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Sketchy Details

May 4, 2015

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Movie Review: Gabbar is Back

May 1, 2015


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Online food delivery firm foodpanda raises $100 million in financing

May 1, 2015

pandaFoodpanda, an online take-away food delivery company, said on Friday it had raised $100 million in financing led by Goldman Sachs.

Primary care centres key to reforming healthcare in India: health economist Kenneth Thorpe

April 30, 2015

Over 60 percent of deaths in India are due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and cardiovascular disease, which are also responsible for about 70 percent of spending on healthcare. They also affect the economic health of the country, with NCDs and mental illness expected to cost India $4.58 trillion between 2012 and 2030.

Meet Mangla Charan Mishra, ‘Friend of the Dead’

April 30, 2015

If you ever find yourself driving down the secluded, dusty National Highway 96 in the remote Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, you probably will notice a billboard flashing this message in Hindi: “If you find any unclaimed dead body, inform us. We will cremate it in accordance with full religious procedures.”

Amish Tripathi on his new book “Scion of Ikshvaku” and retelling the Ramayan

April 29, 2015

The gods must be pleased with Amish Tripathi. After all, the author’s first three books on Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction, have sold more than 2.2 million copies and made him a household name in India.

How Delhi’s shoeshine boys learn to read and write

April 29, 2015

It’s 8:30 am and office workers are streaming out of the Delhi Metro’s Gate No. 5 on Barakhamba Road, the capital’s central business district. Nearby, five shoeshine boys holding pencils and notebooks crowd around Firdos Khan, who sits with them on the ground in her white salwar and is busy explaining the difference between 7 plus 2 and 7 multiplied by 2.

China? India? We’re grateful for their help: Nepal’s ambassador to India

April 28, 2015

By Mayank Bhardwaj and Ratnajyoti Dutta

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake jolted Nepal and parts of northern India on Saturday, killing more than 4,300 people and injuring thousands more. It is the most destructive earthquake that Nepal has suffered since 1934. Several countries have offered relief, most notably China and India. The rival nations, which together surround Nepal, have made an effort to woo the stricken nation even as they eye each other from their own borders.

A Minute With: Radhika Apte

April 20, 2015

Ekta Kapoor once asked sardonically, “Who is Radhika Apte?” This year, Indian audiences found out.

A Minute With: Vidhu Vinod Chopra on ‘Broken Horses’

April 17, 2015

The producer of Bollywood’s highest grossing film made his debut as a Hollywood director this month.