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Defence & Security

India-China disengagement– temporary relief or lasting peace?

Does this disengagement mean an end to the hostile environment? Or is it just another edition of a long list of standoffs?

Why is Pakistan dancing to China’s tunes?

China never gives anything free. Islamabad will have to return $21.8 billion of commercial loans and $7.75 billion taken as bilateral debt to Beijing by 2023. Pakistan needs to repay China more than double the amount it owes the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Considering the dismal state of Pakistan’s economy over the past several years it is doubtful if Pakistan can ever return the loans.

The pathetic track record of defence manufacturing

Even after 15 to 20 years of manufacturing, it is disheartening to see a fair number of systems and components either on the import list or where indigenized giving an engineering life of about 50% or less.

Modernizing the IAF – better late than never

Even if the previous Manmohan Singh Government is discounted as an example of bad governance, what difference has Modi’s government that works made? The ground realities haven’t changed. Even if the first of the 18 MRCA’s are delivered in 2015, the remaining 108 aircraft made in India will not be available for quite some time.

First Indian woman awarded for peacekeeping

More than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 UN peacekeeping missions established around the world since 1948. In 2007, India became the first country to deploy an all-women contingent to a UN peacekeeping mission. But Major Suman Gawani deserves the credit for being the first Indian woman to get the Gender Advocate of the Year Award.

Coup in Myanmar: implications for India

The military coup on 01 Feb 2021 in Myanmar has to be seen in the context of the Chinese showdown with India in both western as well as the eastern sectors. China is working very hard to ensure that India does not become a third superpower on the globe within the next decade.

National

Delhi High Court directs telcos to strictly curb unsolicited communication

Delhi High Court ordered TRAI and Telcos to strictly curb unsolicited commercial communication to safeguard innocent users.

Even unwed mother could be child’s guardian: SC

The Supreme Court ruled that there was no need for the father's consent in giving guardianship of a child to an unwed mother as it held that the views of "uninvolved father" are not essential if the child is solely raised by the mother.

Added sugar in processed foods – recipe for disaster

Sugar sweetened beverages are responsible for nearly 1,80,000 deaths every year. High fructose corn syrup which is the most frequently used sweetener in processed foods, particularly fruit-flavoured and fizzy drinks.

How did Tata Sumo get its name?

Tata Group’s first multi-utility vehicle Tata Sumo had nothing to do with Japanese heavyweight wrestlers and named after Sumant Moolgaokar - Su for SUmant and Mo for MOolgaokar

Delhi Police women to wear khadi silk sarees

Over the years Khadi is becoming popular not only among common people but even government organisations are adopting Khadi. Traditional artisans in West Bengal are preparing Tasar-Katia Silk sarees for Delhi police

Why are road accidents an everyday affair in India?

Many drivers are maniacs in a hurry, who do not follow traffic rules, over speed, overtake from the wrong side, and drive under the influence of liquor.

International Affairs

The U.S. Presidents who died with their boots on…

Eight out of 45 U.S. Presidents died while still in office without completing their full term. Four of them were assassinated while the others died due to what may today seem to be curable diseases

Pakistan on the verge of self-destruction?

The future of Pakistan is bleak due to its self-inflicted injuries. The condition of Pak is critical with financial bankruptcy, sectarian violence, impending Afghanistan US pull out, Saudi Arabia and several Muslim nations sidelining Pak and above all becoming a slave to China already under global backlash.

Most Americans don’t have enough assets to withstand 3 months without income

The study compared asset poverty rates in the U.S. and Canada. Canada's asset poverty rate has improved over the past 20 years while the U.S. rate has worsened, but still, 62% of low- to moderate-income Canadians also fall below the asset poverty threshold.

Top 12 countries with the largest land borders

Russia has over 20,017 km of land border with the maximum 16 neighbors while China shares 22,147 km of land with 14 countries

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Investigation

15 Countries where people eat dogs and cats

Dog meat and dog skin is a flourishing trade in many parts of the world. This is the reason behind illicit dog stealing, smuggling, and trafficking. Ancient Chinese writings from the Zhou Dynasty mention --pig, goat, and dog -- among "three beasts" bred for food. Every year close to 10 Million dogs are skinned alive.

Why are police custody deaths common in India?

A total of 1,731 -- almost five people per day died in police custody in India during 2019. According to the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), 1,022 deaths in police custody were reported from 2000-2016 but only 428 FIRs were filed, and just 5% policemen were finally convicted.

Baba Ramdev and his not so hidden political ambitions

A ministerial berth or any such glorified decoration is a sure shot way to mask or camouflage the business promotion activities of a Marketing Manager of Ayurvedic products...

What is the Shark doing in your soup bowl?

Ironically over 100 million sharks are killed every year for a tip of their tail in the soup bowl. But what makes the practice called 'shark fining' even more cruel and repulsive is the fact that the fins of living shark are cut off, and their squirming bodies are thrown back into the ocean for the Shark to die in pain.

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BUSINESS

New EU initiative may create hell for secret and shell companies

A new EU initiative might make life miserable for corrupt individuals and companies to hide their identity behind a maze of anonymous shell companies. The new move might make it easier for investigators and the public to uncover the source and intended destination for funds stolen from the public or given and accepted as bribes for winning public contracts. Many secret companies till now being used to hide illicit funds.

Trojans are ripping online banking services apart

Traditional financial security measures – including one-time passwords (SMS, TAN generators), tokens and CVV2 – are inadequate protection against banking Trojans that are able to bypass all the security technologies.

Will Jet Airways be back in the skies in 2021?

If all goes well -- the oldest private airline in India with an operating history of more than 25 years – Jet Airways will be back in the domestic and international skies by the summer of 2021.

Silk can repair nerve damage: scientists

The exquisite fibres of the famed mulberry silk can trigger regeneration of nerves and restore activity in limbs affected by traumatic injuries, courtesy a new technology developed by Indian scientists.

Essel Group- the sinking ship?

The multi-billion rupee empire built by Subhash Chandra—the founder of Zee TV and his ancestors is on the verge of collapse. On one side, a financial tsunami emerging over the horizon is clashing with the passionate dream of a full grown adult who wants to buy the most expensive, brightest and best toys in the market but fails each time – because they do not give him adequate return on investment. This, in short, is the nail-biting climax of the story of Subhash Chandra’s life, success, and survival.

EDUCATION

Post-COVID Learning Framework for India

It may still be early to say if and when online education will totally or partially replace the traditional classroom system. But the day is not far when online or off-campus learning will gain back door entry and add to or replace campus-based education-- sooner or later

The award-winning educationist who wants to reform education and believes that learning should never...

Teaching is an inherent part of her upbringing and present in her DNA. She started her professional career as an English teacher in various reputed DPS schools. Today Dr Rosetta Williams, the innovative and enterprising CEO, of Dalmia Vidya Mandir, is breaking new grounds in the Indian education system
Simrita Dhillon

‘Quality Education can change people’s lives’ – Simrita Dhillon

Simrita Dhillon has advised 20+ Global Fashion, Beauty & Fragrance Brands. Excerpts from a free-flowing interview on the life and times of Simrita Dhillon

Education inequities in all U.S. school districts– study

Stanford researchers review more than 200 million test scores to spotlight communities with the nation’s worst academic achievement gaps.
social media

MyCaptain to launch Social Media Management course

MyCaptain is a platform that transforms passion into a career, with mentorship from 200 plus professionals who have made a mark in their respective fields, in the most exciting way possible.

LIFESTYLE

Anger management: cool down the angry boss

Managing anger involves a range of skills. It also involves recognizing the signs of anger and positively handling the triggers at an early stage while remaining calm and in control.

What is it that money can’t buy?

Money is power. Money can match the mismatched, fix matches, drop catches, miss goals and change roles. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that money can do almost everything.
depression

The day a child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise

When boredom becomes a blessing in disguise

Boredom is a common feeling. There is nothing wrong with feeling bored. Some of the greatest inventions did not just take place out of necessity, but out of boredom, simply because someone was bored and wanted something new.

Even COVID-19 could not stop people searching for a life partner

BharatMatrimony’s Online Matrimony Trends Report 2020 reveals that even COVID-19 could not stop ready-to-marry singles from searching for a life partner.

ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE

CRIME

FBI is probing 1000s of cases of spying, espionage or IP thefts prompted by...

A number of Chinese nationals have penetrated the US government, corporate houses and campuses allegedly to steal intellectual property and trade secrets

Online Gaming needs regulation

Gaming is a state subject in India. Each state is supposed to frame and implement its own anti-gaming laws. In July 2018, the Law Commission 276th report stated – “legalizing betting and gambling is not desirable in India". Still, no state came forward to ban online gaming. This inaction is leading to a rampant increase in illegal gambling and black-money. Though it is not possible to ban betting and gambling altogether, effective regulation is the only way out.

Police officers- were playing a game, when the revolver went off

It was a drama in real life. Two police officers were playing a ‘deadly’ game -- taking turns to fire bullets at each other from a revolver. There was only one bullet in the chamber. But Officer Katlyn Alix, 24, is dead and her colleague Nathaniel Hendren, 29, is facing charges for killing her.

Why so many crimes in India?

The real reason for rising crimes in India is the change in its policy. Today India with 800 million youth in the country below 35 years of age is the youngest country in the world.71% literacy also is in this youth population only.

CA arrested for using 50 bogus Companies for circular trading and fake GST claims

Pandey had created a number of companies in the name of his family members for issuing fake invoices without any actual supply of goods/services.

TRAVEL

Top 12 most romantic honeymoon destinations in the World

Greece, Maldives, Thailand, Hawaii, Italy or South Africa-- selecting the ideal honeymoon destination -- is one of the most crucial decision that a newlywed couple has to take. From beautiful sun-kissed beaches to ski trips in snowcapped mountains, fairy-tale theme parks, jungle safaris and far-flung exotic locations -- several options have to be considered while selecting the most romantic, luxurious, hot and sexy destination in the world.

The biggest palaces in the world!!

According to Guinness book of World Records, Forbidden City, the world's largest palace in Beijing China has 980 buildings and 9,999 rooms

A flight that takes you to kissing distance of Mt. Everest

The lure of the Himalayas attracts more than 100,000 trekkers each year to this Himalayan nation. The tourists mostly prefer to see Mt. Everest through mountain ride.

Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh

Baha'u'llah's shrine is the focal point of prayer for Bahá’ís all over the world. It is the holiest place on earth and a pilgrimage site for the Bahá'ís. Bahá’ís turn their faces in the direction of the Shrine when they pray each day.

World’s longest ski slope & largest fountain will be in Dubai

The Meydan One project will cover an area of 3.5 million square metres. It will be located between the 829 metres-tall Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, and the Meydan racecourse in the emirate's centre.

ENTERTAINMENT

Twitter users watch more movies: survey

Twitter users are 87 percent more likely than non-Twitter users to go watch a movie within the first 10 days of its opening. They were also 340 percent more likely than non-users to have seen more than 12 movies in theatres over the last six months.

Hard to Understand, Harder to Remember

Struggling to understand someone else talking can be a taxing mental activity. A wide range of studies have already documented that individuals with hearing loss or who are listening to degraded speech -- for example, over a bad phone line or in a loud room -- have greater difficulty remembering and processing the spoken information than individuals who heard more clearly.

Global streaming consumption up 63%, but advertisers wary

While global streaming time was up 63 per cent year-on-year, ad demand dropped 28 per cent in a single quarter, heavily impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

ICC to promote Facebook sports video during pandemic

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is fully in favour of promoting the game on Facebook, after seeing the results of viewership after the Coronavirus pandemic shook the world.

TV: The New Guardian

It is estimated that 75 per cent of everything on TV, both programming and commercials, is created by approximately 100 large corporations whose only intention is to maximize their profits for their shareholders in whatever ways are legal.

INTERVIEWS

REAL ESTATE

Selling property online: Impact of internet on Real Estate Marketing

On the surface, selling and buying real estate seems novel and even logical. What works against it is the manner in which the real estate market actually functions in India.

NCR property buyers held at ransom by developers, authorities

Already, developers in India need countless approvals, and the several steps that must be taken to obtain construction permits can take as much as two years. The World Bank’s 2014 report on ‘Dealing with Construction Permits’ ranks India 184th out of 189 countries.

Cost of a flat should be fixed on completion

The best way to ensure the protection of Home Buyers is to abolish the practice of raising money before possession of a Project.

Tips for buying a ‘starter’ home

Buying a starter home is also significant in another sense - it is the point where most people step into 'adulthood', in the sense that they are finally transitioning from living on rent to a self-owned property. It marks the end of one's association with landlords, and the beginning of autonomy.

Decoding the Indian luxury housing

The luxury housing sector took a big hit with Modi's unexpected move to demonetize high-denomination currency because a not-insignificant number of transactions in this category had large cash components.

CORPORATE DOSSIER

startup

Top 12 startups which survived against all odds in 2020

Delhi-NCR is the new hotspot for startups and unicorns in India and the third-largest start-up network in the world after the US and UK.
True Frog

True Frog – the Indian origin vegan brand

True Frog do not add Sulphates, Parabens, Silicones, or any other harmful chemicals and ensure that their products are environmentally friendly and have allergen-free fragrances.
Kolkata

Anarock seals a major deal for 20 acres of land in Kolkata

Anarock Property Consultants' has signed a significant land deal for 20 acres at Kolkata's 262-acre Batanagar township.

Surface coating inactivates COVID-19 virus in one hour

A Virginia Tech chemical engineering professor has developed a surface coating that, when painted on common objects, inactivates SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
wedding

Matrimony.com announces the rebranding to Weddingbazaar.com

Matrimony.com has announced the creation of a new brand identity - WeddingBazaar.com, India’s largest wedding marketplace

PRODUCT LAUNCH

New Micro-needle Roller for Skin Rejuvenation

The DermRoller has even been reported to significantly improve hair loss in men and women by provoking the body to stimulate hair growth. Users with thinning hair have experienced thicker hair growth with regular use.
Yippee saucy masala

ITC launches Sunfeast YiPPee! saucy masala

The brand will also be launching a Sunfeast ‘YiPPee! Ki Saucy Googly' campaign, featuring brand ambassador MS Dhoni and a consumer contest on social media for the instant noodle-lovers.

JK Tyres redefining mobility

An industry-first move to deliver advanced mobility solutions to commercial and passenger vehicle owners, the launch of TREEL Sensors is an outcome of JK Tyre’s recent financial acquisition in TREEL Mobility Solutions Pvt Ltd, a start-up venture.

Dabur Red Paste launches new campaign “Desh Ka Lal”

The campaign also shows how Dabur Red Paste is a dear ‘Lal’ to a mother, sister, soldier or a common man. ‘Lal’, which not only denotes the colour ‘Red’ but is also widely used by Indians to show endearment.
Dabur Himalayan Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Dabur launches Himalayan organic apple cider vinegar

Dabur India Ltd announced the launch of ‘Dabur Himalayan Organic Apple Cider Vinegar’, which is Organic Certified & helps boost immunity.