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Alcohol : A pacifier for infants and pregnant women in villages of Andhra Pradesh

|By Riti Sinha| When the child cries, a mother feeds it milk. But this is not the case in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Here, when the child cries, all the other does is stick a bottle of locally brewed spurious liquor into its mouth. Macherla village is one of the many villages in the Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh where ...

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All They Wanted Was A Martyrdom Of Valour, Not Of Senseless Tragedy

By Simran Brar The final journey begins for lives lost in vain; the wreath is laid with full guard of honour for Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and Lt. Manoranjan Kumar I sat by the TV a couple of days ago, as news channels confirmed the demise of 26-year-old Lt. Commander Kapish Muwal and 25-year-old Lt. Manoranjan Kumar in the fire ...

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Race for top post hots up: PM hopefuls await ballot verdict

By Anuj Shrivastava Party ideologies are being redefined, reinterpreted as political realignments have started taking place before elections; all strategic compulsions for survival, winning votes and seats. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) is now in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) after Congress and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) were not generous in seat-sharing. Ram Vilas Paswan returns to the National ...

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Miss Transgender North east India 2013

By Siddharth Haobijam On Dec 13, 2013, Manipur hosted Miss Transgender Queen for North East India. The pageant showed the participations from many transgenders of North East India. It was hosted jointly by the All Manipur Nupi-Manbi Association (AMaNA) in association with Solidarity and Action Against the HIV infection in India (SAATHI). The event also got the support of the ...

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Shumang leela, the Courtyard theatre of Manipur

By Siddharth Haobijam Crowned as the “Jewel of India” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Manipur, situated in the lofty mountains of the North East India boasts of many traditional and cultural gems. One of these is the Shumang Leela. Literally translated as Courtyard Theatre, this theatre has been the mainstay of the Meiteis , the Tibeto-Burman group of people who have inhabited the Imphal valley since ...

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Bishesh Glam – a world within a world

[By Siddharth Haobijam] Bishesh Glam, located in a busy corner in Keishamphat in Imphal West, Manipur is just about two years old. The salon run by Bishesh Huirem, a well known male-to-female transgender, however, has changed the lives of many Nupi Maanbis (one who looks like a woman).

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States within a State

State Correspondent | PointBlank 7                                                                                               Photo credit : Reuters Guwahati:  While people in ...

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Green Certifications – A marketing gimmick

By Divya Aslesha , A PointBlank 7 exclusive Experts have questioned the validity of green certifications by rating agencies, being awarded to commercial and residential structures, which has cast doubt over how ‘green’ these buildings really are. Buildings may have themselves assessed under various criteria laid down by agencies such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green ...

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The hypocrisy of unconventional politics

By Anuj Shrivastava Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation was a meditated and calculated step exclusively for political gains; it had a clear objective and was in no way unconventional like Aam Aadmi Party’s show of clean politics and good governance (swarajya). After all, how much unconventional can the unconventional be. AAP is now trying to take another grandstand before the electorate after ...

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Pink pistols to see off rapists? Don’t make me laugh

Silent protests were part of India’s response to 2012’s gang rape. Is a gun a fitting tribute to the woman who died? Ramesh Lalwani under a Creative Commons Licence By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist It’s true. India presents its women with a gun to defend themselves. A pretty pink handgun, no less. It will be named ‘Nirbheek’ – which means ‘fearless’ ...

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