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  • Amazon leaders demand illegal miners stay away to protect tribal lives
    A Yanomami indian follows agents of Brazil's environmental agency in a gold mine during an operation against illegal gold mining on indigenous land, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Roraima state, Brazil April 17, 2016. Picture taken April 17, 2016. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly Illegal miners have been accused of taking advantage of coronavirus quarantines to carry out their activities   BOGOTA, April 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amazon tribal leaders called on gov
  • Special Report: India's migrant workers fall through cracks in coronavirus lockdown
    Dayaram Kushwaha, a migrant worker, carries his 5-year-old son, Shivam, on his shoulders as they walk along a road to return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in New Delhi, India, March 26, 2020.  REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui   JUGYAI, India, April 25 (Reuters) - Most days, you can find Dayaram Kushwaha and his wife, Gyanvati, hauling bricks for stonemasons in a booming northern suburb of New Delhi. They bring their
  • All efforts being made to mitigate disruption of teaching: HRD Minister
    BY GANESH BHATT  New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) With the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic disrupting ongoing Board examinations for Class 10 and 12 and the new academic sessions in colleges and universities likely to be delayed, students across the country are faced with various issues regarding their studies.   IANS talked to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on a wide range of issues. Excerpts:   Question:
  • The first modern pandemic will define this era: Bill Gates
    Washington, April 24 (IANS) The COVID-19 pandemic, the first modern pandemic, will define this era and no one who lives through this will ever forget it, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has stressed.   It is impossible to overstate the pain that people are feeling now and will continue to feel for years to come, he said, adding that the disease is disproportionately hurting poorer communities and racial minorities.   "Likewise, the economic impact of the shu
  • Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka uses social media during lockdown to help abused women
    Ndileka Mandela speaking at her book launch in Johannesburg, South Africa, November 2019. George Elize/Handout via Thomson Reuters Foundation   Mandela's granddaughter is using her own experience of surviving rape to fight for South African women's rights   JOHANNESBURG, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ndileka Mandela was at her home in Johannesburg, South Africa, just before the start of a national lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus, when she
  • 'I find solace in songs': An Indian garment worker on life under lockdown
    A woman labourer watches television inside her house at the compound of a factory at Libbar Hari in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand January 23, 2011. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi   "I don't know if I want to stay and work here. I will wait for the lockdown to finally end and then decide. Till then, I have my songs."   CHENNAI, April 22(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When she waved goodbye to her village and her parents eight months ago, it was exciting to imagine l
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the Hospitality Sector
    BY PUJA GUPTA New Delhi, April 22 (IANSlife) Governments across the world have sealed international borders; there is a suspension of all international and domestic flights; compounded by a nationwide lockdown, together this is bound to bring an unprecedented phase in the history of the hospitality industry.   Adding to these woes in the months to come will be the fear to travel, whether on business or leisure, as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc across the world. The t
  • Lack of clean water leaves Brazil indigenous reserve exposed to coronavirus
    Members of the Guarani Kaiowá indigenous tribe who live in the Dourados Indigenous Reserve, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. HANDOUT/Tiago Miotto/Indigenist Missionary Council   Overcrowded and impoverished, the Guarani Kaiowa lack the most effectively weapon against getting coronavirus: clean running water   BRASILIA, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Brazil's most populous indigenous reserve, the Guarani Kaiowa people live in fear of catching the novel coro
  • This Assamese man walked 1,500 km on foot to be home
    BY SUJIT CHAKRABORTY  Guwahati, April 21 (IANS) Amid the nationwide lockdown, a 45-years-old migrant worker from Gujarat reached his home in Assam in 24-days after a 2,890-km trip, of which he had to walk about 1,500 km. Jadav Gogoi, who was working as a security guard in Gujarat's Rajkot city, was admitted at the civil hospital at the Nagaon district headquarters for mandatory quarantine for nCoV. He was rescued by the locals and police at Ahotguri, 35-km from the d
  • Man climbs tree to teach students during lockdown
    Subrata Pati atop the neem tree in his village of Ahanda teaching his students history. Photograph: PTI Photo   Subrata Pati, who is in Ahanda village in West Bengal's Bankura district, climbs atop a neem tree each day to receive uninterrupted signal on his cell phone, which he uses to teach his pupils with.   New Delhi, April 20 (PTI): Prosperity is a great teacher, adversity even greater. And adversity in times of the lockdown has brought out the best
  • Being a mother in Covid times
    AFP PHOTO   BY SFOORTI MISHRA   New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Becoming a mother is one of the most phenomenal events in a woman's life. Nothing gives her more joy than holding her baby in her arms. But for some women it is a challenging time to become a mother during the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Fear, anxiety and feeling of uncertainty have gripped them during this otherwise happy time.   Sanaa Firoz, who has recently attained motherhood, to
  • The Struggle Stories
    BY VINOD MIRANI IANS | April 19 Struggle: The word people used for the hundreds of aspiring men alighting from Frontier Mail (now Golden Temple Mail) and other trains coming from the North, especially Punjab, in Bombay, to make it big in films. The odd one also came down from other states, but only Hindi speaking states. For, East and South had their own thriving film industries.     But, for every Dharmendra or Manoj Kumar who made it big in films, there were a
  • COVID-19 striking more children than expected: Study
    Contrary to what governments and a school of scientists claim, the number of children infected with the coronavirus is far more extensive than what is currently reported, report says. Photo: Reuters   New York, April 18 (IANS) Contrary to what governments and a school of scientists claim (including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk), the number of children infected with the coronavirus is far more extensive than what is currently reported -- a hidden detail that could vast
  • At least 300,000 Africans expected to die in pandemic: U.N. agency
    AP Photo   JOHANNESBURG, April 18 (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic will likely kill at least 300,000 Africans and risks pushing 29 million into extreme poverty, the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said on Friday, calling for a $100 billion safety net for the continent.   Africa's 54 countries have so far reported fewer than 20,000 confirmed cases of the disease, just a fraction of the more than two million cases reported globally. But the World Health
  • Who's WHO? The World Health Organization under scrutiny
     A logo is pictured outside a building of the  World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse   LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the spotlight as it champions the global fight against the new coronavirus but faces a funding freeze from U.S. President Donald Trump's government.   Here are ma
  • COVID-19 could cause deaths of thousands children: UN
    Children of stranded migrant workers wait for food, distributed by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Chennai, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (PTI Photo/R Senthil Kumar)   New Delhi, April 17 (PTI): In a grim assessment of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on children, the United Nations has said the looming global recession resulting from the outbreak could cause hundreds of thousands of additional child deat
  • An Indian who spirited the Dalai Lama to safety, no lessons learnt from a century-old graft case, rediscovering Galileo
    BY VISHNU MAKHIJANI  New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Read about a journey that began on March 17, 1959 in Lhasa and ended a year later in in McLeodganj in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, where the Dalai Lama set up permanent residence-in-exile -- with an Indian civil servant playing a no mean role in the events; then explore the twists and turns of a graft trial a century ago that ultimately exonerated the protagonist, Arthur Crawford; and finally rediscover the contr
  • Over 82% support govt in COVID-19 fight
    New Delhi, April 16 (PTI): As the nation enters the second phase of the COVID-19 lockdown, an opinion poll during the first phase has given very high credit to the central government for its actions to control the pandemic with over 82 per cent supporting the government measures, but 86 per cent remain worried over their future.   The international survey finds as much as 82 per cent of those polled are satisfied with the government efforts to support the society in the firs
  • Plastics -- the saviour of billion human lives from COVID-19
    B00Y D.D. KALE  IANS | April 16    The deadly coronavirus pandemic, that originated from China, has so far killed over 1.35 lakh people across the world. The COVID-19 pandemic will leave severe scars on the economies across the world, as life has come to a standstill post lockdown announced by most of the countries. As per UN estimate the pandemic has wiped $50 billion off global exports in February alone. In India, the first case of the coronavirus was repor
  • 'Covid-19 waning in hot weather, still a conjecture'
    BY SUMIT SAXENA New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) In an email interview with IANS, Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India, said some evidence suggests the novel coronavirus infection will wane in hot weather, like other coronaviruses, but it is too early to conclude on it. He insisted herd protection may develop over time. If we try to rush it through, we will initially have a surge of cases which will overwhelm the health system and result in many avoida