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Shut Down Laboratories And Overhaul The DRDO, Expert Committee Tells Defence Ministry

Shut Down Laboratories And Overhaul The DRDO, Expert Committee Tells Defence Ministry

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India's premier defence research organisation, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), needs a major overhaul, some its research laboratories closed and the organisation needs to concentrate only on development of defence platforms, a high-level committee appointed by the Ministry of Defence has said in its report.In the last five years, DRDO has been getting between ₹6,000-₹8,000 crore annually for defence research — roughly 6% of the defence budget.The DRDO was set up in 19

58 to achieve self-reliance in manufacturing weapon systems to equip the armed forces. It has over 33,000 personnel, which includes nearly 8,000 scientists, 13,000 technicians, and 52 laboratories. Its area of research is wide and encompasses everything, from juices to nuclear missiles.Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had constituted the committee led by Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar (Retired) in May 2016 to suggest ways to enhance the combat capabilities of India. The panel submitted its 550-page report to the government recently.Top sources told HuffPost India the committee has said as many as 11 laboratories of the DRDO need to closed down or amalgamated and its "non-crore" research activities stopped. The committee also said that DRDO needs to work with "clearly defined" objectives to develop "weapon systems and platforms".Instead of the DRDO deciding on areas and focus of research, the committee has recommended setting up of a "Technology Commission", headed by the defence minister, with representatives from the armed forces. The commission should formulate research and development policy and even set specific deadlines for research.The committee feels that end-users — the three services — must be consulted on areas of research and development of weapon systems. To break the red-tape in the DRDO, the committee has suggested that DRDO scientists be given incentives for successful completion of projects.Suggesting further reforms, the DB Shekatkar Committee has also said that Ordnance Factory Boards (OFB) — which produce bulk of the ammunition and weapons used by the forces — should consult the armed forces when inducting new technology or material. It has pointed to the fact that OFB, which produce rifles, wasn't aware of the exact weight of the guns it was producing.Interestingly, the committee has said that OFB needs to include private companies and has suggested using private-public partnerships to speed up production, ensure better quality and cut down delays.This isn't the first time an overhaul of the DRDO has been recommended. Questions have been frequently raised about the delays and cost over-runs in DRDO projects.In a 2015 report, the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) had pointed out that audit examination of 14 mission mode projects, carried out by DRDO laboratories, "revealed that all projects failed to achieve their timelines and the probable date of completion (PDC) was extend ... read more

This Behind-The-Scenes 'Logan' Clip Makes Us Love Hugh Jackman Even More

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Hugh Jackman is not only extremely good looking, he’s also the only person who truly brings Wolverine to life on screen. To celebrate the new Wolverine film, “Logan,” Jackman shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the hit movie. The video shows Jackman with headphones on, pumping his arms and grunting loudly while a running sequence from “Logan” plays in front of him.He’s likely providi read more

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Teaser Might Reveal An Upsetting Secret

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On “Game of Thrones,” the sword Oathkeeper has been there and back a-Gwen.The sword, which now appears in a new Season 7 teaser, was originally part of Ice, the Valyrian steel greatsword of House Stark. Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) had the Stark sword melted down and reforged into two different blades. He then gave the reforged sword that became Oathkeeper to his son Jaime Lannister (Nikola read more

Alec Baldwin Says He Won't Do Trump Impression Much Longer Due To 'Maliciousness'

Alec Baldwin Says He Won't Do Trump Impression Much Longer Due To 'Maliciousness

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Since Alec Baldwin began impersonating Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live," the long-running sketch show has enjoyed its best ratings in six years. But his performance might be more short-lived than fans hoped.The actor blamed the Trump administration's "maliciousness" on his reluctance to continue playing the president. As Baldwin told Extra's Mario Lopez, Trump hasn't coole read more

Twitter's Losing It Over This Video Of Trump In The Wind

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Donald Trump’s hair has battled the wind before, but it has never lost as bigly as this.Deadspin editor Timothy Burke recently tweeted a “mesmerizing” video of the president boarding Air Force One in the wind. Trump’s mane was more unruly than usual:mesmerizing pic.twitter.com/iA6WgkQIhLFollowers were quick to respond with all sorts of commentary.@mattufford @bubbaprog if your hair is a bi read more

Popcorn, Please: A Female-Centric Movie Week Is Coming

Popcorn, Please: A Female-Centric Movie Week Is Coming

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In case you somehow missed it, a huge chunk of the female characters we see on the screen are either super stereotypical, highly sexualised or probably waiting for a prince.But here's the thing: There is an increasing number of movies that don't prescribe to that thinking, and Gretel Killeen has taken on the job of proving it by hosting a five-movie 'Wonder Women' marathon conveniently, kicking of read more

The New Sexy

The New Sexy

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My life has been shaped by a true sense of equality; it was never an overt "for crying out loud Emilia is just as capable as her brother!" it was simply etched into every action, choice, and behaviour of my family. It was a recognised matter of fact that I, as a woman, was no different to my brother. Just as my mum was no different from my father in their careers, therefore I was raise read more

These Artists Are Empowering Young Women To Ask For Help When They're Struggling

These Artists Are Empowering Young Women To Ask For Help When They're Struggling

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Australian teenage girls are continuing to face neglect and abuse in today's society, making growing up even harder than it already is.A song has been released by the duo Spare Pages as part of what's called The Illuminate Project, shining a light on the issues disadvantage girls face in Australia.The project is seeking to raise awareness and empower women to speak up and ask for help when they're read more

Arianna Huffington: We Take More Care Of Our Smartphones Than Of Ourselves

Arianna Huffington: We Take More Care Of Our Smartphones Than Of Ourselves

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Last November, as news was still sinking in Donald Trump had won the U.S election, Arianna Huffington was on stage at the World Business Forum in Milan lamenting the then-president elect's inadequate sleep patterns, and her own temporary sleep deficit."I have to confess that although I am believer in eight hours sleep I did not get eight hours sleep last night," Huffington said, referrin read more

#CelebratingWomen Is The Campaign That Every Woman Needs To Know About

#CelebratingWomen Is The Campaign That Every Woman Needs To Know About

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On International Women's Day, the work of women is celebrated across the globe, but there's one project that's been shining the spotlight on remarkable women every day of 2017.It's called #CelebratingWomen and that's exactly what it's doing. It's literally celebrating women from all walks of life, every single day of this year through social media.The project launched by Dr Kirstin Ferguson was o read more

Gunslinging Woman Chases Drone After It Starts Filming Her Home

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Dramatic video reportedly taken by a drone last week in Washington state appears to show a woman trying to shoot the device out of the sky after it flew way too close to her home for her liking.The 35-second YouTube video that has since gone viral shows the woman first throwing items at the flying pest before going inside and returning with what looks like a firearm.Though the incident may seem st read more

Fashion Designer Cynthia Rowley On The Imaginary Road To Success

Fashion Designer Cynthia Rowley On The Imaginary Road To Success

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New Yorker and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley didn't dream of designing pretty dresses as a little girl."I didn't really think about being a fashion designer [growing up]," Rowley told The Huffington Post Australia ahead of her visit to Melbourne this March to launch a capsule collection within Harrolds."I was making art, my grandparents were artists and my mum draws and paints, so read more

Sweet (And Savoury) Breakfast Muffin Recipes

Sweet (And Savoury) Breakfast Muffin Recipes

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Although breakfast is the best meal of the day, sometimes you just don't have 30 minutes to make and enjoy a perfect spread (or, you forgo brekkie for more sleep -- totally understandable).Well, if you love breaking the fast but ain't got the time, breakfast muffins are the answer.Breakfast muffins are basically normal muffins with extra fruit, nuts, nut butters, whole grain flours, and even veggi read more

Where To Start If You're Thinking About Having A Baby

Where To Start If You're Thinking About Having A Baby

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So, you want to have a baby. Or at least you think you will do, someday.Whether you're currently coupled up or doing life solo, you probably have an idea around if you want to have children or not, one day.If you do want children, there are some tweaks you can make to your lifestyle to generally help the process along. Some apply when it's time to try, while others should be made earlier."The read more

Twitter Noticed An Error On Trump’s New 'MAGA' Hat

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It’s yet another bad hair day for President Donald Trump.Last week, Team Trump announced a special green edition of their “Make America Great Again” hats. In a thrilling holiday update, the back of the hat bears a symbol to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day.However, it’s the wrong one.Capture the luck of the Irish with this Make America Great Again Hat. While supplies last! BUY NOW: https:// read more

I Have This One Very Specific Problem With The Trailer Of Sonakshi Sinha's 'Noor'

I Have This One Very Specific Problem With The Trailer Of Sonakshi Sinha's 'Noor

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In what is a refreshing break from the films she's done recently, Sonakshi Sinha appears in Noor, a drama about a young girl finding herself in the unforgiving city of Mumbai.The film is an adaptation of Saba Imtiaz's Karachi: You're Killing Me. For obvious reasons, Karachi has been reimagined as Mumbai and one assumes the writers adapting the book would have kept in mind the changes to reflect t read more

Eight Indian Women Reveal How They Have Managed To Stay Afloat In Professions Dominated By Men

Eight Indian Women Reveal How They Have Managed To Stay Afloat In Professions Do

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From an auto driver and a wildlife guide to a detective and the CEO of a tech startup, we spoke to eight women who have taken up jobs very few women do in India. Some are driven by economic necessity and others by passion, but what they share is a fierce determination that has helped them challenge the gender barriers. These trailblazers tell us what it's like to enter unchartered territory and de read more

Dear Brands, Here's A Gift You Can Actually Give Women Today: STOP. FAKING. CONCERN.

Dear Brands, Here's A Gift You Can Actually Give Women Today: STOP. FAKING. CONC

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Dear brands,Stop. Please, just stop.I know the temptation to treat women like a sub-human form of intelligence might be a tough one to resist. And I understand that you spend sackfuls of money each year in training your fresh-faced, eager, mostly male MBA recruits in the art of "understanding the female market", "capturing the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the quintessential mode read more

Harvard Student Writes To Modi About Why His Recent Jibe Is All Manner Of Wrong

Harvard Student Writes To Modi About Why His Recent Jibe Is All Manner Of Wrong

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NEW DELHI -- A Harvard University student has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi objecting to his recent jibe at the renowned US varsity, and said "mocking" economists and credible academic institutions will only "isolate" India from the world. The letter from Prateek Kanwal, who hails from Chandigarh and is pursuing a Master's Degree course in public policy at Ha read more

The Chilling Story Of An 18-Year-Old Former ISIS Sex Slave Whose Legs Were Almost Amputated For Trying To Escape

The Chilling Story Of An 18-Year-Old Former ISIS Sex Slave Whose Legs Were Almos

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She wears a friendship band on her slender wrist. Her face shows no emotion as she recounts how she was sold again and again to ISIS terrorists, in a voice that is even-pitched. Burn marks on her face are prominent. She is barely 18 but has been through hell and back.Meet Aji (surname redacted), a young Yazidi woman, who was sold as a sex slave after being captured by the ISIS when their village K read more

Why Some Hindus Are Angry About Reza Aslan's CNN Show 'Believer'

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A number of Hindu leaders and activists are angry about a new CNN show they say depicts their faith in a sensationalist manner.“Believer,” hosted by religion scholar Reza Aslan, premiered on Sunday with an episode on an obscure Hindu sect that practices cannibalism. The Aghori reject India’s caste system, as well as the notion of untouchables and the distinction between purity and pollution. read more

Twitter's Losing It Over This Video Of Trump In The Wind

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Donald Trump’s hair has battled the wind before, but it has never lost as bigly as this.Deadspin editor Timothy Burke recently tweeted a “mesmerizing” video of the president boarding Air Force One in the wind. Trump’s mane was more unruly than usual:mesmerizing pic.twitter.com/iA6WgkQIhLFollowers were quick to respond with all sorts of commentary.@mattufford @bubbaprog if your hair is a bi read more

Twitter's Losing It Over This Video Of Trump In The Wind

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Donald Trump’s hair has battled the wind before, but it has never lost as bigly as this.Deadspin editor Timothy Burke recently tweeted a “mesmerizing” video of the president boarding Air Force One in the wind. Trump’s mane was more unruly than usual:mesmerizing pic.twitter.com/iA6WgkQIhLFollowers were quick to respond with all sorts of commentary.@mattufford @bubbaprog if your hair is a bi read more

This Women's Day, A Big Thank You To The Men
This Women's Day, A Big Thank You To The Men

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I know that International Women's Day is all about celebrating women and how we've gotten so far as a gender, but I wanted to shine the light on the fabulous men who support the women in their lives. A heartfelt thank you to all the men who have stood by us—from the husband who drops his wife to the office to the man who puts the kids to bed so that their mother can study for her upcoming foreig read more

Strangers, Bosses, Boyfriends, Friends... I Did Nothing
Strangers, Bosses, Boyfriends, Friends... I Did Nothing

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I was 12 years old. Wide-eyed and dirty-socked. When you're 12, your life's ambitions are mainly about having long hair and long nails. But, since fingernails were my second favourite food group, only surpassed by pen-caps, a ponytail was my World Cup. And finally, at 12 years old, my mother allowed me to grow my hair long enough to tie into a ragged little ponytail that, frankly, made me look lik read more

Babri Masjid Demolition: Supreme Court May Revive Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against Senior BJP Leaders LK Advani, Others
Babri Masjid Demolition: Supreme Court May Revive Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against Senior BJP Leaders LK Advani, Others

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Nearly 25 years after the infamous demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque, the Supreme Court may order a joint trial of the pending cases against the accused, reviving charges of criminal conspiracy against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, among others.The two cases have been pending in Lucknow and Rae Bareli courts in Uttar Pradesh. In 2010, the Allahabad High Cour read more

Nothing New In The Revelation, Says Kiren Rijiju On Durrani's Assertion On Mumbai Attack
Nothing New In The Revelation, Says Kiren Rijiju On Durrani's Assertion On Mumbai Attack

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NEW DELHI -- Union minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday said India's position on the 26/11 Mumbai attack is very well known and there is "nothing new" in former Pakistani NSA Mahmud Ali Durrani's remark that it was a "classic example" of cross-border terror."India's position is very well known and consistent. There is nothing new in this revelation," the Union Minister of read more

Pakistan Has No Utility For 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed, And Should Punish Him, Says Former Pak National Security Advisor
Pakistan Has No Utility For 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed, And Should Punish Him, Says Former Pak National Security Advisor

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Pakistan's former National Security Advisor, Mahmud Ali Durrani, blamed his home country for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack that claimed 166 lives, and said Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed, accused of carrying out the deadly strikes, should be severely punished.Durrani lashed out at Jama'at-ud-Da'wah chief Saeed and said that he had "no utility", and Pakistan "should act against him read more

EC Issues Notice To Akhilesh Yadav Over Bribery Remarks
EC Issues Notice To Akhilesh Yadav Over Bribery Remarks

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NEW DELHI -- The Election Commission (EC) on Monday shot a notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and abetting bribery during one of his election rallies recently.The EC has sought a reply from Akhilesh by Tuesday evening as to why action should not be initiated against him.Akhilesh, during one of his read more

Only BJP Can Restore Law And Order In The State, Says PM Modi At Final UP Rally
Only BJP Can Restore Law And Order In The State, Says PM Modi At Final UP Rally

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VARANASI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made an impassioned plea to voters to defeat SP-Congress combine and BSP, blaming these parties for the plight of Uttar Pradesh, as he wrapped up his hectic campaign for Assembly polls. Addressing a rally at Khushipur village in Rohaniya assembly segment, 25 kms from the city, Modi, who has been campaigning in his Lok Sabha constituency here for thre read more

British Navy Admiral Remembers INS Viraat, World's Oldest Warship, And How It Made 1982 Falkland War Victory Possible
British Navy Admiral Remembers INS Viraat, World's Oldest Warship, And How It Made 1982 Falkland War Victory Possible

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Indian Navy's aircraft carrier INS Viraat, the world's oldest warship in active service retired after having done 57 years of active duty. She was formerly the Royal British Navy's HMS Hermes, commissioned in 1959.Rarely has any warship been in active service for so long.Referring to role played by HMS Hermes in the 1982 Falkland War, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the Royal British Na read more

Sri Lankan Navy Shoots At Indian Fishermen Off The Coast Of Tamil Nadu, One Killed
Sri Lankan Navy Shoots At Indian Fishermen Off The Coast Of Tamil Nadu, One Killed

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RAMESHWARAM -- A group of Indian fishermen, who were fishing between Danushkodi and Katchatheevu off the Tamil Nadu coast, were allegedly fired upon by the Sri Lankan Navy in which one fisherman was killed.The deceased was identified as a 22-year-old man named Pricho and his body was brought to the Rameshwaram Government Hospital at around 12:30 p.m.As per reports, around 500 boats went for fishin read more

Jayalalithaa Was Given Best Possible Treatment, Died On 5 Dec, Says Medical Report Released By Tamil Nadu Govt
Jayalalithaa Was Given Best Possible Treatment, Died On 5 Dec, Says Medical Report Released By Tamil Nadu Govt

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CHENNAI -- Tamil Nadu government on Monday cited Apollo hospitals and AIIMS reports to deny that the health complications of late J Jayalalithaa due to wrong medication and said she passed away on 5 December after a massive cardiac arrest.Listing multiple factors as the cause of her death, Apollo Hospitals said that late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had several medical problems.The Tamil Nadu gover read more

Why Are Our Urban Aspirations So Captive To Our Colonial Past?
Why Are Our Urban Aspirations So Captive To Our Colonial Past?

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In the list of tall political promises made to the Indian public those involving first-world cities, especially London, occupy a station of eminence. "Give me your votes," thunders a leader in the course of an inspired speech, "and I'll transform your [pathetic excuse for a city] into [a glittering first-world metropolis]." Insert suitable names.Of course, the phrases in parent read more

WATCH: Karan Johar Is Really, Seriously Pissed With Kangana's Nepotism Comment
WATCH: Karan Johar Is Really, Seriously Pissed With Kangana's Nepotism Comment

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When Kangana Ranaut appeared on Karan Johar's chat show, Koffee with Karan, the actress pretty much took over the show's narrative, leaving her other guest, Saif Ali Khan, redundant and Karan, shell-shocked.The actress openly slammed Johar for being the 'flag-bearer of nepotism,' even labeling him a 'movie mafia.'While she said it in a humorous tone, her comments weren't really a joke -- she said read more

Guess Who Use The 'Woman Card' Karan Johar Was Talking About A Lot? Men.
Guess Who Use The 'Woman Card' Karan Johar Was Talking About A Lot? Men.

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What exactly is a 'woman card'? Many people, mostly men like Karan Johar, will tell you that it is a dangerous-sounding, legitimate name for a phenomenon they think plagues their lives. It's basically an accusation that women use the fact of their gender to get out of a sticky situation, shirk responsibilities, get ahead in life and who knows, even fly to the moon without a rocket, and summon unic read more

America’s Melting Pot Is Boiling Brown People To Death

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I’ll never forget the first time I realized people saw my brother and dad differently. I was 13 and it was after 9/11. My family was in New York City visiting my brother who lived there at the time, and we were walking down the street when a man with an Australian accent yelled “Hey, Bin Laden, go home” as his friend mimed playing a flute while shaking his head from side to side.No one said read more

US Travel Advisory Against Pakistan Also Warns Extremists 'Active' In India
US Travel Advisory Against Pakistan Also Warns Extremists 'Active' In India

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WASHINGTON -- The US on Monday issued a travel warning for its citizens visiting Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, and said extremist elements are also "active" in India."The US government assesses terrorist groups in South Asia may be planning attacks in the region, possibly against US facilities, citizens and interests. US citizens should avoid travel to Afghanistan, as no reg read more

Indian Man Allegedly Racially Abused In New Zealand, Told To Go Back To His Own Country
Indian Man Allegedly Racially Abused In New Zealand, Told To Go Back To His Own Country

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MELBOURNE -- An Indian national in New Zealand was assaulted, subjected to a racist tirade and told to go back to his own country during a road rage incident in Auckland, a media report said on Monday. Narindervir Singh said he was filming from inside his vehicle when the incident happened on a weekday last week. "I gave him a space... that lady gave me the finger. He was driving that car [ read more

US Man Stalks Indians In Ohio, Accuses Them Of Stealing Jobs From Americans
US Man Stalks Indians In Ohio, Accuses Them Of Stealing Jobs From Americans

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NEW YORK -- Amid attacks on Indian-origin people in the US, an anti-immigration website has caused alarm among the community after featuring a video showing a man secretly filming Indian families at an Ohio park and commenting that the "Indian crowd" has "ravished the Mid-west". The 2:49 minute video is titled 'Welcome to Columbus Ohio Suburbs -- Let's Take a Walk to Indian Pa read more

Microsoft Increases The Bug Bounty Reward To Up To $30,000
Microsoft Increases The Bug Bounty Reward To Up To $30,000

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NEW YORK -- Microsoft has doubled its bug bounty for a limited period to up to $30,000 for individuals across the globe who do serious vulnerability submissions for specific online services provided by the tech giant.The qualified submissions are eligible for a minimum payment of $500 up to a maximum of $15,000, Microsoft said in a post late on Monday.Now from March 1 to May 1, any eligible vulner read more

Xiaomi Launches Mi Walkie-Talkie, Mi Smart Camera And Four Other Smart Products
Xiaomi Launches Mi Walkie-Talkie, Mi Smart Camera And Four Other Smart Products

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From time to time, Xiaomi has been launching smart products in different segments and the Chinese electronic firm's latest offering includes six new devices that have been launched in China under the Mijia crowdsourcing brand. The first is the Mi Walkie Talkie, which comes with Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Very High Frequency support (VHF). The device comes with a small 160 x 100 black and white read more

Why Was The Criminal Conspiracy Charge Against LK Advani Dropped In The Babri Masjid Case, Asks Supreme Court
Why Was The Criminal Conspiracy Charge Against LK Advani Dropped In The Babri Masjid Case, Asks Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court has questioned why the criminal conspiracy charges against BJP leaders including LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were dropped in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.The trial against 13 BJP leaders and other right-wing personalities accused of inciting the crowds through speeches is being conducted at a court in Rae Bareli. Another trial relating to "kar seva read more

Giriraj Singh Ask Hindus To Visit Temples Instead Of Cutting Cake On Birthdays
Giriraj Singh Ask Hindus To Visit Temples Instead Of Cutting Cake On Birthdays

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PATNA -- Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Monday urged Hindus to take an oath to not cut cakes on birthdays, but offer prayers in a temple instead."I urge you all to take an oath not to cut a cake to celebrate birthdays, instead offer prayers in the temple to celebrate it. In Indian culture, there is no tradition to cut a cake. It is unfortunate that we are moving towards western culture despi read more

Don't Drink Alcohol, Skip Caffeine And Exercise Regularly, Says Amarnath Shrine Board To Pilgrims
Don't Drink Alcohol, Skip Caffeine And Exercise Regularly, Says Amarnath Shrine Board To Pilgrims

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NEW DELHI -- The Amarnath Shrine Board has asked all pilgrims not to drink alcohol or caffeinated drink and to start physical exercise at least one month prior to the pilgrimage which begins June 29.In an advisory, the Shrine Board said the pilgrimage to the holy cave involves trekking at altitudes as high as 14,000 feet and the pilgrims may develop high altitude sickness.To avoid high altitude si read more

Madhya Pradesh Cop Shamed By Shobhaa De On Social Media Thanks Her For Her Tweet
Madhya Pradesh Cop Shamed By Shobhaa De On Social Media Thanks Her For Her Tweet

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Daulatram Jogawat of Madhya Pradesh Police, who was fat-shamed by columnist and former best-selling author Shobhaa De on Twitter last month, is now in a forgiving state of mind.Thanking De for her snarky tweet in which she had posted his picture and joked about "heavy police bandobast," Jogawat said that he was happy that the tweet led to his being able to come to Mumbai for treatment. D read more

IISc Bangalore Is The Only Indian Name Among The World's Top 20 Small Universities
IISc Bangalore Is The Only Indian Name Among The World's Top 20 Small Universities

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In a rare instance, India appears in a top 10 global ranking that wouldn't make its citizens cringe at the state of its polluted cities or criminal record. According the Times Higher Education (THE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore appears on position 8 in the Best Small Universities in the World 2017 survey.The list, topped by Caltech in the US, has several Italian and French univer read more

Over 9 Injured In Blast In Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger Train
Over 9 Injured In Blast In Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger Train

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SHAJAPUR -- More than six persons were on Tuesday injured in a blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Jabdi station in the district, a railway official said. The blast occurred in a general coach of the train between 9.30 AM and 10 AM when it was on its way to Ujjain from Bhopal, Railway PRO, Indore, Jitendra Kumar Jayant told PTI.More than 9 people injured. There was a gunpowder odour.I read more

Jaitley Gets Emotional In Court, Says His Image 'Irreparably' Damaged By DDCA Allegations
Jaitley Gets Emotional In Court, Says His Image 'Irreparably' Damaged By DDCA Allegations

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NEW DELHI -- Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley turned emotional in the Delhi High Court stressing that his reputation has suffered "irreparable damage" due to allegations of corruption levelled by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) case.Jaitley was present in the court of the Registrar General when Kejriwal's counsel and senior advocat read more

69% Indians Have To Pay Bribes, Highest Rate In Asia-Pacific Region
69% Indians Have To Pay Bribes, Highest Rate In Asia-Pacific Region

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BERLIN/NEW DELHI -- India has got the dubious distinction of having the highest bribery rate in the Asia Pacific, with a survey showing today that more than two-thirds of Indians had to pay 'tea money' or fork out other forms of bribe to get public services.The survey, conducted by international anti-graft rights group Transparency International, found 69 per cent in India as saying they had to pa read more

The Chilling Story Of An 18-Year-Old Former ISIS Sex Slave Whose Legs Were Almost Amputated For Trying To Escape
The Chilling Story Of An 18-Year-Old Former ISIS Sex Slave Whose Legs Were Almost Amputated For Trying To Escape

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She wears a friendship band on her slender wrist. Her face shows no emotion as she recounts how she was sold again and again to ISIS terrorists, in a voice that is even-pitched. Burn marks on her face are prominent. She is barely 18 but has been through hell and back.Meet Aji (surname redacted), a young Yazidi woman, who was sold as a sex slave after being captured by the ISIS when their village K read more

Triple Talaq On WhatsApp: Red Corner Notice Sought Against Brothers From Hyderabad
Triple Talaq On WhatsApp: Red Corner Notice Sought Against Brothers From Hyderabad

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The Hyderabad police has sought a Red Corner Notice against two brothers based in New York after their wives approached the police after one of them was divorced over WhatsApp. The older brother had done the same with his wife six months ago.The story came to light recently when Usman Qureshi sent three talaq messages to his wife Mahreen Noor. The Indian Express had reported that Qureshi's elder b read more

Five Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Minor Girls For Over Two Months In Kerala Orphanage
Five Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Minor Girls For Over Two Months In Kerala Orphanage

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KALPETTA, Kerala -- Five men have been detained for allegedly repeatedly raping seven minor girls over a period of two months at an orphanage in Kerala, police said on Tuesday.The girls, all in the age group of 14-15 years, were staying at the orphanage at Muttil in Kalpetta in Wayanad district.The incident came to light after one of the girls was seen coming out from a nearby shop in suspicious c read more

Why This Kerala College Has Asked Female Students To Keep Doors Unlocked When Changing Is Mind Boggling
Why This Kerala College Has Asked Female Students To Keep Doors Unlocked When Changing Is Mind Boggling

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There seems to be no end to bizarre rules seeking to regulate and control the lives of women college students. First, there was curfew, then a dress code, and now female students of a college in Kerala have been asked to not lock doors even when they are changing clothes. Students of Upasana College of Nursing in Kerala's Kollam district have complained that the college management has been suffoc read more

India Is The 25th "Best Country" In The World, And Its Attitude To Women Is Dragging It Down
India Is The 25th "Best Country" In The World, And Its Attitude To Women Is Dragging It Down

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India is ranked 25th of 80 countries in a global survey that measures people's perceptions of which the "best countries" are. Among the main factors that drags its ranking down is the perception of people globally that it is not among the best countries for women.The rankings are a project of the U.S. News & World Report, Y&R's BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the Univers read more

Anil Ambani's Reliance Capital Makes ₹275 Crores By Selling 1% Stake In Paytm
Anil Ambani's Reliance Capital Makes ₹275 Crores By Selling 1% Stake In Paytm

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Reliance Capital has sold its 1 per cent stake in online digital payments provider Paytm to its Chinese backer Alibaba Group and affiliates for about ₹275 crores, making a whopping 28 times its initial investment, according to media reports.Reliance Capital, which is the financial services subsidiary of Reliance Group, had invested ₹10 crore in Paytm in 2010 via its parent One97 Communications read more

INTERVIEW: This Indian Hacker Has Earned ₹2.2 Crore By Finding Bugs In Facebook, Twitter, And Other websites
INTERVIEW: This Indian Hacker Has Earned ₹2.2 Crore By Finding Bugs In Facebook, Twitter, And Other websites

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India has no shortage of software talent. For proof, look no further than security researcher Anand Prakash, who is in news once again for winning a $5,000 reward from Uber after he pointed out a bug in their software that could have allowed users to take unlimited free rides.This is not the first time that Prakash has won a reward for pointing out a security flaw in a website. Over the years, he read more

8 People Injured In Blast On Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger Train, Inquiry Ordered
8 People Injured In Blast On Bhopal-Ujjain Passenger Train, Inquiry Ordered

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BHOPAL: At least eight persons were injured in an explosion in a general coach of an Ujjain-bound passenger train at the Jabri station near Kala Pipal in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh.The 59320 passenger train had left Bhopal at around 8:10 pm on Monday and the incident occurred at 9:50 pm. The compartment was subsequently cut off from the rest of the train. Officials said that a medical rel read more

IndiGo Pilot Makes False Announcement For Delay, Gets Caught By ATC On Board
IndiGo Pilot Makes False Announcement For Delay, Gets Caught By ATC On Board

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NEW DELHI -- An Indigo pilot faced a major embarrassment when he was caught attributing a flight delay to the Air Traffic Controller to "cover up" the absence of his co-pilot. Following the incident, which took place at Chennai airport last week, the Airports Authority of India raised the issue with IndiGo, asking it not to pass the blame for flight delays "falsely" to the ATC read more

Army Conducts Flag March Following Ransacking Of AASU Office In Assam
Army Conducts Flag March Following Ransacking Of AASU Office In Assam

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GUWAHATI -- The Army staged a flag march at Silapathar in Assam's Dhemaji district on Tuesday after members of an organisation ransacked the office of the All-Assam Students Union here demanding Indian citizenship for Hindu Bengalis who came to the state from Bangladesh after 1971.Members of a little-known organisation "Nikhil Bharat Bengali Udbastu Samanvay Rakhi Samiti" on Monday attac read more

DU Professor G.N. Saibaba Booked Under UAPA, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment
DU Professor G.N. Saibaba Booked Under UAPA, Sentenced To Life Imprisonment

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GN Saibaba, a Delhi University professor and five others have been convicted under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly having connections with the banned CPI-Maoists by a sessions court in Gadricholi, Maharashtra.Maharashtra: DU professor GN Saibaba and 5 others convicted by Gadchiroli court under UAPA act pic.twitter.com/VXRNRJ9H06The professor who used to teach in a college un read more

Another Army Jawan Posts Video On Social Media, Slams The 'Sahayak' System
Another Army Jawan Posts Video On Social Media, Slams The 'Sahayak' System

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NEW DELHI -- The Army has yet again been hit by allegations of ill treatment of soldiers with a sepoy posting online a video criticising the Sahayak or buddy system and "poor amenities" including food, which he said is only to keep them alive.Strongly rejecting the allegations levelled by Sepoy Sindhav Jogidas Lakhubhai from Army Medical Corps (AMC), the Army said the matter has been inv read more

Those Who Revise More Succeed In Examinations, Says Akhilesh Yadav On Polls
Those Who Revise More Succeed In Examinations, Says Akhilesh Yadav On Polls

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LUCKNOW -- A day before the last phase of polling, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said he had worked hard in the state, drawing an analogy with students "who revise more succeed in examinations"."I toured the entire state and worked hard and held 'rath yatras' also in the past. I feel that those who revise more succeed in examinations. Had Prime Minister done read more

Does Jayalalithaa's Medical Report Answer All Questions Related To Her Death?
Does Jayalalithaa's Medical Report Answer All Questions Related To Her Death?

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By releasing the complete medical report of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the Tamil Nadu government seemingly wants to make it clear that there is no mystery behind her death and that she had received the best treatment possible in India. The report also refutes the allegation that she had suffered trauma, by being pushed down, at her Poes Garden residence.The report, put together by the m read more

American Website Targetting Indians Is Old Bigotry Raising Its Head Masked As H1-B Anxiety
American Website Targetting Indians Is Old Bigotry Raising Its Head Masked As H1-B Anxiety

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It has happened before. And it was also called "satire" back then. The Indian-American community, jittery after the Kansas City shooting, have been spooked by a video and posts on a website called SaveAmericanITJobs.com. The H1-B anxiety is not new in America. But what was creepy this time was a video of a public park in a Columbus, Ohio suburb that's apparently become "mini Mumbai& read more

This Little-Known Party Could Hold The Key To The BJP's Fortunes In Eastern Uttar Pradesh
This Little-Known Party Could Hold The Key To The BJP's Fortunes In Eastern Uttar Pradesh

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Chances are that you have not heard of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) with its yellow flag. In fact, there are not many outside of eastern Uttar Pradesh who are familiar with the party that might just hold the key to the Bharatiya Janta Party's (BJP) fortunes in Purvanchal.The alliance between the two parties involves SBSP fielding eight candidates and exercising its influence in favour read more

WikiLeaks Dumps Documents It Claims Detail The CIA's Arsenal Of Hacking Tools

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WikiLeaks on Tuesday released a trove of 8,700 documents, which it claims originated at the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, that describe, in detail, the agency’s hacking abilities and techniques.Among the more interesting revelations of the so-called “Vault 7” documents, assuming they’re legitimate, is the sheer breadth of devices government hackers could possibly compromise.That i read more

Supreme Court Questions Azam Khan's Absence, Orders Him To Appear Before Allahabad HC On 8 Mar
Supreme Court Questions Azam Khan's Absence, Orders Him To Appear Before Allahabad HC On 8 Mar

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NEW DELHI -- Controversial Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Tuesday faced severe haranguing from the Supreme Court, which directed him to appear on 8 March before the Allahabad High Court to honour a bailable warrant against him due to his non-appearance in a case.The apex court, which rebuked the Samajwadi Party's minority face for "hoodwinking" the high court, also expressed surpris read more

No One Will Be Deprived Of Benefits For Lack Of Aadhaar: Govt
No One Will Be Deprived Of Benefits For Lack Of Aadhaar: Govt

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NEW DELHI -- Citizens can avail all the benefits of government schemes on alternate means of identification till the time they get their Aadhaar number, the government said on Tuesday."No one will be deprived of the benefits for lack of Aadhaar... Till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification," accordin read more

SC Asks Petitioner To Approach Centre Over Provision For Single Parent Surrogacy
SC Asks Petitioner To Approach Centre Over Provision For Single Parent Surrogacy

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The Supreme Court heard a petition on Tuesday raising the issue of single parents going for surrogacy, with the court asking the petitioner to approach the Centre on the issue.A Supreme Court bench Justices Ranjan Gogoi and N.V. Ramana in an order allowed the petitioner to make a representation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, that is examining the Surrogacy (Regulation) 2016, for a provis read more

One Suspected ISIS Member Killed In Lucknow As Anti-Terror Operation Ends After 12 Hours
One Suspected ISIS Member Killed In Lucknow As Anti-Terror Operation Ends After 12 Hours

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LUCKNOW -- A suspected terrorist was killed in the wee hours of Wednesday after 12 hours of anti-terror operation, police said, refuting as "false" earlier reports of two terror suspects holed up in a house in the outskirts of Lucknow.The anti-terror operation ended after nearly 12 hours."After opening the doors of the house (where the terrorist was holed up), the force went inside read more

Congress Leader Salman Khurshid Duped Of ₹ 59,000 While Purchasing Maltese Puppies Online
Congress Leader Salman Khurshid Duped Of ₹ 59,000 While Purchasing Maltese Puppies Online

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NEW DELHI -- Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid was allegedly duped of ₹ 59,000 by some persons on the pretext of selling him Maltese puppies through a website.The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has launched a probe into the matter after registering an FIR on 2 March on the basis of Khurshid's complaint.Police said Khurshid came to know about sale of the puppies while surfing t read more

Harvard Student Writes To Modi About Why His Recent Jibe Is All Manner Of Wrong
Harvard Student Writes To Modi About Why His Recent Jibe Is All Manner Of Wrong

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NEW DELHI -- A Harvard University student has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi objecting to his recent jibe at the renowned US varsity, and said "mocking" economists and credible academic institutions will only "isolate" India from the world. The letter from Prateek Kanwal, who hails from Chandigarh and is pursuing a Master's Degree course in public policy at Ha read more

Nokia Might Launch Two Flagships In June With Snapdragon 835 Processor
Nokia Might Launch Two Flagships In June With Snapdragon 835 Processor

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Last month, Nokia made its return to the smartphone market official by launching three phones, along with the Nokia 3310, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The newly released phones are all slotted in the budget range. Now, according to a new rumor, the Finnish smartphone maker also plans to release two flagship smartphones sometime in the middle of this year.A report from China says that read more

Why Some Hindus Are Angry About Reza Aslan's CNN Show 'Believer'

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A number of Hindu leaders and activists are angry about a new CNN show they say depicts their faith in a sensationalist manner.“Believer,” hosted by religion scholar Reza Aslan, premiered on Sunday with an episode on an obscure Hindu sect that practices cannibalism. The Aghori reject India’s caste system, as well as the notion of untouchables and the distinction between purity and pollution. read more

The 'Feminine Trap' Still Has A Deadly Grip On Indian Women
The 'Feminine Trap' Still Has A Deadly Grip On Indian Women

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Some books have the ability permeate geographical and temporal boundaries to become instantly relatable. The Feminine Mystique written by Betty Friedan in 1963 in the United States is one such book. Friedan grapples with the identity crisis faced by American women in the 1950s when she finds that the ideal of femininity—the notion that the primary role of women is being wives and mothers—was c read more

How Having More Women In Science, Engineering And Tech Could Transform The World
How Having More Women In Science, Engineering And Tech Could Transform The World

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International Women's Day (originally called International Working Women's Day) is celebrated on 8 March every year. In this context I couldn't help think of two very interesting yet disparate organisations, at two different corners of the world, that are doing some stellar work with regards to enabling more representation of women in the technology domain.The first is related to Big Data. The Wom read more

Photoblog: 8 Forward-Moving Women In 'Backward' States
Photoblog: 8 Forward-Moving Women In 'Backward' States

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As I undertook two back to back trips to two states—Bihar and Jharkhand— that arguably fare among the worst in terms of gender equality, little did I know that I'd return inspired and hopeful rather than dejected!In my visits to some remote villages of Bihar and Jharkhand, I met many men and women, boys and girls. And as I listened to their stories a more nuanced gender narrative emerged than read more

Why It Makes Business Sense To Help Women Re-Enter The Corporate Workforce
Why It Makes Business Sense To Help Women Re-Enter The Corporate Workforce

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One might say that the odds are against women in the Indian workforce. After observing the facts, it is evident that present-day workplace culture makes it difficult for women to re-enter corporate life after a break. It's a pity and a waste—rational organisations should intensify their diversity goals in acknowledgment of the fact that women provide dependability, intelligence and quality talen read more

Why Women Must Prioritise Their Career Over Home To Succeed
Why Women Must Prioritise Their Career Over Home To Succeed

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Gender wage gaps. The difficult fight for equal pay. Unequal promotions and bonuses.Where does all this stem from?Lots of things, both internal and external.Biases against women that seep through the entire corporate ecosystem—peers, bosses, subordinates, clients. Internal barriers such as poor negotiation skills and a need to be liked. Societal and family pressures and mindsets.But as a working read more

Working Moms Should Be Celebrated, Not Sent On Guilt Trips
Working Moms Should Be Celebrated, Not Sent On Guilt Trips

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Isn't this a case of much ado about nothing? To me, it is. Point out a time to me in the history of humanity when women weren't working. Incidentally, this takes me to a very interesting case where my nephew attended an interview for admission to Class I. The interviewer asked him, "Is your mom working?" The kid responded in a very matter-of-fact manner, "Yes." The principal ca read more

Childbirth Doesn't Have To Be A Death Sentence For A Woman's Career
Childbirth Doesn't Have To Be A Death Sentence For A Woman's Career

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Women's Day is a good opportunity to assess not only how far women have travelled but how much farther they need to go. As far as women and work go, it is clear that India is at a disturbing impasse. The International Labour Organisation says the participation of Indian women in the labour force fell from 37% to 29% between 2004 and 2011, leaving India ranked 11th from the bottom. Also, when compa read more