Engineer Quits Job To Preserve Nagaland’s Delicacies In Pickles, Sells To 14 Countries

What is a qualified engineer in Bengaluru doing taking the spicy flavours of Nagaland to the rest of India, as well as the world? Building a thriving pickle business is what. With his venture The Rumbling Spoons, 31-year-old Nitu Viluo has even reached the union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Port Blair, along … Continue reading “Engineer Quits Job To Preserve Nagaland’s Delicacies In Pickles, Sells To 14 Countries”

7200 Tea Garden Workers Have Better Lives, Thanks to These IIT Grads & Mushrooms!

After the Partition, Atul Nandy and his family migrated to Siliguri from Bangladesh, where they settled into a life of agriculture, growing food for a living. But as a farmer living in a remote part of the country, he faced multiple hardships. Anirban, Atul’s son, closely witnessed all the difficulties that his father experienced. “Many … Continue reading “7200 Tea Garden Workers Have Better Lives, Thanks to These IIT Grads & Mushrooms!”

Farmer’s Tapioca ‘Elixir’ Saves 50% Water, Boosts Crop Yield By 20%

Yogesh Sonar from Durg, Chhattisgarh has been well aware of the issues farmers like him face in and around his state. As we connect over call, he shares his concerns over farmer suicides, decreasing and deteriorating agricultural land, and how farmers are shying away from the field. “Water scarcity leads to drought conditions, which in … Continue reading “Farmer’s Tapioca ‘Elixir’ Saves 50% Water, Boosts Crop Yield By 20%”

U.N. Power Broker Jeffrey Sachs Took Millions From the UAE to Research “Well-Being”

Starting in 2016, the men who run the United Arab Emirates went all-in on positivity. They installed a giant smiley face on the dome crowning a Dubai police station. They created a Ministry of Tolerance and a Ministry of Happiness, as if inspired by George Orwell. And they began funding research, bankrolling prominent global intellectuals to study … Continue reading “U.N. Power Broker Jeffrey Sachs Took Millions From the UAE to Research “Well-Being””

The return of the rufous-necked hornbill to Nepal

This species of hornbill was last seen in Nepal in 1829Originally published on Global VoicesA pair of rufous-necked hornbills. Image by Flickr user Ron Knight, CC BY 2.0. It took almost 200 years to establish the existence of the rufous-necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) in Nepal, last seen in the country in 1829. Wildlife photographer Deven … Continue reading “The return of the rufous-necked hornbill to Nepal”

2021 in retrospective: Authoritarian practices threatened journalists and restricted media freedom in South Asia

Press and internet freedom faced challenges in 2021Originally published on Global VoicesImage by Internet Freedom Foundation. CC-BY In several South Asian countries, press and internet freedom were challenged in the year 2021. According to the 2021 World Press Freedom Index, Bangladesh at 152 has slipped down one position in the annual ranking of 180 countries, … Continue reading “2021 in retrospective: Authoritarian practices threatened journalists and restricted media freedom in South Asia”

In the midst of floods and climate change, these are the local systems that hold the fabric of Assam together

Volunteer groups save the day in Assam’s flood-ravaged villagesOriginally published on Global VoicesDhemaji, Assam, India. A villager looking at a road washed away by water at Hesuli village of Dhemaji district, Assam in September 2020. Image via Flickr by Climate Centre. CC BY-NC 2.0. The Brahmaputra River and its tributaries have shaped the landscape of … Continue reading “In the midst of floods and climate change, these are the local systems that hold the fabric of Assam together”

Charts to Mnemonics: 5 Secret Weapons Successful UPSC CSE Aspirants Use

Each Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) civil service aspirant has a unique method of preparing for the exams. While some aspirants make copious notes, others devise their own technique to remember important points. In this article, we look at five tools that have helped an aspirant prepare better. Nikhil Agrawal who cleared the UPSC CSE … Continue reading “Charts to Mnemonics: 5 Secret Weapons Successful UPSC CSE Aspirants Use”

Narrative traps in India’s decision-making

Bhutan announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with China on boundary negotiations, Thimpu, Oct 14, 2021 I read a stimulating essay recently co-authored by Paul Dolan, professor at the London School of Economics, and his research assistant Amanda Hedwood analysing, against the backdrop of the uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic, how dominant narratives … Continue reading “Narrative traps in India’s decision-making”

FAQ: Taiwan’s 14-day quarantine requirements

Since last month, Taiwan requires all arrivals who have traveled to certain countries and territories affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to undergo 14-day home quarantine. This article provides answers to some frequently asked questions according to the latest information released by the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.  Which countries … Continue reading “FAQ: Taiwan’s 14-day quarantine requirements”

SSC Selection Notification Released: Sub-Inspector to Lab Technician, How To Apply

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released a notification dated 21 February 2020, inviting applications to fill more than 1300+ vacancies for various posts like clerk, Sub-Inspector, Lab Assistant, Store Keeper, Dietician etc. Important dates Submission of online applications: 21 February 2020 to 20 March 2020 Last date for receipt of application: 20 March 2020 … Continue reading “SSC Selection Notification Released: Sub-Inspector to Lab Technician, How To Apply”

UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam: Imp Dates, Eligibility, Application Form & More

On 12 February 2020, an official notification was issued by UPSC for the Indian Forest Service (IFS) preliminary examination 2020. If you are keen on applying for this stream, here is what you ought to do. This year, the commission is going to recruit for a total of 90, a number which is liable to alteration. … Continue reading “UPSC Indian Forest Service Exam: Imp Dates, Eligibility, Application Form & More”

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020: How to Apply, Important Dates & More

On 31 May 2020, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the IAS examination. With lakhs of candidates appearing for this examination year after year, in this article, we bring to you all the information that you need about it. Who can apply? Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree; For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) … Continue reading “UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020: How to Apply, Important Dates & More”

World Gone Wrong: an Environmental Diary of 2019

Northern Harrier, Columbia marshlands. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. January, 2019 + Ryan Zinke, under investigation for trying to enrich himself in office, refused to step down from his post at the Interior Department until he could have a Christmas party with lobbyists and take pictures in front of a stuffed polar bear… + Zinke’s greed was largely … Continue reading “World Gone Wrong: an Environmental Diary of 2019”

Cheers, Fireworks, Prayers as Africa joins rest of the world to usher in year 2020

London, Jan. 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Africans have joined the rest of the world to celebrate and usher in a new year, 2020 while bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for many things The rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump among many others including … Continue reading “Cheers, Fireworks, Prayers as Africa joins rest of the world to usher in year 2020”

Kashmir to Kerala: 10 Viral Stories of 2019 That Restored Our Faith in Humanity

Tonnes of stories in 2019 grabbed headlines, many went viral. Each one made its own impression on people—some made us cry, some served as a wake-up call and most rekindled our hopes in humanity. The Better India (TBI) covered numerous stories of changemakers; people who proved that small acts of kindness can bring a huge … Continue reading “Kashmir to Kerala: 10 Viral Stories of 2019 That Restored Our Faith in Humanity”

Changing behaviour towards nature to keep biodiversity

Dec 14, 2019 Picture:  Professor Trương Quang Học from Việt Nam National University’s Centre for Natural Resources and Environment Studies spoke with Nhân Dân Cuối Tuần (the People Weekend Edition) newspaper about the impacts that Việt Nam will possibly have in case of biodiversity decline and the importance of changing behaviour towards nature. How do … Continue reading “Changing behaviour towards nature to keep biodiversity”

Taiwan rated only country in Asia with ‘open’ civic space

Taiwan is the only country in Asia with open civic space according to the People Power Under Attack report released Dec. 4 in Bangkok, spotlighting the nation’s status as a regional beacon of freedom and democracy.   Published by South Africa-headquartered nongovernmental organization CIVICUS, the report divides countries and territories into five groups—from best to … Continue reading “Taiwan rated only country in Asia with ‘open’ civic space”

Roaming Charges: Enter Sondland

Abandoned shoes, Old Town, Portland. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. + One of the useful life-lessons Roy Cohn taught the young Donald Trump was always to have a fall guy, a patsy on retainer to take the blame when a deal goes sour. In the Ukraine extortion scheme, the patsy was supposed to be Gordon Sondland. … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Enter Sondland”

Sick of High Rates, Techies Quit Corporate Jobs To Start Own ‘Ola, Uber’ in Sikkim

In a city like Bengaluru, pretty much everything is available on mobile phone apps. From hailing auto-rickshaws and cabs to buying your groceries, clothes and electrical appliances, life has become remarkably convenient for salaried urban dwellers in the city. Say no to toxic fumes and bad odour and travel in a car that smells like … Continue reading “Sick of High Rates, Techies Quit Corporate Jobs To Start Own ‘Ola, Uber’ in Sikkim”

Indian Su-30MKI Fighter Jet Crashes in Country’s Northeast

An Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighter jet has crashed in a field in the state of Assam, northeast India, a local police source has told Sputnik. The accident took place in the vicinity of the city of Tezpur, about 75 km southwest of India’s border with Bhutan, and 130 km south of the border with … Continue reading “Indian Su-30MKI Fighter Jet Crashes in Country’s Northeast”

Want to See the Real Northeast? This Mumbai Man Can Help You Do It Responsibly!

Unfulfilled and dissatisfied with the corporate life, Mumbai-born Piran Elavia decided to take a sabbatical sometime in 2008. On a tip from a friend, he got an opportunity to do some voluntary work with a non-profit in the pristine climes of Lachen in north Sikkim. It was a community-based tourism project, where he would work … Continue reading “Want to See the Real Northeast? This Mumbai Man Can Help You Do It Responsibly!”

France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050

The long-running rivalry between France and Britain has entered a new era: who will decarbonise the fastest. As the UK government announced on June 11 that it had committed to a net zero emissions target for 2050, the French parliament is currently working on a draft energy and climate bill that has the same target for … Continue reading “France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050”

Paris et Londres se lancent dans la course à la neutralité carbone pour 2050

Alors que le Parlement français s’apprête à examiner le projet de loi relatif à l’énergie et au climat, revenons sur l’objectif de « zéro émissions nettes » (ZEN) inclus dans ce projet. Et faisons également le parallèle entre la France et le Royaume-Uni, qui avancent des objectifs similaires dans la réduction de leurs émissions de gaz à … Continue reading “Paris et Londres se lancent dans la course à la neutralité carbone pour 2050”

Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and 12 other African countries, may suffer American visa denials as US President Donald Trump targets countries with a high percentage of visa overstays. The White House recently shifted its focus from the surge of families crossing the US-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive in … Continue reading “Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S”