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  • People look to India how Modi responded to Covid-19: C'wealth Secy-Gen
    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The world is looking towards India how Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government and the people have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, controlled it and minimised it, said Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.   She said she was impressed with the way Prime Minister Modi pulled together members of the SAARC, including Pakistan.   In an exclusive interview with IANS, the Secretary-General said India -- a home to half of the
  • No crisis can determine India's future
    BY PM NARENDRA MODI  Dear friends, A year ago, a golden chapter was added to the history of Indian democracy. After decades, the people of the country gave a second opportunity to a government elected with a full majority. You have played a major role in writing this chapter. Today presents an opportunity for me to bow to you and honour you for your commitment to India and Indian democracy.   Had the situation been normal, I would have been blessed to be in yo
  • World leaders warn coronavirus could roll back progress for women
    The United Nations estimates that the pandemic could cause 7 million unwanted pregnancies over the next six months as women lose access to contraception and reproductive healthcare   WASHINGTON, May 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Coronavirus is threatening to undo recent gains made toward gender equality as millions of women and girls are predicted to have unwanted pregnancies and fall into poverty, world leaders said on Thursday.   A "wake-up call" is
  • Niti Aayog CEO suggests customs reforms to Finance Ministry
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Niti Aayog has recommended to the Finance Ministry the setting up of a National Trade Network (NTN) on the lines of GSTN to facilitate import and exports and flagged negative interventions at the field level where customs officers raise irrelevant queries without accountability and sometimes, even rent seeking.   In a letter, Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, has suggested to Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey to propose further changes in customs, i
  • 'Coronavirus may remain active in high 40s C for 6-12 hours'
    By Sumit Saxena New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Temperatures in the high 40s Celsius (as in India these days) would not make much difference to the coronavirus. It may still be active at these temperatures for six to 12 hours, said leading virologist Shahid Jameel, who is also CEO of Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance.   Detailing on the peak of the viral infection, in an exclusive interview to IANS, Jameel insisted if on average 5,000 cases are reported daily, then in six weeks
  • Pvt-public partnership is working to bring Covid vaccine in India: Dr Harsh Vardhan
    'WE MUST LEARN TO LIVE WITH THE VIRUS EVEN AS WE CONTINUE OUR SOCIO-ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES'   New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) The government's point man on the gravest health emergency confronting the world and India is Dr Harsh Vardhan, our very own Health Minister, a Chandni Chowk MP. A doctor himself and in the main an Otorhinolaryngologist, he has risen from a doctor to a well-regarded politician. Extremely soft-spoken, he has been a minister in the Delhi government and
  • Kathmandu Triennale: From poets to Shamans
    New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Focussing on ideas and movements that have been marginalised both within Nepal and globally, including discourses of decolonisation, migration and displacement, indigenous knowledge, queer rights, feminism, and alternative world views, the Kathmandu Triennale 2077 (KT2077) to be held from December 4, 2020 to January 9, 2021 will be the largest art event Nepal has seen to date with works by over 100 artists, from more than 40 nations across six continents. It wi
  • Elderly support during COVID-19: Caregiving, tackling old-age loneliness
    BY SIDDHI JAIN  New Delhi, May 26 (IANSlife) The Coronavirus pandemic has left human race with feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and a fear what's coming next. While we do our bit to stay safe, looking after our loved ones, particularly the elderly, is crucial.   In this crisis, just like the little children in the family, our elders also need extra care and attention, especially if they are living alone and are prone to feeling isolated. Coupled with the greate
  • India's forgotten war with China
    New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The only India-China conflict that remains etched in our collective memory is the 1962 war, which India tragically lost. But five years later, in 1967, India and China faced off once again in the heights of Cho La and Nathu La at the Sikkim border. This time, overcoming the odds, India triumphed.   The fallout of these forgotten battles was immense. China shied away from actively allying with Pakistan and the US during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. An
  • Newspapers must convince people they are safe, compete with new media for ads: Javadekar
    New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, who holds the crucial portfolios of Information & Broadcasting and Environment, has the huge task of reaching out to people amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.   A minister, who has the confidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to drive the government's image building exercise at this time, Javadekar is also entrusted with conveying the government's policy decisions to the public.   A politici
  • Depiction of Gandhi in films: Has it remained true to Mahatma in reality?
    BY SHANKAR KUMAR  IANS | May 25 As one of history's most transformative and inspirational figures, Mahatma Gandhi continues to be relevant across the world. His life and philosophy have hugely impacted every aspect of human existence. Even the film industry has not been untouched by his campaign for non-violence, truth, equality of religions and self-reliance.   His empathy for the downtrodden, his dreams for the masses and his fight against injustice have bee
  • No end to struggle of migrant workers even after reaching home
    New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): They had left their homes for greener pastures in faraway Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and Rajasthan.   The corona-fuelled lockdown having shattered their dreams, they are now walking, cycling and hitchhiking hundreds of miles under an unforgiving sun blazing down at over 40 degrees to reach their homes in an impoverished Bihar, where an uncertain future awaits them.   Hungry and exhausted, these migrant workers are arriving at Sonathu and
  • Isolation not enough to save Amazon indigenous village from COVID-19
    The virus is spreading through remote and vulnerable indigenous communities despite efforts to shield them   TRES UNIDOS, BRAZIL, May 23 (Reuters) - Tres Unidos, an indigenous village in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, locked out all visitors, hoping that isolation would keep it safe. And yet the new coronavirus still came.   It arrived, most likely up the Rio Negro, the giant snaking river that connects Tres Unidos with the Amazon's largest city, Manaus - fiv
  • When home is under a flyover & life's belongings fit on a cycle
    New Delhi, May 23 (PTI): They walked, the parents, wife and children a cluster on the move while he wheeled a cycle with jerry cans and bundles loaded on -- and his 12-year-old differently abled daughter cradled in a cloth sack tied to the side.   Earlier this week, as the lockdown was extended for the fourth time, Mukesh Kumar decided Delhi was no longer the place for him or his family and they would head to their village in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh, even if it meant walking ev
  • Disasters displaced 5mn in India, the highest in the world
    The displacements were a result of a combination of increasing hazard intensity, high population exposure and high levels of social and economic vulnerability, a report says.   New Delhi, May 22 (PTI): Five million people were displaced in India last year, the highest in the world, due to disasters, including cyclones and monsoon floods, a new report by a monitoring centre said.   The displacements were a result of a combination of increasing hazard intensity, hig
  • Cyclone Amphan even more destructive than Cyclone Aila: UN
    New Delhi, May 22 (PTI): Cyclone Amphan, which has killed 77 people and left thousands homeless in West Bengal, is now considered even more destructive than Cyclone Aila which slammed southern Bangladesh and eastern India in 2009, the United Nations has said.   Cyclone Amphan, the strongest to hit the region in nearly two decades, made landfall on Wednesday evening. It has battered several parts of the state, washing away bridges and swamping low-lying areas.   S
  • COVID-19 Impact: The way forward
    New Delhi, May 21 (IANSlife) There is a lot of rhetoric and despair surrounding the current COVID-19 scenario which has declared the market slow-moving or outright stagnant. A cerebral two-day webinar, STIMULUS 2020, was designed to cut through the volume by speaking with industry experts who have dealt with similar cards before. To connect with strategists, business owners and executives in order to canvas possibilities and new ideas in media, luxury, lifestyle, leadership and other i
  • As lockdown fuels domestic abuse, social media users fight back
    As coronavirus curbs trap victims under the same roof as abusers, charities, celebrities and ordinary social media users are helping raise awareness online   LONDON/TBILISI/NEW DELHI, May 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When British teenager Kaitlyn McGoldrick heard domestic violence was increasing under lockdown, she posted a video on social media showing victims how to make a silent emergency call to police without their attackers finding out.   "I just w
  • Explainer: Do children spread COVID-19? Risks as schools consider reopening
    A child wearing a protective face mask disinfects hands as she arrives at a primary school, while Austrian schools reopen for pupils aged roughly six to 14, during the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo   May 20 (Reuters) - As countries begin to emerge from shutdowns imposed during the coronavirus pandemic, the issue of how the virus affects children and whether schools should be reope
  • Responsible human behaviour led to an increase in animal sightings: WWF
    BY SIDDHI JAIN  New Delhi, May 19 (IANSlife) Venice, the beautiful Italian city where nature meets culture, was recently in news, when calm returned to its overtourism-affected waters with aquatic life shining through clear canals. Closer home, monkeys, buffalos, cows and dogs have all come to be increasingly sighted on Indian streets, as human life remained under a tight lockdown from March-end. In Udaipur, one could spot fish swimming in the lake after decades. Images f