Shahi Tukda: The Mughlai Bread Pudding We Can’t Get Enough of

In their reign lasting 400 odd years, Mughals gave India many an architectural, literary and cultural marvel. While the Mughal kings and aristocrats worked relentlessly to establish themselves in many areas related to music and arts, a glorious chapter of history was being written in their Royal kitchens too. From Boti kebabs to Galouti, from Awadhi Biryani to Kadhai Murg and Murg Shahi Korma, the culinary genius of the Mughal kitchens is a thing to celebrate. But there’s more to Mughal cooking than just their lavish meaty-fare. Prime example is the decadent,…

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Can sub-Saharan Africa produce enough food to meet growing demand?

Each year, the planet has to feed more hungry, hungry humans. Right now, projections suggest that we might just be able to meet the challenge of feeding our growing population in 2050, but only if we make better use of the land that we use for agriculture. For sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), though, the question gets a little more complicated. Even if there’s enough food globally to go around by 2050, will SSA be able to produce enough to be self-sufficient? A paper in this week’s PNAS suggests that the region…

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NI schools inspector says pupils not getting good enough education

Northern Ireland’s chief inspector of schools has said too many pupils are not getting a good enough education. In her latest report, Noelle Buick said that those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds were particularly affected. She also expressed concern over how children are taught, pointing out that about one fifth of lessons were “less than good”. However, she acknowledged that a number of areas of education had improved since her last report, in 2014. The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) observed more than 11,000 lessons and training sessions in Northern Ireland…

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Rob Carrick: Have you saved enough for your health?

What we don’t talk about when we talk about aging is the cost of health care. The annual health-related cost to various levels of government for a 45-year-old might average about $2,675, according to data obtained by the actuarial firm Eckler Ltd. from the non-profit Canadian Institute for Health Information. Make that $6,235 for a 65-year-old and $30,100 for a 90-year-old. Spending by individuals rises, too. The institute says costs paid out of pocket for a range of medical care that includes prescription drugs (the portion not covered by provincial…

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