• Modi-Trump summit: Hugs, business and support for India

    By Tarun BasuIf hugs and handshakes are markers to personal and bilateral relationships, then the first get-to-know meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump seems to have been singularly successful.The optics -- as seen on TV -- showed Trump proffering his ha...

  • Saving Bangladesh rivers from dying is a daunting task

    By Kamran RezaExperts and environmentalists have criticised Bangladesh's environment agency for its decision to declare four dying rivers around Dhaka as ecologically critical areas (ECA).The department of environment (DoE), which can declare any area as ecologically critical according to the 1995 E...

  • The importance of annual check-ups

    By Sowmya A RamanA doctor is expected to solve problems, any problems. That has been the recent trend in choosing physicians. We never choose unless we're ridden with sickness, so much that to function a visit to the doctor is mandatory. The concept of a family physician is all but lost. Instead we ...

  • Tourists vanish as Kashmir returns to stone age

    By Athar ParvaizAt the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Rizwan Ahmad Bhat stands next to his traditional boat, the shikara named Do Badan Ek Jan (two bodies, one soul), waiting for tourists. Last year this time, the lake was packed with visitors exploring its waters and the views of the surrounding Zabarwan hi...

  • When I chose to become a counsellor

    The days spent in college now seem to be the best, because it was the time spent with friends and teachers who would teach, correct and guide us. Now, the days of fun seem to be over. It appears like there is no room for mistakes, or for immature decisions.As a school counsellor, I am expected to so...

  • India may become 2-4 degrees C warmer, but heat deaths are preventable

    By Charu BahriScientists who studied India's 2015 heatwave that claimed 2,500 lives (over 1,700 in Andhra Pradesh alone) concluded that the region was likely to see intense heatwaves once in every 10 years, instead of once in every 100 years.The next year turned out to be India's hottest ever, since...

  • Caring like a kangaroo can cut neonatal deaths in India

    New Delhi: If more Indian mothers can be persuaded to care for their babies like kangaroo mothers do, many of the 750,000 babies younger than four weeks who die every year --the world's highest such death toll -- can be saved.Kangaroo mothers keep babies in regular skin contact, an easy, low-cost in...

  • Victory for gutsy Pakistan and Kohli's diplomacy

    By Veturi SrivatsaThe present crop of Pakistani cricketers may or may not care to know when their team last beat India. All they will now say is that the Indians will not forget the pasting they got in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final.India otherwise have an envious record against Pakistan in Int...

  • India needs to hire consultants to boost logistics sector

    By Sumit SharmaIn India, people still perceive the logistics sector as a less than ideal career path as compared to other sectors. While across the world the scenario is different, there it is seen as a field full of adventures and with a good salary package, in India, jobseekers are not so attracte...

  • Dalits still converting to Buddhism, but at a dwindling rate

    By Manu MoudgilAround 180 Dalit families converted to Buddhism after caste violence in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh in May 2017. Bhim Army, the new group that seeks to give Dalit politics a more aggressive face, says it is considering a mass campaign for conversions to Buddhism.Last year, ov...

  • Over 7 years, 2 civilians died a week in police firing

    By Devanik SahaTwo civilians died every week, on average, in police firing in India, according to national crime data for the years 2009 to 2015.The data provide perspective to the death of six farmers in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur district on June 6, when police fired on protesting farmers demanding...

  • As India ages, over 61% of elderly will have no income security by 2050

    By Kinjal Sampat & Nandini DeyIndia's 860 million-strong working population (15-64 years), the world's largest, is beginning to age. Over the next 33 years, by 2050, 32.4 million Indians, or 20 per cent of the population, will be above 60 years of age.If pension continues to cover only 35 per cent o...