Decoded: How ginger reduces bad breath

Decoded: How ginger reduces bad breath

IANS Ever thought how ginger helps reduce bad breath? A pungent compound present in the spice may be an answer to it, a new study suggests. The study found that the pungent compound — 6-gingerol — stimulates enzymes contained in saliva that breaks down foul smelling substances in the mouth ensuring fresh breath and better […]

‘Not rescue, rehabilitation should be prime focus’

July 30 is World Day against Trafficking in Persons   Somrita Ghosh IANS   Human trafficking in India is an organised crime violating basic human rights of an individual. According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data of 2016, 63 people are rescued every day on an average from the countrywide racket that knows no […]

Pakistan and the World Need Inclusive Conflict Prevention

Quratulain Fatima Inter Press Service   Last week, 200 people were injured and 131 died in a suicide bombing in Mastung, Baluchistan. This attack was second most deadly since the 2014 Army Public School Attack in Peshawar, KhyberPukhtunkwah, which killed 144 people. This recent attack was one of three in 72 hours related to the […]

The Industrialization of Cybercrime

The Industrialization of Cybercrime

Tamas Gaidosch Inter Press Service   Cybercrime is now a mature industry operating on principles much like those of legitimate businesses in pursuit of profit. Combating the proliferation of cybercrime means disrupting a business model that employs easy-to-use tools to generate high profits with low risk.   Long gone are the legendary lone-wolf hackers of […]

Man Booker 2018 longlist a slap on diversity

Man Booker 2018 longlist a slap on diversity

The Man Booker 2018 longlist.   Saket Suman IANS   The Man Booker Prize may pride itself for representing “fiction at its finest” but its biggest draw is the whooping 50,000 pound prize money, along with the international acclaim that the winning writer gets, subsequently boosting the sale of the given novel manifold. With a […]

Living a good, full and long life – the Japanese way

Vikas Datta IANS   Title: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life; Author: Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles; Publisher: Hutchinson/Penguin Random House; Pages: 208; Price: Rs 499   A British businessman once recounted that while holidaying in Asia, he met a Japanese man in the swimming pool, and as soon they found […]

Business that lends sight to the blind wins tech award

Lee Mannion Thomson Reuters Foundation   A phone app that enables blind people to video call sighted volunteers to help them won a technology award on Tuesday, amid growing interest in businesses that support vulnerable groups.   Be My Eyes – a Danish company that allows some 87,000 people who have downloaded the free app […]

The (Other) Allegory of the Cave 1

Kethoser (Aniu) Kevichusa   The story of the 12 Thai boys in the cave, which gripped the attention – and held the breath – of the world for over a fortnight, has, thankfully, ended happily. One is quite aware that this real-life story – as all such poignant stories – should be taken in its […]

We Have to Redefine Policies for Sustainable Development

We Have to Redefine Policies for Sustainable Development

Jens Martens Inter Press Service   When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda, they signaled with the title Transforming our World that it should trigger fundamental changes in politics and society.   But three years after its adoption, most governments have failed to turn the proclaimed transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real […]

Genetic changes may help spot leukemia risk

IANS Scientists may now identify people at high risk of developing leukemia almost five years before the patient develops the cancer using a blood test to track some changes in the DNA code, which may reveal the roots of the disease among healthy people.   The findings showed that people who were en route to […]