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We give people their humanity back’: inside Croatia’s pioneering mental health centre

High walls still surround the oldest asylum in the Balkans, an 18th-century building pocked with the artillery scars of last century’s civil war, but the gates are no longer locked. Handles have been replaced on internal doors and bars removed from windows. “The jail,” said Darko Kovaoic, a 53-year-old poet with schizophrenia who lives here, “has broken open.” The institution in Osijek, eastern Croatia, is run by Ladislav Lamza, a former social worker who is taking on the government, the health minister, and his own staff to transform the lives of…

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Back to school health check: Packed lunches

September is here, summer is over and it’s time to go back to school. Doubtless parents up and down the country have spent the past few days frantically buying uniform, seeking out sports kit and stocking up on stationery essentials – but amongst all start-of-term madness, have you given thought to your children’s packed lunches? Starting or returning to school places all sorts of social, emotional, and mental stresses on children, and nutrition plays a vital role in helping them face up to the day-to-day demands of school life with strength and confidence….

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This weekend, look back on Burman

For the next few weeks, the walls of the National Gallery of Modern Art will be filled with the works that are best described as dreamlike. Sakti Burman, now 84, gets a long overdue retrospective titled In the Presence of Another Sky – a show that surveys his output across nearly six decades.“The viewer who does not already know Sakti Burman’s work can look forward to being immersed in the magical universe of an artist who is by turns an enchanter, a mythologist, a storyteller, an archaeologist of memory, and…

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Prabhu Chaat Bhandar: A Fine Taste of a Chaat Legacy Going Back 82 Years

Delhi’s obsession with chaats does not call for a description, neither does a Delhiite’s staggering loyalty of sticking to their favourite joints and eateries for generations. This loyalty and love lends a joint its iconic status. One such eminent food joint which has shouldered the great ‘chaat-legacy’ of Delhi for over 82 years is Prabhu Chaat Bhandar. Started by Nathu Laal in the year 1935, Prabhu Chaat Bhandar is situated right opposite to the Union Public Service Commission building in New Delhi, as such it is often referred to as…

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Should You Cook in Earthen Pots? Get Back to the Basics!

Have you ever tried handi chicken? If you have, you would know the difference of the taste of the chicken as compared to what is cooked in normal utensils. In the olden times, people in rural India along with storing water in earthen pots or surahi, also used to cook in clay pots or handi, which was healthy and flavoursome. Earthenware had always been an intrinsic part of Indian households, however, now with different types of utensils available, earthen pots are barely used. You will see many urban households have…

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Japan to provide $40 million to ADB to back high-level technology

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso attends at opening session of the ADB annual meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan May 6, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato Japan will provide $40 million to the Asian Development Bank to promote high-level technology as part of efforts to boost quality infrastructure in Asia, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Saturday. “Japan has been promoting quality infrastructure in Asia in close collaboration with the bank,” Aso told the ADB’s annual gathering in Yokohama. “Enhancing quality of infrastructure in terms of lifecycle…

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