Monday, November 30, 2020

How a peepal tree in Delhi's Asiad Village got the PMO involved
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2020 11:15:06 PM IST
What would you do if you buy a flat worth Rs 6-7 cr of market value in one of the prime real estate markets of Delhi, but end up having a peepal tree hollowing its foundation? What would you do if that humble tree is weakening your ceiling so much that it ... read..

Nitish fan 'sacrifices' finger every time he becomes CM
Patna | Wednesday, 2020 1:15:06 AM IST
A die-hard political supporter of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sacrificed his fourth finger after the formation of NDA government in Bihar. ... read..

Muslim man digs reservoir in his home for Chhat festival (IANS Special)
Bhagalpur | Sunday, 2020 1:45:05 AM IST
The Maha Parv of public faith and Lord Bhaskar concluded with the rising sun on Saturday morning. The festival also gave us a steller example of religious harmony in Bihar. ... read..

Chhath Puja ends in Bihar with prayers to rising sun
Patna | Saturday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
Chhath Puja celebrations in Bihar concluded in the wee hours of Saturday with millions of devotees offering prayers to the rising sun. ... read..

It dipped, splayed Gilchrist: Pathan's toe-crusher (Magic Moments Ind vs Aus)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 6:45:05 PM IST
Irfan Pathan's in-swinging yorker that slipped through Adam Gilchrist's defences in the Sydney Test during the 2003-04 series, was a rare piece of bowling artistry in a game dominated heavily by batsmen -- 1,747 runs were scored and only one innings that ... read..

UP farmers rewrite their destiny with dragon fruit farming (IANS Special)
Lucknow | Friday, 2020 9:45:05 PM IST
Four years ago, Ram Sakal Yadav, a young farmer in Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambhi district, had almost packed his bags. He was set to migrate to Mumbai in search of a job that would ensure him a steady income. ... read..

Writing 'The Lost Homestead' was cathartic: Marina Wheeler (IANS Interview)
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 6:15:07 PM IST
A film on Indias last Viceroy triggered a series of journeys to the sub-continent as Marina Wheeler attempted to come to terms with its partition in 1947 and the trauma that it caused to her mother. In this she succeeded admirably but could be treading on ... read..

This inspector is a snake-catcher too
Pratapgarh (UP) | Wednesday, 2020 9:45:06 PM IST
The Mandhata police station in Pratapgarh district is in the news for a very different reason. ... read..

UP Mati Kala Board to have permanent sale outlet
Lucknow | Wednesday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
The UP Mati Kala Board, encouraged by the success of its Diwali exhibition, has now decided to open a permanent outlet for the sale of its products in the state capital. ... read..

All for artists in times of Corona: Yasmin Kidwai
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
She remembers going to the Nizamuddin Dargah when it opened after Covid struck. There was something amiss. The place was just not the same without the qawwals. The silence was brutal. ... read..

Corona scare forces MP authorities to disallow 200-yr-old Hingot fest
Indore (Madhya Pradesh) | Sunday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
The coronavirus pandemic has cast its shadown on the annual 'Hingot' festival or 'Hingot war', which the locals have been celebrating uninterrupted for the last around 200 years in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district, with authorities not allowing it to be h ... read..

Free from confinement, a happy Diwali for elephant Sunder
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
This Diwali is the happiest one for Sunder, a rescued male elephant, after a span of seven-years of his solitary confinement and routinely abused life at a temple in Kolhapur, a city on the banks of the Panchaganga river in the west Indian state of Mahar ... read..

Scenes from Hindu epics to adorn stone facade of Abu Dhabi temple
Abu Dhabi | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
The stone facade of the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi will be adorned with scenes depicted from Hindu epics, scriptures and ancient stories from India, as well as popular motifs from the Gulf countries, a media report said on Tuesday. ... read..

We don't need to prove we are patriotic, says Awadh's royal descendant (IANS Special)
Kolkata | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
The royal descendant of Awadh, who got settled in Kolkata, recounts the patriotic lineage and participation of his family in the First War of Indias Independence in an attempt to take on the rhetoric of debate over his family's contribution in the fight a ... read..

Problems growing taller for 8-feet tall man from Uttar Pradesh
Pratapgarh (UP) | Friday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
He is tall and his problem are now getting taller. ... read..

Delhi police revamp social media outreach, invite volunteers
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
You must be the change you wish to see in the world, said Mahatma Gandhi. This is what Delhi police's tweet says posted on their official Twitter handle on October 2. ... read..

Three wives observe Karwa Chauth for husband in Uttar Pradesh
Chitrakoot (UP) | Thursday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
For Krishna, a resident of Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot district, 'Karwa Chauth' on Wednesday brought triple happiness when his three wives prayed together for his long life. ... read..

UP revenue collection increases after lockdown
Lucknow | Thursday, 2020 3:45:07 PM IST
For the third consecutive month after lockdown, the Yogi Adityanath government has posted an impressive revenue receipt of Rs 10,672 crore in October which is Rs 1,828 crore more than what it received last year in the same month -- an increase of 20.6 per ... read..

Turning a new leaf: Barabanki moves from hooch to honey
Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh) | Monday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Barabanki district, once the largest producer of the best quality opium, drifted to illicit liquor trade over the past one decade when opium farming was hemmed in by too many restrictions. ... read..

Maharshi Valmiki's ideals will continue to inspire countrymen: PM Modi
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted people on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanti. He said the ideals of the saint, which were based on social harmony, equality and justice, will continue to inspire the countrymen. ... read..

Cow dung becomes a means of employment in UP
Lucknow | Saturday, 2020 10:15:06 PM IST
Besides being used in making dung cakes, fertilizer and bio-gas, cow dung is also generating employment in Uttar Pradesh. ... read..

Guterres calls for investment in culture over global solidarity
United Nations | Friday, 2020 2:45:06 PM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for investment in culture to promote global solidarity amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ... read..

UP's helpline number to respond in regional dialects
Lucknow | Thursday, 2020 10:45:07 PM IST
The emergency helpline number 112 in Uttar Pradesh will now respond to callers in Bhojpuri, Braj, Awadhi and Bundeli dialects. ... read..

Agra's Cafe SHEROES reopens
Agra | Wednesday, 2020 11:15:05 PM IST
Finally after a wait of eight months, one of SHEROES cafes, run by acid attack survivors reopened, at its new address, closer to the Taj Mahal. ... read..

Mulayam, Azam in SP star campaigner list, Jaya missing
Lucknow | Wednesday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram after testing Covid positive while MP Mohd Azam Khan is still in jail. ... read..

UP emerged as top tourist destination in 2019
Lucknow | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh has emerged at the top position for attracting the highest number of domestic tourists in 2019. ... read..

Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing: Study
London | Wednesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
Watching high-quality programmes on nature on TV can uplift one's mood, reduce negative emotions, and help alleviate the kind of boredom associated with being isolated indoors, say researchers. ... read..

Low demand for firecrackers ahead of Diwali worries traders
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
Amid the ongoing corona pandemic, the traders in the national capital are worried as there is very low demand and sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali. ... read..

Biden leads Trump in Michigan, Nevada, tied in Iowa: Poll
Washington | Monday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
A new poll has revealed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was leading US President Donald Trump by six points in the swing states of Michigan and Nevada, while the two rivals were tied in Iowa. ... read..

Nature walk, safaris, meena bazaar, night concerts: Agra tourism needs helping hand
Agra | Friday, 2020 10:15:06 PM IST
The bustling Fatehebad road and Taj ganj area that was till February wearing festive colours and reverberating with sounds of tourists flocking to the 17th century Mughal mausoleum, now looks like a ghost city. ... read..

A first in India: Critically endangered vultures introduced into wild (IANS Exclusive)
Pinjore (Haryana) | Thursday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
After years of grit and determination, eight critically endangered white-rumped vultures, six of them captive-bred, were reintroduced into the wild on Thursday for the first time in India since the vulture conservation and breeding centre was set up in th ... read..

Policemen play matchmaker, pacify estranged lovers to tie knot
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
When one talks of policemen, the general impression is of tough-talking men ever busy looking for ways to outsmart the smartest of criminals. However, for a young woman and her boyfriend in Delhi, who were estranged for some reason, the policemen played t ... read..

I am at my best behaviour when acting: Manoj Bajpayee
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
He insists that there is nothing to prove, that he acts because he is constantly fascinated by this craft. "I am in love with it and at my best behaviour when acting. I am in my best mood when I am preparing for a role. I love the process, the struggle to ... read..

A quarter century on, Raja Rao's biography of the Mahatma retains its freshness
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
When Raja Rao's biography of Mahatma Gandhi was published in 1998, it was seen as a coming together of two great minds. That it continues to be so today, a quarter-century later, is a testament to the originality of its narrative in the Puranic style of s ... read..

Sad state of Yamuna pains green warriors (World Rivers Day)
Agra | Sunday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
River lovers and green activists in Agra on Sunday celebrated the World Rivers Day, at the Etmauddaula view-point park, by cleaning up a stretch of Yamuna bank and taking out a rally to demand a comprehensive National Rivers policy along with constitution ... read..

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..

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