Running out of breath as scramble for oxygen cylinders begins

India is in the grip of the second COVID19 wave recording 234,692 new cases in the last 24 hours. In COVID19 infections, about 10-15% patients require oxygen support. Amidst surging cases, an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen cylinders is being felt leading to jacking up of prices. Rural India may face the heat soon, warn experts.

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Vaccine shortage forces PHCs in Tamil Nadu to turn away villagers; Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says ‘no vaccine shortage’

In the last two weeks, states including Maharashtra, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, have reported COVID19 vaccine shortage. Now, primary health centres in Coimbatore and Tiruppur districts of Tamil Nadu are being forced to turn away villagers due to stock-out of vaccine doses. But, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today emphasised “no shortage of vaccine” in India.

Pankaja Srinivasan

Thousands of tribal women chart their own future after vocational training

About 4,300 women in Dungarpur and Banswara districts of Rajasthan have gone on to set up their own enterprises after undergoing skill development training offered by the Dungarpur Municipal Council and local non-profits.

Madhav Sharma

Indian scientists are helping double poultry farmers’ income by making guinea fowls lay more eggs

The Central Avian Research Institute in Bareilly has carried out experiments to boost egg production in guinea fowls. Birds that laid 90 to 110 eggs a year are now laying 180-200. Also, birds now lay eggs in 21 weeks against the earlier 36 weeks.

Divendra Singh

Fighting tuberculosis with nutri-gardens

Rajasthan’s suposhan vatika scheme of creating gardens to grow fruits and vegetables as a means of tackling malnutrition can also play an important role in the central government’s programme to eradicate TB by 2025.

Madhav Sharma
India's Secret Kitchens

When in Lucknow, let Malai Makkhan melt in your mouth

It’s white, soft, sweet & fluffy … it simply melts in your mouth! Malai Makkhan is a dessert that truly has a nawabi touch. It is believed that the Mughals used to polish this delicacy off in minutes. Head to Old Lucknow to have the best malai makkhan

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Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some lip-smacking Biryani

Meticulously measured ingredients and a practiced technique makes the perfect biryani. The evolution of biryani spans many centuries, many cultures, many ingredients and many cooking styles. Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some yummy biryani

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They are hot & spicy … fancy some yummy kachoris?

A hole in the wall shop in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been selling finger-licking kachoris for years now. Head to the shop — fondly known as Tandon jee kachori wala — for some yummy kachoris

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Songs of the battlefield and bravery are pride of Bundelkhand

The pride of Bundelkhand, these are songs of the battlefield, songs of bravery from a bygone era. Sung in Veer rasa, Aalha songs are sung by sword-wielding men and women in very powerful voices

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Close your eyes … sway to the tunes of Ravanahatta

If you are in Rajasthan, chances are that you will find many folk artists playing this instrument, commonly known as the Ravanhatha. There are not many artists who play the instrument now, but its melodious tune will attract you to the folk artists instantly

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This is how women in Bihar welcome their husbands home

Jhumar is a folk-dance form from Bihar. It is said women express their joy and happiness through Jhumar when their husbands, who have been away from them, return home after a long time

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