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When non-conformity is necessary

Patricia Mukhim This is an age when a smartphone is a necessary gadget even if the user has little or no education. That education would, supposedly, help in understanding the complicity and complexity of spreading fake news. After all, who cares about boring, old mainstream journalism with its propensity to claim a sacro-sanctity that's no longer kosher. This is a bright, young generation of millennials used to instant coffee and instant gratification. They can write Queen's English with a dash of American irreverence and there are no elders or juniors,...
Editorial

Another “political solution” needed

Inarguably, the road ahead for school education in Nagaland is paved with many a crater and it will take much more than mere streamlining of the system because the system itself is flawed. And it is flawed because school education ~ a major Government Department, is perceived much like any other Government Department ~ and not as the most vital agency to initiate change in the human development index of the people and state of Nagaland. So over the decades bureaucratization has set in and soon enough this crucial agency...
India

Morcha, GNLF spar over hill control

Darjeeling, June 25: The 2 identity-based parties in the Darjeeling hills - the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) - are upping the ante against each other in their attempts to emerge as the main political force in the region. Both the Morcha and the GNLF enjoy the confidence of the Bengal Government, which has been trying to keep the two in good humour to ensure peace in the hills. The friction between the Morcha and the GNLF has prompted worries about political stability in the...
India

SC agrees to hear plea of 18 disqualified AIADMK MLAs

NEW DELHI, JUNE 25: The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear a plea by 18 AIADMK MLAs of the Dinakaran faction seeking the transfer of the case challenging their disqualification to the apex Court from the Madras High Court. A Vacation Bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjay Kishan Kaul agreed to hear the plea after it was mentioned on Monday for an early hearing. The lawyer for the MLAs said that they were seeking the transfer of the case as there has been an inordinate delay to decide against...
India

Heavy showers pound Mumbai, Thane; 4 killed in rain-related incidents

Mumbai, June 25: The Southwest Monsoon picked up momentum in Mumbai, bringing heavy showers that claimed 4 lives in the city and adjoining Thane, officials said today. Heavy rains lashed the metropolis and Thane district throughout the night and continued this morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus causing inconvenience to office-goers. Two persons were killed last evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation...
India

Gas distribution to reach 49% of India’s population: Petroleum regulatory body

KOCHI, June 25 : Gas distribution would reach almost half of India's population after the completion of new distribution projects in various geographical areas, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board said on Monday. PNGRB Chairperson D K Sarraf said as a major step in the area of distribution of natural gas across India, in the '9th City Gas Distribution' (CGD) bidding round, PNGRB has offered 86 geographical areas (GAs) covering 174 districts (156 complete and 18 part), spread over 22 states and Union Territories. These GAs cover 29% of India's...
Infotainment

The complete IIFA 2018 winners list

The 19th International Indian Film Academy Awards 2018 event was held in Bangkok on Sunday night (June 24). The star-studded show had full celeb attendance, with Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Anil Kapoor, Rekha, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan, Karan Johar and several others walking the red carpet. IIFA returned to Bangkok after a gap of 10 years and Rekha mesmerised everyone with her stellar performance. Karan Johar, Riteish Deshmukh and Kartik Aaryan hosted the show held at Siam Niramit Theatre. Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun...
Infotainment

‘Spider-Man Far From Home’ title has multiple meanings

Tom Holland revealed the title of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s sequel on Instagram. It is not certain whether it was really a gaffe but it is a known fact that Tom is bad at keeping secrets. Anyway, the sequel, according to the actor, is titled Spider-Man: Far From Home. The name is interesting, and it may mean that Tom’s Spider-Man will travel somewhere that is not New York. As per speculations, it would likely be Europe. Could it also be that he is stuck somewhere in the universe after the events of...
Editorial

Plastics crisis 

The central government does not appear to be serious in tackling the problem of plastic and polythene waste management, which has become a major pollutant in India and is overflowing in the water sources including rivers and ocean. Being a major producer of plastic and allied waste that is further polluting the water sources, India was the best place to act as host for World Environment Day. A central government minister in one of his speeches said that his government means business and the United Nations theme, "Beat Plastic Pollution", will...
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