Author Archives: Loknath Das

Tamil Nadu real estate series Part 2: Realty rots in Chennai as rampant bribery makes regularisation a method to pelf

Editor’s note: This is the second of a four-part deep dive into the murky world of land legislation in Tamil Nadu, unauthorised constructions and how corruption is rampant in the sector with no government wanting to curb it. Will the courts at least do the needful? When 51-year-old Nirmala bought a piece of five-acre land in 1997 in Manapakkam, she Read More


Sweet poison: Quit artificial sweeteners if you want to avoid obesity, diabetes

Do you substitute refined sugar with artificial sweeteners? It may be time to stop. Scientists say diet foods and artificial sweeteners may trigger weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes, as their sweet taste fools the body’s metabolism into believing that we are consuming more calories. In nature, sweetness signals the presence of energy and its intensity reflects the amount Read More


Want to stay healthy? Make these six superfoods part of your diet

It is hard distinguishing between fads and products that have real benefits. So, if you are confused about superfoods, you are not alone. It is hard to distinguish between superfoods that offer real health benefits and others whose benefits have been invented for marketing purposes. Nutri-therapy specialist Olivia Charlet, who is also a marathon runner and naturopath, separates fact from fiction: Sprouts Read More


Indira Canteens Open Across Bengaluru: From Idlis to Puliyogare and Vangi Bath, Here’s What’s On the Menu

  In a move to make Karnataka hunger- free, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced the opening of Indira Canteens across Bangalore on Tuesday. “I am happy to announce that we are opening Indira canteens across Bengaluru this Wednesday, to feed people from the labour class and poor migrants of the city,” he said in his Independence Day speech. Congress National Vice Read More


Do You Need a License for a Home Business? Maybe

Recently I applied for and obtained a home business license. Didn’t know you needed a license to run a business out of your home?  Neither did I, until recently. My journey of discovery started when I relocated my small business from Ohio to Florida. I decided to seek certification from the state of Florida as a woman-owned business. While completing Read More


India’s first aviation university’s inauguration in Rae Bareli postponed

The central university is planned as an autonomous body with an aim to facilitate and promote aviation studies, teaching, training and research. Photo: Bloomberg New Delhi: The inauguration of India’s first aviation university in Uttar Pradesh, which was scheduled for 18 August, has been postponed. The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU) at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli district was supposed to Read More


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Video Teases ‘Bigger Things’, Specifications and Benchmarks Leak

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped to pack 6GB of RAM The smartphone is expected to feature larger display than Galaxy S8+ Galaxy Note 8 will be launched on August 23 Samsung has now released an official teaser video for its upcoming Galaxy Note 8 smartphone that is scheduled to be launched on August 23. Separately, the specifications of the handset have Read More


Modernizing Government Technology Act to get second path to passage in Senate NDAA

Nearly every major technology reform bill has followed a similar path over the last 30 years. After being introduced as standalone legislation, lawmakers eventually attach it as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. It seems the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is heading down the same well-traveled trail. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) have filed an amendment to the NDAA Read More


Breastfeeding woman asked to ‘cover up’ in London museum

A woman breastfeeding her one-year-old child was asked to ‘cover up’ her breast in a museum in London even as the World Breastfeeding Week to spread the awareness about the value of breastfeeding for mothers as well as children was being observed across the globe. Instead of bearing that in silence, she took to Twitter to express her amazement. The Read More


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Left-handed children ‘penalised’ by lack of support in UK schools

Children are still “penalised” for being left-handed with ministers lacking the information to understand the scale of the problem, education campaigners have warned. It is also feared a disproportionate number of prisoners are left-handed, with calls to research whether classroom struggles trigger a “downward spiral” in which pupils get low marks, their self-esteem drops and their future opportunities are damaged. Read More