Poor sleep makes parents lenient towards kids

Mothers who have trouble sleeping may engage in more permissive parenting, that is parenting marked by lenient or liberal discipline, says a study. This type of lenient parenting, especially during the adolescent years, may increase the risk of problematic or risky behaviour among children including affiliation with deviant peers, engaging in delinquent behaviour, or substance …

UAE-based Aries Group to produce film using CSR funds

UAE-based Aries Group on Saturday announced it will use its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to produce 1,000 regional films in the next five years under its “Project Indywood”. The project will be launched with the pooja of a film titled “Aickkarakonathe Bhishaguaranmaar” at Punalur near here on Sunday, said Aries Group Chairman and CEO …

IMG Reliance, British Council sign agreement to support female textile artisans

IMG Reliance and the British Council have signed an agreement to bring global ‘Crafting Futures’ programme to India to support the country’s female textile artisans. The British Council, The UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations and IMG Reliance Ltd, which develops, markets and manages Fashion, Sports and Entertainment in India including Lakme …

IMG Reliance, British Council sign agreement to support female textile artisans

IMG Reliance and the British Council have signed an agreement to bring global ‘Crafting Futures’ programme to India to support the country’s female textile artisans. The British Council, The UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations and IMG Reliance Ltd, which develops, markets and manages Fashion, Sports and Entertainment in India including Lakme …

I’ve the choice to change and not change my name: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

The true idea of feminism is having a choice and equal opportunity, says newly wed actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who chose to add her husband Anand Ahuja’s surname and was at the receiving end of comments and criticism. Sonam, who dazzled on the red carpet of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, spoke to select media …

Does anyone care? A plethora of diseases near ‘Mount Everest’ of garbage (Environmental Feature)

A stray dog ilies dead, its eyeballs popping out. Buzzing flies enter its open rib cage and vultures above a mountain of garbage fly away with bites of its rotten flesh. Welcome to an east Delhi neighbourhood where the perpetural acrid smell could make most visitors nauseous. Yet, this is normal for Ghazipur’s residents who …

Mumbai, Rajasthan aim to eliminate each other from IPL play-off race (Preview)

Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will face off in a must-win tie here on Sunday, with both teams looking to make it to the play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket championship. Both fourth-placed Mumbai and sixth-placed Rajasthan have 10 points each from 11 matches and are very much in contention to be …

Arun-III hydro power project in Nepal will usher in develop

The construction of 900mw Arun-III Hydroelectric Project in Kathmandu in Nepal would usher all-around development and help usher in prosperity, the Indian company executing the project said on Saturday. The project activities would boost the development of new roads, bridges and other amenities like healthcare and education, Chairman and Managing Director of SJVN Ltd Nand …

Sunny Leone in Canadian artiste’s music video

Indo-Canadian actress Sunny Leone has joined forces with Canadian producer and DJ of Indian descent, UpsideDown, for the video of the song “Got it all”. It also features The PropheC, a Canadian singer-songwriter of Indian descent. “We continue to push the boundaries of music by incorporating our culture and with the help of like-minded creatives. …

Let’s put our money in the light combat aircraft (Comment)

In its pursuit of global maritime dominance, China has decided to create a force of three aircraft-carriers — one for each of its fleets. Like India, China first acquired an old Soviet-era aircraft-carrier, but (unlike us) refurbished it at home and commissioned it as the ski-jump equipped Liaoning in 2012. A bigger, indigenously-designed and- built …

‘Love Sonia’ to open Birmingham Indian Film Festival

“Love Sonia”, a film starring Demi Moore, Freida Pinto, Rajkummar Rao and Richa Chadha among others, will open the Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF), to be held in the British city in June. The fest is returning for its fourth consecutive year, hosting curated premieres of South Asian independent films that offer rare glimpses into …

Solar leads India’s electricity generation transition: IEEFA

India installed a record 10 gigawatts (GW) of solar electricity capacity in 2017-2018, twice the rate logged in the previous year and nearly double the country’s entire solar base, the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said. The gains put India at 22 GW of total cumulative capacity and the trend is continuing. …

Ban toxic insecticides: Maharashtra farm body to Centre

A prominent farm body on Tuesday urged the Centre to immediately accept the Maharashtra government’s plea to ban poisonous insecticides which have killed more than 60 farmers here so far. Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavalamban Mission (VNSSM) chairman Kishore Tiwari said that following a series of farmers’ deaths due to toxic insecticides, the state government had …

IPL: Desperate Rajasthan face Punjab in must-win tie (Preview)

Desperate to stay alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL), bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals will be aim to avenge Sunday’s six-wicket loss to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), when the two sides face off at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Tuesday. The Ajinkya Rahane-led side succumbed to their third loss in a row, after being hammered …

Global perception of India has taken a beating (Shifting Sands of Culture series)

For a decade and a half now I’ve been a tireless advocate of India’s soft power, arguing that in the information age, it is not the side with the bigger army that wins, but the side that tells the better story. In the past India has successfully managed to be what I’ve called the “land …