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  • How New Delhi tamed China
    BY LT GEN CHERISH MATHSON  New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) A resolute, unruffled leadership and India's multi-pronged, hard stance, from the borders to financial markets, has forced China to tone down its aggression it had initiated since early May 2020. While India's military had been mobilised in equal measure to counter China's belligerence along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Leh visit last Friday was the clearest message to the
  • World Population Day: Bringing back the 'choice, voice debate' on family planning during COVID-19
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANSlife) Family planning is central to gender equality and womens empowerment, and it is a key factor in reducing poverty. Millions of girls and women in India can transform their lives if needs for family planning - to delay, space and limit the number of children that women have - are met.   Beyond health, there are many far-reaching, transformational and inter-generational effects of women being able to use contraception and take control of their fert
  • It's 'Vocal for Local' in Rajasthan on Raksha Bandhan this year
    Jaipur, July 9 (IANS) The 'Raksha Bandhan' festival this year will be celebrated with local flavour in Rajasthan, as many organisations in the state are following the Prime Minister's call for 'Vocal for Local'.   They have started making handmade 'rakhis', boycotting Chinese raw materials which till last year dominated the 'rakhi' manufacturing market.   Banswara will lead the show in this context as women there have pledged to
  • PM Modi's visit to his village Nimo, comforts 1962 war veteran
    Nimo/Leh, July 9 (IANS) In a quaint little village with tall poplars swinging gently in the summer bloom against the bare lofty mountains, 1962 war veteran Tsering Tashi giggles with exuberance over the thought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his village just a week ago.   "I did not know that he, the Prime Minister of India, was right here in my village, talking to soldiers. Got to know after he left," Tashi laughs.   Tashi quickly adds, "
  • US envoy admires Dalai Lama for seeking freedom for Tibetans
    Dharamsala, July 6 (IANS) Reaffirming Washington's continued support to the Tibetan cause, US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Ian Juster, on Monday greeted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday by admiring his tireless efforts to seek freedom for Tibetans and bringing an end to strife and hostility around the world.   "Your Holiness, it is a special privilege to know you and to be the chief guest at this celebration of your 85th birthday," J
  • 30,000 Indian troops in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese
    By Aarti Tikoo Singh Leh, July 6 (IANS) Around 30,000 troops of Indian Army are in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) in Ladakh, following the additional deployment of three brigades since the violent face-off last month. Highly placed sources told IANS that in normal times six brigades, that is two divisions are maintained along the LAC in Ladakh, even as troops are deployed in and out on a rotation basis. However, af
  • We shall prevail
    BY R. K. PACHNANDA  IANS | July 4 Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a very profound and pertinent statement that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, we shall overcome the two "jung" of COVID-19 and China and win both battles.   Our visionary Prime Minister's leadership in the battle against the unprecedented catastrophe -- COVID-19 -- has been unflinching, unparalleled and truly inspirational and needs to be emulated by other nations. Apart
  • Chinese hand in ISI's Gilgit-Baltistan move hits separatists
    BY SUMIT KUMAR SINGH New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The controversial proposal to annex Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which is to change the semi-autonomous status of the region, is being pushed by Pakistan to help China secure the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), security agencies have told the government. India is opposing the proposed move.   The developments in Pakistan related to Gilgit-Baltistan and diminishing role of terrorist lea
  • 'Encouraging' data but Covid vax nowhere near us
    New York, July 3 (IANS) There are currently 18 candidate vaccines in key clinical trials globally but despite encouraging preliminary data coming from some research labs, a Covid-19 vaccine is nowhere near while new corona cases are mounting in several countries including in India.   No vaccines have yet started their large and critical Phase-III trials in the US.   Drug maker Moderna's Phase-III trial which was supposed to start from July 7 "will likely
  • BJP wants J&K to get full statehood again: Ram Madhav
    BY NAVNEET MISHRA AND KAMLESH SINGH New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) National General Secretary Ram Madhav is one of the BJP's high-profile faces. Since becoming spokesperson of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 2003, he has subsequently been in the news not only in the country but also in the international media as the face of the saffron party.   At that time, he was also known as something of a global ambassador of the RSS. After spending a long time in the RSS, he was
  • Eyes in the sky: Investors reach for new tools to gauge climate change risk
    As climate change is eroding age-old certainties, a new cast of characters is searching for answers in the sky   LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) - In the twilight years of past civilisations, astrologers would scour the heavens for signs of impending calamity. In an era where climate change is eroding age-old certainties, a new cast of characters is searching for answers in the sky.   A small but growing network of asset managers, academics, start-up entrepreneurs and camp
  • A push for women entrepreneurship in India
    BY PUJA GUPTA New Delhi, July 2 (IANSlife) We are one of the biggest and fastest growing economies, however there is data prove that if female employment rates were equal to male employment rates, that alone will make India richer by 27 percent. The actual participation of women in both the formal and informal economies has actually shrunk from 36 percent to 24 percent in the last 10 years, points out Vinay Subramanyam - Head - Marketing - Britannia Industries.   With
  • More than 40,000 people forcefully evicted in East Africa during coronavirus crisis
    Poor communities in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia have been left homeless and exposed in the midst of the pandemic, charity says   NAIROBI, July 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 40,000 people across East Africa have been forcibly evicted from their homes since March, putting them at risk of contracting the new coronavirus, said charities on Wednesday, calling for a moratorium on all evictions during the pandemic.   The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found
  • COVID-19 fears grow for isolated indigenous people in Brazil's Amazon
    As the coronavirus spreads, it has reached the western Amazon's Javari Valley, home to the world's remaining uncontacted indigenous groups   BRASILIA, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dozens of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon's Javari Valley - an area the size of Switzerland and Denmark combined - have contracted COVID-19, with experts and officials warning the disease poses a huge threat to their lives and culture.   The valley in the we
  • Writing, reading perfect escape from being locked up at home: Kritika Pandey
    BY VISHNU MAKHIJANI  New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Growing up in a traditional middle-class family in Ranchi, writing was "one of those things" that 29-year-old Kritika Pandey -- the Asian regional winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and one of the five contenders for the top award -- did to keep herself occupied. The other was reading and these two activities proved to be the "perfect escape from being locked up at home" because they helped her
  • State govts, firms harnessing Cloud to fight COVID-19 in India: AWS
    BY NISHANT ARORA  New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The COVID-19 onslaught has accelerated the pace of IT modernisation and digital transformation via Cloud-driven solutions in the vast public sector in India and various state governments are fast embracing the Cloud technology to reduce the infection rate while efficiently managing the lockdown, a top global Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive has stressed.   According to Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public S
  • 'China will have to pay heavy price for military misadventure'
    New Delhi, June 27 (PTI): China will have to pay a "heavy price" for decades for resorting to aggressive military behaviour towards India in eastern Ladakh as it will isolate the country globally, strategic affairs experts said on Saturday.   They said the economic cost of China's misadventure in the last couple of months in eastern Ladakh and South China will be "massive" as it has "exposed" Beijing's "real face" when the enti
  • Military aggression not first by China, won't be last: Lobsang Sangay
    Dharamsala, June 27 (IANS) The ongoing military aggression across the Himalayas is not the first by China and it won't be the last. India never shared a border with China -- it is the Indo-Tibet border. Knowing its strategic significance, India should consider the geopolitical importance of Tibet as one of its core issues.   These were the views of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President Lobsang Sangay, globally known as Prime Minister-in-exile, regarding a Himala
  • RGF had links with Chinese body that US claimed was used for intel
    BY ANINDYA BANERJEE  New Delhi, June 26 (IANS) Was the donation from the Chinese Embassy towards the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) just a tip of the iceberg or was it an aberration?   IANS has learnt that between 2004 and 2005, the Foundation, which is now run by Sonia Gandhi, had ran the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), which in turn was linked to a body that the US government in a 'staff research report' in 2018 called a "fron
  • India's China Challenge
    BY ANANTH KRISHNAN IANS | June 26  Yadong, on the southern edge of Tibet, is where China meets India. Getting there takes you right across the roof of the world, a day-long drive from Lhasa. As I leave Lhasa and head south, towards India, the long and winding road traverses pristine lakes, many of which are sacred for Tibetans, their banks dotted with dozens of worshippers lying prostrate, yaks in tow. Our journey ends in the Chumbi Valley town of Yadong, a small, muddy and