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In A Bid To Save The Earth

New Delhi June 5 (WFS) — Climate change is a reality that no one can refute any longer. If left unchecked, it will have far reaching impacts on human health, global food security and economic development. Whereas no single country causes climate change, and no one country can stop it, there is an urgent need for concerted action. As the world ...

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The philosophy of the Soldier Mountaineer Colonel Narinder Kumar ‘Bull’!

[By Col NN Bhatia | A Preface] The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of the man. – Anonymous The Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess in Ranikhet provides the most grandeur view of the eternally majestic snow capped Himalayan peaks that inspired a young mountaineer Capt (later Col) Narinder Kumar of 3 KUMAON (Rifles) to ...

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Woes of men as non-custodian parents

In the fight for child custody and support, law favors custody of children to mothers and as a result the fathers in India end up being drained emotionally as well financially, to maintain constant contact with their child. Indian law needs to specifically lay down the rules for shared parenting or joint custody of children of divorcing parents. [By Rahul D’Souza] Mumbai: Kim Prabhakar (name ...

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The battery revolution is exciting, but remember they pollute too

[The Conversation] The recent unveiling by Tesla founder Elon Musk of the low-cost Powerwall storage battery is the latest in a series of exciting advances in battery technologies for electric cars and domestic electricity generation. We have also seen the development of an aluminium-ion battery that may be safer, lighter and cheaper than the lithium-ion batteries used by Tesla and ...

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What are some cases/stories where women have misused Indian laws, which were actually made to protect them?

As per National Crime Records Bureau in 2012, approximately 64,000 married men committed suicide vis-a-vis 32,000 married women. In a report by a leading national daily, Dr. Ponappa, Men’s Right Activist, Mysore, indicated that over 1,57,000 men had committed suicide , in comparison to 1,26,000 women, owing to family disputes and harassment by their spouses in the last few years. ...

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Fighting for India’s health

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Once upon a time, a few decades ago, I actually used to buy duty-free cigarettes for friends who were over the moon about Dunhill, Benson & Hedges or Marlboro, all imported cigarettes then not available in India. Now I cringe at the thought. The turning point came in 1984, when I met a 21-year-old adivasi ...

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Ghettoisation – nothing communal about it

[By Narendra Kaushik] It was during the summer of 1989.  India was about to elect its first coalition government headed by Vishwanath Pratap Singh and I had joined my first government job in Allahabad. I was looking for a rented accommodation in a Bengali Tola near Bahraina, a settlement about seven km before Sangam, the place where Ganges, Yamuna and ...

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Breaking The Barriers With The Power Of Press

Dhaka – Born in Dhaka, the bustling capital of Bangladesh, Aasha Mehreen Amin learnt to read and write in English early in her life thanks to her supportive and progressive parents. She got an opportunity to study economics at Boston College, where she found her rhythm in the analysis of the world’s current events and their links back to the ...

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[Satire]: You’ve a right to rage on road – It’s your property

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Since 2001 when I first sat on the wheel in Delhi I have learnt at least a few driving etiquettes. If somebody stares at you for not immediately giving him way stare back at him. He growls, growl back at him. He swears, swear back at him. He mumbles abuses, you mumble back. In case ...

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Mothers Light Up Indonesia

Thousands of people have been impacted by Nusantara Development Initative’s (NDI) project to empower rural women to become solar lamp entrepreneurs in Indonesia. The Singapore-registered non-profit works closely alongside island communities in the Riau Archipelago, to train women to sell solar lamps to households that have little or no access to electricity. They are called Ibu Rumah Terang, or Mothers of ...

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