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Political cost of Delhi air pollution: Opinion

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Come winter, the mainstream media is packed with the news of pathetic air quality and the disastrous impact of thick air pollution covering all of the capital city of India. The drastic drop in air quality, in the aftermath of stubble burning in adjacent areas of Delhi and the Diwali celebration, comes with the hue and cry in various sections of social strata, demanding immediate action from the governments, and yet for many economically weaker sections, it is overshadowed by their daily fight for survival. This immediacy of action often takes a political hue instead of countering the issue head-on with appropriate policy changes. And this is the story that gets repeated every year, with nothing substantial done about the issue other than the seasonal steps, mostly on paper, achieving very little in terms of countering air pollution on the ground.  How grave is the issue! well, this article is not about the graveness of the issue but to just paint a rough picture   in 2020 Delhi pollut

Government's schemes for women empowerment

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The goal of development in a society is to provide individuals freedom of choice irrespective of their gender, race, caste, and religion. The role of governments is to establish equality in this freedom among all sections of society, which it tries to achieve through different social setups. Women in India, have been in a disadvantageous position because of the nature of society being mainly patriarchal in nature which resulted in various social stigmas associated with her. Though a lot more needs to be done to bring women on equal footing with men, the situation has improved a lot in recent times in terms of their education, sex ratio, income, and other social parameters. This progress has been made with the efforts of the government and civil societies on various levels. Since its inception, the Indian constitution provides many provisions to eliminate this gender disparity (read them here ) and with time the government has brought many legal aids to support women's empowerment .

Movie review: Aamis(Meat), as simple as that, the movie is not. (no- spoilers)

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This latest Assamese movie by Bhaskar Hazarika will surely blow your mind. Set in Guwahati, Aamis takes off like a sweet happy ride, only until you suddenly realize that it is not what you were expecting. The movie revolves around a PhD scholar Sumon and a married woman Nirmali (doctor by profession) who begin to bond over interesting and exotic food recipes. Sumon is conducting his research on food eating habits of north-eastern India and is immediately attracted to Nirmali. Nirmali, while being committed to marriage is also drawn towards Sumon as she is alone most days of the month, her husband being on the field (he works for an NGO and thinks highly of himself for the same) for the most part. Things start to get uncomfortable when both of them realize that they are getting close and it does not seem morally right. The sexual tension grows stronger and they both seem helpless. Sumon keeps fantasizing about her (this also gives us one of the most classic scenes of the movie) and one

Recommendations and advice by WHO to reduce the risk from coronavirus

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WHO has confirmed 2798 cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection globally out of which 2741 are in China alone. Organizations are suspecting it to spread through the commuters. WHO has issued the following advisory in the wake of outbreak. During previous outbreaks due to other coronavirus (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)), human to human transmission occurred through droplets, contact and fomites, suggesting that the transmission mode of the 2019-nCoV can be similar.The basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following: Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals. People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover co

One Nation One Election: Need for simultaneous election

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"If India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough. A metamorphosis is needed", this was the vision put forth by the Indian Prime Minister some time back. Equipped with many structural reforms in their first term, this government is entering its second inning with the promise of fast economic growth and alleviating poverty in India. However, there are many obstacles in the path of the metamorphosis, which is hampering the pace of development and growth India requires. Before going full throttle on the path of social and economic development it is very necessary to get away with the impediments. The frequent election cycle is one such obstacle, which adversely impacts governance, administration, and policy-making in the country. Free and fair Election is the basis of Indian democracy, the largest in the world, but it has become so much dense and frequent that it is hampering the developmental processes. In the last 30 years

Some important things to know about Aadhaar

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Aadhaar, a 12 digit random number issued by the UDAI to the residents of India based on their bio metric information, has been receiving lots of flak ever since it came into existence. Some provisions of Aadhaar were a clear breach of privacy of individuals when constitution provides right to privacy as a fundamental right. Aadhaar as a mandatory document to avail government services also received lots of criticism. However later five judge bench of Supreme Court struck down on some of the controversial provisions. Here are some important things one must know about Aadhaar. Aadhaar is a strategic policy tool for social and financial inclusion, public sector delivery reforms, managing fiscal budget and to promote hassle free people centric governance. Who can have Aadhaar : Every resident is entitled to obtain an aadhaar number by submitting his demographic information and bio metric information. Resident as per Act is defined as a person who has been living in India for a

On International Yoga Day India has so much to offer to the world

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Anything new is exploited by all kinds of charlatans because not much is known about it, and you can fool people anyway with whatever little is known. Yoga is going through same phase, however it is not new, but its recent introduction in the western world has opened up plethora of opportunities. All kinds of things are going on in the name of Yoga. Patanjali, the father of modern yoga will kill himself if he would come to know about hot yoga, beer yoga, Goat yoga, Nude yoga and every other kind of make up Yoga going on in the world. Back in 2014 when Modi mooted the idea of International Yoga Day, a total of 177 countries supported the resolution, highest for any UNGA resolution. It was like whole world was waiting for  someone to take a step in this direction, and who better than India could have lead the global community in the path of physical, mental and spiritual well being through the very effective tool of Yoga. People in the world don't know much about Yoga,