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  • Should ISRO rejig its priorities, experts differ
    By Venkatachari Jagannathan (   Chennai, September 24 (IANS) Contradictory views were voiced out by space experts in India on the country's space agency's Mission 2.0 following the failure of the moon landing mission earlier this month. Should the Indian space agency rearrange its priorities was the question posed. While one view is that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) should first get its rockets at par with other space agencies to loft its own as w
  • Trump tries to reset optics for 2020 via 'Howdy Modi'
    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the President of United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump at the Howdy Modi, in Houston, USA on September 22, 2019. (PIB Photo)   By Arul Louis    New York, Sep 23 (IANS) With an eye on next year's elections, US President Donald Trump tried at the 'Howdy Modi!' rally to reset the optics for his campaign among immigrants - a group among whom he has fared badly because of the broad brush accusation of being an
  • 'Moon lander's high speed didn't give it a chance'
    By Mayank Chhaya    Chicago, September 21 (IANS) The Vikram moon lander likely crashed at about 184 miles per hour (mph), a speed at which nothing of value could have survived, a highly respected Indian American mechanical engineer, specialising in such critical failures has calculated. Dr. Bharat Thakkar, 77, a veteran of quality control and reliability of systems, who has taught at several prestigious institutions here in Chicago, has raised several fundamental que
  • The heroine-centric film moves to its next level
    By Natalia Ningthoujam    New Delhi, September 22 (IANS) The Bollywood actress has come of age, and that has been happening for a while now. The heroine-oriented film is a reality, so is a consistently good show of the genre at the box-office. Bollywood is now all set to enter the next level with the heroine-oriented film. Far from remaining a mere eye candy, the likes of Kangana Ranaut in "Dhaakad" and Parineeti Chopra in "The Girl On The Train" remake are moving
  • For the sake of art
    New Delhi, September 21 (IANSlife) If art is recession proof then galleries which house some of the most famous works as well as artists need to make their presence felt. Which is possibly one of the reasons why Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) has a new address in the middle of Lutyens Delhi, with its inaugural exhibition "The Sixties Show" on September 29. Ashish Anand, MD & CEO of DAG spoke to IANSlife on taking art to wider audience in India and facilitating deeper engagement.
  • Keep it simple: Learnings from Vikram's crash
    Chennai, September 20 (IANS) Keep the technology simple; freeze the mission profile and don't change it till the last moment; carry out the simulation tests to the maximum possible level -- these are some of the learnings from the crash landing of India's moon lander Vikram, said a former official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Speaking to IANS on condition of anonymity, the official said, "Space technology itself is complicated and one should not add more complic
  • Amazon tribe in Brazil patrols territory, braces for fight
    Indigenous Tembe warrior Ronilson Tembe poses for a portrait on the Alto Rio Guama indigenous reserve as he waits for police to arrive with other members of his tribe in Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Tembe men sometimes daub themselves in traditional war paint and patrol the forest. They carry bows and arrows, but feel increasingly vulnerable as they brace for run-ins with illegal loggers. (AP Photo/Luis Andres Henao)   ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Braz
  • Trump joining Modi event will be message for world: Jaishankar
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS) US President Donald Trump joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi's diaspora event in Houston next week will be a message for the world and it is up to Pakistan what they wish to read, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said here on Tuesday. Modi, during his visit to the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), will be addressing the Indian diaspora at an event called 'Howdy Modi' in Houston on September 22, and will be joined by Trum
  • If Amitabh can do Hindi VOs, why can't I do so in English: Sushil Javeri (Where Are They Now?)
    By Vishnu Makhijani     New Delhi, September 17 (IANS) He's a Gujarati Jain, a strict vegetarian since birth and the only child of his parents. He refused to join the family jewellery business in Surat and London and "stubbornly embraced news broadcasting because it brought in name and glamour although it deprived me of the mercenary benefits of an established business". Sushil Javeri is counted among the finest broadcasters India has produced and at 89, the spark
  • World must transform food production or face unrest, scientists warn
    Corn plants are seen in a farm in Lujan, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina August 2, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian   Global over-dependence on a relatively small number of staple foods leaves populations vulnerable to crop failures, with climate change adding to the strain   ROME, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world must diversify its food production and consumption, or face damaging supply disruptions that could lead to suffering and soci
  • India spent nearly Rs 4Kcr on Swachh Bharat info, education: Study
    New Delhi, September 16 (IANS) To make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success, India mobilised huge resources for information, education and communication (IEC) activities, with a new report estimating that the cash expenditure by the government, private sector, and the development community to be between Rs 3,500-4,000 crore in five years since the programme's launch. Of this cash spend, around 20 per cent was spent by the erstwhile Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, aro
  • Modi, Trump at Houston will be all about quid pro quo
    By Robinder Nath Sachdev  IANS   The ducks seem to be lining up for President Donald Trump to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Indian-American community event slated to be held on September 22 at Houston. Modi will take the megaphone to address the Indian-American community at the 50,000-capacity NRG Stadium, at an event titled as "Howdy America". Now imagine that Trump is also at the event. Optopolitics of the rarest kind will emanate and follow from the co
  • A political war breaks out over the icon of peace
    By Anindya Banerjee    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) 150 years after his birth, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is at the centre of a political wrangle with both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress trying to appropriate his legacy. Whose Gandhi is he? Both the BJP and the Congress have held top-level meetings to discuss how to commemorate October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi and have chalked out their respective plans to
  • WhatsApp traceability: Facebook offers alternative ways to help India
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, Nick Clegg, Facebook Vice President, Global Affairs and Communications, has offered alternative ways to help the country, without any reference towards tracing the origin of the WhatsApp messages. WhatsApp had categorically said in the past that the government's demand to trace the origin of messages on its platform is not possible as it "undermines the privacy
  • How Swachh Bharat Mission helped millions live with dignity
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) Launched five years ago, the Swachh Bharat Mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on the verge making India a completely open defecation free (ODF), enabling people to embrace change and live their lives with dignity. Over 10 crore toilets have been built in the country since the launch of the programme on October 2, 2014. A huge section of the population does not have to wait for designated time of the day to relieve themselves any more.
  • Is liberal democracy under threat?
    BY AMIT KAPOOR  IANS | September 14   Every century has its own defining moment. For the nineteenth century, it was the juxtaposition of imperialism with the industrial revolution while for the twentieth century it was the World Wars and the advent of technology. The world in the twenty-first century seems to be at a similar crossroads. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, liberal democracies seemed to be the best form of societal organisation. The trust on the political
  • Mapping project seeks to secure 'invisible' indigenous lands
    A indigenous man from the Tabajara tribe is seen in Tocantins river before the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino   An online project aims to map all of the world's indigenous lands to secure legal rights and alert communities to the threats of illegal logging and mining   BANGKOK, September 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An online project mapping all of the world's indigenous lands will help secure
  • Mine is a layman's view of Hinduism: Shashi Tharoor
    By Vishnu Makhijani    New Delhi, September 13 (IANS) Diplomat-politician-author Shashi Tharoor says he is no scholar of Hinduism and only seeks to give his readers an overview of the faith "as I understand it". "I am neither a Sanskritist nor a scholar of Hinduism and did not set out to write a scholarly exposition of the religion. Mine is a layman's view of Hinduism, and my exposition seeks to give the reader an overview of the faith as I understand it, as well as
  • Newfound comet likely an 'interstellar visitor,' scientists say
    Comet C/2019 Q4 is imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii's Big Island September 10, 2019. Picture taken September 10, 2019.  NASA/JPL/Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Handout via REUTERS   September 13 (Reuters) - A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside the solar system, a likely prospect that would make it the second such interstellar object observed in our planetary neig
  • Notion that Ganga is polluted is wrong: Shekhawat
    By Archana Sharma    Jaipur, September 12 (IANS) The Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, in an exclusive interview with IANS, spoke of new challenges for the government's ambitious 'Har Ghar Jal' scheme. He also said that the notion that the river Ganga is polluted is wrong. Shekhawat said that the government has launched water resources information system (WRIS) under which all states have been asked to give soil, moisture, ground water level, rain data et