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  • The refugee in us all
    BY SUKANT DEEPAK  New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) The conversation starts with the quote she once used in her work -- "Who is not a refugee". The Baroda-based artist, Nilima Sheikh insists we all have experienced the feeling sometime or the other. "At one level, migration may mean newer and greater opportunities, in other instances, complete devastation," she says.   For someone, who has touched upon a multitude of themes including displacement, longi
  • How women were disgraced in politics, wars in ancient India
    BY BRIJ KHANDELWAL  Agra, July 20(IANS) Women in the modern era are comparatively safer, better empowered and they enjoy a more dignified life than women during the days of 'rajas and maharajas' in ancient India. Often, women were publicly disgraced as victims of war or despicable politics practiced by feudal lords, says historian Dr. S. Chandnibi, Associate Professor, in the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University.   Women had no political role in
  • Mom laughed when I said I wanted to be a writer: Ruskin Bond
    July 19 (PTI): When Ruskin Bond told his mother that he wanted to be a writer, she laughed saying with his good handwriting he could only be a clerk in a lawyer's office.        This was early in 1951 when Bond was waiting for his school board results. He knew he would do well in English literature, history and geography, but wasn't too sure about maths and physics.      Bond's aim was to write stories and become an author, but
  • Rajasthan schools denying education over non-payment of fees
    BY ARCHANA SHARMA Jaipur, July 18 (IANS) Amid the Covid-19 pandemic when educational institutions are shut and are striving to complete courses online, Rajasthan schools are traumatising parents and students over non-payment of fees by blocking them from online classes and dropping them from school WhatsApp groups, flouting the state government order.   In a July 7 order, the state government said no school should demand payment of tution fees till they remained closed
  • Pandemic upheaval creates 'perfect storm' for land rights abuses
    As countries bolster economies battered by the pandemic, more land may be privatised   WASHINGTON, July 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From forced displacement to conflict over resources, the coronavirus pandemic has created a "perfect storm" for land rights abuses - and the situation is likely to worsen, researchers and activists warned on Thursday.   The migration of men to rural areas due to lockdowns and job losses has increased competition over l
  • Nearly one billion people scared of losing homes or land, poll finds
    Housing and land insecurity make it harder for people to plan for the future, hampering economic growth   LONDON, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost one billion people around the world fear losing their homes or land within five years, with owners and tenants in Burkina Faso and the Philippines the most concerned, a survey of 140 nations showed on Wednesday.   About one in five adults (19%) worry that their housing, fields or other land could be taken awa
  • DCGI approval enabled Biocon to bring Itolizumab for Covid treatment: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
    BY SHARON THAMBALA  Bengaluru, July 15 (IANS) At a time when the world is reeling under the COVID-19 health catastrophe, city-based bio-pharmaceutical major Biocon has received the approval of the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to market a repurposed injection, Itolizumab. It was originally launched in 2013 for treating chronic plaque psoriasis.   Costing Rs 7,950 for a 25mg/5 ml injection, Itolizumab is a novel biologic therapy which the company is recomm
  • Privatisation 'wave' hurts poor as pandemic heightens risks
    Countries trying to boost economic growth are privatising land and other resources, uprooting rural and indigenous communities   BANGKOK, July 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A push to privatise land and other resources in countries from Ukraine to Papua New Guinea is hurting indigenous people and the rural poor, while increasing the risks linked to climate change, researchers at a U.S.-based think tank said on Tuesday.   From a rise in deforestation in the Amazon
  • More than 1/3rd say Raj Cong govt will collapse, BJP to return: IANS CVoter snap poll
    New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) More than one third of respondents to a snap poll feel that the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan will collapse and the BJP will return in the state, as per IANS CVoter.   The poll comes on a day when Congress rebel Sachin Pilot was sacked from two key posts -- one in the party and the other in the government, that of Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President.   With a sample size of 1,200, the p
  • Digital play with Indian business models
    BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE IANS | July 12 The last decade has seen rapid digitisation. However, the last three months have seen the pace of digitisation accelerate rapidly. Even as the world adjusts to a new normal, the ability to leverage digitisation to improve, create and innovate business models will be vital in deciding the winners of the future. In India, in this context, the two issues that assume significant importance are business models that can monetise user bases using tra
  • How New Delhi tamed China
    BY LT GEN CHERISH MATHSON  New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) A resolute, unruffled leadership and India's multi-pronged, hard stance, from the borders to financial markets, has forced China to tone down its aggression it had initiated since early May 2020. While India's military had been mobilised in equal measure to counter China's belligerence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Leh visit last Friday was the clearest message to the
  • World Population Day: Bringing back the 'choice, voice debate' on family planning during COVID-19
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANSlife) Family planning is central to gender equality and womens empowerment, and it is a key factor in reducing poverty. Millions of girls and women in India can transform their lives if needs for family planning - to delay, space and limit the number of children that women have - are met.   Beyond health, there are many far-reaching, transformational and inter-generational effects of women being able to use contraception and take control of their fert
  • It's 'Vocal for Local' in Rajasthan on Raksha Bandhan this year
    Jaipur, July 9 (IANS) The 'Raksha Bandhan' festival this year will be celebrated with local flavour in Rajasthan, as many organisations in the state are following the Prime Minister's call for 'Vocal for Local'.   They have started making handmade 'rakhis', boycotting Chinese raw materials which till last year dominated the 'rakhi' manufacturing market.   Banswara will lead the show in this context as women there have pledged to
  • PM Modi's visit to his village Nimo, comforts 1962 war veteran
    Nimo/Leh, July 9 (IANS) In a quaint little village with tall poplars swinging gently in the summer bloom against the bare lofty mountains, 1962 war veteran Tsering Tashi giggles with exuberance over the thought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his village just a week ago.   "I did not know that he, the Prime Minister of India, was right here in my village, talking to soldiers. Got to know after he left," Tashi laughs.   Tashi quickly adds, "
  • US envoy admires Dalai Lama for seeking freedom for Tibetans
    Dharamsala, July 6 (IANS) Reaffirming Washington's continued support to the Tibetan cause, US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Ian Juster, on Monday greeted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday by admiring his tireless efforts to seek freedom for Tibetans and bringing an end to strife and hostility around the world.   "Your Holiness, it is a special privilege to know you and to be the chief guest at this celebration of your 85th birthday," J
  • 30,000 Indian troops in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese
    By Aarti Tikoo Singh Leh, July 6 (IANS) Around 30,000 troops of Indian Army are in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) in Ladakh, following the additional deployment of three brigades since the violent face-off last month. Highly placed sources told IANS that in normal times six brigades, that is two divisions are maintained along the LAC in Ladakh, even as troops are deployed in and out on a rotation basis. However, af
  • We shall prevail
    BY R. K. PACHNANDA  IANS | July 4 Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a very profound and pertinent statement that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, we shall overcome the two "jung" of COVID-19 and China and win both battles.   Our visionary Prime Minister's leadership in the battle against the unprecedented catastrophe -- COVID-19 -- has been unflinching, unparalleled and truly inspirational and needs to be emulated by other nations. Apart
  • Chinese hand in ISI's Gilgit-Baltistan move hits separatists
    BY SUMIT KUMAR SINGH New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The controversial proposal to annex Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which is to change the semi-autonomous status of the region, is being pushed by Pakistan to help China secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), security agencies have told the government. India is opposing the proposed move.   The developments in Pakistan related to Gilgit-Baltistan and diminishing role of terrorist lea
  • 'Encouraging' data but Covid vax nowhere near us
    New York, July 3 (IANS) There are currently 18 candidate vaccines in key clinical trials globally but despite encouraging preliminary data coming from some research labs, a Covid-19 vaccine is nowhere near while new corona cases are mounting in several countries including in India.   No vaccines have yet started their large and critical Phase-III trials in the US.   Drug maker Moderna's Phase-III trial which was supposed to start from July 7 "will likely
  • BJP wants J&K to get full statehood again: Ram Madhav
    BY NAVNEET MISHRA AND KAMLESH SINGH New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) National General Secretary Ram Madhav is one of the BJP's high-profile faces. Since becoming spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 2003, he has subsequently been in the news not only in the country but also in the international media as the face of the saffron party.   At that time, he was also known as something of a global ambassador of the RSS. After spending a long time in the RSS, he was