Kashmir’s laugh doctor: He wants to bring mirth back to Kashmir’s depressed lives (IANS Special Series)

Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir’s very own “Charlie Chaplin”, used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, with his facial expressions of total …

Is translation a means of retelling stories, experts discus

What is the role of translations in bringing many unknown stories to the fore’ Can translation be used as a means of retelling narratives’ Several experts came together at a symposium organised by the Sahitya Akademi here to deliberate on the topic. The symposium titled “Translation as Retelling” was a part of Akademi’s ongoing Festival …

Trump signs budget deal, bringing end to second shutdown of 2018

United States President Donald Trump on Friday signed a combined funding and budget bill that was passed by Congress hours earlier and will increase federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars, bringing an end to the second government shutdown this year. Friday’s shutdown lasted just a few hours, while an earlier partial government shutdown …

Modi highlights ‘importance of stress-free examinations’ in new book

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has focused his attention on the “importance of stress-free examinations” and has called on the young students to “pursue knowledge over marks”. In a new book, “Exam Warriors”, he authored, Modi has set out to provide “a handy guide” for students in India and across the world. “This book seeks …

Karan Johar, Sonakshi walk in Shane-Falguni’s debut men’s wear line at LFW

After dressing women in India and around the world in their ultra-glam, glittering, couture creations, designers Falguni and Shane Peacock turned their creative design strokes on men’s wear, which they launched with great fanfare at a grand show during Lakme Fashion Week(LFW) Summer/Resort 2018. Actress Sonakshi Sinha started the show in a black embroidered jacket …

Karni Sena declares withdrawal of protest against ‘Padmaavat’

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Friday announced it has decided to take back its protest against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, stating the movie glorifies the valour of the Rajputs. Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said that on the directions of organisation’s national President Sukhdev Singh Gogamadi, …

Cochin Shipyard, Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corp ink MoU

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) on Friday inked an MoU with Russias’ United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to collaborate and engage in design, development and execution of contemporary state of art vessels for inland and costal waterways, an official statement said. The MoU was signed by CSL Chairman and Managing Director Madhu S Nair, and USC President …

Goa court to hear Kejriwal poll violation case on Feb 8

A trial court here will, on February 8, hear a case involving alleged election code of conduct violation by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in January last year. The over and year old case was registered as a non-cognisable offence at the Mapusa police station following a complaint by the assistant returning officer, shortly after …

Safexpress announces Rs 100 cr investment in northeast

Ahead of the much hyped Global Investment Summit, Safexpress, India’s largest Supply Chain and Logistics company on Friday announced an investment of Rs 100 crore in the northeastern region. Safexpress, which has the largest Logistics Network in the northeast, is representing the Logistics industry at the Global Summit, which will be held in Guwahati from …

Karan Johar, Sonakshi walk in Shane-Falguni’s debut men’s wear line at LFW

After dressing women in India and around the world in their ultra-glam, glittering, couture creations, designers Falguni and Shane Peacock turned their creative design strokes on men’s wear, which they launched with great fanfare at a grand show during Lakme Fashion Week(LFW) Summer/Resort 2018. Actress Sonakshi Sinha started the show in a black embroidered jacket …

Safexpress announces Rs 100 cr investment in northeast

Ahead of the much hyped Global Investment Summit, Safexpress, India’s largest Supply Chain and Logistics company on Friday announced an investment of Rs 100 crore in the northeastern region. Safexpress, which has the largest Logistics Network in the northeast, is representing the Logistics industry at the Global Summit, which will be held in Guwahati from …

Sweden commits record $370m of aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme on Friday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years, the agency said, hailing the Scandinavian nation as a global leader in aid. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor …

Cochin Shipyard, Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corp ink MoU

Cochin Shipyard Ltd (CSL) on Friday inked an MoU with Russias’ United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) to collaborate and engage in design, development and execution of contemporary state of art vessels for inland and costal waterways, an official statement said. The MoU was signed by CSL Chairman and Managing Director Madhu S Nair, and USC President …

Safexpress announces Rs 100 cr investment in northeast

Ahead of the much hyped Global Investment Summit, Safexpress, India’s largest Supply Chain and Logistics company on Friday announced an investment of Rs 100 crore in the northeastern region. Safexpress, which has the largest Logistics Network in the northeast, is representing the Logistics industry at the Global Summit, which will be held in Guwahati from …

Sweden commits record $370m of aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme on Friday signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement committing an unprecedented $370 million dollars to WFP over the next four years, the agency said, hailing the Scandinavian nation as a global leader in aid. The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor …

Italian minister slams Amazon’s rumoured plan to tag workers

Italy’s Economic Development Minister Carlo Calenda on Friday slammed US online retail giant Amazon’s move to patent electronic wristbands for its workforce, saying this would “never happen” in Italy. “The only bracelets we make in Italy are the ones produced by jewellers,” said Calenda, who summoned Amazon representatives to a meeting on Friday. “I told …

Ways for a healthy life

There is never a single tip or pill for achieving optimum health. It is important to drink lots of water and get adequate sleep to maintain your fitness and overall well-being, suggest experts. Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija and Govindrajan R, Head, Research and Development, Sugar Free, list down some tips: * It is imperative to …

Chidambaram slams Union Budget, terms mega healthcare scheme a ‘jumla’ (Lead)

Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday slammed the Union Budget, terming the promise of Rs 5 lakh for health care for poor families as “a big jumla”, and said there was “tokenism” on creating jobs and nothing to indicate rise in farmers income. There was also no tax relief to the average tax payer and …

Ways for a healthy life

There is never a single tip or pill for achieving optimum health. It is important to drink lots of water and get adequate sleep to maintain your fitness and overall well-being, suggest experts. Celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija and Govindrajan R, Head, Research and Development, Sugar Free, list down some tips: * It is imperative to …

Tech firm chiefs find Budget forward looking, growth oriented

Hailing the Union Budget for 2018-19 as forward looking and growth-oriented, chiefs of major IT firms on Thursday welcomed its focus on the rural economy, healthcare for the poor, investments in infrastructure, digital skilling, education and jobs creation. “This is a forward looking, growth-oriented budget with a focus on the rural economy, healthcare for the …

Budget comprehensive, holistic in every sense: Arunachal CM

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for rolling out a “New India Budget 2018” which “is comprehensive and holistic in every sense”. Welcoming the pro-poor and people-oriented Budget, he said that it focussed on distressed farmers and rural areas while boosting growth, jobs …

Bengaluru hails Union Budget announcement on suburban train service

Citizen groups and commuters from Bengaluru on Thursday hailed the Union Budget for proposing a suburban train service to cater to the city’s growth.A Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the planning of a suburban network of 160 km at an estimated cost of Rs 17,000 crore to the city, as part of his speech …

Chidambaram slams Union Budget, terms mega healthcare scheme a ‘jumla’ (Lead)

Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday slammed the Union Budget, terming the promise of Rs 5 lakh for health care for poor families as “a big jumla”, and said there was “tokenism” on creating jobs and nothing to indicate rise in farmers income. There was also no tax relief to the average tax payer and …

Meghalaya CM thanks Modi for replicating state’s health insurance scheme

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for replicating the Megha Health Insurance Scheme, one of the flagship programme launched by the state’s Congress government, on the national level. In his Budget 2018-19 speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a flagship National Health Protection Scheme under which Rs …