Odds & Ends

How Are Hurricanes Named?

As Irene bears down, wonder how hurricanes get their names? Irene gets its name from the list for 2011 are managed by the World Meteorological Organization. Irene will return in 2017.

Demand for Rajasthani Camel Riders in Arab Countries

Hundreds of camel riders from Jaisalmer not only rear camels in many Arab countries, especially Dubai, but also train them for racing.

Scamster Poet

Satyam' scamster Ramalinga Raju’s recently published book of poems extols morals and ethics.

Angel and the Monster

Mother Teresa and Lady Gaga are the latest icons of the leadership industry.

Hurricanes Get Name from Carib Indians' God of Evil

The word hurricane is derived from "Hurican," the Carib Indians' god of evil.

Full Bodied Support

Marathi actress Yoggitta Dandekar has used body paint to pledge her support to Anna Hazare’s cause.

Teen Steve Jobs Sought Tranquility in India

The journey was a sort of ascetic pilgrimage. They had even shaved their heads. "Except we didn't know where we were going," his friend Dan Kottke has been quoted as saying. The pair were only seeking spiritual solace and enlightenment.

India's Oldest Prisoner, 108, Dies

Brij Bihari Pandey, 108, a murder convict, described as the "oldest prisoner in the history of Indian prisons" died in his ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh's Maharajganj district.

Between a Dock and a Plastic Place

The Ministry of Environment and Forests’ proscription of the use of plastic pouches for the packaging of pan masala, gutkha and tobacco is being challenged in the Bombay High Court by a pan masala manufacturer on the grounds that the regulation arbitrarily targets one particular class of products for discrimination.

Trousers Didn't Fit, You Must Acquit

Dr Narendra Sharma, a father-of-two, told the hearing he had secured his trousers with medical tape because they did not fit but a kicking patient caused them to partially fall.

Steve Jobs in 1973 India

Jobs never got the enlightenment he was looking for, but did return to California in Indian clothes, and a Buddhist.

Indian or Bangladeshi?

Residents of an Indian enclave in Bangladesh can opt to take Bangladeshi citizenship once the area is assimilated in Bangladesh.

Six Year Search for Son

Ryan, who was 21 when he disappeared on the morning of August 24, 2005, from an ashram, had stayed in the pilgrim town by the Ganga for two weeks, learnt yoga and met several sadhus. What might have given the couple some hope is a sentence they recently came across in their son's diary. "If I am gone, I am not dead, I have gone to free my mind..." the words read.

Affluence Puts More Proteins on Indian Plates

If scrumptious non-vegetarian dishes were once-a-week affair for most Indian families before the sweep of liberalization, home food is now liberally peppered with non-vegetarian helpings throughout the week.

No Onions for Chauffeurs for the Rich

The drivers are taught to shave and bathe daily, avoid eating raw onions, polish their shoes, use hand sanitizer after meals and refrain from eating in the car, says Alam Khan, a hospitality industry veteran who is the Institute’s head of training.

Social networking sites helping Team Anna

A crucial ingredient of the India Against Corruption movement's success has been its use of social networking as a tool for mass mobilisation and rapid information dissemination through the Internet.

Coriander Cures Food Poisoning

Coriander oil is toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria and its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections.

In India, Charity Begins — and Stays — at Home

The culture of philanthropy has yet to take root in India. You hear all the time about weddings that cost as much as the American defence budget, but hardly ever about charity balls or fundraising dinners.

Gandhi Topi in Vogue

"The Gandhi Topi is very much back in fashion. I can see teenagers wearing the Gandhi Topi with a high pony tail. As today's generation does everything with style, the Gandhi Topi is very much in vogue."

Luxury Retail Lags in India

When Nita Ambani went shopping for 25,000 pieces of high-end Japanese crockery, she did not go to the Noritake store in her posh neighbourhood of southern Mumbai. Instead, the wife of richest man in India called a Noritake store in Sri Lanka, where the upscale dinnerware for her new $1 billion home would be far cheaper.

Sachin in Saris

The 9m by 6m mosaic of Tendulkar, created from fabrics and saris, was put together by artist Laura Hadland. "Immortalising Sachin Tendulkar in fabrics seemed the perfect way to capture the spirit of Leicester as it gears up to welcome him and his teammates."

The Indian Bulge

City-bred Indians are three times more likely to be overweight than rural folk-there is also the particularly Indian genetic propensity of accumulating fat against muscle mass.

Hot Water Inflated to Bursting Point

Ashutosh Chopra, 17, displays his strength by inflating a hot water bottle to its 500psi bursting point during a performance at a school in Bangalore.

'Most Feared' Pest in Rice Shipment from India at Chicago's O'Hare

The Khapra beetle, which is about 2 to 3 millimeters long as an adult and about 5 millimeters long as a larva, is described as "one of the world's most tenacious and destructive stored-produce pests because of its ability to damage grain."

Study Estimates World Species at 8.7 Million, Most Undiscovered

Roughly 90 per cent of the species in the world have yet to be discovered, described and catalogued by humans, according to a new scientific study. The study by Canadian researchers estimated the number of species at 8.7 million. The scientists developed a new method of estimating the global total, and published their findings in the journal PLoS Biology on Tuesday.

Fashion Footwear

From mojris, nagras to embellished chappals, youngsters in capital are opting for ethnic footwear

Mumbai World's Cheapest City

Mumbai may be terribly expensive for the average Indian, but the country’s commercial capital is the cheapest mega city in the world.

BCCI's Secret Report on India's Test Debacle

Humor Us: The committee thus concluded that the contracts of head coach Duncan Fletcher and all specialist coaches should be terminated with immediate effect, .... All members of the team, with the exception of Tendulkar, to be dropped from the side with immediate effect.

$150 Million Donation for IIT Kharagpur

The donation comes on the day IIT-Kharagpur — where Mani Bhowmick’s father was jailed when the premises was called Hijli Detention camp — is the largest donation in IIT history.

Strip for the Bill

"My decision is not for gaining publicity. I am not like other models who make controversial claims for grabbing eyeballs. I am not doing it to be famous but for the common people."

Fighting in Technicolor

An ancient Hindu tradition inspires a music festival's multicolored modern promo.

Your Head on My Shoulder

What this young Indian man was exhibiting was a remarkable and extremely rare case of craniopagus parasiticus—so rare, in fact, that fewer than a dozen such cases have ever been recorded.Parasitic twinning is just one of many possible outcomes on the multiple-birth spectrum. It's these unsung twins—the disarticulated, malformed, gelatinous or barnacle-like human beings—that are the real marvels of the multiple-birth world. (Actually, as we'll see, while they're certainly human, there's usually not much being to them at all.)

Competing Parades on Oak Tree

"When we fight for a day to celebrate, we forget the sacrifice of the freedom fighters. This is a day I didn't want to see."

Pune College Students to Co-Author Wikipedia

“We are inviting students and educators in India to join us in this mission by taking part in the India education programme. Information about India and contribution by people from India are not adequately represented on Wikipedia, and we want to change that.”

No Men for Contraception

The final phase of trials before India could unveil to the world a single-dose, safe and reversible contraceptive method for men has failed to recruit even half the number of male subjects it needs for testing.

India-Funded Ghana Presidential Mansion Courts Controversy

Soon after assuming office Pres. John Mills refused to move into the building in line with his campaign promise that he would not live there because the money spent on the building could have been used on other things to benefit the poor.

Once High and Mighty Lie Abandoned

The only Gandhi ignored in death is Sanjay Gandhi: only his widow Maneka Gandhi and son Varun Gandhi come to mourn him at his memorial in Rajghat on December 14, his birth anniversary and June 23, his death anniversary, with flowers and prayers. “No Congress leader is seen anywhere near the site.”

The Hip Sip

"The Highland Nectar bar at the ITC Gardenia uncorked an Armand de Brignac Blanc Champagne costing 1,58,000 ($3500) for a VIP guest."

Maid 'Drives' Employers to Death

A retired widower and his unemployed son hanged themselves at their Bansdroni home, accusing their domestic help in the suicide note of “mentally torturing” them.

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