DARJEELING India (Reuters) – Darjeeling, for many people, means tea, but the eponymous hill resort nestled in the Himalayas in India’s northeast is also a gateway to spectacular views of the world’s third highest peak as well as a rare glimpse of snow leopards and red pandas.
There also are reminders of India’s colonial past, including a narrow-gauge railway known as the “Toy Train” that makes a tourist run into the hills under power of a steam locomotive.
DARJEELING, India, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Darjeeling, for many
people, means tea, but the eponymous hill resort nestled in the
Himalayas in India’s northeast is also a gateway to spectacular
views of the world’s third highest peak as well as a rare
glimpse of snow leopards and red pandas.
There also are reminders of India’s colonial past, including
a narrow-gauge railway known as the “Toy Train” that makes a
tourist run into the hills under power of a steam locomotive.
Rajiv Gandhi was the former prime minister of India. Rajiv Goswami was a Delhi student who set himself on fire in 1990 to protest job reservations for India’s so-called backward classes. Gandhi has a place named for him in the middle of New Delhi: Rajiv Chowk.
This is true everywhere but on Wikipedia. The online, user-maintained site’s entries for Rajiv Chowk (formerly Connaught Place), which is in Delhi’s central business district, and the city’s busiest metro station, say both were named after Rajiv Goswami.
A draw in the crucial 10th game after 65 moves of play gave the young Norwegian an unassailable lead in the 12-match contest and put an end to Anand’s hopes of retaining the FIDE title he’s held since 2007.
Magnus Carlsen is the world’s number one chess player but that counts for little in India, where he’ll have to conquer local favourite Viswanathan Anand to become the first world chess champion from the West in nearly 40 years.
Anand, the undisputed world champion since 2007, has slumped to eighth in the rankings but has the experience of five world titles to thwart his 22-year-old Norwegian rival. If Carlsen wins the title this month, he’ll be the first champion from the West since American Bobby Fischer’s reign ended in 1975.
India’s top politicians Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh have fallen out of the top 20 in Forbes’ annual list of the world’s most powerful people.
Gandhi, leader of India’s Congress party, was No. 21 on the 2013 list, down from 12 last year. Prime Minister Singh took the 28th spot in the list, also losing nine spots since 2012.
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I sent my first and last telegram over the weekend, thanks to the flood of newspaper reports that warned of India’s telegraph service winding up after more than 160 years.
My curiosity was fuelled by memories of Bollywood movies from the 1960s and 70s. On receiving a telegram, the hero’s mother either fainted or treated the family to sweetmeats – depending on whether the news was good or bad.
Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Bollywood mogul Ronnie Screwvala are among the most generous people in the Asia Pacific, according to a Forbes Asia list of the region’s philanthropic heroes.
The annual list, compiled by the magazine for a seventh year, features 48 of the region’s most prominent altruists and will appear in its June 10 issue.
NEW DELHI, March 14 (Reuters) – Shazaf Fatima Haider was
always interested in how it happened. How strangers met in
contrived settings, were expected to like each other and get
Eventually, the 30-year-old teacher from Karachi saw the
funny side of arranged marriages and cultural backgrounds in
Pakistan and decided it was the perfect subject for her debut
novel, “How It Happened.”
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AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has big plans for his budget airline. This week, the government approved the Malaysian carrier’s proposal to set up a new airline in India with the Tata group – and it happened thanks to a comma.