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I believe that all of us are interns all our lives.: Piyush Srivastava, CEO, Internshape

By KSHVID NEWS DESK In this interview segment, we have Mr. Piyush Srivastava, CEO of Internshape, talking about Internshape’s journey, how it all started, how Internhsape is helping people be job-ready? What kind of soft skills and professional skills will interns get to learn? And what role does it play in this fast-changing business environment? Can you brief our readers about your initiative – Internshape? Internshape is an endeavor to make people job-ready. Our primary focus is on Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities where opportunities are minimal. The students in metros get various opportunities, have multiple career options and gain exposure to corporate culture because they live in places where industries and offices are concentrated, which is not in the case of smaller cities and towns. Frankly speaking, making people job-ready is the task of the system. The existing education system is outdated.…

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Uttar Pradesh Elections 2022: Akhilesh Yadav emerges as CM Yogi’s strongest challenger

EXCLUSIVE REPORT by P Sweta, Delhi Around six months back, BJP seemed to be in a firm saddle, as far as Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections were concerned. There was confusion in the Muslim community about whether they should go with Samajwadi Party, BSP or the Congress, and this was seen as an advantage to the BJP. On the other hand, the ruling party was upbeat because it seemed no single opposition leader was a strong challenger to CM Yogi Adityanath. However, the sudden U-turn by the Prime Minister on the farm laws changed the political atmosphere in the state. The decision sent out a signal that the BJP is not on a strong footing in Uttar Pradesh. Then issues like rising prices and lack of job opportunities also began haunting the ruling dispensation. The euphoria among the BJP’s supporters about the construction of Ram…

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Try to Impact lives of people at large, Dr. Kalam’s words inspire me till date: Dr. Shyam Kadali, Group Leader, Intel Corporation, United States

Dr. Shyam Kadali is a reputed scientist in the field of Nanotechnology with Intel Corporation since last 11 years. A world class researcher and a true team leader, Shyam Kadali is working on semiconductors and emerging technologies. He has been a driving force in his organisation and always aims to bring an impact on the lives of people at large with his innovative ideas and sincere efforts. He is an expert in Colloidal suspensions/assembly, Polymer science, Fluid mechanics, Chemical characterization of materials, Complex fluid rheology, Light scattering, Microscopy, and other emerging technologies areas. He has been designated as Group Leader at Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. In his exclusive interaction with our Editor, he reveals more about the Intel, his personal life, current trends in emerging technologies and future of Nanotachnology. First of all, let me take the opportunity to welcome you. Can…

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Pakistan-initiated OIC meet on Afghanistan proves a damp squib

By Kshvid News Desk Pakistan on December 19 hosted a special meeting of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Countries aimed at providing aid to the Afghan people, who are battling a grim winter season amid suspension of all international aid.The 17th Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers was the biggest conference on Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August 2021. Delegates from the US, Russia, China and the UN were also present. After the meeting, the OIC resolved to work with the United Nations to find a way out to unfreeze Afghan assets abroad, estimated to be worth several hundreds of millions of dollars. These assets have been frozen since the Taliban takeover of Kabul. For the international community, the situation in Afghanistan is a unique challenge. On the one hand, millions of Afghans are battling a humanitarian crisis in the absence…

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Pakistan in News: Injecting lives to people amid Omicron fears

By KSHVID NEWS DESK with Inputs from agencies Humanity suffered from the corona. But those who refused to take the vaccination were adding more suffering to people’s life. They were about to create a mess, which was previously created by others. How can a man refuse to get a cure for a disease? Is this even a logical discussion to have? But there are thousands of cases in the world where people refused to get shot of Corona Vaccination. While it was free of cost and effective scientifically proven. Chinese are the inventors of Covid-19 as well as its vaccination. The origin of covid-19 was China, then they were the first who implemented lockdown, and in the last, they were also on the top of the list to invent vaccination. The rest of the world followed. Some were early adopters, some early majority, and…

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Understanding the Russia-Ukraine Tussle amid US-Russia Tensions. Exclusive Report.

Shweta Pandey The United States and Russia are involved in a near-direct confrontation in Ukraine, perhaps their most serious faceoff since the end of the Cold war. US President Joe Biden in a video call with the Russian president, warned Putin of more serious action than the ones following Russia’s Crimea annexation, if the latter invaded Ukraine. Putin, on his part, sought a guarantee from the US President that Ukraine will not be allowed to join Nato, something the US is not ready to commit to. The genesis of the Ukraine problem lies in the fact that Ukraine was historically part of the Russian empire for hundreds of years. Even as part of the USSR, the two were closely linked. Russia now claims that parts of Ukraine – especially its Russian speaking areas – were given to Ukraine when both were parts of the…

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Europe Battles Omicron Spread, Holiday Season Goes for a Toss, Read to know more.

By P Shweta After two years of Covid-19 pandemic, the world community, especially Europe, was hoping to limp back to normalcy this Christmas season. However, the quick spread of the Omicron variant of the disease, detected first in South Africa, has derailed the plan. The fact that the disease has hit Europe in the run-up to their main festive season has made its economic impact much worse.The UK has been hit especially hard, with daily new infections topping  90,000 on December 18. But the surge in Omicron cases is more worrying. On December 17 and 18, the country reported 10,000 new daily Omicron infections. In London, the Omicron variant is thought to be about 80% of all new Covid cases. The government is working on rules aimed at slowing down the spread of the disease, including limiting indoor socializing. Already, the government has asked…

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Opening of Kartarpur corridor: A look at history of key pilgrim passage between India, Pakistan

By Subhro Majumder More than 20 months after the Kartarpur corridor was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a jatha of Sikh pilgrims from India crossed over to Pakistan on Wednesday ahead of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak.Pakistan had issued around 3000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims on the eve of the 552nd Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev from November 17-26. “They [the jatha] will visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib, Kartarpur Sahib and Gurdwara Sacha Sauda,” said Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.“Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi has issued around 3000 visas to Indian Sikh Yatrees to participate in the 552nd Birth Anniversary celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak in Pakistan from 17-26 November 2021. During their stay in Pakistan, the Sikh Yatrees would pay obeisance at different Gurdwaras including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib…

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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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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…