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Most expensive city Mumbai

Global HR firm Mercer’s “Cost of Quality of Living Survey 2015” was released little over a week ago. While Luanda (Angola’s capital) remained at the costliest place to live for expatriates, Mumbai is declared as one of the most expensive cities of the world. Let’s get into the details of this report. What is Mercer’s Cost of Living Ranking? This survey covers 207 prevalent destinations. The basic objective is to make an assessment of the [...]

Image of World Yoga Day

21 June has been proclaimed as International Yoga Day and experts feel that it is a great opportunity to improve the global position of Brand India. Although this event will be hosted in 192 countries simultaneously, the world will look upto India as it is preparing to celebrate it on a grand scale. The travel industry is elated for the simple fact that this event will work well for inbound tourism. In the last few [...]

Lalit Modi Image

* Image attribution: www.topnews.in The man calls himself the architect of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The world calls him controversy’s child. Lalit Modi (or LaMo) is now the new NaMO when it comes to occupying media space. For this flamboyant businessman, the fall has been as meteoric as his rise. The same man who bagged the ‘Business Standard Award’ in 2008 for making BCCI the Most Innovative Company in India, found himself suspended as [...]

Smart Cities Project Image

Ericsson Joins Sterlite for Smart Cities Project in India Ericsson, one of the leading telecom equipment manufacturers around the world, has entered into a partnership with Sterlite Technologies to collaborate and create smart cities in India that can be sustained over a longer period of time. As per the contract reached, both will come up with a development plan and use services and solutions that are necessary in order to bring about a society that [...]

First Gay Marriage Advertisement

 A Gay Marriage Advertisement A matrimonial advertisement seeking a same-sex partner for her son, placed by a 57-year-old woman, broke many conventions and taboos despite much disapproval from orthodox quarters. Earlier this month, Mumbai resident, Ms. Padma Iyer, published an advertisement in the matrimonial section of the Mid-Day newspaper. Published on 19 May, it read: “Seeking 25-40, Well-placed, Animal-Loving, Vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”) who works with an NGO”. Ms. Iyer’s move to [...]

Supersitions among Bollywood Stars

No matter how rational and practical we may consider ourselves to be, we all have some or the other kind of obsession that makes us considerably superstitious. But as much as these tendencies satisfy our beliefs, they tend to surprise those who look at them as nothing more than a psychological bug! Well, before you start questioning yourself on sanity, you will be surprised to know that your own favourite stars are also sailing the [...]

Real picture of child labour in India

News is doing rounds regarding the amendments of the present Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, which the centre has approved recently. The new amendment is made in the Child Labour Act so as to align it with the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which is a fundamental right of all children in the age group of 6 to 14 years to have education. The Amendments First of all, let us [...]

USTAD image

On 14 May 2015, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah launched a major welfare scheme in Varanasi, aimed at preserving and upgrading traditional arts and handicraft skills, in a move that will benefit thousands of traditional craftsmen, many of whom belong to minority communities. Upgradation of Skills and Training in Ancestral Arts/Crafts for Development (USTAD) is a Rs 17-crore initiative to preserve and promote traditional skills and ensure wider market access. Launching USTAD in [...]

Importance of summer classes

Summer vacations are no longer what they used to be. Gone are the days when kids used to stay at home and do their holiday homework. Parents nowadays are more interested in putting their children in hobby or summer classes during summer vacations. Things have definitely changed, but what has led to this change? Is it a change in lifestyle, modernisation or changing family structure? The concept of summer classes has transformed the holiday period [...]