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Abaca fiber in Camarines Sur, Phillippines

Masks made from Banana-tree species could be the answer to cutting Covid plastic waste

Abaca, a fiber derived from a banana tree relative, is as durable as polyester but can decompose within two months. The Philippines is the world’s largest producer of it.
A customer looks at banana displayed for sale at a roadside fruit stall in Bangalore, India | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Climate change threatens cultivation of Indian banana, global warming likely to hit output

A new study has found that climate change will slash banana yields, in a prospect daunting for India, the biggest consumer and producer of the fruit.
A customer selects a bunch of Chiquita bananas at a fruit and vegetable stall at a market in the Lewisham district of London, U.K

Scientists are in a race to save the humble banana from extinction

This crisis is a warning that we are growing our food in an unsustainable way, and we need to look at more radical changes for a permanent solution.
Virat Kohli | Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images

Bananas and biwis: The two things Virat Kohli wants for cricket World Cup 2019

If we cannot stand up for our right to bananas from the sahibs why did we win Independence at all?

On Camera

A still from @WanderingKamya's Instagram video | Instagram

Cool NRI cousins were once the gateway to the world. Now they’re chanting Mera Hinduism Mahan

An Indian-origin influencer went viral on social media recently for decrying hate against unfair treatment of Hindus and being bullied for wearing a bindi.
A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.