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Koovagam Festival: Unique transgender identity festival

Koovagam Festival: Unique transgender identity fes...

July 30, 2021

According to Hindu epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas, during a bloody battle with their cousins to reclaim their kingdom, were forced to sacrifice one of their most valiant soldiers Aravan to be able to win that day. But as the young Aravan was yet unmarried, he asked Lord Krishna, ...

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World Hepatitis Day in India: A time to celebrate or lament?

World Hepatitis Day in India: A time to celebrate ...

July 28, 2021

For the past 18-odd months, the attention of the entire world has been captured by the Covid-19 pandemic and perhaps rightly so and it is perhaps noteworthy how quickly the governments and the scientists have been able to respond to the crisis and rolled out comprehensive vaccina...

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Medical debt during second wave of Covid-19 pandemic forces Indian families into poverty

Medical debt during second wave of Covid-19 pandem...

July 23, 2021

Delhi-based N. P. Banerjee completed his mother’s last rites in April. She had passed away at the age of 74 from Covid-19 complications. “She had diabetes, so the doctors were immediately concerned from the very start. But my wife is only 45 and she doesn’t have any pre-exi...

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Dowry deaths in Kerala: Evil persists despite high literacy & sex ratios

Dowry deaths in Kerala: Evil persists despite high...

July 21, 2021

The recent back-to-back deaths of three young brides in alleged dowry-related cases in Kerala has brought the attention back to this all pervasive social evil, despite the practice having been banned over 50 years ago. The cases have also brought to fore the possibility that the ...

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With zero tolerance for ‘harmful behaviour’, WhatsApp bans 2 million accounts in India

With zero tolerance for ‘harmful behaviour’, W...

July 18, 2021

Ever since its launch in India about 10 years ago, Facebook-owned messaging platform has made rapid strides in India in terms of adoption by users. It has galloped to almost 500 million accounts in India, making it by far the world’s biggest market for the extremely popular app...

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WHO alarmed over disruption of children’s routine vaccination

WHO alarmed over disruption of children’s routin...

July 17, 2021

Shunu Sarkar, a resident of New Ashok Nagar in east Delhi, says she has had enough of government’s obsession with Covid-19, while not taking preventive measures against other diseases, especially those impacting children. “I have been checked for about four times in three wee...

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Rising sexual assaults on Indian college campuses

Rising sexual assaults on Indian college campuses

July 6, 2021

“It’s not a secret that India, and especially Delhi, is not the safest place for a woman to be, but in a college campus at least one feels that they’re in a space where they can exist without the constant fear of something terrible happening. When that is not the case, ther...

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Online gaming boom in India brings rising dangers for users

Online gaming boom in India brings rising dangers ...

July 2, 2021

Driven by affordable data, accessibility to smart phones and increasing disposable time due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, online gaming industry in India has witnessed a major boom in the time when the pandemic has had a catastrophic on majority if sectors. According to a report rel...

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National Doctors’ Day 2021: We are not Gods, say doctors

National Doctors’ Day 2021: We are not Gods,...

July 1, 2021

 Violence against doctors and other healthcare personnel has grown alarmingly since the Covid-19 pandemic hit India as patients’ families or friends often resorted to physically assaulting these professionals on suspicion that their relative was not given proper care. Accord...

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Women as temple priests: Mixed response by community

Women as temple priests: Mixed response by communi...

June 27, 2021

On June 12, Tamil Nadu minister for Hindus Religious and Charitable Endowments PK Sekar Babu said that women can become priests after getting proper training of Agama Shastra to worship and rituals at temples. Within hours of his statement, the statement ballooned into a major co...

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