If sons inherit political privileges, can daughters be far behind? That seems to be the mantra of the forthcoming general election in India.
Vimla Patil on how the new brigade of daughters of leaders of several parties is marching ahead
great Indian election game is on. Obviously, the bigger picture is
riveting the attention of the media and the people of India. As never
before, the political scenario in New Delhi and around the states of
India is changing.
The maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Orissa’s Kalahandi district is 364 per 100,000 live births as against the state’s 358. The main reasons are early marriage, low intake of vitamins during pregnancy and poverty. The young mothers find a solution to their problems at public hearings, where health service providers are held accountable, says
since she gave birth to a stillborn boy, Sajana Sabar (20) has not
spoken a word. A resident of Uchalla village in Golamunda block of
Kalahandi district in Orissa, Sajana lives 75 km away from the nearest
Lottie and Adam Smith pose for a portrait by Five, an African elephant, at West Midlands
Safari Park in Bewdley, central England
iron pillar that won’t rust
Simharajan on this hand-forged block of iron from India’s
past that continues to remain rust-free even 16 centuries after its
the last 1600 years, the rustless wonder called the Iron Pillar of
India, near the Qutub Minar at Mehrauli in Delhi, continues to baffle
contemporary scientists, who cannot determine the method of
manufacture, which prevented the iron from rusting for these last 16
of the midnight sun
Full of contrasts, Finland
offers an interesting platter of unique natural phenomena, adventure
sports and fairytale settings, writes Gyan
the land of many seasons, attracts tourists from all over the world,
as it is full of surprises. It is also called the land of midnight
sun, as the sun keeps shining all through the night as well for a few
weeks around midsummer, in the northern part of the country.
This rare mutton delicacy
from the Valley is availble only in winters,
writes Ehsan Fazili
for its scenic beauty, Kashmir also has a unique cuisine and offers a
variety of dishes for different seasons of the year. A special mutton
preparation, hareesa, is a dish for the Kashmir elite and is prepared
mainly in the capital Srinagar. This dish is normally cooked during
the winter months from December to March. It came to the Valley from
Iran over six centuries ago with the advent of Islam.
Cash counters in
tinseltown are ringing high despite the gloomy economic times,
says Stephen Foley
what recession? Well you might ask, if only you were a Hollywood
executive. Business is booming at the box office this year — not
just in spite of the gloomy economic times but perhaps because of
Kareena Kapoor tells Subhash
K Jha that it is both flattering and scary to be in the power
position in the film industry is permanent, says Kareena Kapoor who
has replaced Aishwarya Rai in Filmfare’s power list. The
actress says the position is comes with a lot of responsibilities.
Kareena, who was seen in last year’s hit Golmaal Returns,
admits the power comes not just from the movies, but also from the
products that one endorses.
was his hallmark
Dhawan on Shakti Samanta, one of the most successful filmmakers
of Hindi cinema, who died recently
Samanta, who died recently, came to Mumbai to become an actor. He
learnt the art of making films by assisting directors like Gian
Mukherjee, Satish Nigam, Phani Majumdar etc. He directed his first
feature film Bahu in 1955.