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How the US Lost the Opium War in Afghanistan

The US spent $1.5 million a day since 2001 fighting the opium war in Afghanistan.After hundreds of airstrikes failed to curtail the Taliban's $200-million-a-year opium trade, the US military......

Do we need to take multiple vaccine doses before 2024?

With the virus mutating, can vaccines be assumed safe and effective in the long run? asks Atanu Biswas. IMAGE: A COVID-19 vaccine administration dry run at a health care centre in Bhubaneswar,......

Why we need to unlock 'intelligently'

R0 values, or the average number of infections expected to be caused by a Covid carrier, vary between states, and have not stabilised.While unlocking, it would be wise to look at these variations,......

Why exit polls go wrong

Exit polls often go wrong in India because pollsters don't sample voters in the poorest parts of the country or the core support bases of different political parties, explains Professor Atanu......

Should India change Census methods?

'Is it time to think beyond the traditional questionnaire-based approach in India?' asks Atanu Biswas. IMAGE: People board a train at a railway station in New Delhi. Photograph: Anindito......

How The Pandemic Affected Puja

The estimated size of the Durga Puja economy could be about Rs 2.75 trillion in 2021 had there been no pandemic, points out Atanu Biswas. IMAGE: A restricted access Durga Puja pandal. Photograph:......

Tokyo Olympics: Yen for Losing Money

Atanu Biswas explains the economics behind hosting a Games in pandemic times. IMAGE: Fireworks light up the Olympic stadium in Tokyo during the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, July......

How vulnerable are bank ATMs?

The war between hackers and banks over ATM security will be dynamically redefined, notes Atanu Biswas.Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com   At least 22 people of the same locality in Kolkata......

India's growing coffee culture

Indian coffee shops market over the next four-five years will grow between 6 and 18 per cent CAGR, all due to the growing coffee culture among the youth, increasing urbanisation, rising disposable......

Durga Puja economy is worth Rs 1 lakh cr!

If the Puja as a brand can be marketed more effectively outside Bengal, even overseas, it might do wonders for the economy, says Atanu Biswas. IMAGE: Maha Panchami Puja at the Sarbojanin Durga......

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