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  • China extends its soft-power by forcing Hollywood to fall in line
    New Delhi, June 22 (IANS): With John Cena, a wrestler turned actor apologising to the Chinese for calling Taiwan a country, the world has been reminded of the influence that China exerts on our pop culture, The Guardian recently reported. This is hardly a recent phenomenon. The influence manifests itself in social, political and racial motives. A report by CNN has stated that the Tencent-backed sequel of the 1989 cult-classic 'Top Gun' has removed Taiwan's flag from Tom
  • Is 2nd Covid wave over? Experts call for caution
    New delhi, June21 (PTI): India on Monday crossed the important milestone of a Covid positivity rate of less than 5 per cent for 14 consecutive days, conforming to the World Health Organisation's recommended requirement for a region to reopen, but experts were wary of declaring the devastating second wave over. With 53,256 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 88 days, and a positivity rate of 3.83 per cent, it would seem the present phase of the COVID-19 crisis is over and i
  • 'Historical fiction gives unencumbered access to art of storytelling'
    New Delhi, June 21 (IANS) As one walks through the ruins of Nalanda, every stone speaks of a bygone era that asks to be kept alive in our collective consciousness, says the multi-faceted Shivani Singh of her captivating historical thriller that is a fascinating tale of how one of the worlds most ancient universities got destroyed. "As an academic, media professional and film maker, it did not take long for me to conclude that every event is fundamentally, a story - and history
  • Highlights of Christie's forthcoming Old Masters Evening Sale
    New Delhi, June 20 (IANSlife) The auction houses announces Jan Davidsz. de Heem (Utrecht 1606--1684 Antwerp), a banquet still life and Dirck Hals (Haarlem 1591--1656) and Dirck van Delen (Heusden 1604/5-1671 Arnemuiden) A Merry Company in a palatial interior, as two leading highlights in the forthcoming Old Masters Evening Sale taking place live on July 8 at Christie's King Street. The Sale is part of the marquee series of auctions comprising this season's Classic Week calendar
  • The Milkha Singh I knew
    Source :IANS June 19, 2021 A teenager running to save his life after his family was butchered, dead bodies piled on carts and in train compartments, I shuddered with horror as the great man relived the traumatic events all over at his Sector 8 Chandigarh home more than 50 years after India's independence. Even though we always sat down to discuss sports - a ritual before every Olympic, Commonwealth or the Asian Games - the disturbing tales of Partition always somehow seeped
  • 'Self-esteem the reason we can't achieve our fullest potential'
    New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Describing her journey as "a creative pursuit in unexpected directions" Shobha Nihalani, the Hong Kong-based writer of thriller, adventure and dream novels -- and life coach -- says venturing into the self-help genre for her new book made her realize that self-esteem is the reason why we feel stuck or are unable to achieve our fullest potential. She aims to give her readers a new perspective on this aspect and empower them to turn their dreams int
  • 'Vaccination hesitation -- a bigger evil than the virus'
    By Rajesh Khanna New Delhi, June 15 (IANSlife) Take the example of Telangana, where health authorities recently stated that 37,332 children were infected with the virus between March and May 2021. This coupled with the fact that 19,824 children got infected from August-November 2020 tells us how we grossly underestimated the impact of Covid-19 on children. Compared to the first wave, the number of positive cases and their severity has increased among children this time. Why is th
  • 'Lagaan' turns 20: Aamir Khan goes down memory lane
    Mumbai, June 15 (IANS) Aamir Khan tells you he wouldn't be inclined to relive the mammoth experience of making "Lagaan", the film that marked his debut as producer exactly two decades ago on this date, struck box office gold and eventually took him to the Oscars. "If you ask me to make Lagaan again, I will not even attempt it. I will not have the courage to make Lagaan again," says the superstar-filmmaker, about the Ashutosh Gowariker-directorial that defied
  • 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