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  • 'Vulnerable to 2nd wave, India must consider limited lockdown in hotspots'
    BY SUMIT SAXENA New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) With India vulnerable to a second wave of the Covid pandemic, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Randeep Guleria feels in order to contain a further surge, a limited lockdown in hotspots and extensive contact tracing, where volume of cases is high, can be considered along with a micro-plan to prevent leakage into other non-containment areas.   In an exclusive chat with IANS, Guleria said the wave of Covid cases ma
  • Ready to sacrifice ourselves for the country, say porters in Ladakh
    Leh, June 24 (IANS) Ringzin is 65 years old but keen to report for duty on the LAC and help the Indian Army in whichever way possible.   He is one of the many porters in Ladakh who volunteered to carry material to themountain tops during the Kargil conflict in 1999 to evict the Pakistani intruders from the heights - a feat he is proud of and ready to repeat anytime.   Ringzin had retired from the army years before the Kargil conflict, but a strong urge to serve th
  • Need to revamp Indian healthcare system urgently: Preetha Reddy
    BY SANJEEV SHARMA  New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) In an interview with IANS, Preetha Reddy Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals and President, NATHEALTH said that there is an urgent need to revamp the Indian healthcare system today.   Reddy said there is a need to provide solutions to short terms problems caused due to COVID-19 and alongside, addressing the long-standing structural gaps in our healthcare systems.   "We are doing everything possible to supp
  • Countries join hands for maritime cooperation to counter Chinese aggression
    New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Amid intense Chinese propaganda and 'wolf warriors' aggressive approach to cover up its culpability in spreading coronavirus pandemic, the world powers are joining hands to counter China which is increasingly trying to divert attention by implementing its expansionist design from land to maritime domain.   The Galwan incident is just one such example of its policy of intimidation and aggressive move in maritime has already come as a warning
  • Spat on and abused: Coronavirus fuels racism against India's northeasterners
    Targeted for their East Asian looks, people from region bordering China suffer discrimination and harassment   NEW DELHI, June 20(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One after another, people came, took one look at her face and then walked off. In the end, student Rachungailiu Gonmei gave up on finding anyone willing to share a rickshaw with her in New Delhi, and travelled alone.   Like many Indians from Northeast India - a vast region that borders China, Gonmei has not
  • UN charts new territory with project to track all Myanmar's forests
    Joint Myanmar-Finland project will venture into conflict zones to better protect Southeast Asian nation's forests   KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new five-year project in Myanmar will for the first time document all forests in the Southeast Asian nation - including places affected by ethnic tensions - to pinpoint deforestation risks and boost conservation, the United Nations said.   The joint Myanmar-Finland project, launched this week w
  • In U.S. race protests, Chile's indigenous youth see echoes of their own land struggle
    To many among Chile's indigenous Mapuche, the demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd recall their own confrontations with police over land rights   BOGOTA, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Watching the U.S. anti-racism protests from a rural town in southern Chile, 19-year-old Belen Curamil, an indigenous youth leader, has felt a sense of shared experience.   Curamil's indigenous peers have endured years of police violence: some have been j
  • 'China's goal is to limit any defiance from India'
    'In South Asia, unlike Southeast, East, or Central Asia, there is a natural hegemon: India. China cannot cast it aside easily'   New Delhi, June 18 (PTI): Amidst the Chinese incursion into Indian territories in Ladakh, an influential United States think-tank has said that China's "immediate goal" in South Asia is to limit any "defiance" from India and hinder its burgeoning partnership with the US.   The report titled A Global Survey
  • China wanted to settle border dispute with India in 2001, says new book
    New Delhi/Beijing, June 18 (IANS) China had sought to settle the border dispute with India by finalising its boundary in Tibet in 2001, but the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government failed to respond, as per a recent book published by HarperCollins.   Sarosh Zaiwalla, the Indian-origin founder of and senior partner at Zaiwalla & Co., a prominent law firm in London, in his recent memoir, "Honour Bound -- Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts", has
  • On Twitter, indigenous Guatemalans share experiences of everyday racism
    Sparked by the murder of healer Domingo Choc, the #GuateRacista movement is an attempt to bring discussions of race and identity into the open   BOGOTA, June 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Guatemalans have shared their experiences of everyday racism on social media after the murder of an indigenous healer by a mob who accused him of witchcraft and set him on fire.   The killing of Domingo Choc, 56, provoked outrage among indigenous Guatemalans, who
  • China wanted Tibet to settle border dispute with India in 2001, says new book
    New Delhi/Beijing, June 17 (IANS) China had sought to settle the border dispute with India by finalising its boundary in Tibet in 2001, but the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government failed to respond, as per a recent book published by HarperCollins.   Sarosh Zaiwalla, the Indian-origin founder of and senior partner at Zaiwalla & Co., a prominent law firm in London, in his recent memoir, "Honour Bound -- Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts", has
  • Labour of love: India's 1st public domain Covid-19 predictive model goes live this week
    BY NIKHILA NATARAJAN  New York, June 15 (IANS) Driven by a common passion to build world class digital public goods for India, a clutch of 10 mostly reclusive computer scientists are launching the country's most detailed and first public domain COVID19 predictive model indiacovidmodel.in, which unleashes the power of granular district, state and national level visualisation to the public starting mid week.   The predictive model arrives at crucial time amid a b
  • Life is so fragile; think, plan, look after each other: Author Vish Dhamija
    BY VISHNU MAKHIJANI New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) Life is so fragile that even a virus could bring the world to its knees, says London-based author of Indian-origin Vish Dhamija who has eight works of crime-fiction to his credit in the last decade, besides straddling the worlds of marketing and entrepreneurship. He also urges citizens across the world to introspect during these difficult times and think, plan and look after each other.   "The uncertainty of it all made
  • A recipe for a $5 trillion economy by 2024
    BY PRADIP BAIJAL IANS | June 15  India always had problems in dealing with spectrum.   -- We wasted valuable wireless spectrum for fixed line services in 1995, unlike any other country, after the erroneous decision that expensive mobile phones were not for the poor Indians. The decision was reversed in 2004, but led to a lot of inspired criticism by mobile incumbents.   -- Earlier, the government approved a Convergence Bill in 2001, for more efficient u
  • Taiwan Black Lives Matter protest gets indigenous twist
    Anti-racism protests in Taipei also draw attention to the rights of the island's original inhabitants   TAIPEI, June 14 (Reuters) - Hundreds packed into a park in central Taipei on Saturday for a Black Lives Matter protest, with a group of indigenous Taiwanese given prominent billing to draw attention to discrimination against the island's original inhabitants.   The rally, attended by more than 500 people, mostly foreigners, was peaceful with only a very li
  • Author Shobhaa De's attempt to hitch onto lockdown bandwagon, falls flat
    BY VISHNU MAKHIJANI  New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) The Reconstruction Period (1865-77) that followed the conclusion of the American Civil War gave rise to the pejorative term Carpetbaggers to describe politicians and financial adventurers from the Northern Confederate states who descended on the South to reap from the devastation the conflict had caused.   Sharply dressed and riding a horse with their belongings tied up in an elongated bundle (the carpetbag) that they
  • India's virus lockdown fuels timber-smuggling in Kashmir forests
    In the mountainous region, trees have been cut down as tourism ground to a halt and guards were unable to patrol under tight restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19   SRINAGAR, India, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's coronavirus lockdown has paved the way for a rise in illegal logging and timber-smuggling in forest-rich Indian-administered Kashmir, with guards unable to patrol and local incomes plummeting, the region's forest officials said.  
  • U.N. warns coronavirus may push millions of children into underage labor
    Coronavirus pandemic may spark the first rise in child labor since 2000, the United Nations warned   NEW YORK, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The coronavirus pandemic has put millions of children at risk of being pushed into underage labor, reversing two decades of work to combat the practice and potentially marking the first rise in child labor since 2000, the United Nations warned on Friday.   As the pandemic pummels the global economy, pushing millions of
  • Coronavirus boosts community spirit - and nationalism
    Pandemic is also creating fertile ground for movements like Black Lives Matter   LONDON, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The coronavirus pandemic is boosting both nationalism and community spirit, unleashing shifts in attitudes that would usually takes years to trickle down, according to a survey released on Thursday.   The survey of six nations from across the globe reveals that COVID-19 has also prompted more people to want to work for organisations commi
  • Covid-19: A tale of two mighty cities in India amid the pandemic
    New Delhi/Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) Rarely have these two mighty Indian megalopolises -- one being the nation's capital and the other its commercial capital -- looked so "helpless".   As actors in Mumbai and politicians in Delhi get a taste of the virus, the two cities are finding it increasingly tough to deal with the pandemic with their available resources and health infrastructure.   As Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded new highs on the Covid-19 dash