Category archives: Place

North Korea tests hydrogen bomb, may load onto missile: State media

North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb with “perfect success”, its state media said Sunday, adding that the device was capable of being loaded onto its long-range missiles. Hours after the North’s sixth nuclear detonation, an announcer on its official Korean Central Television declared, “The hydrogen bomb test was a perfect success.” Earlier today, a 6.3-magnitude tremor struck its main testing site, which South Korean experts reportedly said was nearly 10 […]

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The theories behind the assassination

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder trial Thursday, nearly 10 years after the iconic political figure was gunned down in the streets of Rawalpindi. The court dismissed charges against five alleged Taliban militants accused of being involved in the killing, while two police officers were found guilty of “mishandling the crime scene”, becoming the only people to be […]

Nationalism before naashta: In this town, you must stand up for national anthem every morning

As the loudspeaker begins creaking at 7.45am, the people of Jammikunta, all 35,000 of them, get set to drop whatever they’re doing to stand still in a few minutes time. They get down from their bikes if they’re in the middle of the road, they put their spoons and coffee mugs down if they’re in the middle of breakfast, they pretty much shut down all other human activity, we presume, […]

Harvey makes 2nd landfall near Louisiana-Texas border; 30 dead

After pouring record rains on Texas, Tropical Storm Harvey made a second landfall on Wednesday to strike Louisiana, a state that still bears deep scars from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. The second hit comes five days after the monster storm slammed onshore as a Category Four hurricane, pummelling the US Gulf coast with torrential rains that turned neighbourhoods into lakes in America’s fourth largest city, Houston. Harvey made its second landfall […]

Another day of hardship for Mumbaikars after rain fury throws life out of gear

After incessant downpour threw life out of gear, disrupting road, rail and air traffic, Mumbai braced for another day of hardships even as let up in rains last night is expected to bring some relief today.  Schools and colleges have been asked to remain shut by authorities amid indications of a fresh spell of heavy showers in the megapolis.  The city and its suburbs virtually have a public holiday today […]

200 Indian Students Trapped In Flood-Hit Houston, Rescue Efforts On, Tweets Sushma Swaraj

Union minister Sushma Swaraj today tweeted that 200 Indian students have been trapped in Houston — one of the biggest cities in the US — which is witnessing devastating floods after Hurricane Harvey, one of the worst storms in decades, hit the area last week. In a series of tweets the foreign minister, who is known for her prompt interventions, said every effort is being made to rescue the students. […]

6 road trips in India every motorbiker must go for!

Only a biker can tell how amazing an experience it is to be riding through roads that are beautiful. That feeling of the soothing breeze blowing you over, and the ever changing drama of nature’s changing forms are things that can’t be explained within the limits of a few words. The good part is that our country is home to routes that are highly suited for motorbiking enthusiasts. Routes that […]

US's first total eclipse in 99 years: Millions travel to see event as cities prepare for Great American Eclipse

On Monday, when a total solar eclipse sweeps across the United States for the first time in 99 years, people gathering in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the last on the continent to experience it. They are ready. Historic Charleston, with its cobblestone streets and elegant antebellum mansions, was clearly a-bustle on Sunday, in full pre-eclipse mode. Its restaurants were packed and downtown parking was at a premium as excited […]

Donald Trump’s presidency is over, says Steve Bannon

Ousted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon on Saturday said the Trump presidency that the right-wing conservatives helped make a reality is “over” and the president would now be “moderated” by the Republicans. Bannon, who headed the controversial right-wing website ‘Breitbart News’ before joining the Trump administration, also denied that he was fired from the key position. Hours after he left the White House, 63-year-old Bannon returned to Breitbart News […]

Higher education in Sweden: More Indian students opting for Scandinavian nation

The 11th edition of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial week recently hosted the Mumbai leg of an all-India quiz in the city’s Wellingkar Institute of Management Development and Research. Winners of these quiz will eventually advance to the final of the event where the winner is given an all-expenses paid trip to Sweden. This quiz is organised by the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai and the Embassy of Sweden […]