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  • Every 10th household in India report active Covid case
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Every 10th household in India is right now reporting an active case within immediate family members and almost every fifth household in India is reporting loss of life among near and dear ones, as per the IANS-CVoter Covid Tracker. This means one in every 10 Indian families has at least one family member suffering from Covid and one in every 20 Indian families has self-reported a death within immediate or extended family, as per the tracker. The tracker i
  • Majority Indians say their lives & country both in poor state
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Even in the worst of the times during the Wave 1 of Covid pandemic last year, the country was still optimistic and general opinion was that the country is moving forward even in the difficult times. But everything seems to have changed in last one month or so. Now majority of the Indians are saying that their personal life as well as the Country, both are in poor state, as per the IANS-CVoter Covid 19 Tracker. The sample size of the Covid-19 tracker was 5
  • Majority expects no improvement in living standard for another year
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Majority of Indians reported that in the last one year or so their overall living standard has dropped significantly. This happened almost a year back and that red line has not come down since then. Worse is, the ever-optimistic Indian is so much spiralling down the pessimism way at the moment that they don't see any ray of hope in the coming 12 months either, as per the IANS C Voter Covid Tracker. To a question in the survey on how many days of Ratio
  • Over 60% feel India's foreign relations improved under Modi
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) More than 60 per cent people believe that India's relations with different countries of the world improved under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as per the ABP-C Voter Modi 2.0 Report Card. The ABP-C Voter survey found that 62.3 per cent of the respondents feel that the country's relations with different nations of the world have improved during the current tenure of the Modi-led government which is into its second term. The survey was carried out b
  • 53.3% back Modi govt's decision to implement CAA
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Over 50 per cent people believe that the Narendra Modi government has taken the right decision to implement Citizenship Amendments Act (CAA) to give Indian Citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians, according to the ABP-C Voter Modi 2.0 Report Card. The ABP-C Voter survey found that 53.3 per cent people believe that the Modi government has taken the r
  • Second wave to stunt rural demand, impact overall growth
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Covid's second wave is expected to stunt rural demand, consequently, marginally dampening India's 2021 growth prospects. According to economy observers, heavy impact of pandemic in rural areas as well as rise in healthcare and other associated costs will slow down rural demand. Significantly, this will impact sectors ranging from two-wheelers, tractors, cement and consumer durables amongst others. "Agricultural production will remain robus
  • 63% say Modi handled Covid crisis well; 22% feel RaGa would have done better
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been one of the most vocal critics of the Narendra Modi-led governments strategy to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Recently, Rahul Gandhi had said that India will be hit by multiple Covid waves if the government fails to get its vaccine strategy right. He even held the Centre and the Prime Minister directly responsible for so many deaths due to Covid in the country. However, the Congress leader's criticism of
  • 5 precautions to keep in mind for air travel in the times of Covid-19
    New Delhi, May 27 (IANSlife) Almost a year ago, one of the busiest airports in the world- Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi had a deserted look brought about by the coronavirus. A year later, the airport has terminated operations on terminal 2 as a result of the reduced number of flights due to the second wave, which is turning out to be more deadly than the previous one. The air travel industry has witnessed significant changes since the pandemic, even as two things rema
  • Buddha's teachings still relevant: Dalai Lama
    Dharamsala, May 26 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said although the world has changed substantially since the time of the Buddha, yet the essence of his teaching remains as relevant today as it was 2,600 years ago. Offering greetings to fellow Buddhists to commemorate the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and entering into Mahaparinirvana, the spiritual leader said the Buddha's teaching is essentially practical. "It is not just for one group
  • Coronavirus: so many variants, but vaccines are still effective
    By Luke O'NeillProfessor, Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin PTI London, May 25 (The Conversation) Viruses are constantly changing. This is because errors sometimes occur when they copy their genetic material. Some errors have no effect at all. Some might make the virus less viable. Some make it more benign, which means it can survive but doesn't cause disease. The errors to watch for are those that might make the virus more infectious, or better able to avoid the im
  • China develops UAV with plateau ops capabilities, to deploy at LAC
    New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) China has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with plateau operations capabilities and plans to deploy it at Line of Actual Control with India in Kailash mountain range, sources said. The UAV has been developed in Shaanxi and completed its first flying and control task at Gar Gunsa in Tibet Autonomous Region, the sources said. The flight was undertaken by the Hailan Aviation team. "The UAV took off from an elevation of 4,700 metre -- Baga Town
  • Responsibility in honouring the Gaza ceasefire
    By Jonathan Zadka IANS | May 22 As the hostilities from Gaza have halted, we enter a very delicate and sensitive period in hope that the terrorist organisations in the coastal enclave will indeed honour the ceasefire, and stop the indiscriminate rocket attack against Israels civil population. On Thursday night, Israel's Security Cabinet unanimously accepted the recommendation of all of the relevant security officials, the IDF Chief-of-Staff and the head of the ISA, as well a
  • Covid crisis in India a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries: IMF
    Washington, May 22 (PTI) Observing that the ongoing "catastrophic" second wave of COVID-19 in India is a sign that the worst may be yet to come, the IMF has said that the situation in the country is a warning of the possible events in low- and middle-income nations that have seemingly escaped the pandemic till now. A report co-authored by International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist Ruchir Agarwal and its Chief Economist Gita Gopinath on Friday also said that under the busi
  • How is Israel-Hamas ceasefire different this time?
    By Major General S.B. Asthana IANS | May 21 The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after 11 days of deadly hostilities is a welcome step for the innocent people suffering casualties in the crossfire, provided all sides observe this ceasefire judiciously. The Israel- Palestine struggle is one of the oldest struggles in the world with Israeli occupation of West Bank and Gaza Strip 53 years back, interspersed with wars and conflicts at varying scale intermittently, with no signs of
  • 'In Pursuit of Unhappiness' a philosophical treatise on suicide
    New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) India has effectively decriminalised suicide, with the Mental Healthcare Act, passed by Parliament in 2017 and entering into force a year later, noting that "notwithstanding anything contained in section 309 of the Indian Penal Code (that makes it a punishable offence), any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code". "Truly, su
  • China must return the stolen Tibetan child -- The 11th Panchen Lama
    By Tsering Passang IANS | May 20  For the past 26 years, followers of Tibetan Buddhism have been waiting patiently for a glimpse of their spiritual leader, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, The 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. This is still yet to materialise. Born 25th April 1989, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as per the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, on 14th May 1995. Within days of his public recognition, on
  • EXPLAINER: How did Hamas grow its arsenal to strike Israel?
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 20 (AP) — In this fourth war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, the Islamic militant group has fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, some hitting deeper in Israeli territory and with greater accuracy than ever before. The unprecedented barrages reaching as far north as the seaside metropolis of Tel Aviv, coupled with drone launches and even an attempted submarine attack, have put on vivid display a homegrown arsenal that has
  • I always have a story to complete: Ruskin Bond
    New Delhi, May 18 (IANS) Ruskin Bond will be celebrating his 87th birthday tomorrow -- writing a new story sitting on his old desk in a picturesque house in Landour which has become a landmark and a must see for tourists visiting that part of Garhwal. It has been a long writing voyage that started with his first story being published at the age of 16. The ritual of starting a new story or a book will carry on this time too, "I make it a point to start a new story or book every
  • Lancet editorial on India's fight against Covid biased and misguided
    By Pankaj Chaturvedi IANS | May 17, 2021 I read the editorial in The Lancet titled ‘Indias Covid-19 emergency published on May 8, 2021. Let me quote from the article, "India will see a staggering 1 million deaths from COVID-19 by Aug 1. If that outcome were to happen, Modi's Government would be responsible for presiding over a self-inflicted national catastrophe." It is reminiscent of news reports in the British colonial era in India. To justify their forc
  • Palestinian issue: Is a solution possible?
    By Asad Mirza IANS | May 17 During the last week hundreds of Palestinian protesters have been wounded in clashes with Israeli police and more than 197 are dead in Gaza and 10 in Israel, 42 were killed in the early hours of 17 May only, after the Israeli rocket attacks and bombarding by Israeli planes on Palestinian settlements in the west Bank. Jerusalem has witnessed worst unrest in years with Arab communities inside Israel holding continuous demonstrations against the atrocities