Calamity

Mean and Monstrous Hurricane Irma set to Batter Florida Brutally

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe eye of the Hurricane Irma is scaring people affected by it and many others all around the world. Irma is mean and monstrous. Anumita, our Managing Editor, reports, exclusively in Different Truths. Every half hour I pick up the remote of the TV and switch on to CNN. “Irma is here,” says the reporter, […]

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Hurricane Harvey, Mumbai Deluge, Unholy Baba and Blue Whale: Of Deaths, Shame, and Rape

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom beating drums, fire signals and cries of the ancient man, we had travelling bards moving from villages to villages, recounting many stories (read news) in India and elsewhere. These were the rich oral traditions. The storytellers were the first newspersons. We celebrate our legacy. Shail recounts top news of the week gone by, in […]

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The Mumbai Deluge Defeated by the Resilience and Bonding of the People

Reading Time: 3 minutesThere is no city in the world like Mumbai when it comes to human bonding and resilience at the time of crisis. But, how much of resilience tests does Mumbai need to give? Basically, 2005 has taught us nothing? We are still ill equipped to deal with deluges and high tides. Mumbai-based Abhilasha, a photo-journalist, […]

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Despite the Devastations Wrecked by Harvey, People Reached Out to Help

Reading Time: 4 minutesDuring difficult times Houston showed its true spirit, the kind of humanity we often think has disappeared. This is when I saw neighbours helping neighbours, strangers helping strangers. Black, white, yellow and brown all coming together as one. In the midst of this inclement weather, shelters opened up. People rushed forward with their pillows, toilet […]

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Working your Panties off!

Reading Time: 4 minutesWomen were at a huge disadvantage at home and workplace till the 1960s, both in India and the US. Things had improved for women on paper, in India. The reality was much different. Payal showcases the life and times of women, about seven decades back, in her weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Year: 1940 […]

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Earthquake in Italy leaves 37 dead; Kolkata also experiences mild tremors

Reading Time: 1 minuteA strong earthquake hit central Italy in the wee hours. It affected three beautiful mountainous villages, popular summer holiday spots. Reportedly 37 people were dead and the toll is likely to rise. Another earthquake hit Kolkata, India. It experienced jolts and tremors too. However, there were no loss of lives and limbs, authorities added.   […]

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Grim Flood Situation in Assam, over 90,000 People Affected

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe 70th Independence Day celebrations is round the corner. It is sad that though the nation has progressed on many fronts, development has not reached the far flung Northeast states of India. Sarika takes a hard look at the grim flood situation in Assam that has affected 90,000 people. More than 257 villages across Lakhimpur, […]

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EgyptAir flight MS804 Vanishes: Crashed into Mediterranean Sea?

Reading Time: 2 minutesEgyptAir flight MS804 vanished mysteriously flying from Paris to Cairo. It has reportedly crashed into the Mediterranean Sea. It was speculated that explosion caused the crash. Terror attack possible. Family members of the passengers and crew are tense. While the French President felt that the plane appeared to have crashed, Egyptian authorities were cautious and […]

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Massive Earthquake sends Tremors across India

Reading Time: 1 minuteAt 7.25 pm, a massive earthquake, with its epicenter in Myanmar, send shock waves across India. While the tremors were strong in Guwahati and Kolkata, it was milder elsewhere. Here’s a report. A massive earthquake at the Indo-Myanmar border, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, caused strong tremors in the entire Northeast and West Bengal, at 7.25pm, on […]

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