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Delhi and Patna: Among Most Polluted Cities

On one hand we have the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Indian space agency that took the country into a world record last week, by launching a record 104 satellites in one go; and then we have cities like Delhi, India’s capital, along with Patna, Bihar’s capital, that have let India down by being recognised as among the most polluted cities in the world, as per the latest report published in the journal, ‘The [...]

Capitals-of-Modern-India

Did you know that New Delhi has not always been the capital of India? India was divided into many kingdoms through the ancient and medieval times, each with its own capital. Many of these grew into trade hubs and cultural centres. Pataliputra, near Patna, was the capital of the Nanda, Mauryan and Gupta empires of yore. But eventually, the focus shifted west, especially with the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate which came to be governed [...]

Tableaux-That-are-Set-to-Add-Colour-to-the-68th-Republic-Day-of-India

India is all set to celebrate the 68th Republic Day on the 26th January, 2017. It is the day when the Constitution of India was officially enforced as the governing document of India. The Constitution of India replaced the Government of India Act, 1935 in 1950. Every year, the Republic Day parade is held in Rajpath in Delhi where the air-force, army, navy along with the paramilitary forces and the different states of India showcase their talent [...]

odd-even car scheme

Grandiose plans without adequate planning and public support never really take off. Let’s take the example of Akbar, who tried to build Fatehpur Sikri near Agra as the capital of the Mughal Empire but failed due to lack of adequate water in the region. After 13 years of living there, he shifted back to Agra. Tughlaq tried a similar move to build Tughlakabad as the new capital, only to abandon it later. And more recently, [...]

smart city projects

Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Government of India in June 2015. It is an urban renewal and retrofitting program, and the mission proposes to develop 100 cities rendering them citizen friendly as well as sustainable. The cities selected are midsized and will be developed by modernising the existing amenities. They will serve as the satellite towns of bigger cities. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration [...]

Best-Tourist-Destinations-in-2016

The year 2016 saw steady interest in travel and tourism within India, driven largely by domestic tourists. International tourists, too, continued to arrive in greater numbers taking advantage of a weaker rupee. Here is our list of some of the interesting and popular tourist sites, by category, in India for 2016. #Adventure 2016 showed India’s increasing interest in adventure-related tourism, with people wanting to experience different kinds of adventure sports. Trekking has traditionally been popular, [...]

jodhpur mumbai in world's most inspiring cities' list

Sun-drenched Miami, in the USA, famed for its colourful art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs, has topped the 2016 list of the world’s most inspiring cities. The Inspiring Cities Ranking is run by TravelBird with the aim of inspiring the intrepid travellers to travel to the right city where the experience will be soul stirring and stimulating. The three cities following at close heels with the status of the most inspiring [...]

Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal What's The Controversy Between Punjab & Haryana

The neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana are presently in a condition of heightened mutual animosity over the canal linking rivers, Sutlej and Yamuna. The states have always been bickering because of sharing the waters of rivers Ravi and Beas for decades and it seems that things have reached a new head, thanks to the latest issue to have cropped up between the two states in question. When Haryana was created from Punjab in 1966, [...]

Delhi Breathes in Poison

Delhi-NCR woke up to a smo- filled morning for the fifth consecutive day after this year’s Diwali festivities. Air pollution levels were found to have hit a record high on November 4, 2016. The levels of particulate matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 (the two deadliest components of air pollution) were recorded as almost 10 times above the safe limit, by the Union government’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), a day [...]

Chapora Beach in Goa

Arched in the silhouette of an 18th century Portuguese fort, Chapora Beach in North Goa is a perfect destination to spend some good time in fun, entertainment and pure leisure over the weekend. The beach is adorned by green hills, black lava rocks and palm trees bending over a pristine white sandy coastline. The atmosphere around the beach is imbued with a calmness and serenity that touches a chord in the heart of each and [...]