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NEW YORK — When Queens resident Juan Carlos García stopped working in May 2020, it was yet another tribulation during a hard year. He’d already suffered through two weeks of undiagnosed COVID-19 symptoms. He also lost a 35-year-old cousin to the virus.
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Rituparna Palit, Author at Zenger News
I have written 55 articles for Zenger News, all of which are long-forms on technology, environmental issues, health, or the intersection of any of these. Zenger News is based in Washington DC and covers stories from the US, Asia, Europe, and Africa. I was associated with the organization as a …
Robotic Innovations Pick Up Speed In India
GUWAHATI, India — In India’s northeastern state of Tripura, where sometimes finding a right adapter means scoping out a dozen shops, Harjeet Nath was determined to build a robot against all odds when Covid-19 struck. Last year, Tripura was declared ‘coronavirus free’ with only three confirmed cases having fully recovered …
Aging Dams In India Pose A Growing Threat, Says UN
NEW DELHI — A glacier burst in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand last month that has claimed more than 70 lives revealed the vulnerability of some of the country’s development projects.
Brands Walk A Marketing Tightrope Over Political Chasms
How do you win when marketing in the face of contentious political issues? It may not be possible.
Futuristic Design of Ayodhya’s New Mosque Sparks Debate
The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) recently unveiled the blueprint of a new mosque that is to be built at Dhannipur village in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. While most have welcomed the “futuristic” design, some have expressed discontent over the plan.
Rogue Policemen and a Series of Bizarre Incidents
We have heard about cops giving the jitters to culprits. However, in the western Indian city of Pune, something quite the opposite occurred last week when cops fled a crime scene at the sight of knife-wielding robbers.
Before the Capitol Riot, a Sea of Thousands of Trump Supporters Gathered
Nine hours before their political movement would begin to self-immolate amid broken windows and gunfire, supporters of President Donald J. Trump — including those who stormed and breached the U.S. Capitol building — gathered on the grass to the south of the White House. It was 5:00 in the morning. …
War Zone in D.C.: Angry Pro-Trump Protesters Storm U.S. Capitol and Disrupt Electoral Vote Counting
The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon following a breach by hundreds of protesters who battled with police on blood-streaked pavement while waving flags that announced their support for President Donald J. Trump. U.S. Capitol Police officers stood in the House chamber with guns drawn. Members of the House …
‘Amen — and A-woman!’ Representative Opens Congress with Prayer Ending in Gender-Neutral Mashup
A House representative, offering an opening prayer for the new session of Congress, learned that language bending can cause mockery unending.
Sweet Remedies for Winter Chills
Last week, temperatures in north Indian cities like Churu, Hissar, Narnaul and Amritsar hovered around 0 degrees centigrade. And shivering residents huddled around bonfires and sought warm comfort in street stalls selling hot winter desserts like gajar ka halwa (a sweet carrot confection).
India Increasingly Vulnerable to Climate Change: Report Finds
NEW DELHI — A first-of-its kind report at the district level in India on extreme climate events such as cyclones, floods and drought finds that “more than 75 percent of India’s 728 districts, home to over 638 million people, are hotspots for extreme climate events.”
A Jumbo Problem: Human-Elephant Conflict in India is on the Rise
Several field researchers show how establishing healthy elephant-human relationships could address growing conflicts.
Pandemic Awakens Demand for Sleep-Aid Technology in India
New Delhi — Losing sleep over the pandemic is a real thing. Many in India are finding it difficult to sleep well because of their altered lifestyle since Covid-19 hit the country.
Three Major Projects in India Face Massive Protests by Environmentalists
Goa — For the past six months, India’s smallest state, Goa, has become the epicenter of a nationwide movement against the country’s Environment Ministry.
India's Coastal Cities Grapple with Covid-19 Biomedical Waste
Mumbai — Indian coastal cities are fighting against litter accumulating from discarded biomedical waste in the ocean and rivers and along beaches during the Covid-19 pandemic. Masks, gloves, PPE, alcohol-based sanitizers and chlorine-based cleaners are among the pandemic-related items found in waterways and along shorelines. In addition to the careless …
Ramlila Festivities A Dismal Affair Across North India
Ramlila is a dramatic folk enactment of the Hindu god-king Ram’s life through songs, narration, recital, and dialogue. It is performed across northern India during Navratri, a nine-day-long Hindu festival, held each year in autumn.
How Some Indian Employers Are Taking Initiative To Boost Remote Workers' Health, Well-being
Extra days off, assistance with setting up a home office, and wellness programs are among companies’ strategies.
Hand-painted Masks Help Indian Artisans Promote Endangered Art
Artisans of rare handicrafts design masks to promote their craft and get businesses back on track.