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Last night when I spoke to my friend in New York, she sounded distressed and disconcerted. She even shared with me that she felt suicidal at times because she hasn’t met her friends for weeks now. And all I could do was nod in agreement. But after I hung up the phone, I started analyzing why didn’t I or the females that I was in touch with in my vicinity, were never so expressive, needless to mention we all were equally upset.

When I started reading about lockdown and mental health, I found that women were more affected than men.

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The Indian people all over the world, especially from Tamil Nadu were delighted when the U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the first black and Indian American woman was chosen to be the running mate of Democratic candidate for the Presidency, Joe Biden. Incidentally, Kamala was born in 1964, to Shyamala Gopalan, a cancer research analyst from Chennai, and Donald Harris, an economics professor from Jamaica. She rose to greater heights as a District Attorney of San Francisco in 2004 and seven years later became the first female Attorney General of California. She was also acclaimed as a progressive prosecutor and played a pivotal role in bringing down the record of the death penalty in the criminal system.

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Barak Valley for its strategic location bordering Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and the district of Dima Hasao has been infamous for it being a corridor of extremists, smugglers, illegal transportation of Burmese betel nuts, black diamond and now trafficking in wild life with overseas connections. End of July was witness to the great achievement of Cachar forest division and police.  It was close to midnight of July 29 when a truck with caged animals and exotic birds after crossing the Mizoram check gate of Vereingte, also called IPL post, moved towards the Lyllapur police outpost of Cachar in Assam, a few yards away in the eerie silence of night. The alert and vigilant police team led by Apan Chandra Paul in charge Lyllapur detained the truck, signalled the drivers, Narsimha Reddy and Navnath Tukaram, to park the vehicle aside the NH 54. A foul smell from the truck aroused their suspicion about the consignments. The search with flaming torch showed under the cartons of rotting seasonal fruits were camouflaged one Kangaroo, 6 macaw parrots, three tortoises and two monkeys, all caged in wooden boxes.

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It took 10 years time for Assam government to make the state’s rice farmers shift to new generation crop – Submergence tolerant….and finally the concept is now popular at least among 60 percent of farmers of the flood hit districts.
 

Three such rice varieties Ranjit Sub – I, Dhansiri Sub – I and Swarna Sub – I are very common in the paddy fields as farmers now have the confidence that these are high yielding in one hand and can survive at least for 21 days under water.

 The concept ‘Submergence tolerant’ was introduced for the second point – these varieties could survive for a longer time in flood water. When deluge goes away transplanted siblings rejuvenate rescuing the farmers from crop lost.

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With ground breaking (foundation laying) of Ram temple construction, the Uttar Pradesh Adityanath Yogi government has made elaborate plans to construct a resplendent destination in the temple town of Ayodhya. There is a proposal to install a 151-metre-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu River in Ayodhya. 

The ancient holy city will be developed as a ''major pilgrimage centre'' under the Smart City Project.

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