Harshwanti Bisht, who will receive the Edmund Hillary medal this month for conservation work around Gangotri, has set out on a new mission—empower women through a 'sport for development and peace' programme
When Edmund Hillary signed up for the expedition to Mount Everest, he he may have had no idea he would end up building a slew of schools, clinics, and airstrips as well as undertaking natural and cultural conservation initiatives that would not only transform the Khumbu region in Nepal but also inspire other mountaineers around the world to follow suit.
By Arturo R. García
This week’s episode was best served when it strayed from the usual tropes. Sure, we got Olivia and Fitz arguing (again) about the rules of their relationship, and starting the episode with them in flagante pugna about her deciding to “date” Jake — with him outside the door — at least made it a more interesting take on the Fight Of The Week.
And really, Jake was in maybe the most awkward position of all. Not only did he get to watch the Secret Service overhear him being called “a fox in the henhouse,” but, thanks to Major Tom, Jake got to listen to Olivia admit she doesn’t know if she even has feelings for her. At least Jake’s spiritual ancestor, Riley Finn, got to leave the drama on his own terms.
But Jake did get a chance to, hopefully for him, stop Olivia from treating him like he’s the next level down on her Pyramid of Screaming. Now that he finally understands how deep in the game his role as Command puts him, he can begin to exert some leverage over not only her, but practically anybody around him.
Olivia also unknowingly lost a chance to exert leverage over Mellie. It’s doubtful that she would, but with Mellie’s continued attacks, you’d think O would at least appreciate having an extra card up her sleeve the next time Mellie insults her. In any event, we get more of a look at Mellie’s state of mind following her rape at the hand of Fitz’s father. It also provides some crucial context for her bond with Gov. Nichols, and her eventual decision to pursue it, however briefly — for now.
(Aside: You have to wonder what would have happened if this show were a period piece; set the Grant White House in the 70s and you have the potential for an epic crossover with Swingtown. But we digress.)
In the end, Olivia’s conversation with Huck might prove to be the most prophetic. Because while her professional reputation has been forged on “holding the leash,” the monsters chasing her, and Fitz, and Quinn, and Harrison, and James are still not far from door.
- I can’t tell who’s worse at being covert, James or David. You’d think a student of history like Mr. “Hey, I’ll name myself Publius” would have read up on Deep Throat’s approach to leaking these types of news.
- It’s a little tough to believe at this point that Olivia wouldn’t even suspect Maya to be behind the (erroneous) leak of information behind the drug shipment. But here’s the thing: wouldn’t whoever arranged for the doctor to talk have eventually figured out Nichols wasn’t the one buying them?
- Also surprising to see Cyrus seemingly running at full speed. He looked more than comfortable hanging out with Hollis and Adnan.(The latter, by the way, is played by Nazanin Boniadi.)
- But while Cyrus is doing alright for now, we have to ask: how long until Sally comes undone?
The proverbial casting couch has been a reality over the years since women made their foray into the world of films and entertainment. As the industry joins in celebrating Women’s Day, Shoma Chatterji explores if more of its women remain victims, rather than complicit 'sinners'.
Report submitted to National Green Tribunal finds serious lapses in disposal of fly ash, but skims over health and environmental impacts of pollution in India's power generation hub
By Arturo R. García
So after watching the trailer a couple of times Wednesday night, I came away feeling not totally worried about the forthcoming Annie remake. Quvenzhané Wallis looks like she’ll inhabit the title role more than capably — showing her ask “What’s the hustle?” was a nice touch to include this early — and Jamie Foxx (as Michael Bloomberg stand-in Benjamin Stacks) and Rose Byrne (as his girl Friday, uh, Grace) came off well in this trailer.
Cameron Diaz’s take on Miss Hannigan, here reimagined as a foster mother for Annie and her friends, looks less steady, shading further toward Carrie Bradshaw than Carol Burnett. The film’s IMDB page also reveals another potential setback for the character: there’s no listing for Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan, depriving Diaz’s Hannigan — at least thus far — of someone with whom to banter beyond Annie and Stacks. The music and choreography, from the brief glimpses we get in this trailer, don’t look bad.
The story also looks like a simplified version of the original, which you can either take or leave, considering that the 1982 vehicle featured “Bolsheviks,” assassination attempts, bodyguards named “Punjab” and “The Asp,” and Daddy Warbucks hanging around with Franklin D. Roosevelt. And while sites like ScreenRant and Jezebel also liked the trailer, it’s a long jump from a good two-minute clipshow to a coherent final product. (Remember, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen had a pretty well-liked trailer, and … well.)
In other words, there’s plenty of good discussion to be had about this movie; for starters, you might be surprised to see Emma Thompson — yes, that Emma Thompson — is one of the three writers. (In truth, it’s her 13th writing effort.)
But as you might imagine, some Internet Racists just couldn’t stop themselves from catching feelings. So, for anybody wondering why our comments policy is tight, we picked some real “winners” to show you under the cut.
We begin at Entertainment Weekly, where at least some folks were kind enough to jump on one troll:
This next cat goes through an odd progression. He starts with a fairly standard-issue gripes about remakes:
And then races right for the bottom:
But this is surely his crowning Internet achievement:
But Drago sounds downright eloquent compared to some of the folks at ComingSoon.Net:
And even though a good number of the cast appears to be non-Black, this fine gentleman at 411Mania would have you know that this is in fact, Shaft re-re-dux:
Annie may have escaped the proverbial “gutter,” but in some corners of the Internet, it appears the stink just isn’t going to wear off.
Tobacco is the leading cause of heart diseases among the young. Nandita Murukutla, country director (India) of non-profit World Lung Foundation, says mass media campaigns are effective in discouraging the youth from taking to tobacco—smoking as well as chewing varieties. Excerpts of her interview with Jyotsna Singh
How prevalent is smoking among Indians? Are more young Indians (below 40 years of age) smoking now?
Whenever a general election to India’s Lok Sabha approaches, two questions tend to emerge: When will India get a green party? Are environmental issues important in our elections?
Our parliamentary democracy borrows its structure from the Westminster system of first-past-the-post, which makes it difficult for any pan-India issue-based party to succeed. For instance, it is no surprise there exists a Green Party in Germany that even comes to power within a coalition government, but cannot in the UK. In elections for the European parliament some years ago, the UK Green Party got a substantial percentage of votes. In other words, there is a green concern in the UK, but because of UK’s electoral system, the concern cannot translate into a presence in parliament.
Non-performing assets in public sector banks have shot up by more than 400 per cent in the last five years, hitting Rs 164000 crore! Shripad Dharmadhikary summarises findings of a research report that unearths the real reasons underlying these bad loans.
Plantations, habitations and agriculture land included by Kasturirangan panel in ESZ area will not be notified; decision announced a day before elections declared
Bowing to pressure from the Kerala government, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has decided to reduce the area of the ecologically sensitive zone (ESZ) in the Western Ghats.