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Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

Cyclone Fani tears down artists’ village in Odisha

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Many pieces of art in heritage hub have been damaged Rarely has artist Bijoy Mohapatra, 40, remained idle in recent memory. But with Cyclone Fani tearing down this artists’ village, part of the coastal district of Puri, Mr. Mohapatra and his ilk is struggling to come to terms with the damage. When the cyclone made landfall on the morning of May 3, two front wooden doors of his house could not withstand the ferocity of the wind and his entire body of work was exposed to the lashing rain. “We found ourselves helpless before the intensity of the storm. Instead of shifting the ‘Pattachitra’ to a safer place, our priority was to save our own lives,” said Bijoy. One rain-defaced 5ft x 3ft sized Pattachitra, a traditional cloth-based scroll painting, n
Why manifestos of TDP and YSRCP are a ‘secret’

Why manifestos of TDP and YSRCP are a ‘secret’

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Updates from :  the Hindu : Fearing a copycat response, each is waiting for the other to go first Typically, political parties scramble to complete their manifestos on time so they can use them to woo voters. But it would appear that nothing is typical about the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), both of whom are holding to their manifestos for dear life even as the elections are barely 10 days away. Both the TDP and the YSRCP have their manifestos ready, but each is waiting for the other to release their document first. This ‘wait-and-respond’ approach seems to have been prompted by the fear that their rival might ‘copy’ their ideas. Even before the election schedule was announced, the TDP government had hiked pensions to ₹2,000. The YSR Congress
In Kerala, a café to demystify science for the public

In Kerala, a café to demystify science for the public

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Updates from :  the Hindu : ‘Café Scientifique’ is the first such initiative in the State to popularise the subject Science is often seen as boring, difficult and mathematical for many, but a group of science experts of the Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology here are gearing up to launch ‘Café Scientifique’ to promote science among public in an interesting way. Café Scientifique, the first such initiative in the State, envisages to bring science back into popular culture by demystifying scientific research for the public and empowering non-scientists to comfortably assess science and technology issues, particularly those that impact social policy making, says C.K. Vishnudas, an ornithologist and director of the centre. Science initiative Café Scientifique is a grassr
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