Category archives: Place

Discarded tents, equipment, human faeces turn Mount Everest into world’s highest rubbish dump

Decades of commercial mountaineering have turned Mount Everest into the world’s highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind. Fluorescent tents, discarded climbing equipment, empty gas canisters and even human excrement litter the well-trodden route to the summit of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) peak. “It is disgusting, an eyesore,” Pemba Dorje Sherpa, who has summited Everest 18 times, told […]

200% rise in invites to Indians for Canadian permanent residency

has emerged as a coveted destination for India’s diaspora. Indians appear gung-ho about Canada’s Express Entry programme which invites topranked candidates — under the country’s point-based immigration system — to take up permanent residency. Express Entry is Canada’s flagship programme for key economic migration. Under the scheme, out of the 86,022 invitations sent in 2017, nearly 42% (or 36,310) were to those holding Indian citizenship. The total number of invitations […]

From today, in Russia, the greatest show is on

The greatest show on turf begins today. Russia isn’t a cold and unwelcoming place as the Western media depicts it, and as host it can put on a lively tribute to the beautiful game. The usual problems of effective security against terrorist threats and stopping hooliganism from spoiling the atmosphere for genuine fans are what Russia has been preparing to face. Besides being the West’s outcast and paying the price […]

Singapore to spend 20 million dollars for Trump-Kim summit: PM Lee

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed on Sunday. Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea. “It’s our contribution to an international endeavour which is in our profound interest,” Lee told reporters at the […]

Your next holiday should be to this ghost town in China

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — Back Bay in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90km off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of […]

Shimla water crisis: Situation eases after water supply increased to 28 million litres per day; protests continue

The acute water shortage plaguing Shimla for the past 15 days eased marginally on 2 June after the supply to the Himachal Pradesh capital was increased from 22.5 million litres per day (MLD) to 28 MLD, but protests over inadequate supply continued in several areas. Taking a serious note of alleged negligence in the supply of water, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahinder Singh ordered the suspension of Shimla Municipal […]


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pokes fun at his visit to India experience

Canada’s Press Gallery dinner is the annual opportunity for the country’s top politicians to do their stand-up comedy act, using it as an opportunity to score some points off their opponents as well. At the dinner , Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also poked fun at an experience he appears not to have enjoyed too much – his visit to India, for which he received some criticism in his own […]

Uganda tells its citizens to pay daily tax if they want to gossip on Facebook and Twitter

Uganda’s parliament on Friday passed a law to impose a controversial tax on the people using social media platforms. The tax imposes a daily fee of 200 shillings (Rs 3.55 approximately) to be levied on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Skype and Twitter. While this tax might seem insignificant to most users, it is a significant number as per Uganda’s economy. For reference, according to […]

India’s First Cruise Service from Mumbai to Goa Starts: What You Need to Know

Almost all of us have been to Goa, multiple times. While the general modes of transport are often preferred due to their easy availability, you might want to consider this for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For those looking for new thrills in familiar destinations, this cruise ship is the answer! Expect a premium travel experience, and a lot more, once you board! The first domestic cruise vessel service, Angriya, started from […]

Explosion at an Indian restaurant in Canada, 15 injured

At least 15 people were injured following in a blast that took place in an Indian restaurant in Mississauga city in Canada. The mishap occurred in Bombay Bhel located in Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue East at around 10.30 pm on Thursday. Three of those hurt have suffered “critical blast injuries” and were taken to a trauma centre in the neighbouring city of Toronto. A Peel Regional Paramedic Services spokesperson […]