Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Special Stories

PFI ban brings back memories of Vajpayee govt's action on SIMI

LUCKNOW: On a balmy afternoon, a seemingly tattered poster pasted on a semi plastered wall in a tiny house in Ayodhya changed the fate of an organization that was gaining roots, especially in north India.

Despite success of Project Tiger, national animal fights for survival

JAIPUR: Do you know India once had 1,00,000 tigers? Over the years, this number kept dwindling as Britishers and the erstwhile maharajas took up hunting. Meanwhile, no comprehensive law was in place to look after the wildlife till the 1960s even as widespread hunting of tigers was reported all over India, says wildlife expert Harshwardhan.

Ex-Aussie quick Mitchell Johnson finds snake in his hotel room in Lucknow

LUCKNOW : Former Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson has had an interesting encounter at his hotel room here after he spotted a snake near the door of his room here.

Life in Seattle, Heart in Punjab, the story of a successful Punjabi entrepreneur based in the US

MOHALI: Nine lakh trees planted in 900 villages of Punjab since 2019. Waste management units were set up in 122 villages, engaging more than 22,000 households. Running 223 ‘Learn Labs’ which are shaping the future of more than 14,000 children.

Man hacked to death by Nihangs for chewing tobacco in Amritsar

AMRITSAR: In a bloody clash in Punjab, a 35-year-old man was hacked to death by two Nihangs (Sikhs armed with traditional weapons) with sharp-edged weapons in the vicinity of the highly revered Golden Temple here over allegedly chewing tobacco outside a hotel, police said on Thursday.

Mohenjo Daro may be removed from the world heritage list

LARKANA: (Pakistan): Pakistan's Department of Archaeology has called for urgent attention towards conservation and restoration work at Mohenjo Daro, apprehending that the site may be removed from the world heritage list if such work was not carried out, media reports said.

First 90-acre Hindu park coming up in Canada's Brampton city to be named after holy Gita

NEW DELHI: A multi-million dollar park to be carved out in Brampton city of Canada will be named after the Hindu holy scripture, Gita. The Hindus constitute the second largest immigrant community after the Sikhs in Canada with a large Gujarati community having settled there.

How Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's Jamtara became cyber crime capital

JAMTARA (Jharkhand): The tribal town of Karmatand in Jharkhand's Jamtara district, where the great social reformer of the 19th century, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar worked for 18 years to educate the tribal girls, has earned the dubious distinction of being the cyber crime capital of India. There are countless incidents of cyber crimes in Jamtara district which has earned it a bad reputation.

91 years after martyrdom, Bhagat Singh's comrade Rajguru awaits befitting memorial

PUNE: On August 24, the 114th birth anniversary of the legendary revolutionary and Maharashtras hero, Shivram Hari Rajguru, passed virtually unnoticed, barring celebrations and solemn homage paid to him at his ancestral home in Pune with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in attendance.

Actor, singer, puppetteer: The many sides of Raghubir Yadav's creative career 

MUMBAI: Audiences may know and adore him for his impeccable acting in some of the milestones of Indian cinema, and the most recently in 'Panchayat 2', actor Raghubir Yadav is equally versatile when it comes to other forms of creative expression.

Historical paintings by 30 painters dedicated to centenary of Guru Ka Bagh Morcha and Saka Sri Panja Sahib

AMRITSAR: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Committee dedicated to the 100th centenary of the Guru Ke Bagh da Morcha and the martyrdom of Sri Panja Sahib will prepare a color book (album) of the paintings produced in the Chitrakala workshop, so that in the future the Sikh history of Morchas and Sakas will be published.

Sangrur administration launches Punjab's first of its kind school on wheels program, 'Gyaan Kirnan Di Chhoh'

SANGRUR: In a Punjab's first of its kind initiative to promote education in the most underprivileged sections of the society, the district administration Sangrur has launched a school on wheels program, 'Gyaan Kirnan Di Chhoh', for the children of slum areas. To kick start the program, Sangrur MLA Narinder Kaur Bharaj along with Deputy Commissioner Sangrur Mr. Jitendra Jorwal flagged off a batch of as many as 30 children on an exposure-cum-study tour in a specially designed bus.

Indian govt announces Agnipath scheme for recruiting youth in Armed Forces (Analysis)

NEW DELHI: In a transformative reform, the Indian government has cleared the 'Agnipath' scheme for recruitment of youth in the Armed Forces. The youth selected under this scheme will be known as 'Agniveers'. Agnipath allows patriotic and motivated youth to serve in the Armed Forces for a period of four years.

Buddha Purnima in Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR: Mongolia celebrates Buddha Purnima on Tuesday (June 14) marking the birth of Siddhartha Gautam (Gautam Buddha) on this day.

Monsoon getaways

NEW DELHI: A quick vacation in the monsoons is a great way to recharge those batteries and indulge in some R&R. Here are some places which make for a spectacular getaway through the rainy season.

Gangsta Glam: The alternative reality of Punjabi pop stars

NEW DELHI: The question is who copies who? A close look at not just the lyrics, but the way they dress up, behave and conduct themselves in their videos and one is bound to think that modern day Punjabi gangsters and singers are Siamese twins.

Violence is symptomatic of the alienation of Punjab's youth

The average man, particularly the average young man, or woman, may have trouble articulating their situation, but they know what they are experiencing: stagnant economy, deep trouble in agriculture, symptomised by an appalling number of rural suicides every year, collapse of industry, no jobs and no hope of jobs, a state government that in fact has no money and falls deeper into debt with every passing year.

Celebrity chef Kunal Kapur shares delectable treats for summers

NEW DELHI: Amid the season of beaches, watermelons, sunglasses and long days overshadowed by the sweltering heat, we tend to constantly seek cold treats and snack to hydrate our body. This has its own demerits, when you crave for something cool you go for an ice lolly instead of a glass of fresh juice. Hence, it's time to make nutritious and smart choices when it comes to preparing our favourite summer delights. It's time to indulge in eating right and eating fresh.

Niyogi re-introduces 2022 International Booker Prize Winner Geetanjali Shree's Debut Novel 'Mai: Silently Mother'

NEW DELHI: As a celebration of the recognition given to noted Hindi author Geetanjali Shree and Translations by the International Booker Prize 2022, Niyogi Books has re-introduced her debut novel 'Mai', translated to English as 'Mai: Silently Mother' by Nita Kumar.

Jaskaran Singh, Jay Firke decode Apple 'WWDC22 Swift Student Challenge'

NEW DELHI: Patiala-born Jaskaran Singh and Pune-based Jay Firke are among more than 350 students from 40 countries and regions who have been selected as Apple's '2022 Swift Student Challenge' winner for showcasing extraordinary coding skills.

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav- DC and District and Session Judge flag off cycle rally on World Bicycle Day

BANGA: Dedicated to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav being celebrated throughout the country to imbibe the spirit of Nationalism among the people, the district administration today organized a cycle rally from Kahma’s Government Senior Secondary School to Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of legendry freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh on World Bicycle Day.

Fresh organic strawberries likely cause hepatitis A outbreak in the US, Canada

LOS ANGELSE: A multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections in the US and Canada is likely linked to contaminated organic strawberries sold in leading grocery stores, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Shruti Sharma tops UPSC, all three toppers are women

NEW DELHI: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the results for civil services exams of the year 2021. Shruti Sharma has secured the first position, while Ankita Agarwal came second and Gamini Singla got the third rank. Women have won the all top three positions this year.

An auction steeped in royal elegance & timeless luxury

NEW DELHI: The meticulously curated catalogue offers a comprehensive insight into the rich craftsmanship and design heritage of the Indian subcontinent and the western world. AstaGurus upcoming 'Heirloom Jewellery, Silver, and Exceptional Timepieces' auction will present a stellar collection of 132 lots and is scheduled to take place on May 30-31, 2022.

Kannada actress lodges FIR against father-in-law, husband

MYSURU (Karnataka) Kannada actress Chaitra Hallikeri has lodged an FIR against her father-in-law and husband accusing them of misusing her bank account, police said on Tuesday.

Myanmar's humanitarian crisis

NEW DELHI: India has taken a measured stance on the situation in Myanmar since the military took over power in February 2021. This stance is necessitated by the need to keep in mind the China factor in ties with Myanmar and continue to keep that nation at the centre of its Act East policy.

Meet the Real-Life Hero of West Champaran, Dr. Rashid Azim Who is Providing Free Consultations and Meals to the Needy

Covid-19 first and second waves were pressing times for the entire country, considerably more in the remote areas of the nation where healthcare still has limited reach and resources. During these times, Dr. Rashid Azim became nothing less than God’s messiah by going out of his way to help those in need. During peak outbreaks, he not only provided free online and offline consultations to patients but went a step ahead to provide food and medications to those in need.

ITBP deployed at Kedarnath after huge influx of pilgrims

NEW DELHI: The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has been deployed on Kedarnath temple premises for security and crowd management following heavy influx of pilgrims.

Has India's Dharmachakra inspired the Roma people's movement for identity and rights?

NEW DELHI: It is not well-known, but the Roma people, who are scattered across the globe, and Indians share deep commonalities of lifestyles, beliefs, values, customs and habits. Throughout history, the Romani people have practiced and preserved their ethnic culture, tradition and language, in spite of constant marginalization, discrimination, and persecution. Roma is internally segmented as a community and dispersed throughout the world with different social and political milieus.

Videography of Shringar Gauri-Gyanvapi to begin on Friday

VARANASI: Videography survey and inspection of the Maa Shringar Gauri Sthal at the Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi complex in Varanasi is all set to begin on Friday.

Nominations for Padma Awards 2023 open till Sep 15: MHA

NEW DELHI: The online nominations or recommendations for the Padma Awards 2023 to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day next year opened on May 1 and the last date for nominations is September 15, 2022.

US private sector adds 247,000 jobs in April

WASHINGTON: Private companies in the US added 247,000 jobs in April, indicating a slower growth in a tight labour market, payroll data company Automatic Data Processing (ADP) reported.

Sharif leverages personal relations with Saudi Arabia, resets ties soured by Imran Khan

NEW DELHI: In Shehbaz Sharif -- the Pakistani Prime Minister, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has reposed massive confidence. Within a fortnight of taking over as the Prime Minister, Sharif made his first foreign visit to Riyadh to reset ties with the kingdom which had been strained by his predecessor Imran Khan.