“In some pockets of my district,” says Bhubaneswar’s Gajapati district’s Superintendent of Police Tapan Kumar Patnaik, “illegal ganja cultivation is still on. This year, prior to the lockdown, we seized 571 kg. Smugglers have become hyperactive now. Since the lockdown was announced, we have seized 2,319 kg of ganja.” … [Read more...] about Lockdown restrictions help narcotics business reach new highs in India
New miss universe
At a first look, the portfolio seemed diversified and consisted of well-known companies like Apollo Tyres, Raymond, CESC, Jindal Stainless, Tata Chemicals, Birla Corporation, State Bank of India, ITC and a few others, bought almost 10 years ago, probably in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. A cursory research of the top 8 holdings revealed considerable under performance, while financial parameters looked cheap and offered value. Little more granular look at the sales and profitability over the last 10 years showed inconsistent performance, marked by pitiable returns. A case of value investing not yielding the desired returns. … [Read more...] about Value investing: Warren Buffett course-corrects his investment style, should you?
Parks are not panaceas, as evidenced by the widely publicized racist confrontation between a white woman and a Black birder in New York’s Central Park in early July. But Hedonometer data add to a growing body of evidence that they provide clear mental health benefits. Creating and expanding parks also generates jobs and economic activity, with much of the money spent locally. … [Read more...] about Twitter data shows that COVID-19 has us depressed. But one place is providing hope
Building bridges Rather than “shush” small talk as a waste of time, managers can embrace small talk as a way to improve coworkers’ relationships, team morale, and productivity. Supervisors who create space for small talk will benefit from increased collaboration, creativity, and more inclusiveness, the authors wrote. This applies to in-person meetings as well as virtual meetings. … [Read more...] about 2 science-backed benefits of making small talk with coworkers
"Art is what keeps us alive and sane in difficult times. Writing is one way of reminding us of beauty even in the worst of times. Creativity opens a window to our souls and lets us speak our thoughts in a medium that brings us comfort and joy. We need to encourage creativity in children now more than ever," said publisher Shome Ghosh. … [Read more...] about ‘A Bend in Time’: Coronavirus pandemic through the eyes of children