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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The Day Of Ashura Is Being Observed On 10th Muharram With Fasting And Prayer

Ashura marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed martyred in the year 680 while refusing the Caliph Yazid’s right to rule the Islamic world. NEW DELHI: One of the most significant events during the month is Ashura.Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is also known as Muharram al-Haram, or the Sacred Muharram. Muslims around the world will be taking the time for introspection, thinking over their previous year and how they might wish to better themselves. This is on the 10th day…

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SJVN Rewards 34 CORONA Warriors – Sanitation Workers On Independence Day

By: Vijay Kumar Verma, Group Editor-ICN World SHIMLA: 15.08.2020, SJVN celebrated 74th Independence Day of India with great fervour and enthusiasm. Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN hoisted the national flag at Corporate Headquarters, Shimla in the august presence of Director (Personnel) Geeta Kapur, Director (Civil) S.P Bansal, Director (Finance) A.K Singh and Director (Electrical)  Sushil Sharma along with other senior officers. In view the challenging situation due to COVID-19, maintaining the norms of social distancing and masks etc., a limited number of employees were present on the occasion. Nand Lal…

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Reminiscences On Independence Day

By: Barnali Bose, Editor-ICN World The Date:  15th of August The Year : 1947 The Country: Bharatvarsh–India KOLKATA: We very often  struggle to remember the birthdates  of many a dear one but the one date no Indian   has to set a reminder for, is the day Independent India was born. It is the date that symbolises the quintessential birthright to freedom, the Republic of India stands for. We have been enjoying the fruits of the hard  labour and untold sacrifices, our ancestors made at the altar of our country’s freedom. Although…

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Advancement Of Technology And Human Void

By: Maryam Hedayat Around 52.4% of the global online population access internet from their mobile devices and more than half of the global population is estimated to go online using mobile devices by 2020. LIBYA: The world is just a ‘click’ away from us. Now everything and everyone is available at the touch of a button, Bored? Just a click and all your friends in front of you, shopping mood, click and the varieties and unlimited collection on your screen, want to play video games late night, click the button and vast collection…

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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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Remembering The Emperor Of Novels Munshi Premchand On His 140th Birth Anniversary

India is today celebrating the 140th birth anniversary of the famous Hindi writer Munshi Premchand. He began writing under the pen name “Nawab Rai” but switched to Premchand.  Premchand’s stories imparted wisdom.They made the readers ponder over the moralities, truth and realities of the world we live in.His works include more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi. Initially known as Dhanpat Rai Shrivastava, Premchand was born on 31 July 1880 in Lamhi, a village located near Varanasi,…

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Ethanol: An Antidote For Sugarcane Farmers

By: Hardik Murarka, Executive Editor-ICN Group India is the second largest producer of sugarcane after Brazil and more than 50 million people are associated directly or indirectly from sugarcane industry for their livelihood. But due to glut in sugar market, the mills are not in best of financial position thus there is an inability to pay the mandatory fair and remunerative price (FRP) for sugarcane to the farmers. The reason for cash strapped mils is excessive production of sugar. It has become a national problem. In 2017-18 and 2018-19, annual sugar…

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