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Defence & Security

Future-ready technology and the new age battlefield

Indian Armed Forces have been undergoing rapid modernization & up-grading weapon systems in keeping with the threat perceptions.

Outer Space: The future battlefield

Outer space is the place where future wars will be fought. There is a possibility that future conflicts could extend into space and vice-versa

New brand of terrorism in Kashmir

Kashmir is undergoing a new phase of terrorism - much different than ever before. The situation in Kashmir is much better than it used to be.

Terrorism – only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches

South Asia suffered the most on account of terrorism in 2019 for the second year in a row with more lives being lost due to terrorism than anywhere else in the world.

Will the Chinese plot to induct Tibetans in PLA work?

China is luring Tibetan youth to join the PLA even though It is a known fact that conscripted soldiers are not a substitute for motivated regular troops.

Anti-drone protection system – sooner the better

The intelligence agencies are in particular unable to figure out why no debris of the drones could be found at the blast site. It seems likely that the drones were pulled back by the handlers after completing their mission.

National

Medpiper launches Mscribe online prescription tool for doctors

Automation of prescriptions will make it easier for doctors to keep a check on their patients, and eliminate manual records, which will be the shift to the newer, tech-savvy generation of doctors.

Even private vehicle is “public place”; hence wearing a mask is compulsory: DHC

Delivering the judgment the single-judge bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh observed, “A mask is like a Suraksha Kavach for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It protects the person wearing it as also the person who is exposed.

Why are some states rich and others poor?

The incidence of poverty is always a contentious matter in India. While the government tries to downplay the numbers by having a somewhat self-serving index (now 22%), other measures such as the UNDP’s $1.25 a day suggest that almost 37.5% of Indians live in dire poverty.

Why Netaji continues to rule over Bengalis’ heart?

Seven decades after his "disappearance", Subhas Chandra Bose continues to inspire generations and is still the numero uno political hero in Bengal and for Bengalis worldwide.

Why did Google take over ‘Where is my Train’ app

"Where is my Train" -- a unique train app displays live train status and up-to-date schedule even offline without an Internet or GPS connection.

How COVID has impacted the lives of Women?

Women have faced severe consequences of COVID. They are looked down upon with disgust and negative remarks and have had to suffer a lot.

International Affairs

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.

Turmoil in Afghanistan: Options for India

As if Pakistan and China were not enough, the Taliban taking over Afghanistan further adds to the problems. India would perforce have to engage with its neighbours for lasting peace and yet be fully prepared for turbulent times ahead.

25 Years of Internet: will Indians change the shape of things to come?

In reality, only 30% of India is online today. Over the next five years or so, an estimated 75-80% of new users will come from rural areas. The writing on the wall is loud and clear - Indians will shape the way the internet is used around the world…

Pakistan going all out to revive the defunct Khalistan movement

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a pro-Khalistan hardliner wrote to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, “if India ever attacked Pakistan, the Pro-Khalistan Sikhs will extend full support to Pakistan”.

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Investigation

Are woman bankers in India getting a raw deal?

Quite a few women today have reached the top of the hierarchy. But even then banking remains an old-boys club. Only a small proportion of women end up at the top. Just 3% women reach top executive posts, only 11% become officers and 26 % retire as clerks in the public sector banks. It holds true in other sectors of the economy as well -- only 14% of all the 22.6% women employed in business, make it to senior management level.

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.

MMTC 250 Crore scam: how tainted officers are being rewarded

A poor rickshaw puller accused of a petty theft may spend months in jail without a bail but three politically connected senior MMTC officials who caused a loss of over Rs 250 Crore to the public exchequer continue to hold sensitive posts without even a blot in their ACR. One of them former MMTC managing director D.S. Dhesi a 1982-batch Haryana cadre, IAS has been promoted as chief secretary of Haryana.

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...

Religion

Health

BUSINESS

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.

FSSAI launches drive against adulterated edible oils

FSSAI has for the first time conducted a survey covering 16 varieties of edible oil including mustard, coconut, palm, olive and blended oil. The whole exercise is aimed at ensuring the availability of pure and safe mustard and other edible vegetable oils in the country.

Mind your business in my space

Till lately, the outer space was a no man’s land, now sky is the limit. Billionaire Robert Bigelow the founder of Bigelow Aerospace is already talking in terms of hotels, offices and holiday resorts in space. This is just tip of the ice berg; the real discovery to space has just begun....
cryptocurrency

Are Cryptocurrencies the future of money?

The anonymous nature of cryptocurrency transactions makes them ideally suited for illegal activities, like money laundering and tax evasion.

Beware! your web browser could be under attack!

What this simply means is that when you visit any susceptible website for online shopping, conducting banking transactions or just browsing, hackers could sneak into your computers and access your confidential data.

EDUCATION

Babu factory: Why does Bihar produce so many IAS, IPS or IIT, IIM grads?

Bihar is a state difficult to understand. On one side, 80% of the population is uneducated. There are hardly any studies throughout the year due to politics, frequent strikes and absenteeism. Many parents have to sell off their property to send their sons or daughters to Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or any other such metro cities for education. Still the state manages to produce the highest numbers of IAS, IPS & IFS officers. Almost 25 percent of the 700 IAS and IPS officers in the last ten years are Biharis.

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.

India’s loss is foreign universities gain

Many Indian students who are unable to find a course of their choice at Delhi University, are going abroad to pursue their graduation in the US.

Russian universities woo Indian students

The most popular Russian university for Indian students has been the Tver State Medical Academy. Around 800 Indians study there, they have their own community and vegetarian café in the dormitory, and hold the largest festival of Indian culture in Russia.

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

LIFESTYLE

Playing natural sounds in office can improve mood and productivity: study

Playing natural sounds in offices could boosts worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy, according to a new study

Romance and marriage at the workplace

Individuals in workplace marriages understand their spouse’s commitment to the work. This can prevent traditional problems related to establishing a healthy work-life balance as long as both individuals keep each other in check.

The unscrupulous world of power play and office politics

Politics or power play is a very common feature in the workplace. This is often demonstrated when employees aspire to achieve something beyond their authority and control. They attempt to live up to these aspirations by forming relationships with those who have greater power and authority than themselves.

Managing stress: pushing that extra mile

Managing your time well will allow you to get more done during the workday and will help you establish clear boundaries between your work and home life. This gives you time to recharge and destress by taking time away from your work stressors. This balance also allows for time to socialize and spend time with your loved ones, which can do wonders to relieve your stress.

Why do people commit suicide?

Suicide is a terrible mystery of human behaviour. As a professional psychologist or marriage and Family counsellor who has been in the practice since the past 18 years, I believes that certain common risk factors make a person more vulnerable to suicide.

ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE

CRIME

Delhi most unsafe for foreign travellers: NCRB

Delhi is among the most unsafe places for foreign travellers in India according to the latest data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB)

Blood, teeth can accurately predict criminal’s age

The new technique is potentially useful in the context of police investigations because it can help determine the age of criminals or unidentified bodies, which in turn can lead to identification

IT graduate arrested for posting ex-girlfriend’s nude pictures

Admitting the crime, Deb told the CID personnel that the woman's family members abused his family members on phone and that he wanted to take revenge,

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.

How Nambi Narayanan was framed in a fake Spy Case?

24 years ago, Nambi Narayanan –a reputed space scientist was accused of selling ISRO’s rocket and satellite secrets and subjected to inhuman torture by IB and Kerala police officers. Was it part of an international conspiracy, insensitive journalism or police brutality that the scientific genius spent the prime of his life behind four walls of a jail instead of a laboratory?

TRAVEL

The future of Tourism

At a time when governments and the private sector are embarking on the path to recovery, the time is right to keep advancing towards a more economically, social and environmentally sustainable tourism model.

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

The shrine of Báb

Bab, the messenger of God and a forerunner to Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith was executed in Tabriz. His remains were transferred from place to place due to fear of the enemy for sixty years and ceremoniously deposited in a sacred casket in the shrine on Mt. Carmel on the day of Nawruz.
skydiving

Modair introduces Sky Adventure Tourism

Modair specializes in multiple flying activities like adventure flying, cockpit flying and sky-diving among others.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT

Long-distance relationships during lockdown

Lack of physical contact is one of the drawbacks of being separated from your partner. Touch is one of the most important ways in which we express intimacy and it can also ease stress.

Cinema and out-of-home advertising to suffer most globally because of Covid 19

According to the World Association of Newspapers global advertising is expected to grow 5.8% to reach $606 billion in 2021 and $636 billion for 2022.

I’d rather be ahead of time than be outdated: Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar

"It's not the intent of making films on real events which is scandalous, it is when the incident itself is scandalous that the film becomes scandalous."

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.

New Google search makes it easier to find great films and shows

Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely known companies in the world.

INTERVIEWS

REAL ESTATE

real estate

Women are key homebuyers, 71% want ready homes: Survey

In Indian real estate, every day is Women’s Day now! From being part of the home buying process to driving it, women today have emerged as a powerful demographic in ANAROCK's latest survey

‘High Caution’ Areas In The NCR Real Estate Market

Various issues like delays in delivery, oversupply, speculation and infrastructure deficit have been plaguing these markets, rendering them unsuitable for first-time home purchase.

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.

The art of property negotiation

Before negotiation for a property, do your groundwork about the project, its developer, his credibility and track record of previous projects, the location and prices in the vicinity, and trends in the property market. But remember, every negotiation has a breaking point, and one should never go as far as to breach that point.

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.

CORPORATE DOSSIER

Taj Group spelling elegance and class in Dubai

The Taj Group one of Asia’s largest and finest group owning 112 hotels in 64 locations across India, Maldives, Malaysia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East is opening Taj Dubai a luxury hotel in the prestigious Burj Khalifa downtown area. .

Boeing Named ‘Eco-Company of the Year’ by Air Transport World

Leading industry publication cites fuel-efficient airplanes, ‘collaborative, creative, innovative’ environmental strategy
startup

Top 12 startups that survived against all odds

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.

Anchor Electricals is Asia’s Most Promising Brand

Asia’s Most Promising Brands 2013-2014 is the largest multi-platform that honours brands that contribute to shaping the Asian economy. A total of 100 brands were featured across 25 industry categories to form the Asia’s Most Promising Brands for the year 2014.

Luxor Diversifies into home and hygiene products with Luxor Nano

Founded in 1963, Luxor is India’s one of the biggest and oldest writing instrument company. The company turns out 5 million pens each day and accounts for about 15% of India’s writing instrument market.

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Mugnier

QNET brings Mugnier Swiss watch brand to India

Mugnier expects to launch between six to eight new models in India in the next 24 months.
Jumbo king burger

Jumbo king launches the Mac and Cheese Burger

India’s favourite vegetarian burger chain, Jumboking never fails to amaze food lovers with its innovative products.

SHARP announces the launch of the world’s first ‘Windows Collaboration Display’

Windows collaboration display is a next-generation interactive display that enables better space utilization and superior productive experience

Audi reveals laser headlights for new R8

The latest car development by Audi is a laser spot as the high beam headlight. The R8 uses LED headlights which can be supplemented by a laser high beam lighting module.
LITE-n-WHITE

Freedom Refined Sunflower Oil announces Lite & White Offer

Freedom Refined Sunflower Oil is non-sticky, a non-greasy cooking oil that enables it to cook more with less oil.