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India is Paying a Price for Losing its Grasslands

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on India is Paying a Price for Losing its Grasslands

By Azera Parveen Rahman | IANS Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for “more productive” agricultural land. This greening of “wasteland” is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem — the grasslands. And, as a result, […]

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Increasing Acreage of Wet Crops Helps Sarus Cranes Breed in Spite of Monsoon Failure

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Increasing Acreage of Wet Crops Helps Sarus Cranes Breed in Spite of Monsoon Failure

By Vishal Gulati | IANS Increasing the acreage of wet crops like rice — and also increasing the watering structures in areas that already have wet crops — appear to be helping the sarus crane’s unseasonal nesting and also their multiplication. This fact came to light in a first-of-its-kind study by Indian ornithologists, who monitored close […]

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How Office Colleagues Helped Save Brain Stroke Patient

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on How Office Colleagues Helped Save Brain Stroke Patient

At a time of growing distrust and general indifference to human suffering, doctors at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital here on Thursday noted how prompt action of office colleague in one instance and of a spouse in another case helped give two brain stroke patients a new lease of life. Brain stroke is generally perceived as a […]

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Taps may dry up in India: Study

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Taps may dry up in India: Study

A new early warning satellite system has revealed that India along with Spain, Morocco and Iraq faces the risk of shrinking reservoirs that can lead to taps going dry. It has highlighted poor rains in 2017 to show the shrinking of the Indira Sagar dam in Madhya Pradesh and the Sardar Sarovar reservoir in Gujarat […]

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Quacks Practising Medicine Great Risk to Society — Supreme Court

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Quacks Practising Medicine Great Risk to Society — Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern that a number of quacks practicing medicine are playing with the lives of people and posing a great risk to society. “A number of unqualified, untrained quacks are posing a great risk to the entire society and playing with the lives of people,” said a bench of Justice […]

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Aspirational Districts Initiative a Breath of Fresh Air

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Aspirational Districts Initiative a Breath of Fresh Air

By Alok Kumar, Neil Buddy Shah & Ronald Abraham | IANS The NITI Aayog recently launched the first round of ranking of India’s Aspirational Districts. The ranking, based on the socio-economic performance of 100+ districts, marks the initiation of a significant shift in development policy formulation in the country. Over the years, India has focused much […]

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Chennai DefExpo: Will it Initiate a New Dawn for India’s Military?

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Chennai DefExpo: Will it Initiate a New Dawn for India’s Military?

By C. Uday Bhaskar | IANS The four-day DefExpo 2018 that opens outside Chennai on April 11 has been innovatively and generously showcased as “India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub” and a large number of platforms and military inventory items manufactured in India will be on display. The Chennai event is the 10th in the DefExpo […]

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112-year-old Japanese Certified as World’s Oldest Man

By   /  April 10, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on 112-year-old Japanese Certified as World’s Oldest Man

Masazo Nonaka, a 112-year-old Japanese man residing in the country’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, was recognised as the world’s oldest living male, Guinness World Records said on Tuesday. Born on July 25, 1905, Nonaka received a certificate from Guinness World Records, Xinhua news agency reported citing the local media. He was also presented with an […]

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Indian Railways to Preserve its Metre-Gauge Tracks to Promote Heritage Tourism

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Indian Railways to Preserve its Metre-Gauge Tracks to Promote Heritage Tourism

By Anand Singh | IANS Moving beyond the five hill networks that are major tourist attractions, Indian Railways is planning to also preserve its old five-metre gauge tracks built during its early days in the British era to promote heritage tourism. “As part of the strategy to preserve the metre-gauge lines, Indian Railways is planning to […]

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Can You Have Your Privacy and Eat It Too?

By   /  April 6, 2018  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Can You Have Your Privacy and Eat It Too?

By Arnav Joshi | IANS When Aristotle seminally made a distinction between the polis and the oikos, laying the early foundations of the confidential zone, he did so around clear societal demarcations and a very different understanding of what was private, and what privacy needed protection from. In an era of automated public and private spheres […]

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