To Call A Spade, A Spade Or To Spin A Yarn: Exploring The Truth Behind A Lie

By : Barnali Bose, Editor ICN-Group KOLKATA: Many of us will  remember the fairy tale character of Pinocchio, whose nose grew longer every time he lied. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen in real life otherwise, I can say with much conviction that everyone would see Pinocchio’s image in the mirror. Elders never tire trying to inculcate the  moral value of truthfulness in children, do they?  And is there anyone who  has not heard of the proverbial saying that  nothing can be better than honesty? But in real life, speaking the truth…

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To Call A Spade, A Spade Or To Spin A Yarn: Exploring The Truth Behind A Lie

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN Group KOLKATA: I was watching ‘Liar Liar’, a 1997 American fantasy comedy film starring Jim Carrey and I began to wonder if it is but a good idea to speak the truth always or is it, at times, wiser to fabricate reality? The film is about a successful lawyer whose entire career is woven around a web of lies. His career  takes an ugly turn when his son wishes for him  not to lie for a day and the wish is fulfilled. Hilarious indeed is the…

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Mesmerising Sunrise From Volcano Top Midnight Trek In Bali

By: Anoop Sood PUNE: Famous for its volcanoes and great beaches Bali is emerging as the new preferred holiday destination for Indians who are frequently travelling overseas for leisure. It has been a popular travel hotspot, drawing holiday revellers, especially from Asia and Australia, for many years. Easy accessibility, temperate weather, delicious local cuisine and exciting night life along with wide range of water sports and dense jungle treks make it favourite destination for both for relaxation and adventure. Bali is one of the major islands in Indonesia and Denpasar…

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The United Nations Headquarters: New York Diaries Part- 2

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN Group On A Tour Of The United Nations Headquarters In New York City A visit to  the United Nations headquarters! My heart skipped a  beat. United Nations had  till then been a chapter to be read  in textbooks, see news feed on Facebook and read tweets of. This was not even in the  bucket list of mine, for the thought of visiting the UN had  never occurred to me. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that it was permissible to do so. Suddenly, the unexpected becoming possible …

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Hong Kong Protest: We Rise As One, We Fight As One

Hong Kong returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement.The protests are also one of the most direct challenges to the authority of China’s president Xi Jinping. Hong Kong police clashed with thousands of protesters on Sunday, as they sought to defend China’s main representative office from crowds seething over what many see as an increasing cycle of violence against them. China’s top Hong Kong policy office will on Monday address the escalating protests in the semi-autonomous city over the past eight weekends.…

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When Fireworks Illuminate The Night Sky Of The United States Of America

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN Group KOLKATA: July 4 is synonymous with August 15 in the Colonial History of the world. The first one dated back to 1776 and the other much later to 1947. After a long struggle for independence, the death knell was sounded for two British colonies, one in the Western Hemisphere and the other in the Eastern Hemisphere.  United States of America  and Independent India thus emerged from the ashes of colonialism to rise as two Independent nations. Just as we, in India celebrate joyous occasions with displays of…

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British Asian Indian model Aarti Rana bags Asian face of Miss England title

Aarti Rana, become a household name as she got the title of Asian Face of Miss England. Recently, an Indian origin, Manushi Chiller had bagged a Miss World crown in her name and now one more name is coming forward to be Miss England. Asian women of Indian-origins are incredible and they do not leave any stone of success unturned. Aarti Rana, born in Gujarat but bought up in Leicester, UK to a Hindu family, is making her way to be next Miss England. Aarti Rana has reached the semi-final…

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Antarctica Ice Shelf Cracks-Warning For The Global Sea-Level Rise?

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh (Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Arctic, Director-Institute of Earth Sciences & Executive Editor-ICN Group  Scientists believe that the entire West Antarctica Ice Sheet is likely to collapse within the next 100 years, sending a massive volume of water into the sea. The data collected by the researchers on Climate change and their forecasts based on General circulation model (GCM), Earth’s and ocean water temperature is increasing. This is not only affecting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem but human life also. Climate change is the challenge of our…

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Knock, Knock: Beware! ‘The Bad Santa’- Krampus might be at your doorstep this Christmas Eve

By : Barnali Bose, Editor ICN-Group An Alpine Legendary Bad Santa that horrifies children and amuses grown-ups KOLKATA : Worldwide, every year in  December, children excitedly  track the countdown to the visit of the traditional wish granter, Santa Claus,as he is popularly known. Our good old white- bearded St. Nicholas,the hero of children who traverses the four corners of the globe in a jiffy, riding his majestic reindeer-drawn sleigh is a delight for the young and old. But,in Austria, on Christmas, beware lest you meet Krampus, ‘the Christmas Devil’ who…

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Better To Have No Rulebook Than A Weak Rulebook: CSE

By: Dr. Dakter Esse, Editor-ICN As negotiations enter the second week at the 24th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP24), it is clear that they are progressing towards a weak and incomplete rulebook for Paris Agreement Paris Agreement is already a weak regime; a weaker rulebook will make it inconsequential Instead of framing a weak rulebook at Katowice, it is better that negotiations are extended next year to develop a robust and meaningful rulebook  No discussion by Parties at Katowice on revision of NDCs by 2020 Katowice (Poland): Centre for Science…

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