Invasive Weeds Undermining Farm Productivity, Biodiversity

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Advisor & Sr. Editor-ICN Group SHIMLA: The Himalayas are a treasure house of medicinal and aromatic plants.With no effective strategy to thwart the march of invasive alien species, which pose a major threat to the indigenous flora, more and more area is being usurped by weeds like lantana, ageratum, parthenium (Congress grass) and eupatorium. The appearance of large gregarious patches of these weeds from the Himalayan foothills in the north to the Tamil Nadu in the south is a matter of grave concern as they pose a serious…

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Let Us Learn To Respect Regional Sentiment

By: Prof. Pradeep Mathur NEW DELHI: It was the fateful year of 1975 and the country was living under the shock of the Emergency rule imposed by Mrs Indira Gandhi.The Congress decided to hold its annual session at Chandigarh and the venue was named Komagata Maru Nagar after the ill-fated ship that took migrating seeking  people from Punjab to their unsuccessful attempt to enter Canada in the year 1914. Komagata Maru incident became a symbol of fight against the racist character of the then British Raj and is still itiched in…

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Mother Teresa-My Mother

By: Klinsa Kurien, Bureau Chief-ICN Kerala        Yesterday I had a beautiful vision about my mother, not my own mother who brought me to this earth, but a lady with a heart of God. She is none other than Mother Teresa. I have always adored this woman like anything. Imagine somebody who left her life full of comforts and willingly surrenders it for the well-being of others.  Coming to my own vision, I visualised that I was in a world full of happiness which knew no bounds. I…

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Reporting Politics: Of Being Envious and Not to Be

By: Prof. Pradeep Mathur NEW DELHI: I must confess that at times I get a little envious of the present generation of journalists, many of whom are my own students. The reason is not the fat salaries they get or the positions they hold. We also did quite well in our days. The reason is that while we had to slog together facts and background to do our stories   the present-day journalists get all the information at the click of a button. They do not have to go to libraries, dig…

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A Case For Aatm-Nirbhar (Self-Reliant) Journalism

By: Prof. Pradeep Mathur Aatm Nirbhar(Self-reliant) Media NEW DELHI: In the four-story government housing complex at Park Road where I stayed in the mid-1980s while editing The Pioneer daily, I had a neighbor in Mr. Saxena in the adjoining wing. Mr. Saxena was from the cooperative movement and was the Director of the Dept. of Cooperatives of the U.P. Government at that time. One day as we met at the morning walk I told Mr. Saxena: “How come when your department gives cooperative loans to all professionals to start their ventures…

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Immunity And Covid-19

By: Dr. Samayug Bhowmik, Bureau Chief, ICN West Bengal KOLKATA: Today in this turbulent pandemic caused by Novel Corona Virus or Sars-Covid2, our very existence is at stake. When novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) started to spread worldwide from Wuhan of China, since then , we have been terrified as till date, there is neither defence nor cure. We are trying to find the way to escape or fight with the virus out rightly. What are the ways by which we can do the same? The list is as follows. 1. By…

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Social Distancing : Beyond The Immediate

By: Prof. Pradeep Mathur NEW DELHI: Protective measures from Corona infection are a must and social distance in one such important measure. Closure of educational institutions, places of worship and ban on social gatherings, therefore, make perfect sense. However, what does not make sense to me is reduction in shopping hours and office timing of public utility services like power and water. My contention is easy to understand. Take for example that in a certain area the number of inhabitants is 1,000 and the number of shops is 10 which an…

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What Ails Media In India

By: Prof. Pradeep Mathur NEW DELHI: A few years ago a public school in South Delhi invited me to address its students on media. It was part of an exercise to acquaint students to choose their career option after they completed their schooling. There were also speakers from other disciplines like management, medicine, IT and engineering. Along with the students in the audience were their parents who were keen to know about career prospects in various areas and help their children in selecting the career line most suited to them. When…

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Corona: Who Is The Real Crook

By: Prof. Pradeep Mathur NEW DELHI: As the fight against Corona intensifies so is the debate on the nature of the virus and those responsible for exposing the world to it. The highlight of this debate is that those who know very little about the complexities of the issue are most vocal in expressing their views on it. Naturally the whole debate is an exercise in ignorance and confused thinking. Right or wrong a consensus is emerging that Corona is a man-made virus. Five theories going around about who has made…

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“Lock-Down-And-After?“

By: C.P. Singh, Literary Editor-ICN Group  PART-TWO None of  the living  beings  on  this planet have ever seen  or imagined about the practicing , dealing or going through a situation called “Lock – Down” Books do have elaborate mention about it but situations never became so lethal bring this entire Globe under precautions under a “Lock – Down”. Could  anyone on  this Earth ever relate his  or  her thinking to the present situation ? Did any  of  the dreams in any person’s mind ever spell out the actual act of “…

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