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Alexa is learning Hindi

Amit Shahji said if we are to learn a second language we should learn Hindi. It is always beneficial to learn more number of languages ; it is not about knowledge but also about better survival. Without proper communication and interaction with others we can’t progress. ..

Alzheimer’s awareness month

BUSTING A FEW MYTHS 1. Dental procedures, certain food items or medicines cause Dementia 2. Memory loss is a normal part of ageing 3. Being forgetful means that you have Dementia 4. It happens only to the elderly 5. There is no point in showing a doctor as there is no cure 6. And the worst one, there is no point in caring for or visiting a person with Dementia because they won’t remember you anyway!..

Career in Mass Communication

In our last edition, we have published on career in journalism. Courses related to Journalism and mass communication are being taught together initially but later there are specialisations which differs both. In simple, mass communication is the process of exchanging information through mass media to large segments of the population...

Beauty benefits of banana

Banana, one of the most popular fruits, packs quite a punch in terms of health and beauty benefits. It is one of the richest sources of potassium and also contains Vitamins A, C, E and B6. It also contains powerful antioxidants and helps to delay visible ageing signs. Bananas are beneficial for both skin and hair treatments. Its potassium content helps to soften both dry hair and dry skin, while its amino acids content help to promote hair growth. ..

Root Cause: Naga assimilation hinges on political representation

Last week I shared some developments about the Naga peace process. These were mainly aspects of disarmament of rebels, rehabilitation of cadres and leaders, and the tricky position leaders, in particular Thuingaleng Muivah, ..

BJP has a headstart in Haryana despite Congress move on caste combo

In the 2014 Assembly elections, BJP won 47 out of a total of 90 seats, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) bagged 19, Congress 15 and rest went to Independents...

The Naga insurgency and the conditions for peace in the region

The tribal villages in Manipur came under the Meitei King during the reign of Garibniwaj Maharaja (1709 - 1751 CE) [2 (a)]. Various clans of Meitei in the valley are closely related to the tribal of the nearby hills and the Nagas ..

Manipur’s lost legacy - Merger Agreement

12. Let me now come to the finer points of the signing of the controversial Merger Agreement. Though it is still a hot topic, I will only touch the finer points and give an in-depth analysis as below : ..

Kalum Kai: A house of worship of Zeliangrongs

Tingkao Ragwang Kalum Kai God is everywhere that He is ‘like wind’ and ‘like air.’6 There was no such time when He was not there, and there will be no such time when He will not be there. He is the origin and mover of all things in the universe..

The Naga insurgency and the conditions for peace in the region

17 tribes of Nagas were living independently in relative isolation in the Naga Hills and adjoining areas before the British annexed Assam in1826. These tribes have distinct dialects, dress, culture and tradition...

Manipur’s lost legacy - Merger Agreement

This day 70 yrs. ago (i.e. 21st Sept.1949) was the day Bodh Chandra Maharaj signed the Manipur Merger Agreement with the Dominion of India. Before coming to the nitty gritty of the Merger Agreement..

Kalum Kai: A house of worship of Zeliangrongs

Introduction A place of worship is a specially designed structure where individual persons or a group of people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion, veneration or devotion or religious study...

100 days of Modi Government

The Modi government is set to accomplish the feat of completing 100 days after being elected back to power. The newly-formed government had set an agenda for these 100 days, which was considered critical to propel the country towards inclusive development...

India’s peace process with Naga militants could turn sour

As the fallout from India’s decision to revoke the autonomy of Kashmir in early August continues, recent weeks have also seen troubling signs emanating from the oft-forgotten Naga-inhabited regions in the far north-eastern corner of India...

World Patient Safety Day 2019

Definition of Patient Safety by WHO: Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care and reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable ..

Teacher’s role in National reconstruction

Role 6:- Initiating character building of students at individual level and generating strong campaign for cleansing of public life..

Let road users have their say on infrastructure

DL (Driving Licence) is the most popular happening for any teenagers. My quest of owning a vehicle happened only in early 30s. I was on cloud nine for my Yahama days. But my first driving test at RTO Bangalore North ..

World Ozone Day 2019: Issues on protection of the ozone layer

The United Nations International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated every year on September 16. The theme for this year’s celebration of World Ozone Day is”32 Years and Healing”. ..

I know how it feels

I completely understand what it feels when you are alone, I also do understand what it feels when you are hurt and what it feels to be in the dark. I understand how it feels when you know that no one starts caring about you. ..

100 days of Modi 2.0 Govt, reflection of an aspirational India

With a sense of great satisfaction that I pen my thoughts on the performance of my government’s first 100 days. Usually termed as the honeymoon period during the first 100 days neither the government acts nor the public expects ..

Teacher’s role in National reconstruction

Before we start discussing the role of any teacher in National Reconstruction let us describe the basic concepts of “National Reconstruction”. It clearly means that we do not want all-together new- making of this country throwing ..

Maverick mind of Ram - Dedicated to Bar

I am eager to give farewell to a great maverick master. In a corner of this vast country if a wacko part time thinker says something about an iconic lawyer, it sounds silly. But I feel no shy to acknowledge the marvellous mind of this ..

Career in journalism

Many students ask me about prospect of journalism and can they choose it as a career. There is no doubt that journalism id one of the best career option. But in recent years we have seen changes in this field...

Turmeric in beauty care

Turmeric , the most powerful orange-yellow spice not only makes food tasty but brightens your skin and works against acne, uneven skin tone and even on fine wrinkles...

Can there really be peace without justice?

"Sahnit ni" marks the observation of the highly despicable and condemnable atrocities meted out to the Kuki people in the NSCN IM's pogrom, that took the lives of 1000 innocent Kukis and rendered thousands orphaned and homeless...

iKON 4th anniversary: Indian iKONIC

On this very day, 4 years ago, 15th September, 2015 South Korean boyband iKON debuted under YG Entertainment Music Company.Comprising of seven members: B.I. (Leader), Jay, Bobby, June, Song, Dk and Chan, they areone of..

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and women’s health

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide and is the most common cancer in women from the low-income countries, which account for more than 80% of the total cases...

Narendra Modi Govt’s historic first 100 days

The National Democratic Alliance government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has completed 100 days recently. With the promise of ‘SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikaas, SabkaVishwaas’ in mind..

National Education Policy 2019 : 10 brilliant ideas…

5) Restructuring and Consolidation of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) :- Higher education must develop good, well-rounded and creative individuals with intellectual curiosity, good research capabilities or problem solving..

Chandrayaan 2: Hope & despair

There is a saying “Slip between the cup and the lip”. It was exactly like that when on September 7 Mission Chandrayaan 2 lost communication with ISRO just before landing on the Moon. ..

Traditional hunting and trapping techniques of the natives of North East with special reference to Zeliangrongs

Hunting among the Meiteis Among the Meiteis, even after accepting the Hinduism, hunting was, until recently, enjoyed out with full zeal and enthusiasm as a form of sport and pastime. The historical texts provide records on conducting of royal hunting..

National Education Policy 2019 : 10 brilliant ideas…

Draft of New Education Policy 2019 was open in public domain from 31st May 2019 for comments and assessment. The vision of the policy is “ The National Education Policy 2019 envisions an India centrededucation system..

Traditional hunting and trapping techniques of the natives of North East with special reference to Zeliangrongs

Sak-Pha Sak-pha is a type of transfixing trap. In this type of trap, an arrow is made to be released; and the arrow thus released does pierce the game. Such trap is not in use nowadays since man becomes victim of the trap. ..

The drumbeaters of dystopia

The Indian media can barely question the state narrative on Kashmir, while global outlets can only pick holes in it On the last morning of October 1984, Rajiv Gandhi was campaigning in West Bengal..

Facing up to reality

Given its achievements, ISRO should not hide setbacks with the cellophane of national pride..

Traditional hunting and trapping techniques of the natives of North East with special reference to Zeliangrongs

Introduction The Zeliangrongs are one of the natives of Northeast India. Racially, they belong to the Mongoloid stock and speak the Tibeto-Burman language. Like other native people, they, too, claim their origin from a cave locally known as ..

Racial profiling & criminalization of people: Question of natural justice & human dignity

It becomes more and more difficult to avoid the idea of ‘non-white’ people especially BLACKS, HISPANICS and MUSLIMS as subjects of not just racial profiling but of an insidious form of racial obliteration sanctioned..

Throttled at the grass roots

Union programme design for cities is inimical to decentralisation. The ‘Smart City’ programme does not devolve its funds to the municipalities; States have been forced to constitute ‘special purpose vehicles’ to ring fence these grants ..

Scrapping of Indian Constitution Article, 35 & 370 by India Government

All laws, rules, Acts and various other enactments which are in force are formulated by the scholars, legal experts, political or economic scientists including the Members of Parliament/State Assemblies..

Amazon - An alarm bell

The Earth is already in the Anthropocene, an era where Homo sapiens records its in?uence and intervention on the planet. Several cycles of unsustainable economic exploitation have transformed many biomes in the world..

What a sadistic pleasure!

Why do the society feel immense sadistic pleasure on viewing the plight and humiliation of others or remain absolutely indifferent to their woes? As a matter of fact indeed how many people feel pain for the victims of Gujarat ..

Throttled at the grass roots

Local governments remain hamstrung and ineffective — mere agents to do the bidding of higher level governments Democratic decentralisation is barely alive in India. Over 25 years after the 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments..

Two steps from the moon...: Proud of our scientists and ISRO

Bad luck yesterday that the Vikram lander signals was lost when it was just 2.1 km from lunar surface. The final retro engine probably failed and the lander has hit the surface at high speed - crashed...

Child sexual abuse : Why changing perspective is necessary?

They include children with physical or mental disabilities, children from lower socioeconomic background, children who are bullied often, children who lack adult’s supervision and children whose parents are abusive or alcoholic..

The part of us that should never grow

Every-time the door of my den shuts, all the blankets and creams that cocooned me from being me shatters. There is a world in me that has never been fair to growth, be it a weird self-discipline. ..

Empowering primary care practitioners

What is special about Japan in the context of health-care services is that it managed to contain the clout of specialists in its health-care system and accorded a prominent voice to its primary care practitioners (PCP)..

Heavy traffic fines, Harekrishna Harekrishna

Penalty for riding a 2 wheeler without headgear/helmet will be Rs 1000; fine for driving without seat belt will be Rs 1000; speeding penalty will be Rs 1000 for light vehicles and Rs 2000 for heavy vehicles...

Common Admission Test for IIMs

Many students aspire to join business schools in India or abroad because passing out from a reputed business school means getting a sustainable job. Jobs after management degree are always rewarding and exciting. ..

Chothe Achui Lin festival

When these ceremonies werecompleted, two junior leaders (Hacharis)performed the official thanksgiving ceremony (Thoukeipa) to the host and the three chiefs – Village chief, Assistant chief and Wine manager..

Child sexual abuse : Why changing perspective is necessary?

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a stark reality worldwide. It can occur to children of any gender, boys or girls alike, and across a range of caste, religion, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. In India, the Juvenile Justice Act 2000..

It’s time officers renewed their commitment to the Nation, not the Govt of the day

Are civil services being used and abused? Are the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation mere stooges in the hands of the party in power? Are taxmen deliberately hounding the businesses and the media..

How and why you need to oil balance your skin

Every person’s skin is different, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to skin care. You have little control over how much oil your skin naturally produces, as this is largely determined by genetics and hormonal fluctuations ..

Emotional intelligence: A yardstick for life skills

Emotion is a state of any conscious experience that are characterised by strong mental process and the way we response to our inner instincts and our outer surroundings. According to some theories, emotions are the feelings..

Arun Jaitley: A distinctive lawyer, a fine human being

My first interaction with Arun Jaitley was in 1991, when I joined the Bar. He had just stepped down as the additional solicitor general. I would see him running from court to court. He was a rising star among senior counsels..

Discontent, dissent & defiance in Congress as Gandhi family begins to lose grip on party

Congress has of late been imploding under the Gandhis, with some leaders quitting and others refusing to back Rahul & Sonia, contradicting party line on contentious issues...

English as a Lingua Franca for NE

The phenomenon of linguistic globalization has brought enormous changes that influence every aspect of our lives. The growth of English and the emergence of the internet have enabled instantaneous global communication ..

Big Bang Edge Test: A pathway to transform your academic aspiration into a desired success!

Academic excellence is what every student aspires for and looks forward to attaining the same. Big Bang Edge Test is a unique platform for aspiring students to help them to know and maximize their current inherent potential..

Helping schools in remote, conflict-ridden areas of Manipur teach new lessons in peace

A retired Army colonel and his trusted team are building a network of schools and hostels to promote peace and education in the remotest, most strife-torn parts of Northeast India..

Shrinking safe spaces

Recently I had a conversation with a director in one of the departments of Manipur government. When he enquired about my area of work, I replied: ‘Gender-based violence in Manipur’. To my surprise he said..

Celebrating Teachers’ Day 2019

Teachers’ Day falls on September 5. On this auspicious day, we recall the lasting contributions made by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. He was the first Vice President and the second President of India...

Valleys in crisis: How Indians respond to Kashmir, Narmada will determine future of our democracy

People in both the areas have, for decades, attempted to withstand the excesses of the state. A lot has already been written about the possible motivations of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister..

Why Narendra Modi Government must acknowledge the economic slowdown, now

Over the past few weeks, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures to tackle economic slowdown. These steps have come after India's GDP growth in the first quarter of FY20 slowed to 5 per cent..

India much bigger concept than Hindi

"Hindi echoes the voice of integration. This is the language of tolerance and nationalism" --- just paens and paens on Hindi as if no other language exists in India or it is nothing but "God's Gift" or manna from heaven raining upon the soil of India!..

Daslakshan festival

Daslakshan Festival is celebrated by Jain Community across the globe for self purification. As the name indicates, Jains adhere to ten universal virtues like forgiveness, contentment and self-restraint for ten consecutive days every year. The ten universal virtues are venerated and worshipped for self purification. The aim is to leads us on the right path, far from the strife for material prosperity, which ultimately leads us to our destination i.e. salvation. ..

Why afraid if no wrong committed

Dramatic arrest of senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case the other day has taken everyone by surprise. After all what were the reasons that made Chidambaram play hide and seek for 27 hours with the CBI when the investigating agency went to arrest him following rejection of his anticipatory bail plea by Delhi High Court. After he was sent to CBI remand for five days, Chidambaram moved a petition in the Supreme Court seeking relief asking for cancellation ..

Sunyata & Kenosis: Search of ‘Ultimate Truth’ in the light of the wisdom of Jesus and Buddha

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” ~ Albert Einstein..

Start selling yourself

Talent is a free gift from God which is so easy to find out but we are surrounded by unsuccessful talented people. Hunting talent is just as easy as writing diary before sleeping but making the talent feed you is where the point lies. ..

Falsehood or hypocrisy of The Federation Of Haomee

The press release of the FOH (Federation of Haomee) vide its Ref:No.F2/8/19OH dated 26.8.2019 in which it spelt out the statement of lies with communal tone against the Kuki peoples of Manipur needs to be rebutted..

The idea of Manipur

A few days back “the idea of Manipur” was once again invoked by Shri RK Ranjan, Member of Parliament in a function organized by Manipur College, the third oldest college of the State. The ‘idea’ ignited my mind..

Aromatherapy as career option

We are aware of different therapies which are important for healing or for other purposes related to our health and well being. In today’s edition we shall discuss about a therapy which is not very popular in our region but have scopes in ..