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  • G-7 Summit Disappoints
    By Asad Mirza IANS | June 14 The 3Cs: Covid, China and Climate Change dominated the G-7 Summit. But overall the leaders were not able to present a united stand on any major issue. The 47th annual G-7 Summit, ended on Sunday last at the Carbis Bay in Cornwall, UK. Though the British Prime Minister wanted the summit to showcase his brand of 'Global Britain', after the Brexit. But there were terse exchanges between the French, EU and British leaders and officials on the iss
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav must be transferred to a neutral country
    By Dr Amjad Ayub Mirza IANS | June 12 On June 11, in a bold move, Pakistan's National Assembly managed to pass a bill that would give Kulbushan Jadhav, the Indian national and former naval officer, the right to appeal against accusations of espionage. Jadhav was awarded death sentence by a Pakistan military court in April 2017. In May of the same year, India approached The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) complaining that Pakistan had denied consular access t
  • Indian SIM cards used in China for frauds under lens
    New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) Indian agencies are engaged in getting details of 1,300 SIM cards as they were being used by a gang of Chinese to hack accounts and commit financial frauds, a suspected activity of a Chinese intelligence agency. All the telecom operators are learnt to have been directed to report to the agencies concerned soon after they find any suspicious link related to any SIM cards being operated from outside India, said a source. As per the information, the agencie
  • Rich nations along with India must step up game to bridge Nepal's Covid vax shortages
    By Rahul Kumar New Delhi, June 12 (IANS): Developed countries, in partnership with India, need to step up their game to support Nepal, which is staring at significant shortages of Covid-19 vaccines. Having vaccinated a substantial number of their citizens, countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom have surplus stocks of jabs. In fact, the WHO has appealed to the developed countries, not to begin vaccinating children. Instead, these jabs can be sent to help develo
  • Caravan tourism the preferred option for travellers in India?
    New Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife) Travellers are more mindful about following protocols of social distancing and ensuring proper sanitisation and hygiene at all times for a hassle-free travel experience in the current scenario. Caravans are considered a saviour in these times for those who want a comfortable road trip experience. The van becomes your home for the duration of the trip that helps to avoid the hassle of inflated flying and accommodation costs, local transport, safety and h
  • Sudipta Chakraborty: Hope someone again weaves poetry on celluloid like Buddhadeb Dasgupta did (FIRST PERSON)
    (National Award-winning Bengali actress Sudipta Chakraborty takes a trip down memory lane reminiscing about the late Buddhadeb Dasgupta, and opens up to IANS on her experience of being directed by the legendary filmmaker in his Award-winning films "Kaalpurush" and "Mondo Meyer Upakhyan") BY SUDIPTA CHAKRABORTY Kolkata, June 10 (IANS) "I worked with Buddhadeb Dasgupta long back, in his two films � 'Kaalpurush' and 'Mondo Me
  • Survivors turning saviours: An inspiring story from Uttarakhand
    New Delhi, June 11 (IANSlife) For Dehradun-based social entrepreneur Sachin Upadhyay, a Covid-19 survivor, revealed that two weeks as a Covid patient were the worst in his life the isolation, loss of physical strength, constant inflow of distressing news of illness and deaths. He believes it was somewhat of a miracle that he came of the disease without any complications. Now helping almost 200 villages fight the pandemic e he is saving lives and building a recovery plan. While th
  • A stream of consciousness that grew into a volume of poetry
    New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) Ayesha Chenoy, a successful investment banker who won the prestigious Adam Smith Prize for economics at Cambridge, served stints at Merrill Lynch, UBS Global Asset Management and Credit Suisse before cofounding in 2013 an advertising agency that she says empowers brands and help them build their digital real estate: a universe of interactive and immersive experiences. Not surprisingly, her debut as an author is in the form of therapy delivered through a ser
  • Of interpersonal relationships and science fiction
    New Delhi, June 8 (IANSlife) From poetry on the vibrance of 'letting go', a reference guide on married lives and a sprinkle of self love and even mythological fiction, these five books by forthcoming authors are on our bookshelf this summer. 'Ceasing to Disown' by Sunny Ramesh Sadnani 'Ceasing to Disown' is the very persona of the similar antithesis that life is. It is a collection of poetries that serve as a reminder of what we have found solace in or may
  • Can India suspend Twitter if it fails to comply with IT rules?
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) As India takes its fight with Twitter over non-compliance of the new IT rules to the final round, can the country go ahead and block or suspend the platform the way Nigeria has done? The Nigerian government has indefinitely suspended Twitter, just days after it accused the US micro-blogging platform of double standards and supporting the secessionists. The government expressed doubts about Twitter's operations in the country, after it deleted a tweet
  • Indian scientist too flagged Wuhan lab leak way back
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) Amid the clamour for an in-depth investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi were reportedly the first to have flagged the lab-leak theory. A team of biologists at the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences in IIT Delhi wrote a 22-page research paper that was released as a pre-print on bioRxiv on January 31, last year. It suggested an "uncanny similarity" between as
  • 'Pandemic a huge lesson for govts to redefine idea of development'
    New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) From dentistry to animation to promoting environmental issues through illustrations and cartoons, the world has come full circle for Rohan Chakravarty, whose new book "Green Humour for a Greying Planet" (Penguin) has just been published and who fervently hopes the pandemic will come as a "huge lesson" for governments worldwide to redefine their concepts of development. "Although as a befuddled teenager I strayed into dentistry as my
  • Indian waste warrior recycles PPE and mask waste into brick units
    New Delhi, June 4 (IANSlife) With an unprecedented global need for masks and protective gear, came the challenge of complex waste. 27-year-old Binish Desai, who hails from the small district of Valsad in Gujarat, is an environmentalist and waste warrior who is creating eco-friendly bricks out of PPE kits and masks made from non-woven fabric to help decrease the burden on the environment. A Rotarian, Desai follows a procedure that successfully manages this new kind of waste and puts
  • 'Enquiry isn't solution finding, it's about asking sincere questions'
    New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) Karnatic maestro T.M. Krishna has worn many a hat during his 45-year career as a vocalist who has made innumerable innovations in the style and substance of his concerts and as a writer-activist-author. A Magsaysay Award winner "for his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art's power to heal India's deep social divisions", he has now curated his writings into an extraordinary collection titled "The Spirit of Enquiry", th
  • 'No bigger motivation for quitting tobacco than current health crisis'
    New Delhi, May 31 (IANSlife) With mortality rates of Covid-19 being higher among patients with co-morbidities which are directly related to tobacco, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCIRC) has launched an awareness drive to convince people to quit smoking during these times of health crisis. It is well established that tobacco is a key reason for co-morbidities in a person such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.
  • Every 10th household in India report active Covid case
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Every 10th household in India is right now reporting an active case within immediate family members and almost every fifth household in India is reporting loss of life among near and dear ones, as per the IANS-CVoter Covid Tracker. This means one in every 10 Indian families has at least one family member suffering from Covid and one in every 20 Indian families has self-reported a death within immediate or extended family, as per the tracker. The tracker i
  • Majority Indians say their lives & country both in poor state
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Even in the worst of the times during the Wave 1 of Covid pandemic last year, the country was still optimistic and general opinion was that the country is moving forward even in the difficult times. But everything seems to have changed in last one month or so. Now majority of the Indians are saying that their personal life as well as the Country, both are in poor state, as per the IANS-CVoter Covid 19 Tracker. The sample size of the Covid-19 tracker was 5
  • Majority expects no improvement in living standard for another year
    New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Majority of Indians reported that in the last one year or so their overall living standard has dropped significantly. This happened almost a year back and that red line has not come down since then. Worse is, the ever-optimistic Indian is so much spiralling down the pessimism way at the moment that they don't see any ray of hope in the coming 12 months either, as per the IANS C Voter Covid Tracker. To a question in the survey on how many days of Ratio
  • Over 60% feel India's foreign relations improved under Modi
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) More than 60 per cent people believe that India's relations with different countries of the world improved under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as per the ABP-C Voter Modi 2.0 Report Card. The ABP-C Voter survey found that 62.3 per cent of the respondents feel that the country's relations with different nations of the world have improved during the current tenure of the Modi-led government which is into its second term. The survey was carried out b
  • 53.3% back Modi govt's decision to implement CAA
    New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Over 50 per cent people believe that the Narendra Modi government has taken the right decision to implement Citizenship Amendments Act (CAA) to give Indian Citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians, according to the ABP-C Voter Modi 2.0 Report Card. The ABP-C Voter survey found that 53.3 per cent people believe that the Modi government has taken the r