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Do air purifiers keep out pollution?

Jacob Koshy At their core, air purifiers are supposed to work like lungs. They work on the principle of sucking in air and passing it through a filter that traps particulates of various sizes. Some air purifiers also use ozone or air sprays to remove odour. The key claim of air purifiers is that they

Swindled, online and offline

Shivaji Sarkar Cyber security is less debated, sporadically written about, and rumoured at best in India. Because of this apathy and despite India’s grand stature in the cyber world, we are, more than others, vulnerable to the cyber snarls. The bankers’ recent move to put a check on 3.2 crore credit and debit cards has

Choking very air we breathe

A recent report by the United Nations Children’s agency, Unicef, released last week, has confirmed the worst fears of people living in polluted areas – that bad air is contributing to the death of many children even before they celebrate their fifth birthday. The report highlights the grim fact that air pollution is responsible for

Inhale or check poison: Stark choice

Hiranmay Karlekar Pollution levels were expected to go up in most parts of India after Diwali. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar) had predicted that the situation would be worse than in 2014 and 2015 because of adverse meteorological factors like slow wind speed and moisture in the air which hinder

Martyrdom of Major Som Nath Sharma

Mahant Rohit Shastri Major Som Nath Sharma was born on 31st Jan. 1923 in Kangra,Himachal Pradesh in a Brahmin family. He came from well known military family. He did his schooling at Sherwood College Nanital. He joined Prince of Wales Royal Military College, Dehra Dun and Royal Military Academy and was commissioned into 4th Kumaon

Segregating US society

The prestigious Man Booker Prize has been awarded to American novelist Paul Beatty for his tragicomical racial satire, The Sellout. Paul Beatty is the first American writer to win the prize. Literary prizes have a bidding charm in creating a buzz around a work that would have remained nearly anonymous if not for the prize.

Internet is the world

On this very day (now International Internet Day), in 1969, the first electronic message was transferred from one computer to another in America. No one, not even the two individuals – Charlie Kline and Bill Duvall, who exchanged the message – thought it could be the starting point of a revolution of a different kind.

Blood is thicker than party rank, file

Kalyani Shankar Dynastic politics in India is getting stronger with leaders naming their family members to succeed them while their parties have been docile in accepting it. Leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Parkash Singh Badal, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, K Chandrashekar Rao, N Chandrababu Naidu and Farooq Abdullah, just to name a few, believe in