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24-Jun-2017

A global tour of expressive words English needs

Marmalade, bikini, shampoo, garage, robot, honcho, banjo, and so on may seem English but have actually gathered from all over the world for there is no language it has not picked up words from. But maybe not fully. Say, one word only for those solving a practical...

23-Jun-2017 Mumbai

Now mobile banking complaints under ombudsman : RBI

Widening the scope of its Banking Ombudsman Scheme, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has included complaints relating to mis-selling and mobile banking in its purview for which compensation up to Rs 1 lakh can be awarded.The amended Scheme will come into force...

23-Jun-2017 Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh)

India puts Cartosat, NIUSAT, 29 foreign satellites into orbit

In yet another multiple satellite launch, India on Friday successfully put into orbit its own earth observation satellite Cartosat, nano satellite NIUSAT and 29 foreign satellites from 14 countries.In the process, the Indian Space Research Organisation...

23-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg unveils Facebook's new mission

Facebook's new mission is to give the people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, the social network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook's updated purpose on Thursday at the social network's first Community Summit,...

23-Jun-2017

Exploring Kumaon through its art, craftsmanship and woodwork

It is not just an abode of natural beauty, snow-capped peaks and tourist destinations but the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand has got much more to it. And writer Manju Kak's latest book explores the region through its art, craft, craftsmanship and woodwork.Having...

23-Jun-2017 Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh)

ISRO rocket lifts off with Cartosat, 30 other satellites

An Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Friday morning lifted off successfully with the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat and 30 co-passenger satellites (29 foreign and one Indian).The PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metre tall...

22-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Fasting days and feasting nights at Delhi's buzzing Jama Masjid

The silence was broken by a siren, followed by an azaan -- a prayer call -- from the Jama Masjid. It was time to break the daylong fast.Minutes earlier, people had sat still with plates full of dates, fruits and snacks in front of them, uttering prayers...

22-Jun-2017

Reporting from Pakistan: Adventures in a mirror-image land?

The hardest border to cross is the one constructed or fostered in our minds. Though many Indians are quite fond of citing "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", or the world being one family, the sentiment may not only stop at their western frontier but also doesn't prevent...

21-Jun-2017 United Nations

Stamps release, water puja, meditation mark Yoga celebrations at UN

The UN began the International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations with the release of stamps, a water puja and meditations for peace in the world's most diverse gathering of nationalities, religions and races.More than 1,000 people, including permanent representatives...

21-Jun-2017 Jammu

3rd International Yoga Day observed across JK

The 3rd edition of International Yoga day was celebrated across Jammu province with great vigor and enthusiasm. At Udhampur, a large number of people participated in special yoga classes organized by district administration in collaboration with different...

21-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Impossible to weed out hate content completely : Facebook

With the growing debate around spread of violence and crime-related content on Facebook, a top executive of the social media giant has said that it is impossible to completely weed out such content from the platform."Our policy is zero tolerance -- that doesn't...

21-Jun-2017 New Delhi

How the author saved herself with ten-minute yoga routine

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushing yoga on the global stage, the ages-old vedic practice is now gaining international recognition. However, there are many who want to practice yoga but aren't sure how to go about it."The 10 Minute Yoga Solution" (HarperCollins/...

20-Jun-2017 Chennai

Navy's first indigenous-built floating dock launched

India's first indigenous-built floating dock for the Indian Navy was launched at shipyard here on Tuesday, signalling a a milestone in Indias quest for self-reliance in shipbuilding, a defence statement said.As per traditions, Yard 55000, was launched by Anjali...

20-Jun-2017

Is RBI's hawkish stance hurting India's growth prospects?

The role of interest rate in Indias growth is grossly underplayed. The movement of interest rates has been strongly linked to episodes of high growth and slowdowns in the last few decades.There are two major puzzles of the Indian economy that have been surprisingly...

20-Jun-2017 Chennai

Launch of L&T Yard 55000 (Floating Dock – FDN 2)

The first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy was launched today (20 Jun 17) by Smt Anjali Deshpande, wife of Vice Admiral DM Deshpande, AVSM, VSM, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition at an impressive ceremony at Larsen...

20-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Writers from Pakistan, Sri Lanka find publishing haven in India

Indian publishing houses are fast becoming the preferred choice of writers from the neighbouring countries, with an increasing number of manuscripts from Pakistan and Sri Lanka doing well in India.Yet, it is a tale of many contrasts. Many of the manuscripts...

20-Jun-2017

Making a nation with tracks : The Railways' impact on India

In these days of low-budget airlines, it is only thought a common, time-taking mode of travel. But given Mahatma Gandhi, the Kakori conspiracy, the Partition refugees' trains, Godhra, or even films from "Aradhana" to "Dilwalwe Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" and...

20-Jun-2017

Being Indian: Challenge of bringing up 'Desi' children abroad

The many aspects of everyday Indian life -- history, culture, language, family relationships and marriage -- that we in India tend to take for granted are often major issues of contention for NRIs living overseas - an estimated 30 million of them spread...

19-Jun-2017 Mumbai

Dining must be delightful experience : Gauri Khan

Interior designer Gauri Khan, who has lent her creativity to a new restaurant here, says she believes that dining must be a beautiful experience with the right ambience and setting."Dining should be a delightful and a beautiful experience," Gauri said in a statement.She...

19-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Virat is easiest, inspiring person to work with : Nandita Mahtani

Designer Nandita Mahtani, who is styling Indian skipper Virat Kohli for past five years, says he is one of easiest and inspiring persons to work with as he knows what looks good on him and is always open to try something different."As his stylist since the past...

19-Jun-2017

Start-up Boom: Evolution of successful entrepreneurs in India

Prior to economic liberalisation, the Indian business scenario was dominanted by family-based companies or people opting for government jobs, instilled with the notion of being financially secure. There was very little or no success in being an entrepreneur....

19-Jun-2017

Hillary Clinton's second Presidential bid : An autopsy

It was an election she had been preparing long for and was favoured to win to become the first woman heading the world's most powerful democracy. But as American voters confounded experienced but "establishment" candidate Hillary Clinton - and experts -...

18-Jun-2017 Chennai

Of mango pickle mocktail, Annam Cafe and Chettinad food fest

One's curiosity was piqued when the invitation to review a Chettinad food festival with the King of Fruits, the Mango, at Annam Café, landed in the mail box. Especially as the festival menu was not very elaborate, unlike other Chettinad food festivals.The...

18-Jun-2017

Evoking laughter from the corridors of power

Apart from the record of some singular "inspired" leaders, who may end up presiding over destinies of millions, including in mature democracies even now (and from a safe distance), humour is not a sentiment evoked by either politics and governance. But creative...

17-Jun-2017 Hyderabad

Don't lose peoples' trust : Bipin Rawat

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday asked the armed forces to maintain high standards of integrity and not to lose the trust of people of the country."Integrity is the foundation of our military profession. If doubted, we may lose the trust our society....

17-Jun-2017 Hyderabad

Army chief confident of controlling situation in Kashmir

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday exuded confidence that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir would be brought under control soon and said there was no cause for worry.He said the situation was troublesome only in some parts of south Kashmir but he...

17-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Unromantic eroticism : Psychological thriller for the Tinder generation

There are no love stories to be told, no happy endings and no redeeming features in author Lisa Hilton's psychological thriller trilogy. She rather uses graphic sex to explore the uninhibited desires of Judith Rashleigh, her woman protagonist in the series."Sex...

17-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Facebook leaked identities of moderators to potential terrorists

Facebook has put the security of its content moderators at risk by accidentally leaking their identities to suspected terrorist users on the social network.According to a report in the Guardian on Friday, the security lapse that was identified in November 2016...

15-Jun-2017

Celebrate Father’s Day @ Hyatt Regency Gurgaon

Father’s Day marks a time to celebrate family, recall cherished memories and bond over future plans.Make this day more meaningful by treating your dad to delectable spread made with specialized culinary expertise at Kitchen District.Relish the taste of street...

15-Jun-2017 Mumbai

Current account deficit narrows in 2016-17 : RBI

India's current account deficit (CAD) narrowed during last fiscal due to a contraction in the country's trade deficit.According to data furnished by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the CAD for last fiscal narrowed to 0.7 per cent of the GDP from 1.1 per cent...

15-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Indian bridal wear gaining recognition world over : Abhinav Mishra

Designer Abhinav Mishra, who has opened a new bridal store Leela here, says bridal wear is the primary market for India and the segment is gaining recognition the world over."In the Indian fashion industry, I see bridal wear as the primary market. We Indians...

15-Jun-2017

Not only 'Home Sweet Home': How homes make and keep us human

"How does it feel, how does it feel?/To be without a home/Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone," jeeringly asked Bob Dylan in the refrain of a 1965 single (a later cult classic), as he articulated one of humans' deepest fears. Home is a short word...

14-Jun-2017 Rajouri

World Blood Donor Day-2017 celebrated at Rajouri

To create awareness about the importance of voluntary blood donation felicitate voluntary blood donors, World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) was celebrated here today under the supervision of District Development Commissioner, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary at District...

14-Jun-2017 Udhampur

World Blood Donor Day observed at Udhampur

District Hospital Udhampur, in collaboration with District Red Cross Society, today observed 'World Blood Donor Day’ in its premises.Medical Superintendent, Dr. Narinder Bhatial was the Chief Guest on the occasion. While highlighting the importance of the day,...

14-Jun-2017 New Delhi

'MasterChef' brings families together : George Calombaris

"MasterChef Australia" judge George Calombaris says the long-running reality competitive cooking game show has changed the way people look at food, and that it unites families.The show is back with its ninth season where contestants have to win the judges' heart...

14-Jun-2017 Chennai

Demand for 'Baahubali' superhero toys surprising : Uday Bhaskar

The popular characters Amarendra Baahubali and Bhallaladeva from S.S. Rajamouli's "Baahubali" franchise can now be brought home in the form of figurines. Uday Bhaskar, the brain behind the idea, sees them as Indian superheroes."We have always had toys based...

14-Jun-2017 Gurugram

Hahn's Kitchen : A taste of South Korea

Even though upwardly mobile urban Indians are today willing to experiment gastronomically, some cuisines still remain beyond the pale. Korean, for instance. Which is why Hahn's Kitchen comes as a pleasant surprise with its authentic South Korean food.Now,...

14-Jun-2017 Hyderabad

Hyderabad's 'haleem' a favourite during Ramadan

Biryani may be Hyderabad's signature dish, but even the world-famous delicacy takes a back seat during the holy month of Ramadan in favour of haleem, a porridge-like dish made of wheat, lentils and meat.Such is the preference for haleem during Ramadan that no...

14-Jun-2017

The often ignored hand that rocks the Islamist cradle

For every Malala Yousufzai or even Benazir Bhutto, there is also an Apa Nisar Fatima, who applauded Zia ul Haq's Islamisation drive, the baton-wielding girl students of Lal Masjid's seminary or Tashfeen Malik of the 2015 St Bernardino attack. Pakistani women's...

13-Jun-2017 Shopian

Government Forces unleash terror in twin South Kashmir villages

Government Forces on Monday night according to locals unleashed a reign of terror in some hamlets of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.Encouraged’ by lack of accountability, the Indian soldiers according to locals have become habitual of barging into houses, thrashing...

13-Jun-2017 New Delhi

SMEs learn from each other in digital environment : Facebook

In line with global trends, small businesses in India are increasingly turning to each other to learn and share ideas in the contemporary digital economy, a survey by social media platform Facebook has found."In India alone, 38 per cent of SMEs (small and...

13-Jun-2017 Mumbai

RBI issues new batch of Rs 500 notes

The Reserve Bank of India has issued a new batch of Rs 500 denomination notes, an official statement said on Tuesday."In continuation of issuing of Rs 500 denomination banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi (new) series from time to time which are currently legal tender,...

13-Jun-2017

Searching for ecstasy across a spectrum of transcendence

Even in our hi-tech, increasingly self-obsessed and anxiety-beset world, there are times when we move beyond our digital devotion, daily duties or angst to a "more peaceful, absorbed or transcendent state of mind". Do these moments of rapture have any significance...

12-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Google's 'Daydream View' VR headset now in India

Google on Monday launched its "Daydream View" virtual reality (VR) headset and controller in India which will be available on Flipkart for Rs 6,499.With "Daydream View," users can experience sports, live events and more in 360-degree panoramic view.Google's...

12-Jun-2017

The straight dope about the Fuehrer and the Nazi war machine

His vegetarianism, teetotalism, non-smoking and concern for animals (his regime had stringent laws for their protection and mulled closing slaughterhouses) didn't prevent Adolf Hitler's megalomania, psychopathic racism and callous disregard for human suffering....

11-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Integrated command among three forces must happen : Bipin Rawat

An integrated command of the defence forces must happen at some point of time and it must be looked at as an option, suggests Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat.He is unfazed by theories of India getting caught in a two-front war with Pakistan and China. During...

10-Jun-2017 Guwahati

A new address in town for 'authentic' momos

There is a new address in town for momo lovers -- the Arunachal Kitchen -- and its claim to fame is that it serves the most "authentic" of dumplings.Momos, the ubiquitous stuffed dumpling believed to have originated in Tibet, are available in almost every...

09-Jun-2017 Bengaluru

Six held in Bengaluru with Rs 2.8 cr in demonetised notes

Six people, including an advocate and an engineer, were held here with demonetised currency notes of the face value of Rs 2.8 crore, police said on Friday."Based on tip-off, police intercepted an autorickshaw at BBMP playground in Vijaya Bank Layout in south...

09-Jun-2017 Mumbai

SGBs worth Rs 5,400 cr issued : Reserve Bank of India

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday said it has so far issued sovereign gold bonds (SGBs) worth Rs 5,400 crore.According to the apex bank, it has issued eight tranches of SGBs till date. "Investors in these bonds have been provided with the option...

09-Jun-2017 Srinagar

Major infiltration bid foiled, five militants killed : Army

A major infiltration bid was foiled on Friday as troops killed five militants seeking to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, a defence official said."Five terrorists have been killed by the army in Uri sector of the...

08-Jun-2017 New Delhi

Not hurt by comparison with General Dyer : Bipin Rawat

He may have been compared with the notorious General Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh infamy, but Army Chief General Bipin Rawat is unfazed by the description."See, I am an Army officer, just anything cannot affect me. You have to be prepared to face such.... People...

08-Jun-2017 San Francisco

Twitter hires Emily Horne to foresee policy issues

Micro-blogging website Twitter has hired Emily Horne as its new communications director to handle policy and user safety issues.Horne will start from June 19 as Global Policy Communications Director and report to Kristin Binns, Senior Director of Comms, Twitter. "Horne...

08-Jun-2017 New York

Facebook to move WhatsApp data from IBM Cloud

Facebook has decided to move the massive WhatsApp data from IBM Cloud to its own data centres.According to a report in CNBC on Wednesday, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, used by 1.2 billion people across the globe, has been one of IBM's top five public cloud customers...

08-Jun-2017 New Delhi

United Coffee House : Food and conversation destination for 75 years

With a legacy of 75 years, United Coffee House (UCH) has been witness to the changing landscape and food culture of Delhi. Many food outlets came and went, but this iconic restaurant in the heart of the capital still stands tall and continues to draw patrons...

08-Jun-2017

A woman's snapshots of Egypt's simmering discontent and revolt

Volcanic emotions contribute to, and are further generated, during turbulent times in human affairs as manifested in revolutions or other such instances of rapid change. But how dis these grow to the critical levels necessary to trigger such upheavals, say, in...

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