Monthly archives: September 2017

Have an SBI account? Just a reminder about the rule changes that will impact you from Sunday

If you are an account holder in State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, there are a few changes that you need to be aware of. If you haven’t read about them, here they are: 1) Cut in MAB: The bank has decided to treat the metro and urban centres in the same category as far as average minimum account balance (MAB) maintenance is concerned. What this means is […]

Tom Alter, Padma Shri awardee and veteran theatre, film and TV actor, passes away at 67

“Veteran theatre and film personality Tom Alter on Friday lost his battle against skin cancer at his residence here,” his manager said. He was 67. Tom Alter was battling stage four skin cancer at a Mumbai hospital, where he was admitted earlier in September. He returned home on Thursday and breathed his last on Friday night, the acclaimed actor’s manager Ismail Ansari told IANS. Earlier, Tom Alter’s son Jamie had […]

Fenugreek Water Benefits: 5 Reasons to Drink This Up Every Morning

Ayurveda is a goldmine of health benefiting ingredients. Many of them can also be used in myriad ways to arrive at potions and concoctions to tackle some of the severest of ailments. The potency of herb-infused waters is unquestionable. Herbs and ingredients like cumin seeds and carom seeds have long been put to use by soaking these overnight and consuming the water the first in the morning. The humble methi […]

Dussehra: The day when Shirdi Sai Baba took Mahasamadhi

The saint of Shirdi, Sai Baba is revered across the globe. Baba’s teachings and learnings have travelled over years and people irrespective of their religion have shown utmost faith in the Satguru. Not much is known as to when this Fakir of Shirdi was born but the name Sai was given to him by Mhalsapati upon his arrival at Shirdi. According to Sai Satcharita, Baba came to Shirdi when he […]

A tragedy that was waiting to happen in Mumbai

Friday’s stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road railway station, renamed as Prabhadevi road, was a tragedy that was waiting to happen. For five years I travelled to Elphinstone, to my former office, the Daily News & Analysis newspaper, and the station would scare me. It was evident to me, way back in 2005, that the south end bridge was way too small and it could lead to a tragedy. And today, […]

Violence against women in Delhi still on the rise with a rape reported every FOUR hours and a 300% increase in reports since the 2012 Nirbhaya horror

The 2012 Delhi rape shocked the world brought into focus crimes against women In 2012 police had registered 706 FIR (complaints) of rapes but it has increased In 2013 that number rose to 1,636 rapes, and again three folds higher in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with police registering 2,166, 2,199 and 2,155 FIRs respectively Despite the best efforts, Delhi Police has been unable to stop or even slow the rise […]

Govt's digital payments push may land banks with a Rs 3,800 cr annual hole, says SBI report

The government’s digital payments push, mainly online card payments through PoS machines, may leave already capital starved banks bleed by a whopping Rs 3,800 crore annually, warns a report. After the note-ban last November, the Narendra Modi government has pushed banks into deploying millions of points-of-sale (PoS) machines to encourage online payments. Since then, banks have more than doubled their PoS terminals. The number of PoS terminals post-demonetisation has increased […]

Mughals to machines: How Ramlila lived through ages in Delhi’s streets and royal courts

One Dussehra morning in the 19th century, Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar watched as a Neelkanth bird (Indian Roller) was set free from Lal Quila. According to memoirs of Munshi Faizuddin, a noble in the court of the Mughal emperor, it was among several rituals that were observed to mark Dussehra at the Delhi fort. The memoir Bazm-e-Akhir says that on the Dussehra afternoon horses with gold and silver saddles […]

Facebook adds new feature to encourage blood donation in India

Social networking giant Facebook is rolling out a new feature that will enable individuals and blood banks to connect easily with donors. The feature, which has been designed for India, will go live from October 1. Facebook will also show a message on user’s News Feed to encourage them to sign up as a donor. They would be asked to share their blood group and whether they have donated blood […]