- Not all men idolise Western ideals of muscularity(18:06)
London, April 3 (IANS) Contrary to the common belief, non-Western men are generally less hung up about their body image and pursuing a muscular physique than their Western counterparts, reveals a study.
- This startup leads India's race to build low-cost ventilators (IANS interview)(13:33)
By Gokul Bhagabati
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) Sensing the critical need of ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, a bunch of engineers associated with an Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur)-incubated company -- Nocca Robotics -- is leading the race to build low-cost ventilators in the country.
- Elephant Kalpana: A year of freedom to celebrate!(11:56)
New Delhi, April 3 (IANSlife) 45-year-old Kalpana, previously a begging elephant, is celebrating a year of freedom at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre in Mathura! Kalpanas rescue in 2019 was brought to the attention of millions.
- Cover atheist Muslims from neighbouring countries under CAA: Taslima Nasrin(09:47)
By Sukant Deepak
New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) "If the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is about giving citizenship to the persecuted in the neighbouring countries, I appeal to the Government of India to extend it to atheists and persecuted Muslims too. Just like Hindus, Christians and Buddhists are discriminated against in Bangladesh and Pakistan, atheists and activists who criticise Islam are hacked to death in Muslim nations, be it Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Afghanistan. In most cases, the well-off manage to get political asylum and settle in Europe or America, but what about the others? India must come forward," says writer Taslima Nasrin, best-known for 'Lajja', who has been in exile for more than 25 years after a fatwa was issued against her for 'criticising Islam' by a fundamentalist Islamic organisation in 1993.
- 'Na Corona Karo' song creates ripples on social media(14:43)
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) A song to make people aware about new coronavirus by Pune-based classical khayal vocalist Sandeep Ranade has mesmerized celebrities e from Oscar winning musician AR Rahman to Padma Vibhushan awardee Pandit Jasraj e and social media users alike.
- With no tournaments, keeping fit and motivated is key: Sharan(14:23)
By Rohit Mundayur
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Divij Sharan had been playing tournaments every week since the start of the year until the first week of March. His last on the ATP tour was more than a month ago and his last match overall was in India's Davis Cup tie against Croatia in the first week of March. Soon after that, the world came to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. He has been in Manchester since with fellow tennis player Samantha Murray.
- Yoga to combat lockdown blues(14:00)
New Delhi, April 2 (IANSlife) The recent lockdown may prove daunting on our physiological and psychological well-being, due to lack of social mingling, outdoor and office routine.
- I examine the Mahabharata from scientific perspective: Author Christopher Doyle (IANS Interview)(10:30)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) In 2006, Christopher C. Doyle, a growth catalyst and CEO coach, set out to write a book for his seven-year-old daughter who was deeply interested in mythology and history. Today, he is the hugely successful author of the "The Mahabharata Quest" series with two books released, a third due later this year and one or two more in the pipeline. He has also hit pay dirt with his "The Pataala Prophecy Series" with two books out and three more envisaged.
- COVID-19: Pandya brothers turn home into stadium(14:35)
Mumbai, March 30 (IANS) The coronavirus outbreak has seen all sporting events across the globe either getting cancelled or postponed. And this has also seen the Indian cricketers get time out with their families even though they are forced to stay indoors due to the pandemic. Making the most of the situation, Hardik and Krunal turned their drawing room into a stadium to play a game of indoor cricket.
- The big bang RBI stimulus (Column: Behind Infra Lines)(13:52)
By TAPONEEL MUKHERJEE
The slew of announcements by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to lower the repo rate, reverse repo rate, cash reserve ratio and allowing financial institutions the bandwidth to offer a three month EMI moratorium are all much needed and welcome as India grapples with an unprecedented but much-needed shut down due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The RBI stimulus has hit at the most crucial issue at hand, i.e. "lack of or in most cases absence of cashflows". Helping individuals and businesses tide over temporary cash flow issues will be critical to ensure that as and when the economy recovers and demand picks up, businesses can move (if not bounce) back to normalcy.
- A world in perpetual change - Is COVID-19 the worst?(13:22)
By PRADIP BAIJAL
Humankind is now facing a global crisis. Perhaps the biggest crisis of our generation. The decisions people and governments take in the next few weeks will probably shape the world for years to come. They will shape not just our healthcare systems but also our economy, politics and culture. We must act quickly and decisively. We should also take into account the long-term consequences of our actions. When choosing between alternatives, we should ask ourselves not only how to overcome the immediate threat, but also what kind of world we will inhabit once the storm passes. Yes, the storm will pass, humankind will survive, most of us will still be alive e but we will inhabit a different world.
- Markets hint to recovery in the coming week (Column: Market Watch)(17:05)
By Arun Kejriwal
A week can be a very long time and last week was a classic example. It began with the markets falling very sharply and the BSESENSEX losing just about 4,000 points on Monday. Tuesday saw the markets trading in a comparatively narrow range of just about 800 points on BSESENSEX. Tuesday night was also the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown beginning 12 midnight of Tuesday the 24/25th March. Wednesday saw markets gain 2,000 points. Thursday saw the FM announcing measures to ensure that the poorest of poor had food and money to tide over the present crisis.
- Two catalysts which have changed India and US for good (Comment)(10:16)
BY SAEED NAQVI
What will the world look like after the coronavirus induced shut down? I am not in possession of a crystal ball for global survey but I can activate my intuition on the basis of two stories I have covered. I was in the US for the 2016 Presidential elections and I have followed the 2020 drama within the Democratic Party. In both the campaigns Democrats have been in convulsions not to select a nominee but to keep out the one they do not want -- Bernie Sanders. And now they are all mimicking the Sanders platform. The coronavirus has brought out in bold relief, the idea of Bernie Sanders as the panacea for the general distress. The platform the senator from Vermont stood on was total anathema to the great American establishment, its soul torn between Mammon and Joe McCarthy. The pandemic has brought the powerful establishment to its knees. People now matter and democracy begins to look like one. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will ever mention Sanders by name. That would be like eating crow. But they are all furtively lifting the Sanders manifesto. The idea of Sanders in todays context is larger than the possible nomination of Joe Biden.
- Striking a fine balance is the key to success (Column: Spy's Eye)(10:16)
BY D.C. PATHAK
The unprecedented and unfamiliar 'life and deat' crisis that the corona pandemic has created in the perception of the people at large in India, is throwing up a new challenge of dealing with mass anxiety that seemed to be growing in this long haul. Since it is the efear of the unknown that had the most unsettling effect on any ones sanity, dissemination of right information about the character and pattern of spread of the virus has to be kept up through news bulletins, government hand outs and interviews in credible media at this point of time. Circulation of unauthentic warnings and scare stories on social media has become a malaise and informed citizens should stop forwarding these messages.
- Covid crisis nothing encountered like ever before (Opinion)(14:41)
By Dodul Mondal
This is a tough time. Perhaps the toughest medical crisis as far as I can remember. WHO says 197 countries across the globe are infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-2019). Globally, 537,042 people have been confirmed positive for the disease and 24,110 people have already died due of this pandemic. India has 719 confirmed cases and 16 deaths so far. World's largest democracy is trembling with fear of doom. Prime minister has declared a nationwide lockdown to control the situation.
- Defiance is unacceptable in this crisis (Column: Spy's Eye)(16:30)
BY D.C. PATHAK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation a second time on March 24 made the anticipated announcement of a nation-wide total lockdown for three weeks -- to be enforced with administrative rigour -- and explained at some length how 'social distancing' was the only option left for India to avert an unimaginable public disaster. He tried to make everybody, from the illiterate to the well-educated and from the poor to the affluent, understand that not venturing out of the house at all was the key to saving everybodys life. His emphasis on how the new order was almost like 'curfew', appreciation of the response of the people to the 14-hour lockdown called on March 22 and an implicit warning to those who would not take the prohibition seriously, managed to create an appropriate degree of 'fear' that the situation did need to generate for ensuring total compliance.
- Global hits and misses in dealing with COVID-19: Takeaways for India (Comment)(16:24)
By Maj Gen (retd) S.B. Asthana
The coronavirus COVID-19 has affected 195 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan) as on midnight 23 March, 2020. The dangers as well as precautions have been covered adequately by all forms of Government communications/ media/publications as well as social media, hence they are not being repeated. While there is adequate awareness, there is varying degree of seriousness in dealing with it, as many segments of society chose to put individual preferences above potentially the most devastating threat that looms over the country as well as the world.
- Art historian's ultimate tribute to ancient Indian manuscript (IANS Interview)(17:54)
By Vishnu Makhijani
New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Somewhere close to the year 2000, as an informal consultant, renowned art historian B.N. Goswami was going over the San Diego Museum of Arts' holdings of Indian paintings, nearly all of which came from the collection of American billionaire Edwin Binney III. Among the things he saw was the manuscript of the Mysore Bhagvata, the 10th book of the Bhagavata Purana and was "charmed".
- Markets in no man's land - likely to consolidate (Market watch)(15:17)
By Arun Kejriwal
Markets were in a really bad shape last week and just about managed to recover some ground on Friday. They lost on the first four days of the week. BSE SENSEX lost 4,187.52 points or 12.28 per cent to close at 29,915.96 points while NIFTY was down 1,209.75 points or 12.15 per cent to close at 8,745.45 points. The broader markets saw BSE100, BSE200 and BSE500 lose 12.08 per cent 12.02 per cent and 12.23 per cent respectively.