ESG funds surge in India; ‘environment’ takes the centre stage

Popularity and tangible results drive the trend As investments in ESG funds pick up pace, the environmental factor dominates in India, say investment consultants. ESG stands for ‘environmental, social and governance’ investments. These are essentially non-financial factors that are used to measure investment instruments to enable a socially responsible form of investing. While investing in […]

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Floods leave travellers stranded on NH 16

Couple spends an entire day in their car Travellers were stranded on National Highway 16 as floods damaged big stretch of the road. Kirti Singh, 28, who was travelling from Jharkhand with her husband, informed The Observer: “My husband and I were stuck on NH 16 near a village called Manubola  in  AP’s Nellore district. […]

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Higher education the only field where profit is not the motive: Education Minister

Higher education the only field where profit is not the motive: Education Minister. Higher education is the only field where we need not work for profit. We need to make this clear, said Dr. Ashwath Narayan C.N., Minister for Higher Education for Karnataka, speaking at the National Conference on Implementation of NEP-2020 conference. Talking about […]

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Strong parasocial ties leave fans shattered after death of celebs

These demises are a personal loss to admirers Dhruv Yadav, a man in his late twenties, did not eat for three days after his favourite actor passed away. The sudden death of Puneeth Rajkumar caused him to feel empty from within. Yadav, who never met the actor, felt as if a loved one had departed. […]

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As Covid cases subside, pending dental procedures resume

Clinics were shut during peak of the second wave Tanisha Kannan of Mysuru experienced severe toothache in mid-March. At that time, the second wave of Covid-19 was just around the corner. Terrified, she decided to postpone her visit to a dentist and tolerated the pain for some more time. To her horror, the tooth had […]

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NEP mandate on the medium of instruction worries some parents

Wonder how their children will cope when they are transferred every few yrs Kabir Rana (name changed), who serves in the Indian Air Force, wants to give his six-year-old child the best  education. Always on the move with his family due to his transferable job, he is worried about the long-term impact of the New […]

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Not all people who menstruate were females at birth

Queer people feel excluded, wary of visiting docs There is little to no conversation around menstruation that involves queer people in India, say people across the gender spectrum. Menstruation is the biological process when people with uteruses bleed every month.  Traditionally, the process has been associated only with cis-gendered women (those whose gender identity is […]

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WFH blurs distinction between professional and personal lives

Maintaining the balance has been tough for moms Anoop Rao, who works for a US-based bank, starts his work at 5:30 pm. His mind is clear, not clouded with the unpleasant honking of cars. He grabs a cup of coffee and secures a quiet corner in his apartment. He doesn’t have to make his way […]

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