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  • Covid warriors: Few Good Men stand up to challenge
    New Delhi/Mumbai, April 28 (IANS) As India is going through the heartbreaking scenes of desperation, few individuals went out of their way to mitigate the devastation unleashed by the Covid-19 resurgence. Notably, these individuals pooled their human resources to provide free medicines, arranging ICU beds, oxygen cylinders and even transporting patients to hospitals. IANS caught up with these individuals in the worst hit cities of Delhi and Mumbai to know the ground reality of th
  • Telling a tale with soil and iron
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) When politician Yogendra Yadav called him this month to discuss a memorial at Shahjahanpur on the Delhi-Rajasthan border to honour the farmers who had lost their lives during the agitation, it did not take long for Ahmedabad-based artist Lalon, who had been following the protests closely, to jump into worn out car with his friend Shubham Singh and undertake a 14-hour journey to Delhi. Meanwhile, farmers from across the country were reaching the protest sit
  • A pioneering auction dedicated to female artists in May
    New Delhi, April 26 (IANSlife) In its first auction dedicated to female artists across the centuries, many of whom have been categorised or marginalised by history due to their gender, auction house Sotheby's will stage the '(Women) Artists' sale next month. It will explore the art historical contributions and personal stories of these artists across 400 years. According to Sotheby's, artworks on sale range from a 1680s Dutch painting by a 22-year-old Rachel Ruysch t
  • Struggling with gratitude?
    New Delhi, April 26 (IANSlife) Human minds have been designed in such a way that our focus often goes towards what we do not have, or on what is not going well and seldom on what is going well, or what we have, and that is how worry and fear creeps in. It could be our health, home as a shelter, jobs, children or relationships, surroundings, access to clean food, or nature; there is so much in everyone's life to offer a little bit of gratitude for every single day. In fact, grati
  • Tears, prayers, police, JCB: How Saroj Hospital saved over 100 lives
    New Delhi, April 25 (PTI) On a gloomy Saturday afternoon, the distraught staff at the Saroj Super Specialty Hospital in Delhi broke down and started praying anxiously as lives of over 100 patients hung by a thread amid rapidly depleting oxygen supply. An oxygen tanker had reached the hospital after the staff spent hours running around in search of supplies and making frantic calls to the government and police. But the tanker could not enter the area where the hospital's oxyge
  • Going beyond art, Ana Romero's solo show 'Eudaimonia' fights stereotypes
    New Delhi, April 24 (IANS): The ongoing Ana Romeros solo virtual show on India International Centres website in collaboration with the Portuguese Embassy Cultural Centre, goes beyond aesthetics requiring reflection and deliberation. The Portugal-based artist is a teacher whose passion is painting and has been exhibiting her artworks since 2003. The exhibition is titled "Eudaimonia" and will be on till April 25. "Eudaimonia", stands for happiness for the Greeks
  • India to have 33-35 lakh active cases by May 15: IIT scientists
    New Delhi, April 23 (PTI): The ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India may peak between May 11-15 with 33-35 lakh total 'active' cases and decline steeply by the end of May, according to a mathematical module devised by IIT scientists. On Friday, India saw a single-day rise of 3,32,730 (3.32 lakh) COVID-19 infections and 2,263 fatalities with 24,28,616 (24.28 lakh) active cases. In predicting that the active cases would go up by about 10 lakh by mid-May befo
  • What's behind India's massive Covid surge
    New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Emergence of particularly infectious variants, a rise in unrestricted social interactions, and low vaccine coverage could be an unfortunate confluence of factors behind the unprecedented surge of coronavirus cases seen in India, according to a report. "Untangling the causes could be helpful to governments trying to suppress or prevent similar surges around the world," Nature reported. After nearly 100,000 daily infections in last September, th
  • Raghu Rai's rediscovered negatives relive the horrors of B'desh's liberation
    New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Ace photographer Raghu Rai was only five years into the profession when the Bangladesh liberation struggle erupted in March 1971. He was dispatched post-haste by The Statesman newspaper to record the exodus of refugees, they would eventually number some 10 million, as they streamed into West Bengal and neighbouring states to escape the atrocities being committed by the Pakistani Army. He could immediately empathise with the refugees being a child of Partit
  • Indian-origin artist Madhuri to display works in Milan
    Hyderabad, April 20 (IANS) Madhuri Srikanth, an Indian-origin artist with roots in Telangana, has received a special invite to showcase her works at 'Romantica', an international art exhibition, to be held at Italy's Milan between April 23 and May 2. Madhuri is the lone Indian artist to be invited to showcase her works at the exhibition organized by M.A.D.S., a contemporary art gallery, located in one of the main Milan districts. A resident of Cary town in North Carol
  • Saving goals to saving girls from trafficking, the life of Anson Thomas
    Chennai, April 18 (IANS) Anson Thomas (54), a Keralite from Ranni in Pathanamthitta district, was born and brought up in the city of Mumbai, represented Mumbai in the National Hockey tournament, donning the role of the team Goalkeeper and later played for Indian Customs team as a goalkeeper after joining the elite department. However, Anson is known among the traffickers, who bring girls from across the country to the red light area of Mumbai and Delhi, as one of the major hindrance
  • 'Despite regional influences, Jewish food observes a strict dietary law'
    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) When a community decreases in numbers, its traditional food becomes a memory and it is to ensure that this memory prevails that award winning author Esther David set out to chronicle the dietary habits of the 5,000-odd Jews residing in five areas of the country � down from a peak of about 30,000 in the 1940s � discovering that despite 2,000 years having passed since the community first arrived in India, their food mig
  • Is Modi era the end of Congress?
    New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) A timely and comprehensive political critique of India's 'grand old party', the Indian National Congress, author Amit Bagaria's new book "Congress-Mukt Bharat: Is the Modi Era the End of Congress?" is a compelling and multi-dimensional take on the political, ideological and structural downfall of this 135-year-old party and the ascent to power of the Narendra Modi-led BJP. Overall, it aims to ask and answer the question: Will the
  • 'Sans baggage, Indian businesses uniquely positioned to leverage new digital media'
    New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Without legacy systems of the past, Indian businesses are uniquely positioned to leverage the new digital media, says Will Page, former Chief Economist of music streaming app Spotify, in his new book "Tarzan Economics" (Simon & Schuster), extrapolating the global music industry's journey in coping with the threat of online piracy to present eight principles for pivoting through today's ubiquitous disruption in almost all industries -- mu
  • 'Time for woman CJI; but women lawyers cite family responsibilities'
    New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde on Thursday said the time has come for a woman Chief Justice of India, however when women lawyers are asked to come on the bench, they refuse citing family responsibilities. The observation from the Chief Justice came during the mentioning of an application filed by the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association (SCWLA), through advocate Sneha Kalita, to consider elevating experienced women law
  • As Covid spread gets worse, leading doctors say go for a quick restrictive lockdown
    New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Spreading at a very high speed, the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has overwhelmed healthcare infrastructure in several states, urgently requires an extraordinary response to contain the virus, feel the leading doctors, dealing with the health crisis in the country. "One robust way to respond to this new variant of virus is to quickly go for a restrictive lockdown," said Naresh Trehan, top cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon.
  • Identifying great opportunities and leveraging them when they arrive
    New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Are you waiting for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change your life, change your business or change the world? How will you know when it comes? How will you be sure you're ready? "Opportunity - Seize the day. Win at life." (John Murray Press/Hachette) is not about waiting for an opportunity that might never come. It's a book for the right now, containing ideas and strategies that can be employed right away, and will ensure that yo
  • 'Jallianwala Bagh propelled the Mahatma to assume centre stage'
    New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The Jallianwala Bagh massacre propelled Mahatma Gandhi to assume centre stage and encouraged him to launch his non-violent movement, says Nonica Datta, an Associate Professor of History at JNU in a new introduction to her late father V.N. Datta's book, "Jallianwala Bagh - a groundbreaking history of the 1919 massacre" that was published on its 50 anniversary in 1969 and has been updated on the 102nd anniversary, April 13, of the horrific slaught
  • India, China disengagement at Ladakh: An unfinished agenda
    By S B ASTHANA IANS | April 11 The 11th round of India China Corps Commander's meeting has ended with good optics and pleasantly worded PIB release, with no concrete agreement (if any) disseminated so far. Post disengagement of troops in Eastern Ladakh from North and South of Pangong Tso, no disengagement in other areas to include Depsang plains, Gogra, Hot Spring, Demchok, and no further de-escalation, was well predicted by most analysts. In "Two Session" press co
  • Adopting COVID-19 appropriate behaviour best way to stop transmission of virus, its variants: WHO
    New Delhi, April 10 (PTI) Adoption of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour is the best way to stop transmission of the virus and its variants, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said here as she underlined that efforts to test, trace, isolate, and treat need to be scaled up. In an interview to PTI on the recent surge in coronavirus cases, Singh also spoke about the importance of communities practising cough etiquette, hand hygiene and social distanci