Life & Style

  • Swarms of locusts enter Jaipur residential areas
    New Delhi, May 25 (PTI): Swarms of locusts entered some residential areas of Jaipur on Monday, presenting the local people with an unusual sight.   Locusts normally affect districts in western Rajasthan but this time the swarms have travelled as far as Jaipur city. The swarms later headed towards Dausa district.   The swarms are travelling farther and damaging trees as there are no standing crops for them to feed on, an official said.   In Jaipur's
  • 5-yr-old reunites with parents in Bengaluru as flights resume
    New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): As flights restarted in India on Monday after two months because of the coronavirus lockdown, a little boy in Bengaluru airport carrying a "special category" ticket was among the most heartwarming sights of the day.   Five-year-old Vihaan Sharma travelled alone from Delhi, and walked into the arms of his overjoyed mother at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport. He travelled as a special category passenger.   Vihaan Sh
  • Painting a film, like Rima Das
    BY SUKANT DEEPAK  New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Delicate lives at their most profound. No overt metaphysical questions, just rhythmic existence leaving enough room for interpretation. Stories, mostly wrapped under a thin disguise. What she manages to say loudly is always with the silences and abandon of her characters. With glimpses of tales and images unseen, left for the imaginations of viewers, National-award winning filmmaker Rima Das always convinces -- there is never just on
  • Bihar girl cycling 1,200 km with father impresses Ivanka Trump
    New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The news of a 15-year-old girl Jyoti Kumari taking her injured father to home in Bihar's Darbhanga -- 1,200 km from Gurugram, on a bicycle during the lockdown, has impressed US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump.   Praising Jyoti, Ivanka on Friday shared the news on Twitter and said the "beautiful feat of endurance and love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation". &nbs
  • What motivated Goldie Behl to work through Sonali Bendre's cancer treatment
    Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Actress Sonali Bendre has always spoken about what a wonderful support system her husband, filmmaker Goldie Behl, has been all though her cancer treatment in New York. However, few are aware that Goldie did not neglect work owing to the trials that the couple has faced. Constantly at Sonali's side through the testing times, Goldie also kept working in the Big Apple. He wrote a major portion of his show "RejctX" sitting in New Yorks Central Park. &
  • 'Baraaat' returns home after 60 days, gets quarantined
    Kanpur (UP), May 22 (IANS) An eleven-member marriage party returned to their home with the bride after spending almost 60 days in the bride's home in Begusarai in Bihar.   The family that came back to their home in Chaubeypur on Thursday, has now been sent on a 14-day home quarantine.   According to family sources, the marriage of Imtiaz, hailing from Hakeem Nagar village of Chaubeypur area of the district, was solemnized with Khushboo of Begusarai in Bihar on
  • Richa Sharma: Artistes at virtual concerts should be paid
    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) With social distancing being need of the hour, virtual concerts have become the latest trend. Singer Richa Sharma is all for it, but says such concerts should not be held for free.   Right from the legendary Asha Bhosle to Grammy winner Ricky Kej to the prolific Shreya Ghoshal, every singer seems to be boarding the virtual concert bandwagon, but not all the artists get paid for singing live from their homes.   "If times like these go
  • 'Human development on course to decline after 30 yrs'
    United Nations, May 21 (IANS) 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.   "The world has seen many crises over the past 30 years, including the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-09. Each has hit human development hard but, overall, development gains accrued globall
  • 15-yr-old girl brings father from Gurugram to Bihar on bicycle
    New Delhi, May 21 (PTI): Cycling almost 1,200 km with a debilitated person riding pillion could be a daunting task even for professional athletes, leave alone an ordinary teenager and that too amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   In this case, the heavily-stacked odds against Bihar girl Jyoti Kumari were no match for her grit.   Kumari, a lion-hearted 15-year-old, cycled all the way from Gurugram in Haryana to Bihar's Darbhanga district with her incapacitated father
  • Weekly yoga can help reduce depressive symptoms in people
    London, May 19 (IANS) Weekly sessions of yoga can ease depressive symptoms in people with other mental health issues, according to a new study. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, affecting more than 340 million people and the team of researchers wanted to know if yoga might be helpful for people with a range of mental health issues. Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the current study reviewed 19 randomised controlled clinical trials,
  • In the New Normal of travel, crowds are a major concern
    BY ADITI ROY ( New Delhi, May 19 (IANSlife) The COVID-19 pandemic that spread like wildfire since last December has affected human life and economies across the world. Among all the sectors that are reeling, it is the tourism and hospitality industry that has been hit the most given all the border closures, travel restrictions and lockdowns, airlines, cruise operators and hotels are seeing instant effects of the pandemic. While many are willing to stay put for the next few m
  • Sonakshi Sinha: Pandemic made us realise not to take things for granted
    New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Sonakshi Sinha is missing friends and going to work, but doesn't mind sitting at her home in lockdown if "it means that we can stop the spread of the virus". The actress feels fortunate to be at home with her loved ones during the pandemic, and says that the crisis has made everyone realise not to take things for granted. "I miss my friends but that's really not even an issue if you put things in perspective. I'm okay with the lockdown if it means that we ca
  • Need chance to fight and not die silent death: NRAI
    New Delhi, May 18 (IANSlife) The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) said it is disappointed that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman ignored the F&B sector while announcing the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package by the Centre. "We are very sad and extremely disappointed that the Hon'ble Finance Minister chose to completely ignore this sector in these five days of announcements of stimulus package," Anurag Katriar, President of NRAI, said in a statement. The sector
  • Parents, caregivers to support children and build psychological resilience
    Morung Photo by Manen Aier   BY N. LOTHUNGBENI HUMTSOE    New Delhi, May 17 (IANSlife) We are certainly aware of the medical and economic consequences of COVID 19; but what is also critical is the psychological aspect of this fight, especially for children -- in their families, isolation facilities, child care institutions as well as NGO run shelter facilities. There is a need to educate parents and caregivers to support children in these difficult times a
  • How Lockdown influenced readership patterns
    New Delhi, May 16 (IANSlife) As the third phase of the nationwide lockdown draws to a close, latest data suggest there has been a significant change in people's reading patterns. There is a surge in readership around subjects like automotive, home loans, security of video conferencing applications, and remote learning for students stuck at home, says a trend report by discovery platform Taboola. What is India reading? There is an increase in traffic about topics such as health
  • Covid-infected mother gives birth to healthy girl in Delhi
    New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) A 28-year-old woman, diagnosed with Covid-19, gave birth to a healthy girl at the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here and the new-born tested negative for the infection. The woman tested positive after compulsory preliminary tests, and was denied admission in several hospitals and was brought to the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in a critical condition, the hospital said in a statement. "At the Indraprastha Apollo, under the supervision of Kiranabala Da
  • Man lugs pregnant wife, kid 700 km home on cart
    New Delhi, May 15 (PTI): A migrant labourer hailing from Madhya Pradesh embarked on a journey back home from Hyderabad on foot over two weeks back due to the lockdown, pulling his pregnant wife and a two-year-old daughter on a makeshift wooden cart, has reached his home state, an official said on Friday.   Their 17-day arduous journey, during which they claimed to covered a distance of over 700 kms, finally ended on Thursday after they reached Lanjhi in Balaghat district, th
  • Esha Gupta: Wish youngsters live in real world than virtual world
    Mumbai, May 14 (IANS) Model-actress Esha Gupta, who making her digital debut with the new season of the upcoming web series "REJCTX", says that the new generation tends to be attracted to lust, greed and crime due to the overexposure to the virtual world. "I think these days, youngsters have more first-world problems rather than real-world issues. Their problems can be, 'why am I not getting more likes and popularity among peers on social media?' Their problem can be as unreal as,
  • Stress levels, uncertainty will increase post-pandemic: Rachna Singh
    Lifestyle & relationship expert Rachna Khanna Singh.(IANS)   New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Stress levels and uncertainty will increase for professionals post the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown it has caused due to fears of layoffs or overwork due to the heavy backlog that awaits them if an and when they return to work, says lifestyle & relationship expert and practicing therapist Rachna Khanna Singh, whose work over the last 20 years has touched over 10 lakh l
  • Lakshmi Manchu: Interesting time awaits cinema post pandemic
    New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) Lakshmi Manchu feels if the novel coronavirus is here to stay, so is the thriving culture of cinema. The Telugu actress says the ongoing pandemic will bring a lot of logistical changes, and it will be interesting to witness the evolution of showbiz post pandemic. "It is definitely going to be an interesting time for cinema going forward," Lakshmi told IANS when asked about the future of cinema post Covid-19. "Lots of logistical changes will need to be mad