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  • India's expectations from Biden Presidency
    BY D.C. PATHAK IANS | November 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his success and used the occasion to emphasise on the importance of strategic partnership between the two countries. There is little doubt that the change of regime in the US will not affect the tested foundations of this friendship that were in fact laid with Obama administration declaring India as a major defence partner of the US. The deep convergence that
  • G20 says it will strive for fair global access to COVID-19 vaccine
    G20 leaders say they are concerned that the pandemic might further deepen global divisions between the rich and the poor * Emphasis on COVID-19 relief for poor as well as rich * Commitment to keep supporting economic growth * IMF calls for G20 debt relief measures to be expanded (Adds comments from Jadaan, Merkel and Trump) DUBAI/RIYADH, November 23 (Reuters) - Leaders of the 20 biggest economies vowed on Sunday to spare no effort to supply COVID-19 drugs, tests and vacc
  • UP farmers rewrite their destiny with dragon fruit farming
    Lucknow, November 22 (IANS): Four years ago, Ram Sakal Yadav, a young farmer in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambhi district, had almost packed his bags. He was set to migrate to Mumbai in search of a job that would ensure him a steady income. "Our agricultural income was reducing and the family was increasing. I had no option but to migrate and feed the family", he recalls. It was then that a district official in Kaushambhi persuaded Ram Sakal Yadav to stay back and tr
  • Corona scare forces MP authorities to disallow 200-yr-old Hingot fest
    Indore (Madhya Pradesh), November 17 (IANS): The coronavirus pandemic has cast its shadown on the annual 'Hingot' festival or 'Hingot war', which the locals have been celebrating uninterrupted for the last around 200 years in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district, with authorities not allowing it to be held this year. The administration did not permit the celebration of the Hingot festival, traditionally held a day after Diwali, in Gautampura area near Indore. Th
  • Problems growing taller for 8-feet tall man from Uttar Pradesh
    Pratapgarh (UP), November 8 (IANS): He is tall and his problem are now getting taller. Dharmendra Pratap Singh, said to be India's tallest man, who has found a mention in the Guinness Book of records, now claims that his height - 8 feet two inches-is no longer a boon but a bane for him. He is 45 years old but has not found a wife for himself. "Many relatives have tried to get me married but things never materialise. The girls, seeing my height, refuse to marry me. As
  • Macron walking around numerous minefields raises Islamophobia to fight Islamic terror
    BY SAEED NAQVI IANS | November 1 One of our major newspapers has, on page one, underlined for emphasis something significant: India became the first "non western country" to come out in support of French President Emmanuel Macron in his fight against Islamic terror. Less than a week after the macabre beheading of a school teacher, Samuel Paty, by an 18-year-old Chechen, terrorists killed three more. The Chechen who had been through a decade of French secular schooling
  • Writing is addiction that leaves your bank account empty: Stephen Alter
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS): He says that not a single day passes when he doesn't ask himself: "Who the hell do you think you are?" Stressing that everyone struggles with identity, both on a simple, mundane level as well as on a larger plane, writer Stephen Alter, who recently received the Mountain Environment and Natural History Award for his book 'Wild Himalaya', says, "Come to think of it, very few people are content with their origins and each of us s
  • 70% of Indian travellers to be more price-conscious: Survey
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANSlife): The global pandemic put an immediate halt on travel, and while restrictions have started to ease in many parts of the world, the financial legacy of COVID-19 will linger for much longer. While travellers may still be keen to resume travelling as soon as it is safe, they will be far more focused on value for money, booking transparency and flexibility now more than before. 70 percent of Indian travellers believe they will be more price-conscious when
  • 7 in 10 urban Indians now hooked to mobile gaming: Report
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS): Seven in 10 urban Indians are now playing video games or mobile games on any device, taking the country into the top 10 gaming countries in the world, a new report revealed on Thursday. Mobile gamers (playing on a smartphone or tablet) have clearly outnumbered the PC or console gamers, as just 12 per cent Indians play games on consoles compared to 67 per cent who use a smartphone or tablet. In India, 82 per cent of its gaming population play games on
  • Affirmative action to help orphaned and abandoned kids become self-reliant
    BY N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANSlife) There are millions of orphan children across India, who lack the basic facilities required for survival. Having lost their parents at a very young age, they are not fortunate enough to receive encouragement or support and struggle to build their lives. According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), India is home to 29.6 million orphaned and abandoned children. Another study by an international children's c
  • Keeping girls in school seen worth billions to developing nations
    LONDON, October 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Making sure all girls are finishing secondary education by 2030 could boost the gross domestic product (GDP) of developing countries by 10% on average over the next decade, a report said on Tuesday. Every $1 spent on girls' rights and education would generate a $2.80 return - equivalent to billions of dollars in extra GDP, according to the study by rights group Plan International and financial services firm Citi's Global
  • Global trade making water, energy insecurity worse: Study
    London, October 26 (IANS): International trade in a highly interconnected world is putting more pressure on water, energy and land resources than domestic productions, says a new study. The results, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, suggest that globalisation may be decreasing, rather than increasing, the security of global supply chains. "There has been plenty of research comparing countries in terms of their water, energy and land footprints, but w
  • Was Rajiv Gandhi the victim of foreign intelligence agencies?
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): Was Rajiv Gandhi the victim of "international intelligence agencies" in "what was to become" of him after the 1991 General Elections that were likely to see him return to power after being unceremoniously voted out two years previously? Wajahat Habibullah, who was at school with Rajiv Gandhi, and, as a member of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), served under him, and before that, his mother, Indira Gandhi, in the Prime Ministe
  • J&K plans 100% tap water by 2022, facility in schools in 2 months
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): All 18.17 lakh households in Jammu and Kashmir will be able to get tap water facilities by December 2022, while the authorities in the newly created Union Territory (UT) will ensure the service in all schools and Anganwadi centres there within two months. The UT's 8.38 lakh (46 per cent) households have already been provided with tap water connections and the rest 54 per cent households will be covered as per the government's plan by December 20
  • Australia urged to offer migration safety valve as climate pressures Pacific
    Allowing climate-threatened islanders more opportunities to live and work in Australia could aid both places, researchers say LONDON, October 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As climate change drives more disasters and displacement in the Pacific islands, Australia should relax its immigration policies to allow easier movement of people that would shore up regional security and support its economy, researchers said. Allowing threatened islanders more opportunities to live and wo
  • 'We are being squeezed', says prize-winning Amazon indigenous activist
    As indigenous campaigner Alessandra Munduruku wins the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, she says the Amazon is "crying for help" SAO PAULO, Oct 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Alessandra Munduruku, a leader of Brazil's Munduruku indigenous community, has seen her home broken into and been threatened over her work defending her people and their Amazon land from illegal miners and loggers, hydropower plants and other threats. On Thursday, the 36-year-old receiv
  • 61% Indians sceptical about Covid vax even if it came in 2021: Survey
    New Delhi, October 23 (IANS): About 61 per cent of people have claimed they are sceptical about the Covid-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available, a survey revealed on Friday. Scientists from around the world, including India are developing several vaccines that are at different stages of clinical trials. The central government maintains it has started to gear up to take these vaccines to every citizen. 'LocalCircles' conducted a survey to
  • Drought and hunger drive Nepal farmers to India, defying COVID ban
    Western Nepal has suffered a long dry spell, harming rice harvests and pushing farmers across the border to seek work even amid the pandemic NARAINAPUR, Nepal, October 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As an exceptionally wet monsoon season caused floods and landslides across much of Nepal, Buddhi Prasad Chaudhary, a farmer in the west of the country, was harvesting his rice early, after drought left it suitable only for animal feed. Chaudhary, 27, uses groundwater supplies to gr
  • Azerbaijan-Turkey-Pakistan: A New Axis of Evil Against Armenia & India
    BY YEGHIA TASHJIAN IANS | October 21 The roots of the conflict in Artsakh Artsakh historically has always been part of Armenia, and when the region was annexed to Persian and Arab rule, Artsakh (later known as Nagorno-Karabakh), was governed by Armenian nobility. Following the collapse of the Russian Empire during World War I, Transcaucasia became the stage of wars between various countries over territories. In 1918, the Ottomans led by Enver Pasha, formed the "Army of I
  • Covid 19 caused 78% MSMEs & startups in India to reduce workforce in the last 8 months: Survey
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20  (IANS): Seventy-eight per cent MSMEs and startups in India have reduced workforce in the last 8 months since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out. As per a survey by LocalCircles, only 22 per cent startups and MSMEs have the same or increased workforce as compared to the pre-Covid levels. India's startups and MSMEs ecosystem went through a torrid time due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the following lockdown. With revenues and operations getting impacted