Grim reminders of a war in Vietnam, a generation later

Robert Burns Associated Press   It’s been over for 40-plus years, the war that Americans simply call Vietnam but the Vietnamese refer to as their Resistance War Against America.   Yet it lingers in so many ways, as was apparent when Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dropped in for a couple of days of defense diplomacy […]

Why mustard needs to be put on the national agenda

Vivek Puri IANS   Carrots came to India from Afghanistan sometime around the 10th century; potatoes were brought by the Portuguese in the 17th century. However, there is nothing alien about mustard. It is native to India and has been around for thousands of years. Food historians tell us that mustard was cultivated in the […]

Facebook realises Internet can do harm to democracy

IANS Facebook, which is striving hard to make its platform sanitised from fake news and echo chambers, has realised that it can’t guarantee that social media is not harmful to democracy.   In a blog post, Product Manager Samidh Chakrabarti said on Tuesday that he is not blind to the damage that the Internet can […]

Lifelike robots made meant to win over humans

Kelvin Chan Associated Press   David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems.   If only it were as simple as that.   The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics […]

The book that Trump dismissed reveals a President in crisis

Saket Suman IANS Book Review: Fire and Fury; Author: Michael Wolff; Publisher: Hachette India; Pages: 320; Price: Rs 699   “A f**king idiot”, “A f**king moron”, “A child”, “A dope” and “Dumb as shit” are some of the descriptions of US President Donald Trump by White House staff in a new book, which the President […]

Snowless slopes kill skiing in Himachal

Vishal Gulati IANS   The ski slopes are deserted as scores of skiers in picturesque Solang Valley of Himachal Pradesh have been literally left high and dry with snow failing to cover its steep slopes.   Their hopes of skiing down the precarious slopes are fast thawing as snow is playing truant with the region […]

Only one generation be allowed to use reservation rights: Educationist Sonam

Rituraj Baruah and Rohit Vaid IANS   Ladakh-based education reformist and innovator Sonam Wangchuk believes that the rights given under the reservation policy should be curtailed after its benefits are used by one generation of a family. Accordingly, families in which one generation has benefited from the reservation policy should relinquish their right and not […]

People “forget” facts when buying unethical products

Varsha Saraogi Thomson Reuters Foundation   Consumers who knowingly buy products that have been made unethically – using child labour or endangered trees – may cope by forgetting the truth about their origins, researchers said.   In an online study by Ohio State University (OSU) in the United States, people who were asked to put […]

Tourism Should Be Regulated, Before It Is Too Late…

Roberto Savio Inter Press Service   This year, we will have 3 million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and […]

UN lambasts Latin America for abusing indigenous rights

Anastasia Moloney Thomson Reuters Foundation   Latin America is trampling on indigenous rights and jailing ever more campaigners to stifle opposition to big business taking over ancestral lands, according to a United Nations expert.   Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, said activists campaigning to protect their land from […]