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  • 'India 2030' charts an optimistic decade ahead for nation
    New Delhi, January 29 (IANS): As the new decade begins, India stands at the crossroads of several simultaneous disruptions, writes Gautam Chikermane, an author who tracks the world of money, power and faith, in "India 2030 - The Rise of a Rajasic Nation", a compendium of 20 scholarly essays by thought leaders from diverse fields ranging from politics, economics and foreign policy to health care and energy who predict what the current decade has in store. "From two agg
  • Climate change termed as 'global emergency' in biggest-ever poll
    United Nations, January 28 (IANS): Almost two-thirds of over 1.2 million people surveyed worldwide have said that climate change is a "global emergency", urging greater action to address the crisis, results from the biggest-ever climate poll revealed. Issued on Wednesday, the UN Development Programme (UNDP)'s "People's Climate Vote" poll also showed that people supported more comprehensive climate policies to respond to the challenges, reports Xinhua news
  • Next-gen' COVID-19 vaccines may be needed to tackle emerging variants, say scientists
    New Delhi, January 27 (PTI): The spread of COVID-19 variants is not an immediate problem but it's time already for next-gen preventives to tackle them, say scientists as countries fine-tune their vaccine dissemination programmes and the race to put more vaccines in the market gathers pace. Work on vaccines will have to continue on parallel tracks one to tackle the SARS-CoV-2 virus with first generation vaccines and the other to prepare for possible mutations and new variants say
  • India's 72nd Republic Day
    New Delhi, January 26 (IANSlife): The dictionary defines the word Republic "as a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law." On India's 72nd Republic Day we look back at the moments citizens of this country came together against all odds and all adversities, in what was possibly the worst year the world has ever seen. IANSli
  • India among top 10 hit by climate change: Germanwatch
    New Delhi, January 25 (IANS): India is among the top 10 most affected countries in the Global Climate Risk Index 2021 published on Monday by the Bonn-based environmental think tank Germanwatch. It said vulnerable people in developing countries suffered the most from extreme weather events like storms, floods and heat waves, while the impacts of climate change are visible around the globe. Being the deadliest and costliest tropical cyclone in the South-West Indian Ocean, tropical
  • India at 72 (Opinion)
    By Asad Mirza IANS | January 25 In the first year of the new decade, we'll mark the 75 years of our Independence and 72 years of India as a Republic, but there are many questions, which assail the common Indian. 75 years after Independence and 72 years after India became a Republic, instead of feeling ecstatic and consolidating our achievements we are forced to ponder the question, whether our freedom fighters, leaders and constitution framers dreamt of India in its present
  • 'Dedicated my life to the cause of Amazon forests'
    Thiruvananthapuram, January 24 (IANS): Shaji Thomas, a Keralite who landed in Brazil in 1989 on a scholarship, is now a citizen of the football crazy nation. In Brazil, he took a doctorate degree and completed three post-doctoral studies. He has a law degree as well and is the only Indian origin lawyer practicing in the South American country. He has been a major environmental activist and even lived in a houseboat on the Amazon river. The following are some excerpts from an excl
  • Tibetans hopeful of seeing Biden host the Dalai Lama
    Dharamsala, January 24 (IANS): Tibetans are hopeful of being united with the States once again with their globetrotting spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who has a special relationship with US presidents that began with a gold watch, calling on President Joe Biden soon for substantive discussions. After a four-year unusual exception of President Donald Trump, they feel Biden will continue a decades-old practice of the deep and enduring affinity between Americans and Tibetans that ha
  • At 78 and the oldest president, Biden sees a world changed
    Washington, January 23 (AP): When Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president, he became not only the oldest newly inaugurated US chief executive in history but also the oldest sitting president ever. Biden was born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was 78 years, two months and one day old when he was sworn in on Wednesday. That's 78 days older than President Ronald Reagan was when he left office in 1989. A look at how the country Biden now leads ha
  • It's only hypocrisy, pretence on Netaji, unless you bring back his mortal remains: Ashis Ray
    New Delhi, January 23 (IANS): This tripping over each other to pay homage to Subhas Bose is mere hypocrisy, says Ashish Ray, the London based author who wrote the book, Laid to Rest, which comprehensively and with documentary evidence establishes the circumstances of Subhas Boses death (on 18 August 1945 in Taipei following a plane crash), cremation and transportation and preservation of his mortal remains in Tokyo. In an interview with IANS, Ray says it's a hypocrisy and preten
  • Researcher shares Netaji's Great Escape route
    Kolkata, January 21 (IANS): In 1941, 44-year-old Subhas Chandra Bose was under house arrest with the police guarding the entire area outside his Elgin Road residence in south Kolkata. According to noted Netaji researcher Jayanta Chowdhury, the black German Wanderer sedan which Bose rode for his great escape on January 16, 1941 rolled out in the dark. It took AJC Bose Road from Elgin Road and then the Mahatma Gandhi Road and crossed the Hooghly River via Howrah Bridge to enter the ad
  • Trinamool-BJP slugfest over Netaji in poll-bound Bengal
    Kolkata, January 21 (IANS): In poll-bound West Bengal, nationalist icon and freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose happens to be the new-found commodity for political parties contesting a high-voltage electoral battle this year. The Centre has decided to celebrate Bose's birth anniversary on January 23 as 'Parakram Diwas' every year. On Wednesday, Indian Railways also renamed Howrah-Kalka Mail as 'Netaji Express' ahead of his anniversary celebrations. &quo
  • A triumph for America, and a triumph for fashion
    New Delhi, January 21 (IANSlife): Over the past few months people have been asking the question why does fashion matter? Fashion matters for many reasons but at the heart of it, it is because fashion stands for something. What you wear speaks of who you are, especially if you are in the public eye, this becomes amplified. Outfits worn by the First Lady on the day of the inauguration often end up in museums, becoming pieces of historic significance. Who can forget Jackie Kennedy'
  • 'The Death Script': A haunting account of the Maoist insurgency
    By Ashutosh Kumar Thakur IANS | January 30 Narrated in multiple voices, 'The Death Script' is a creative biography of 'Dandakaranya' that combines the rigour of journalism, the intimacy of a diary, the musings of a travelogue, and the craft of a novel. Through the prism of Maoist insurgency, the book also looks at larger questions of violence and betrayal, and love and obsession. Ashutosh Bhardwaj is one those rare journalists who is courageous enough to plunge d
  • Painting inspires Afghan girls to break through confinements of tradition
    Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), January 20 (IANS): "My prime objective is to portray the suffering of my fellow Afghans in paintings and exhibit them to highlight the pains of the war-weary people," said Hafiza Mohammadi. Dressed in a style mixing Western and traditional features, drawing picture of a Western-styled girl in her rented office, Mohammadi said that girls in Afghanistan should have the right to choose how to dress and live for themselves, the Xinhua news agency
  • Roll call: Indian names bloom in White House power circle
    New York, January 18 (IANS): Kamala Devi Harris, Vivek Murthy, Gautam Raghavan, Mala Adiga, Vinay Reddy, Bharat Ramamurti, Neera Tanden, Celine Gounder, Atul Gawande are some of the Indian names that are blooming more now than at any other time in the innermost circles of the White House and that too within weeks after the #MyNameIs blowback to Republicans' mangling of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' first name during the 2020 campaign. Till date, nearly two dozen Ind
  • From Shyamala Gopalan to Kamala Devi Harris: A timeline of two audacious journeys
    New York, January 18 (IANS): When Kamala Harris takes oath as America's Vice President, it will be a moment without equal in the country's history. Harris will be the first Indian and Black American, first woman and first woman of colour to ever win election to America's highest political office. Her journey was made possible by another audacious traveller - her mother Shyamala Gopalan, who arrived in America as a 19-year-old, in 1958. Below is a timeline that traces the
  • Of photorealism and treescapes
    New Delhi, January 18 (IANSlife) A new exhibition titled 'If A Tree Falls (Somewhere In Northeast India)', curated by Waswo x Waswo, features the recent woodcut prints by Chandan Bez Baruah at Gallery Latitude 28. The artist fuses spiritually romantic longings for beauty, solitude, and the sublime, with a postmodern awareness of chaos, politics, and lived experience. Chandan's works are meticulously carved upon medium density wood-fibre matrixes; these woodcuts nonethele
  • Tracking Uddhav's journey from advertising photographer to Maha CM
    New Delhi, January 18 (IANS): "Trail of the Tiger" tracks the personal and political journey of Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray against the backdrop of the changing narrative of Hindutva, and new connotations to Hindutva's subnational plot, with the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a new Hindu "Hriday Samrat". Thackeray's trail from a professional advertising photographer to Maharashtra's Chief Minister is not just his story. It is the story of saff
  • 'Kamala's Way' charts an engaging journey from California to Washington
    New Delhi, January 17 (IANS): Just how did the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this countrys most effective power players? Through the human touch, by turning defeat into victory and most of all, by doing things her way, a timely biography of Kamala Harris, the US Vice President-elect says. "Harris entered the (Democratic) presidential (nomination) race fully intending to win. To do that, she had to defeat the front runner. That she fell short