VIDEO: India’s blind shepherd who has never lost a goat

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Meet Sabir Khan, a visually impaired man from central India’s Madhya Pradesh state, who has never lost a goat. Khan uses a high pitched call to control his herd of goats. Ten years ago, he had two goats and joined a social inclusion program for visually challenged people. The program run by an NGO who helped his rearing business. Growing herd Today, he has 30 goats and plans to add more to the herd. “When I call them they call come and gather around me,” Khan said adding that ...

Is India abruptly dumping Dalai Lama to be in China’s good books?

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New Delhi has suddenly ditched the Dalai Lama – the Nobel Prize winning Tibetan spiritual leader who runs a government-in-exile from India – apparently to mend fences with an increasingly assertive China. The Dalai Lama has been a revered guest in India for 60 long years after he crossed the Himalayan border to escape the wrath of communist China. Since 1959, successive governments in New Delhi generously hosted him and his Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) headquartered in ...

India says 39 workers abducted in Iraq in 2015 found dead

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Iraqi authorities have found the bodies of 39 Indian workers who were abducted by militants from the Mosul area three years ago, India's foreign minister said Tuesday. The abducted workers, mostly from northern India, had been employed by a construction company near Mosul when militants overran the Iraqi city and seized wide swaths of territory. Relatives said they received phone calls from some of the workers five days after Mosul was captured in 2015 saying they needed help. Around 10,000 ...

Aromas unlimited: What we know about Asia’s largest spice market in India

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Asia’s biggest spice market in the heart of old Delhi offers more than just aroma and taste. The story goes that there used to be a salty-water stepwell at the spot where the market came up. Hence the name Khari Baoli as Khari is salty in Hindi and Baoli is stepwell. The market dates back to the Mughal era and has transformed over a period of time. The market offers a variety of local and exotic spices. Loaded on camels According to Sanjay Bhargava, a trader here says spices used to be ...

16 years on, survivors of India’s communal riots bank on charities

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Survivors of India’s bloody Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002 have still been leading a wretched life, thanks to the lackadaisical attitude of the government in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wealthy home state of Gujarat. Even 16 years after the country’s worst anti-Muslim pogrom, that left 2,000 people dead and thousands maimed, some 3,500 dirt-poor, displaced families continue to live in sub-human conditions in tumbledown dwellings in surroundings stinking to high heaven in 83 ...

Five Indians killed in cross-border shelling by Pakistani troops

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Five members of an Indian family were killed and two injured by shelling from Pakistani troops on Sunday along the Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan, according to army and police officials. Both sides were engaging in heavy shelling despite a 15-year-old ceasefire between the nuclear-armed rivals in the area, the officials said. Nine people were also wounded across the border in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir due to the shelling from India that began late Saturday ...

VIDEO: India’s pink auto-rickshaws put women in the driving seat

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Pink auto-rickshaws run by women, and for women, have started a revolution of sorts in India. The government has been compelled to launch this fleet of women-only auto-rickshaws in the wake of rising cases of sexual harassment in public transport. They are based on the belief that women feel safe travelling in these three-wheelers. These mechanized rickshaws double as source of dignity and financial independence for women drivers. Majority of these women are either widows or separated. Routine ...

Why are late night bells ringing for top diplomats of India and Pakistan

Friday, 16 March 2018

Aside from the diplomatic spat surrounding Britain and Russia or the war of words between Trump administration and North Korea, a new row has been emerging between diplomats in India and Pakistan - over ringing of bells late at night. Call it pro quid quo, but in a series of events reported on both sides of the border, door bells of top diplomats have been ringing in the dead of night apparently to cause harassment. In recent weeks, governments of both countries have accused each other of ...

Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India trip

Friday, 16 March 2018

Hillary Clinton has fractured her hand during a tour of India, reportedly slipping in a bathtub at a luxury hotel in a former palace. A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall. The 70-year-old former presidential candidate was staying at Umaid Bhawan, the palace of the former royal family of Jodhpur in western Rajasthan state, now a spectacular heritage hotel. “We did a CT scan and ...

Rohit returns to form to guide India into T20 tri-series final

Thursday, 15 March 2018

India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma returned to form with a fine 89 to set up a 17-run victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday and reach the final of their Twenty20 tri-series. Leading the side in the absence of rested regular skipper Virat Kohli, opening batsman Rohit hit five fours and an equal number of sixes in his 61-ball knock to guide India to 176-3 in their 20 overs. Bangladesh, who also lost their first match of the tournament to India, managed 159-6 in reply. The winner of ...

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