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Supersitions among Bollywood Stars

No matter how rational and practical we may consider ourselves to be, we all have some or the other kind of obsession that makes us considerably superstitious. But as much as these tendencies satisfy our beliefs, they tend to surprise those who look at them as nothing more than a psychological bug! Well, before you start questioning yourself on sanity, you will be surprised to know that your own favourite stars are also sailing the [...]

Real picture of child labour in India

News is doing rounds regarding the amendments of the present Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, which the centre has approved recently. The new amendment is made in the Child Labour Act so as to align it with the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which is a fundamental right of all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years to have education. The Amendments First of all, let us [...]

USTAD image

On 14 May 2015, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah launched a major welfare scheme in Varanasi, aimed at preserving and upgrading traditional arts and handicraft skills, in a move that will benefit thousands of traditional craftsmen, many of whom belong to minority communities. Upgradation of Skills and Training in Ancestral Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAD) is a Rs 17-crore initiative to preserve and promote traditional skills and ensure wider market access. Launching USTAD in [...]

Importance of summer classes

Summer vacations are no longer what they used to be. Gone are the days when kids used to stay at home and do their holiday homework. Parents nowadays are more interested in putting their children in hobby or summer classes during summer vacations. Things have definitely changed, but what has led to this change? Is it a change in lifestyle, modernisation or changing family structure? The concept of summer classes has transformed the holiday period [...]

Vastu for workplace

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, has been planned as per the guidelines of Vastu Shastra. While designing Chandigarh, Le Corbusier applied the principles of Vastu Shastra with modern architecture. Many modern projects like Vidhan Bhavan in Bhopal and Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya in Ahmedabad have been constructed as per Vastu. Most of the business houses consult Vastu experts to stay on the other side of loss. But, how does adhering to Vastu Shastra help your business? [...]

Juvenile behind the bars

The Nirbhaya Case India’s juvenile justice system came into focus after the 2012 Delhi gang rape, a case where a 23-year-old girl was brutally assaulted and gang raped in a bus in the Indian capital city. The girl was called Nirbhaya by the press and the incident sparked large-scale protests across the country. The incident caught the attention of both national and international media and became a turning point for women’s safety issues in the [...]

Road safety mandatory signs

Traffic signs are the silent speakers on the road. Be it the person behind the wheel or a pedestrian, having a sound knowledge about road safety is absolutely necessary for all before hitting the roads. Traffic signs give information about the road conditions ahead, provide instructions to be followed at the major crossroads or junctions, warn or guide drivers, and ensure proper functioning of road traffic. Being unaware of road signs is akin to throwing [...]

House husbands

In the patriarchal and conservative society of India, a new breed of husbands is coming to the fore. They are often tall, dark, handsome and most importantly, can cook up a storm (thankfully, not literally), scrub and clean!!! No, this breed of house husbands or stay-at-home dads does not think like the average Indian males — it isn’t necessary to make the bed in the morning when one has to sleep in it again or [...]

Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme

Save for every girl child in India. Reinforcing this idea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme’, a small savings scheme as a part of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign. It is also considered a part of the government’s initiative to increase the percentage of domestic savings, which has reduced from 38% of the GDP in 2008 to 30% in 2013. This scheme will encourage parents to save for the education and [...]