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Punjab finally waking up to decibel danger

CHANDIGARH: Noisy wedding celebrations, high-pitched religious fervour and other ear-splitting nocturnal festivities have become a nightmare for peace-loving citizens of Punjab. Finally, the state's lawmakers and authorities seem to be waking up to the pervasive civic nuisance.

Setting an example: Temple, mosque, gurdwara join hands in this small UP town

MAHOLI (Uttar Pradesh): With inter-community violence reported from many parts of India in a society increasingly polarised on religious and caste lines, a small town in Uttar Pradesh is setting an extraordinary example where a temple, a mosque, and even a gurdwara, have joined hands to clean a polluted river while bringing their communities together.

Opioids in plenty for addicts in Punjab, not for cancer patients

NAWANSHAHR: Drugs, especially opioids, may be available in plenty in the state and the country for the addicts but it is very hard to get them if you genuinely need them in cases of severe illnesses like cancer. Even being an elected representative like Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) is not going to help you either.

Haunted Trails in India

The mysteries of the unknown have always fascinated the human mind. Experts have always commented that India is a beautiful country with a lot of history, mysterious stories of palaces, their kings, their treasures and those who dies a painful death. Lot of forts and palaces in India remain today with their history, twist of mystery attached to them.

Discovering India's little known African tribe

JUNAGADH(Gujarat): It was a much-awaited trip to the Gir National Park, abode of the majestic Asiatic Lions. At the end of the two-day visit, not only did I come back enthralled at having spotted a pride of lions feasting on their kill in the wild but also fascinated at learning more about India's little known African-origin tribe, the Siddis, living right outside its periphery.

India should fear great droughts, warns a study on Indus Valley civilisation

CHANDIGARH: It is time to rewrite history text books as a new research study has revealed that weak summer monsoon had played a key role in the collapse of Indus Valley civilization and warned now modern India should fear the great droughts. The study may force researchers to go deep to find out more about so-called ‘cradles of civilization.’ and ended up unearthing something bigger.  

Old Bengaluru woman gets Aadhaar sans biometrics for pension

A 65-year-old Bengaluru woman, who lost her hands and vision due to leprosy, was enrolled for an Aadhaar card without the mandatory biometrics of her iris and fingerprints to restore her monthly welfare pension, her doctor said.

'Women hold key to Indian wine industry's growth'

PANAJI: Wine in India will eventually get its high from the rapidly increasing segment of independent, empowered women who hold the key to the industry's growth in the country, according to Rajeev Samant, CEO of Sula Vineyards.

​Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high

KATIHAR(Bihar): For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire to be a judge.

Mansa farmers show the way by not burning paddy stubble

MANSA: In a bid to get rid of the negative impact of the stubble burning, more than a dozen farmers in Mansa district are trying to pave the way to explore innovative ways to get rid of the hazards of stubble burning.

Navneet Bal's journey to PCS, she lost father at 13, fulfills his dream at 23

JALANDHAR: Shahkot Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Navneet Kaur Bal was just 13 when she lost her father but such was the determination of this young girl transformed the dream of her late father into reality by becoming PCS just at age of 23 years.

Punjab's ACP Deepika's triumph over the advocates of gender prejudice

JALANDHAR: Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ms. Deepika Singh's success story was a perfect example of how a determined girl could give a befitting reply to the advocates of gender prejudice within their family to make her parents feel proud of their daughter.

Lady IAS officer of Punjab, Amrit Singh carves a nice for herself through noble ideas

JALANDHAR: Fully convinced that a dedicated IAS officer could make a difference in the lives of millions of people, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Nakodar Ms. Amrit Singh was committed to bring a change in society through her noble ideas on women empowerment and cleanliness. 

Image Recognition Software Reveals Impact of Cruel Wildlife Selfies on Social Media

NEW DELHI:: On World Animal Day, World Animal Protection is launching a Wildlife Selfie Code for tourists to learn how to take a photo with wild animals without fueling the cruel wildlife entertainment industry. Selfies with wild animals have proliferated over the last two years on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – the explosive trend on social media is driving the suffering and exploitation for some of the world’s most iconic animals in the Amazon.

Get a taste of holiday farming in Punjab

HOSHIARPUR:  Punjab is better known for India's "green revolution" in agriculture and for contributing the maximum foodgrain to the national kitty. And now a progressive horticulturist and entrepreneur is offering hands-on experience to visitors to try their hand at how farming is actually done.

Policeman who turns to social services

A policeman turns to social service after shedding his “Khakhi.” He teaches English and Mathematics to underprivileged students of Naya Gaon in Chandigarh free.

TRAPPIST-1 planets may still have water, finds Hubble

 The outer Earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 might still harbour substantial amounts of water, suggest results of a new study.

This 9-year-old wants to join NASA to prevent alien invasion

NASA has sent an inspiring letter to a nine-year-old who expressed interest in being a Planetary Protection Officer after the US space agency recently announced opening for the position

Wildlife trafficking is world's fourth largest illicit trade

NEW DELHI : Standing tall at $20 billion annually and still growing, the wildlife trafficking has become the world's fourth largest illicit trade, said World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Saturday -- the Global Tiger Day.

World Animal Protection Report Reveals Exploitation of Thousands of Elephants in Asian Countries, Including India

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NEW DELHI: Countries in Asia, including India, continue to grow the captive elephant industry for elephant rides and performances to meet irresponsible tourist demands.

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