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Transgender column in PAN cards is a welcome step

Transgender column in PAN cards is a welcome step

The introduction of the transgender column in application forms of the Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a welcome move. Four years ago, almost to the date, the Supreme Court delivered the National Legal Services Authority (Nalsa) versus Union of India and Others judgment, which guaranteed equal status to the transgender community and directed state and central governments to ensure that […]

It‘s time to reclaim the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir and see feminism for what…

It‘s time to reclaim the legacy of Simone de Beauvoir and see feminism for what…

“One is not born, but rather, becomes a woman,” wrote Simone de Beauvoir in her seminal book The Second Sex. At the time, the book was considered so radical that the Vatican put it on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (index of prohibited books). Beauvoir died at the age of 78 on this day 32 years ago, leaving behind a legacy […]

Bicycle‘s role in women‘s liberation celebrated

Bicycle‘s role in women‘s liberation celebrated

Cyclists donned 1800s garb and took to the streets of Nelson yesterday evening to celebrate the bicycle and its role in liberating women. The Bloomers and Tweed Bicycle Ride. Photo: John-Paul Pochin The Bloomers and Tweed Bicycle Ride, organised by cycling advocacy group Bicycle Nelson Bays, is part of the city‘s annual heritage festival. English settlers arrived in Whakatu in […]

Middlemore repair could be stressful for patients – union

Middlemore repair could be stressful for patients – union

Repairing a Middlemore Hospital building while patients remain inside will be very stressful for patients and staff, a junior doctors‘ union warns. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly The Counties Manukau District Health Board has said it would not close the mould-riddled Scott Building, which houses 11 wards and a coronary care unit, while it replaces But the Resident Doctors Association […]

More power cuts in Auckland after stormy night

More power cuts in Auckland after stormy night

More people have been without power in Auckland this morning, with trees coming down overnight in several parts of the city. A tree at One Tree Hill that was brought down by the storm. Photo: RNZ / Tom Furley Areas affected included the North Shore and parts of south and west Auckland. Vector said overloading also affected a substation last […]

Droughts, floods to become more common in Southland

Droughts, floods to become more common in Southland

Southland will be at greater risk of drought and flood in the future because of climate change, a report by regional council Environment Southland warns. Dry Southland pasture (file photo). Photo: Southland Regional Council The report, Protecting our Communities, was released this morning and forms part of the council‘s long-term plan. It projects infrastructure spending will increase to more than […]

Comm Games cycling delivers a gold medal – and a life lesson

Comm Games cycling delivers a gold medal – and a life lesson

Analysis – Yes, the good guy finished second, but Sam Gaze‘s outburst was also understandable, writes Sports Editor Stephen Hewson. Photo: Andrew Cornaga / Photosport Yes Sam Gaze was a bit of a dork. Giving your teamate the middle finger, in the middle of a race is not a good look but it‘s hardly a hanging offence. Labelling Anton Cooper […]

Ten things learned in 10 hours of Zuckerberg testimony

Ten things learned in 10 hours of Zuckerberg testimony

Opinion – I sat through both of Mark Zuckerberg‘s appearances on Capitol Hill, watching them live streamed, ironically enough, on Facebook. Here‘s what I learned about the 33 year-old billionaire, and the social network‘s greatest crisis yet. Photo: AFP 1. Zuckerberg is still a frat boy at heart Behind the crafted contrition and well-rehearsed responses, we got glimpses of a […]

The only thing worse than a sore loser: a bad winner

The only thing worse than a sore loser: a bad winner

Opinion – Imagine winning a gold medal, but all everyone remembers is you being a petulant jerk after. New Zealand‘s Samuel Gaze gestures in the transition area after suffering a puncture. Photo: Photosport It‘s been quite a week for New Zealand sportspeople giving post match interviews. First, we had after yet another Silver Ferns‘ loss, then mountainbiker Sam Gaze‘s brazen […]

Why regional connectivity in South Asia should be a strategic priority for India

Why regional connectivity in South Asia should be a strategic priority for India

Transport corridors are the arteries through which trade, commerce and people flow within and across countries. Now in our digital age, fibre optic submarine cables run thousands of kilometres under the sea connecting North America and Europe, Europe and Asia and continental Asia to archipelagic Asia. They carry enormous volumes of data and voice traffic across vast distances. Despite satellites […]