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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Avantika Chopra


Avantika Chopra is a sub-editor at The Indian Express.

To highlight Covid-19 crisis, Assam artist creates Durga idol using medical waste
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Basak, who works with the Disaster Management Department in Dhubri, often had to visit drug stores to procure medicines as a part of his Covid-19 duty. During his visits, he observed that stores used to throw away its stock of expired medicines.

Textile sector poised to weave out of China, but can India spin a success yarn?
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Indian Textile Sector: Experts across the textile industry spoke to were unanimous that an embargo on Chinese textiles and apparel imports would augur well for the Indian textile industry since China has been dumping a lot of their products into the country at dirt cheap prices.

Virat Kohli as Togalu Gombeyaata, Dhoni as Bommalattam: This studio is giving IPL stars a traditional makeover
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

After mythical paintings of Dhoni, Kohli, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan, the next in line is Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in a Mughal painting adaptation and K L Rahul in a Wood Inlay art form from Karnataka.

Visually impaired people are signing petitions addressed to food delivery apps. Here is why
Fri, Sep 25, 2020

According to a study published by The Lancet Global Health journal, as many as 8.8 million people in India were found to be blind in 2015 and another 47.7 million people had moderate and severe vision impairment.

Wholesome meal for Rs 10: How this Delhi NGO is tackling hunger with dignity
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

A combined initiative by two NGOs -- Hamari Udaan and Action For Community Development Trust (ACT) -- 'Food with Dignity' (FWD) programme aims to ensure that a person is accorded the full dignity of a paying customer and not giving away food for free.

Meet the Odisha rapper who refused Bollywood to keep telling the truth to power
Tue, Aug 25, 2020

With his raw videos and gritty lyrics attracting attention online, Tandi has quit his job to focus on rap. “Earlier, people did not listen to such rap, but these days people are listening to me and are liking it.”

District doctor on leave, how this Mizoram MLA helped a woman deliver baby
Wed, Aug 12, 2020

"I told them to reach the civil hospital in Champhai and performed the surgery at 9.30 in the morning. The surgery was a success and both mother and child are now safe," he said.

Amid heavy rains, sanitation workers go beyond call of duty to report lost package in Chennai
Tue, Aug 11, 2020

When Selvi (49), Tilaka(43) and Nila (48) were winding up their routine cleaning work at Teynampet on August 9 at midnight, they came across an unclaimed carton box.

To beat lockdown woes, domestic worker turns entrepreneur with her food business
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

On the menu presently are only two dishes -- Mangalorean style Crab Curry and Reddy's chicken curry -- and orders are being taken only on weekends. However, Saroj plans to expand her little kitchen when she develops a regular customer base.

Just 20 feet away, how a budding photographer shot the black panther in Maharashtra
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Abhishek Pagnis, a Pune-based engineering student, considers himself quite lucky to be present at the moment the elusive black panther made an appearance.

Cop during day, teacher by night: SHO helps 12-year-old boy aspiring to join the police force
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

However, their journey has not been an easy one. With no designated classroom, chairs or desks at their disposal, the SHO looks for any well-lit area to conduct the classes.

Chennai cop helps domestic worker get back her job after she recovers from Covid-19
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Radhe Amma, who worked as domestic help for over 10-years at a complex in KK Nagar, Chennai, could not report to work for almost a month after contracting the disease. The job was her only source of livelihood.

From injecting disinfectants to consuming cow urine: Weirdest Covid-19 solutions from world leaders
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Politicians of all hues have come up with their own version of "cures", albeit without any scientific basis.

New audiences, lower revenue: Social media influencers on surviving the pandemic and lockdown
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Despite greater social media usage during the pandemic, influencers we spoke to said it has been an uphill battle. 

For school principal, new role becomes a lesson in management, and patience
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

When the shelter was also designated as a hunger relief camp a few weeks into the lockdown, Rani had her job cut out. With a staff of six at her disposal, she was prepared for the challenge.

‘Song of Hope’: 60 doctors groove to ‘Happy’ to raise awareness on mental health
Mon, Apr 27, 2020

In a video, which has gone viral on social media, sixty doctors from across India grooved to the beats of Pharrell Williams’ popular song 'Happy'.

Delhi orphanages well-stocked for now, but say fall in donations a big concern
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Due to the lockdown, the flow of donors who regularly visited the orphanage to give funds and essential items has completely stopped for most orphanages.

Friends organise ‘virtual sangeet’ for couple who postponed wedding due to COVID-19 lockdown
Sun, Apr 12, 2020

The 1.58-minute clip, which has now gone viral, begins with the friends dancing to the beats of popular Punjabi track 'Na Dil De Pardesi Nu' by Mohammed Siddiq and Ranjit Kaur.

Andhra Pradesh cop rides horse painted with coronavirus images, draws flak online
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Though the aim behind the initiative was to spread information, it was met with a mixed response online as many did not approve of the paint applied to the animal.

Holidaying in times of coronavirus: On last flight to Bhutan, we were greeted with masks, hand sanitisers
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

While sanitisers and face masks seemed like a necessity in Bhutan, this did not seem to be the case at the Delhi international airport.

‘Travel without worry’: SpiceJet’s latest advisory in times of coronavirus draws flak
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Captioned, "Travel without worry", the leaflet quotes Harvard Medical School and World Health Organisation (WHO) to back their claim stating that the virus is "less infectious than the FLU".

‘I am a proud menstruating woman’: 28 women cook food at ‘Period Feast’ in Delhi
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Unsettled with the prejudicial treatment towards menstruating women, the feast was organised by Dr Surbhi Singh, the founder of 'Sachhi Saheli' to bust myths around the topic.

From BJP’s logo to listing negative traits of Nehru: Manipur class 12th question paper draws flak online
Tue, Feb 25, 2020

A clipping of the viral paper was shared by activist Angellica Aribam along with a caption that read, "Manipur Board asks the election symbol of BJP in Political Science paper and it carries 4 marks!".

How the next generation is reviving the age-old craft of weaving wool
Sat, Jan 11, 2020

Organised by Khamir, a platform for the crafts, heritage and cultural ecology of the Kutch region of Gujarat, the four-day exhibition unfurls the traditional craft infused with contemporary designs made by artisans ranging from the age group of 18-60.

Meet the 94-year-old entrepreneur who says it’s ‘better to wear out than to rust’
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

What started off as a weekend business soon became an enterprise, with 94-year-old Harbhajan Kaur selling her specialities under the brand name Harbhajan's and the tagline "You'll remember your childhood".