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World powers race to develop hypersonic missiles. Why? Read to know the reason.

Shweta Pandey Russia conducted a successful test fire of its Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile that has a range of between 400-1000 kilometers and can travel at a claimed speed of Mach 9, which is 9 times the speed of sound.  Before that China conducted a missile test that involved a hypersonic launch vehicle that circled the globe at speed of Mach 5 before firing a missile into the sea. The secrecy surrounding the test was so much that it was conducted in July, but details have emerged only recently.  Both the tests mentioned above show how world powers are racing to develop hypersonic missiles that have a better chance of beating missile defence systems. Hypersonic missiles are those that can travel at speed of at least Mach 5, that is five times the speed of sound. Among other advantages, it gives very less time…

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Turkey’s Currency Crisis and it’s impact on World Economy. Read to know more!

Shweta Pandey Turkey is in the grip of a currency crisis as the Lira has lost over 40% of its value against the dollar in the past one year. The currency crashed about 30 percent in the month of November 2021, showing the slide is far from over.  At the root of the lira’s problem is the inflation-interest rate mismatch. If the rate of interest is lower than inflation, it would mean that the currency is losing value in comparison to other assets. For example, if the interest rate is 10% and inflation is 20%, any item you buy for 100 lira now will be priced at 120 liras next year, but the lira will itself earn only 10% interest, meaning 100 liras will become only 110 liras next year. In effect, the lira will keep losing its value if the inflation-interest rate mismatch…

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Future of Cricket in Afghanistan: Taliban & ICC need to Support

Special Correspondent with inputs from agencies Cricket is a global sport, and most countries play this game. It is also among the most-watched and loved sport in the world. As we all know, Cricket is connecting people all around the globe, irrespective of their color, creed, and nationality. The zeal and zest of people with Cricket are unmatchable. This energy and connectivity bring Cricket to Afghanistan and a dream to win a World Cup for Afghanistani players. But these dreams seem to be fading as Afghanistan is under serious governmental and economical crisis. Cricket has grown in popularity in Afghanistan over the last two decades, from refugee camps in Pakistan to full membership in the International Cricket Council. Afghanistan played first Cricket during the British colonial era in the nineteenth century. Still, it was in the Peshawar refugee camps in northern Pakistan that the…

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New Galaxies Discovered: there could be more galaxies hidden behind cosmic dust, Is there any life?

KSHVID DESK with Inputs from Agencies. Two previously invisible galaxies that are 29 billion light-years away have been discovered by the astronomers at the University of Copenhagen’s Cosmic Dawn Center. This discovery has now suggested that up to one in five such distant galaxies remain hidden from our telescopes as it is covered up by cosmic dust. This new insight has changed the perception of the evolution of our universe since the Big Bang.The study has been published in the ‘Nature Journal’. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute have just discovered two previously invisible galaxies that are 29 billion light-years away from Earth. The two galaxies had been invisible to the optical lens of the Hubble Space Telescope, hidden behind a thick layer of cosmic dust that surrounded them. But with the help of the giant ALMA radio telescopes (Atacama Large…

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The Tribal areas and Pakistan: Equality exists or not? Read to know more

By KSHVID DESK with Inputs from Agencies Islamabad, Pakistan: FATA, a 27,200-square-kilometer belt along Pakistan’s mountainous northwestern border, has been treated differently than the rest of the country since the country’s independence from the British in 1947. The ‘Excluded Area’ device was retained in Pakistan’s constitutions of 1958 and 1962. The Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), located in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, is one of the world’s most danger zones and has served as a base for jihad and terrorism in South Asia. FATA people are treated differently than the rest of Pakistan because they are governed by imperial rules and have been harmed by extremism and military operations. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (hereinafter FATA) are a special-status region in northwest Pakistan. It is bounded to the east by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, to the south by the Balochistan province, and to…

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World of Refugees: 84 million people mostly in Developing Countries

By KSHVID NEWS DESK with Inputs from Agencies. The UNHCR, the refugee body of the United Nations, had released a new Mid-year report for 2021 which says that a total of 84 million people have been displaced globally, including cross-border and internal displacements. This comes after its previous statement that 2020 created the highest number of refugees worldwide in history. The UNHCR had previously stated that the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide was 82.4 million at the end of 2020. Similarly, the World Bank’s Groundswell report warned by 2050, 216 million people could become internally displaced (within their own countries) due to climate change. In the official press release announcing the new report, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is quoted thus: “The international community is failing to prevent violence, persecution and human rights violations, which continue to drive people from their…

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Good Story: Bilquis Maqbool inspires her city!

By KSHVID DESK TEAM with INPUTS FROM AGENCIES Budgam (Jammu and Kash: Bilquis Maqbool of Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam district won five gold medals at a national competition in the International Pencak Silat (a form of martial art) championships making her district proud. In the year 2018, Maqbool qualified for World Junior Championship in Thailand. However, she lost in the semi-finals.She now aims to clear the trials for Asian games, 2022 and be a part of the national team. Maqbool had no facilities to practice in Budgam, hence she travelled to Srinagar Indoor stadium daily for practice. She started from the local level to state and then played nationals in different states in the country. After getting success in the different national level competitions, she was selected for the international level and played the international championship in Thailand. After Maqbool proved her mettle in…

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Good News: Tribal Boy bagged IIT Delhi Seat, Motivates Community

By KSHVID DESK Sanjay Lohar, has recently bagged a seat to pursue his studies in Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi. It is not unusual for a boy at his age, but what makes him different is his hardship and dedication. Coming from a cow herding family in Purulia in West Bengal, Sanjay says my family doesn’t even know what this achievement is all about. Such is the ignorance of the people in that area, considered among the backward districts of West Bengal. People still struggle for food in this part of the country from where Sanjay has made a mark. Starting his study from Chandei Village School under Jhalda Subdivision in Purulia District of West Bengal. He is always a good student who secured 75% marks in his 10th and 81% Marks in 12th. After his higher secondary he sat for WB Joint Examination and…

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Muslims in China: Under a cloud of hardship

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies From the beginning of civilization, a man had the urge to oppose minorities. Those who had power were always used to oppress others who were weak. But with the passage of time, minorities started to make groups and communities and fought for their rights. There is a complete history of a man fighting for his rights and fighting hard for the survival of his kind. And he succeeded in most of the cases. But the suffering for humanity never ended. in almost all regions of the world, minorities are suffering in one way or another.  The most recent and most heartbreaking conditions are for the Muslims of China. Even though China has good relations with almost all Muslim countries, its Muslim population isn’t in good shape or condition. Uyghur, Chinese, also written Uygur or Uighur, are…

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Stop over-exercising! Your body will thank you.

KSHVID NEWS DESK Stop over-exercising! Your body will thank you. If you’re a person who loves going to the gym and working out with the motivation of “no pain, no gain”, you need to read this. Just like overdoing anything is terrible for you, the same applies to working out. In this article, we’ll go through over-exercising and how it is harmful to you, your body, and your health. Furthermore, we’ll explore its adverse effects and the safest level to exercise. What is over-exercising? You must have heard the “no pain, no gain” and “push your physical limits”, Yes? We know. Those may sound motivating and words of encouragement to push your physical limits for better health, body, and fitness, but over-exercising does the opposite. Ideally speaking, exercise is supposed to help you keep your body fit and healthy. Moreover, it allows you to…

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China’s Economy: The Big Power Crunch

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Policy measures have been put in place to help generate equality, which has potentially led to issues as China’s factory outputs have been at their lowest since the start of the pandemic, and they GDP has grown 0.3% under what was forecast. China has been long hailed as having the world’s largest economy (when measured in Purchasing Power Parity). In terms of GDP, it is on track to being the largest global economy in 2028, and currently ranks second in GDP, next to the USA. However, recently, a complex mix of changing policy, issues in property construction and power issues have led to larger issues for China’s economy. This has led to experts suggesting that China needs to change policies in order to create more liquidity in the interbank market, and to relax obtainment of credit…

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Dubai Expo: A Golden Opportunity for Real State Investors

By Kshvid News Network with inputs from agencies According to a real estate data expert, the Expo is still on track to boost Dubai’s property market. Started on October 1, 2021, the Dubai Expo 2020 will last six months. Culture, cooperation, and creativity are all celebrated during the event. Expo 2020 is one of the region’s most anticipated events, with over 192 countries scheduled to participate. According to analysts, the number of tourists is anticipated to reach 25 million. This is expected to significantly boost tourism and travel activities in Dubai and across the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a melting pot of many peoples and civilizations, which will be reflected in the creative flair and noteworthy designs of Expo 2020. Therefore, whether you wish to visit Dubai’s most famous tourist and cultural attractions or sample the country’s diverse array of local and international…

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The Great Resignation

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies The term “Great Resignation” refers to the widespread trend of a large number of workers quitting their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Big Quit is another name for it. The Great Resignation is typically discussed in terms of the US labour force, but the phenomenon is global.  In July 2021, 4 million Americans resigned from their jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Resignations peaked in April and have remained unusually high for several months, with 10.9 million available jobs at the end of July, a new high. In the face of such a tidal flood of resignations, how can employers keep their employees? “We tend to ponder about death and contemplate whether we are content with our lives or whether we would like to make changes when we come into contact with…

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How Pakistan’s economy is on a roller coaster ride

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Pakistan’s economy always faced ups and downs due to the competitive market and its relationship with neighboring countries. The major players in Pakistan’s economy are America, China, and India. Pakistan’s relationship with China is always friendly, and china always supports Pakistan in times of need. America’s relationship was always demanding “To Do More.” India is the country with whom Pakistan’s relation could be fruitful in terms of the economy because both are sister countries with many issues. Kashmir is at the top of the list. The rivalry between them is the primary cause of the lower GDP of these countries as most of the country’s budget is consumed by the Military.  The start of Pakistan’s economy was under the supervision of Ayub Khan, who was also the first Militant Administrator of Pakistan. He presented a 10-year…

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Deepawali: Festival of Lights & Crackers, Celebrate but be Safe

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Diwali, the festival of lights, is just around the corner, and preparations for the festivities have already begun. The festival is a celebration of light triumphing over darkness, good triumphing over evil, and knowledge triumphing over ignorance. People also express their excitement by firing firecrackers, in addition to lightings, sweets, and gifts. However, amid all the joy and excitement, one must remember to take some safety steps to ensure that the happy occasion does not turn into a tragic memory. Every year, we hear about someone being harmed or having an accident while lighting firecrackers. Various state governments, including Maharashtra’s, have now urged citizens to exercise caution and refrain from using fireworks, according to sources at Kshvid News. Medical specialists feel that the government made the right approach in requesting that people refrain from using crackers.…

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Afghanistan: The lost economy of the country survived

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Afghanistan is a country like all other countries in the world. But their recent history is not like the other countries in the world. Because they fought two wars and they didn’t have anyone from outside to directly control their economy. God was kind to them from the very beginning when the Soviets hit them in 1979 with all their power but they didn’t succeed. After 10 years of war, the Soviets ended on the losing side. Afghanistan’s economy was already broken but they started building from ashes. When Afghan’s economy started to crawl, the most horrific incident of human history happened. Two planes hit the world trade centre and America declared war on Afghanistan. America fought for 20 years against the Taliban and ended up running from Afghanistan. Afghan government under the supervision of President…

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Jatinder Singh: The cricketing world’s newest curiosity

By Subhro Majumder The biggest cricketing gala event is here and underway in action. While the Men in Blue are gearing up for the warm-up matches before the ultimate battle games, there are many things more interesting about the ICC World T20. Oman’s Ludhiana-born batter Jatinder Singh recently went viral on social media for mimicking Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan’s famous ‘thigh-five’ celebration after taking a catch on the field during Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) innings on October 17. While fans of the cricketing world are well-versed with Singh, others were curious to know more about this Indian cricketer playing for Oman. In that match, Singh played an unbeaten knock of 73 runs off 42 balls to help Oman score a ten-wicket over PNG. His father Gurmail Singh immigrated to Oman in 1975 to join the Royal Oman Police Force as a carpenter. His…

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Bilawal Bhutto: Pakistan’s next Prime Minister?

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Pakistan emerged as an independent and democratic state on the world map in 1947.  But the democracy was not always in the power in Pakistan. Three times Pakistan faced Dictator presidents. The political structure of Pakistan is always in crisis due to internal and external interferences but from the last decade Pakistan is emerging as a democratic country and new political leaders are becoming popular, Imran Khan is the best example of it. His party won the 2018 general elections of Pakistan because he used to talk about young and enthusiastic leadership. But unfortunately, the present domestic and economic conditions of Pakistan don’t support Imran khan to hold the prime minister seat as the next PM of Pakistan. Currently, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has the potential of becoming Pakistan’s Prime Minister in the 2023 General elections. Bilawal…

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Women in Pakistan: Social Media & Literacy are the ‘hope’ for Change

By KSHVID NEWS DESK. There appears to have been a surge in violence against women, but in truth it is nothing new. It is just that we are more aware of it now and more women are fighting back. The last few months have been particularly harrowing for Pakistani women. From the horrific case of 27-year-old Noor Muqaddam, who was brutally tortured and beheaded in the nation’s capital on July 21, to that of Ayesha Ikram, a TikTok creator, who was harassed and groped on the country’s Independence Day by more than 400 men on the grounds of one of the country’s major national monuments, the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore – it feels as if violence against women has reached epidemic proportions. Many are even calling it a “femicide” to draw attention to the scale of the problem and its systemic nature. But gender-based violence…

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Video: KSHVID News Network (IKN) launched

India KSHVID news network was inaugurated online by Hon’ble Sports & Youth Affairs Minister of West Bengal, Shri Manoj Tiwari. This online event was witnessed by young media aspirants and responsible citizens of the society across the globe. Watch the video to know more! #kshvid #news #website #launch #topnewsindia #manojtiwary

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India’s farmers’ protests explained

By Subhro Majumder Public protests are a hallmark of a free, democratic society and an important tool for people to show their dissatisfaction towards the actions of a government. India, primarily an agrarian economy, has 70% of the population depending extensively on the success of the agriculture sector for their basic subsistence. Even during the ongoing global pandemic, this sector has been a major contributor to the economic stability of the country. The agriculture reforms (Farm Bills) were pushed by the government in the wake of the pandemic, which was believed to raise the standard of productivity of the agriculture sector as well as bolster private investment. The first amendment to the Essential Commodities Act deregulates the cap on the storage of food, thus threatening national food security. The second amendment to the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 restricts the government role in the agricultural market leaving…

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Afghan war: Real Story behind the Rise of Taliban

By Subhro Majumder On 15th August 2021, the Taliban captured Kabul and Afghanistan’s current President, Ashraf Ghani fleed the country. He wrote a letter to the people of his country, however, they believe that they were betrayed by him. The US military has already pulled out of the conflict and it is also evacuating others with its aeroplanes and helicopters. To get to the bottom of this conflict, it is a must for us to learn about its history. The background of the proxy war between the US and Soviet Union in the 1980s was in Afghanistan. The rebel forces in the country were supported by the US, whereas the country’s government was backed by the Soviet Union. With time, the power of the Soviets decreased and in 1989, it withdrew its forces from Afghanistan. It was perceived as a colossal loss for them…

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India’s Youth is Facing the Wrath of Economic Instability; More Needs to be done

By Arshita Biswas India has one of the largest proportions of the population in the younger age groups in the world. 35.3% of the population of the country has been in the age group 0-14 years at the Census 2001. 41% of the population account for less than 18 years of age. Today, every fifth person in India is an adolescent (10-19 years) and every third – a young person (10-24 years), but as mentioned in an article in Livemint, The proportion of people below the age of 24 will fall to 34.7% by 2036 from over 50% in 2011 and the median age of Indians will jump 10 years to almost 35 by 2036, with some 13 large and industrialized states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh expected to have even a higher median age of its people than the national…

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Unemployment is at the Highest level since Independence

By News Desk with inputs from agencies The sheer scale of joblessness that prevails in our country is the most defining impact of the pandemic induced lockdown. ActionAid Association’s first round of the National Survey of Informal Workers conducted in May 2020, reveals that 78 per cent of the informal workforce had lost their livelihoods due to the lockdown, with 90 per cent urban unemployment and 72 per cent rural unemployment.As lockdown restrictions were lifted, many could resume their livelihoods but unemployment and underemployment remained high. ActionAid’s second round of survey covering 16,961 informal workers across 28 states and UTs, conducted during August and September 2020, revealed that 48 per cent of informal sector workers remained without a livelihood while 42 per cent were working far lesser hours per week as compared to pre-lockdown levels. Rural unemployment stood at 53 per cent and urban…

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Golden Boy : Life story of Neeraj Chopra, Years old dream fulfilled

By News Desk with inputs from agencies. Tokyo:  Life story of Neeraj Chopra; Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian player to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He put India’s first gold medal in the bag with an 87.58m javelin throw. Neeraj threw 87.03 meters in his first attempt, 87.58 in the second and 76.79 meters in the third attempt. Earlier, India had won six medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Also, Neeraj has become only the second player to win gold for India in the individual event of the Olympics. Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal for India in the 10m rifle shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Life of Neeraj Chopra Chopra won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where she set a new Indian national record of 88.06m and served as the flag bearer…

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Lovlina Borgohain: A fairytale filled with Dedication and Valour

By Subhro Majumder From training with an LPG cylinder because of lack of equipment to working in the paddy fields in order to maintain her fitness during the lockdown, before a stint with Covid-19 and the second wave derailing her Olympics preparation, Lovlina Borgohain has punched out numerous odds. The ethos in her commitment can be gauged by her own words as she says “Bhoi asile kintu bhoi korile medal nahe” (you cannot win medals without overcoming your fear). Lovlina scripted history in her quarterfinal match against former world champion Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taipei by securing another medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics. “I don’t take the pressure, I know a billion Indians are praying for me, I am happy I could give them another Olympic medal,” she said after her successful stint. The match made her the third Indian after Vijender…

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Mission Tokyo: Ravi Dahiya becomes the new Wrestling Hero of India

BY NEWS DESK WITH INPUTS FROM AGENCIES Yes , The new Hero has arrived. Along the banks of the Yamuna canal or nahar from which the village of Nahri gets its name, and whose fields it waters, lives a full bearded ascetic who goes by the name Bhramachari Hansraj. He was a wrestler once, and still has the gruff barrel chested build of one, but found religion once his knees blew out a couple of decades ago. He now spends his time along the banks where he devotes his time to prayer but indulges a couple of passions – planting trees and growing wrestlers. He’s planted a fair few. There was Amit Dahiya – the youngest Indian wrestler to medal at the World Championships. Now there’s Ravi Dahiya, who is guaranteed at least a silver medal in Tokyo having reached the finals in the 2020 Olympics.…

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Rani Rampal’s journey: Steered by unimaginable struggle into the biggest stage

By Arijit Das Rani Rampal, the captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team. Yes, this is the name that every Indian is aware of today. While trying to know this daughter of a cart puller and a maid, we tried to go back to her village Shahabad Markanda in Kurukshetra. In Kurukshetra, Rampal is known for her undying passion and dedication towards hockey. It is said that during her childhood, her family couldn’t even afford her a new “hockey stick”. But this couldn’t stop her from playing. She picked up a broken stick and started practising. At a nearby academy, Rani would spend hours watching the game. Her early years were marked by economic hardship; her family had to contend with power cuts, slept starving frequently, and during rains, their home was frequently flooded. The veteran striker, who captained Team India at the 2017…

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Mission Tokyo: Women in the Olympics are Owning the Podium

By Subhro Majumder This year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will undoubtedly be remembered for the unusual conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic – the year-long delay, the disrupted training regimes, the missing audience. However, it should also be remembered for some of the remarkable displays of women’s autonomy. Women athletes have been making headlines for taking control of how they – and we – experience the event looked forward to by the entire world. The women in Tokyo are participating in a significant shift in sports, one that celebrates not only women’s physical strength but also their political power and personal liberty – qualities that, in the past, have often been sharply limited for women almost everywhere, but particularly in the sports world. From strict regulations requiring feminine clothing – with an emphasis on modesty in the past and on skin-baring in the…

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PV Sindhu : Her life is a journey of success & failures inspiring millions of Indian Girls

By Puneet Tripathi Puneet Tripathi is a sports journalist based at Delhi. He has been associated with NewsX and other reputed Media Houses since last more than 7 years. There are talents who do not have the drive. There are players who have the drive but are low on talent. And then there’s PV Sindhu, who is part of the rare bracket with both talent and relentless drive. The Indian shuttler broke several records when she defeated China’s He Bingjiao 21-13, 21-15 to win a bronze at Tokyo Olympics. This was her second Olympic medal, after winning the silver at Rio Olympics in 2016. En route to the bronze medal, she has become the only Indian woman ever to have two Olympic medals. She did not just eclipse every other Indian – she also joined a coveted group of badminton players in the history…

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OBC Reservation: Without a caste census, the purpose is doomed to fail

Every census report from 1951 to 2011 has published data on SC and ST, but not on other castes. By Anjan Chakraborty The Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre announced, on July 29th, a 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC), and a 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in the All India Quota (AIQ) for MBBS and postgraduate medical courses from the current academic year. The decision, the Centre claims, will ‘benefit’ nearly 1500 OBC students in MBBS and 2500 OBC students in post-graduation every year. The question is, would it really benefit the unrepresented OBC communities? OBC Reservation The reservation for OBCs in India was implemented on the basis of the 1931 caste census, which found that nearly 52% of Indians belong to OBC. Why the 1931 census? Because, every other census report from 1951 to 2011 has only…

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Young Minds at Work : Young workers now value respect more than ‘fun’ perks

By News Desk with Inputs From Agencies. Washington: A new study has found that today’s young workers, ages 21-34, place more value on having respectful communication in the workplace over trendy and fun work perks. Millennials, often referred to as the “job-hopping generation,” represent a group of young workers who once grabbed the spotlight with their publicised demands for “fun” work perks, such as happy hours.However, researchers at the Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University discovered today’s young workers represent a life-stage shift toward placing more value on having respectful communication in the workplace over fun perks. The findings of the study were published in the International Journal of Business Communication. “Millennials have been called the ‘entitled generation,’ and they kind of give young workers a bad rap because their often-publicized interests began with wanting to have fun…

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Climate Change : Understanding past climate change ‘tipping points’ can help us prepare for future

By News Desk with Inputs from Agencies. Washington [US], July 29: Scientists are calling for a better understanding of past extreme climate change events in an attempt to anticipate future changes. Enter geoarchaeologist and anthropologist C. Michael Barton at Arizona State University. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change researcher, along with Foundation Professor Sander van der Leeuw and an international and interdisciplinary team, published their analysis this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. The paper describes past abrupt climate changes, what led up to the “tipping points” for those events, and what followed.“We’ve been putting a lot of chemicals into the atmosphere and changing the heat of the atmosphere for a long time, and really intensively for 150 years,” Barton said. “And, things are still chugging along. Temperatures are slowly going up globally, but we haven’t seen a huge, dramatic shift. However,…

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Why India should not read too much into the group stage defeats against Netherlands and Australia in Hockey

By Puneet Tripathi The Indian women’s hockey team faced a huge task against the rampaging Netherlands team in its first game at the Tokyo Olympics. After the first two quarters ended in a draw, the much-fitter and physically dominant Dutch eves came out roaring, scoring four goals to take the match away. Captain Rani Rampal scored India’s only goal in a 5-1 defeat.  For India, goalkeeper Savita Punia showed a lot of brevity and tenacity to keep the attacks at bay for most of the game. The dominance can also be gauged by the fact that the Dutch team got six penalty corners, while India got none. At regular intervals, India showed flashes of counter-attacks and with a little more luck, the score would’ve been a little more respectable. The men’s team, after beating New Zealand 3-2 in their opening game, faced Australia in…

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Jawhar Sircar as Trinamool’s RS choice shows Mamata’s serious intent to go National

By News Desk with Inputs from Agencies . Former IAS officer Jawahar Sircar to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal may have come as a surprise for many, but it appears to be a calculated move by the Trinamool Congress that is counting on him to “glorify” the party in Parliament and effectively counter the Narendra Modi government. The 69-year-old former Prasar Bharati CEO has been an open critic of the prime minister, and has also been helping build support for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee among other civil servants, especially when she took on the centre over the disciplinary action initiated against the state’s former chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. “Jawhar Sircar will not only glorify Trinamool Congress in the House, but will immensely contribute to the daily proceedings and strengthen the party in its fight against the Modi-Shah regime. He is a prolific author and speaker,…

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Why the New IT rules are Contentious? Know more about the Act -2021

By News Desk with inputs from agencies and other reports. In February 2021, the Central Government implemented the Information Technology (Guiding principles For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) rules and regulations, 2021. The Guidelines predominantly extend to OTT forums and digital networks. This initiative has been adopted to guarantee that India’s social networking system is significantly safer and more accountable. So, what are the provisions of the law that have sparked so much debate on the issue? The legislation requires social media platforms to place a grievance redressal framework to terms with complaints from account holders or victims. All prominent social networking platforms with more than 50 lakh users must designate a grievance officer to better process such concerns and disclose the contact information of such individuals. The new IT Rules mandate noticeably better responses to content issues, which has not always been…

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India’s Economy and the Covid-19 Pandemic: An Antithesis: Lot to learn as suggested by Experts

By News Desk & inputs from agencies/reports. It has been more than a year and a half since we witnessed the deadly COVID-19 pandemic seep through the foundation of human lives and shook us to the core. The pandemic has adversely affected the world while India being one of the most severely impacted. The impact of it on India has been enormously disruptive in terms of the economic growth of the country as well as the number of human lives lost. Almost every sector has been negatively affected by the pandemic as domestic demand and exports sharply dropped. A brief overview of some of the key sectors of India which had a huge impact due to the deadly virus has been depicted in this article. Food & Agriculture Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian Economy and thus the government had announced agriculture as an…

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US Gun Culture : Joe Biden’s desire to ban pistols is a bad idea

By News Desk with inputs from agencies/reports Biden’s suggestion that he would seek to “eliminate” 9mm pistols is likely to upset a lot of people, even among his own party’s supporters. Could it end up costing the Democrats both the House and Senate in the upcoming midterms? Speaking with news agencies , US President Biden once again seemed to make the serious political mistake of saying the quiet part out loud.  When asked how he would address gun violence from a federal point of view, so as to bring about ‘change’ and make cities safer, Biden gave an answer that showed the Democrats want to do more than just get rid of what they define as an assault weapon. He harped on about the sizes of magazines and fire rates, but also 9mm pistols as a type he’d like to remove from sale. Biden said, “I’m…

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Know why second coronavirus pandemic wave hit India, now this COVID-19 variant is new threat

New Delhi: The biggest reason for the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India was the delta variant. This variant was responsible for about 80 percent of COVID-19 cases reported during this period. NK Arora, co-chairperson of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortium, has emphasized that if cases increase in the country now, it will be due to some other more dangerous and more infectious  COVID-19 variant. According to the statement issued by the Union Health Ministry, they also say that this variant can be 40-60 percent more infectious than the alpha variant. So far it has knocked in 80 countries of the world. This includes the US, UK, Singapore. Delta Plus variant AY-1 is followed by AY.2 which has been found in 55-60 cases reported from 11 states of the country so far. These states include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu. Cases reported from Madhya Pradesh…

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The Afghan war: It’s going to impact all of us!

The 20-year war in Afghanistan has been abandoned, with the United States announcing in mid-September that it will withdraw its troops from the country. What has the US left in its wake? Leaving power in the hands of a deliberately weak government is virtually a US handover of power to the Taliban. This significant setback has once again left a “black mark” on the claim of US supremacy. The US declaration of abandonment of the Afghan war will also profoundly affect Central Asian politics, as well as the politics of Pakistan, India, and many countries in South Asia and the region. Many say China will benefit significantly from other aspects, including mineral extraction and investments in Afghanistan. However, China’s biggest concern is with Uyghur Muslim rebels living in their Xinxiang province, adjacent to Afghanistan, and they fear the Taliban’s presence on the Afghan border…

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Wikipedia has morphed into playground for rich and powerful manipulators

News Desk & News Agencies Wikipedia fails to reflect relevant viewpoints on hot-button topics and describes center-left establishment worldviews, its co-founder Larry Sanger said. This consensus reality is prone to nefarious manipulation by powers that be. “There is a big nasty complex game being played behind the scenes to make the articles say what somebody wants them to say,” Sanger said this week, blasting the current community culture at Wikipedia. “There are all kinds of tricks that people can play to ‘win’ it.” Sanger, who launched –along with Jimmy Wales– the world’s premier website for reference materials, has become a vocal critic of his brainchild. He jokingly called himself “ex-founder,” referring to both his criticism and Wikipedia’s attempts to distance itself from his person. This week he talked about what he sees as a problematic change in the online encyclopedia to Freddie Sayers, the host of UnHerd magazine’s…

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Why are China’s billionaires suddenly feeling so generous?

China’s ultra-wealthy have been on a philanthropic tear this year, but behind the surge in private gift-giving looms the hand of the Chinese government. China’s billionaires are becoming terribly generous of late. In recent months, Wang Xing, the chairman and founder of food delivery giant Meituan, donated around $2.7bn in stocks to his personal charity promoting scientific research and education, along with several other large gifts. After Colin Huang, founder of e-commerce giant Pinduoduo, resigned as chairman of the company in March, he gifted around $1.85bn to an educational fund. And earlier this year He Xiangjian of the Midea home appliances empire and Xu Jiayin of the Evergrande real estate empire forked over roughly $975m and $370m respectively to poverty alleviation, medical care and cultural programme The list of largesse goes on and on, with billionaires like Zhang Yiming, founder of TikTok parent ByteDance,…

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India on the #RoadToTokyo: A sneak-peek into India’s leading contenders

The Olympic Torch is currently on the run aided by 10,000 runners across Japan and will light the Olympic cauldron at the Tokyo Games’ Opening Ceremony on 23 July. After a year and a half of fighting the pandemic, the organizers have finally decided to give a go-ahead to the quadrennial competition to be held in Japan sans spectators. 119 Indian athletes have qualified for the Games, with 67 male and 52 female participants – the highest ever. The average age of the contingent stands at 26.9 years, giving it a fairly youthful look. In this article, we will look at several aspects from an Indian perspective. A flashback to Rio 2016 India had its previous biggest contingent at Rio 2016 but failed to make a telling mark, winning just 2 medals. PV Sindhu had won the silver, losing the final against Spaniard Caroline…

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Influencers are disrupting the marketing space like never before !

How influencers are disrupting the marketing space in 2021Often brushed aside by many as amateur content creators, these influencers are the new favourites of current generation of millennial for whom social media is a way of life.Often brushed aside by many as amateur content creators, these influencers are the new favourites of current generation of millennial for whom social media is a way of life. We have heard several stories of small-time startups disrupting billion or trillion dollar industries, but the recent years have witnessed a massive surge in the popularity of social media influencers also referred as ‘micro-influencers’ who have collectively disrupted the complete marketing premise, especially digitally. Often brushed aside by many as amateur content creators, these influencers are the new favourites of current generation of millennial for whom social media is a way of life. More than an advertisement, the consumers…

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Study shows why second dose of Covid vaccine is important

A new study of antibodies produced in saliva after Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine shows both importance of second vaccine dose and updating vaccines to combat new variants of concern. A new study of antibodies produced in saliva after Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine shows both importance of second vaccine dose and updating vaccines to combat new variants of concern. The study showed that the number of antibodies produced and protection offered by vaccination increased substantially after the second vaccine dose was given, showing the importance of receiving the second dose. The team, including Nicole Schneiderhan-Marra at the University of Tubingen, also examined whether it offered protection against Alpha and Beta variants. They found that while there was no reduction in neutralising antibodies against the Alpha variant, there was a substantial reduction in neutralising antibodies against the Beta variant, indicated the study, presented at the European Congress of…

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What is delimitation? It means a lot for Jammu and Kashmir

Noting that the government’s priority is to “strengthen grassroots democracy” in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said delimitation has to happen at a quick pace so that assembly polls can take place and an elected government gives strength to the development trajectory. The Prime Minister, who interacted with leaders from Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting convened by him, said that the meeting was an important step in the ongoing efforts towards a developed and progressive region where all-around growth is furthered. This was the first such meeting since the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories in August 2019. What Is Delimitation? The term delimitation refers to the redrawing of boundaries of an assembly or Lok Sabha constituency which ultimately reflects the changes to the population of a…

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Suicide in India should be debated now, Statistics are alarming

“Never let a stumble in your road be the end of your journey” According to the World Health Organization (WHO) data in 2017, India accounts for 17 percent of the total deaths due to suicide occurring across the world, even though India makes up a mere 18 percent of the world population. Because of such a high propensity of suicide in India, it isn’t a surprise why India is also infamous as the ‘suicide capital’ of the Asian subcontinent. Among these deaths, a staggering 35 percentage of suicides are committed by adolescents and young adults. In 2016 the total number of suicides in India had increased to 230,314. Suicide was the most common cause of death in both the age groups of 15–29 years and 15–39 years, the most productive of the population. The adolescent population has fallen prey to this ‘social evil’, primarily…

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Sundarlal Bahuguna: A Himalayan voice for environment & justice

Generations of activists learnt from him about the connection between forests, livelihoods, gender inequalities, and the sheer injustice of ‘development’ that stole trees, soil and water away from villagers for the benefit of city-dwellers. Kya hai jangal ke upkarMitti, paani aur bayarMitti, paani aur bayarYeh hain jindagi ke aadhar” This slogan reverberated in the hills as we trekked through Tehri Garhwal, going from village to village, meeting the brave women of the Chipko Andolan. “What are the gifts of the forest? Soil, water and air. Soil, water and air, these are the foundations of life,” intoned Sunderlal Bahuguna as he greeted us in his simple ashram in Silyara, a 20-km walk from the town of Tehri. Some of us, as school or college students, had met Sunderlalji in Delhi in the late 1970s, and been inspired by his earthy insistence on the need to…

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Bengal : BJP made It Mamata vs Modi, but strategy failed badly

Mamata Banerjee will be Chief Minister of West Bengal again – for a historic third time – after defeating the BJP in a thriller of an election. The BJP had made it Mamata vs Modi; not only has she trumped the Prime Minister but she is the only woman Chief Minister in the country and very much in a league of her own. To understand the enormity of Banerjee’s audacious win, consider what was at stake. The Election Commission ordered a never-ending eight-phase election which seemed designed to help the BJP. Union Home Minister Amit Shah was the election strategist for the BJP and had virtually opened offices of the central BJP in Kolkata. Two five-star hotels were commandeered and the entire IT cell under Amit Malviya moved base to Kolkata. The BJP office was opened to Trinamool defectors (more than 40) with office-bearers…

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Technology interventions in Education

A time of crisis is also an opportunity for all education systems to look into the future, adjust to possible challenges and build their capacity. By Apoorva Singh Apoorva Singh writes on how Media could be utilised in education in difficult times or if required, normal times too. Graphic: Saubhik Debnath As I step out of my house to fetch some essential groceries this Saturday, the six years old son of my neighbor playing in his balcony, asks me to wear the mask. When I inquire why I should, the instant reply is ‘Otherwise coronavirus will attack you’. And in addition, he advised me to wash my hands with soap for 20 seconds to kill coronavirus. Such is the power of media that even toddlers know how to protect ourselves from this coronavirus! Media has played an important role in spreading awareness against corona in…