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Everybody's Taj, no one's monument

The Supreme Court was harsh on both the central government and the government of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday on what it saw as their apathy and lethargy in protecting the Taj Mahal, and said that because no one seemed to be doing anything to protect the monument, it would start hearing the matter every day from July 31.
“You can shut down Taj. You can demolish (it) if you like and you can also do away with it if you have already decided,” said a bench of Justice MB Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta.

More than one third of Delhi slum children malnourished - survey

By Nita Bhalla / / 04 Apr 2014

More than one-third of under five year olds living in the Indian capital's slums are malnourished, a survey conducted by a child rights group said on Thursday, adding that this showed government child health schemes were not reaching the poor.


India largest importers of arms in the world

Source : AFP / 18 Mar 2014

India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

The total volume of arms sales was up 14 percent in 2009-13 compared to the previous five years, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).


India tops Saudi Arabia’s investment destinations

Source : Arab news / 28 Feb 2014

India is increasingly pursuing an unannounced policy of Looking Mid-West — a region comprising the Gulf and WANA (West Asia-North Africa), spanning Iran to Syria. As much as 60 percent of India’s oil and gas requirement is sourced from this region, Arab News reports.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most important countries when one talks about New Delhi’s unstated policy of Looking Mid-West.


UAE residents welcome plans to grant Indian visas on arrival to 180 countries

Source : The National / 10 Feb 2014

Emiratis and expatriates have welcomed plans by the Indian government to grant visas on arrival to visitors from 180 countries.

Travellers will no longer have to queue at local consulates after New Delhi announced the proposed overhaul of its strict visa regime.


Huge tobacco use in India seen killing 1.5 million a year

Source : Reuters / 14 Sep 2013

Tobacco inflicts huge damage on the health of India’s people and could be clocking up a death toll of 1.5 million a year by 2020 if more users are not persuaded to kick the habit, an international report said on Thursday.


Royal turtle: World’s second oldest animal dies in Cairo at age 280

Source : Al Arabiya / 26 Apr 2013

A turtle considered to be the second oldest animal in the world died this week in Egypt’s Giza Zoo at the age of 280, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

King Farouk, who became the ruler of Egypt in 1936, dedicated the ancient turtle to the zoo, reported the privately owned daily Youm 7.


A third of India’s Muslims say they are suffering

By Suryatapa Bhattacharya|The National | 19 Dec 2011

NEW DELHI // A third of India’s 140 million Muslims say they are suffering and pessimistic about their future – the worst of three ratings in a survey of Indian life.


India weddings faulted for prodigious food waste

Source : Nirmala George | AP
NEW DELHI | 21 Jul 2011

When the daughter of businessman Mohammed Sultan got married recently, guests were treated to a lavish 30-course meal served in super-sized silver platters.

The Kashmiri feast, prepared by an army of chefs, included more than 20 meat and kebab dishes rich with spices to go with the saffron-flavored rice and naan breads.

Hours later, after the more than 500 guests had eaten their fill, the leftovers were dumped by the cartload at a nearby garbage site.


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