The once flourishing handloom
industry in Panipat is today in distress. Geetanjali
Gayatri looks at the many problems threatening the industry,
which has now begun outsourcing work to Uttar Pradesh
handlooms is almost over. The industry which made this Haryana town the
handloom capital of the region is now in the throes of a crisis.
Employing over two lakh workers, the industry is plagued with labour
problems, paucity of export orders and pending payments to suppliers.
Weavers at work in a handloom unit in Panipat. The number of units in the district is gradually declining.
right and be merry
Hypertension is affecting the
young generation in a big way, the World Health Organisation has warned.
But this may be just the tip of the iceberg with other lifestyle
diseases creeping on unsuspecting persons. Tanni
Gupta looks at health problems nagging todayís youth
Bothra (19) has a series of
medical problems. Siddhartha Dutta (21) has a recurring back problem and
an annoying knee joint pain that just wonít go away. They are just two
of the many from Generation X who suffer from a series of medical
problems that are usually not associated with the youth.
to voice kid series
actor Pierce Brosnan is set
to be the new voice of Thomas The Tank Engine. The former James
Bond will narrate the childrenís classic, Thomas & Friends,
following in the footsteps of Ringo Starr, George Carlin, Alec Baldwin,
Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis.
lazy as us
at Stanford University,
California, have said that robots must be made as lazy as possible in
their gestures if we want them to be more interactive. The future will
see more human-robot interactions, and humans will expect robots to move
more like them. As such, robots should be made as lazy as possible if we
want them to move around as gracefully as we do.