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  • Quantum boost for Indian languages at Tagore International Literature & Arts Festival
    By Vishnu Makhijani    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS) It's named after the Nobel laureate but the Tagore International Literature & Arts Festival in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal next month will not only be a celebration of the poet but also of Hindi and other Indian languages - and could some day bring global languages within its fold, its organisers say. "Rabindranath Tagore has a presence across art forms like literature, Rabindra Sangeet and theatre but his wor
  • 'Syndicate blocking young Congress leaders from rising'
    By Saiyed Moziz Imam    New Delhi, October 28 (IANS) After the Congress' debacle in the last Lok Sabha elections, then party President Rahul Gandhi had slammed some senior leaders, saying they had not paid enough attention to the party but focused more on their children's poll prospects. His statement came at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, when it met to analyse the poll performance. Even his siste
  • Diplomatic ties with India yet to blossom: ex-Israeli spy
    By Sharon Thambala    Bengaluru, October 28 (IANS) Diplomatic relations between India and Israel are yet to realise their full potential for geo-political reasons though Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu bridged the gap between the two countries, admitted former Israeli national security advisor (NSA) Uzi Arad. "In the past, India was sensitive to its Muslim minority to get close to us for fear of annoying them. But that has
  • India's family planning profile is unique: US Professor
    By Archana Sharma  Jaipur, October 26 (IANS) India's family planning profile is unique among many nations for different reasons, feels Professor Amy O. Tsui from the US based Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institute. However, the country still battles with certain challenges such as desire for sons over daughters which brings an imbalanced sex ratio leading to demographic implications for a "marriage squeeze" where males are unable to find females to
  • What green crackers, ask Sivasaki's firecracker industry employees
    By Tejas Dayanand Sagar    Sivakasi (Tamil Nadu), October 26 (101Reporters/IANS) After a blanket ban on firecrackers by the Supreme Court in October 2018, workers and firecracker manufacturers were fearing for their livelihood and business. However, the industry was saved after the announcement of 'green crackers', but it is yet to reach Tamil Nadu's Sivakasi, the manufacturer of 90 per cent of firecrackers in India. Green crackers are considered eco-friendly as
  • Don''t burst these firecrackers, just eat them this Diwali
    Lucknow, October 25 (IANS) This Diwali have firecrackers, rockets and "Sutli bombs" that you can eat and not ignite, cash notes that you can give but not preserve and play cards that you can snack on but not play.   Bakers, sweet shops and even private entrepreneurs have come up with a new range of designer snacks and sweets that are healthy and low on calories apart from being attractive.   "We have tried to innovate with our designs this year. The ''sutli bomb''
  • Stink is still the flavour of Yamuna in Taj city
    By Brij Khandelwal    Agra, October 25 (IANS) Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pre-poll promises to voters in Agra and the holy cities of Mathura, Vrindavan of restoring the original glory of the Yamuna river, not a single baby step has been taken in this direction till date since 2014, say activists. The Yamuna continues to stink, with its water being polluted by toxic effluents and waste from Delhi and upstream cities. "Forget human beings, even historical
  • 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