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PK Mishra stresses on long term recovery for Kerala

PK Mishra, additional principal secretary to PM Narendra Modi, says Rs 600 crore has been disbursed by the Centre for immediate relief and restoration. He talks about the resumption of basic services including electricity, communications, water supply, public health services, agriculture, cash cr.....

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Iran: Fight against compulsory hijab gains support

Masih Alinejad, founder of My Stealthy Freedom campaign, which fights against the compulsory rule of wearing hijab in Iran, says that her fight is political as well as cultural. She is challenging the patriarchy and the male dominated outlook in the Iranian society. The younger generation favors .....

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Should teachers discuss political views with students?

The author talks about whether or not a teacher should share their political views with their students or to remain politically neutral. He advocates admitting political biases openly with students and clarifying their reasons for them. He says that students should be given a chance to scrutinise.....

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Gurucharan Das, the art connoisseur

In an upcoming sale of South Asian modern and contemporary art by Christie’s at New York month will feature a painting by Tyeb Mehta from Gurucharan Das’ collection that has the highest estimates. This piece ‘Diagonal XV’ was painted in 1975. Das, P&G India’s CEO.....

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Work-life balance is main obstacle for women’s growth: Nooyi

The outgoing PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says work-life balance and leaky pipeline are the main obstacles on the growth path of a woman in a company. Women find difficulty in balancing her career and the life, she said. Researchers see these issues, however important, are a part of an explanation for.....

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Need to protect animals but lynching is wrong: Kangana

While stressing the importance of protecting the animals, the outspoken actor Kangana Ranaut expressed her displeasure over lynching in the name of cows. She termed it wrong and a sad state of affair. She also took on liberals, claiming that they only accept people “in their group” if.....

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Sleeping under the Stars on a summer night

V. Gangadhar is a well-known satirist who shares his experiences about sleeping out in the open. He shares the ordeal of arguing with his wife about carrying heavy bed rolls up the stairs in the terrace to carrying buckets of water to clean the terrace floor. So when the time comes to sleep start.....

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Osama is still my beloved son: speaks his mom for first time

For the first time after the emergence of Osama bin Laden 17 years ago as a man linked to the rise of global terrorism, his mother Alia Ghanem spoke to media about her son. She describes Laden as a beloved son who somehow lost his way. He was her eldest son among three children. Ghanem recalls he.....

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Indian families with differently-abled kids prefer USA

Raising a differently-abled child in India is tough due to lack of support from government and societal apathy. Parents of specially-abled children relocate to USA thanks to the flexible education system, availability of holistic treatment and care, access to latest technological innovations, a m.....

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Mumbai hosts directors from around the globe

Mumbai welcomed the global directors to showcase their famous art works. India is a leading market for the directors. They bring their hometowns with their productions and theatre scenes. Bob Christo, Zocharay Coffin, Anna Ador, Kallirroi Tziafeta are some who have done outstanding works and shar.....

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Chandigarh losing status of being a safe city for women

Cases of stalking and sexual harassment are being increasingly reported, causing cracks on the image of Chandigarh as a safe city. Data by the National Crime Records Bureau shows rise in incidents of molestation, domestic violence and sexual harassment. There were two brutal autorickshaw gangrape.....

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Science tells how one must deal with genius abusers

The talk of the legacies left behind by evil men in science, the pioneers and geniuses who turned out to be abusive bullies or much worse, should not have ended in science. The case of W.French Anderson, the father of gene therapy, was convicted of sexually molesting a colleague’s young dau.....

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Alternative view of human nature

According to biological theories like “selfish gene” by Richard Dwakins, it was thought that the “environment of evolutionary adaptedness” EEA, which was seen as a period Alternative view of human nature of intense competition. However, prehistoric world was sparsely popul.....

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The right way to counter Islamophobia

An effective lesson in respecting differences has reaffirmed the secular principles of Indians. In the wake of rising Islamophobia, a mother gives the perfect answer to her daughter’s question about skull-caps. She explains how a Muslim believer’s skull cap could be a mark of respect .....

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Sapiosexual women find intelligent men more sexy

Chandrima Pal in her column talks about sapiosexuality. Sapiosexual women like her find intelligence as an attractive trait in men. Men who are complicated, sociopaths, introverts and men with eclectic tastes are found sexy and alluring. Mysterious and unpredictable men are considered more sexy t.....

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Moon Tiger’s brilliance can’t be filmed

Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger is a brilliant book that can’t be filmed. Its many pleasures comes from its gorgeous and unsettling images that gets embedded in your brain. Some of the descriptions of characters ring true. It will not work as a movie as the book contains the narrator Cla.....

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Things grownups should do before going online

Like there is a checklist of things, a child should do daily before they are allowed access to computer games or social media; here are some super summer activities for adults. Get washed up and dressed before you pick up your phone. Daily compose a real letter and post it. Exercise daily. Go to .....

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India needs to work on becoming safe for women

Anju Anna John, Project Officer at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative writes about the safety of women in India. While it is essential to not take the recent Thomson Reuters report at face value, she also calls out the deeply ingrained misogyny in the patriarchal Indian society. New laws ha.....

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Cannabis, a psychedelic drug with therapeutic uses?

Michael Pollan’s new book has renewed interest in psychedelic drugs being used to treat various mental health disorders. Cannabis is not discussed along with psychedelic drugs for its therapeutic uses. Cannabis cannot treat a disease; it can only treat the symptoms. Hallucinogenic aspect of.....

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Deal with uncomfortable comments by kids

A mom relates her embarrassing and mortifying experiences when her young kid said the wrong things in public. Having been stumped for answers, she asks for help. People have suggested normalizing behaviour in such situations. They also recommend the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and f.....

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Trolls have become a vicious worrying culture

Trolls attack and hurt people in politics, cinema, media and other areas of life. Often, they breach decency and propriety with vulgar and abusive language. Sushma Swaraj was the latest target to vicious trolling after her ministry took action against a passport official for ill-treating a interf.....

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Separate women’s coaches and seats a good idea

Vandana Vasudevan, author of Urban Villager: Life in an Indian satellite town believes that having a separate travel system for women is a good idea, as they need to travel long distances. Separate women’s coaches and seats may encourage participation of women in the labour force to a consi.....

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Being a mother makes more Indian women jobless

Namita Bhandare in her column talks about the worries brought by Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act passed in March 2017. Although it is seen as a step forward for women’s rights, a new survey claims that the act could lead to 2.6% of women’s jobs are disappearing. Economists call moth.....

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Politician’s education must matter, not sexual orientation

India has been treating the LGBTQIA community with ridicule and the idea of a politician from this community continues to be a far cry. But the prospects of a queer politician entering Indian politics might take some time and the awareness has to be imparted. For a country to develop, it’s .....

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Why we get sick of malls

A blogger shares her humorous take on shopping at malls and lists reasons for not being interested in hanging out at malls any more. Availability of more options at competitive rates online and customised options that are bought at one’s convenience help avoid long queues and crowds. Social.....

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Indian education transformed by online-based learning

E-learning has played a catalyst role in bringing an equitable approach to high-quality education, providing unlimited teaching and learning opportunities. It has helped improve student’s learning outcomes, participation and innovation. It proved to be a value for money and is flexible with.....

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Happiness infusion into Delhi school curriculum

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said we must groom kids to be good humans than focus on their marks. Delhi and Gurugram governments have launched the ‘Happiness’ Curriculum and Project Zindagi in schools. Happiness Curriculum from nursery to 8, has classes on mental well-being, value educati.....

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Why we struggle to find balance in life

It is difficult to keep your life balanced when your schedule is jam-packed and half your problems are solved when you find the reasons for this. This could be because you haven’t defined what balance truly means to you. Your lack of self-discipline could be another reason. Your actions are.....

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Islamophobia, a new disease affecting world peace

Islamophobia, a new disease that started from Western region, later spreading to the entire world, has jeopardized world peace and unity, putting religion at the forefront of modern politics. India and Hungary are examples of it. In many places, wearing head scarves were banned. A state run by re.....

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India’s male-centric environment is a worrying factor

Indian law is not unkind but it is static and procedural. The environment for women are not supportive and is traumatizing at times. The male-centricity is a constant reminder for women to suffer because of her gender. Women do not get the rehabilitative measures and counselling that is required .....

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Indian women keen on buying cruelty-free makeups

Aleksandra Byra, make-up expert of Poland-based cosmetic brand Inglot, said that Indian women are open to new experimentations and are ready to invest time and money for makeup. She said there is an increase in awareness about the importance of skincare and the use of best quality products. Natur.....

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Signs that a relationship won’t stand the test of time

The first three months of dating is said to determine whether the relationship will last or not. If communication is not consistent, your partner doesn’t prioritise the relationship, doesn’t plan for future with you or doesn’t take an initiative to express affection; they are so.....

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Oppressors turn saviours on the pretext gender justice

Author says that the Law Commission’s reform to Muslim Personal Law is biased as it represents Muslim women as homogeneous and their men as perpetrators. Their religion is projected as a reason for their lack of progress. Agencies that claim to be saviors of the Muslim women on the other ha.....

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Kids taking parents’ phones to school

A study found that 65% of teens bring their phones to schools whether the school permits them or not. Most schools allow students to keep their phones with some rules in place, like switching them off during classes. Another research found humans can’t multitask and by doing hinders cogniti.....

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Problems of having an obsession with an Ex

Sharing our previous romantic history and the emotional baggage with our present partner has its share of problems. It would result in discussing your ex obsessively bring in a competition. In some cases, the recent hurt sets the stage for some type of closeness. Some are stuck in a pattern prefe.....

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Respect differing communication style in relationships

Communication basically conveys and receives information but there are a number of factors that influence our communication style, like culture, education etc. Our relationships can be so much better if we take the effort to recognize and understand each other’s communication style even by .....

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Dominate your blogging niche

In the vast arena of blog space, it is easy for your content to get lost and go unnoticed.  In order to stand out it’s important to find the target audience who fall in the radar of your niche. Find your audience’s specific needs and design content based on it. After defining you.....

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Get your kids to eat everything

In a study conducted to make healthy food attractive, children were given visually appealing whole-grain bread to evaluate on basis of shape and colour. Here are tips for moms. Make food colourful using differently coloured veggies. Get them cutlery with their favourite characters. Play with pres.....

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Teens should understand their brains

Earlier it was taught brain was actively developing only during childhood but recent research has confirmed the growth continues during adolescence also. Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore says teenagers feel sleepier late at night than adults and are tired in the morning. She also suggests teenager.....

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Stop being “busy”

The writer argues for stopping the glorification of being busy as it does not add value to life. She suggests not being available 24/7, to stop talking about how busy one is and to make time for loved ones. She advises working smarter instead of harder. She advises making a conscious effort to sa.....

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Working with a career coach

The author shares advantages of working with a career coach. Be open to feedback, both negative and positive. Complete homework diligently. Be open and honest with yourself and your career coach. Since each career coach works differently, find one, who matches your personality and navigate the in.....

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Indian women speak about their safety in the rape capital

CNN spoke to five women from Delhi regarding women’s safety in the light of increasing number of rapes. All the women admitted fear. A journalism student advocates castration as punishment while a teacher does not support death penalty for rapists. A mother of a ten year-old girl suggests q.....

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Parenting is the toughest job in the world

Parenting has to be the toughest job in the world. Having an infant and a school going kid is a great challenge. If the infant sleeps late, you oversleep making you fail in waking up the other ending up missing her school. Now the next step is to start begging other mothers in the school whatsapp.....

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'Privacy is a human right: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, while outlining the company's ethical principles termed that privacy is a human right. He is of the opinion that internet users should be in control of their data. He said technology should be built for social good. He also warned the industry to take an ethical a.....

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The importance of ancient India’s religious violence

Historian D.N.Jha in his new book ‘Against the grain: Notes on Identity, Intolerance and History’ aims to challenge the depiction of ancient India as a golden age of social harmony without any religious harmony. He says this myth of this era enables Hindutva idealogue to portray Middl.....

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Interesting ways to become independent

Here are tips to reduce one’s dependence on others: Declare your intention of becoming independent confidently. Do not be apologetic. Separate by forming a distinct boundary physically, emotionally, financially and sexually if necessary. Reconnect after re-negotiating the new roles in the r.....

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Facing adulthood after being only children

The author writes about the pros and cons of an only child transitioning into adulthood. She observes that since there is no built-in support system, friends are valuable. Loyalty is important for only kids and they get to know parents as individuals. But there is pressure to find a partner and i.....

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John Kelly remarks on women rattles White House staff

NBC News reports that John Kelly, the chief of staff thinks President Donald Trump is an ‘Idiot’. It also says that Kelly called the women staff more emotional than men, rattling the female staffers. He also defended Rob Porter White House staff secretary who was accused of domestic a.....

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Beauty of a woman: Time for change

The author, although grateful for having watched the Amy Schumer movie’I Feel Pretty’ feels that the film was critiquing both societal (patriarchal) beauty standards and the beauty industry. It portrayed how brutal women can be to themselves with internalized beauty standards. It is s.....

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How to blog as a mom

Playing the role of a mom in a family is a lot, be it a working mom or a stay-at-home mom and it is sure hard to keep up with hobbies. Blogging is an easy hobby to maintain. You just need to create a schedule and then designate time each day for social media. You can then schedule your posts. Tak.....

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