February 2012

Propelled by Shutdowns, Kashmiris Fish for Pastime at Dal

A slew of shutdowns and curfews in the past few years have made many Kashmiris turn to fishing as a pastime.

With 3.1 mn Users, India Biggest Opiate Consumer

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) annual report says that at $1.4 billion, India is also the biggest consumer market for opiate in South Asia.

Weavers' Woes: Government Packages Pass Them by

Traditional Indian handloom textiles may have made international fashion statements, but their estimated over 5 million creators in villages across the country are battling shrinking resources, under-exposure and loss of livelihood.

Witness Testified against Indian-American to Escape Charges

Indian American Dharun Ravi urged other students to spy on his roommate's gay date, a New Jersey court was told as defence suggested a key witness agreed to testify to have criminal charges against her dropped.

Yum Wants India’s Fast Food Generation to Replicate China profits

KFC and Pizza Hut parent Yum Brands Inc is hoping this Western fast-food phenomenon reaches millions more Indians as it tries to mirror the success story of China, which now contributes half of its operating profit.

India, US Closing in on the Common Enemy: Lashkar-e-Taiba

Indian and American military officials are working closely to fight a common enemy, Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Economic Growth Weakest in Almost 3 Years

India’s economic growth slowed to its weakest annual pace in almost three years

Wired World to be Boon, Bane for Gen Y

There is a good chance young people growing up in today's always-wired world will eventually become bright, nimble decision makers

Price Erosion May Hit Lipitor Sales of Indian Firms

The Indian pharmaceutical majors who are set to sell Lipitor in the US market are likely to be hit by an unexpected price erosion.

China May Resort to Indian Territory Grab

The report contends that India can't "entirely dismiss the possibility of a major military offensive in Arunachal Pradesh or Ladakh".

Young Punjabi Illegal Immigrants in UK Desperate to Return Home

Steeped in drugs, drinks and despair with empty, forlorn looks on their faces, many of these are desperate to return to India, but feel trapped because they can't.

Blunt Conversation with India, China on Iranian Oil: US

The United States is having "very intense and very blunt" conversations with India, China and Turkey on reducing their dependence on Iranian oil, the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told lawmakers.

Sikkim: Real Hero Keepu helps Lepcha community fight extinction

While India is on the verge of a population explosion, ironically the Lepcha community of Sikkim is on its way to fading away.

Rape: New York Even Worse than Delhi

Compare India's metro cities to other world cities like Los Angeles and it seems Indian women are a lot safer in Indian cities with their lax policing and salivating men

Norway May Give Indian Kids’ Custody to Uncle

The grandparents of the children, who are on a four-day protest in New Delhi since Monday demanding their custody be given to their family, expressed happiness over the decision.

US Mormon Church Baptises Mahatma Gandhi, Hindus Shocked

Hindus in the US have been shocked by reports of proxy baptism of Mahatma Gandhi by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

New IITs Yet to Get Govt Approval, Students in a Spot

The new institutes are yet to be approved as IITs by the Parliament. As a result, the students graduating this year will not get an IIT degree for the time being.

This Bull Makes Owner Richer by $24000 in 8 Months

The real source of income is its semen.

US Recalls Glenmark’s India Made Birth Control Pills

If Americans unintentionally get pregnant because they were on faulty birth control pills, can they sue?

Who’s Running India? The UPA Govt or the Supreme Court?

The UPA government’s inability to govern is helping compound the mess it is in.

Green Tea Business Grows in India Amid Health Awareness

More and more tea makers are adding green tea in their portfolio as consumers in India are developing a taste for the beverage for its many health-promoting effects.

When we Stood with Pickaxes in Vadodara -10 Years of Gujarat Riots

Since that year, Gujarat has never been the same again. The state is now notorious across India and the world.

Fishermen's Killing: India, Italy Fail to Resolve Differences

The foreign ministers of India and Italy Tuesday sought to "clear the air" over the killing of two Indian fishermen by two Italian marines but failed to resolve their differences.

80% Indian-Americans to Vote for Barack Obama: Poll

Indian-Americans would overwhelmingly vote for US President Barack Obama in the November presidential elections.

Indians Forced Daughter-in-law into Life of Servitude and Sexual Abuse

A US court has convicted three members of an Indian family on charges of sexually abusing their daughter-in-law, who moved to America after an arranged marriage.

Yoga and Sex Scandals: No Surprise Here

The wholesome image of yoga took a hit in the past few weeks as a rising star of the discipline came tumbling back to earth.

Friend Testifies Against Indian-American Student in Webcam Spying Case

A friend of Indian-American student Dharun Ravi, charged with spying on his gay roommate, has testified she received text messages from Ravi while she was questioned by police about the alleged act.

Indians in US Complain of Rude Consular Staff

Majority of Indian-Americans visiting the five Indian diplomatic missions in the US come back with a bitter experience

Stratfor was Dow’s Bhopal Spy: WikiLeaks

Stratfor, the US intelligence analysis firm, was hired by Dow Chemical to spy on activists protesting against the 1984 Bhopal gas leak

Nepalese Man Named Shortest Ever in History

A Nepalese man who stands no taller than a newborn has been declared the world's shortest man in history.

Performance Art May be Slogan of Future

India is now using performance art as a revivalist and critiquing device, a tool of social intervention.

Indian Laws to Decide Italians’ Fate

The naval guards responsible for killing two Indian fishermen will be tried according to Indian laws.

Courtesy Young Enthusiasts, Japanese Food Takes a Bow in India

Initially limited to premium restaurants in five-star hotels, Japanese cuisine has been made more accessible by a host of popular fine dining restaurants

Qatar Named World's Richest Country

The Gulf State with a population of 1.7 million topped the list as the world's richest country per capita.

Osama Bin Laden Compound Being Demolished in Pakistan

Bulldozers worked under floodlights to smash through the concrete structure, with trucks carrying away the debris.

Punjab Village Ends up Voting for Wrong Constituency

The village in question, Koundla, 20 km from Hoshiapur town, was "mistakenly" clubbed by district election officials with the adjoining village and polling station of Bassi Chaura.

As Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag Flop, Their Wives Bat for Future

the wives of two of India's most famous cricketers jointly own a majority stake in Chennai-based Sports Mechanics

Revels as India in Olympic Race but Hard Road Ahead

It was celebration time in India with the men's hockey team back in the Olympics after eight years.

Call Centre Fraud Opens New Frontier in Cybercrime

The alleged perpetrators in India could be prosecuted under various sections of the Information Technology Act as well as the Indian Penal Code.

Is Indian-origin Ajit Jain the Successor to Warren Buffet?

Berkshire Hathaway is a holding company of subsidiaries that are engaged in various fields including freight rail transportation, finance, manufacturing, services and retailing.

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