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Tuesday, 22-August-2017



4 days ago
It was a cloudy Sunday afternoon when a steady drizzle tapped on the roof, and like some other over-worked Delhi’ites, all I wanted to do was gorge on a plateful of pakoras and then snore to sleep. But such plans were of no avail. A long pending meeting forced me to travel down to the southern part of the city. Surprisingly, and thankfully, the dismal beginning to my Sunday slowly slipped into a memorable day, and a happy adventure. It was an amazing date with the exquisite art form that is as ancient as it is contemporary. In 2016 last year, a two-month long festival of Graffiti, that includes wall art, murals, and...


2 weeks ago
Two brothers in Rohtak district of Haryana have decided to marry the same girl. At Bibipur in Sonepath district close to Delhi, there is an acute scarcity of girls who could be married off to boys. These are not figments of imagination but facts. Looking at current trends of falling sex ratio, and anticipating a similar scenario in West Bengal in the near future, the health and education departments have decided to include this highly vexing issue in school curriculum. Because students are the future parents.  Blame it on the traditional psychology of the average Indian couple, birth of a girl in a family is h...

Assam Seeks Special Package to Check Floods

2 weeks ago
The Assam government has made a case for a special financial package from the Centre for strengthening the network of embankments in the State as a safeguard against floods. Last week, a delegation of BJP MPs from Assam led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his Parliament House office and discussed several issues concerning the State.   The delegation which included Ramen Deka, RP Sharma, Bijoya Chakravarty, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Rameswar Teli and Pradan Baruah also urged the Prime Minister to depute a high-level Central team to assess the damages caused by floods and erosion in the state.  The Prime Minister has sought details...

Are swimming pools hygenic?

3 weeks ago
Before you take a plunge, know this: There is unquestionably some amount of urine in the swimming pool. In any case, it’s most likely not that much. Around 1 of every 5 individuals have confessed to urinating in a swimming pool at any given time, as indicated by a 2012 overview. In case you’re asking Olympic swimmers, well, that rate is considerably higher: about 100 percent, said Carly Geehr, a previous individual from the U.S. National Swim Team. The American Chemical Society (ACS) evaluates that there are somewhere close to 30 millilitres and 80 mL (1 to 3 ounces) of urine per individual in a pool. Furthermore, one investigation from 1997 assessed a sum in the ...

The Unsung Heroes

5 weeks ago
In October 1947, soon after India became independent, Pakistani troops had reached the borders of Kashmir. All the efforts of political leaders had failed. Time was ticking. In these conditions, Sardar Patel sent a message to the chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), MS Golwalker, requesting him to use his influence to prevail upon the Maharaja to accede to India. ‘Guruji’, as he was fondly called, cancelled all engagements and rushed to Srinagar from Nagpur to resolve the delicate matter.  A meeting between Guruji and Maharaja Hari Singh was arranged. This historic meeting on the issue of national honour ended successfully, after which the Maharaja...


6 weeks ago
The Rath Yatra is just over. Kumartuli, the famous colony of clay image makers of Calcutta, sports an image of the humdrum and the mundane from a distance. A peep inside the dingy lanes, however, would immediately correct one’s erroneous assumption. The celestial colony is far from quiet; the buzz of activities could be heard from almost all the makeshift chalas (structures that are the backdrops of the idols). The master iconographers alias clay modellers are back in action. For, the Durga Pujas, the four days of unrivaled revelry, are barely two and a half months away; the images that are likely to be on the pedestal, have...


7 weeks ago
Even as the Narendra Modi government has announced to make the state open defecation free (OFD) by 2018, there is an urgent need to address the requirement of some communities and villages that need toilets more than others.  According to government expenditure data, the centre had spent 89% of its annual budget by early January. Importantly, the measure of success has moved from the mere construction of toilets to achieving “open defecation free” (ODF) status and village after village have been busy trying to meet this goal.  Between April 2016 and January 2017, the total number of villages t...


8 weeks ago
Assam government has firmed up a plan with the Centre for organising a mega international event – Textiles India 2017 – with the goal to take Indian textiles to the global arena.  The event will showcase India’s strength in the textile sector. The textiles fair will be held from June 30 to July 2, 2017 at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat and is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Assam, as one of the two partner States for the event, will promote the state’s indigenous silk products -  eri  and muga (golden silk) apart from a range of other handloom and handicraft ...


9 weeks ago
Born in Pali in Patna district, Aslam Parvez is known as ‘Perfume Man of Bihar’. However, Aslam, who has studied only till Matriculation, is not able to believe it to be true. Today he does not need any introduction. It is not just Parvez’s personal success and fame but a whole new world, an entire society, which has achieved a lot, only due to his efforts. Parvez is now an example to be followed.... In the area of Bihar, where Naxalites have a sway, militancy has become a habit through which everyone tries to grab a slice of power and clout. Parvez was no different. He too wanted to join a Naxalite orga...


10 weeks ago
For the average person who can see, it is difficult to think like a visually challenged person. That is the exact challenge that confronted Swagat Thorat – journalist-turned-theatre personality-cum wild life photographer and documentary filmmaker. But above all, Thorat is better known as the Braille man of India – when he wanted to launch India’s first Braille magazine. The first issue of ‘Sparshgandhya’ periodical, published in Marathi, came out in 1998.for-their-eyes-only-1 It all started in 1993 when Thorat was working on a documentary film project on two blind schools in the western ...

Mothers’ best friend

10 weeks ago
The gleaming edifices of Gurgaon, Goregoan, New Town Kolkata or downtown Bengaluru has every Indian brimming with pride, and had Jawaharlal Nehru been alive, he would have certainly described them as “Temples of Modern India in the 21st century”. They certainly are, as they provide millions of Indians a chance to live life the same way had they been anywhere else in the world. However, as they say, the darkest place is under the lamp. It was a lazy afternoon in Mumbai, and I happened to walk into what appeared to be just another construction site, promising many amenities for the well heeled. In its parking lot were people we tend to ignore, or have taken for gran...


12 weeks ago
There was neither shortage of coal nor of other resources, but the country was struggling for power supply for a long time.  The situation however, has vastly improved during past three years since National Democratic Alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.  Today the country boasts of a situation where surplus power to the tune of 3000-4000 mw is available on real time basis at any time of the day to states and distribution companies and at affordable rates on the power exchange. Not only that the country which was facing power shortage for past 70 years, has now actually become ...