Monthly archives: September 2016

Mother Teresa: A saint while alive, her canonisation brings hope to humanity

The canonisation of the “Saint of the Gutters”, which will take place tomorrow, is a unique moment of pride for our ancient land, the cradle of so many great religions. Mother Teresa’s life and work reaffirms our faith in humanity that the streams of mercy have not dried up. She becomes tomorrow the ultimate symbol of asceticism in the Catholic Church. I am blessed that I will be able to […]

Meet the heroes who are saving Bengaluru’s lakes

Safeer Usman and Gopinath Anandan, who were classmates at SRM University in Chennai, were always passionate about innovation. This led them to be a part of their Formula racing team in college. In spite of sharing this passion, they went their separate ways after college. Safeer took up a business course in Imperial College London, while Gopinath started a venture in the electronics and hardware development space. But the need […]

India has 'lust for killing' monkeys, peacocks and elephants, claims minister

India’s government has a lust for killing wild animals and is indiscriminately culling monkeys, peacocks, and elephants, a senior minister has claimed. “In Bengal they gave permission to kill elephants, in Himachal they gave permission to kill monkeys, in Goa they gave permission to kill peacocks. I don’t understand this lust for killing,” said Maneka Gandhi, the high-profile women’s minister and former environment minister. The comments come after India’s environment […]

Bananas may become extinct in 5 to 10 years due to fungal diseases: Study

Bananas – one of the world’s top five staple foods – may become extinct in just five to 10 years due to fast-advancing fungal diseases, scientists have warned. Researchers at the University of California, Davis discovered how three fungal diseases have evolved into a lethal threat to the world’s bananas. The discovery better equips researchers to develop hardier, disease-resistant banana plants and more effective disease-prevention treatments. “We have demonstrated that […]


These Images Of Siberia's Lake Burlinskoye Turning A Beautiful Pink In Summer Are Just Stunning

Kinda like pink snow in the Arctic and the naturally pink lagoon in Mexico, Lake Burlinskoye in Siberia also turns an amazing hue of pink each summer between late August and October, and it’s quite the sight for sore eyes.While the snow turning pink was as dangerous as it was bizarre, Lake Burlinskoye’s powder-pink beauty lies in the fact that it doesn’t have a river flowing in or out of […]

13 years later, Reliance set to ‘disrupt’ India’s telecom market again

Reliance Jio’s much-anticipated launch on Thursday offering free voice calls and data services at very low tariffs resembles a similar “disruptive” strategy that the company had adopted 13 years ago. In 2003, Mukesh Ambani-controlled Reliance India Mobile stormed the market with a “Monsoon Hungama” scheme, which offered mobile connection and a handset at R501. As incumbent operators jostled to keep their customer base intact, tariffs plunged, making mobile phones affordable […]