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updated Mon. February 19, 2018

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Sheena Roy from Pune, was not an overweight kid or teenager. However, the 30-year-old remembers that she, "was never a very active child and my food habits were bad," adding that in college she, "lived solely on street food, chips and alcohol!" When she started working, the bad food habits and ...
It is 4 a.m. the moon is visible from my bedroom window, a faint crescent hopscotching between clouds and trees. I tear myself out of bed and stagger to the kitchen. Lady Mo (short for Lady Mohawk, a white cat with a black patch on her head), hoping for a spot of breakfast, is blatantly ignored, as I rummage ...

The story about creation and naming of Hussainsagar lake is well known in Hyderabad. Lore goes that the reigning monarch at Golconda, Ibrahim Qutb Shah commissioned his son-in-law Hussan Shah Wali to construct the lake at the foothills of what came to be called Naubat Pahad. After the lake was ...
The Hindu Rohingya refugees, who took shelter at a Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar fleeing crackdown by Myanmar forces in the Rakhine State, are now keen for an immediate return to their ancestral homes in the bordering country. They are seeking support from the Bangladesh government and also ...
There is an ongoing debate among students in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, about compulsory attendance. This is not a demand for the right to not attend classes. Rather, the protests against compulsory attendance aim to protect the university's academic culture, which emphasises that learning ...
"I wish I could go back to tell my 13-year-old self, 'You don't have to push yourself for validation, you don't have to apologise constantly for everyone'," says Aakanksha Luthra, a 28-year-old Instagram blogger from Udaipur. It was only when a former boss pointed out to her that she was always apologetic, ...

It's generally believed British Madras's first church is St Mary's in the Fort. Little known is that predating it by nearly 50 years was St Andrew's, dating to 1642. Intriguingly, this was a Roman Catholic Church Andrew Cogan, Agent of Fort St George, an Anglican settlement, permitted Fr. Ephraim de Nevers to ...
Recently, a friend was telling us about his house help who may have broken an expensive vase, yet completely denied it when confronted. The rhetoric question my friend asked was 'What is it that makes one lie?' For much of my growing-up years, I tended to lie particularly when I was frightened, thought I ...
Nearly 600 million people in India, mostly in the rural areas, have little or no access to health care. A widespread disregard for norms, a perpetual failure to reach targets, and an air of utter helplessness are what mark the state of rural health care today. One can add to this another fact: the country is short of ...
Apparently, my last column marked a new low in my so far undistinguished career as a journalist. Many readers have sent me long emails sharing their agony and disbelief at the fact that when there are so many burning issues facing the country, I am wasting precious newsprint writing about pakodas.
Atish's mother, Manisha Gandhi, who follows the Hindu architectural principles of vastu shastra, insisted that her son and daughter-in-law's home conform as much as possible. Most of vastu shastra's ideas date to ancient times, when managing harsh sunlight and locating a water well were practicalities, but ...
The Ministry of Labour is investigating complaints from two sculptors from India who accuse a Toronto Hindu temple of grossly underpaying them and housing them in an unfinished basement with bedbugs. In complaints filed this month, the workers claim they were made to work between 60 and 70 hours a ...
The Pongala festival at the Attukal Bhagavathy temple will be held from February 22 to March 3. The Attukal Pongala will be held on March 2, the ninth day of the festival. The 'Kaappukettu' ritual at 5.45 p.m. on February 22 will mark the start of the 10-day fete. cultural programmes would be held that ...
"The children of farmers who killed themselves cope with acute mental trauma, but they say very little. Even worse, no one asks." Kartik Kachre, whose father Prakash Kachre committed suicide, is seen with other children in Shantivan in Beed district of Maharashtra. Shantivan is home to 120 children who ...
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Following the successful debut edition of The Huddle last year, The Hindu is gearing up to present The Huddle's second edition on February 17 and 18 at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru. Presented by Yes Bank, The Huddle, a thoughts and ideas conclave, is a platform that attempts to bring under a single ...
For decades and even more than one hundred years, Congress has been a party of temple-going Hindus who respected other faiths and were, therefore, secular the Indian way. The challenge for the party today is to restore an idea of India where to assert one's Hindu identity would not imply some ...

The more necessary it seems, the less likely it gets. That is the story of public spending on education. In 1966, the Kothari Commission had said in its voluminous report that India should aim at spending 6% of its GDP on education. More than half a century later, we are spending less than 3% of our GDP on ...
Maha Shivratri, a Hindu holiday that honors Shiva, the god of darkness and destruction, will be celebrated on Tuesday. Devout Hindus and Shiva devotees typically spend one night each month reflecting on Shiva, a night known as Shivratri. But Maha Shivratri, or the great night of Shiva, is a special event ...
The payments feature would take advantage of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and include support by a number of banks. facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp is testing a new payments feature in India that aims to allow people to send money to their friends on the app, the media has reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his three-nation West Asia tour on Friday with a stopover in the Jordanian capital, Amman, where he met King Abdullah II. On Saturday, Mr. Modi will travel to Ramallah in the West Bank, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority, where he will hold talks with ...
More than 1,700 classrooms in government and aided schools in Ernakulam district will go high-tech by March. The project is part of the government's initiative to protect general education. Around 1,700 smart classrooms between Classes 8 and 12 selected are part of the 45,000 classrooms turning smart ...
Was a marble-cutting machine used to cut the body of the pregnant woman whose parts were found stuffed in a two gunny bags near Botanical garden in Kondapur on January 30? police believe so. They surmised this, based on the forensic doctors' opinion that a machine was used to cut the body into ...
International Actors may intervene to try and resolve the current crisis in the Maldives, but India alone can be the game changer, according to the island nation's exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed. "I have faith in India," he said, amid few indications from New Delhi on its response to the ...
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Back in 2015, during Modi's first visit to the UAE, the government had allocated land in Abu Dhabi for its first Hindu temple. The 20,000 sq m complex will come up in Al Wathba, 30 minutes away from the city. Reports suggest that the temple will include idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Maheshwara, Lord Ayyappa ...
It's the season for applying to universities abroad. As students are looking for suitable programmes and universities for further studies, The Hindu held its 10th edition of the International education Fair in Bengaluru where students interacted with consulting firms, universities, consulates and training ...
Do you make something seem less important just because you can't have it? Sour grapes, for sure. When Radhika lost the coveted class leader post, she was heard telling everyone, "I don't think that was such a great job anyway..." Ah! A classic case of sour grapes, one might say! When you describe ...
The first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East will be built by 2020 and hand carved by Indian artisans. The first temple in Abu Dhabi will be built at Abu Mureikha, off the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway, said a spokesman from the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha that will design, construct and manage ...
As far as I can remember, playing with mud used to fascinate me, engage me for hours together and make me think about the various uses of the natural material. I suppose this is what led to my interest in pottery -- I joined classes when I was in college and continued learning the art through my early ...
The essay should be submitted with the signature of the head of the institution and the entries can be sent by post or handed over in person to The Hindu Tamil office at 19-20, A.T.T. Colony, LIC Road, Coimbatore- 641 018. The essay should also mention the student's name, class, house address, and ...
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February 11 is International Day of women and Girls in science. While we remember those who have made a mark in the field, let us also encourage girls to keep alive the spirit of scientific enquiry. February 11 is designated as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. It was necessary to set aside ...
The Chief Minister said, "I am also a Hindu. We have respect for gods, mutts and temples. There is no need for seers to fear the notice." He also accused the BJP of "playing politics" over the issue. On Wednesday, the BJP had criticised the government for releasing public notice on January 29, 2018, ...
This very Congress, which is now desparately seeking Hindu votes, in 2007, submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court, stating that there is no evidence to prove the existence of lord Ram. Hindus, who espouse for Hindutva, are not fanatic or any less secular, they are just more pro-Hindu who refuse to ...
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Lakshmy Nair, a senior research scientist living in the US, is hard pressed for time to read books, especially Malayalam books. But, these days, during a 30-minute drive from her home to her workplace, Lakshmy, a writer herself, listens to Malayalam stories. Back home, in Malappuram, Preethy K.P, ...
Nambie Marak is in Rangsa, a village in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills. She walks towards the backyard green patch, where the local Rebok banana has been planted. She's going to make kalchi/Khar (an alkaline liquid that tenderises meat) from the bark, and as she cuts it into thin strips for drying, she ...
police say four people have been stabbed during a church service at a Texas home and a man is in custody. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that the incident occurred about 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Corpus Christi police were called to the home and found the pastor who had been holding the ...
The season's best offerings thankfully are still around. However, for some time, I thought the Kinnow had successfully managed to erase lovely Indian oranges from the market. Kinnow to me is the perfect example of everything that glitters is not gold. These perfect-looking even-toned citrus fruits are ...
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The government today said there is no proposal at present to ban advertisements of junk food on television, while nine major food business operators have decided not to advertise products with high fat on children's channels. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore ...
They're as hot as they can get and are now being bottled to reach chilli lovers across the country. Meet bhut jolokia. The Indian palate and plating are changing. And in this change, the traditional finds itself transformed to give it a traditional contemporary flavour. The latest to don this avatar is India's hottest ...
Bats are the longest-lived mammals relative to body size, and a species called the greater mouse-eared bat lives especially long. Researchers now have unlocked some of this bat's longevity secrets, with hints for fighting the effects of aging in people. scientists said that unlike in people and most other ...
This instils hatred among Hindus and Muslims in the country, deepens the divide and distances Hindus from Muslims," he added. "This is a pattern when it comes to all the monuments built by Muslims. This is what is happening in the case of Taj Mahal, claiming that originally it was a Hindu structure and the ...
The process of issuing licenses to street vendors and setting up of designated vending zones in the City corporation is now stuck without any progress being made in recent months. The latest activity on this front happened late in October last year, when dates were fixed for the distribution of identity cards ...
Dishes made from brinjal dominated cookery contest, 'Our State-Our Taste,' organised by The Hindu in association with the AP Tourism in here on Sunday. The 'Pandiri Hall' in Hotel Ananda Regency was packed with a good number of women from different places in the city and they brought delicious food ...
About Rs. 1 lakh crore is expected to be pumped into India's 21 public sector banks by March, which the Centre hopes will enable them to extend fresh credit lines worth over Rs. 5 lakh crore to spur economic activity. Of the capital injection -- the first half of an ambitious Rs. 2.11-lakh crore recapitalisation ...
The much-awaited event for school children The Hindu in School chess competition 2017 was held at army public school on K. Kamaraj Road on Sunday. The competition saw enthusiastic participation by over 300 children. The competition was held in four categories -- Under 9, 11, 13 and 15.
Indian elections are the world's biggest exercise in democracy but also among the most expensive. India's campaign spend is only rivalled by the American presidential race, the world's most expensive election. Parties and candidates need large sums of money for voter mobilisation, advertising, consulting, ...


 

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