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  • Crona crisis has increased anger against the system: Prashant Kishor to Karan Thapar
    New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) In the first analysis by the man widely considered Indias foremost electoral strategist, Prashant Kishor has said the crisis has increased the already existing levels of frustration and anger felt by Indias vulnerable and poor people for the system. Kishor defined the system as not just the government, but the ruling establishment. Up until now the crisis has not affected the Prime Minister's standing and many who have suffered will have appreciated h
  • Gender equality in Indian military: Implementation and road ahead
    Indian Army soldiers Photograph:( AFP )   BY MAJOR GENERAL (RETD) S.B. ASTHANA  IANS | April 11   The recent decisions of the Honorable Supreme Court on February 17 and March 17 regarding grant of permanent commission to Women Officers (WOs) are welcome judgments, seen as a landmark step towards womens empowerment and corrective change to prevent perceived gender bias against women, with the Supreme Court playing the role of the change agent. The concerns ex
  • Water has been there on Earth since formation: Study
    London, April 11 (IANS) Since water can obviously be found on our planet today, it means that the water we are now enjoying on Earth has been there since its formation, says a study which sheds new light into the ancient puzzle surrounding the origin of water on Earth. For the study, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers looked far beyond Earth -- up to Venus -- to investigate the origin of terrestrial water. While everybody agrees that our blue planet
  • 'Warm weather slowing COVID-19 inconclusive'
    New Delhi, April 10 (PTI): The arrival of summer in India may have raised hopes that hot and humid weather could slow the COVID-19 pandemic, however, experts believe that there is not enough proof to conclude any significant vulnerability of the novel coronavirus to seasonal change. According to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, experimental studies do show a relationship between higher temperatures and humidity levels, and reduced survival of S
  • India can afford extended lockdown but only with a stimulus
    BY ROHIT VAID  New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) As speculation is rife over the possible extension of the national lockdown, economists and industry insiders have contended that India can afford such a move given that a robust fiscal policy response for the industry is initiated. At present, India is under a lockdown which will last till midnight April 14. Consequently, ratings agencies have cut the country's GDP forecast and many companies have instituted pay cuts. This h
  • IMF warns of worst depression since 1930
    New Delhi, April 9 (PTI): The year 2020 could see the worst global economic fallout since the Great Depression in the 1930s with over 170 countries likely to experience negative per capita income growth due to the raging coronavirus pandemic, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday.   Georgieva made the remarks during her address on Confronting the Crisis: Priorities for the Global Economy here ahead of next week's annual Spring meeting of the Internation
  • Do we need new ventilator protocol to treat COVID-19 in India?
    BY BHARAT UPADHYAY    New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) With the coronavirus pandemic striking hard and spreading rapidly in India, a big question arises whether we need a new COVID-19 ventilator protocol to treat infected patients in the country? According to Manoj Goel, Director, Pulmonology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute in New Delhi, the principle of ventilation in corona patients follows the same protocol as in any other case of serious pneumonia due to any ot
  • It looks it needed a virus to turn you spiritual: Jaggi Vasudev
    BY SUKANT DEEPAK    New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Stressing that right now, peoples fear of the Coronavirus was essentially because mortality was staring them in the face and they were realising how fragile human life is, Jaggi Vasudev, popularly known as Sadhguru, adds, "Because people believe they are immortal, once in a while, when something reminds them of their mortality, they become tortured. But if you are consciously reminded every moment that you are mortal, i
  • No community transmission in India yet: WHO Regional Head
    BY SFOORTI MISHRA  New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Given that many parts of India are witnessing large number of cases of Covid-19, experts have expressed their views on community transmission, but speaking exclusively to IANS, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region, said that currently cases in India have been traceable so there is no community transmission. Dr Khetrapal Singh spoke on variety of topics related to
  • Brazil indigenous community banishes miners to cut coronavirus risk
    Indigenous leader Cacique Raoni of Kayapo tribe is pictured during a four-day pow wow in Piaracu village, in Xingu Indigenous Park, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes   Amazon community reaches an agreement with forest invaders to pause operations, protecting the health of both   BRASILIA, April 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the new coronavirus reaches into Brazil's indigenous communities for the first
  • India faces greatest economic emergency since Independence: Raghuram Rajan
    New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has said that due to the coronavirus crisis, India currently faces the greatest economic emergency since its independence. He noted that although the global financial crisis in 2008-09 had a severe impact on the country, economic activity was going on and India's financial system was largely sound. Currently, none of the fundamentals are positive, he observed. "Economically speaking, India is faced today with perha
  • It is good India is a 'Union' of states
    BY D.C. PATHAK  IANS | April 5   The episode of corona virus infliction that embraced most Indian states, tested the strength of our federal architecture in a manner that was entirely new -- for the first time the whole population of India was exposed to a shared threat to life without the distinction of caste, creed and region making it imperative for the states to completely fall in line behind the Centres decision of a total lockdown to protect all citizens. This
  • Why Tablighis are on a dark and deadly mission
    BY SAEED NAQVI IANS | April 5   In the early 70s, Indian missions in West Asia received a curt directive from South Block: do not issue visas to applicants travelling to attend the international conference (Ijtema) of the Tablighi Jamaat, Missionaries for purification of Muslims, at their Markaz (centre) in New Delhi. There were Arab applicants, of course, but also some from the West, including the US. There are missions and missions: some follow instructions others are
  • Language barriers, social distancing: Mexico's indigenous face coronavirus
    Zapotec woman Juana Lazaro, a non-Spanish-speaker, washes her hands after learning about hand-washing and social distancing to avoid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from a local radio program, at her house in Teotitlan del Valle, in Oaxaca state, Mexico March 31, 2020. Picture taken March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Jose de Jesus Cortes   TEOTITLAN DEL VALLE, Oaxaca, April 4 (Reuters) - Deep in the foothills of Mexico's Sierra Juarez mountains, Juana Lazaro washes her hands vigorously,
  • Cover atheist Muslims from neighbouring countries under CAA: Taslima Nasrin
    BY SUKANT DEEPAK    New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) "If the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is about giving citizenship to the persecuted in the neighbouring countries, I appeal to the Government of India to extend it to atheists and persecuted Muslims too. Just like Hindus, Christians and Buddhists are discriminated against in Bangladesh and Pakistan, atheists and activists who criticise Islam are hacked to death in Muslim nations, be it Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Afghani
  • India's poor live on promises in coronavirus
    Migrant workers, who work in textile looms, rest inside a room after their looms were shut due to the 21-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Bhiwandi on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, April 1, 2020. Picture taken April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas   No papers, no safety net: the informal army of Indian workers worst hit by COVID-19 lockdown   MUMBAI, April 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - No food, no work and no clue
  • Indigenous leader from threatened tribe killed in Brazil
    Indigenous leaders Cacique Raoni of Kayapo tribe (C) and Sonia Guajajara (3rd L), and Angela Mendes (2nd R) present a joint declaration to the media during a four-day pow wow in Piaracu village, in Xingu Indigenous Park, near Sao Jose do Xingu, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, January 15, 2020. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes   Indigenous teacher feared latest casualty in violence over Amazon resources in Brazil   RIO DE JANEIRO, April 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A leader o
  • What coronavirus can teach us about tackling climate change
    A woman wearing a protective face mask walks by blossom trees in Battersea Park as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. London, Britain March 21, 2020 REUTERS/Peter Nicholls   The shutdowns imposed in response to the pandemic are a crash course in a greener future for the world's richer inhabitants   LONDON, April 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Persuading people to try out a more climate-friendly lifestyle with cleaner air, less non-essent
  • Americans should be prepared for 1-2 lakh death toll: White House
    New York, April 1 (IANS) The Donald Trump administration revealed for the first time multiple predictive models that are being used to estimate its grim assessment of a 100,000-200,000 coronavirus death toll in the country and stressed that community adherence to social distancing guidelines will be the game changer that will flatten the curve. "There's no magic bullet. There's no magic vaccine or therapy. It's just behaviours. Each of our behaviours, translating into somethi
  • How PM Modi and his 11 expert teams work round the clock to save India from COVID-19
    BY DEEPAK SHARMA AND NAVNEET MISHRA  New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Determined to contain the dreaded virus from spreading in the community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his big team of experts are working tirelessly to monitor minute-to minute development of any happening related to the pandemic in the country. From the announcement of the 21 day lockdown to various key strategies of preventing community transmission in the world's second most populated country, PM Modi's