Save our girls: Change comes from below for Rajasthan’s women

Save our girls: Change comes from below for Rajasthan’s women

Jhunjhunu, March 25 (IANS) Sending her elder daughter Manushree to an English-medium school in Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) was a distant dream for Sushila Thakan some eight years ago. Though she had her husband’s moral support, she received little cooperation from her in-laws after she gave birth to a girl child.   “Everyone wanted a male child […]

Afghan teenage beekeeper creates entrepreneurial buzz

Afghan teenage beekeeper creates entrepreneurial buzz

Frozan, 16, works as a beekeeping Entrepreneur holding a fresh honey comb produced at her farm in the Marmul district, Balkh province on May 8, 2017. Hand in Hand International / Rada Akbar (REUTERS Photo   Women and girls in Afghanistan are discriminated against on a regular basis, facing severe restrictions on working and studying […]

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Smoke billows from the chimneys of the Ilycha steelworks in the industrial city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files   LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and […]

World could see 140 million climate migrants by 2050

World could see 140 million climate migrants by 2050

People carry their important household items by boat in a flood-affected village in Gaibandha, Bangladesh. The low-lying country has many residents that are at risk from a changing climate in the near future. File Photo   New Delhi, March 20 (IANS): Three densely populated regions of the world, including South Asia, could see internal climate […]

How can India improve her Happiness Quotient?

How can India improve her Happiness Quotient?

Image for representational purpose only   By M. Rajaque Rahman IANS | March 20 It does crush the pride of a nation to find itself ranked as low as 133rd in a global ranking of happiness.   While it’s debatable whether something as subtle as happiness can be plotted on the basis of gross factors […]

Exclusive: Faced with Delhi’s pollution, Modi’s government bought air purifiers

Exclusive: Faced with Delhi’s pollution, Modi’s government bought air purifiers

FILE PHOTO: A child wears a face mask for protection from air pollution in Delhi, India November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton/File photo   NEW DELHI, March 20 (Reuters) – As pollution choked India’s capital Delhi in recent years, a total of 140 air purifiers were purchased for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s offices and at least […]

FACTBOX – Water, water everywhere – but for how much longer?

FACTBOX – Water, water everywhere – but for how much longer?

FILE PHOTO: Depleted wetlands are seen on the edge of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman   Demand for water is expected to increase by nearly one-third by 2050 as the planet’s population expands   BARCELONA, March 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Demand for water is expected to increase by nearly one-third […]

How a couple took ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ to new heights — three decades ago

How a couple took ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ to new heights — three decades ago

Jaipur, March 16 (IANS) Sulochana Chaudhary, a mother of three successful daughters, was watching TV with keen interest as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the audience while launching the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign in Jhunjhunu on March 8.   But long before the girl child became a campaign slogan for the current Prime Minister, […]