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‘Travel Responsibly, Respect Indigenous Communities’

By   /  May 21, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on ‘Travel Responsibly, Respect Indigenous Communities’

(May 22 is World Biological Diversity Day) Conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable tourism by working with local communities needs to be the focus of the tourism industry, say researchers. In the Hindu Kush Himalayas alone, nearly 71.5 million tourists visit every year, say researchers of an international institute. They say tourism in the Hindu Kush […]

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Reading With Infants May Boost Their Literacy Skills

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Reading With Infants May Boost Their Literacy Skills

Reading books with a child beginning in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of elementary school, a study has shown. The findings showed that children whose parents have conversations with their children about the book while reading, such as labelling the pictures or the emotions of the […]

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Drawing Ancient History: The Co-Creator and Preserver of Asterix (April 25 is Uderzo’s 90th Birthday)

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Drawing Ancient History: The Co-Creator and Preserver of Asterix (April 25 is Uderzo’s 90th Birthday)

By Vikas Datta | IANS The world’s most famous French warrior nearly had his career cut short when his writer died midway through one of his adventures but fans of Asterix the Gaul have much to thank the artist for ensuring the popular series (111 translations and 11 films of the 34 stories) carries on well […]

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Gamblers May Fail to Take Risks in Real Life

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Gamblers May Fail to Take Risks in Real Life

If you are a gambling addict, chances are that you may develop poor ability to assess and adapt to high-risk situations in real life, says a study. Gambling addiction is a mental disorder characterised by excessive risk-taking despite negative results. “We noticed that gambling addicts also have higher levels of mood and anxiety disorders,” said […]

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Zest for life, spirituality: The ‘positive side’ of breast cancer

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Zest for life, spirituality: The ‘positive side’ of breast cancer

Sahana Ghosh |IANS There is nothing glamorous about breast cancer, not when one spots a lump or abnormal skin on or around the breast, and definitely not when one reads about the seemingly invincible Hollywood powerhouse Angelina Jolie undergoing double mastectomy. But remarkably in some patients, breast cancer spurs positivity. Through a series of studies, […]

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New-age children’s movies breaking stereotypes

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on New-age children’s movies breaking stereotypes

Azera Parveen Rahman | IANS The “once-upon-a-time” and “happily-ever-after” fairytales that children and young adults are heavily fed on while growing up have often reinstated patriarchal notions and gender stereotypes: the princess is almost always “slender, fair, and delicate” and forever awaits her prince charming. A trickle of new animated films are attempting to change […]

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Purposeful philanthropy preferable to charity

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Purposeful philanthropy preferable to charity

Frank F. Islam |IANS In February 2017, I went to India from the United State of America to dedicate the Frank and Debbie Islam Management Complex at my Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alma mater. At the dedication of that complex, I said: “While the bricks and mortar are important, far more important is what will […]

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Overworked Tracks are What Make Train Travel Unsafe

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Overworked Tracks are What Make Train Travel Unsafe

By Charu Bahri  Each of the three major derailments over the last four months — resulting 190 deaths and 307 injuries — occurred on over-utilised sections of the Indian Railways. These stretches were used to run trains beyond their line capacity. As much as 40 per cent of Railways’ 1,219 line sections are utilised beyond […]

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Home Healthcare Gaining Ground, But What About Regulations?

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on Home Healthcare Gaining Ground, But What About Regulations?

By Gokul Bhagabati  Private home healthcare appears to be gaining ground in India, but this critical segment is surprisingly outside the purview of a proper regulatory framework. Even the recently-announced National Health Policy, 2017, seems to have completely missed this segment, industry leaders have said. “Till date there is no regulatory framework for the private […]

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India, Bangladesh Hold 97% Renewable Energy Market: Report

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Feature  /  Comments Off on India, Bangladesh Hold 97% Renewable Energy Market: Report

Five countries, including India and Bangladesh, lead the world in solar home lighting systems and the two south Asian nations together account for 97 per cent of the renewable energy market in the region, says an international body report. The other three leading countries are Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia — all in Africa. Quoting cumulative […]

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