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India's 30 most beautiful places | CNN Travel

Chaos as millions in India crowd banks to exchange currency

NEW DELHI (AP) — Chaotic scenes played out across India on Saturday, with long lines growing even longer and scuffles breaking out, as millions of …

India's currency purge leaves millions broke

Public anger has been rising as Indian banks struggle to dispense cash after the government withdrew large-denomination bills. Nearly half of India's …

A Creative Way to Find Calm in Kolkata’s Chaos

How can anyone be creative in this climate? I can’t see straight, let alone think straight. I have taken just a few steps from the front door of my …

India’s middle class is actually the world’s poor

Virtually the entire discussion among economists on defining the middle class in “emerging economies” pertains to levels of consumption expenditure or income. No doubt, income is a relevant indicator, but not when taken in isolation.<p>None of them attempt to base the definition on the concerned …

How a successful collective of smallholder farmers in India is showing the way

Photograph: Deborah Doane<p>The Western Ghats is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, unlike other regions of India that can suffer from severe drought and failing …

12 Global Music Festivals That Will Wrap Up 2015 Perfectly!

<b>Thought the festival season was over? Think again!</b> <br>In the next two months, genre-bending, eclectic, massive and immensely popular music festivals …

10 Kolkata Artists From The Bacardi Nh7 Weekender Roster That Are Worth A Listen

<b>The uninhibited talent of Kolkata will be displayed at Bacardi Nh7 Weekender this weekend.</b><p>Rock music has been prevalent in Kolkata since the 70’s, …

All the world’s a stage

<b>The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923.</b> By Sean McMeekin. <i>Penguin Press; 576 pages; $35. Allen Lane;</i> …

Is India in danger zone after recent earthquakes in Afghanistan, Nepal? | india

Monday’s earthquake in Afghanistan was likely triggered by the same colliding of tectonic plates that caused Nepal’s devastating temblor earlier this …

Gap widening between rural and urban India

While inflation has been slowing both in rural and urban areas of the country, there is a widening difference between the two as rural inflation is …

Local Experts

It may take a village to raise a child, but it only takes one man to plant a forest.In 1979, 16-year-old Padma Shri Jadav "Molai" Payeng was …

Budget Travel: Southern India

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Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

Bundelkhand—the worst place in India to be a farmer

<b>Banda/New Delhi:</b> “I have made up my mind. I cannot repay my loans. I cannot free my land. I will die,” Ram Bahadur Singh said, with a casual chuckle. …

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Infiltrating the porous Bangladesh-India border | Bangladesh

<b>Latarkhal, India -</b> Barely two kilometres from the India-Bangladesh border in this tiny village sits Jurun Sarkar under the azure skies.<p>He shades his eyes with his hand from the sun that beats down over his half-hectare paddy field in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal state, about 80km …

What’s in a name: India’s e-visa is actually a smart programme

Last week, the Indian government changed the name of its new tourist visa scheme to e-tourist visa—roughly four-and-a-half months after it was launched on Nov. 27, 2014.<p>The earlier name—tourist visa on arrival enabled by electronic travel authorisation (ETA)—had set tongues wagging as it was …

It’s not just the Taj Mahal—pollution is ruining many other iconic monuments in India

India’s pollution problem, which came into the limelight after Delhi’s air was declared even filthier than Beijing’s last year, is even more monumental than we thought.<p>Toxic air spouting out from burning trash and exhaust pipes has taken its toll on the facades of some of the country’s sacred …

India’s preference for sons has created a nation of tiny people

<i>Update: The working paper Quartz wrote about in 2015 was published in the September 2017 issue of American Economic Review.</i><p>Indian children are among the shortest in the world, and the country’s preference for sons might be to blame.<p>Globally, one in four children under the age of five is …

India's IT plans suffer from power cuts, congestion - and monkeys

VARANASI, India (Reuters) - As India launches an $18 billion plan to spread the information revolution to its provinces, the problems it faces are a holdover from the past - electricity shortages, badly planned, jam-packed cities, and monkeys.<p>A pet monkey rides on a recovery truck in Kolkata in …

It happens only in India

The hotel manager was politely incredulous. Wouldn’t I like a car or an auto rickshaw to take me on a tour of Thanjavur’s rural areas? No, thank you. …

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I Am Not India's Daughter

Reflections on a banned documentary about the gang rape in my hometown of Delhi<p>When a child is born in India, it’s customary to give out a celebratory tip (called “<i>bakshish</i>” in Hindi) to the hospital attendants who helped during the birth. When I was born in a Delhi hospital, an elderly relative …

How one of the world’s largest railways is using technology to reinvent itself

With a track length of 116,000 kilometre and 23 million daily passengers (pdf), India has one of the world’s largest railway networks. But this massive enterprise is bleeding money and in urgent need of reforms.<p>And in an attempt to fix the mess, India’s railway minister Suresh Prabhu is banking on …

20 destinations for 2015: Chettinadu, South India

<b>Why?</b><p>Deep in India’s sultry South, between Trichy and Madurai, the gloriously extravagant mansions of Tamil Nadu’s wealthy 19th-century Chettiar traders lie strewn across dusty, dark-ochre plains, like colour-bursting palaces straight out of a kids’ Eastern-themed storybook. This is Chettinadu, its …

Why did Nathuram Godse kill Mahatma Gandhi?

To fathom Nathuram Godse’s patriotism and love for India, we must delve into aspects of his personal history. It is important to comprehend the psychology of a boy who was named Ramachandra Godse but who came to be known as Nathuram. Before he was born, in a small village of the Bombay-Pune belt, …

India slashes health budget, already one of the world's lowest

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The government has ordered a cut of nearly 20 percent in its 2014/15 healthcare budget due to fiscal strains, putting at risk key disease control initiatives in a country whose public spending on health is already among the lowest in the world.<p>A paramedic distributes free …

Why the riots in Delhi's Trilokpuri are significant

<b>Last week's clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Trilokpuri in Delhi did not exactly become headline-grabbing news.</b><p>Residents - helped by, many say, outsiders - fought pitched battles on the streets with stones and bricks, torched a couple of shops, threatened each other and vandalised property. …