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barkha-dutt

It is official! Within months of Arnab Goswami, media stalwart of Times Now fame, quitting the channel, Senior Journalist Barkha Dutt has followed suit and quit as Consulting Editor of NDTV, and announced her decision on Twitter and Facebook. In a series of tweets Barkha said that “it had been a super ride at NDTV, but new beginning in 2017″. She also mentioned that she was “hugely excited to start New Year on a new [...]

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, [...]

Two-Months-After-Demonetisation

Demonetisation has been the biggest reform move in India since nationalisation of 14 private banks in 1969. The impact of the decision is already being felt. As of mid-January 2017, the forecast on the GDP expected in the last year is 7.1%, as against the pre-demonetisation expectation of 7.6%. There is a slowdown happening alright and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) data released recently seems to bear that out. The economic indicators for November and [...]

Winter-Holiday-Destinations-in-India

Winters – A season when people take some time off from their busy schedule and go on vacations to de-stress and rejuvenate themselves. While people go on vacations around the year, many talked about destinations are cold. Although some hunt for hot spots in winters to keep themselves dry and warm, others prefer cold spots, waiting to experience their first snowfall or simply for their love for the season. And Indians do not need to [...]

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 [...]

Creation-of-New-Districts

According to the 2011 census, there were 640 districts in the country. By 2016, this number rose to 707. The formation or reorganisation of a new district is the subject matter of state administration. Formation of a new district helps in effective administration and in disbursement of benefits to the people. In 2016, a number of new districts were formed. Here is a state-wise summary of the new districts formed last year. Telangana If you [...]

haraamkhor

The film Haraamkhor starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi, and directed by Shlok Sharma, under the DAR Banner, was completed 3 years ago but due to issues with the censor board, was not released. The movie has, however, been screened in many film festivals including New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) and Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). Nawazuddin Siddiqui received the Best Actor award for the film at the New York Indian Film [...]

ok-jaanu

Conflict between love and ambition is fully tested in this modern day live-in love story Movie Review Release Date: January 13, 2017 Starring: Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson, Karan Nath Directed by: Shaad Ali Sahgal Produced by: Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar Story and Screenplay: Mani Ratnam Dialogue: Gulzar Cinematography: Ravi K Chandran Music by: AR Rahman Duration: 2:16 hours Genre: Romance Drama Censor Rating: U/A About [...]

Khanderi,-India's-Second-Scorpene-Class-Submarine

Indian Navy saw the addition of a new submarine to its fleet of 15 submarines, with the launch of Khanderi, India’s second French-designed Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarine. The launch took place at Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited today, January 12, 2017. The Indian Navy operates 13 conventionally powered submarines and two nuclear submarines and the launch of Khanderi under the Scorpene project comes as a welcome news, as it is critical for the Navy’s growth. [...]

Tricolour-Doormats-amazon

Amazon Canada has listed for sale a machine washable doormat with the Indian flag printed on it for CDN$27.99. The seller is apparently a Canadian company with Canadians as their major customers. Somebody tweeted a screenshot of it to the Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and what followed was a fierce nationalistic response by the Minister, wherein she threatened Amazon to withdraw the product along with all other similarly offensive products forthwith and issue [...]