Monthly archives: October 2016

How did the Ramayana come to adorn the walls of Thailand's most revered Buddhist temple?

Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the most sacred religious structure in Thailand. Located in the heart of Bangkok, near the royal palace, the lavish complex has more than 100 buildings in its compound, including a statue of the Emerald Buddha, which is considered the country’s protector. Encircling this complex is a two-kilometre-long wall decorated with exquisite murals – of the Ramayana. The murals of […]

US Presidential Elections: Donald Trump Just 1 Point Behind Hillary Clinton In Latest Poll

The race for the White House narrowed noticeably on Sunday as Hillary Clinton sought to shake off a renewed FBI probe of her emails and Donald Trump blitzed western states nine days ahead of the vote. An ABC News/Washington Post poll put the Democratic presidential candidate just one point ahead of her Republican challenger Donald Trump at 46-45 percent in a four-way race. In Florida, which is a must-win for […]

Hot sambar in dustbin bags and plastic bucket: How a Chennai rail vendor packed food

“The hot sambar taken out of a plastic cover would be harmful for people to consume,” he said. Picture a man sitting at the Chennai railway station putting piping hot sambar into aluminum foil packs. Nothing wrong with that. But what if the sambar is being taken out from a plastic bucket with a plastic garbage cover inside? This is what Sharavanan Sivakumar, (48), saw on Sunday morning at the […]

Ontario to declare October as Hindu Heritage Month

A bill to proclaim October as Hindu Heritage Month annually in Canada’s Ontario province has been introduced in the provincial assembly here. Ontario is home to more than 700,000 Indo-Canadians. Introducing the bill in the Ontario assembly here, Joe Dickson, who is a Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP), said that by proclaiming the month of October as Hindu Heritage Month, Ontario will recognize the “important contributions that Hindu Canadians […]

8 SIMI terrorists, who fled Bhopal jail, killed in police encounter

IMI terrorists, who today fled from Bhopal Central Jail after killing a prison guard, have been killed in an encounter in Eintkhedi village on Bhopal outskirts. “We located the 8 inmates,they fired on us, and all of them were killed in cross firing,” Yogesh Chaudhary,IG Bhopal told ANI Earlier today, eight terror suspects of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, who were accused of heinous crimes including murder, escaped […]

Compounds in broccoli, cabbage and cucumber can reduce signs of ageing

Supplements of a natural compound can compensate the human body for the loss of energy production, and reduce the typical signs of ageing, a study has found. With age, the body structure loses its capacity to make a key element of energy production called NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide). This results in gradual weight gain, loss of insulin sensitivity and decline in physical activity. A team of researchers at Washington University-St. […]

Why we'll always be obsessed with – and afraid of – monsters

Why are we so afraid? Fear continues to saturate our lives: fear of nuclear destruction, fear of climate change, fear of the subversive, and fear of foreigners. But a recent Rolling Stone article about our “age of fear” notes that most Americans are living “in the safest place at the safest time in human history.” It continues: Around the globe, household wealth, longevity and education are on the rise, while […]

PM Narendra Modi celebrates Diwali with soldiers near China border

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday celebrated Diwali with soldiers in a remote and strategic area in Himachal Pradesh, adjoining the Chinese border. Modi also made an unscheduled trip to a village, Chango, and said he was “deeply touched by the impromptu reception and their joy”. Dressed in olive green and donning a local cap with a green flap adorning dry flowers, the Prime Minister interacted with men from the […]


Gilmore Girls trailer: Here's what Lorelai and Rory are up to, nine years later

Gilmore Girls is going to be on Netflix this festive season and with it comes back with the existential romantic angst and snappy camaraderie between the main characters that made the show so famous. The trailer finally has let us in on some of the key plot points of the upcoming four part reboot set in the sleepy town of Stars Hollow: Lorelai is living with Luke, but she thinks […]

The WhatsApp suicide

A 40-year-old woman from northern India committed suicide in January after a video of her being raped was circulated on WhatsApp. The BBC’s Divya Arya travelled to the village in Uttar Pradesh to hear the full story. Geeta was a brave woman. She was a health worker in a rural area of northern India, a job that meant she often walked alone between the surrounding villages, sometimes after dark, visiting […]