Monthly archives: January 2016

Book Review: 'Understanding Kashmir and Kashmiris' is a brilliant account of Kashmir and its convoluted history

“As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know”. This pithy quote uttered by American strategist and former Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, perhaps best captures the essence of Professor […]

Andhra Pradesh: Kapus’ quota protests turn violent, train bogies torched

A flash protest by the Kapu community demanding inclusion in the backward classes list turned violent on Sunday with the protestors setting a train on fire, damaging a railway station and a police station and blocking rail and road traffic in Andhra Pradesh. Movement of trains between Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam and vehicular traffic on Chennai-Kolkata national highway came to a halt as thousands of protestors squatted on the tracks and […]

The Cities of the Future:-What makes a City Smart?

  Defining a Smart City A ‘smart city’ is an urban region that is highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, communications and market viability. It is a high-tech intensive and advanced city that connects people, information and city elements using new technologies in order to create a sustainable, greener city, competitive and innovative commerce, and an increased life quality. Origins of the Smart City Smart Cities […]

How beautiful is your mind ?

What’s a beautiful mind all about Let me start with this simple example .Imagine two people are walking along a narrow sidewalk towards each other, and there is no room to pass without one of them stepping into a muddy gutter ,neither of them can independently get out of the situation without ending up in a worse position ,now one could either hold on to the other to help them […]

10 Things Entrepreneurs Must Avoid While Starting Their Ventures In India

With the launch of ‘Start Up India, Stand Up India’ initiative this weekend, many would-be entrepreneurs who were earlier waiting in the wings will be more willing to take the entrepreneurial leap and start their own ventures. But even the most experienced professionals will agree that entrepreneurship is a tricky choice to make. On one hand there are so many things that you have to do to achieve success and […]

This 7-Feet-Tall Great Dane May Just be the World's Tallest Dog

Say hello to Rocko, a Great Dane hoping to set the Guinness World Record as the tallest dog in the world. Only two-years-old, Rocko is already 7-feet-tall and weighs about 167-pounds, according to reports. “We had no idea he was going to be this freakishly large,” says Jessica Williams, Rocko’s human, on the CCTVNews Facebook page. She and her boyfriend Nick Helms got Rocko when he was eight-weeks-old but already […]

Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Australian Open title

Angelique Kerber became the first German to win a Grand Slam title since her childhood idol Steffi Graf in 1999 when she upset world number one Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to clinch the Australian Open on Saturday. The 34-year-old American had been seeking her seventh Melbourne Park title and 22nd overall, which would have moved her into a tie with Graf for the most Grand Slam singles titles in […]

BlackBerry launches first Android based smartphone in India

Canadian mobile manufacturing company BlackBerry on Thursday unveiled Priv — its first “secure” high-end smartphone powered by Android for Indian market here. With a unique sleek design and touch-sensitive keys that allows users to swipe, scroll and set up shortcuts, Priv comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry’s DTEK for Android that allows user to improve privacy level and monitor access to the phone. This app alerts the user every time any app […]


Watch: Coldplay’s new India-themed video barely has any Sonam Kapoor

So the much-talked about video of Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ from their album A Head Full of Dreams is out and it looks more like a Westerner’s stereotype of India than anything else. Oh and Sonam Kapoor, who said it was a ‘huge honour to be part of the video’, is barely there for five seconds. It’s a stretch to even call it a cameo. She had said: “I […]

4 Important Skills That Will Determine Your Entrepreneurial Longevity

As the new year begins, a new wave of would-be entrepreneurs come to the fore wanting to start their own company to bring their vision to life. The new year brings excitement, renewed faith, increases hope along with the never-ending list of things to achieve, change and do. Entrepreneurs are a breed of their own; visionaries, risk-takers, possess endless amounts of energy and positivity with countless ideas and bucket loads […]