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With the country’s healthcare infrastructure reeling under the humungous pressure of the menacing second wave of Covid-19 cases, India Inc is joining forces in the fight against the pandemic. Companies such as the Tata Group, Reliance Industries Limited, JSW Group, Adani, ITC, and Jindal Steel and

India is in the grip of a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, and efforts have been made by the governments in various states to mitigate the impact, and avoid lockdowns as far as possible. It will take a Herculean effort on part of the government and the health sector to tide over the [&he

The Covid-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of our healthcare system. Although budgetary allocations for healthcare have been increasing, a huge gap remains between demand and supply. Healthcare in India is a story of contrasts: conditions in remote areas leave much to be desired while swank hos

The new National Education Policy (NEP), 2020, was unveiled by the Ministry of Education on July 30. The long-due changes proposed include an overhaul of the education system, teaching and assessment systems in schools, colleges as well as teacher’s professional-level training. The sweeping change

Online education has grown over the years and has recently gained mainstream acceptance globally, post the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic. Digital education is flexible and cost-effective, however, access to electricity is crucial to the digital world. Given the number of hours, a majority of the

The recent suicide by acclaimed Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has brought up the issue of mental health onto national spotlight. Despite living a highly gifted life marked by stupendous success, it has been reported that he was battling serious mental health issues (https://www.hindustantimes

Coronavirus and its impact are here to stay for long. Many nations are also fearing a second wave of the spread of the virus. In India, the number of Covid-19 cases has crossed 24,000, with 775-plus deaths so far. In a detailed feature, Mint Lounge examines the challenge from zoonotics with eye-open

Putting the word together again after Coronavirus is going to be a mammoth task, given that the crisis has challenged us over various levels—medical, economic, social and psychological, to list a few broad parameters. Hopefully, the learning lessons will help us move to a better world. Examining a

Dealing with the neocoronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is likely to become stressful for most people. Fear and anxiety about the invisible predator, and the inability to predict how long it will last, can be overwhelming, and trigger strong emotions in adults and children. The US-based Centers for Dise

In a video outreach effort, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, shared expert advice on how to avoid contracting COVID-19. Life is changing dramatically, he said. “Most severe situations can be turned around. Taking care of your physical and mental hea

The revoking of Kashmir’s special status is going to be one of the most historic decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On August 5, 2019, the Union government abrogated Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which had guaranteed special status to J&K, scrapped Article 35A that prot

The sun’s blazing hot rays do untold damages to the skin. With summer at its peak, it is not recommended to go out without applying a sunscreen of at least 50 SPF on the exposed areas of face and body to ward off the dangers of the UV rays. A new study, reported in Down […]

The corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement began as a response to pave the way for corporations to play a role in ameliorating social problems due to their economic clout and overarching presence in daily life. CSR funds are channelised for eradicating hunger, poverty, malnutrition and promo

World Water Day is celebrated around the world each year on March 22. The theme UN selected for 2019 is “Leaving no one behind”. It encourages people to consider marginalised groups as these are often overlooked and discriminated against, when they try to access safe water. A new report by globa

According to press reports on March 19, five years after the Lokpal Act was notified to probe corruption cases against public servants, the government appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the country’s first Lokpal or anti-corruption ombudsman. A Selection Committee

Essence of Holi …over the years For many Indians, Holi is synonymous with playing with the coloured powders of abeer and gulal, consumption of thandai, a milk-based drink spiked with bhang (cannabis) for the adventurous, and savouring gujjiyas (sweet deep-fried dumplings made with suji or maida an

FSSAI’s helpful manual doles out tips to conduct tests at home It is common knowledge and any newspaper/Google search will tell you that adulteration in commonly consumed foods like milk, spices, sugar and others, is a huge health hazard. Even vegetables and fruit need to be thoroughly checked to

A WHO report released in May this year mentions that India has 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities of the world The WHO global air pollution database released in Geneva this year reveals that India has 14 out of the 15 most polluted cities of the world. WHO’s database comprises more than 4,000 [

Pride won over prejudice when the Supreme Court recently decriminalized consensual homosexual activity. However, the battle to change over 100 years of old mindset has just begun. September 6, 2018 will go down as a red-letter day in the fight for choice, one more shibboleth broken in the pursuit of

As lakhs of Malyalis return to their homes now to retrieve the fragments of their broken lives, it is imperative to dwell on the reasons for this wrath that befell from the heavens. Environmentalists lament that warnings of history, geography and scientific evidence were ignored. Several government

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