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Urine-soaked Eggs a Spring Taste Treat in China City

Basins and buckets of boys' urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in "virgin boy eggs", a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Board Scraps VIP Darshan Categories

Facing flak from various quarters, the executive board of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to cancel the categorization of VIP darshan tickets.

10-yr-old Files RTI on Mahatma Gandhi's Father of the Nation Status

A query posted by a 10-year-old girl under the Right to Information Act (RTI) regarding father of nation status to Mahatma Gandhi has raised a piquant situation before the government.

Hindu Temple in India Receives Record one-day Donations

One of India's richest Hindu temples has collected $1.1m in donations on one day - the most ever in its history.

Cow Urine Sold for $3 Per Litre

Cow urine, according to Ayurvedic treatises, is considered to be a detoxifier and blood purifier, activates the kidney and urinary tract, helps in production of red blood cells and haemoglobin, increases immunity and appetite, and cures hereditary rheumatism

Indian Elephant in Ireland Runs Around Cars in Shopping Centre

"Baby", a 40-year-old Indian elephant with an Irish circus, escaped its handlers and ran on the streets near a busy shopping centre in Cork.

21-hour Wait for Fleeting Darshan of the Lord at Tirumala

As reward for this gruelling exercise, squeezed in like sardines into rows, pilgrims get a darshan of 0.80 milliseconds to 1.5 seconds.

Murdered US Student's Face Used in Ads in India

It's not clear how the company came across the photo of Carson, who was abducted, robbed and killed on March 5, 2008. Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/murdered-us-students-face-used-in-ads-in-india-188927?pfrom=home-topstories&cp

Meet the Man who Fights Polls to Win Zero Votes

Rishi plans to contest as an independent candidate in the upcoming Delhi civic polls to set a record of polling nothing.

Women Gamers Thrash Dowry-seekers Online

The game allows players to thrash three dowry-seeking grooms with a whole arsenal of weapons such as slippers, stiletto heels, rolling pins or even pressure cookers and potted plants.

Men's Toilet Captured to Mark International Women's Day

The protest, with a token police presence, passed off peacefully and many amused morning commuters even stopped by to express their support to the unusual initiative.

Now, Get Free Pizza for Undergoing Vasectomy

A urologist in US is offering free pizzas to men who are willing to receive a vasectomy during March Madness - the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

Dialogue From 'I Love Turbans' T-Shirts

"One of my dreams is to run into someone I don't know, outside of Connecticut who isn't Indian or Punjabi wearing one of my designs."

The Sexploitation of Yoga

The idea that yoga's capacity to improve libido leads to sexual misconduct is misleading.

Thailand's Big Fat Indian Weddings

One Indian dad spent half a million dollars on his daughter's Phuket wedding. The tourism authority hopes more will follow

Sikh Family Targeted As Taliban

"We ask you to leave the country as soon as possible otherwise one of our people is going to shoot you dead."

This Bull Makes Owner Richer by $24000 in 8 Months

The real source of income is its semen.

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.

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.

Diamond Contact Lenses for Goddess

Controversy has erupted among devotees and media which has questioned the limits to which various temples and other religious places can go while accepting devotees' donations, however expensive they may be.

Bollywood in the Sky

Nearly 50 Finnair crew dressed in salwar kameez and traditional Indian attire gyrated and frolicked through the aisles to the delight of surprised passengers.

No More Shoe Laces

A Madhya Pradesh Minister criticized after a videotape showed a young boy tying his shoes has pledged never to wear shoes with laces again

Sleepless in Lucknow

Scores of people in housing colonies patrolled the streets and chanted slogans to stay awake in Lucknow.

$6 Million Butt

A hotel employee in Britain is insuring her bottom for $6 million after landing a job to test the softness of hotel beds.

A Brief $10 Billion Ride

Parijat Saha, who expected only Rs 10,000 ($200) in his account, rushed to an ATM machine to verify, and sure enough he had $10 billion in the bank.

Non Violence Works

Major nonviolent campaigns have achieved success 53 percent of the time, compared with 26 percent for violent resistance campaigns.

Indian Tourists

Tourism from India is projected to grow 50 percent by 2016.

Techie Hinglish

Hi-fi, abbreviation for high fidelity, defines someone or something as posh

Loo Lessons

An Australian university is teaching foreign students how to use the toilet correctly after janitors complained that they were leaving them soiled.

Indians Told To Avoid Keeping Jewelry at Home

Thames Valley Police, one of the largest police departments in the UK, is advising Indian families to avoid keeping high value jewelry at home after a spate of robberies targeting the community in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

No Laughing Matter?

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi has directed the Indian Embassy in Washington to lodge a protest with NBC over the “quite unfortunate and quite objectionable” satire.

Indian Buffaloes Hit the Catwalk

Special arrangements are being made for the event as the animals can be highly strung, crowd shy and prone to erratic behaviour.

PIA Flight Full, so Two Get Seats in Loo Instead

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) captain blithely decided to accommodate two passengers in the toilet of the Lahore-Karachi flight

Runaway Bride Awarded for Revolting Against Lack of Loo

Anita acted "as an inspiration for others to follow" in the country, where more than half of its population still defecate in the open.

Economic Impact of Missing Toilets

Lack of adequate sanitation in India resulted in an annual loss of $53.8 billion ($161 billion in purchasing power parity, or PPP) or $48 per capita ($144 in PPP) in 2006.

3 Ministers Quit After Watching Porn in Assembly

Three Indian politicians from a morally conservative party, including a women's affairs minister, resigned on Wednesday after being caught watching pornography on a mobile phone during.

Western Women Should Not Wear The Sari

Western women look ridiculous wearing saris and most of them likely know nothing about Indian culture.

India's Highest Deal for a Flat: $2220/sq ft

this cash-rich society pays every flat-owner a yearly dividend of $6 for every sq ft he or she occupies

The Great Indian Head Bobble

The Bobble can be a nod, shake, slow turn, raise or spasm of an Indian’s head. It can be vertical, horizontal or circular. It can be one or many. It is as simple as that.

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