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  • Green crackers to make Diwali pollution free
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS) Delhi Police have ensured "no risk" for all asthma patients this Diwali as they have not issued a single license to any ordinary or gunpowder firecracker seller. All the permissions have so far been given only for 'green firecrackers'. Confirming the facts to IANS, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Licensing Unit Subhashish Chaudhary said: "In all 15 districts of Delhi, total 97 sellers had applied for license to sell firecrackers. To the date (October
  • Indian trafficking cases fall sharply fuelling concern over 'undetected victims'
    A child labourer carries bricks in Bihar-e-Sharif town, about 60 km (37 miles) from Patna April 9, 2007. REUTERS/Adeel Halim   Figures show around 3,000 human trafficking cases were reported in 2017, a drop of around 60% from 2016   MUMBAI, October 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cases of human trafficking in India have fallen sharply according to new government data, but campaigners warned on Tuesday that the figures may not reflect the full magnitude of the cr
  • MP ranks high on crime against women
    Bhopal, October 23 (IANS) With the reopening of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data to public after a year's break crime figures have started startling people. The ostensible reason for the inaccessibility of data was the proposed merger of NCRB with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).   According to NCRB data for 2017 released on Monday, girls aged between 6 and 18 years and elderly women remained most vulnerable to rapes in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Pak terror hurt Kashmiri Muslims most: Journalist to Congressional panel
    By Arul Louis New York, October 23 (IANS) The Kashmiri Muslims have suffered the most from the terrorist attacks by Pakistan-sponsored militants and this was being ignored by the Western media and activists, Indian journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh has told a US Congressional hearing.   "What the foot-soldiers of the Pakistani military and ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) have done to ordinary Kashmiri Muslims in the last 30 years, pales in comparison to the human rights
  • Historic U.S. island return to native tribe 'path forward' for other land transfers
    Members of the Wiyot tribe on Duluwat Island, outside Eureka, California. Handout photo by the Wiyot tribe.   While most native lands in the United States are governed as sovereign territories, they are legally held in trust by the federal government   WASHINGTON, October 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Californian city will return a historic island to its former Native American owners on Monday, more than 150 years after the tribe was decimated, in a move whi
  • UN endorses India’s steps to address hunger, malnutrition
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS) The UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) has endorsed India's policy measures for addressing hunger and malnutrition to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).   Bishow Parajuli, Representative and Country Director to India, UNWFP, told IANS that India has all the ingredients in place to achieve SDG 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture prior to the 2030 targets.  
  • 30 world leaders to attend Naruhito's enthronement
    Tokyo, October 21 (IANS) Around 30 heads of state and government, among other prominent personalities, will on Tuesday attend the public enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, according to official sources. Emperor Naruhito, 59, ascended to the throne on May 1, 2018, after the abdication of his father Akihito, and his enthronement will be marked by public ceremonies to which representatives from more than 190 countries have been invited, reports Efe news. According t
  • Japan gears up for Naruhito's enthronement
    Tokyo, October 20 (IANS) Japanese authorities on Sunday started preparations for the upcoming enthronement ceremony of the recently-ascended Emperor Naruhito with a series of planned celebrations that have been dampened by the devastating typhoon Hagibis, the deadliest to have hit the archipelago in half a century. The only event within the celebrations that is open to the general public has been postponed in the aftermath of Hagibis, which claimed 78 lives, injured 346, while nine
  • Maha polls: Key contests to grab eyeballs on Oct 21
    BY QUAID NAJMI  Mumbai, October 20 (IANS) After a vicious campaign trail lasting over 30 days, the stage is finally set for the Maharashtra Assembly elections amidst tight security, here on Monday. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena alliance is making a determined bid to recapture power for a second consecutive term, and the opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine is leaving no stone unturned to return to power after remaining in the political
  • Tourism growth and its inter-linkages
    By Taponeel Mukherjee  IANS | October 20   The dynamics of industrial growth in India, for all ancillary industries, makes for fascinating reading and analysis. India has embarked on a renewed push towards making the country an attractive tourist destination through a variety of measures such as the "Incredible India 2.0" campaign. Both local and international destinations have wooed domestic Indian tourists. Regardless of whether one considers inbound or outbound tour
  • It's vote for realistic vs populist promises in Haryana
    Chandigarh, October 19 (IANS) It is a vote for realistic versus populist poll promises in the election to 90-member Assembly in Haryana, where the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are locked in a straight contest. Riding high on pro-incumbency and the Modi wave, BJP Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar believes he will take his party's tally to '75 plus' from the present 47 legislators, while Congress' two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been raising the pitch agai
  • IFFCO empowering farmers with Oracle chatbot, AI-driven Cloud
    New Delhi, October 18 (IANS) With over 35,000 cooperative societies under its umbrella, the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO) is generating massive amount of data that needs to be analysed, parsed and used for predictive maintenance at its plants and enhance the productivity of nearly five crore farmers. At the forefront of technology adoption in the Indian agriculture space, IFFCO along with Cloud major Oracle is trying to take the benefits of emerging technologies
  • Animal husbandry can help in raising farmers' income by four times
    By P.K.Jha    New Delhi, October 18 (IANS) Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary in the Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, on Thursday said that the animal husbandry and dairy departments could contribute significantly in achieving the Modi government's goal of doubling farmers' income by 2022 as the government is paying special attention to this sector. Chaturvedi said that the dairy sector has the power to increase the income of farmers by four time
  • 820 million people don’t have enough to eat, tonnes of food wasted every year: UN Secy
    REUTERS File Photo   NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17 (PTI): United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the global food situation wherein "more than 820 million people do not have enough to eat" while one billion tonnes of food is wasted every year.   In his message on 'World Food Day', which was released here on Thursday by the UN India, he said, "It is unacceptable that hunger is on the rise at a time when the world wastes more than one bi
  • Plastic bottles vs aluminium cans: who'll win the global water fight?
     A plastic bottle drifts on the waves of the sea at a fishing port in Isumi, east of Tokyo, Japan November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo   LONDON, October 17 (Reuters) - Global bottled water giants are ramping up trials of easily recyclable aluminium cans to replace plastic that pollutes the world's seas. Sound like a slam-dunk for the environment? Not entirely.   Aluminium cans might indeed mean less ocean waste, but they come with their own e
  • NNobel winner feels no grand theory can explain underdevelopment: Economists
    By Sirshendu Panth    Kolkata, October 15 (IANS) Successful micro-level field experiments like the one that established a connect between barefoot children, whooping cough and school drop outs in Africa characterise the works of Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and his wife Esther Duflo who believe there can be no grand theory of underdevelopment, said economists. Banerjee, Dufflo and Michael Kremer were awarded the Nobel prize for Economics on Monday for their research that
  • All you need to know about Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee
    New Delhi, October 14 (IANS) Indian-origin MIT professor Abhijit Banerjee, his wife and one-time Ph.D student Esther Duflo, and Harvard professor Michael Kremer have been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics for their work which has "dramatically improved our ability to fight poverty in practice," it was announced on Monday. Born in Mumbai in 1961, Bannerjee is one of the leading development economists and is presently working as a professor of economics at the Massachusetts In
  • Assembly polls: Modi's Art 370 vs Rahul's Rafale barbs
    Mumbai, October 14 (IANS) As Rahul Gandhi returns to India and kickstarts his belated campaign trail on Sunday for Assembly elections scheduled just seven days away, BJP is almost done with its campaign with it's star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking over. In this seemingly unequal battle, while the BJP is banking big on its tried and tested formula of hyper nationalism, Congress has once again gone back to the "corruption in Rafale deal" narrative that boomeranged few
  • India-China equation-post Mamallapuram
    BY D.C. PATHAK    The most important takeaway from the informal summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping at Mamallapuram, formerly Mahabalipuram -- the second since Wuhan that happened in April 2018 -- is that the two biggest nations with a deep civilisational legacy could successfully explore the areas of detente and cooperation independently of the third party influences. The scale of welcome accorded to the Chinese President reflected the cultural
  • Mahabalipuram summit: Were there any takeaways?
    The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi exchanging the gifts with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 12, 2019. (PIB Photo)   New Delhi, October 12 (IANS) Beyond the optics, did the Mahabalipuram summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping achieve anything tangible in smoothening the ruffles of the bilateral relationship?   According to experts, the fact that the two