For all her success in Bollywood, Vidya Balan stands on the periphery of the world of cinema. The 37-year-old actress says she doesn’t have any friends in the industry, nor does she go to work hoping to make some.
India has cut this year’s monsoon forecast to 88 percent of the long-term average, prompted by the El Nino climate phenomenon and raising fears of the country’s first drought in six years. This makes India’s agriculture sector vulnerable with nearly half of farmland lacking irrigation.
Advet Bhambhani, the chief executive of Dubai-based ABV Group plans to open luxury hospitals that would resemble hotels, offer personalised care and transport patients from place to place in Rolls Royce cars. He said he wants to redefine health care for India’s rich and medical tourists, and has nearly $80 million in investments to pull it off.
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Director Aanand L Rai seems to believe in the adage “Well begun is half done.” With both “Tanu Weds Manu” (2011) and its sequel, Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck.
Narendra Modi faces growing resistance from political friends and foes over some of his federal spending cuts as he nears his one-year anniversary as India’s prime minister. The government recently cut funding for programmes such as drinking water and welfare for women and children, saying that states can make better decisions on what to spend in their own backyards.
Author Malsawmi Jacob was in high school when the independence movement in the future state of Mizoram began in 1966. Her father, an army subedar stationed in the hill town of Shillong, now in the state of Meghalaya, predicted at the time that ordinary people would bear the brunt of an armed conflict. He was right.