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US, UK pull out from Afghanistan to impact India’s economy?

Taking a step ahead, India is also making huge investments in other countries especially in Afghanistan. But hard clouds loom.

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With the Cabinet reshuffle and the average age of the Ministers now at 58, hopefully, India is laying down a strong foundation for development and its economic growth with an eye on winning the 2024 General Election.

While the country may be grappling with crises within, its relations with the other countries have seen a steady improvement. The aim here is to lure investors into the country using its friendly ties. These ties definitely came in handy during the second wave of Covid that hit the nation this April.

The help we got from the Russia, America, Syria and Poland proved how the present Government is going forward in building relations.

Taking a step ahead, India is also making huge investments in other countries especially in Afghanistan. But hard clouds loom. After an agreement between the US and the Taliban on February 29, 2020, India needs to urgently reposition itself or it will become difficult to recover the cost sunk in Afghanistan.

S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, who was part of the two-day virtual event — Afghanistan Conference in 2020, had said that India will undertake more than 100 projects worth $80 million in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, the pulling out of troops from Afghanistan doesn’t bode well for us. Britain’s 750-strong contingent, part of a wider NATO stabilisation mission, has been quietly leaving Afghanistan over the last few weeks after the US President, Joe Biden, said he wanted to pull out most of the remaining 2,500 of its combat troops.

India has had a troubled history with the Taliban. In the early 1990s,  it supported the Northern Alliance against the Pakistan-supported Taliban. When the Taliban came to power in 1996, Afghanistan became a fertile and favourable ground for Pakistan to run terror camps and divert the jihadis to Kashmir.

The only reason why India has also been able to invest in Afghanistan’s future has been partially because of the presence of US-led troops and the relative stability it brought. With this stability at risk, we need to move fast, both in Kabul and Kashmir to maintain peace and provide the much-needed economic growth.

The vital interest that we have in Afghanistan, including the urge to counter Pakistan’s influence there and secure Kabul’s friendship in the process, India needs to tread carefully in the coming months and decide on a course that will be a win-win for all.

 What is at stake? Investments in Afghanistan:

  • The building of Afghanistan’s Parliament in Kabul (the complex includes a library, so in that sense, India did build a library in the country. Afghanistan’s Parliament was inaugurated in 2015, which is a symbol of Afghan democracy.
  • Reconstruction of the Salma Dam, now known as the Afghan-India Friendship Dam.
  • New Delhi is financing the establishment of the Afghan National Agriculture Sciences and Technology University in Kandahar and assisting it in various ways.
  • The Indian government has gifted hundreds of buses for the Kabul transportation system and 285 military vehicles for the Afghan National Army.
  • Indian government provide Mi-25 and Mi-35 choppers for the air force and 10 ambulances for public hospitals in five cities. Meanwhile, airbus aircraft for the national airlines.
  • New Delhi provided materials for substations and a transmission line in the Faryab province and high protein biscuits for Afghan schoolchildren.  Shipments of wheat and pulses also included.
  • India is also providing funds to an Afghan Red Crescent Society program, free medicine and medical consultations in its medical missions in five Afghan cities.
  • India are providing Afghan public institutions with technical advisers and giving training for Afghan public servants like policemen and soldiers.
  • The hundreds of scholarships for Afghan students with vocational courses for Afghan youth and women. Tele-education courses for the students.
  • Building the cricket stadium in Kandahar and a cold storage warehouse in the same city along with this upgrading telephone exchanges in some provinces.
  • Constructing the Chimtala power substation in Kabul, expanding the national television network and digging tube wells in some of the provinces.
  • Reconstructing the Indira Gandhi Institute for Child Health/Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul (which had also been built with India’s help decades ago) and supporting it in many ways.
  • Now Taliban hold nearly 50% of the rural districts in Afghanistan. India is wary of the Taliban given its proximity to Pakistan and its military spy agency the Inter-Services-Intelligence.

The external affairs minister S. Jaishankar underlined that India’s long-term commitment to the development of Afghanistan and the benefit to its people as a contiguous neighbour and strategic partner.  After all these developments, India is going to suffer in all ways. Because the investments India are making is just to provide a boost to economic growth. Hence, creating more employment opportunities in India itself.

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5 Tips to Motivate Students For Ongoing Board Exams

Exams are one of the important milestones in a student’s life. Students need motivation for board exams to pump their confidence and vanish exam fear.

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Lakhs of students are appearing for class X and XII Board exams in India every year. These exams are one of the most important milestones in a student’s academic life. Along with this students needs board exam motivation to pump their confidence and vanish the exam fear. This is why the stress caused during these exams is best addressed than avoided.

The urge to pass these exams with a good percentage can sometimes impact the mental health of the students. They might end up worrying about the exam when they should be focusing all their efforts on revisions.

Exam stress can reduce their self-confidence levels, leading to poor performance and outcomes. Hence, it is very crucial for teachers to boost the morale of the students.

Here is what a teacher has come up with some key tips to motivate the  students right before exams:

Understand Students’ Interests

It is a good practice for teachers to know the strengths and weaknesses of the students. Teachers can know their students better by conducting unique sessions centred around “get to know you” discussions. These kinds of sessions can be held on a monthly basis. Activities like clubbing students with similar interests into groups, and assigning writing or speaking tasks can help in increasing students’ enthusiasm for the subject.

Important To Give Feedback

One-to-one mentoring can be of great help for students to gear up before the exams. This can be an opportunity for the students to clarify all their individual doubts and understand the concepts better. They could also open up about the challenges in studies during these interactions. By providing personalised feedback, teachers can better understand each student’s capability. However, the onus remains on the teachers to encourage the young learners to speak during personal mentoring sessions.

Encourage Collaboration and Competition

Be in touch with students. Teachers should encourage the idea of collaboration and competition by pairing up students. They should be encouraged to justify their ideas or articulate an answer while working in pairs. This fosters peer correction and effective analysis of their own progression. Teachers can promote teamwork and this will help the students to learn from each other. Such activities will also expose them to a diverse set of ideas.

Schedule Regular Breaks

Exhaustion remains one of the biggest reasons for students’ demotivation right before any exam. The ability to think rationally is impaired on a greater scale when a person is tired and studies for long hours without taking timely breaks. It is advisable to have regular breaks during study sessions to strike the right balance between studies and recreation. Hence, teachers should help students prepare study timetables which have regular intervals in between.

Exercise a Little

Stress can be a major contributor to underperformance during exams. It is a proven fact that regular exercise keeps both the mind and body healthy. Practising simpler exercises like meditation or yoga can make the students’ minds feel more relaxed. This will help them to stay composed and concentrate better.

Keeping students’ board exam motivation peaked during Board exams is of utmost paramount. It is easy to motivate them if they have achievable goals, take regular breaks, revise concepts in advance and perform exercises.

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6 indoor plants and their upkeep

While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others. Here best indoor plants for home in India.

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While almost all green plants can be kept indoors, some plants need more attention than others which can be cumbersome if you have a busy schedule. But that doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with greenery. Let’s look at some best indoor plants for a home in India.

Rubber tree plant

It is fairly easy to maintain but is fussy when it comes to the amount of water it needs. Here is what you need to know if you have this plant. Rubber plants are rainforest specimens. While they need consistent moistness, they don’t want it to be soggy. Ensure that the pot the plant is in has adequate draining holes.

Use a dish under the pot lined with pebbles to catch extra water. This will keep the roots from sitting in water but provide the humidity as the water evaporates.

Croton plant

Its beautifully patterned leaves can brighten any space. Now that the rains are here in full force, it is important to ensure that you take care of all your plants. Overwatering can lead to root rot. An important thing to keep in mind is that the pot is well-drained. There is moisture in the air, overwatering will harm the plant. Croton also needs at least six to seven hours of sunshine but excess heat will damage its leaves. Try and keep the plant either East or West facing to make sure that the leaves don’t lose their colour.

English Ivy

It looks pretty and while it may look like it is an easy plant to look after, it is not the case. Like any other plant, this plant too will rot and its leaves will turn brown if you overwater them. Before you water it, check the soil. If it is moist, don’t water it. Make sure that the soil is loose and is kept in a well-drained pot. The plant grows in bright light but it is away from direct sunlight. It is a beautiful plan that can be kept inside the home; potting it in a hanging basket is an excellent way to enjoy the beauty of this plant.

Fern

The delicate curled leaves that unfurl into long, lacy fronds look pretty. Go into the forest and you will find ferns carpeting the floor. They also make a great houseplant. They can grow in any kind of pot — clay to hanging baskets to ceramic and don’t require full sun to thrive.

But Indian weather is different. A plant that may live happily in any other environment needs a lot of care here. They love moisture. During the rainy season make sure you don’t overwater the plant or the roots will rot. You can even spray water on the leaves to lock the moisture in. You can keep this plant in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Green Aralia

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives. It needs a feed once every other month during the spring. During the summer months, the plant needs liquid fertiliser. However, be careful if you buy this plant; it is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

They are best as landscape plants. While watering aralia which is indoors, deep water is only when the soil is nearly dry. One of the most important things to keep in mind if you have a green aralia is that it has to be kept away from cold drafts and windows during the winter months to ensure that it thrives.

Pitcher plant

It is not always possible to ensure that the plant that you bring is going to live. Hence, it is important to take care of it properly. Let’s take the pitcher plant. So how does one take care of it if one wants to keep it indoors even if it is a carnivorous plant?

Depending on the species, some require full sunlight and those that originate in the floor of the rainforest may need filtered light. It requires moist soil, and keeps the potting soil moist, but not soggy. Allow the pot to drain thoroughly after watering and never let the pot stand in water or the roots will rot.

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Mother’s Day 2022: Significance, history, and importance

Being a mother is a full-time job and gets no appreciation-one day where their worth is truly appreciated. Here’swhy we celebrate mothers day.

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Most of us know that Mother’s Day is celebrated every second Sunday in May. But did you know why we celebrate mothers day? The whole idea behind Mother’s Day is to honour the mother of the family, to celebrate motherhood, maternal bonds, and the important role that they play in shaping society.

Why we celebrate mothers day?

It is said that the need to celebrate this day arose in the 1900s. Back then a daughter – Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis – to honour the sacrifices made by the mothers made for their children started this holiday.

It is said that Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day service of worship and celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the US which serves as the International Mother’s Day Shrine today.

Did you also know that different countries celebrate this day in different months? Some countries celebrate this day in March. Mother’s Day in Egypt is celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In Georgia Mother’s Day is celebrated on March 3.

In some countries, the date is adopted to signify religion, like Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Other countries selected a date with historical significance. For example, Bolivia’s Mother’s Day is a fixed date, commemorating a battle in which women participated to defend their children. Or in Russia where it is celebrated as International Women’s Day instead of Mother’s Day.

In India, the concept of celebrating Mother’s Day is new. This could be because we have traditionally been respectful of our mothers and have been revering them for generations.

We didn’t need to set a single day aside for them. But then, we (Indians) tend to ape the West and what the West does needs to be done back home.

Irrespective of how and when Mother’s Day is celebrated worldwide, children go out of their way to make this a special day for their mother. Lunches, treats and gifts are part and parcel of this day’s celebration.

What can you do? Here are some mothers day 2022 gift ideas

For the foodie mom

If your mother is a foodie a last-minute gift can be a meal subscription box that speaks to your mom’s interests. The subscription boxes are becoming popular across India as they select the finest and latest products every month and ship them across to their clients.

As a gift, you can opt for ingredients, or complete meals, including gourmet food and global cuisine. Innovative subscription boxes share recipes and exquisitely packaged boxes that can be used as a collector’s item.

If your mother is all about fitness

If your mom has been looking to shed some weight, a gym membership is a great gift! There are several gyms in each city that offer membership. This would help your mother work.

If your mother is all about looking good

A woman’s body goes through many changes, and protein is quintessential to cope with it. One can gift herbal products to the mother for that perfect skin that will keep her young at heart forever!

 

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