India’s mammoth parliamentary election will start on April 7, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday, kicking off a race that will pit BJP leader Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family’s ruling Congress party. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said 814 million people will be eligible to vote, a number …Read More »
Mumbai has emerged as the least expensive major global city in which to live according to annual rankings by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The Indian financial capital was followed by Karachi, New Delhi and Damascus as the fourth cheapest, which EIU said reflected the weakening of the Syrian pound …Read More »
India and Pakistan are among the top five most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, according to a study by a London-based advocacy group. Some 22 journalists were killed in the two countries – intriguingly, 13 in India and 9 in Pakistan – in 2013, the International News Safety …Read More »
A fort constructed out of wattle, mud and wood and located in the middle of the Thar desert in Rajasthan has been named the “World’s Most Extraordinary Hotel” by Lonely Planet. Mihir Garh – or the fort of the sun – is a nine-suite boutique hotel built five years ago …Read More »
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Satya Nadella will become CEO of the tech giant, confirming what many experts have predicted.
Mr Nadella has spent 22 years at Microsoft, and was previously the Company's Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise. Nadella also takes a position on Microsoft’s Board of Directors.
Nadella is credited as a key leader in moving the company towards cloud services, around products including Bing, Xbox and Microsoft Office. His time at MS oversaw a period of huge growth for Microsoft Business Services, too, growing that segment of the business from a $1.5 billion slice of pie to a $5 billion segment in just five years’ time.Read More »
An owner of a billboard dedicated to Nelson Mandela was red-faced on Thursday after the discovery that a photo of actor Morgan Freeman was used instead of one of the anti-apartheid hero. The billboard was erected on the side of a road in Coimbatore as part of memorials across India …Read More »
The Huffington Post has removed Sonia Gandhi from a list of the world’s richest leaders saying the data used to compile the rankings was “questionable”. The American digital news site estimated Mrs Gandhi’s wealth at $2 billion, making her wealthier than the Queen and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, and …Read More »
British Prime Minister David Cameron today became the first world leader since 1948 to visit the former war-zone in the north of Sri Lanka where he held talks with the Chief Minister and was met by protestors. Mr Cameron arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday to participate in the contentious …Read More »
Days after the New York Times described him as a “divisive” figure “unsuited” to becoming Prime Minister, Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi has unveiled plans to construct the world’s tallest statue honouring one of his personal heroes: Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The stature of the independence activist will be twice the …Read More »
As the Satyajit Ray Season at the British Film Institute draws to a close, Bengali writer, filmmaker and singer Sangeeta Datta examines the importance and impact of Ray’s highly-politicized ‘Calcutta Trilogy’. Satyajit Ray’s much loved Apu Trilogy put Indian cinema triumphantly on the international map. While this follows a “Bildungsroman” …Read More »