Modi U-turns on Indian farm laws after mass protests

NEW DELHI  – India will repeal three agricultural reform laws that sparked almost a year of massive protests by farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday in a stunning U-turn. “We have decided to repeal all three farm laws. We will start the constitutional process to repeal all the three laws in the parliament session that starts at the end of this month,” Modi said in an address to the nation. “I appeal to all the farmers who are part of the protest… to now return to your home, to…

In Britain, fears grow over spiking winter fuel bills

LONDON (AFP) – British pensioner Doreen Thompson wears extra layers of clothes in her two-bedroom apartment outside London to avoid turning the heat on since her utility bills have jumped. The 70-year-old usually entertains guests in her kitchen because it’s warmer than the living room — where walls have mould — in her government-subsidised flat in Brixton. Domestic electricity and gas prices have soared worldwide this year, driven by spiking wholesale energy costs, stoking fears over the peak-demand cold winter in Britain. As the weather turns cold, “I can’t have…

Why India has repeated air pollution problems

WASHINGTON  — New Delhi struggles with pollution year-round, but the problem becomes acute during fall and winter months. On Wednesday, the concentration of tiny pollution particles was nearly 30 times above the level deemed safe over a 24-hour period by the World Health Organization. Around the world, researchers closely track levels of airborne particulate matter less than 2.5 microns in diameter — known as PM 2.5 — because it can lodge in the lungs and other organs, causing long-term health damage. In 2020, 13 of the 15 cities with the…

Hate speech in Myanmar continues to thrive on Facebook

JAKARTA — Years after coming under scrutiny for contributing to ethnic and religious violence in Myanmar, Facebook still has problems detecting and moderating hate speech and misinformation on its platform in the Southeast Asian nation, internal documents viewed by The Associated Press show. Three years ago, the company commissioned a report that found Facebook was used to “foment division and incite offline violence” in the country. It pledged to do better and developed several tools and policies to deal with hate speech. But the breaches have persisted — and even…

Ignitho on track to Rs 100 crore revenue in 2023; names new Head of Finance

Kochi | Ignitho Technologies, a US headquartered digital engineering company, has set a target of INR 100 Crore (USD 15 Million) in revenue in 2023. This is on the back of new engagements that Ignitho has won with multiple Fortune 500 and Nasdaq listed companies in the US. To further give impetus to this exponential growth, Ignitho has named Sunitha Rajagopal, former Nielsen-VisualIQ executive, as its Head of Finance. Sunitha brings a decade of experience in the field of finance and was with Nielsen-VisualIQ for close to 9 years playing…

Articles and Stories from Epics and Mythologies – AJAMILA MOKSHAM

INTRODUCTION: From the readings and sapthahams and Navahams I attended in Mumbai, I could gather some knowledge which I would like to share with my readers who have always evinced and expressed great interest and inquisitiveness to acquire the knowledge potential. I too strongly believe that the knowledge we gather from books and discourses and even discussions with knowledgeable souls should be shared with others from time to time. Otherwise, it remains futile like the wealth with a miser which is of no use. I am sure these stories and…

Xi-Biden talks raise hope for better ties but strains remain

China on Tuesday welcomed a virtual meeting between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden as raising hopes for better relations, while the U.S. was more muted on the talks as the world’s two biggest powers sought to ratchet down more than a year of tensions. The leaders appeared to put aside the language of acrimony in their first formal meeting since Biden took office. Xi greeted the U.S. leader as his “old friend,” and Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the exchange was candid and constructive. “If…

Indian’ Traditional Weaves’ take center stage at Dubai’s Indywood Billionaires Club & Business Excellence Awards 2021

During the British rule, India, from being just a supplier, became an exporter of textile materials. The popularity of Indian textiles slowly started influencing western Fashion, giving rise to new trends globally. Artisans in India have been practicing this craft for centuries to preserve the Khadi tradition. To promote traditional weaves and provide a Global stage to these extraordinary artisans, AbhiniSohan, Executive Director of Indywood Fashion Premier League, has come with her Khadi and Linen Clothing line. Her magnificent collection was showcased in association with Indywood Billionaires Club Dubai Meet…

Heal the world by helping the poor: Rajan Zed appeals to fellow Hindus

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed is appealing to the Hindu communities around the world to show compassion and respect to the poor. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, said: Take notice of them; hear them; share their sorrows; feel their misery and pain; rebuild their dignity; empower them; do not overlook or neglect them or judge them or shut your hearts against them. Many of them might be victims of economic, political and social injustice; and greed and selfishness of others. Wholeheartedly…

ConnectOne Bank Awards Grant to The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County

–The grant provided training for nonprofit leaders to help clients returning to the workplace after experiencing trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic.– (Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; November 12, 2021) — The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces the award of a grant of $2,500 from ConnectOne Bank.  The donation covered the complete cost of The Chest’s Professional Development Series, “Managing in a Time of Crisis,” a training series designed to provide tools and support for the managers of local nonprofits in the area.             “The Community Chest thanks ConnectOne Bank for…