Category archives: Place

In Pictures: Singapore’s Trains and Buses Celebrate Deepavali in Style

For the second year in a row, Singapore goes all out to make the festival of lights a memorable one for its commuters! Kickstarting the festive season on an awe-inspiring note, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority brought back its Deepavali-themed trains and buses once again and had its large Indian community in raptures. Decked with stunning rangoli designs, majestic elephants for luck and traditional Indian motifs, these buses and trains will […]


Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh

Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are continuing to fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence, according to witnesses and drone footage shot by the UN office for refugees. The UNHCR video shot on Monday shows thousands upon thousands of Rohingya Muslims trudging along a narrow strip of land […]

Huge bomb blast rocks Mogadishu, 276 killed in deadliest single attack in Somalia's history

The most powerful bomb blast ever witnessed in Somalia’s capital killed 276 people with around 300 others injured, the country’s information minister said early today, making it the deadliest single attack in this Horn of Africa nation. The toll could continue to rise. In a tweet, Abdirahman Osman called the attack “barbaric” and said countries including Turkey and Kenya had already offered to send medical aid. Hospitals were overwhelmed a […]

Five Telangana students selected for NASA's rover challenge

The five-member team of students from the SR Engineering College in Warangal will now take part in the 5th annual NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge to be held in April 2018 in the US. The students qualified for the final challenge after overcoming the selection criteria – to prepare a moon buggy, design, report and submit their idea that make their buggy work on the surface of moon, ensuring the […]

Cashless villages in Telangana return to cash

As many as 250 out of the 380 villages in Telangana state which were declared as ‘cashless transaction’ villages post-domonetisation have returned to cash transactions. The initial enthusiasm for cashless transactions has faded within 10 months due to poor internet connectivity in semi-urban and rural areas. The easy availability of cash in banks and ATMs has also prompted the people to return to cash transactions. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao […]

Beyond Machu Picchu: Top 13 things to explore in Peru

Whether it’s an experienced traveller or an enthusiastic backpacker, thousands of tourists visit Peru for a peek of its undeniably awe-inspiring archaeological star attraction – Machu Picchu, but the fact is that Peru is a country replete with hidden treasures waiting to be explored and experienced. Look past the mesmerising sight of stunning vistas atop the majestic mountain peaks of one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and you will find […]

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, […]

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 […]

World Tourism Day 2017: Best weekend getaways in India

The world is a beautiful place and every country has something special to offer when it comes to tourism. On the occasion of World Tourism Day today which happens to fall near a long weekend, here’s a list of the best weekend getaways in India! Kasauli If you love hill stations then this is a place you must visit! Apart from the other beautiful hill stations such as Nainital, Shimla, […]

India's 'Great Banyan', A Tree Which Has Been Growing Non-Stop For The Last 255 Years!

The oldest citizen of the city, the 255-year-old Great Banyan at the Indian Botanic Garden, Shibpur – is, well, greater than ever before. In fact, the garden’s grand old crowd-puller has increased its girth by a massive two acres in a little over 30 years, forcing its caregivers to create a larger boundary railing to hold it in. In 1985, when a fence was installed around the tree, it covered […]