate

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:22
Congress spokesman and familiar TV face Rajiv Tyagi passed away on Wednesday following a massive heart attack, sending shock waves among colleagues who knew him as a combative defender of the party in debates. He will be cremated at Hindon crematorium on Thursday morning.
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Bengaluru violence: 'Local Muslim youth saved me'

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:00
“Had local Muslim youths not come to my rescue, I don’t think I would have been alive today,” Jayanthi R, mother of Naveen P who is accused of posting a derogatory post on Facebook, said on Wednesday.
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PM set to unveil scheme to reward honest taxpayers

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:30
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to unveil the much-awaited scheme to reward honest taxpayers on Thursday. While the government has for long talked about various plans — ranging from cashback or rewards under GST for those using digital modes of payment to make purchases — it has so far failed to implement them.
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'News of cops not accepting complaint angered mob'

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:09
The riots that rocked parts of Bengaluru on Tuesday night has its genesis in a small meeting of local minority community members in Kavalbyrasandra area. The agenda was to discuss a derogatory Facebook post by a relative of local MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy and the members decided to take up the matter with the lawmaker and the police.
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Hope India won't complicate border issue: China

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:54
Reacting to reports that the LAC stand-off may not get resolved any time soon, China on Wednesday expressed hope that the “Indian side can meet the Chinese side half-way” and not do anything to further complicate the situation.
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Muslims fare worst on key literacy rates

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:45
The report shows that among the various social groups, the literacy rate for those aged 7 yrs or more was the highest for “others”, which is non-SC/ST/OBC population groups, at 91% for men and 81% for women. This proportion declines to 84% for OBC men and 69% for OBC women. For SCs, the ratio was 80.3% for men and 64% for women and for STs 78% for men and 61% for women.
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SAIL's Soma Mondal set to breach steel ceiling

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:24
The Public Enterprises Selection Board has recommended Soma Mondal to be the next chairperson of the country's largest steelmaker SAIL, which would make her the first woman to head the state-run steel giant.
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A daughter of Chennai, Kamala blooms in US

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:08
Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday picked California Senator Kamala Harris, whose mother was a Tamilian from Chennai, as his vice-presidential running mate for the 2020 US presidential election. If she’s elected, Harris will make history as not only the first woman to hold the office but also the first person with Asian or African roots to do so.
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Oil PSUs to stop chartering tankers with China links

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:39
State-run oil companies have decided to stop chartering tankers owned or operated by Chinese companies even if the vessels are registered under third-country flags.The move follows regulations issued last month to curb business dealings with China in retaliation against the Chinese army’s border transgressions in Ladakh and the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash.
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Pranab critical, his daughter leaves it to God

The Times of India - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 16:31
The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee continues to be critical and he remains on ventilator support, the Army's Research and Referral hospital said on Wednesday.The former President was admitted to the hospital in Delhi cantonment on August 10 and was operated for removal of a clot in the brain. "Shri Pranab Mukherjee's health condition continues to remain critical.
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