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4 info panels headless as RTI completes 15 years

When it was launched on October 12, 2005, the Right to Information Act ushered in a revolution, empowering common citizens to ask questions on a range of government activities and seek accountability. Over the years, they – especially a new

All you want to know about stimulus package

To revive an economy badly hit by Covid-19 and the resulting long lockdown, the government has announced yet another stimulus package, putting more money in the hands of citizen just in time for the annual festival season. Finance m

Mumbai metro site at Aarey forest to shift

In a web address, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackerey on Sunday announced that the controversial Aarey car shed for line 3 of Mumbai Metro (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) on the western suburbs will now be shifted to Kanjurmarg on the eastern suburb

Justice Srikrishna on the importance of absolute truth

Former Supreme Court justice BN Srikrishna believes understanding truth in absolute sense is imperative, and quotes Indian scriptures, western philosophers, the Constitution and case laws in support of his argument. “Truth alo

Media in self-destruct mode: Kapil Sibal

Congress leader and former union minister Kapil Sibal feels the media, the fourth pillar of democracy, has actually dismantled itself and is in self-destruct mode. He was in a live webinar with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance

Paswan’s life was a celebration of possibilities of Indian democracy

Ram Vilas Paswan, who held the post of a cabinet minister in several union governments of various hues in the last three decades, is no more. A champion of the Dalit cause, he was “an eminent leader, a distinguished parliamentarian and an ab

Amid Covid-19 dilemma, PM launches public movement

As India maintained a lowering curve of new Covid-19 infections, prime minister Narendra Modi launched a public movement Thursday, appealing everyone to unite in the fight against the coronavirus and not let the guard down. In a twe

Coming soon to a theatre near you…

Film buffs turned to small screens when the lockdown, enforced by Covid-19, began in March.  After a gap of more than six months, they can now look forward to watching films on big screen, as the government allowed theatres to reopen and on T

NCERT content to be available in sign language too

Hearing Impaired schoolchildren will now be able to access education material in their preferred form of communication, Indian Sign Language (ISL), following an agreement between the NCERT and the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center

India has reasons to hope Covid-19 has peaked

India has a reason to hope after a long while: the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country has remained below 10 lakh for 14 consecutive days. The development arrests a worrisome trend. The month of September had seen the num

How some forest communities managed Covid-19 lockdown better

In India, the third most affected country due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the poor and marginalised forest communities have faced the loss of livelihoods, employment, food insecurity and resultant socio-economic distress. The vulnerabilities, atroci

Covid-19: 2nd sero survey shows fall in infections in Mumbai slums

A sero survey conducted in the second half of August shows the presence of Covid-19 antibodies in samples from Mumbai slums has decreased by 12 percent over the findings of the previous survey of July. Presence of antibodies in the

There is huge hunger for news, says Ashish Bhasin

India is a news-hungry nation with more than 1 lakh newspapers, apart from many news channels. News consumption is high – more so in smaller cities, and the industry needs to capitalize on its huge untapped potential, believes Ashish Bhasin,

Amnesty wind-up: NHRC notice to home ministry

As the Amnesty International downs the shutters on its India operations, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of the matter and sought the home secretary’s response on the allegations levelled by the glob

Covid-19 triggers research culture in Ayurveda, traditional medicines

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the spotlight on the health-promotive and disease-preventive solutions of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy) disciplines. What has not come into the limelight is the emerging nationwide trend in the

TRP-driven model bred irresponsibility: Sudhir Chaudhary

News profession is organic in nature, requires responsibility and discipline, and there is no room for mistake. To maintain high standards of accuracy you need discipline and hygiene in the newsroom. Sudhir Chaudhary, editor in chief of Zee News,

This Mumbai NGO empowers children with skills

When Dharmendra Pandey, a fruit-seller had to leave Mumbai after the imposition of the lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, and return to his village in Uttar Pradesh, he was staring at economic uncertainties ahead. Little did he know that his 1

Masks: Awareness: near-total, compliance: half-way

Wearing a face mask is the first line of defence against the novel coronavirus, along with maintaining social distance and frequently washing hands with soap. More than six months after the outbreak of Covid-19, nearly 90 percent of people in Indi

Covid-19: Daily recoveries cross 1 lakh mark, new cases far fewer

Is India finally gaining an upper hand over the Covid-19 pandemic? After weeks of new cases hitting 90,000-plus every day, the tide seems to be turning, as the number came down to 75,083 on Tuesday, and the recoveries were not only higher than tha

A travelogue of an inner pilgrimage

Sit Your Self Down A Novice’s Journey into the Heart of Vipassana By Gayatri Jayaraman Hachette India, 212 pages, Rs 399   As stress and strife increase in daily li

Visionary Talk with Dr Ramakanta Panda, VC & MD Asian Heart Institute





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