How social media turned ‘lowly’ maid into a star in India

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

A domestic help who took to Facebook to expose sadistic employers and shine a torch on her miserable existence, has become a media darling in Kolkata – capital of India’s West Bengal state and the country’s cultural hub where intellectuals love to lionize the underdog. The more Alpana Mondal writes, the more she is written about!Thanks to relentless coverage, the 29-year-old is a minor celebrity today exactly a year after she began chronicling her life experience on social ...

Five elephants killed by train in India

Monday, 11 December 2017

A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday. The elephants, including a pregnant female, were part of a larger herd wandering through the plantation early Sunday in Assam state, home to India’s biggest wild elephant population, when they were mowed down by the train. “All five elephants died on the spot. A stillborn calf was later removed from the pregnant female,” said Vikas Brahma, ...

Aided by Rahul Gandhi, India’s Congress leading BJP a merry dance in crucial elections

Monday, 11 December 2017

The die has been cast with curtains being drawn over the cacophonic campaigning on December 12 for the crucial two-phase elections to the 182-member legislative assembly of the western Indian state of Gujarat, homeland of Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid fears of vote rigging.After massive complaints of faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) marked the December 9 first phase of polling for 89 seats up for grabs in 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and South Gujarat, the second and final phase ...

Lakmal leads rout as Sri Lanka romp home against India

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal helped them steamroll India by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday. The 30-year-old claimed four wickets for 13 runs in his impeccable 10 overs, which included four maidens, as the tourists bundled out India for 112 in 38.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. India were reeling at 29-7 in the 17th over before Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a belligerent 65, with the former captain contributing more ...

Uber agrees to settle US lawsuit filed by India rape victim

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to settle a US civil lawsuit filed by a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India, according to a court filing on Friday. In a criminal case in India, the Uber driver was convicted of the rape, which occurred in Delhi in 2014, and sentenced in 2015 to life in prison. The Indian woman also settled a civil US lawsuit against Uber in 2015, but sued the company ...

Shastri expects India to export home dominance overseas

Saturday, 9 December 2017

India will approach 2018 as the year to shed their “poor travellers” tag, head coach Ravi Shastri said ahead of the team’s tour of South Africa. India top the test rankings having sealed their record-equalling ninth consecutive series on Wednesday, six of which came at home and only one -- against West Indies in the Caribbean -- outside Asia. Sterner tests await Virat Kohli’s men next year when they also travel to England and Australia, where ...

Meet the ‘Rat Eaters’, India’s poorest people

Saturday, 9 December 2017

The rat kept crawling over Phekan Manjhi's arm as he battled to pin it to the ground before he eventually managed to kill it with repeated blows to the head. The execution drew applause from neighbors huddled around the 60-year-old in a grimy courtyard outside his mud and straw hut. Another meal lined up for the Rat Eaters -- some of India's poorest people. Phekan said it would take 15 minutes to prepare the rat stew, as he dissected the animal with his fingernails. "Almost everyone here ...

WATCH: India’s toilet museum tells tales of colonial rivalry

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is all about the history of toilets. In 2014, it got listed in world's top 10 whacky museums by Time magazine. In India, where 600 million people defecate in the open, the toilet is a touchy subject. This museum is all about flushing taboos down the toilet, quite literally!    

Co-pilot forgets license, Oman Air flight banned from taking off

Friday, 8 December 2017

A Muscat-bound Oman air flight was not permitted to take off from New Delhi airport due to its co-pilot forgetting his flying license. The co-pilot was not able to show his license during random inspections on paperwork of foreign aircraft and crews operating them, carried out by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials. The Times of India quoted a source as saying, "During this random check, the co-pilot of Oman Air's Delhi-Muscat flight could not produce his CPL when asked ...

India police: Murder of Muslim was apparent religious attack

Friday, 8 December 2017

Police in western India have arrested a Hindu man they say brutally killed a Muslim laborer in an apparent religious attack. Press Trust of India reported late Thursday that the arrest came after the suspect shared a grisly video of the laborer Mohammad Afrazul being hacked to death and then set on fire. TV reports aired video of the victim lying on the ground while a man in the foreground raves against Muslims. The killing took place in the western state of Rajasthan Wednesday. Police say the ...

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