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Robotics and closed borders: Is it end of globalisation?

Saket Suman IANS   Until very recently, globalisation was the talk of the town and promised to be a melting pot of global cultures, economies and social ties. Two recent books by prominent western authors, on the other hand, appear…

Southeast Asia: From Miracle To Debacle

Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service   The World Bank and other influential international financial institutions and development agencies have been touting Southeast Asian (SEA) newly industrializing countries as models for emulation, especially by African developing countries seeking to accelerate…

‘Superficial form and style do not make abstract art’

IANS   Leading Indian art practitioners have contended that the tendency of modernism in art to focus on style and form does not represent the process of abstraction.   At a talk organised by the Raza Foundation on “Abstraction in…

‘Brain training’ app may improve memory

  IANS   A “brain training” game app developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study.   In the study, published in The…

UP jails are overcrowded, no place for cows shelters

Devanik Saha IANS and IndiaSpend   The prisons of Uttar Pradesh (UP), overcrowded and understaffed, are in no position to house gaushalas (cow shelters) as the state government recently proposed.   The prisons of India’s most populous state have an…

Of sorrow and penance: Short story writer examines facets of melancholy

Nivedita Giri IANS   What is the best way to relive an unforgettable past? Perhaps, cherishing the old memories. And this recent collection of short stories is an apt reminder of the impact that memories tend to have on our…

For a Fair Election

Liberal Democratic Party of Nagaland   Needless to say, the resolution taken by the NBCC with the political parties for a clean election is quite appreciative and is indeed a great step for a possible better future that could change…

A global tour of expressive words English needs

Vikas Datta IANS   Book Review: The Greeks Had a Word For It – Words You Never Knew You Can’t Do Without; Author: Andrew Taylor; Publisher: Corgi Books/Penguin Random House; Pages: 202; Price: Rs 399   Marmalade, bikini, shampoo, garage,…

Truant Teachers

Prof. G.T. Thong Nagaland University   In an article (Nagaland Post, June 22, 2017, Front Page) the Governor expressed anguish that 68% of government school teachers do not attend duties. Connect this to the poor results of the government schools.…

THE WORLD IS BURNING

THE WORLD IS BURNING

IPS World Desk   Record high temperatures are gripping much of the globe and more hot weather are to come. This implies more drought, more food insecurity, more famine and more massive human displacements.   In fact, extremely high May…

East Asia’s real lessons

Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service   International recognition of East Asia’s rapid economic growth, structural change and industrialization grew from the 1980s. In Western media and academia, this was seen as a regional phenomenon, associated with some commonality, real…

Having smartphone within reach reduces brain power: Study finds

IANS Having a smartphone within sight or within easy reach – even if it is switched off – can reduce your ability to focus and perform tasks because part of the brain is actively working to not pick up or…