Bihar prepares for Big Bathing Ritual

Bihar prepares for Big Bathing Ritual

Diwali’s over and now preparations for the Big Bihar Bathing Bash is on. It’s a snaan party that happens 6 days after Diwali, and thousands of devout Biharis will take a dive into almost freezing water to ward off the evil forces! As usual, the festival has a lot of ramifications, both civic and political. […]

Schools shy away from admitting rape survivor

Schools shy away from admitting rape survivor

A Dehradun based school has refused to admit a student because she is a rape survivor, while other schools refused admission without stating any reasons. Aruna Negi Chauhan, counsel for the girl, wrote to chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, education minister Arvind Pandey and the Central Board of School Education on Thursday asking that the […]

In Canada, Marijuana is legal … but there are mixed reactions

In Canada, Marijuana is legal … but there are mixed reactions

Canada became the first major country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis use. 46-year-old Ian Power,  one of the first Canadians to buy legal weed in the easternmost province of Newfoundland said he wasn’t going to smoke, vape or bake the gram of cannabis he bought. Rather,  he was going “to frame” his historic […]

‘Any Death due to lack of Blood is a matter of Shame’

There are different kinds of bravery and this special athlete from Bombay has donated blood all over India. Here’s another kind of soldier. Meet Mumbai’s athlete Prakash M. Nadar, 43, who is afflicted by polio but has donated blood 110 times. On Monday, National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, Nadar donated blood for the 110th time […]

Health Insurance vs Universal Health Coverage

Health Insurance vs Universal Health Coverage

The National Health Protection Scheme under ‘ Ayushman Bharat’, is being touted as an ‘advancement towards universal health coverage’ (UHC). UHC is a health policy design rooted in the commitment of ‘Health for All’. The goal of HFA was first articulated in the Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978. ‘Alma-Ata’ and ‘Ayushman Bhara’t are  political commitments in […]

Farewell, and Welcome Brother John!

Farewell, and Welcome Brother John!

The Old Boys (and girls) of Dr Graham’s Homes and the wider Kalimpong Community will come together today to pay their respects to their beloved Reverend Johnston, one of the Kalimpong Icons. he will also be fondly remembered by the alumni of Mount Hermon’s, Darjeeling. It is both a farewell and a welcoming, as the […]

Sikkim’s first airport comes at a Premium!

Sikkim’s first airport comes at a Premium!

Sikkim’s first airport, located 4,600ft above sea level, is in Pakyong, some 13 kilometres from Gangtok, the state capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the airport. But watch out, air tickets are really expensive. Services start October 4, with a Spicejet plane . On Tuesday afternoon, a flight from Calcutta to Pakyong for October 4 […]

Meitei Muslims vs Meiti Hindus in Manipur ? Really?

Meitei Muslims vs Meiti Hindus in Manipur ? Really?

All of a sudden, Muslims seem to be on the receiving end of violent attacks in Manipur. Suddenly, issues that were never there such as ‘cow protection,’ ‘cattle stealing’, and ‘beef eating’ have begun cropping up in this North eastern state. Ever since the BJP came to power, a large section of the locals believe […]

Santhals block Railway, Road for Language Recognition

Santhals block Railway, Road for Language Recognition

A Santhal tribal organisation, frustrated at having to beg for the inclusion of the Santhali language in courses at the university level and in schools and colleges, resorted to a railway and highway blockade on Monday 24th September. The railway blockade  led to cancellation of trains and left thousands of passengers stranded. The blockade was […]

Hey, Oscars, meet Village Rockstars!

Hey, Oscars, meet Village Rockstars!

The Northeast finally gets recognition in the plastic arts ! ‘Village Rockstars’ by Assamese filmmaker Rima Das is the official entry for The Oscars! H’m, haven’t heard of the film? Well then, just read on! The National Award-winning Assamese film, Village Rockstars, has been selected as India’s official entry for the 2019 Oscar Awards, the […]

Manipur suspends Mobile internet as University Row Rages

Manipur suspends Mobile internet as University Row Rages

IMPHAL, Sept 21 – Mobile Internet services are suspended in Manipur, even as University politics take centre stage in this northeastern state. Manipur police conducted a search in Manipur University campus at Canchipur near here in the wee hours of Friday and arrested around 70-80 students. Some faculty members of the University were also picked […]