- Tribal communities join battle against coronavirus(10:41)
By Aakanksha Khajuria
New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Stringent instructions on social distancing and personal hygiene amidst coronavirus outbreak have extended its roots into forest-dwelling tribal communities, where people are now learning to keep themselves safe from the deadly virus.
- Cash is King - Conserve Cash(13:49)
By Arun Kejriwal
The markets were under pressure in the week gone by and lost on three of the four trading days. BSESENSEX was down 2,224.84 points or 7.46 per cent at 27,590.75 points whilst NIFTY was down 576.45 points or 6.66 per cent at 8,083.80 points.
- Ronaldo on course to $1 billion in career earnings(13:49)
Lisbon, April 5 (IANS) Cristiano Ronaldo is en route to becoming first football player and third sportsman overall to cross $1 billion in career earnings. This is despite the fact that Ronaldo has reportedly agreed to a wage cut of nearly 4 million Euros with his club Juventus so as to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
- Why Tablighis are on a dark and deadly mission (Comment)(10:12)
BY SAEED NAQVI
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.
- It is good India is a 'Union' of states (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:12)
BY D.C. PATHAK
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.
- Suffering skin damage from face masks? Experts offer remedies(10:03)
By Bharat Upadhyay
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Doctors, nurses and healthcare personnel fighting COVID-19 from the front lines have to spend many hours a day wearing face masks. Although it offers invaluable protection, health experts have stressed that sweating and the rubbing of the masks against the nose may lead to significant skin damage.
- Not all men idolise Western ideals of muscularity(18:06)
London, April 3 (IANS) Contrary to the common belief, non-Western men are generally less hung up about their body image and pursuing a muscular physique than their Western counterparts, reveals a study.
- This startup leads India's race to build low-cost ventilators (IANS interview)(13:33)
By Gokul Bhagabati
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Sensing the critical need of ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, a bunch of engineers associated with an Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)-incubated company -- Nocca Robotics -- is leading the race to build low-cost ventilators in the country.
- Elephant Kalpana: A year of freedom to celebrate!(11:56)
New Delhi, April 3 (IANSlife) 45-year-old Kalpana, previously a begging elephant, is celebrating a year of freedom at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre in Mathura! Kalpanas rescue in 2019 was brought to the attention of millions.
- Cover atheist Muslims from neighbouring countries under CAA: Taslima Nasrin(09:47)
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 Afghanistan. In most cases, the well-off manage to get political asylum and settle in Europe or America, but what about the others? India must come forward," says writer Taslima Nasrin, best-known for 'Lajja', who has been in exile for more than 25 years after a fatwa was issued against her for 'criticising Islam' by a fundamentalist Islamic organisation in 1993.
- 'Na Corona Karo' song creates ripples on social media(14:43)
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) A song to make people aware about new coronavirus by Pune-based classical khayal vocalist Sandeep Ranade has mesmerized celebrities e from Oscar winning musician AR Rahman to Padma Vibhushan awardee Pandit Jasraj e and social media users alike.
- With no tournaments, keeping fit and motivated is key: Sharan(14:23)
By Rohit Mundayur
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Divij Sharan had been playing tournaments every week since the start of the year until the first week of March. His last on the ATP tour was more than a month ago and his last match overall was in India's Davis Cup tie against Croatia in the first week of March. Soon after that, the world came to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has been in Manchester since with fellow tennis player Samantha Murray.
- Yoga to combat lockdown blues(14:00)
New Delhi, April 2 (IANSlife) The recent lockdown may prove daunting on our physiological and psychological well-being, due to lack of social mingling, outdoor and office routine.
- I examine the Mahabharata from scientific perspective: Author Christopher Doyle (IANS Interview)(10:30)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) In 2006, Christopher C. Doyle, a growth catalyst and CEO coach, set out to write a book for his seven-year-old daughter who was deeply interested in mythology and history. Today, he is the hugely successful author of the "The Mahabharata Quest" series with two books released, a third due later this year and one or two more in the pipeline. He has also hit pay dirt with his "The Pataala Prophecy Series" with two books out and three more envisaged.
- COVID-19: Pandya brothers turn home into stadium(14:35)
Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) 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. Making the most of the situation, Hardik and Krunal turned their drawing room into a stadium to play a game of indoor cricket.
- The big bang RBI stimulus (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(13:52)
By TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE
The slew of announcements by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to lower the repo rate, reverse repo rate, cash reserve ratio and allowing financial institutions the bandwidth to offer a three month EMI moratorium are all much needed and welcome as India grapples with an unprecedented but much-needed shut down due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The RBI stimulus has hit at the most crucial issue at hand, i.e. "lack of or in most cases absence of cashflows". Helping individuals and businesses tide over temporary cash flow issues will be critical to ensure that as and when the economy recovers and demand picks up, businesses can move (if not bounce) back to normalcy.
- A world in perpetual change - Is COVID-19 the worst?(13:22)
By PRADIP BAIJAL
Humankind is now facing a global crisis. Perhaps the biggest crisis of our generation. The decisions people and governments take in the next few weeks will probably shape the world for years to come. They will shape not just our healthcare systems but also our economy, politics and culture. We must act quickly and decisively. We should also take into account the long-term consequences of our actions. When choosing between alternatives, we should ask ourselves not only how to overcome the immediate threat, but also what kind of world we will inhabit once the storm passes. Yes, the storm will pass, humankind will survive, most of us will still be alive e but we will inhabit a different world.
- Markets hint to recovery in the coming week (Column: Market Watch)(17:05)
By Arun Kejriwal
A week can be a very long time and last week was a classic example. It began with the markets falling very sharply and the BSESENSEX losing just about 4,000 points on Monday. Tuesday saw the markets trading in a comparatively narrow range of just about 800 points on BSESENSEX. Tuesday night was also the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown beginning 12 midnight of Tuesday the 24/25th March. Wednesday saw markets gain 2,000 points. Thursday saw the FM announcing measures to ensure that the poorest of poor had food and money to tide over the present crisis.
- Two catalysts which have changed India and US for good (Comment)(10:16)
BY SAEED NAQVI
What will the world look like after the coronavirus induced shut down? I am not in possession of a crystal ball for global survey but I can activate my intuition on the basis of two stories I have covered. I was in the US for the 2016 Presidential elections and I have followed the 2020 drama within the Democratic Party. In both the campaigns Democrats have been in convulsions not to select a nominee but to keep out the one they do not want -- Bernie Sanders. And now they are all mimicking the Sanders platform. The coronavirus has brought out in bold relief, the idea of Bernie Sanders as the panacea for the general distress. The platform the senator from Vermont stood on was total anathema to the great American establishment, its soul torn between Mammon and Joe McCarthy. The pandemic has brought the powerful establishment to its knees. People now matter and democracy begins to look like one. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will ever mention Sanders by name. That would be like eating crow. But they are all furtively lifting the Sanders manifesto. The idea of Sanders in todays context is larger than the possible nomination of Joe Biden.