It’s Raining holidays in Bengal

It’s Raining holidays in Bengal

The Bengal  government on Wednesday (November 2) converted a sectional holiday, Chhat puja on November 7, into a general holiday. The additional holiday on Monday  allows state government employees to enjoy a long weekend like they did last week on the occasion of Kali Puja, Diwali and Bhai Phonta. All government offices will remain closed […]

Encountering Questions

Encountering Questions

The killing of eight prisoners belonging to an outlawed group hours after their escape from the high-security Central Prison in Bhopal during the festive season  has set off a chain reaction of fireworks that is unlikely to die down soon. The eight under-trials, belonging to the Students’ Islamic Movement of India, had been charged with […]

When the travel bug bites Granny Lena…

When the travel bug bites Granny Lena…

Elena Mikhailovna is an 89-year-old Russian pensioner from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk and she’s not your average grandma. Granny Lena, as she refers to herself, has recently become popular on Russian media for her active traveller life-style, having already visited several European and Asian countries. In an interview to Sputnik Vietnam, Elena Mikhailovna revealed […]

How Michael B proved Warner Bros wrong !

How Michael B proved Warner Bros wrong !

He’s one of the world’s best known modern crooners, but who would believe that nobody wanted to sign Canadian singer  Michael Buble because they thought his kind of music ‘old fashioned? Michael Buble has revealed how he went from bank to bank to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to persuade a music executive to sign […]

Quack kills three with ‘diabetes cure’

Beware of quacks posing as  ‘doctors’!  A self-styled doctor and three of his patients died in a south Indian village after drinking a poisonous herbal medicine which he claimed cured diabetes and hypertension, officials said on Tuesday (Oct 25). Another patient is in a critical condition at a government-run hospital after they drank the concoction […]

Is China pushing Pakistan to disarm Jihadi groups?

Is China pushing Pakistan to disarm Jihadi groups?

China’s disapproval of Pakistan’s hosting of anti-India terror organisations has prompted Islamabad to quietly start working on plans to disarm these jihadist groups,’ amid an unusually public row between the civilian government, the all-powerful military and the media over the policy shift’, according to Islamabad-based political analyst Tom Husein . Pressure has been mounting at […]

Why Cardinals see red over Golden Arches at Vatican

A MacDonald’s opening at the Vatican and the red caps are certainly NOT lovin’ it! Opponents of what would be the first McDonald’s restaurant to open in a Vatican building within sight of St Peter’s Square has been boosted by a group of cardinals living above the proposed site. While local residents have been aghast […]

Nobel tribute to Dylan’s Protest Poetics

Nobel tribute to Dylan’s Protest Poetics

Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, whose body of work has influenced generations of songwriters and been densely analyzed by fans, critics and academics, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. It is the first time the honour has gone to a musician. In its citation, the Swedish Academy credited […]

Daesh urges lone wolf axe attacks on foreigners in India

Daesh urges lone wolf axe attacks on foreigners in India

The Indian intelligence service has revealed that the Daesh terror group has called on its affiliates in India to carry out lone wolf-style attacks across the nation with the use of knives and machetes. DAESH, is a violent Salafi-jihadist militaristic expansionist anti-Shi’a terrorist group consisting of insurgents and foreign fighters active in the countries formerly […]

BSNL gears up to challenge private players

BSNL gears up to challenge private players

Gearing up to compete with private players, state-owned telecom firm BSNL plans to ramp up its mobile broadband capacity by up to two-fold to 600 terrabyte in a month. “We are seeing enormous increase in usage of mobile data on our network. We will be increasing our data network capacity to deliver high-speed 3G and […]

Japanese business embraces LGBT Community

Japanese business embraces LGBT Community

Long before the term LGBT came into vogue, Japan went its own way regarding gender definitions, before the Meiji restoration in the 19th Century opened Japan to Western ideas and concepts, including a more Victorian attitude towards sex roles. Victorian attitudes are  changing rapidly in Japan, led by big business seeking to tap into the […]

Indo-Pak Bus services unaffected by tension

Indo-Pak Bus services unaffected by tension

On alternate days, a DTC (Delhi Tourism Corporation) or Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) bus leaves from Delhi at 6 a.m. and a bus from Lahore arrives in the evening. On Friday, it was the  PTDC bus that brought passengers from Lahore to Delhi. Nothing had changed, said Lahore resident Sofia Joseph when she reached […]

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