Ravindran N Keerthisingam

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Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, explained for non-Muslims

It’s like Burning Man, but for Muslims. Okay, it’s nothing like Burning Man.<p>At this moment in mid-August, 1.5 million people from dozens of countries around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the hajj, the Islamic religious pilgrimage.<p>It’s a huge event — in terms of both its …

Mosques

Miley Cyrus' Performance Dress At The 2018 Grammys Has Twitter Freaking Out

Every so often, there's a moment in an awards show that really, really sticks with you. Rarely are there more than one of these moments in a single …

New door-to-door bus service to rival Megabus and National Express will take you to London and back for £10

A new door-to-door budget bus service is set to launch in Bristol – offering return journeys to London for as little as £10.<p>Sn-ap launches in the …

From Asia’s Cleanest Village To Doorless Town, These 13 Indian Villages Are Unique In Their Own Way

"India lives in her seven hundred thousand villages." And each of those seven hundred thousand villages has a different and unique story to tell.<p><b>We</b> …

From prudish Victorians to arrows in the eye – 10 things from history everyone gets wrong

This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague, the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox and ‘whipping boys’ may never have actually existed. So what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?<p>You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at once. So far …

Smallpox

The thoughts of Chairman Xi

By Carrie Gracie<p>Xi Jinping is tightening his grip on power.<p>How did one man come to embody China's destiny?<p>The Cave<p>There aren’t many 21st Century leaders who lived in a cave and laboured as a farmer before clawing their way to power.<p>Five decades ago, as the chaos of the Cultural Revolution engulfed …

China

Research Says This Required Job Skill Will Trump Emotional Intelligence by the Year 2020

World Economic Forum's "Future of Jobs Report" reveals the top 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020.<p>Last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its <i>Future of Jobs Report</i>, forecasting thetop 10 job skills required for workers to thrive by 2020, according to global chief human …

Emotional Intelligence

Singapore's driverless buses to serve three towns by 2022

While driverless buses are making cameos in Las Vegas and Michigan, they're set to become a more common sight in Singapore in the near future. Following initial trials of an autonomous shuttle (fit for 80 passengers), the country plans to bring a mixture of the larger buses and smaller mini-vans to …

Hyperloop One is hyping 500 mph train rides in the UAE

Hyperloop One is gearing up to make a big announcement in the UAE. The company, which has been working on a high-speed mass transport system dreamed up by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has just dropped a teaser video hyping its November 8 reveal, which you can watch above.<p>It isn’t clear exactly what …

Hyperloop

10 Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

It's topic that worries lots of people. Inc. columnist Jeff Haden recently pointed out "30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad,"which readers shared more than 75,000 times on social networks. Here are 10 more to add to the list.<p>These are not words. "Regardless" and "thaw" are …

Language

7 Entrepreneurs You Should Start Following Now

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Want some inspiration? Start following inspiring people. And when I say “follow,” I am not referring only to Twitter, although that is an excellent starting point. I mean follow as in study, investigate, hear, heed, sit at their feet and …

Entrepreneurship

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

Why Google's Waze Is Trading User Data With Local Governments

In Rio de Janeiro most eyes are on the final, nail-biting matches of the World Cup. Over in the command center of the city’s department of transport though, they’re on a different set of screens altogether.<p>Planners there are watching the aggregated data feeds of thousands of smartphones being …