Hindi Diwas 2020: Remembering the Legends of Hindi Literature

Mahadevi Varma: Born on September 11, 1987, Mahadevi Varma, apart from being a remarkable poet, was an academician and a freedom fighter as well. She is one of the four major poets of the “Chhayavaad” movement. Some of Varma’s most notable works include Yama and Neelkanth. In 1982, she was honoured with the Jnanpith Award. […]

Celebrating Hindi Diwas With These Famous Quotes

To celebrate the significance of this ancient language, Hindi Diwas is observed on September 14 every year. The day is celebrated to commemorate Hindi being adopted as one of India’s twenty-two official languages. However, when the proposal came in 1949, Hindi became the second official language (English being the only language prior). This decision was […]

A plumber charged hundreds without a quote or invoice

In your shoes I would use your power of attorney to contact your mother’s bank and explain that she has not authorised the £329 payment, and ask for a chargeback. You should also cancel any direct debits set up to pay for the care plan and use the direct debit guarantee to claw back any […]

My marriage is in crisis and I’m wondering who has more rights on the property

A There are no hard and fast rules over who gets what following a divorce. How matrimonial assets – which are financial assets that you and your spouse built up during the period of your marriage – are split depends on the financial agreement that you and your spouse reach or, if you can’t agree, […]

Monday briefing: ‘Abide by rule of six,’ police plead

The new rules are being introduced in a bid to prevent a second wave of the virus, but a poll by the BMA has found that almost 86% of doctors in England say they expect a second peak of coronavirus in the next six months. New cases are running at their highest rate since May. […]

How was lockdown living with my partner? So good I missed her when she went to the balcony

E and I live in a one-bedroom apartment and, for the past few months, we have rarely been more than a few metres apart. There was a time when the idea of not having my own space would have made me break out in hives, but, to reinforce codependent lesbian stereotypes, being together all the […]

Victorian government aims for crowds at Australian Open and Boxing Day Test

The Victorian government is aiming to not only host the Boxing Day Test and Australian Open, but for crowds to attend both sporting events. Victoria has been devoid of live sport during a winter of Covid-19 discontent, but as case numbers continue to drop there is growing hope for the two jewels in the city’s […]

Key workers and public services need more support, say UK unions

During the launch of its No Going Back to Normal campaign, the general secretary, Dave Prentis, said: “Everyone is desperate to get back to normal. However, ‘normal’ cannot mean a return to low pay, penny-pinching and public services staff being undervalued.

NHS reminder about face-to-face appointments angers GPs

“GPs have been working incredibly hard to keep their services as accessible as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic, with most offering virtual triage as the first point of contact in order to help keep their workforce and communities safe. This is exactly what the government has been encouraging them to do,” he said.

Tudor girl-band concert Six set to be first musical to reopen in West End

A hit at the Edinburgh fringe in 2018, Six has become one of London’s most popular new musicals, regularly packing out the intimate Arts theatre, where tribute drawings by its hardcore fans – know as the Queendom – hang in the foyer and there are themed cocktails at the bar. There have been Six karaoke […]