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  • Prince Philip: 3 royal visits to India and a tiger controversy
    London, April 9 (PTI) Britain's Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at the age of 99 on Friday morning, made three memorable royal visits to India in his long years of accompanying the 94-year-old monarch during her nearly 69-year reign. The UK's longest-serving royal consort joined the Queen in India in 1961, 1983 and 1997 during which he made quite an impression with his sense of humour, which often also got him into some
  • New wheat varieties high in nutrition, low on sugar
    Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), April 8 (IANS) A genetic scientist at Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Science (SHUATS), in Prayagraj has developed two new varieties of wheat that are very high in nutrition, need less water, are resistant to extremes of weather and also has a very low sugar content. Mahabal Ram, 79, professor emeritus, has written to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requesting him to ensure more cultivation and wider use of these nutritive-rich su
  • The long walk home
    New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) She says ideas are mysterious things. They come to us in many different ways and then we begin to make choices and make decisions about what we want to do with them, and shape the work. Delhi-based writer, filmmaker and teacher Samina Mishra wrote the first draft of the 'Jamlo Walks' (Penguin), to be released on April 19, in one sitting. A picture book for ages 7-9, but a story that she hopes children across ages will read. A book on what the lockdo
  • Indian agriculture: Maladies and remedies
    By Asad Mirza IANS | April 5  Since Independence, the agriculture sector has remained the main source of national income and occupation in India. In 1947, 72 per cent of the total working population was engaged in agricultural sector, but still a majority of Indias poor (some 770 million people or about 70 per cent) inhabit the rural areas. Though due to the high growth rates of the industrial and services sectors, the share of agricultural share in India's economy has
  • There are two fundamentals of policy making in a democracy
    BY D.C. PATHAK IANS | April 4 After a long time since Independence, democratic India is taking to a kind of sovereign policy framework that rests on the two fundamentals of 'economic advancement' and 'national security' -- providing a goal to the state at all times for serving the interest of every citizen of the country. This two-fold national objective has guided the Modi regime providing a refreshing contrast to the muddled approach earlier of pushing in 'id
  • Biden discovers India as partner for arresting Climate Change
    By Rahul Kumar New Delhi, April 3 (IANS): US President Joe Biden has discovered India as a partner to back one of his most endearing concerns -- Climate Change. This was a commitment he made to his party and his electorate. True to his word, on day one itself, he used his authority to join the Paris Agreement-the international treaty on climate change. Now Biden is holding a two-day virtual summit with world leaders on April 22-23, for which he has extended the invite to Prime Mi
  • 3 days, 4 states, 10 rallies: What keeps Modi ticking
    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is once again in Assam and Bengal on Saturday, campaigning hard for the assembly elections in the two eastern states of the country. He has been campaigning in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as well. He has held 23 rallies so far. His party leaders say, even at the age of 70, no one can match the enthusiasm of PM Modi, not even younger leaders. Every day he is holding rallies in some state or the other. Within the last three
  • Ancient Indian churches inspire an Easter Sunday getaway
    New Delhi, April 2 (IANSlife) Easter which falls on the first Sunday of April every year is generally celebrated with midnight mass, family get-togethers, large lunches accompanied with an indulgence in timely sweets, including marzipan and easter egg chocolates. With new lockdowns being announced on a daily basis across India, it may be difficult to celebrate Easter the traditional way this year, but to keep the celebrations alive, Booking.com has curated a list of some of India
  • Tripura-born artist brings visuals from the state to Delhi exhibition
    New Delhi, April 1 (IANSlife) It was in 2013 when Tripura-born artist Gopa Roy started experimenting with different materials for her art practice. According to her, the influences of her work are the local landscape of her hometown, its agricultural background, the harmonisation of multi-cultural identities and the crafts of the native peoples of Tripura. "My practice is to capture, interpret, and re-present what I experience," Roy, who now lives and works in Delhi, tells
  • Recalling memories and reimagining memorials of political caution and cultural nourishment
    New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Comprising installations, assemblages, sculptures, paintings and woodcuts, major Indian artist Riyas Komu tells IANS that his latest exhibition 'SALT' that opened in Mumbai recently is an act of remembrance, an attempt to preserve and pickle certain memories, and an invocation to reflect upon what essentially permeates the web and weave, the heart and soul of our social being. Excerpts from the conversation with the co-founder of Kochi Biennale: Ho
  • 'Parrikar ensured transparent, simpler defence acquisition procedures' (Book Review)
    New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Manohar Parrikar transformed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from a "slumberous, mammoth and slow-moving organisation, happy to trudge along, least bothered about time-bound outcomes" and "personally led changes that have resulted in transparent and simpler" acquisition procedures" and implemented "three big decisions", says a new book on his 28-month tenure in the South Block by his "very close" friend Nitin Gokhale
  • Famous as 'tree man', TN bus conductor wins PM's praise
    New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Popular as the 'Tree Man', Marimuthu Yoganathan, a bus conductor in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore city, on Sunday accumulated admiration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his extraordinary initiative to encourage people in planting trees. Yoganathan gives free saplings to the bus travellers along with the ticket and he has spent a large portion of his income for this purpose. The bus conductor is learnt to have planted over three lakh saplings i
  • 'Think out of the box, no set formula for success'
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) When he was 11, family members and friends thought he would become a monk. When he was 18, people thought he would run away from IIT-Bombay because he didnt know English. At 25, given his lifestyle and habits, most of his friends thought he would not reach 50. Today, at 54, Ashish Chauhan is the MD and CEO of the BSE and is credited with reviving India's premier Stock Exchange and making it arguably the fastest in the world with less than six microseco
  • All roads lead north are less travelled
    New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Amish Raj Mulmi's unbelievable jubilation of 'Nepal's turn to China and his painstaking efforts in proving the flawed argument how all roads lead north-- sweeps over the possibility of a genuine and unbiased account coming from him on China's misadventures in the South Asian region, their historical progression and Nepal's continuing vulnerability. With 66-pages in notes and purposefully featured details without connecting the dots, the bo
  • China is a 'challenging neighbour' for India: Jaishankar
    New Delhi, March 26 (PTI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that in many ways China is a "challenging neighbour" for India and that he has always seen lessons from that country's growth. Speaking at the India Economic Conclave, he also described as "sensible" the recent agreement between the director-generals of military operations of India and Pakistan to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. &qu
  • 19-year-old Mir Areiba's poems on Kashmir strike a sensitive chord
    New Delhi, March 25 (IANS): She is just 19 but carries a sensitive heart reciprocating to all that is happening around her through verses. Meet Mir Areiba, a science student, who has just passed her 12th with flying colours, who launched her first book of poetry 'Nimble Kingdom' at Gurugram on Thursday. S. Ravi New Delhi, March 25: She is just 19 but carries a sensitive heart reciprocating to all that is happening around her through verses. Meet Mir Areiba, a science student
  • Lockdown anniversary: Worst behind, Indian economy poised for bounce back but rising virus cases a big risk
    New Delhi, March 25 (PTI) Its recovery from the depths of the lockdown-induced recession was swifter than expected but a surge in coronavirus cases is threatening to hurt the Indian economy which is expected to grow at 11 per cent in 2021-22. Exactly a year back, the government imposed what is touted as the world's most stringent lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic. The lockdown brought the economy to a halt as factories were shut, trains were stopped and flights were
  • A bill in solidarity with 6 million Tibetans
    by Lobsang Sangay IANS | March 25 The Tibetan Support and Policy Act of 2020 was passed by the US Congress, which is a landmark victory for the people of Tibet and their struggle. This bill acknowledges the struggle of people of Tibet against the brutal and oppressive Chinese occupation and is in solidarity with six million Tibetans who are suffering inside Tibet. Washington has always fought the non-democratic forces and stands firm hand in hand with the Tibetan brothers and siste
  • 'Inclusivity in higher education will be key to achieve 50% GER by 2035'
    New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) 2020 was a landmark year for Indian education as the National Education Policy received approval and paved the way for major reforms in the sector. A key target for the entire industry was set -- to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Indian schools and colleges from 27.4 per cent to over 50 per cent by 2035. A large part of this will be pushed by the increasing acceptance of Ed-Tech firms that are providing online education in India. In the last y
  • A virtual spotlight to mark Earth Hour, this March 27
    New Delhi, March 23 March 23 (IANSlife) Over the last 15 years, the lights-off moment has seen entire streets, buildings, landmarks, and city skylines go dark -- an unmissable sight that drew public attention to nature loss and the climate crisis. Earth Hour India too, resonated with landmark monuments like India Gate, Parliament House, streets, and buildings go dark for an hour. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, Earth Hour this year, on March 27 between 8.30 and 9.30 p.m., w