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  • 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
  • Satyarthi to demand global task force for children's welfare
    New Delhi, October 11 (IANS) Nobel laureate and noted child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi has said he will demand the formation of Global Task Force for all UN agencies to attain goals related to the welfare of children in a time-bound manner. Satyarthi has sounded a note of caution to the world over its 'lackadaisical approach' that he claims will eventually result in non-fulfilment of its "commitments" towards UN Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, which calls for immediate mea
  • Of sudden and striking realisations, lessons from the Holocaust, creative solutions for Indian cities
    New Delhi, October 11 (IANS) Read the epiphanies - sudden and striking realisations - of a girl born with SCID (severe combined immune deficiency) who died two months before her 19th birthday and through whose lens is told the love story of her parents in the just released Hindi movie "The Sky Is Pink". Be inspired by the fortitude of a Holocaust survivor who went on to become an accomplished harpsichordist; and finally, examine some creative solutions for Indian cities. Profoun
  • Top Unicef official praises Swacch Bharat programme as 'game-changer'
    By Rohan Agarwal    New Delhi, September 29 (IANS) The 'Swachh Bharat Mission of the Modi government is an "example-setting programme for the world" and a "game-changer" as it altered the way Indian society behaved towards cleanliness, a top official of the UNICEF said. In an interview to IANS, UNICEF India's Sanitation (WASH) chief Nicolas Osbert showered praise on the programme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his maiden Independence Day address in 2014
  • Looking beyond Kashmir's accession to India
    Kashmir As I see It: From Within and Afar    By Ashok Dhar; Rupa Publications (May 2019) New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) August 5, 2019 has become a landmark in Indian history when the Parliament revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) by emasculating Article 370 and revoking Article 35A. The decision received overwhelming support from the majority Indian masses, though apprehensions have been expressed by some on the process adopted and the issue is now b
  • US visit very successful, stellar show by PM: Analysts
    New Delhi, September 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi's week-long visit to the US was extremely successful, with his focus on the big picture as he very subtly made a case for India's global leadership, former diplomats and analysts have said.   The Prime Minister conveyed to the US polity India's position on Kashmir and at the same time reassured President Donald Trump on trade issues, experts said while terming Modi's speeches at the UNGA and Houston as "stellar
  • 'Translations speed up democratisation of literary culture'
    By Vishnu Makhijani    New Delhi, September 28 (IANS) Translations are an important step towards the democratisation of literary culture as they break down elitist distinctions. Inter-lingual translations into regional languages need to be encouraged, even as the culture specific transfer of symbols, metaphors and myths from Indian languages to English could be problematic, experts in the genre say. "Translation is unavoidable and is an important step towards the dem
  • The making of BigBasket, the evolution of election campaigns, a woman leader's guide to breaking socially-imposed glass ceilings
    New Delhi, September 27 (IANS) How did five entrepreneurs weather the dotcom bust around 18 years back to launch a successful e-grocery venture that is valued at $950 million today? You may read about it in a new book. You can also learn about the tactics employed in elections today and study an essential action plan for women, in two other books. The IANS Bookshelf gives you much to mull over this weekend. Get started! 1. Book: Saying No To Jugaad - The Making of BigBask
  • Dutch queen says tech fears should not stop the poor getting banking
    Queen Maxima of the Netherlands speaks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 (GES 2019) in The Hague, Netherlands June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw   After 10 years of travelling the globe to promote financial services for everyone, Queen Maxima urges innovators and regulators to join forces   UNITED NATIONS, September 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Queen Maxima of the Netherlands urged financial regulators on Wednesday not to let fears over tech
  • Did navigation system fail India's moon lander Vikram?
    By Venkatachari Jagannathan    Chennai, September 27 (IANS) Did the failure of India's moon lander Vikram's navigation systems result in its crash-landing on the lunar surface on September 7 is also among the questions that are being asked by space experts to explain the setback to the moon programme. "One of the theories that is being discussed for the crash-landing of Vikram is the failure of its navigation system," an official, who did not want to be identified, t
  • Census 2021 pre-test run in completion mode
    By Rajnish Singh    New Delhi, September 26 (IANS) The pre-test recce of the first digital initiative under Census 2021 covering 75 districts across India is on completion mode and would finish its ongoing drill by the end of this month, preparing ground for detecting problems before the real beginning of the mammoth exercise in September 2020. With just a few days left to complete the procedure, the trial run is being carried out in the national capital's south and
  • Greta Thunberg inspires youth activists in fight against child marriage
    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks with other child petitioners from twelve countries around the world who presented a landmark complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest the lack of government action on the climate crisis during a press conference in New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   Without greater efforts, another 150 million girls will be married before their 18th birthday by 2030  
  • 8 warnings raised as world leaders review goals for a better future
    World leaders pledged to conquer poverty, climate change and other problems by 2030, but many say they are not on target to meet the goal Rohingya refugee children pose for a picture at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain   UNITED NATIONS, September 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders meet on Tuesday to review a set of global goals agreed with great fanfare and optimism in 2015 to conquer poverty,
  • Census 2021 exercise will begin from J&K in Sept 2020
    By Rajnish Singh    New Delhi, September 25 (IANS) The Centre is ready with a list of states and Union Territories for the first digital National Population Register (NPR) under census 2021 putting newly created Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir on top where the mammoth exercise would start in September 2020. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India -- founded in 1961 by Ministry of Home Affairs for arranging, conducting and analysing the results of the dem