October 2011

US Lawmakers Hail Indian Diaspora's Role in Pushing Ties

They expressed happiness over the growing momentum in India-US relations based on shared democratic values and converging interests.

West Virginia’s Palace of Gold

At a time when there was so much about America to make them feel lonely and insignificant, New Vrindaban made them feel rich.

With Bitterness and Longing - Remembering Victims of 1984

Almost three decades later, justice continues to elude.

Saif Anointed 10th Nawab of Pataudi

Mansur Ali Khan, who captained the Indian cricket team at the age of 21, was the last Nawab of Pataudi state. He held the title till 1971 when the central government abolished the princely system.

MS Dhoni Takes a Dig at Saif Ali Khan

A few days ago, bowler Harbhajan Singh’s lawyers slapped a legal notice on Vijay Mallya’s UB Group for the controversial ad mocking his look-alike. The liquor company withdrew the ad. However, they’re at it again and this time, the subject of ridicule is actor-producer Saif Ali Khan. A commercial by the same company spoofs a rival ad that ‘Chote Nawab’ was featured in.

Colombian Musician Gives Gun-guitar to Gandhi

Lopez, an UN messenger of non-violence in his native turf - Colombia in South America - donated his gun-guitar to the Gandhi Smriti museum here Monday.

Hospital Deaths & F1 Fuel Tale of 'Two Indias'

Recent events confirm the western world's view that India is a country of contradictions.

Arjun Rampal Sets Record for Longest Tattoo

Everyone’s talking about the box-office records of Shah Rukh Khan’s superhero-fantasy adventure, RA.One. What few know is that Arjun Rampal, who plays the title role in the film, has quietly walked into the record books with the world’s longest tattoo.

Cheers and Fears as World Population Hits 7 billion

The Philippines was the first country to declare a seven billionth baby, in the form of a little girl called Danica May Camacho.

Indian Vs Indian Slugfest in The Big Apple

But by all accounts prosecuting Gupta for allegedly providing insider tips to his Sri Lankan Tamil friend would be a new "challenge", as the New York Times put it, to a high stakes "gamble" and "a game of poker" as the Wall Street Journal saw it.

This Lawyer's Fee - Eye Donation Pledge

Rajendra Gupta, 56, a district court lawyer in Meerut, has been sensitising people on the importance of eye donation for over five years.

Commuting Long Distances Bad for Health

New research shows that commuting by car or public transport, compared to walking or cycling, is tied with negative effects on health.

Hindu Temple in Pakistan Reopens After 10 Years

The Hindu community celebrated Diwali in the temple at Gor Khutthri area. The temple was reopened for worship after 10 years, reported Dawn Monday.

Indian Brocade Big Time Hit Among Europeans

Brocade fabrics - that is what many Europeans request for when their friends visit India, says Spanish designer Ana González, pointing out that the traditional craft is earning the country a special place in global fashion.

Nation Remembers 'Iron Lady' Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was assassination by two of her Sikh guards -- Satwant Singh and Beant Singh Oct 31, 1984 -- in retaliation for Operation Blue Star ordered by her to flush out Khalistani terrorists from the Sikh holy shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Cream of Indian Community, Richest Australian Felicitate Ansari

The celebrities apart, for most Indians gathered at the event, it was just an opportunity to celebrate their Indianness - and have their photos taken with the vice president.

Orbit is Another Hindu First for Britain: Cameron

The Orbit received a hostile and confused reaction at first; yet it has been devised as a sustainable piece of art that will live on for decades , perhaps centuries, after the Olympics.

Hindu Boy Files PIL in Pak Against Making Islamic Studies a Must

A Hindu boy has filed a petition in a Pakistani court challenging a rule that stipulates a student must have a certificate in Islamic studies to be eligible to appear for entrance tests to medical colleges.

Green Groups See Red over Tomatina in Goa

Green organisations in the state have opposed the Sundown Tomatina Festival Goa-2011, scheduled to be held in two nightclubs here by a Mumbai-based event company.

2G Scam: CBI to Oppose Five Corporate Executives' Bail in Supreme Court

Monday's proceedings in the Supreme Court assumes significance as the apex court had earlier said the accused in the 2G scam can seek bail after framing of charges against them, which was done on October 22nd.

Vettel Takes Pole in Inaugural Indian F1 Race

World champion Sebastian Vettel raced to his 13th pole position of the year at the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday as he bids to equal Michael Schumacher's record for most wins in a season.

IIT-Kanpur Team Burnt Midnight Oil to Script Jugnu's Success

It wasn't smooth sailing all the way, though. There were plenty of hiccups, which they overcame by applying their skills and out-of the-box approach.

Delhi’s Darwinian Rules of the Road

The strategy of choice is to drive in the middle of two lanes, thereby keeping your options open to move into either lane, at your will or when the car behind you honks loudly.

PM backed Rajat Gupta in Indian Ventures

Former Goldman Sachs Director was provided land at throwaway for his projects across India--be it in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa or Punjab.

Can India make a dent in China's growing tea market?

“We have a rich history of Indian tea and I think our brands, like Darjeeling, are a high-end product."

Once-Marginalized Now Memorialized

"[The monument] almost takes you back to antiquity and the old, medieval days and ancient days where the emperors used to build these things."

World's largest gold coin unveiled in Australia

It took the historic mint some 18 months to produce the golden disc which will now go on public exhibition.

I-T Department Sends Notices to Two NGOs of Kiran Bedi

Bedi, who had founded India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti India Foundation, however, denied that her NGOs were engaged in any kind of commercial activity.

US Students Visa for Indians go up

Student visa applications increased by 18 percent, from 39,958 applications in 2010 to 46,982 in 2011, the US embassy said here Friday.

Indian-American Sikh Wins $295,000 for Job Denial

Trilochan Singh Oberoi applied for a job with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2005 and progressed through the hiring process until the final stages, when he was required to be fitted for a tight-fitting respirator mask, according to his lawyer.

eRevMax Eyeing Four, Three-star Hotel Markets in India

The company has two leading products -- RateTiger and SimpleDistribution. The first is a full service online distribution management solution for the travel and hospitality sector and SimpleDistribution, which is for hotel businesses only, is a web-based tool for market intelligence and channel management for cost sensitive businesses.

Aussie Media Lobbies for Uranium for India

New Delhi can relax, the Australian media is doing its lobbying for it - especially on the uranium front.

Pakistan Abets Afghan Insurgents to Limit Indian Influence

Pointing at insurgent safe havens in Pakistan as the biggest security threat, the US says Pakistan continues to tolerate and abet the insurgency in Afghanistan in pursuit of a friendly Kabul government with limited Indian influence.

Why Indian Researchers Fail to Make News

Most Indian scientists working in the anonymity of their labs or research institutes seldom make news even if they achieve a vital breakthrough or invent something new. Their discoveries and insights go unreported, while those of their counterparts in the West are regularly highlighted and showcased by our own print and electronic media.

Metallica Concert Cancelled, Tickets to be Refunded

Four people, including a top official of the company organising the concert, were arrested early Saturday on charges of cheating and breach of trust, as the event was postponed at the last moment.

When Pistols Turn into Hedge Clippers

The thought is surreal, but in Bihar it's quite real. Hundreds of arms like pistols and guns, all seized from criminals and stored in police stations, will be melted to manufacture farming and gardening tools.

Manufacturing Policy to Offer Tax Sops on Case-to-Case Basis

The recently announced National Manufacturing Policy (NMP) offers a series of fiscal incentives, including tax sops, especially for small and medium enterprises (SME).

Tea with Milk, Sugar and a Dash of Patriotism

"Tea should be available no more than an arms' length from desire."

"Wife-sharing" Haunts Indian Villages as Girls Decline

"Everything is hush, hush. No one openly admits it, but we all know what is going on. Some families buy brides from other parts of the country, while others have one daughter-in-law living with many unwedded brothers."

Trucker, M.D. Delivers Baby Midflight

“It was very exciting ... I’m glad I was able to help. But I doubt I’ll use my skills again.”

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