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Solving the burning problem

India Blooms News Service
Air pollution due to burning the stubble after harvest in winter in North India is big issue, socially and politically. As Delhiites brace up for another winter of smog and suffocating pollution from stubble burning,  here is the story of Kriya Labs, a New Delhi-based start-up, that transforms agricultural waste into a valuable resource to make paper and biodegradable products. SPAN writer Michael Gallant reports
The spy is out there
Spies have been among us for centuries though it is often thought to be a recent  phenomenon .  Ranjita Biswas gets a glimpse of their secret world in Berlin’s German Spy Museum
Rakhigarhi Findings: The Truth about our Ancestors
Challenging the famous theory of an Aryan invasion  ending the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC), analysis of DNA samples obtained from the skeletons excavated at the Mature Harappan cemetery at Rakhigarhi in Haryana says no mass migration into South Asia had happened during the Harappan times. Sonali Jha Chatterjee reports
A woman poet of yesteryear
In the pantheon of Urdu poets the names of women hardly come up. Mah Laqa Bai Chanda was an extraordinary poet and courtesan who lived inHyderabad in the 18th century.  The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has helped to restore her garden tomb which could bring into focus her contribution to art and culture, and charity. SPAN writer Paromita Pain reports
How app cabs are changing transportation landscape worldwide
From USA to India, ride hailing app cabs like Uber has transformed the mobility landscape globally and opened the door for competitors such as Lyft in the U.S. and Ola Cabs in India. Rashi Shrivastava and Madison Hall in USA with  Suryodoy Mandal in India report on how it is poised to grow even more.  
Chicago 2019: Where global architectural thoughts converge
Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, is returning to the city in September for over three months. This year, India too has a significant presence at the event that marks Chicago as the cultural capital of USA.  Sujoy Dhar reports
Food for thought
Journalist and educator Simran Sethi explores the cultural and emotional importance of food, and highlights the threats to its diversity across the world, reports SPAN writer Paromita Pain from Texas
Valuing harmony
Values education seems a dull and in-your-face kind of lecture on ‘how to be good’ to students grappling with multiple subjects and heavy-duty studies. But it can be imparted in a much more fun way which can have an impact on later life to help them become responsible and well-rounded citizens, discovers Ranjita Biswas.
Varanasi: A centuries old ghat restored
Varanasi’s historic Balaji Ghat has welcomed pilgrims and visitors for centuries, but wear and tear had made its mark. Fortunately, a preservation programme of ancient monuments has restored it to its former glory, reports New York based SPAN magazine writer Michael Gallant  
Does death become us?
The debate around the death penalty never ceases. Naturally, there is no dearth of films that explore the justification or otherwise of the death sentence too. Even then, it would be interesting to take a look at a documentary intriguingly titled  The Death of Us  by Vani Subramanian which portrays people on the death row, says Shoma A. Chatterji  
A trust and not the government who should be in charge of a museum: Vinod Daniel
Vinod Daniel, Chairman, AusHeritage, and Board Member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), during his recent visit to Kolkata, tells IBNS correspondent Godhuly Bose, how Indian museums need to come out of their dependence on government funds and transform them from a house of curiosity to vibrant and interactive knowledge centres. 
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