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  • Who'll take on Trump? Democrats dilemma is ideology or centrist personality
    New York, November 9 (IANS) Ideology or centrist personality? That's the dilemma for the Democratic Party in picking their candidate to challenge President Donald Trump in the election that is less than a year away. Ideology is now centre stage in the party's contest to select the challenger and the left-progressives hold the key, although former Vice President Joe Biden, a centrist, holds the lead in national polls with 28.6 per cent support, according to RealClear Politics, the au
  • India's soft underbelly: The informal economy
    BY HIMANSHU MANGLIK  IANS  | November 8   The economic slowdown is worrying. They say it is a global and cyclical phenomenon, and that things will improve in due course. Perhaps. Yet, we need to worry because the Indian economy is complex, with multiple layers in its social system that are at various stages of economic stress. They cannot afford to be stressed any further and the impact of the slowdown will be severe in these fragile segments. The tragedy is that
  • Punjab set to witness history with Kartarpur Corridor opening
    BY VISHAL GULATI    Dera Baba Nanak (Punjab), November 8 (IANS) This historic town in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, bordering Pakistan, will witness history being made on Saturday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi opens the Kartarpur Corridor and flags off the first lot of pilgrims to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan's Punjab province. The first-of its-kind occasion in 72 years is to mark the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikhism's founder Guru Nan
  • Tannishtha: Love for kids doesn't reflect in policies
    Mumbai, November 8 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who is playing a pivotal role in the upcoming film 'Jhalki', which addresses the issue of child labour in India, says though we constantly talk about how children are the future of the nation, the thought does not reflect on children's policy and in our society. Asked about how she looked at the contrasting situation, Tannishtha told IANS: "I think it is a dichotomy that, as an individual family, we alwa
  • Woes mount as Kashmir gets season's 1st snowfall
    Srinagar, November 7 (IANS) Kashmir witnessed its first snowfall of the season, plunging the mercury to sub-zero in Gulmarg and bringing woes galore as major disruptions are reported on roads, in power supply, besides air traffic being hit. The Met forecasts rain starting Thursday night and continuing on Friday. The maximum temperature in Srinagar is seven degrees, while as it is minus one degree in the hill station of Gulmarg. Most areas of the valley have plunged into darkness
  • Maharashtra tops in justice delivery: Report
    New Delhi, November 7 (IANS) Maharashtra topped the list of India's first-ever ranking of states on justice delivery among the 18 large and mid-sized states.   Maharashtra is followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while among the small states Goa topped the list followed by Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh, according to the India Justice Report (IJR) prepared by Tata Trusts in collaboration with Centre for social Justice, Common Cause, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Daksh
  • Once thirsty, Chennai Cantt now a model for others
    New Delhi, November 7 (IANS) Once water-starved, Chennai's Cantonment area and military station now boast of 13 brimful water bodies and recycling plants, and also generate their own electricity. Inspired by the innovation, the Ministry of Defence has directed its Estate Wing to implement the development work across all defence establishments. The ministry has suggested Directorate General, Defence Estates (DGDE), an inter-services organisation of the ministry which directly control
  • An extra 15 minute daily walk could boost global economy - study
    A man exercises early in the morning along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo   LONDON, November 6 (Reuters) - The world economy could be boosted by as much as $100 billion a year if employers successfully encouraged their staff to meet World Health Organization guidelines on exercise, according to an analysis of the economic impact of activity.   Adding an extra 15 minutes of daily walking, or jogging a steady
  • Selfitis patients begin to trickle into UP's SGPIMS
    By Amita Verma    Lucknow, November 5 (IANS) Do you get depressed if your post on the social media does not get enough 'likes'? Do you want to post every moment of your life - happy or sad - on the social media? Are you always into gaming if not clicking selfies and leave your family members embarrassed at social events? If even two of the above questions have 'yes' as an answer, then you are suffering from 'Selfitis'. 'Selfitis' is a genuine mental condition and
  • I am a radical humanist, says Aparna Sen
    Kolkata, November 4 (PTI) Known for being vocal on socio- political issues, film-maker Aparna Sen said she has always been a believer in issue-based politics and would love to call herself a 'radical humanist'. Sen said, she would talk about the right or wrong steps committed by any party or organisation, if she felt the need. "I am basically a radical humanist, a believer in secular ideals. But I have never come to the support of any particular party or group because I a
  • Kashmir: Lobbies at play 
    BY D.C. PATHAK  IANS | November 3   Prime Minister Modi once again spent Diwali with our Army Jawans in Jammu & Kashmir -- at Rajauri -- acknowledging the role of the army in keeping the threat of cross border terrorism in check and sending out the message that Kashmir was now fully integrated with the country. The abrogation of Art 370 by Indian Parliament on August 5 last, with a simultaneous clampdown on the assembly of people through out the state of J&K, h
  • Unicef lauds Skill India, Start-up India initiatives
    New Delhi, November 3 (IANS) The Unicef has lauded the 'Skill India' and the 'Start-up India' programmes and promised to help connect these with the youth to improve job opportunities for them. The Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Holsman Fore told IANS in an interview that the 'Skill India' and 'Start-up India' programmes "are doing fantastic". Unicef on its part would ensure that these schemes get connected well with the youth and a good private and public sector connect is
  • Is India splitting the Internet
    By K. Yatish Rajawat  IANS | November 1   India is ready to assign and define responsibilities in the freedom without responsibility internet world. Indian court and lawmakers want global Internet companies to be more responsible for the content on their websites. The Information Technology Intermediaries Guidelines draft was released on December 2018 and is opposed by most global Internet players. Like the rules on data localization the biggest arguments against
  • Forget air purifier, try Peace Lily at home
    By Bharat Upadhyay    New Delhi, November 1 (IANS) If you are planning to purchase an air purifier with your hard-earned money as air around you gets toxic, think again. According to health experts, air purifiers are not the only solution to keep your indoor air clean as the same job can be done by placing indoor plants like Peace lily or Boston Fern, along with keeping the environment dust-free. The air in Delhi and nearby areas was classified as "severe" on Friday,
  • In game-changer, Modi govt aims at direct connectivity with 11.5 cr farmers
    By Deepak Sharma    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) By the middle of next year, the Modi government would have a direct connectivity with over 11.5 crore farmers and their families across India, making it a communication exercise hitherto unprecedented in scale. If all goes well, the massive data bank on the farmers would be ready for release by June 2020. A top level committee, headed by Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, is working in tandem with the I
  • Iron Man Vs Iron Lady: How Oct 31 turned into a legacy war
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) Who has a more muscular legacy to flaunt -- BJP or the Congress? That question dominated October 31 which is the birth anniversary of 'Iron Man' Sardar Patel and death anniversary of 'Iron Lady' Indira Gandhi. Though both the leaders belonged to the grand old party, BJP under Narendra Modi appropriated the legacy of Patel, using his Gujarat connection which was served to it on a platter by Congress's indifference. Now as Modi dedicated abrogation of A
  • Modi govt may follow S Korean development model
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) holds a summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Feb. 22, 2019.(Yonhap/IANS)   By Navneet Mishra    New Delhi, Octòber 30 (IANS) South Korea, which occupies an important position in Asia due to its technological edge and global competitiveness, may influence the Indian model of governance according to a report being prepared by a BJP team. "Deeply
  • CJI to decide these crucial cases before retirement
    New Delhi, October 30 (ANI): With just a few days remaining in the retirement of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, there are many important judgments to be delivered including political sensitive cases like Ayodhya land dispute and Rafale cases.   Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, set to retire on November 17, will deliver important judgments in less than two weeks after reopening of the top court on November 4 after Diwali break.   One of the most important cases w
  • World unprepared for impact of climate change on mountain water supplies - experts
    Mountain guide Christian Pletscher walks on the Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland, August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse   Mountain-sourced water supplies are becoming more unpredictable as warmer temperatures melt glaciers and change precipitation patterns and river levels   GENEVA, October 29 (Reuters) - The world faces increased flooding, droughts and possible conflicts due to the effects of climate change on fresh water supplies drawn from mountains but is "woef
  • Dalai Lama living testament of religious freedom: US envoy
    Dharamsala, October 29 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is living testament of the power of religious freedom to overcome hate, division, and intolerance, said US Ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel D. Brownback.   He called on the Dalai Lama at his official palace here on Monday and favoured that successor to the spiritual leader belongs to the Tibetan Buddhist system.   In a series of tweets after meeting the elde