Overworked, underpaid, abused: The world of India's domestic workers (Interview) (12:50)
By Alison Saldanha
In the decade after liberalisation, there was a nearly 120 per cent rise in the number of domestic workers in India, says author Tripti Lahiri in her recently released book, "Maid In India". Women constitute over two-thirds of the workforce in this unorganised sector. They usually come from backward regions such as Jharkhand, West Bengal and Assam, are often barely of legal working age, their wages less than the minimum fixed by the government. Their employers range from Indias elite to its nouveau riche, many of who still believe in the traditional divide between servants and masters. Abuse, mental, physical or sexual, of these women is not uncommon. One such dispute between a family and their Muslim domestic worker led to a riot-like situation in a gated community in Noida on July 12.

No tie up with JD-U: Sushil Modi (Interview) (15:24)
By Anand Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday ruled out any tie-up with the JD-U in Bihar even if it snaps ties with the RJD, whose leader Lalu Prasad and his kin are facing corruption allegations.

Diabetes epidemic shifting to urban poor: Noted diabetologist Dr Mohan (Interview) (13:36)
By Vipul Vivek
Diabetes, once a disease of the affluent, is now rampant among the urban poor too and preventive measures and free screening services are urgently required to control its impact. This is the recommendation of pioneering diabetologist Dr. V. Mohan, one of the authors of a 15-state study on diabetes funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Ministry of Health. The study was published in The Lancet last month. At 16.7 per cent, India had the highest share of the worlds diabetics in 2015 after China (26 per cent).

Never looked at my father as a star: Akshaye Khanna (Interview) (16:20)
By Arundhuti Banerjee IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, June 30 (IANS) He took a pause before he could talk about his late father -- the once enigmatic screen icon Vinod Khanna -- but Akshaye Khanna realises it's still too early for him to open up about his memories.

India should aim to get 40% electricity from n-power by 2050: Former AEC chief (Interview) (15:34)
By Sirshendu Panth IANS Photo Service
Moscow, June 26 (IANS) Indigenous manufacturing of major components and ensuring a strong participation from the domestic industry are the major challenges before the Indian nuclear power programme now, says former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chief M R Srinivasan.

My five decades in films went by in moments: Dharmendra (Interview) (12:30)
By Sugandha Rawal IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) He is known as Bollywood's 'Yamla, Pagla, Deewana', but for long he was also seen as the macho hero of silver screen.

For women, criticism is directly proportional to success: Actress Kalki Koechlin (Interview) (12:34)
By Sahana Ghosh IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) Fresh-faced and spontaneous, Kalki Koechlin is known for bringing a certain degree of panache to the roles she portrays, unconventional as they are.

'Sanitation workers clean our cities, but are denied even minimum wage' (Interview) (12:12)
By Swagata Yadavar
After a decade-long legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled in April 2017 that permanent jobs be given to 2,700 contract workers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), India's richest municipal corporation. These contract workers, who sweep streets, collect garbage and clean sewers, were not entitled to health and other benefits, vacation, rest days and pension. They will now get back pay of two years and employee benefits, such as weekly offs and medical leave without a pay cut.

Loan waiver is not a permanent solution: BJP farmers' cell chief (Interview) (11:42)
By Brajendra Nath Singh IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) Loan waiver is not a permanent solution for the problems faced by farmers, feels the chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party's farmers' cell, Virendra Singh "Mast", who says only a fair price for their produce can mitigate the situation.

'No end to climate action even if US withdraws' (Interview) (16:14)
By Vishal Gulati IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) President Donald Trump on Thursday is set to clear the air on whether the US would withdraw from the historic Paris Climate Agreement adopted by nearly 200 countries, including India.

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