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  • Implementation of POCSO Act needs scrutiny: Damyanti Biswas
    IANS Photo   By Vishnu Makhijani    New Delhi, December 7 (IANS) Author and social activist Damyanti Biswas, whose novel "You Beneath Your Skin" explores the dark underbelly of the national capital and its spiralling crime spree, says though violence against children under 12 attracts the death penalty under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, yet its implementation "needs scrutiny". "Under the POCSO Act, capital punishment
  • Indigenous women, leading the fight against climate change
    A closer view of one of the indigenous leaders from Brazil holding a demonstration outside the Brazilian embassy in London, Britain, 14 November 2019. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA   Madrid, December 4 (efe-epa).- From Asia to South America, indigenous women's movements work together demanding more presence and recognition worldwide as frontline fighters against climate change. “Women have a crucial role in many aspects and we can contribute to the solution of the clim
  • India's best comic talents to unite for UN's green initiative
    Mumbai, December 5 (IANS) Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi will perform stand-up comedy for the first time in his life at "Comics For Change", a mega comedy event that brings together notable comics and entertainers from all over India on December 10, on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The gala, to be hosted by Cyrus Broacha and Raageshwari Loomba, aims to encourage the youth to embrace United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. Notable names who will perform at the even
  • Shah met NE reps 12 hours before CAB was passed
    By Anindya Banerjee    New Delhi, December 4 (IANS) Less than 12 hours before the Union cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met to pass the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill that led to widespread protests in the entire North-East in run-up to the 2019 general election, there was a hush-hush meeting In New Delhi's Assam Bhawan. Attended by BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his colleague Himanta Biswa Sa
  • The forgotten children of Bhopal
    Indian children born with congenital disabilities, believed to be caused by the exposure of their parents to gas leakage during the Union Carbide gas leak disaster, along with their relatives and supporters, take part in a candle light vigil to pay homage to the people killed in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy to mark the 35th anniversary of the disaster, in Bhopal, India, Nov.30, 2019. EFE-EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA     By Siddhi Jain  New Delhi, December 3 (IANSlife) A ph
  • No cloak & dagger, 'but human intelligence indispensable'
    By Sukant Deepak    New Delhi, December 3 (IANS) A busy new-age coffee shop in Khan market can be an interesting location to have a conversation about R&AW, Mossad and CIA. From strategic sideways glances of youngsters busy on their laptops to inquisitive looks by lawyers out for a quick caffeine shot, it isn't really hard to grab attention when author Nitin A. Gokhale is talking about his latest book 'R.N. Kao: Gentleman Spymaster' published by Bloomsbury India.
  • Spies, wars, and tourism: a history of Bangkok’s infamous red light district
    A bar tender prepares drinks inside the Patpong Museum's bar in Bangkok, Thailand, 07 November 2019 (issued 03 December 2019). EPA-EFE/DIEGO AZUBEL   Bangkok, Nov 3 (efe-epa).- The notorious red light district of Patpong has grown from a tiny neighborhood in the Thai capital on the sidelines of the Vietnam War, from where United States intelligence officers would run their clandestine operations, into an international hub and destination for the global sex tourism industry
  • A writer is someone who rewrites: Jerry Pinto
    New Delhi, December 2 (IANS) While author Jerry Pintos book "Murder in Mahim" has been acquired by Viacom for a film adaptation, he makes it clear that not only does he know anything else; he doesnt really want to know more. "I am happy that the book will move to another medium, but also a little apprehensive about what shape it will take considering I have heard so many horror stories about writers finding their work changed. But I try to be optimistic." Even as his latest
  • The game of numbers
    BY D.C. PATHAK  IANS | December 1   Uddhav Thackeray's roller coaster ride to chief ministership of Maharashtra reaffirms the supremacy of the democratic principle in electoral politics that a party or a coalition commanding majority in the legislative house alone should be constitutionally allowed to assume power. But, the Maharashtra episode also brings out the stark reality that if a multi-party system gets excessively fractionalised then even a strict law against d
  • Climate crisis puts Mediterranean at risk of tropical diseases
    A view of the bay of Tunis from the top of the village of Sidi Bou Said near Tunis, Tunisia, 31 July 2019. EPA-EFE/AMEL PAIN     Tunis, November 30 (efe-epa).- The climate crisis will destroy marine ecosystems, affect our diet and lead to the proliferation of tropical diseases across the Mediterranean's communities, a UN Environment Programs expert told Efe. Cebrián Menchero, who has been studying the effect of climate change on the Mediterranean coast from his bas
  • Every day is HIV awareness day for Kenya's King of Condoms
    Stanley Ngara asks his assistant for more condoms as he walks into a bar to distribute them in Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya, 28 November 2019. EFE/EPA/DAI KUROKAWA   Nairobi, November 30 (efe-epa).- Stanley Ngara, also known as the King of Condoms, meanders through the muddy alleys of the Kenyan suburb of Kibera holding onto a box of contraceptives. Some 15 million have died as a result of HIV-related diseases across the African continent. "Kenya was bad, the stigma was r
  • The timelessness of exile: two love stories 80 years apart
    Illustrator Zeina Abirached holding her graphic novel Take Refuge. EFE/ Paula Bayarte     Paris, November 30 (efe-epa).- Two love stories separated by time and distance - one set in Afghanistan in 1939 and the other in modern-day Berlin - have allowed illustrator Zeina Abirached and writer Mathias Énard to explore the theme of refugee status intimately in the graphic novel Take Refuge. "We always hear refugees in the plural, as if they were all equal and had the sa
  • ''Sena Tiger'' Uddhav will move to new home soon!
    Mumbai, November 29 (IANS) Over five decades after the Thackeray family lorded over the state from the famed ''Matoshri'' in a shaded lane in Bandra east, the Shiv Sena''s new Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will soon move to a new lair -- ''Varsha'' -- the spacious official residence of the state Chief Minister in the picturesque Malabar Hill, dotted with VVIPs.   ''Varsha'' -- barely a kilometre away from the Raj Bhavan and a stone''s throw off the historic Jinnah House, b
  • Revisiting a spy case that never really was, examining what makes a restaurant tick, tilting the odds in your favour
    New Delhi, November 29 (IANS) Read about a case in which a top ISRO scientist, S. Nambi Narayanan was charged with spying but was eventually exonerated and awarded Rs 50 lakh for being "unnecessarily arrested and harassed"; delve into the secrets of what makes a restaurant tick while others fall by the wayside; and finally, learn how to turn the odds in your favour. The IANS bookshelf gives you much to mull over this weekend. Enlighten yourself! 1. Book: ISRO Misfired - The Espio
  • Can China take the lead in climate action?
     Steam billows from cooling towers of a power plant operating for the city's power and heating in Beijing, China, 25 November 2015. EFE/EPA/WU HONG   Beijing, November 29 (efe-epa).- China heads to the United Nations Climate Summit, the COP25, being held in Madrid from Dec. 2-13, hoping to establish a new axis of power that will lead the fight against the climate crisis despite being one of the world’s most polluting countries. “There is no solution to the global
  • 'Tibetans will never accept a Dalai Lama chosen by China'
    Dharamsala, November 28 (IANS) Senior Tibetan religious leaders have adopted a resolution urging the Dalai Lama to reincarnate according to Tibetan traditions and declared that Tibetans will never accept a spiritual leader appointed by China. The resolution that emerged at the 14th Tibetan Religious Conference also says the Dalai Lama alone has the authority to decide how his reincarnation will occur and that no government has the right to interfere in that sacred process. The th
  • I will always be shaped by violence: Fatima Bhutto
    New Delhi, November 26 (IANS) She says sometimes happiness can be a radical undertaking as well as an act of defiance. Yes, she does feel that she will forever be shaped by the violence that has surrounded her, but Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto, daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, niece of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and granddaughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ai Bhutto, whose latest book 'The Runaways' (Penguin Random House) was recently released in Indi
  • Sharad Pawar emerges from shadows as Maratha strongman
    New Delhi, November 26 (IANS) After the high-voltage revolt by his nephew Ajit Pawar, the NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar has once again proved he is the old warhorse and a strong Maratha man. Within three days of the revolt, he not only managed to keep his flock together but succeeded in getting Ajit resigned, causing the fall of the 4-day old Fadnavis government.   Almost all MLAs of the NCP have returned to Pawar fold leaving Ajit Pawar isolated.   Sharad Pawar said,
  • My book focuses on dad's journey: Jui Karkare Navare
    IANS Photo   By Vishnu Makhijani  New Delhi, November 25 (IANS) The abiding image of Hemant Karkare is of the Maharashtra ATF chief donning a flak jacket moments after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks had begun. Eleven years after he lost his life on that horrific night, his daughter Jui Karkare Navare says her just-published memoir of her father was "very difficult" to write but is "satisfied" she has been able to complete it. "It was certainly very difficu
  • After rain, low MSP batters Chhattisgarh's rice growers
    By Vandana Agrawal  Raipur, November 25 (IANS/ 101Reporters) For 52-year-old Brijmohan Dewangan, buying a motorcycle while managing a family of six remains a dream. Dewangan, a resident of Chhura village in Gariaband district of Chhattisgarh, had planned to buy a motorcycle with the money he would get from selling his paddy crop this year. However, owing to untimely rains, the harvested paddy remained in the field. Left under the open sky, the harvested crop started rottin