Author Archives: Loknath Das

Tried and Tasted: Bengal’s best delicacies are waiting for you

A revolution knocks on the door – and it comes with a fork and knife. The world of food is more exciting than ever before. New restaurants are coming up offering novel cuisines or digging out old ones. Chefs are looking at unusual ingredients and dramatic ways of presenting food. Meanwhile, some wizened old experts continue to wield magic with Read More


Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

We are told that we are a nation of couch potatoes, lacking the will and the strength to turn around the obesity tanker. We all need a little help in our quest for a healthier life, and design can play a crucial part. If we designed our towns, cities, homes and workplaces more like animal experts design zoos, we could Read More


The Best Health Tech 2017: Gadgets That Make You Fit And Healthy (Updated)

The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health. Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can Read More


The 5 rules of success for highly effective lifestyle gurus

How exactly did Amanda Chantal Bacon snag her piece of the $3.72 trillion wellness industry? She followed the well-worn formula of the wellness guru.Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Girlboss, Inc. Los Angeles–based wellness guru Amanda Chantal Bacon has made a fortune selling … herbal dust. That’s the big takeaway from a masterful New York Times magazine profile of Bacon, Read More


Teacher disciplined over ‘most likely to become a terrorist’ award

Teachers at a school in Texas are being disciplined after handing out an “award” declaring one student “most likely to become a terrorist”. Lizeth Villanueva, 13, was handed the award by her teacher during a mock ceremony at the school near Houston. A local education official described the incident as “a poor attempt at poking fun.” But the student’s mother Read More


Future Lifestyle Fashion bets big on six ‘Power Brands’ for future growth

New Delhi: New Delhi:Kishore Biyani-led Future Lifestyle Fashion (FLF) has identified six brands in its portfolio which will give the company next stage of growth and profitability, it said in investors presentation. The company is calling them Power Brands and they together are expected to constitute 65%-70% to own brand sales by financial year 2020. The brands on which the Read More


GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn’t come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not Read More


Trump Administration Considers Moving Student Loans from Education Department to Treasury

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education. Her consideration of transferring the loan program led the student aid chief to resign. CreditMaddie McGarvey for The New York Times The Trump administration is considering moving responsibility for overseeing more than $1 trillion in student debt from the Education Department to the Treasury Department, a switch that would radically change the system that Read More


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St. Charles students IGNITE passion for technology

Tyson Rousseau, Bradlee Renton and Erich Zappel created a path which their Sphere-O bot follows based on the math and speed analysis the students have developed on their iPad, during the recent IGNITE Technology Fair that took place at St. Charles College last Thursday. Photo supplied St. Charles College students participated in IGNITE, the first annual technology fair, last Thursday. Read More


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Under U.S. Republican bill, 23 million would lose health coverage: watchdog

A bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance, a budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday. The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group of experts who analyze U.S. legislation, said the bill would Read More