Author Archives: Loknath Das

Why technology is addictive and what to do about it

Do your palms get sweaty palms if your phone is out of reach? Author Adam Alter explains how technology is making and keeping us addicted. (Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters) A buzzing phone, glowing tablet or the sound of a favourite video game can be a powerful temptation many can’t resist. Now new research shows the cravings we have to connect to our devices can in Read More


B.C. home listings fall to 20-year low, real estate association says

The latest numbers from the B.C. Real Estate Association show residential property sales across the province are climbing while the number of homes on the market drops to a 20-year low. The association says the combination means affordability, especially in Metro Vancouver-area markets, will remain challenging because the lack of supply will keep prices high. Just under 10,000 homes in Read More


Moors Murderer Ian Brady dies

Daniel Sandford looks back at the life of Moors murderer Ian Brady Moors Murderer Ian Brady, who tortured and killed five children with Myra Hindley in crimes that shocked the nation, has died. The 79-year-old died at Ashworth Hospital, a secure psychiatric unit in Merseyside where he had been detained since 1985. Brady, who was jailed in 1966, buried four Read More


‘The Kardashian lifestyle is why you can’t buy a house’: millionaire developer

Tim Gurner’s social media account is very Kardashian-esque. Photos: InstagramMr Gurner’s concerns about Australians never owning homes is echoed by much of the nation. A recent ANU survey found that nearly 90 per cent of Australians were concerned future generations would be unable to buy a house. Multi-millionaire luxury apartment developer Tim Gurner, 35, is copping flak for telling millennials their lavish lifestyles and poor Read More


In swing districts, voters vent over health care, fear Trump

MCHENRY, Ill. –  Skeleton in hand, retired biology teacher Jeannie Scown delivered a message to her Republican congressman at his office northwest of Chicago. “Killed by Trumpcare Plague, May 4, 2017,” her poster read. In a nod to House Republicans’ recent vote to gut the health care law, Scown had no intention of sparing four-term Rep. Randy Hultgren with subtlety. Read More


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Education secretary has long history of financing politics

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s education secretary, built her political resume by raising and contributing millions of dollars to support the cause of giving parents choices on where their children go to school. The daughter of one wealthy businessman and the wife of another, DeVos has headed a series of groups that help rich contributors spend large sums on elections, Read More


“War Paint,” the ugly fight over the business of beauty

Patti LuPone as Helena Rubinstein and Christine Ebersole as Elizabeth Arden in the Broadway musical “War Paint.” “WAR PAINT” A new musical ON BROADWAY brings to life a historic rivalry that was anything but pretty. With Richard Schlesinger, we take a look:   “All of my life’s work lost. All because of her: Second-rate imposter. She appropriated half my line. Read More


14 droolworthy rolls that every foodie must try

1. These rolls will definitely make your day   Rolls are like two sentence love stories that pack the punch in a small pocket. Filled with mystery ingredients rolls have always been a favourite of gourmet lovers and chefs who like to make myriad experiments with food by putting them in interesting wraps. We have brought to you some delectable Read More


Samsung Z4 Tizen 3.0-Powered Smartphone With 4.5-Inch Display Launched, Coming First to India

Samsung on Friday launched its newest Tizen-powered smartphone – the Samsung Z4 – and it runs on Tizen 3.0 OS. The smartphone will be launched in select markets across the world, starting with India in May. The Samsung Z4 will be made available in Black, Gold, and Silver colour variants depending on the market. For now, the company has not Read More


Mustard set to be India’s 1st GM food, gets regulator nod

India is one step away from commercial production of its first GM food crop with the central biotech regulator on Thursday granting clearance for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified mustard that will now be considered for final approval by the Centre. The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) recommended that the environment ministry approve GM mustard. The decision on commercial Read More