Insiya Patanwala makes literary debut with Esoterica

Budding writer Insiya Patanwala (left) with Bollywood personality Milind Soman, who endorsed her debut novel Esoterica. Also in the frame are Insiya’s mother (holding a copy of Esoterica), and her younger brother Hatsy. By A Staff Reporter Esoterica by Insiya Patanwala is a tale that needs to be heard. It is a story of beliefs, a story of love and of triumph — one that will make you question all...

The right to walk: Where have all of India’s ‘footpaths’ gone?

By Sujaya Rathi Are Indians fast losing the right to walk in their own cities and towns? It is while walking that a place is best appreciated; it establishes a unique connect to the city and its character. More importantly, walking is the most basic form of mobility. It is freedom; a right every human being should have. In the Calcutta (now Kolkata) of the 1980s and 1990s, footpaths adorned the streets;...

Delhi Police to have more ‘eyes’ to track street crime

New Delhi — Delhi Police might soon get 10,000 more closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras to keep a close watch on street crime across the sprawling capital. According to informed sources, the police had requested the home ministry for 10,000 more CCTV cameras to be installed on roads. They are likely to get the approval soon. The CCTV cameras will help the police in not only averting crimes on roads...

Manmohan remains busy, even in retirement

By Anjali Ojha New Delhi/Chandigarh — Having occupied the country’s most important executive post for a decade, Manmohan Singh was without doubt a busy man. A month after he stepped down following his party’s election loss, the former prime minister is settling down to a busy routine of another kind. In the past month, Manmohan Singh has hardly made it to news headlines —except for the courtesy...

Decoding our ‘response to external stimuli’

New York — To fully appreciate how our bodies respond to a wide array of stimuli such as light and pain, a team of scientists, including Nobel Prize-winning scientists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka, has determined the underlying architecture of a cellular signalling complex. This complex, consisting of a human cell surface receptor and its regulatory protein, revealed a two-step mechanism. The...

The kids are not alright

There’s a lot of talk about children’s mental health these days. We’ve all heard the stats: One in five Canadian children has a diagnosable mental health issue. Youth mental disorders rank second in hospital expenditure care in Canada. Despite all the attention this issue receives, the truth is many more children have milder but significant social, emotional, and behavioural problems that may...

Delhi Metro turns 20

New Delhi — The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Saturday celebrated its 20th foundation day. Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, who was the guest of honour, presented awards to 44 employees for their outstanding contribution to the Delhi Metro. Seems like it started just yesterday, but Delhi Metro has just passed its 20th anniversary. “DMRC’s name should be mentioned in golden letters. Delhi...