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I am from Kolkata. Like any other Bengali I love my fish, eggs and bhaat and sweets but I also feel proud to be a part of the biggest melting pot of the world - India. It is true that I need to go a long way before I finally call it a day but I have come some way and am sure will travel further. Cheers :)

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Google TEZ is the latest in line of payment apps based on the system known as UPI (unified payment interface), a platform that is backed by Indian government. It has now made Google one among the various companies that are looking to make the most of the market for digital payments in the country. You will be able to use this app in order to make payments for movie tickets and utility bills, as well [...]


Durga Puja is almost upon us – it is only a week away. In Bengal, it is celebrated for nine days, starting from Mahalaya, and it is during this duration that people in the state come together for one of the biggest celebrations of life, keeping their woes away for these few days. For them it is the ultimate opportunity to rejoice and feel like queens and kings, taking lungs full of oxygen before they [...]

Revised GST Rates

Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has, following its 21st meeting, effected some changes to the present GST (goods and services tax) structure in India. The meeting was held on 9th September 2017 at Hyderabad. Incidentally this happened to be the second review meeting following the rollout of GST. It has upped the cess applicable for items such as motor vehicles. The cess on mid-sized cars has been increased by 2%, and for large cars [...]

Swami Vivekananda's Chicago Speech

11 September 2017 happens to be the 125th anniversary of the speech that Swami Vivekananda delivered at Chicago during Parliament of the World’s Religions. The monk and social reformer played a major role in introducing Hinduism to the West. The logic of the speech delivered in 1893 was clear and its scientific insight received plenty of attention at that time. In fact, following his speech the dignitaries present at the said event gave him a [...]

Hindi Diwas 2017

It was in 1918 that Mahatma Gandhi, widely regarded as the Father of the Nation, had attended a conference on Hindi literature and asked Hindi to be made the national language of India. He had even gone ahead and called it the language of everyone. It was on 14th September 1949 that Hindi, alongwith English, was accepted as the official language of India by Constituent Assembly. It was from 1953 onwards that Hindi Diwas came [...]

Nirmala Sitharaman New Defence Minister

Nirmala Sitharaman was on 3 September, 2017 chosen as the Defence Minister of India. With this, she becomes the first woman to assume this post on a full-time basis. Earlier, Indira Gandhi had also held this post who had taken temporary charge of the ministry on a couple of occasions – in 1975 and from 1980 to 82. In fact, her choice for this important post has raised several questions and as such a number [...]

Lifestyle Diseases

Lifestyle diseases result due to lack of physical activity and unhealthy diet. Lifestyle diseases are significantly affecting the younger population.  Let’s take a look at the most common lifestyle diseases in India. Obesity One of the biggest lifestyle diseases that are seen commonly in India is obesity. This normally happens when people eat a lot more food than they should and when their eating habits are not healthy as well. Quite often reduction in physical [...]

wifi in delhi metro

Delhi Metro has started offering free Wi-Fi on all stations that are part of Blue Line. This facility will be available from 30 August 2017. The Blue Line includes 50 stations and it is expected that this facility would now make it easier for passengers to access internet while they are on the move. The Blue Line covers a distance of 50 km and connects Noida City Centre and Vaishali in eastern Delhi to the [...]

Arogya Bhagya Scheme

The government of Karnataka has opted to launch a universal health scheme named Arogya Bhagya. It is expected to help all citizens in the state by providing either subsidized or free health care. This facility would include emergency care and would be available at government hospitals as well as private facilities that are on the state government’s panel for this particular programme. The state government would be rolling out the programme from 1 November 2017. [...]

sports talent portal

The Union Sports Ministry launched the National Sports Talent Search Portal, a project of the central government that is being awaited by so many, on 28 August. The portal was launched by Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. Vijay Goel, Union Sports Minister said – and perhaps rightly so – that one of the major issues facing India in the sporting arena is the lack of fair [...]