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“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful"- Harnaaz Sandhu

After 21 long years, the Chandigarh-based model, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu has made the India proud by winning the Miss Universe crown 2021. She conquered the crown defeating contestants from 80 countries around the world. The 70th edition of the pageant was held in Eilat, Israel. Harnaaz Sandhu,  was crowned by her predecessor Andrea Meza of Mexico, who won the pageant in 2020. While Paraguay's Nadia Ferreira, 22, finished second, South Africa's Lalela Mswane, 24, came third. The crown was presented to her by previously reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza from Mexico. 

Its also a privilege that the selection committee panel included actor and Miss Universe 2015 Urvashi Rautela from India, including Adamari López, Adriana Lima, Cheslie Kryst, Iris Mittenaere, Lori Harvey, Marian Rivera and Rena Sofer.

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A social concern related to women is making headlines across the country regarding the proposed bill for raising the legal age of marriage for women from the present 18 years to 21 years, incidentally the same age as for men. The Union Cabinet has decided to clear the Bill which seeks to raise marriage age of women from 18 to 21.  Following the Cabinet’s approval, it is expected that during the ongoing winter session of Parliament, the government will bring in an Amendment to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, and consequently bring amendments to the Special Marriage Act and personal laws such as the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, the 1872 Indian Christian Marriage Act, the 1936 Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act etc.

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During the Nehruvian era, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was an easy target, a kind of universal whipping boy.  The book aims at dispelling the wrong notions associated with the RSS. It is not just a roadmap of the RSS; it is also a revealing book written by a person who knows this organization from within and therefore it has greater authenticity and credibility. It is largely inspired by the visions of RSS and partly based on the firsthand experiences of Sunil Ambekar. It is free from bias for it gives only facts and facts not of the Gradgrindian (Charles Dickens) type rather those that were "half hidden from the eye".

The book underpins the process through which the RSS is recontextualising age old civilisational thoughts in an ever-changing contemporary society. It depicts the 94 years of its journey through “thunderstorm and rain” and that it has not deviated from its goal to make the country strong.

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The 59th Statehood day was celebrated at Nagaland, Kohima on 1st December 2021. This year’s celebrations also coincide with the ongoing nationwide celebrations to commemorate 75 years of India's independence 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' and the great achievements of its people. Close to six decades since Statehood, Nagaland has improved significantly with all round development in the expansion of health and education facilities comparatively.
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A new and potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant identified as the B.1.1.529 strain has sounded global alarm, raising concerns about what would be the next in the pandemic. The highly transmissible and infectious variant, now named Omicron, has been designated as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.

With only a few hundred cases reported across the globe, available data on symptoms and severity are sketchy at best. Technical experts from WHO and other world scientists locked in studying and monitoring the Omicron and countries across the globe are stepping up international travel restrictions as well as speeding up inoculation of its citizens. 

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