Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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The Kashmiri Spring

It's a wonderful World. Amidst the toings and froings of the Covid chaos, one good thing that has emerged is the luxury of time. Most days have gone by, reflecting the previous and a rough blueprint of the one to come. There is so much more of it to soak up the season, halt mid step, savour the air, smell the roses and experience the sound of silence. Never before has a day been filled with this many head to head or heart to heart conversations as now. All this madness notwithstanding, what does put my mind at ease is the lovely sights around me. Nature is thriving, with/without pandemic.

Parrikar biography stokes fresh row over Gen Rawat's elevation as Army chief

NEW DELHI: A new biography on former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has stoked a fresh controversy with his claim that he had recommended that Gen. Bipin Rawat supersede two senior officers to become the Army Chief, "convinced that he was a better choice", with the author describing it as "a bold move", contrary to claims at the time that the correct procedures had been followed.

Cold deserts of Himachal emerge from under forgetful snow

MANALI: The picturesque but cold deserts in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul and Spiti Valleys, the land of the Buddha high in the Himalayas, have been emerging from under the forgetful snow, with locals at first-of-its-kind initiative showcasing traditions for over two months.

1975 World Cup hockey was best thing of my life: Captain Ajit Pal

NEW DELHI: Sixteen days before Ajit Pal Singh turned 28 in 1975, he captained India to their maiden - and so far the only -- World Cup hockey triumph. On the 46th anniversary of that momentous title win, achieved after beating Pakistan 2-1 in a fast-paced final at Siaran Langsung Dari Stadium, Merdeka (Kuala Lumpur), 73-year-old Singh on Monday recalled the final and the celebrations that ensued.

Retd army personnel in support of farmers at Ghazipur border 

NEW DELHI: Retired army personnel numbering about 1000 have come out in full support of the farmers' movement at Ghazipur on the Delhi-UP border.

Emaar ex-MD Shravan Gupta booked for fraud

GURUGRAM: Following a probe by Economic Offences Wing (EOW), former Managing Director of Dubai-based realty firm Emaar has been booked by Gurugram Police. A case has been registered against his wife Shilpa and five others.

How Rakesh Tikait's emotional outburst acted as 'elixir' for farmers' movement

NEW DELHI: The emotional speech by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on January 28 at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border acted as "elixir" for the protesting farmers, who were feeling defeated after a number of cases were registered against farmer union leaders for the violent clashes on January 26.

'Kamala's Way' charts an engaging journey from California to Washington

NEW DELHI: Just how did the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this countrys most effective power players? Through the human touch, by turning defeat into victory and most of all, by doing things her way, a timely biography of Kamala Harris, the US Vice President-elect says.

Two sisters ask Delhi to listen, go viral

NEW DELHI: Even as "Sun Dilliye Ni Sun Dilliye", a song written, composed and sung by the two young sisters on the ongoing farmers' agitation continues to grab thousands of hits on social media from people across the world, the duo maintains that while all the praise has been extremely encouraging, what matters most is that people across barriers have been able to relate to it.

Punjab farmer turns truck into makeshift home at Singhu

NEW DELHI: As the face-off between the farmers and government over new farm laws await a breakthrough, the onslaught of biting cold wave accompanied by thunderstorms and rain over the past days, have forced a vast populace awaiting at the Delhi border to innovate ways and means to survive the crisis.

Farmers stir: Parents taking kids to borders to show 'struggle'

NEW DELHI: In what could be called an unconventional way of imparting practical life lessons, parents are visiting the borders of the national capital, where the farmers are on strike over the new agri laws along with their children, and also lend their support to the farmers' agitation.

Terrorism affected 161 police districts in India in 2019

NEW DELHI: Despite the Central government's 'zero tolerance' policy against terrorism, the decade-long menace affected 161 police districts across the country, especially Maoist-hit states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and other Northeastern states in 2019.

Home is where the union is

NEW DELHI: She was 14 when she joined the union after her father, who opposed the Khalistan movement was killed in 1991. When 43-year-old Harinder Bindu, President of the BKU (Ugrahan) Woman's Wing looks back at all these years, there is no regret.

Role reversal at Singhu: Women coming out of woods & men behaving themselves

NEW DELHI: In the 'Tent City near the Singhu border, the ground zero of farmers agitation, Kanu Priya, 24, is giving instructions. She has a small black notebook that has bullet points on all that needs to be done the next day. In-between, she is also telling some men to make posters warning against using abusive language or substance abuse at the protest site. "Its important to make some things very clear," she smiles.

For these kids its rare fair at Singhu

NEW DELHI:  While the adults on either side of Singhu border that divides Delhi and Haryana, are engaged in a tug of war, children of rag pickers and the underprivileged who are otherwise the neglected street urchin have found this time of unusual prosperity -- even a blessing for few of them.

The only officer to serve in the Indian Navy, Air Force and Army turns 100

CHANDIGARH: Col Prithipal Singh Gill, THE only officer to serve in the Indian Navy, Air Force and Army today turns 100. He is healthy and will live long.

Kanpur man reurns from Pak after 28 years

KANPUR: When Shamsuddin returned home after 28 years, it took time for emotions to burst out. And when they did, there was no stopping.

Once mocked as 'navsakhiya', Tejashwi Yadav proves his mettle

PATNA: He was mocked as a failed cricketer and often called a 'navsikhiya' (newcomer) during the 2020 election campaign, taunted for 15 years as 'jungleraj ka yuvraj' (the prince of rule of lawlessness), called a matric fail (one who didn't clear class 10), but Tejashwi Yadav, son of former Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi established himself this year as a seasoned politician. Not just did he challenge veteran Nitish Kumar and the mighty BJP but also single-handedly made the Rashtriya Janata Dal(RJD), the single-largest party in the politically sensitive state.

How the 'Wild Frank' of Indian television Arnab Goswami was tamed

MUMBAI: In a lightning strike operation, the Maharashtra Police on Wednesday morning swooped on the home of Republic TV owner and Chief Editor Arnab Goswami in the 2018 double-suicide case of a businessman in Raigad.

Stars and planets grow up together as siblings: Study

BERLIN: In a unique study, astronomers have found compelling evidence that the planets begin forming while stars are still infants and they grow up together like siblings.

Kirti Kisan Union invokes Banda Singh Bahadur to find solution into farm issue

NAWANSHAHR: In no mood to relent till the farm laws are repealed, the youth wing of a prominent farmers’ organisation of Doaba and Malwa, Kirti Kisan Union (KKU), has now decided to invoke Banda Singh Bahadur, a disciple of Guru Gobind Singh, by organising as many as four farmers’ conferences on current farmers’ issues at Rahon (Nawanshahr) and  Dina Sahib (Moga) on October 26 and at Gurdas Nangal (Gurdaspur) and Sirhind (Fatehgarh Sahib)  on October 27 to mark his 350th birth day.   

Global climatic events abrupt shifts in Indian Summer Monsoon-a study

CHANDIGARH: Global climatic events like the Roman Warm Period, Medieval Climate Anomaly, and the Little Ice Age may have had significant impacts on India’s landscape, vegetation, and socio-economic growth, with abrupt shifts in the Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) coinciding with these climatic events.

Narmada valley is the centre of human evolution—Dr A.R Sankhyan

BILASPUR (HP): Research paper of Dr A.R.Sankhyan, renowned anthropologist of Himachal Pradesh on “Evolutionary perspective on Narmada Hominin Fossils” was published on August 20 last. The paper findings confirm the hypothesis of two lineage of culturally and physically distinct hominins (human ancestors)in the region during Pleistocene times (2.50 lakh to 70,000 years ago). It sheds light on the theory that once the valley had been inhabited by two-type of human ancestors—a large bodies species and hitherto unknown pygmy-size man.

Declare Sultan Pur Lodhi Qila Sarai National Monument: Residents

PHILLAUR: Residents of Phillaur, Nakodar, Shahkot, and Sultan Pur Lodhi subdivisions have demanded that the historic Qila Sarai in Sultan Pur Lodhi should be declared as a National Monument and be handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for proper maintenance.

Coronavirus Vaccines: R & D Landscape

Need to free Bollywood from underworld's clutches: Muralidhar Rao

NEW DELHI: BJP National General Secretary P. Muralidhar Rao, who has been vocal on behalf of the saffron party in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, has said that the time has come to free the Bollywood film industry from the clutches of the underworld.

Is The Tribune Group a sinking ship ? Former staffer Sukhdev Singh raises serious questions

CHANDIGARH: Sukhdev Singh former staffer of The ribune published from Chandigarh has raised serious concerns about the financial position of The Tribune Group, blaming the members of The Tribune Trust for mismanagement. He claims that The Tribne Group is sinking ship. The Tribune group is publishing three newspapers The Tribune in English, Punjabi Tribune in Punjabi and Dainik Tribune in Hindi.

From acquiring citizenship of a Caribbean country, Dawood bought new properties in Karachi

NEW DELHI: Nestled in the beautiful Windward Islands of the Caribbean, the Commonwealth of Dominica (CoD) is a country with a small population of less than 80,000 people. With the help of Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has acquired the passport of CoD under its Economic Citizen Programme, reveals the latest dossier on the Karachi-based kingpin of D-Company, prepared by Indian intel agencies.

Five held for stealing silver anklets worth Rs 60 lakh

MATHURA(UP):The Mathura police have arrested five robbers, who were allegedly involved in a theft of 91 kilograms of silver anklets worth Rs 60 lakh, after a brief encounter.

Five ways to achieve work life balance during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has not only taken a toll on the health quotient of people across the globe, but it has also triggered stress button in careers, personal finances, family life, and work-life balance. Most millennials in the age group of 24-45 years in India are working professionals and the shift to the new normal work style is taking a mental toll on workers. Most of them are not able to take a breather even after being in the comfort of their own homes.

Shinderpal Kaur Emerges As Beacon for Others, joins Self Help Group To Become Self Reliant

Shinderpal Kaur- one of the members of “Mata Gujri Self Help Group”, Mavi Sappan village in district Patiala of Punjab which was formed in December 2015 under the National Rural Livelihood Mission, has emerged as a beacon for others.

Lakshyam helping women to be self-reliant during lockdown

NEW DELHI: Recently, National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has released data that suggest that the nationwide lockdown has led to a rapid increase in cases of domestic violence. During the first four phases of the lockdown, Indian women filed more domestic violence complaints than recorded in the last 10 years. But even this unusual spurt is only the tip of the iceberg as 86% women who experience domestic violence do not seek help or register complain in India and 77% of the victims did not even mention the incidents to anyone.

1000 years earthquake signatures found for the first time in Spituk Lake Ladakh

CHANDIGARH: For the first time, earthquake signatures are reported in the upper part of the Spituk Lake which was in existence for 1000 years ago, claimed Dr Ritesh Arya, an internationally renowned Geologist. His paper discusses the geological history of the right side of the proximal part of the Khardungla glacier which was on melting after late Ice Age gave rise to glacio-lacustrine deposits and exposed around the granites.   

Military aggression not first by China, won't be last: Lobsang Sangay

DHARAMSALA: The ongoing military aggression across the Himalayas is not the first by China and it won't be the last. India never shared a border with China -- it is the Indo-Tibet border. Knowing its strategic significance, India should consider the geopolitical importance of Tibet as one of its core issues.

India's China Challenge

Yadong, on the southern edge of Tibet, is where China meets India. Getting there takes you right across the roof of the world, a day-long drive from Lhasa. As I leave Lhasa and head south, towards India, the long and winding road traverses pristine lakes, many of which are sacred for Tibetans, their banks dotted with dozens of worshippers lying prostrate, yaks in tow. Our journey ends in the Chumbi Valley town of Yadong, a small, muddy and underwhelming frontier outpost that, in a sense, presents a perfect snapshot of the India-China relationship.

Over 60% feel India hasn't given a 'befitting reply' to China

NEW DELHI: A majority of Indians don't think the government has given a "befitting reply" to China, in wake of the recent violent border clash that saw 20 Indian soldiers martyred, as per the IANS-CVoter Snap Poll on China.

'Amid widespread community transmission in India, hard choices have to be made'

NEW DELHI: Once there is widespread community transmission, as there is in India now, hard choices need to be made, said Babak Javid professor at the Tsinghua University School of Medicine in Beijing and a consultant in infectious diseases at Cambridge University hospitals.

Earning a livelihood by Sewing

NEW DELHI: Mahatma Gandhi wrote the story of Indian independence through introduction of Charkha loom.  The theory stands relevant today when India is working its way towards becoming “Atmanirbhar.”  National Sewing machine day is paving the way for specially-abled in tough times of COVID-19 and is showing them a way to contribute towards the idea of becoming Atmanirbhar.

Man held for posting nasty remark against ex-colleague

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Police have arrested a man for allegedly posting obscene and derogatory remarks against a senior colleague on the company website suspecting that he was fired because of her.

Park transformed from a stinky pond in Alipur by Pargat Singh MLA

JALANDHAR: MLA from Jalandhar Cantt Pargat Singh today dedicated a park in village Alipur to the people after the village Panchayat constructed it over a stinky pond with the help Punjab government.