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  • Trump impeachment trial slides into limbo as hardball escalates over crucial final phase
    BY NIKHILA NATARAJAN  New York, December 26 (IANS) The final bend of US President Donald Trump's impeachment process, a Senate trial, has suddenly slid into limbo after his Democratic rivals who control the House of Representatives have brought the until-now rapid fire spectacle to a screeching halt and left politicos scratching their heads about how this story ends. "Timing is everything," the President's most consequential rival in the US Congress and the heroine of t
  • Shimla church bell silent for 35 years, will peal again
    New Delhi, December 24 (ANI): A feel-good story, for now.    After a long gap of 35 years, people in Shimla will get to hear the sound of a 150-year-old bell at Christ Church, which has not been functioning for decades.      Victor Den, a local resident and a retired mechanical engineer, said he took it upon himself to restore the bell and the chimes of the church ahead of Christmas Day.      Speaking to ANI, Den said, "Pe
  • Tribal sentiments against non-tribal CM cost BJP Jharkhand
    Ranchi, December 24 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have paid the price for experimenting with a non-tribal as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, where tribals have a sizable population.   Jharkhand was created in November 2000 for the welfare of the people of the region, particularly tribals who constitute around 27 per cent of the state''s population. Respecting the tribal population''s sentiment, the BJP named Babulal Marandi, a tribal, as the first Ch
  • From folktales to unexplored places, here's how to explore ‘Hidden Himachal'
    Shimla, December 22 (IANS): The 17th century-town of Bilaspur, considered to be amongst the first planned towns in the hills of India was also submerged in the water of the Satluj river with the construction of the Bhakra Dam in 1962.   A cemetery in Dagshai, which grew under the rule of British India, holds the grave of Mary Rebecca Weston. Some consider this to the most elegant of graves in the country. A strange superstition grew around the grave. Childless wome
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Literature set to be more inclusive
    By Vishnu Makhijani    New Delhi, December 19 (IANS) It's created an enviable niche for itself in a overcrowded world and now, the $25,000 DSC Prize For South Asian Literature is set to become even more inclusive as it brings Cambridge University into its fold to create a parallel award for students around the globe because "thats the way forward", its co-founder Surina Narula says. "I don't want to be stuck. We need to move on, because I feel unless you catch people
  • India slips in Gender Gap Index, ranked 112th
    New Delhi, December 17 (IANS) India has been ranked 112th in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Index 2020, out of the 153 countries across the world. Neighbouring Bangladesh is placed at 50th position and leads the South Asia region. In 2018 and 2017, India ranked 108th in the gender gap index. In the Global Gender Gap Report, 2020, released on Tuesday, Iceland continued to be the most gender-equal country, followed by Norway, Finland, Sweden and Nicaragua. "Icel
  • IMF's Gita Gopinath on what Modi govt should do to revive India's economy
    Reuters Photo   Gopinath, who is IMF's chief economist, rooted for government policies focusing on managing a slowdown in domestic demand, and on boosting productivity growth and supporting employment creation in the medium term.   New Delhi, December 16 (PTI): With economic growth slowing to a six-year low, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath says the government should undertake structural reforms such as bank clean-up and labour reforms to address the slowdown in
  • Your one-stop guide to Citizenship (Amendment) Act
    New Delhi, December 15 (IANS) If the monsoon session of Parliament created history by junking the controversial Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special powers to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, this winter session that ended this Friday became known for another equally controversial legislation - the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which now, after being passed by both the houses has become an Act. What is the Citizenship (Amendment) Act? This bill that now has
  • Effective regulations as the lynchpin for growth
    BY TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE  IANS | December 14   The importance of an effective regulatory mechanism for a conducive business environment cannot be over-emphasized. As India looks to push consumption and investments further up, a renewed focus on improving the regulatory framework will help the business climate significantly. The recent decision of the Government of India to approve an amendment to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) to protect successful resolution
  • Can non-BJP CMs thwart Citizenship Act's nationwide rollout?
    By Anindya Banerjee    New Delhi, December 13 (IANS) On Friday, in a packed hall at the Indian Women's Press Corps in New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath alleged that the newly-amended Citizenship Act was an attempt by the BJP-ruled Centre to change the narrative by "design". Calling it a "process that sows seeds of divisiveness," Nath joined a long list of non-BJP Chief Ministers who raised their voice against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), ris
  • Deadlock in UN talks on climate finance
    By Vishal Gulati    Madrid, December 13 (IANS) As the two-week long hectic UN climate change talks head to close with outcomes inadequate to address the climate emergency, negotiators and envoys on Friday are apprehensive of the increasingly contentious topics like climate finance -- a support to developing countries, including India. Experts told IANS that the issue of climate finance is addressed in a number of the negotiations in relation to long-term finance, the
  • 'Carbon footprint in India can be reduced by 20%'
    Madrid, December 12 (IANS) The carbon footprint of the use and production of cars in G7, China or India would decline by 20 per cent if one in four journeys in these countries is a shared ride, the leading global scientific panel working on the sustainable management of natural resources said in its first comprehensive scientific analysis. The report focuses on the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the two most carbon-intensive products -- passenger cars and resident
  • The board inside the master's mind
    By Sukant Deepak    New Delhi, December 12 (IANS) He says that there can sometimes be a complete sense of vacancy even after a major win. And many a times, when something has happened it can pass by very quickly - this happens especially with a victory. "You have this feeling that you're supposed to be happy, but mentally you've moved on and it doesn't do anything for you. You're satisfied in a good way. You've done what was required, but actually that feeling of hap
  • Now, author Aparna Jain focuses on men who broke the mould
    By Vishnu Makhijani    New Delhi, December 11 (IANS) Aparna Jain is not only a certified Integral Master Coach but has also authored two female-centric books - one that takes a searching look at women in the workplace and the other showcasing role models for young girls, as also their parents - and a volume on family recipes. She has now turned her attention to men who broke the mould as males are also subject to partiarchy and tropes. "Since the publication of 'Like
  • Dilip Kumar: Examining a colossus that strode the screen
    By Vishnu Makhijani  New Delhi, December 11 (IANS) What's behind the everlasting appeal of cinema legend Dilip Kumar? The principle reasons "are related to the myths or legends which have enveloped and continue to camouflage the flesh-and-blood form of the multi-faceted persona of Yusuf Sarwar Khan, alias Dilip Kumar. Dilip Saheb has, on one hand, projected a disarming personality both on and off screen to endear him to the masses and, on the other hand, equally charmed
  • India will achieve 100 GW solar energy target: Javadekar
    By Vishal Gulati    Madrid, December 10 (IANS) India is going to add 67 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy capacity in next three years and the country is witnessing a sharp fall in its prices due to the enhanced production, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday. "We are going to achieve 100 GW solar energy target in 2022 by adding 67 GW of power," he said, while pointing out the sharp fall in the prices of solar energ
  • India ranks 129 in UN's human development index
    Image via Shutterstock   New Delhi, December 9 (PTI) India climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 human development index, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday. In 2018, India's human development index (HDI) value of 0.647 had put it at 130 rank. In India, 27.1 crore people were lifted out of poverty from 2005-06 to 2015-16, UNDP India resident representative Shoko Noda said while releasing
  • Industrial world must get more time to reduce emissions: India
    BY VISHAL GULATI    Madrid, December 8 (IANS) Ahead of the high-level crucial negotiations this week at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in the Spanish capital, India's stand is primarily on evolving loss and damage mechanism and the industrial world should get five years more to reduce its carbon emissions, a senior Indian functionary said on Sunday. Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who reached here a day earlier, had meetings with Indian delegation to stre
  • Unnao victim''s kin want justice, accused family for CBI probe
    Unnao (Uttar Pradesh), December 8 (IANS) There is a steady stream of visitors in Hindupur village, located about 50 kilometres south of the Unnao district headquarters in Uttar Pradesh. Visits by politicians have not stopped since Saturday and a heavy deployment of police is visible in the village, particularly around the house of the rape victim who was set ablaze on Thursday by the rape accused. The victim died on Friday night and was buried outside the village on Sunday. Th
  • The spoken truth
    By Sukant Deepak    New Delhi, December 7 (IANS) She says that neither Partition nor the events of 1971 are static. That they continue to live in diverse manifestations, informing the collective narrative of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. "For instance, India and Pakistan still define themselves in opposition to each other, claiming to be everything the other is not - more pious, righteous, secular, progressive than those across the border. Patriotism is more often