Sunday, September 20, 2020

Ramlila with wooden puppets in Varanasi this year
Varanasi (UP) | Thursday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
The world famous Ramlila in Varanasi will not be held this year due to the pandemic but the tradition will not be broken either. ... read..

Wildlife population declined by 68% since 1970: WWF
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 9:45:06 PM IST
Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds' decline in less than half a century. This has contributed to environmental degradation, leading to the emergence of zoonotic diseases such as Covid-19 ... read..

Of Shelley, Covid and bringing Italy and India closer (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Percy Bysshe Shelley was a poet of the Romantic era who had inspired Mahatma Gandhi. Now, his 'Ode To The West Wind' written two centuries ago, Covid-19, an Italian director and an Indian producer have come together for "Human O.A.K.", a short film that i ... read..

'Phulkari' transposes you into dream world of Punjabi embroidery (Book Review)
New Delhi | Monday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Close your eyes, utter the word 'Phulkari' and you will be instantly propelled into a VIBGYOR world of Punjabi embroidery that formed an integral part of a woman's trousseau, work on which began virtually from the moment a girl was born, a time considered ... read..

2,500-year-old intact coffins discovered in Egypt
Cairo | Monday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Egyptian authorities announced the discovery of a collection of more than 13 intact sealed coffins dating back to 2,500 years ago. ... read..

'Resurgence in nature due to coronavirus will push conservation' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
Coronavirus might have given nature a break in the sense that people are increasingly staying at home, thus bringing down pollution levels, but sustainability needs to be ingrained into our planning DNA for long term solutions to environmental apathy and ... read..

Tendulkar bats for children's health along with Mumbai hospital
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been making contributions for helping people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Besides making donations towards the PM-CARES Fund and Chief Minister's Relief Fund (Maharashtra), Tendulkar has been partne ... read..

Now public poll in tribal dialects in Maoist-hit areas
New Delhi/Raipur | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
A public opinion poll in native languages of Chhattisgarh is being held to seek a people's solution to the ongoing Maoist violence in central India. ... read..

'Together' building a connected world to overcome loneliness (Book Review)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 10:15:05 PM IST
At a time of social distancing forced by the coronavirus pandemic, it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope with loneliness. But then, loneliness was not an unknown phenomenon in the pre-Covid world even though the vast majority of the populace might ... read..

Potatoes growing at high altitude in Himachal to get global attention
Shimla | Friday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Farmers in tiny hamlets dotted over Himalayan peaks of the landlocked Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh are not in high spirits amid the pandemic with government plans to promote contract farming of the highly remunerative barley for making malt whiskey h ... read..

'The Pink Line' combines memoir and in-depth study on gay rights (Book Review)
New Delhi | Monday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Journalist, commentator and essayist, Mark Gevisser says he likes the word "queer" because of its "double valence". As well as having been "reappropriated by people across the world to describe themselves, 'queer' means different or skewed: to see things ... read..

Key to fitness lies in mind (Book Review)
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 10:45:10 PM IST
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has been repeatedly stressing on the need for sportspersons to stay fit and competitive. ... read..

Milind Soman's tips to defy age
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 1:15:05 PM IST
Model-actor and fitness enthusiast Milind Soman is in his mid-fifties, but could easily pass off as a thirty-something. He says staying active, hydrating and self-care are the key elements to fight aging. ... read..

How 'humanising' hotel brands can motivate tourists to return
London | Sunday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
The global hospitality sector, one of the worst-hit industries during the Covid-19 pandemic, is in a huddle to find ways to get things back to normal. According to researchers, humanising hotel brands can be one such solution to encourage tourists to retu ... read..

'Gandhi had dubbed Dadabhai Naoroji Father of the Nation, Mahatma' (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 5:15:07 PM IST
He was one of the early architects of global anti-colonialism, a co-founder of the Indian National Congress that he headed thrice and the first Asian to be elected to the UK's House of Commons. His call for 'swaraj' echoed around the world and prompted Ma ... read..

What media firms need to do to attract more advertisers
San Francisco | Friday, 2020 9:15:07 PM IST
Strengthening the sales teams digital expertise, improving campaign monitoring and reporting, and identifying what makes your publication unique are some of the steps that local media can take to attract more advertisers, says a study. ... read..

Jharkhand farmers look for sweet rewards from strawberry farming
Latehar (Jharkhand) | Monday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Cultivation of strawberries is expected to bring in sweet monetary rewards for farmers in Netarhat, -- which is among most famous tourist places in the beautiful plains situated on the foothills of Jharkhand. ... read..

Post-Covid conquest: Dharavi Inc. raring to buzz with biz (IANS Special)
Mumbai | Sunday, 2020 10:15:06 PM IST
As the gnawing fears of Covid-19 recedes from Dharavi, the local trade, business and commercial activities have woken up from their four-month long hibernation and are now raring to go at full steam for the kill, major players said. ... read..

Yogi govt to set world record in tree plantation
Lucknow | Sunday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
The Yogi Adityanath government is all set to set a new world record by planting 25 crore trees on Sunday in a massive plantation drive. ... read..

Eyeing promotion, 55-year-old K'taka cop writes Class 10 exams
Bengaluru | Friday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
A 55-year-old Karnataka police constable is writing the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) board exam at Kolar to get promotion before his retirement in 2025. ... read..

Raj hoteliers seeking solutions to check-in to future with smile
Jaipur | Thursday, 2020 9:45:06 PM IST
As India entered Unlock 2 mode from Wednesday, the hospitality industry, one of the worst-affected sectors due to the COVID-19-induced crisis, has started gearing up to revert to their earlier levels across the country. ... read..

Agra survives locusts invasion
Agra | Tuesday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
Swarms of locusts darkened the Agra skyline late Monday evening. creating panic and scare as people fled the markets and took cover in closed spaces. ... read..

Elephant undergoes laser therapy for arthritis
Mathura (UP) | Monday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
A 25-year-old handicapped elephant, suffering from arthritis, is now undergoing laser therapy at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital in Mathura. ... read..

Threat of locust swarms looms over Delhi (Ld)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
The locust swarms threatening crops in many states amid the coronavirus crisis have now reached the doors of the national capital. The locusts swarming areas in Haryana, bordering Delhi, could overrun the capital city any time, an official said on Saturd ... read..

Mumbaikars raise Rs 2.50 lakh for family of Covid victim
Mumbai | Thursday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Saddened to lose their favourite pani-puriwala to Covid-19, people from south Mumbai have joined hands to collect money and help his family, through a crowd-funding platform, raising over Rs 2.50 lakh so far, with a target of Rs 5 lakh. ... read..

Now relish corn dish of Himachal round the year
Shimla | Thursday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
Now you can relish a traditional seasonal corn dish of Himachal Pradesh throughout the year! ... read..

UP to plant trees with religious significance
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) | Wednesday, 2020 3:45:05 PM IST
The trees associated with Lord Ram, Gautam Buddha and Guru Nanak Dev will be planted in three gardens in the Gorakhpur division next month when the state government launches its massive tree plantation drive by planting 25 crore saplings. ... read..

Mumbai US consulate to help feed 'Dabbawalas', TV workers
Mumbai | Tuesday, 2020 11:15:06 PM IST
AIn an unique initiative, the US Consulate in Mumbai will collaborate with celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna's #FeedIndia to serve foodstuffs and other help to the city's world-famous tribe of 'Dabbawalas' and television industry workers, an official said here ... read..

Differently-abled man boosts 'Self-reliant India' initiative (IANS Special)
Varanasi | Monday, 2020 10:15:06 PM IST
Nearly 17 years ago Jitendra Verma, a differently-abled resident of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modis parliamentary constituency, was paralysed below the waist after he fell from the roof but he did not give up. A few days later, he started working ... read..

1% of humanity affected by forced displacement: UNHCR
Geneva | Thursday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
Forced displacement is now affecting more than 1 per cent of humanity, or one in every 97 people, aa latest report from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) revealed on Thursday. ... read..

Life is so fragile; think, plan, look after each other: Author Vish Dhamija
New Delhi | Monday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
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 entrepren ... read..

Why women are less responsible for greenhouse gas emissions than men
Wellington | Thursday, 2020 10:45:05 PM IST
Women use more diverse modes of travel and generate lower greenhouse gas than men, despite men being more than twice as likely to travel by bike, say researchers. ... read..

UP artisans look forward to Mati Kala centres
Lucknow | Saturday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
Skilled workers who earn their livelihood through pottery will benefit from the initiative of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, according to which a Micro Mati Kala Common Facility Centre (CFC) would be formed in every division of the state. ... read..

Superstitions galore: Now, 'Corona Devi' emerges in Bihar
Patna | Saturday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
Amid the global pandemic in Bihar, 'Corona Devi' has emerged as a goddess for village women who believe it would rid them of the corona infection. ... read..

How the cyclone 'Nisarga' was named
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
A week after cyclone 'Amphan' wreaked havoc in West Bengal, the country is now bracing to face another cyclone which is headed towards the coastline of Maharashtra and Gujarat. ... read..

Brands adopt new ways to woo customers back and restart operations
New Delhi | Monday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Consumer companies like Titan, Aditya Birla Fashion, Westlife, Future Lifestyle, Jubilant Foodworks, PVR and Inox are adopting new ways to woo back the consumers to the stores. ... read..

Labourers find pot of ancient coins in UP district
Lakhimpur (UP) | Friday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
A group of labourers, digging for a brick kiln, has found a metal pot full of coins, believed to be dating back to the Mughal-era. ... read..

Global warming reaches ocean depths, threatens deep-sea life
Sydney | Wednesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
Even though the deeper layers of the ocean are warming at a slower pace than the surface, animals living in the deep ocean are more exposed to climate warming and will face increasing challenges to maintain their preferred thermal habitats in the future, ... read..

Sanitizing lanes, places of worship, doing her bit in Covid times
Lucknow | Wednesday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
After Imran Saifi hit the headlines earlier this month when she was seen sanitizing places of worship in Delhi, it is now Uzma Syed Parveen who has taken up the task in Lucknow. ... read..

'Human development on course to decline after 30 yrs'
United Nations | Thursday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
Global human development, which can be measured as a combination of the world's education, health and living standards, could decline this year for the first time since the concept was introduced in 1990, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) warned. ... read..

Cycle thief's tale leaves netizens teary-eyed
Jaipur | Saturday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
A sorry note from a migrant worker in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan has gone viral on social media, leaving netizens teary-eyed. ... read..

Owner converts dhaba into langar for returning migrant labourers
Chapra | Saturday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
While business activities are almost at a standstill due to the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a dhaba owner is providing food and snacks to the returning migrant labourers at no cost. ... read..

Indian publishers gear up for post-pandemic world
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Re-establishing the value chain, the discoverability of new books, "fortifying the ability to face new exigencies", sustaining reading as a habit and the emergence of a new genre of writing is what Indian publishers are looking at in a post-pandemic worl ... read..

'Wealthy tourists, 1960s charm to inspire Goa's tourism re-invention'
Panaji | Thursday, 2020 9:45:05 PM IST
Goa will have to re-invent its tourism profile and go back to the pristine 1960s, to get the industry back on its feet, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said on Thursday. ... read..

A Punjabi gaze on Kashmir
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
He says that being an outsider gives him a unique perspective. That he can look at things not only objectively but also with a certain degree of empathy. "And then you are able to observe the contrasts and contradictions without being judgemental," says p ... read..

Being a mother in Covid times
New Delhi | Monday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
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. Fea ... read..

Childhood exposure to parental smoking linked to poor memory in midlife
London | Thursday, 2020 6:45:05 PM IST
Exposure to parental smoking in childhood and adolescence has been linked with poorer learning ability and memory in midlife. ... read..

UP minister for clean Yamuna even after lockdown ends
Lucknow | Wednesday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh Power minister Shrikant Sharma has written a letter to the Union Jal Shakti Minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, urging him to ensure that the Yamuna river remains clean even after the lockdown is lifted. ... read..

Bird photography leads to discovery of species, says ornithologist
Chandigarh | Sunday, 2020 4:15:05 PM IST
Bird photography as a hobby and profession has taken off to a major extent in India. It has led to important discoveries of species not previously known from the country, a globally renowned ornithologist said on Sunday. ... read..

No monkey business in Himachal amid lockdown!
Shimla | Friday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
For the monkeys, it's no more business as usual in Himachal Pradesh tourist resorts, for now. ... read..

Political docu-series talks of Anna Hazare movement and its impact
Chicago | Wednesday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
Chicago-Based medical specialist Dr Munish Raizada has come up with his debut political documentary series titled "Transparency: Pardarshita". ... read..

Corona warriors: Union minister's wife stitches masks at home
Jaipur | Saturday, 2020 6:45:05 PM IST
Naunand Kanwar, wife of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, has emerged as a corona warrior who is busy making masks for people to fight the threat of the COVID-19 spread. ... read..

Lockdown dairies: It's kitchen time for Deepika Padukone
Mumbai | Monday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
After working out and wardrobe cleaning, actress Deepika Padukone is now utilising all the free time to organise her kitchen during coronavirus lockdown. ... read..

COVID-19: Pandya brothers turn home into stadium
Mumbai | Monday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
The coronavirus outbreak has seen all sporting events across the globe either getting cancelled or postponed. And this has also seen the Indian cricketers get time out with their families even though they are forced to stay indoors due to the pandemic. Ma ... read..

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