Migrants, domestic tourists giving Goa a bad name?

Migrants, domestic tourists giving  Goa a bad name?

Goa, going, gone? That’s the song being sung by Goa Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Francis D’Souza , who recently blamed ‘criminal’ migrants for ruining Goa’s fair name. He said migrantion to the coastal State is one of the major issues troubling the government. He said this at the annua function of the Travel […]

Don’t pad softly, Make a noise about the M Word!

Don’t pad softly, Make a noise about the M Word!

Last Saturday was International Menstrual Hygiene Day. How many of us would have thought there’s a whole international day to talk about something that guys would get real queasy about. Nothing much in the newspapers in Patna, we’re sure some women’s organisations somewhere in Bihar must have made a big deal about it. And they […]

Oh Sh*t! What’s on the Taj Mahal?

Oh Sh*t! What’s on the Taj Mahal?

AGRA -The lustrous white marble walls of the Taj Mahal have been yellowed by air pollution, but now India’s showcase monument faces a fresh threat – from green insect poop! Authorities ordered an investigation after green-tinged patches began appearing on the back wall of the monument, which stands on the banks of the heavily polluted […]

Will Assam’s new BJP govt. protect Assam tribes?

Will Assam’s new BJP govt. protect Assam tribes?

A day after the  promise to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border in two years and complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a prominent organization fighting against infiltration demanded special measures to prevent indigenous people from becoming a minority in their own homeland. The Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), which carried out a mass signature campaign in assembly […]

Are you sending your kid to Suicide City?

Are you sending your  kid to Suicide City?

Are people from small towns in places like Bihar, sending their kids to ‘suicide city? Puzzled? Read on The town of Kota in northern Rajasthan state is ‘famous’ its numerous study centre that coach students prepare for India’s extremely competitive admission exams for medical and engineering colleges. But Kota produces high stress levels and  has […]

When will politics over Buddha Birthplace stop?

When will politics over Buddha Birthplace stop?

‘Saga Dawa, as we say it in Sikkim, or Buddha Purnima as it is commonly called in India and ‘Buddha Jayanti’ Nepal is the day to mark the birth of the Buddha. Though  ‘Gautam Buddha’ was born in Nepal, certain ‘Indian’ interests continue to debate about Buddha’s birthplace. Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, now […]

Heavy rainfall and landslides in Assam

Heavy rainfall and landslides in Assam

Landslides claimed 10 lives in three separate incidents in Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Barak Valley on Thursday, following heavy rain. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rainfall in Assam over the next two days. Incessant rainfall throughout Barak Valley wreaked havoc during the last 24 hours, leaving most of the roads in […]

Cannes show for Assam film on Indo-China war

Cannes show for Assam film on Indo-China war

A young Assamese filmmaker has made a short film based on the 1962 Sino-Indian war  screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. The name of the English film is “1962: My Country Land”. It is 108 minutes long. This movie is (28-year-old) Chow Partha Borgohain’s debut work. The film was produced by Marbom Mai under […]

Father and Uncle kill girl, escape, in Madhya Pradesh

Father and Uncle kill girl, escape, in Madhya Pradesh

In yet another dastardly deed, a  girl was  stabbed to death by her father and uncle on Friday in a suspected case of “honour killing” in Gwalior in (Madhya Pradesh). Police said the victim,  ‘Seema’, was killed at a shelter for women in the Hazira area of the city, more than 400km from capital Bhopal. […]

Patna Metro Rail: a reality in 2021?

Patna Metro Rail: a reality in 2021?

It’s time to put the capital of Bihar on the ‘metro’ map of India. In about 6 years, if things go well, Patna residents will be travelling from Danapur towards Mithapur bus stand via Patna junction in about 20 minutes! A proposal to introduce rapid transport system in Patna is being sent to the central […]

Save the Himalayas, scrap huge projects for small off-grid ones!

Save the Himalayas, scrap huge projects for small off-grid ones!

Why go for huge hydel projects that are destroying the Himalayas? Why not develop smaller’off-grid’ units?  Why have bijli projects destabilize Arunachal Pradesh? India  would do well to integrate off-grid with grid options in their quest to achieve universal electrification, says a new study. “The governments prefer to extend the grid even to those regions […]

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