An RTI query has revealed that the Government's maternity scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), has managed to reach just under a third of its beneficiaries in 2018-19. The data was retrieved from multiple Right to Information (RTI) queries that economists Jean Dreze and Reetika Khera had filed with the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Under the scheme, pregnant women and lactating mothers are eligible for maternity entitlement of Rs 5,000, which is to be paid in three instalments.
There are naturally talented actors and then there are those who just happen to have the lucky stars aligned for them. These are actors who have fame and a huge fan following but have either not proven themselves as actors, or have seen their acting skills stagnate or decline over the years.We take a look at some of the most overrated actors in Bollywood, as per netizens on forums such as Quora and Reddit. Do let us know who you feel are overrated.
Which is why, like me, people read reviews and check ratings before buying anything on the internet or booking a hotel. For Amazon, fake reviews have been a problem right from when it was founded. As per their findings, sellers used Facebook review groups with tens of thousands of incentivised reviewers who posted positive reviews on products.
It may be easy to make people cry, but getting people to laugh out loud is no mean feat – and that is why doing comedy and getting to be known as amongst the best comedians in the industry, is a huge achievement. Known for their impeccable comic timing, classic dialogue delivery and inimitable mannerisms, these comedians have made us roll around laughing. However, today, with stars often taking on comic shades in their characters, the role of the classic comedian with subplots revolving around them, is diminishing. Let us take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the most acclaimed comedians of Bollywood. Do let us know who your favourites are.
Residents of Delhi NCR have been gasping under the hazardous smog that has engulfed the capital this winter. Despite showing marginal improvement, air quality still remains in the ‘poor’ category in most parts of Delhi-NCR. The scheme, which is in force from November 4-15, will be implemented from 8 AM to 8 PM from Monday to Saturday and people violating the rule will face a penalty of Rs 4,000.
All hell broke loose after an Indian Express report on October 31st, 2019, stated that WhatsApp had confirmed that Israeli spyware, Pegasus, had been used to snoop on at least two dozen journalists, activists, academics and lawyers. Popular messaging platform WhatsApp and Israel based surveillance group NSO, are under fire for charges of spying on lawyers, activists, senior government officials and politicians in around 20 countries across the world, including India. While the Government of India has asked WhatsApp to explain the breach in privacy and has taken it to task for not disclosing the breach to officials, WhatsApp has said that it had resolved a security issue in May, this year and had notified Indian and international governments.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, recently spoke about how turning a vegetarian has made him feel much lighter and that he has “never felt better in life.” While the choice of diet is purely a personal one, many Bollywood celebrities have opted to turn vegetarian and vegan to lead healthier lives, and also to do their bit for planet Earth. We take a look at ten vegetarian Bollywood celebrities.
They are treacherous, evil, murderous and give you the goosebumps every time they come on screen. From their dialogues, their mannerism and idiosyncrasies, to the way they dress up - these villains are suave, creepy and even sometimes funny. The role of a villain has always been the most difficult one - after all, it is all the effort they put in to look evil, that makes the hero look so good. However, over the years, the trend of the typical villain, who often outshone the hero, has diminished, and today a number of leading actors are taking on grey characters, instead.We take you down memory lane as we remember ten of the most sinister villains in Bollywood. Let us know who your favourite villain of all times is:
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) recently released the Crime in India report for the year 2017, after a delay of two years. As per the report, murder rates in India have seen a steady drop, and are at the lowest level since 1963 - a total of 1,976 cases of murder were registered during 2017, showing a decline of 9.9 per cent over 2016 (2,194 cases). However, the number of crimes committed against women have increased by 6 per cent in 2017, as compared to 2016 and by 9 per cent, when compared to 2015. Crimes against children have also witnessed a 20 per cent jump in a year.Among the states, Kerala has the dubious record of having the highest number of crimes reported (both IPC and Special and Local Laws), however, the Union Territory and capital city of Delhi reported the highest number of IPC crimes committed per one lakh people (1050). Sikkim reported the lowest crime (IPC and SLL), at 950 cases in 2017. In many states, though, the high crime rates could also be because more people are reporting cases.Let’s take a look at the states with the highest crime rates, as per the NCRB report:
Think of news today, and the images that come to mind are of opinionated journalists, panel discussions with participants shouting each other down and a general cacophony as everybody tries to make their views heard. In the midst of the whole din are the poor viewers who, most often, have no idea what’s going on.However, how many of us remember the good old days of Doordarshan, before cable TV, digital TV and social media bombarded us with non-stop content, where dignified newsreaders and anchors would hold the fort, delivering the news the way it was, without adding their own personal biases or opinions to it. These were anchors the whole nation looked up – they set trends in the way they spoke, dressed, and wore their hair and makeup.For all of us who remember the beloved 70s, 80s and 90s, let’s take a walk down memory lane to track down some of our favourite Doordarshan anchors and see what they are up to these days:
When a trimmer and fitter looking Ram Kapoor’s selfies surfaced on social media, his fans and netizens went gaga over the transformation. Kapoor credited his 30 kg weight loss to workouts and the 16:8 diet he had been following. Kapoor is not the only celebrity who vouches for such a diet - Kourtney Kardashian, Hugh Jackman, Alia Bhatt, among others follow the diet and swear by its results.
As per a hypothetical study by the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University, if India and Pakistan were to engage in a nuclear war, 50-125 million people could die within a week, with far-reaching devastating consequences across the world such as climate catastrophe and starvation.Further, a report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has said that the total number of weapons possessed by the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea is 13,865. While this means a decrease of 600 nuclear weapons from 2018, the study also states that nuclear-possessing countries have been rapidly modernising their arsenal. Currently, Russia and the United States have 90 per cent of the world’s nuclear arsenal, however, countries such as India and China could possess a combined count of 400-500 nuclear arsenal by 2025.While five states China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United State are officially recognised as possessing nuclear weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, NPT, four (India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea) are non-NPT nuclear weapons possessors, and hence, are not legally recognised. We take a look at the nine nuclear-armed states and the kind of arsenal they possess:
The United Nations recently said that more than 60 countries have agreed to reduce their net carbon emission to zero by 2050. While this is positive news, the fact remains that the group mostly consists of smaller countries such as Maldives and the Marshall Islands who contribute a miniscule amount to the global carbon footprint, apart from a few sizeable ones such as France and Germany. However, the biggest emitters in the world, including India, the third highest contributor, is not a part of these 60 countries. Further two countries, which are not on the list the USA and China, create more than 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.While the Industrial Revolution is said to have kickstarted climate change, today, more than ever, CO2 levels are on the rise, making it more pertinent for Governments to step up their climate action plans.We take a look at the ten largest emitters of Carbon dioxide:
At the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the world remembers him as the simple, yet powerful personality who led the international non-violence movement and inspired world leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, James Bevel and James Lawson to fight for independence and civil rights in a non-violent manner.While Gandhiji led an austere life, the few possession and objects he had symbolised all that he stood for – swadeshi, independence and self-sufficiency. Let us take a look at these objects:
We are particular about what we cook and the kind of ingredients that go into it, however, we often tend to ignore what metals and chemicals are used in the process of making the utensils we cook food in.While it is difficult to get the perfect combination of cookware - one that is safe to cook in, is affordable and easy to maintain, it always helps to know what materials the vessels we cook in are made of:Let us take a look at cookware that is safe to use, and others that should be avoided.
The Motor Vehicles Act 2019 has led to major protests across the country. Union Minister for Road Transport, Nitin Gadkari has expressed his inability to understand the ongoing protests against the Motor Vehicles Act 2019, which provides for hefty fines and penalties on traffic violators. Gadkari and the Centre have justified the Act stating that the heavy penalties are a means of reducing road accidents.
The Bombay High Court has said that no trees will be cut down in Aarey Milk Colony until the court hears a petition challenging the proposal on September 30. Citizens across the city have been protesting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Tree Authority’s plan to cut down or transplant around 2,700 trees to make way for the Metro-III car shed at the proposed site in Aarey Milk Colony. Over the past few weeks, the save Aarey Milk Colony movement has been gaining momentum as citizens, celebrities and politicians have been joining hands in a bid to protect one of the city’s last standing tree covers.
As a nation collectively rallied behind the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after it lost contact with Vikram just minutes before the scheduled iconic moon landing, a video of PM Narendra Modi hugging an emotional and crying ISRO chief K Sivan went viral. Hence, as they grow up, young adult men suppress their emotions, because they are too embarrassed to cry or simply because they are incapable of crying.
Both Kabir Singh and Saaho may have become hits, drawing in huge crowds, however, that does not alleviate the fact that their scripts are riddled with sexism. Sujeeth Reddy, the director of the Prabhas-Shraddha Kapoor starrer, Saaho, which was released in four languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, has broken his silence over the criticism that has been coming his way ever since it was released. In Saaho, Prabhas plays a person who pretends to be a police officer - a character who is so narrowed down in his view of life that he believes that the only raison d’etre for a woman is to be pursued and ogled at.
As a mother of a growing, fussy, five-year-old, ensuring that I provide adequate nutritious food is a major challenge. What makes it even more difficult is the constant health news that we are bombarded with on what forms correct nutrition and what does not.However, feeding nutritious food to your child does not have to be such a worrisome, gargantuan task, especially if you know when to filter out all the myths and unwanted tips that you keep hearing.This National Nutrition Week, here are some of the common myths associated with childhood nutrition that have been debunked:
India is among the leading countries to have embraced digital technology in healthcare, as per a 15-country Future Health Index (FHI) 2019 report released by Royal Philips, a health technology company.