Category archives: Place


Reporter films 'horrific' Boston explosions

David Abel of the Boston Globe has spoken to the BBC about the scene he filmed at the finish line of the Boston marathon as two blasts erupted.   He was filming runners as they finished the race when he heard the “boom” and “immediately knew it was an attack”.   Two people were killed and at least 23 injured in two explosions at the finish line of the Boston […]


President Obama Speaks On The Boston Marathon Bombings (VIDEO)

Today, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation regarding the Boston Marathon bombings, which left 100 individuals injured and two confirmed dead.    “The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” Obama started off. “On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats – we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens,” he said.   The president then said that authorities still do not know […]

Ageing America faces shortage of nursing homes

WOODLAND, Calif.—A labor shortage is worsening in one of the nation’s fastest-growing occupations—taking care of the elderly and disabled—just as baby boomers head into old age. Nursing homes and operators of agencies providing home-care services already are straining to find enough so-called direct-care workers, who help the elderly or disabled with such things as eating and bathing. They also face looming retirements in the current workforce, in which one-fifth of […]

Why Indian cities lag behind global metropolises

The results of an ET-Janaagraha survey assessing India’s top 11 cities against two global metropolises are disheartening. These cities scored in the range of 0.7 to 4.5 across four categories on a scale of 0 to 10 against New York and London, which scored between 8.1 and 9.9. The comparisons included how cities are planned, their capacity to raise resources, empowerment of political representatives and people’s participation.   A missing […]

Today is 13th April on Same day 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre happened : Rabindranath Tagore Letter

There is also an anguished, but elegantly written letter, from Rabindranath Tagore to Lord Chelmsford, returning his knighthood, that all Indians must read: Your Excellency, The enormity of the measures taken by the Government in the Punjab for quelling some local disturbances has, with a rude shock, revealed to our minds the helplessness of our position as British subjects in India. The disproportionate severity of the punishments inflicted upon the […]

In drought-hit Solapur, Arun Deshpande has an oasis with 4 crore litres of water

The land is tawny as far as the eye can see. On the Pune-Solapur expressway, mirages are puddles of molten glass, sluggish and viscous. The sky is a bleached blue and the sunshine merciless. This land holds death, and life, too. Off the road to Bijapur is Kusur village. This is border country, Adil Shahi country. The graffiti say Jai Maharashtra, but almost half the population speaks Kannada, too. The […]

Kaziranga,India Remains a Success Story, Despite Rising Poaching

Kaziranga, ASSAM — One challenge facing any visitor to one of India’s tiger parks is actually seeing a tiger. Often, people leave without ever catching a glimpse. For many years, the same problem existed for visitors who came to see the rhinoceroses at the Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern state of Assam. At the low point a century ago, there were only a dozen rhinos in the entire park. […]

Myanmar Buddhist living in fear after Indonesia killings

With tears running down his cheeks, a Buddhist fisherman from Myanmar told how he was living in fear after his friends were beaten to death by Muslim Rohingya in a brutal attack at an Indonesian detention centre. “There were too few guards and they just  couldn’t get into the block” when violence erupted last week, a clearly traumatised Soe Paing said at the overcrowded, two-storey building on Sumatra island.   “It took ages […]

U.S. Drone Strikes In Pakistan Linked To Rise In Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health Issues

After nine friends and relatives were killed in a US drone strike four years ago, Mohammed Fahim took tranquillisers to blot out the nightmares. The 19 year-old is one of a growing number of Pakistanis living in the tribal areas on the Afghan border who has suffered from conditions related to depression, anxiety and mental health problems because of war. US drone strikes, fighting between Pakistani Taliban and the army, […]