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  • Woman photographers making an impact
    New Delhi, March 8 (IANSlife) "People always call me 'sir' when they first call as they don't expect a woman to be behind the camera" are the words of Gurugram-based maternity and baby photographer Anega Bawa. While the rise in number of women taking to professional photography may be slow, it sure is steady. But behind the camera, is gender still at play? IANSlife speaks to three woman photographers and Canon EOS Ambassadors, to find out. Anega Bawa (Matern
  • Why tea garden workers are crucial in Bengal, Assam polls?
    New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Tea garden workers are set to play a decisive role in many constituencies in the Assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam. Keeping this in mind, all the parties including Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress, are trying to lure them. Recently, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen plucking tea leaves along with the tea garden workers and dancing with them in Assam. On the other hand, BJP leaders are carrying out a door-to-door campa
  • Floods had major share in disasters in 50 yrs: Top meteorologists
    New Delhi, March 7 (IANS): Floods had a major share in disaster events in India, being responsible for the death of over 65,143 people in the last 50 years. This was especially so in 2019 when an abnormal increase in extreme weather events was experienced, according to a recent study published by the countrys top weather experts. The study has been conducted by Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary M. Rajeevan, Advisor Kamaljit Ray, Scientist R.K. Giri, S.S. Ray and A.P. Dimri. Based
  • Christie's Announces Global Sustainability Initiative
    New Delhi, March 6 (IANSlife) Christie's confirmed its commitment to more sustainable operations, pledging to be net zero by 2030. The company is committing to a 50 per cent reduction in its carbon emissions, achieving 90 per cent diversion from landfill for its waste and providing all clients with packaging and printed material that is 100 per cent recyclable. Christie's is setting its carbon reduction goals aligned to the needs of climate science, and has committed to the
  • Can probiotics help improve nutrient absorption in the malnourished?
    New Delhi, March 6 (IANSlife) Living in a country like India which is home to one fifth of the world's population, one cannot help but worry about the state of health and nutrition in the country. According to data on nutrition, despite economic growth during the last few years in India, 14 per cent of India's population is undernourished, writes Neerja Hajela. Hajela has done her Masters in Microbiology and PhD in Biotechnology; and is the Head of Science and Regulatory Aff
  • 'Banks need to drastically re-skill, reform for new normal'
    New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) To hire the skilled or to re-skill? This is one of the crucial questions the banking industry prepares for in the 'new normal' in a post-pandemic world. However, as the need for skills evolves, hiring cannot alone close the gap fast enough. Not only is re-skilling critical from an organizational standpoint, if done right, it also has a life-changing effect on employees, says a new book, "Transformational Leadership in Banking: Challenges of Gov
  • Spot these rare and exotic animals only in India
    New Delhi, March 3 (IANSlife) With over millions of species breathing on earth, the world celebrates Wildlife Day today, March 3, to raise awareness of global flora and fauna. There are many rare and extoic animals that can be found only in India. Wildlife plays an important role for the earth, as it scientifically balances the environment and ensures harmonious co-existence among beings. Indian wildlife sanctuaries are home to rare, beautiful and elusive species of animals that can
  • Modi's 'Matua' outreach in B'desh around WB polls
    Kolkata, March 3 (IANS): On the day the West Bengal witnesses the first of its eight-phase state assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be heading for an unusual shrine in Bangladesh -- Orakandi . Orakandi is not far from Tungipara in Gopalgunj, the ancestral home of 'Bangabandhu' Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and daughter Sheikh Hasina, the now Prime Minister of Bangladesh. It is the most sacred shrine of the 'Matua' community, a Hindu sect whose numbers ar
  • Target Net Zero by 2050
    By Asad Mirza IANS | March 2  In his new book on climate change and its adverse impact in the future, Bill Gates urges everyone to remember two things: Net Zero and 2050. It seems as if, after having grappled with malaria, HIV, Ebola and Covid-19, the billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder has a new passion now, to solve another intractable global problem: climate change. Since the start of 2021, Gates had been trying to focus everyone's attention on the
  • 'Bhagat Singh's is a story that needs to be told & retold'
    New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Punjabi folklore is full of the brave deeds of the two 'Shaheeds' of Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh, who have legendary status, and as a young child, Satvinder Singh Juss grew up listening to stories about them from his grandfather. Upon arrival in the UK at the age of nine, he recalls the annual commemoration of them held by the Indian Workers Association in town halls across the country for the future of a free India and the unfulfilled promise that th
  • I record my time, surroundings and experiences: Purushothaman Satish Kumar
    New Delhi, February 28 (IANS): It has been a long journey -- from spending time at his uncle's photo studio as a teenager during his vacations to winning the prestigious Rs 12 lakh Serendipity Arles Grant, South Asia's largest grant for lens- based practitioners, for his work 'Town Boy' recently. When Purushothaman Satish Kumar was gifted a point and shoot film camera by his uncle, he would always carry it with him to school picnics and cricket grounds to shoot the g
  • Why children go missing in Delhi?
    New Delhi, February 27 (IANS): Tracing missing children is one of the prominent challenges before the Delhi. In recent times, the police have paid special attention to trace missing children with the Commissioner announcing out-of-turn promotion to policemen who trace and recover missing children. But why do children in various age groups under 18 years of age go missing? A careful analysis of the above question has led to the discovery of a few important reasons why children go
  • 'The Code Breaker' is an uplifting tale in trying times
    New Delhi, February 27 (IANS): In these days of the coronavirus pandemic, Walter Isaacson, the bestselling author of "Leonardo da Vinci" and "Steve Jobs", returns with "The Code Breaker" (Simon & Schuster), a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day
  • UK court came down heavily on ex-Mumbai HC judge in Nirav Modi case
    New Delhi, February 26 (IANS): Even as the UK's Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan fraud case, District Judge Samuel Goozee came down heavily on former Mumbai High Court Judge Abhay M. Thipsay, saying he "never disclosed" his "party-political affiliation" either in the reports biography, or in relation to his
  • Can tweak & relaunch Covid vax within weeks: Harvard scholar amid rising mutations
    New Delhi, February 25 (IANS): India is fighting one of the toughest battles against the Covid-19 outbreaks. The battle turned intense after daily cases resurged following a few weeks drop from a peak of over 90,000 infections in mid-September to a little over 10,000 in early February. It has begun to rise again in many states along with thousands SARS-CoV-2 mutations. The genetic diagnostic laboratories in India have detected over 24,000 mutations in the strains of SARS-CoV-2 in th
  • Creativity can't be clocked
    New Delhi, February 24 (IANSlife): India Inc has joined the global chatter on the four-day workweek. A recent announcement about the much-talked-about new labour code suggests that organisations may be allowed to offer the option to employees. However, the ministry keeps the 48-hour cap on the workweek "sacrosanct". Much before the pandemic, remote work and flexible work policies became a part of our lives, companies around the world had begun litmus testing a three-day we
  • South Asian group mobilises for Tanden as Biden stands by her
    New York, February 23 (IANS): While President Joe Biden doubled down on the nomination of Neera Tanden to a top cabinet post as it began unravelling, activists are mobilising for and against her. South Asians for Biden, a group that campaigned for him, asked members of the community on Monday to contact key senators who could ensure her confirmation by the Senate as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organisation's National Director Neha Dewan said
  • Balochistan: In the Crosshairs of History
    By Aditi Bhaduri IANS | February 22 The year began on a subdued note with the assassination of journalist and activist Karima Baloch, one of Balochistan's few, fiery and brilliant women freedom fighters. Her dead body was found in a lake in Toronto, Canada. The death is strongly alleged to be that of the Pakistani deep state. It, however, did not ignite international passions as the farmers' protests in democratic India did, for example. Yet, this was not a one-off assassin
  • We are lucky to be in India during pandemic, say expats in Jaipur
    Jaipur, February 21 (IANS): This is the story of young expats who left their countries years ago and stayed back in Jaipur, making the Pink City their new home. Happily settled in the capital of the desert state for over a decade now, Marie-Anne Oudejans and Barbara Miolini love India and consider themselves lucky to be in this country at a time when the world has turned upside down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both of them have not gone back to their families in Europe for over
  • Nature sanitizes 41.7 mn ton of human waste every year: Study
    London, February 20 (IANS): Nature sanitizes about 41.7 million ton of human waste per year before the liquid enters the groundwater -- a service worth about $4.4 billion per year, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal One Earth, estimates that more than 2 million cubic meters of the cities' human waste are processed each year without engineered infrastructure. This includes pit latrine waste that gradually filters through the soil -- a natural process th