September 29, 2020

Life Style

New $4.5mn Walmart Foundation grants to empower farmers in India

Ayurveda can help rescue exam, result stress

A new campaign focuses on self-reflection

How to boost your immunity to fight Covid-19

Glacial lakes worldwide expanding fast since 1990: Study

Same sex-marriage triggers uproar in UP

Possibilities to be explored to shift brick kilns from coal to CNG- Director Tandrust Punjab Mission

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 24mn: Johns Hopkins

Travel trends in the post-Covid world

Google shares cool handy tips for video calling app Meet

Tricity Photo Art Society (TPAS), is organising online Photo-Exhibition and Open Workshops

Google open sources its language interpretability tool

What women want

Snapchat launches in-app meditation experience

5 tips to help clean your house during the pandemic

Why tourism must revise priorities during pandemic

Finding ways of survival

NIMS begins subject regd for corona vaccine's clinical trial

Now experience travel at home

Plants Are Power

New Delhi, The Ahimsa Trust launched a digital not-for-profit campaign called 'Plants Are Power' ( on World Environment Day, to educate people on the multiple benefits of a plant based (vegetarian/vegan) diet and to switch to plant-based living.

The initiative aims to inspire them to make a switch for a healthier, more sustainable and ethical living especially with the focus on environment due to the Covid-19 The star powered campaign features Bollywood celebrities, business leaders and sports stars to lend a helping hand. Kick-starting the movement are Lisa Haydon, Neha Dhupia, Kris Srikkanth, Naveen Jindal and Sunil Munjal who will soon be seen taking part in a series of interesting social media activities to encourage people's participation.

How Lockdown influenced readership patterns

New Delhi, As the third phase of the nationwide lockdown draws to a close, latest data suggest there has been a significant change in people's reading patterns.

There is a surge in readership around subjects like automotive, home loans, security of video conferencing applications, and remote learning for students stuck at home, says a trend report by discovery platform Taboola.

What is India reading?

Bird photography leads to discovery of species, says ornithologist

Chandigarh, Bird photography as a hobby and profession has taken off to a major extent in India. It has led to important discoveries of species not previously known from the country, a globally renowned ornithologist said on Sunday.

In his latest paper published in BirdingASIA, the biannual bulletin on Asian birds, Nature Conservation Foundation Scientist K.S. Gopi Sundar told IANS the number of bird species in India is growing owing to improved genetic capabilities that have helped discern differences between birds that looked and sounded somewhat similar.

Lockdown pushes 60.9 % Indians to pay more for essential items

New Delhi, As many as 60.9 per cent Indians divulged that they are getting essential items at higher prices pursuant to an unprecedented nation-wide shutdown, a survey revealed on Monday.

The net outcome came out in a survey conducted by IANS C-VOTER Gallup International Association Corona Tracker on March 26 and March 27 across the country.

New framework to identify best trees to curb air pollution

London, Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new framework for selecting the best trees for fighting air pollution that originates from our roads.

In a study, published in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science, researchers from the University of Surrey conducted a wide-ranging literature review of research on the effects of green infrastructure (trees and hedges) on air pollution.

Transform your home into a smart one

New Delhi, Controlling your world from the palm of your hand is no longer a fable. Today we are equipped and surrounded with smartphones, TVs, cars, entertainment systems, watches and lighting. While everything turns smart around us, technology has extended its arms to make our homes smarter.

Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Signify Innovations India Limited (formerly Philips Lighting India), suggest a few ways to spruce- up your lifestyle and turn your home into a smart one.

Switch to smart lighting

New drug for Parkinson's shows promise

London, An experimental drug has shown promise in treatment of debilitating movement problems in people with Parkinson's disease.

The researchers investigated the effect of the drug NLX-112 on dyskinesia, a common side effect experienced by people with Parkinson's who have been taking levodopa-based medications for several years. Levodopa is generally used as a dopamine replacement agent for the treatment of Parkinson's.

53% Indian women get intimate outside marriage: Report

New Delhi, Shattering the long-celebrated "pativrata" image of Indian married women, a new survey on Wednesday revealed that 53 per cent of Indian women admitted having already had an intimate relationship outside their marriage, as compared to 43 per cent of men.

Researchers find secret to achieve goals

London, Researchers have provided new insights into why people often make unrealistic plans that are doomed to fail.

The study, published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research, analysed the complex relationship between reward and effort in achieving goals, and identified two critical stages in the decision-making process.

On V-Day eve, Ratan Tata reveals his own 'love story'

Mumbai, In a rare peek into his personal sphere on Valentine's Day eve, renowned industrialist Rata Tata revealed certain private details like how he fell in love once and "almost got married".

It was in Los Angeles where he had a great time and the weather was beautiful, he had his own car and loved his job.

Doing yoga may reduce depressive symptoms

New York, The benefits of yoga have been widely documented by scientific research and now researchers have found doing yoga is linked to decreased depressive symptoms.

The study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, proposes that yoga can increase levels of Gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) in the short-term and completing one yoga class per week may maintain elevated GABA that could mitigate depressive symptoms.

No proof to link '13 Reasons Why' to high US suicide rates: Study

New York, Contrary to the findings of a 2019 study that associated the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" with an increase in monthly suicide rates among youth after the show's release, a new analysis finds no evidence to draw such a link.

Must try Punjabi dishes for the season

New Delhi, The harvest festivals of the northern belt of India signify the conclusion long nights and usher in sunny winter days. Food being the most essential part of India, here are some Punjabi dishes you should try at home by Hansveen Kaur from online portal

Home remedies for chapped lips

New Delhi, Chapped or dark lips can break your look. UV rays, too much coffee, unexpected allergies, smoking, caffeine and hormonal imbalances or vitamin B2 deficiency in our body leads dryness or chapped lips.

Once you identify the triggers causing the obvious dryness, you can work on treating your lips, armed with a handful of kitchen ingredients and consistency.

Men think they are better liars than women: Study


London, Men are twice as likely as women to consider themselves to be good at lying and getting away with it, researchers have found.

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, revealed that expert liars also prefer to lie face-to-face, rather than via text messages, and social media was the least likely place where they'd tell a lie.

"We found a significant link between expertise at lying and gender. Men were more than twice as likely to consider themselves expert liars who got away with it," said study researcher Brianna Verigin from the University of 

Want good marks? Positive self-talks is the key

London, Parents, take a note. Researchers have found that encouraging children to repeat words to themselves, that emphasise effort over ability could bring greater success.

The study, published in the journal Child Development, found that children who engaged in self-talk improved their math performance when the talk focused on effort, not ability.

40% Indian women fear online trolls as they embrace Internet

New Delhi, While education and career development is top priority for women Internet users in India, 40 per cent of them fear irrelevant comments, being trolled and followed on smartphones which has become a preferred choice for them to remain online, a new report said on Tuesday.

While 44 per cent of women in Indian metros access online content in English to improve their soft skills and stay "job-ready," this focus is sharper among younger women between the 18-23 age group, said the the Verizon Media survey conducted by Nielsen with 1,300 respondents in 12 cities.

Exclusivity in Indian fashion hurts business

New Delhi, Exclusivity in Indian fashion has worked to the disadvantage of the country's apparel industry keeping it from achieving its full potential, says Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance, the organiser of the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), which completed two decades this year.

Indians prefer long, straight hair on women: says Survey

New Delhi, When it comes to marriage, every two in three Indians believe that women with long, straight hair have an edge in finding a wedding prospect. No wonder then a massive 87 per cent Indians advise women against keeping their hair short, a study by a beauty brand has found.

A pan-India study by Dove Hair on biases against hair types that Indian women endure has revealed these findings.

It also claimed that a staggering 71 per cent Indians find short, coloured and curly hair less beautiful than long and straight hair.

K.S. Kohli, hotelier who introduced 'butter chicken' to Mumbai, dead

Mumbai, Former Sheriff of Mumbai, Kulwant Singh Kohli, the legendary hotelier who introduced 'butter chicken' to Mumbaikars in the 1960s and patriarch of the Pritam Group of Hotels, passed away following a brief illness, family sources said here on Thursday.

He was 85 and breathed his last at the Hinduja Hospital late on Wednesday where he was admitted five days ago.

Kohli, who was appointed Sheriff for one term in 1998, is survived by his wife, Mohinder Kaur, sons Amardeep, Gurbaxish and daughter Jasdeep Kaur.

How renewable energy shift can increase 'energy poverty'

New York, The world must think more holistically about how it addresses renewable energy as efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but at the expense of increased inequality, warn researchers.

The team from Portland State University (PSU) and Vanderbilt University found in a study of 175 nations from 1990 to 2014 that renewable energy consumption reduces carbon emissions more effectively when it occurs in a context of increasing inequality