Written By: Dr. Trina BiswasDepartment of Agricultural Economics & AgribusinessLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USAIllustration: Suman ChoudhuryThe Amazon River Basin, home to the largest rainforest on earth covers roughly 40 percent of the South American continent. It encompasses areas in Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Nearly two-thirds of amazon’s forest cover lies in Brazil.The Amazon rainforest has long been recognized as a warehouse of ecological services for the world. It is home to almost 10% of the world’s biodiversity and 30% of the world’s species. The rainforest is referred to as “Lungs of the Planet” and contributes greatly to local and global climate by absorbing humongous amounts of Greenhouse g
Written By : Simran Saini
New Delhi, India
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Film Review: Kaamyaab (Round Figure)
Director: Hardik Mehta
Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal.
In Hindi cinema, the line between the new and the old is not a thin one. To the general public, who goes to the cinema only for 'entertainment' (read item numbers, popular actors and fascinating plots), this line may be thick, but almost a blur. If you look closely though, you may read the words 'critically acclaimed' engraved on this line. This term has become quite common these days, among the viewers of Hindi cinema. Especially for the urban youth, this term defines cinematic experience. Movies like City lights, Masaan, NH 10, Shahid etc - these are realistic, heart touching m...
Written by: Shreya Seth
Film Review: Abu
The camera is a beautiful device that succinctly captures and retains all that our restless vision and cramped memories cannot. However, it might seem to be losing its charm in a world that is predominantly obsessed with capturing everyday life, not with the intention to retain or revisit, perhaps to abide to a false sense of self- portrayal and self-validation. Amidst these changes, Arshad Khan's documentary 'Abu' comes as a refreshing take on personal life told primarily through a camera that is not a mere intruder or an object that prompts one to alter their expressions or mannerisms, but one that captures an individual with all their idiosyncrasies, devoid o...
Written By: Sankhadip Das
Illustration: Suman Choudhury
Another general election is round the corner, and once again the same old discussion has started making rounds - The great Indian political dynasties. Despite being a flourishing democracy for the last seven decades, why politics in India, is more of a family business? Is it harmful to the economy and development? Should it at all exist?
These questions have become more pertinent now, or you may say as the Lok Sabha election looms large, the ruling party at the centre is stirring these issues to surface. The reason being that their leader, the current Prime Minister is a bachelor and has come through a really hard way to be here today. And his main opponent is Rahul Gandhi who is a dynast.
But before w...
Written By: Pema Bhadra
Photo Credit: Tatmadaw and NSCN-K
When the nation and the world are paying all its attention towards the western border of India, Indian government is silently playing its anti-terrorism diplomacy card on the north-eastern frontier as well. The all-powerful NSCN-K is on the back foot to keep hold on its headquarters at Sagaing division in Myanmar. The mighty ULFA-I and other Assamese and Manipuri militant organisations are also finding it very difficult to get a place there to rest.
Khaplang with Yung Aung (on his left)
The Myanmar Army, commonly known as Tatmadaw has recently occupied the headquarters of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Taga area. Taga was once the self-ruled area under Khaplang and his team....
Written by: Maria Lazgin Ciercielli
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Tangier is a breathtaking city on the northwestern tip of Morocco. It has a large port that welcomes ships from around the world and it is situated at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. If you are looking for a vacation you will never forget, Tangier is the city to go to. Surrounded by gorgeous ocean towns like Asilah, Tangier will not disappoint you with its variety of ocean views. If you are looking for an adventure, Tangier is one of the largest cities close to the famed Chefchaouen, known as the Blue Pearl, which is another unique city that is not to be missed.
Tangier will fascinate you with its blend of cultures, influence from Spain and France, and its bold history. It has lon...
People light candles to pay tribute to CRPF soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attack, at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday, 17 February 2019 - Photo Credit : Prem Singh
Written By : Sankhadeep Das
The wounds of Pathankot and Uri are yet to heal. Again 40 soldiers have lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir. Within no time the dreaded terror organization Jaish-E-Muhammad, which is headquartered at Bahawalpur of Punjab province in Pakistan, has claimed the responsibility of the attack. Interestingly, the Jaish Headquarter is nestled within 9 kilometres distance from the Pakistan army 31 core headquarters, and the world also knows how close Jaish and its chief Masood Azhar are to Pakistani establishment and ISI....
Written By: Mariamne Chavey Everett
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Despite #metoo and #timesup, society is slow to change. I believe it is better to be prepared by learning self-defence than risk assuming that every individual can fast unlearn habits that have been ingrained in society for years. Many thoughts cross my mind as I go through a typical Krav Maga class. It may have just begun as a self-defence course I signed up to defend against assault, but along the way, it has reinforced important life lessons for me.
As I enter the gym, I make my way across the basketball court where the men’s team doing warm-ups and enter the room we use for our Thursday night class. I take in the walls decorated with inspirational figures, (Muhammad Ali is, of course, present),
Written By: Rohan Sengupta
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On the 11th of December 2016, the East Bengal Football Club (EBFC) club grounds witnessed one of the biggest sporting gatherings of the year when they hosted a Manchester United contingent of ex-players and club officials for a day. Aficionados of Indian football would perhaps be aware of East Bengal’s status as one of the most ardently supported and passionately vocal teams in the country. Aficionados of global football would certainly be aware of Manchester United’s fan following, across continents. The general mood surrounding the event was one of excitement at the prospect of meeting some stalwarts of the two clubs and having the chance to interact with them. It was perhaps to be expected. But surely ther
Dr. Trina Biswas
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Around 3000 world leaders including 250 high ranking politicians from G20 countries and 1000 business leaders gathered in the Alpine town of Davos, Switzerland from January 22-25 for 2019 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF). Top leaders from different aspects of life including academics, politicians, civilians, business leaders engaged in global dialogues to shape global, industrial and regional agendas in the context of Fourth Industrial Revolution. Discussions ranged from challenges concerning income inequality to the future of education to international trade to geopolitical tensions to cybersecurity etc. Discussions regarding Climate change and environmental challenges were among the issues that domin