International Women’s Day (IWD), a day that is being celebrated to commemorate the achievements of women all over the world on March 8 every year brings their role in cultural, political, social and economic development. This year International Women’s Day is dedicated to women who #Choose to Challenge and therefore, to become financially independent and secure, women need to follow certain steps in their life. Here are some ways for women to be financially secured: Choose your goals and spending wisely One should always be a pro in managing finances by making a note of the assets and liabilities and defining personal goals. It is important to prepare a budget for the coming year to be in a better position to understand where the money is being spent and where one will undertake savings. The art of financial planning It is very important for women to learn the art of financial planning for a secured future. With added responsibilities like household ... » Learn More about International Women’s Day: How can women be financially secured
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Bhutan's recognition of Bangladesh without waiting for Indian advice was a clever move. It was a calculated gamble to assert its independence, says Ambassador T P Sreenivasan. T himphu, the capital of Bhutan had very few comforts in 1971. For us, who went to Bhutan from Tokyo, with a nine-month old baby 42 years ago, the feeling was that we had walked backwards in time by about half a century. The first motorable road was opened only in 1968 and there were no commercial flights into Bhutan. The drive from the border town of Phuntsholing in India to Thimphu took the whole day, with a lunch break at Chukha, a small rivulet at that time, but a gigantic hydro-electric project now. Electricity was a rarity and we had to huddle around a bukhari , which burns wood to provide a level of comfort in the bitter cold. Life did not, however, stand still in Thimphu. 1971 was an exciting year in Bhutan and as the only diplomatic mission in the country, India was very much a partner in ... » Learn More about Who recognised Bangladesh first?
Eckart Würzner, a mayor on a mission to make his city emission-free, is not terribly impressed by promises from General Motors, Ford and other big automakers to swear off fossil fuels. Not that Würzner, the mayor of Heidelberg , is against electric cars . The postcard-perfect city, in southern Germany, gives residents who buy a battery-powered vehicle a bonus of up to 1,000 euros, or $1,200. They get another 1,000 euros if they install a charging station. But electric cars are low on the list of tools that Würzner is using to try to cut Heidelberg’s impact on the climate, an effort that has given the city, home to Germany’s oldest university and an 800-year-old castle ruin, a reputation as a pioneer in environmentally conscious urban planning. Würzner’s goal is to reduce dependence on cars, no matter where they get their juice. Heidelberg is buying a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, building a network of bicycle “superhighways” to the suburbs and designing neighborhoods ... » Learn More about The city where cars are not welcome
Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld, spoke to Dr. Kumud Dhital , Sr Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Director, Heart & Lung Transplantation and MCS Program, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad to know more about the implications of long term Covid and the need for policies to manage them. Covid-19 : The Lingering Problem Currently, everybody’s focus is on Covid, the immediate impact and where we are pretty much in a war zone which occasionally truces and skirmishes but it looks like we are coming towards the end at least. And that brings us to a very different perspective in two ways, one is that Covid, unlike other infections, is causing lingering problems in terms of healthcare to the patients who have been so affected. We have three categories, those who seem to recover with very minimal symptoms and some asymptomatically seem to recover. They remain in the community, but for those who have required hospital attention and those with therapy have gone home recovered. ... » Learn More about Long Covid is now becoming the focus of attention: Dr. Kumud Dhital
Next O ver six decades after his death, freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose remains one of the most intriguing figures of India's Independence struggle. In his recently released book His Majesty's Opponent , Harvard historian and Netaji's grand nephew Sugata Bose chronicles his fascinating life, revealing some little known facts about the great leader and revisiting some of the most landmark events of his life. Here's the chat transcript: V asks: Why did Netaji resign from the Congress presidentship even after he won against Jawaharlal Nehru. Wasn't it an emotion decision and a bad one at that? Sugata Bose says: Netaji resigned because Mahatma Gandhi would not suggest names for the Congress Working Committee as required by a resolution passed at the Tripuri Congress. As he put it, he resigned in a helpful spirit. It may have been partly an emotional decision, but it paved the way for him becoming Netaji by raising the Indian National ... » Learn More about ‘Netaji would have done his best to stop partition’
Next Arthur J Pais in New York In the last piece of this four-part interview to Arthur Pais, biographer Sugata Bose dispels rumours that Netaji is still alive. Part I: Grand nephew turns Netaji's biographer Part II: 'Netaji had a romantic, deeply emotional side to him' Part III: 'Netaji was able to both respect and transcend religious Y ou have had a few book readings. What have the audiences been like? So far I have spoken on the book in the United States. I had book readings in and in Cambridge, United Kingdom. I have book events in Japan in late June and Singapore on July 5 and finally in India between July 10 and 25. I think the audiences in the US felt they were learning something new about Subhas Chandra Bose as a human being, and not just an unreal figure whom we worship in South Asia, but someone who could be understood, somebody for whom you can have a great deal of sympathy, someone whose choices of ... » Learn More about ‘Controversies over Netaji’s death are fruitless’
Residents of Organo Naandi, a Hyderabad-based eco-habitat, call themselves ‘rurban’ people (urban people living the rural life). The founders of the community, Nagesh Battula, Vijaya Durga and Rajendra Kumar assure that Organo Naandi is built on the core philosophy of Samavriddhi — prosperity for all. Built on 36.5 acres of land in Aziznagar in Moinabad mandal, it houses 73 villas, and was founded to re-establish a conscientious connection with the way we produce and consume resources as a community. Architects by profession, the trio has taken up the role of eco-habitat developers. Nagesh says, “We established Organo with ‘Triple Bottom Line’ (giving back to Nature) principle as our core agenda. Passion for ‘change’ in today’s society as well as creating a community that revolves around counter-urbanisation propelled the team to start Organo. By blending rural experiences and urban conveniences to support a healthy way of living, our approach is to counter urbanisation by ... » Learn More about Want a ‘rurban’ way of life? Organo Naandi has a solution