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Jogging, cycling and brisk walks can make you more creative
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Jogging, cycling and brisk walks can make you more creative

Representational Image | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ If jogging, cycling or brisk walks are an essential part of your daily routine, you may be better able to think outside the box than your couch-loving friends or neighbours. The link between physical exercise and improved health – in both body and mind – is long-established, but an active lifestyle also makes you more creative, scientists have found. Researchers at Austria’s University of Graz analyzed the impact of regular exercise on the human imagination and found a clear relationship between healthy lifestyles, positive mood and innovative thinking. In general, more active meant more creative – but why? Boosting creativity levels ...
This Maharashtra village has not had a sarpanch for 15 years for fear of death. Until now
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This Maharashtra village has not had a sarpanch for 15 years for fear of death. Until now

File photo of Sheetal Rajpure | By special arrangement Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: Rajpuri village, nestled at the top of a hill in Satara district and close to the tourist town of Mahabaleshwar, got a sarpanch last month, after nearly 15 years. Villagers in this little known hamlet have always shied away from the otherwise coveted post of a sarpanch because of a widespread superstition — that whoever becomes the village head will die. The gram panchayat elections in Maharashtra were held in January. And this year, a 31-year-old homemaker, Sheetal Rajpure, decided to step up to the challenge and dispel the myth. She was elected unopposed and took over as the sarpanch of Rajpuri last month. “It is just a rumour. ...
A Pakistani national became panchayat head in UP. Then she was arrested over ‘land dispute’
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A Pakistani national became panchayat head in UP. Then she was arrested over ‘land dispute’

Bano Begum was born in India but carries a Pakistani citizenship | By special arrangement Text Size: A- A+ Gudau: If a National Register of Citizens were to be compiled today, one would think Bano Begum’s citizenship would be secure. She has been living in a small village called Gudaun near Jalesar in Etah, Uttar Pradesh, for over 40 years, and was born in India. Bano is married to Akhtar Ali, and the couple have two children: Son Naeemuddin, who works as a labourer in Gurugram, Haryana, and daughter Asma Parveen, who lives with her husband and family in Mathura. Bano holds a small parcel of land which her family claims was allotted to Akhtar’s grandfather by the gram panchayat. She has two buffaloes and a do...
Screening non-smokers for lung cancer just as important & effective, finds Taiwan study
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Screening non-smokers for lung cancer just as important & effective, finds Taiwan study

Representational image | Commons Text Size: A- A+ Nagpur: Lung cancer in ‘never-smokers’ or people who have never smoked is a rising threat, and a new study from Taiwan has emphasised the importance of screening among certain risk groups to identify the disease early.  According to researchers from the National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening — currently the only recommended test for lung cancer screening — may be “feasible” in never-smokers exposed to certain risk factors, such as a family history of lung cancer and exposure to second-hand smoke.  The findings of the team, which was led by Dr Pan Chyr Yang of the National Taiwan University College...
Cricketer Dinda, ex-IPS officer Ghosh and 8 turncoats among BJP’s Bengal candidates
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Cricketer Dinda, ex-IPS officer Ghosh and 8 turncoats among BJP’s Bengal candidates

BJP workers with party flags at a rally (representational image) | PTI file Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi/Kolkata: The BJP on Saturday released its first list of 57 candidates for the West Bengal assembly polls and fielded Suvendu Adhikari from his home turf Nandigram, a day after TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced her candidature from the seat. The list also features a number of new faces and candidates from politically crucial backward communities, as most of the constituencies that will go to polls during the first two phases are either reserved seats or have high density of SC and ST population. The saffron party has given preference to turncoats, with around eight candidates including...
Covid vaccination approved for kin of armed forces personnel, veterans in service hospitals
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Covid vaccination approved for kin of armed forces personnel, veterans in service hospitals

A woman getting the Covid-19 vaccine | Representational image | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has approved administration of Covid-19 vaccine to dependents of armed forces personnel as well as veterans in service hospitals, the Indian Army said on Saturday. “The process is likely to commence next week after completion of registration of armed forces medical facilities on Co-WIN Platform. Guidelines for the same will be issued in a few days,” the Army said on Twitter. The government had announced last month that everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get COVID-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government faci...
US Secretary of Defence Llyod Austin to visit India this month, Indo-Pacific talks on agenda
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US Secretary of Defence Llyod Austin to visit India this month, Indo-Pacific talks on agenda

File photo of Lloyd Austin | Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images via Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Amid the impending meet of the four leaders of the ‘Quad’ countries, which is likely to be held soon, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin will be visiting India this month, ThePrint has learnt. The visit will be taking place keeping in mind the Joe Biden administration’s larger foreign policy focus in which the Indo-Pacific strategic initiative plays a key role and hence his deepening of ties with India is important, according to highly-placed official sources. The sources also said the new US Secretary of Defense will most likely be visiting other Indo-Pacific countries too after his India visit, wh...
It’s official, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari will take on once-mentor Mamata at Nandigram
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It’s official, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari will take on once-mentor Mamata at Nandigram

Mamata Banerjee (left) and Suvendu Adhikari | PTI/wikimedia commons Text Size: A- A+ Kolkata: The BJP Saturday announced Suvendu Adhikari as its Nandigram candidate, pitting the protégé against his once mentor, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The BJP announcement has given an official stamp to what was increasingly an open secret — that the two would battle it out in arguably the marquee poll fight in West Bengal. Adhikari, who joined BJP in December, had challenged Mamata to contest from Nandigram, one that the chief minister accepted almost immediately. As if the clash of two forceful personalities wasn’t enough of a poll script, the stage, Nandigram, the rural constituency around 150 km from K...
3-year-old dies after UP hospital ‘discharges her without stitches for not clearing dues’
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3-year-old dies after UP hospital ‘discharges her without stitches for not clearing dues’

Representational image | Soham Sen | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Lucknow: A 3-year-old girl died in Uttar Pradesh after doctors of a private hospital — who performed abdominal surgery on her — allegedly handed over the child to her family without stitching up the wounds as her parents failed to clear the dues. The girl’s family, residents of Kaushambi, admitted her to United Medicity Hospital in Prayagraj on 15 February after she complained of abdominal pain.  They alleged the hospital demanded Rs 5 lakh to conduct a surgery, of which they paid Rs 2 lakh and sought more time to clear the dues. The hospital, however, allegedly handed the girl over to her family without doing proper stitches as the family didn’t ...
Centre sends health teams to Maharashtra, Punjab after spike in daily Covid cases
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Centre sends health teams to Maharashtra, Punjab after spike in daily Covid cases

Doctors wearing protective suits check residents with an electronic thermometer inside a slum in Worli, Mumbai | Representational image | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Centre has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in number of daily COVID-19 cases being reported by these states. The teams are being deployed to assist State Health Departments in coronavirus surveillance, control and containment measures, the Union health ministry said. The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by S K Singh, Director, National Centre for D...
Why alarm bells are ringing in Punjab over Deep Sidhu and Lakha Sidhana’s growing support base
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Why alarm bells are ringing in Punjab over Deep Sidhu and Lakha Sidhana’s growing support base

File photo of Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu | Facebook Text Size: A- A+ Chandigarh: As the farmers’ agitation on Delhi borders entered its 100th Saturday, security agencies in Punjab are closely watching actor–turned–activist Deep Sidhu and former gangster Lakha Sidhana who, they believe, are gaining popularity among a section of the youth.  Their big fear is that Sidhu and Sidhana may exploit growing anger among the youth due to the protracted farmers’ agitation.  Following the 26 January incidents of violence in Delhi and hoisting of Khalsa flag at the Red Fort during farmers’ tractor rally, farmer unions had distanced themselves from the two, blaming them for tarnishing the protests.  The Delhi Police is invest...
How IIT, NIT graduates as faculty in colleges in low-income, NE states script success
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How IIT, NIT graduates as faculty in colleges in low-income, NE states script success

Representational image | IIT-Kharagpur | Commons Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Technical colleges in 19 states including Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have seen a 40 per cent increase in accredited institutions, higher percentage of GATE qualified students and higher retention rate of SC/ST and women students at the end of three years of TEQIP-III, a Modi government programme to improve technical education in low income, northeastern and hill states.  Under the project, the Modi government had in 2018 appointed graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) as faculty in colleges of the target states.  The Technical Education Quality Improvement Prog...
Yes, napping in the middle of a workday helps — long or short
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Yes, napping in the middle of a workday helps — long or short

Representational image of a woman sleeping | Pixabay Text Size: A- A+ Some people swear by an afternoon nap – whether it’s to catch up on lost sleep or to help them feel more alert for the afternoon ahead. Even Boris Johnson supposedly favours a power nap during his work day (though the prime minister’s staffers contest this claim). Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo Da Vinci were all famous nappers. But while many of us may not feel we usually have enough time to squeeze a nap into our day, working from home during the pandemic may now afford us an opportunity to give napping a try. Napping is a great way to feel more rested and alert – and some research shows it can benefit our cognitive funct...
World’s tallest trees store more CO2 and are bigger than we imagined, finds laser technology
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World’s tallest trees store more CO2 and are bigger than we imagined, finds laser technology

They are among the largest trees in the world, descendants of forests where dinosaurs roamed. Now laser technology reveals the true scale of the giant Redwoods of North America — and it’s bigger than we imagined. As well as being the grandest, California’s Sequoias are among the oldest trees on the planet, living for up to 2,000 years. Measuring their size is much more than a matter of cultural curiosity since their bulk determines how much carbon dioxide they’ve sequestered over the centuries – a factor that’s rising up the agenda in the fight against climate change. Until recently, measuring these trees meant scaling their 80 metre high trunks with a tape measure. Now, a team of scientists from University College London and the University of Maryland uses advanced laser scanning,...
Why Sweden’s parking lots are replacing cars with tables, benches and plants
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Why Sweden’s parking lots are replacing cars with tables, benches and plants

Representational image of a parking lot | Pixabay Text Size: A- A+ Across Sweden, city dwellers are getting the chance to help redesign the urban spaces right outside their front door. Using pre-built furniture modules, parking spaces are being replaced by tables, benches and plants. It’s all part of a government plan to help people improve the immediate environment around their homes. Built from wood, the units are designed to occupy a single street-side parking space. Once installed, they effectively remove space for one car and replace it with something for people. The plan is that a range of modules used in different configurations could provide things such as places to sit and eat, urban gardens, p...
Kids of ’90s will remember these ‘cigarettes’ fondly, despite its controversial, unhealthy tag
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Kids of ’90s will remember these ‘cigarettes’ fondly, despite its controversial, unhealthy tag

Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Sweet, sugary and rolled in controversy — the Phantom sweet cigarettes at one point defined childhood in the 1990s but has since been accused of promoting smoking among children. Shaped like a cigarette, these sweet treats encased in a characteristic red-and-white box, were a staple for children and were also the definition of ‘cool’ as children posed with a Phantom cigarette. “Phantom cigarettes candy is like a time machine for the kids who grew up in the 90s. Even by saying the name, it is like you are revisiting childhood. It reminds you of simpler and stress-free life,” Ritesh Sharma, 28, a sales executive, told ThePrint. Also read: Conva...
Why two WCD ministry bodies are sparring over ‘suicide’ of a teen ‘rape’ victim in Bhopal
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Why two WCD ministry bodies are sparring over ‘suicide’ of a teen ‘rape’ victim in Bhopal

Students protest against incidents of rape (Representational Image) | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The alleged suicide of a 17-year-old ‘rape’ victim at a government child care shelter in Bhopal in January has led to a dispute between two agencies of the Women and Child Development (WCD) ministry — Childline and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in Bhopal. The teenager was among five girls, who had been allegedly raped for several years by a 68-year-old Bhopal-based newspaper owner, Pyare Miyan. He was arrested from Srinagar last July. Sources in CWC Bhopal claimed the girl had consumed sleeping pills on 17 January at the child care shelter. She died three days later on 20 January at a hospital. An SIT has be...
Murder house to prime property: Story of gory UP murders, woman on death row & Rs 3-cr estate
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Murder house to prime property: Story of gory UP murders, woman on death row & Rs 3-cr estate

Sattar Ali, the younger brother of murder victim Shaukat Ali, points to the graves of the seven family members killed by his niece Shabnam in April 2008 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Amroha: A horrific incident that took place 13 years ago, on a summer night in 2008, continues to dictate what a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district is known for, and what it talks about.  Much of these discussions in Bawankhedi village centre on a house located right by the main road.  Standing in one part of a sprawling 9-acre property, surrounded by gardens that have seen better days and a mango orchard, the house bears clear signs of age. The large gate that leads into the property is rusted, and paint is ...
International coalition set up to help India achieve renewable energy goals, says US
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International coalition set up to help India achieve renewable energy goals, says US

File photo of John Kerry | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ Washington: A top Biden Administration official Friday said the US has put together a coalition of several countries to help India achieve its ambitious target of producing about 450 gigawatts of renewable power by 2030, costing around USD600 billion. John Kerry, the special presidential envoy for climate, said the US has set up a consortium of several countries eager to help India with funds and knowhow to achieve this ambitious goal. Kerry made this remark to former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during a virtual Fireside Chat at IHS CERAWeek, the world’s premier energy conference. India has a plan to produce about 450 gigawatts of renewable power by 2030, ...
Why Narendra Modi’s India is ‘partly free’, and where it is headed
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Why Narendra Modi’s India is ‘partly free’, and where it is headed

Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Control-oriented regimes tend to adhere to strikingly similar playbooks. Xi Jinping, for instance, has said that “East, west, south, north and the centre, the party rules over all”. That echoes Mussolini’s sharper formulation: “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.” India is not where those regimes are or were, being “partly free”, as a US-based NGO (non-government organisation) describes it. But the Narendra Modi government’s desire for steadily greater control of so far autonomous centres of influence and activity makes clear the direction in which the country is headed. The rules released last week for what is ...