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Let's Talk About Trolls | A conversation with a troll who detests anything secular

India, April 25 -- Each time I tweet, I get an instantaneous response from a select few. They are on my timeline without fail and they are always abusive. There is no pretence of building a counter-narrative. They crawl out like termites and I sometimes wonder if they've been assigned different targets.

Social media is full of keyboard warriors and most of them are, of course, nameless and faceless. I've often wondered what motivates them. How d... Read More


Delhi: Pragati Maidan's Hall of Nations demolition triggers outrage

New Delhi, April 25 -- About half a dozen bulldozers worked overnight on Sunday at Pragati Maidan to pull down five iconic buildings - Hall of Nations and Industry. Next to come under the hammer is Nehru Pavilion.

Indian trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) razed the structures two days after their architect Raj Rewal lost the case in Delhi high court on April 20. Conservationists are perplexed as the demolition took place as one petition by Indi... Read More


Let's Talk About Trolls | A conversation with a troll who detests anything secular, wants all Muslims to leave India

India, April 25 -- Each time I tweet, I get an instantaneous response from a select few. They are on my timeline without fail and they are always abusive. There is no pretence of building a counter-narrative. They crawl out like termites and I sometimes wonder if they've been assigned different targets.

Social media is full of keyboard warriors and most of them are, of course, nameless and faceless. I've often wondered what motivates them. How d... Read More


Let's Talk About Trolls | When I came face to face with my troll who detests anything secular

India, April 25 -- Each time I tweet, I get an instantaneous response from a select few. They are on my timeline without fail and they are always abusive. There is no pretence of building a counter-narrative. They crawl out like termites and I sometimes wonder if they've been assigned different targets.

Social media is full of keyboard warriors and most of them are, of course, nameless and faceless. I've often wondered what motivates them. How d... Read More


Sri Lanka seeks to carve out niche in medical tourism: OBG

Sri Lanka, April 25 -- Rising numbers of tourists from abroad and a state-led campaign to expand medical tourism could attract further investment to Sri Lanka's health care sector, creating additional opportunities for its hospitality industry in the process, the Oxford Business Group said in a research note.

The country's bid to become a centre for health and wellness is supported by improved connectivity and infrastructure, as well as its incr... Read More


Guest column | Khalsa University: A tale of politics and lost opportunity

India, April 25 -- In keeping with his party's promise in the run-up to the 2017 elections, the Capt Amarinder Singh government has scrapped the Khalsa University. This step was taken despite the fact that the university has been functioning for nearly a year, and has hundreds of research scholars, many of them UGC-NET qualified, and post-graduate students on its rolls.

The political decision of the new government has indeed impaired the young P... Read More


Plunge for pride: This Singh scuba dives in turban!

Ludhiana, April 25 -- For this city hotelier, turban is pride that he doesn't part with - not even when he is scuba diving or skydiving! This is his way of creating awareness regarding the Sikh identity in different parts of the world.

Harjinder Singh Kukreja, 30, did scuba diving with turban on at Antalya in Turkey during his weeklong trip recently.

In January 2015 during his Australia tour, he did skydiving in turban. Kukreja says he wants to... Read More


384 five-star rooms, 200 air tickets: Haryana govt's freebies for NRIs

Rohtak, April 25 -- The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in Haryana provided 384 five-star hotel rooms, 100 to and fro air tickets for free to the NRIs who had came to attend the two-day Pravasi Haryana Divas in Gurgaon in January this year.

The event, held at Kingdom of Dreams from January 10-11, was organised to give Pravasi Haryanvis an opportunity to connect to their roots and invest in the development of their home state.

The informa... Read More


Appetite for money: Elephants who entered a shop gorge on Rs 2,000, 500 notes

India, April 25 -- Demonetisation seems to have had an effect on the appetite of some wild tuskers in Assam, who broke into a shop and consumed high-value currency notes on Monday.

The incident took place at Tarajuli Tea Estate in Sonitpur district, located nearly 200 km north-east of the state capital, when three-four wild elephants entered the area in search of food. "The elephants entered the shop and consumed nearly Rs 26,000 in Rs 2,000 and... Read More


Demonetisation effect! Elephants who entered a shop gorge on Rs 2,000, 500 notes; spare 50 and 10

India, April 25 -- Demonetisation seems to have had an effect on the appetite of some wild tuskers in Assam, who broke into a shop and consumed high-value currency notes on Monday.

The incident took place at Tarajuli Tea Estate in Sonitpur district, located nearly 200 km north-east of the state capital, when three-four wild elephants entered the area in search of food. "The elephants entered the shop and consumed nearly Rs 26,000 in Rs 2,000 and... Read More