Odds & Ends

Indian Undocumented Alien population Doubles

The latest report estimates the current undocumented Indian population at 280,000, the seventh largest such group in the country.

Leave the Gita As It Is

The attempt to classify the Gita as extremist and ban its distribution in Siberia had triggered an uproar among Hindus worldwide.

Indians in Paris

The number of Indian tourists visiting Paris has breached 300,000, up almost 200 percent in the last decade.

Angry Brides Thrash Dowry-Seekers Online

While women in India have come a long way, there still exist some age old taboos which hinder their status in society. Angry Brides is a fun game which reminds us that together we can stand-up against this inhuman practice.

Rush for Rushdie

The Daily Mail reported that the four-times previously married Rushdie proposed to his former flame Barish in December.

World's Shortest

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, has been recognized with the title by the Guinness World Records.

Unparliamentary Conduct

Television news footage caught Karnataka Ministers in the state assembly watching the pornographic clip on a phone.

Runaway Bride’s Loo Revolt

Bai returned home only after her husband constructed a toilet with a grant.

India’s Most Expensive Apartment

The apartment price bested the previous high of $2,000 per sq ft paid in 2010.

Indian Salaries to Grow 12%

Industry-wise, the biggest salary increase this year, of 13.3%, is expected to come in the pharmaceuticals industry

End of the Humble Resume

GetHired.com combines the visibility of a job board with the functionality of an applicant tracking system.

Elephant Tunes

South Asia is among the least integrated region in the world, according to Economist magazine. Neighbors account for just 0.5% of India’s imports

India 19th Most Exposed to Global Risk

New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Canada rated as the safest global risk countries.

Pakistan International Airlines

Pakistan International Airlines reportedly flew two passengers in the toilet after running out of room on a Lahore to Karachi flight. The country’s Geo

India World’s Top Rice Exporter

India recently lifted a three-year ban on export of non-Basmati rice. Indian rice is almost $100 per ton cheaper than Thai rice on the global market.

Indian IT Contributes $15 Billion in US Tax

NASSCOM estimates that Indian IT firms employ over 100,000 people in the US, up from 20,000 six years ago.

Australians Frothing Over Indian Mouthwash

The federal health department reportedly launched the investigation into the advertisement, displayed throughout the India-Australia cricket series.

Asians Most Discriminated Group in New Zealand

There are an estimated 354,000 Asians in New Zealand, of which 107,000 are Indian.

$6 Million Butt

A hotel employee in Britain is insuring her bottom for $6 million after landing a job to test the softness of hotel beds.

Loo Lessons

An Australian university is teaching foreign students how to use the toilet correctly after janitors complained that they were leaving them soiled.

Bollywood in the Sky

Nearly 50 Finnair crew dressed in salwar kameez and traditional Indian attire gyrated and frolicked through the aisles to the delight of surprised passengers.

A Brief $10 Billion Ride

Parijat Saha, who expected only Rs 10,000 ($200) in his account, rushed to an ATM machine to verify, and sure enough he had $10 billion in the bank.

Non Violence Works

Major nonviolent campaigns have achieved success 53 percent of the time, compared with 26 percent for violent resistance campaigns.

Indian Tourists

Tourism from India is projected to grow 50 percent by 2016.

Techie Hinglish

With the growing popularity of cell phones, the word recharge is entering the Hinglish lexicon, as in recharge your brain, for example. Likewise, Hi-fi,

No More Shoe Laces

A Madhya Pradesh Minister criticized after a videotape showed a young boy tying his shoes has pledged never to wear shoes with laces again.

A Sari from Paris

The French fashion house Hermes has launched 28 limited-edition printed saris for the Indian market starting at $6,500.

No Laughing Matter?

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi has directed the Indian Embassy in Washington to lodge a protest with NBC over the “quite unfortunate and quite objectionable” satire.

Sleepless in Lucknow

scores of people in housing colonies patrolled the streets and chanted slogans to stay awake in Lucknow.

Indians Told To Avoid Keeping Jewelry at Home

Thames Valley Police, one of the largest police departments in the UK, is advising Indian families to avoid keeping high value jewelry at home after a spate of robberies targeting the community in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Doc is in the Clear

Overseas Indian physicians may soon be allowed to practice and teach at medical schools in India. The union cabinet has endorsed a proposal from the National

Exorcising Yoga

Looks like the aging padre is mixing up his exercising with his exorcisings.

2011 Bizzaros

Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old Indian with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, has topped Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s 11 strangest stories for 2011.

Tagore Haunted by Depression

Bhattacharya attributes the bard’s chronic loneliness to “disappointment with the support he received from his people.

Standing Tall

She aims to become a Bollywood actress.

Floating Entrepreneurs

Critics ridicule the project as a cheap publicity stunt.

Indians Fuel America’s Growth

Nearly half of America’s top 50 venture-funded companies have immigrant founders, and Indians top the list.

Dow Caves on Olympic Branding

Dow owns Union Carbide, the company that owned and ran a pesticide plant in Bhopal, where a gas leak in 1984 killed thousands of people in the world’s worst industrial disaster.

Green Card Holds on Hold

Sen. Chuck Grassley placed a hold on the bill

10 Indian Stars

Ten Indians made the cut in Forbes list of “tomorrow’s brightest stars.”

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