Controversial guru Baba Ramdev was forced to withdraw comments last week that modern medicine was largely to blame for India's COVID deaths. He is facing a $140 million lawsuit bring brought by the Indian Medical Association.
Forget vaccination. If you are in India, you have very limited options in case you want to travel abroad.
How to come out when ‘gay’ isn’t in your language? LGBT website provides translation resources for sexual minorities in Asia
Asia.gay is the region’s first community-led platform providing news on gay health, lifestyle and other topics in a number of Asian languages, and in English. Pages in Thai, Indonesian and English are now available, with Burmese, Malay and Arabic next up
The benefits of doing nothing, from stress relief to having more creative ideas, and the Dutch word that embodies the act
When not focusing on anything, our thoughts bump into each other which leads to other, more interesting thoughts and ideas, an author on the topic says. The concept of purposefully doing nothing is summed up by the Dutch verb ‘niksen’, though not all experts believe in its benefits
How did a bucolic dreamland became the perfect escape from real life? Anita Rao Kashi explores a whimsical world of nostalgia, tranquillity and folksy mysticism.
IT firm’s AI program deters paedophiles from searching for child porn by sending warnings to their social media accounts
Internet searches for child pornography surged with so many people at home because of Covid-19 lockdowns this year; sharing of harmful content more than doubled
A Singapore IT firm is using an AI program to send warnings to people’s social media accounts if they search the internet for child porn
The best animal cams to watch during lockdown, and why cat and dog videos are good for your stress levels
Watching clips of cute creatures can reduce anxiety, a study has found – which might explain why we’re tuning in to so many animal cams during the pandemic
A popular feed from a koala sanctuary features the creatures cuddling on a log, while thousands of people are eating breakfast with sea otters at a US aquarium
Pondicherry’s connection to France is all too known, particularly when it comes to influences on the food culture; however, this erstwhile French colony also carries a subtle flavor of Vietnam — an intriguing connection that has sadly all but disappeared.
Man-made sound is a silent killer, acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton says. ‘When we save quiet, we save everything else. Wildlife cannot exist in noisy places’
Through non-profit Quiet Parks International, he hopes to map and safeguard Earth’s few truly natural soundscapes, such as Yangmingshan National Park in Taiwan
‘Emails need new language, new ways to express warmth and empathy and establish connections,’ says one expert – what worked before the pandemic won’t work now
Read and re-read your email before you send it, and use appropriate language and tone; save the gallows humour and edgy signoffs for social media
A Facebook group, created in June 2019, has gained new life during the pandemic – nearly 2 million people are pretending to be part of a huge online ant colony
At night, the forests of India are happy stomping grounds for many creatures, but few are as adaptable, clandestine, and canny as the leopard