Odds & Ends

Chinese Ancestors Are Indian

The ancestors of most Asian populations, including the Chinese, originated in India, according to a new genetic study.The study spanning 10 Asian countries found that

The Short Of It

The RSS is dropping its shorts.

Fried Ice Cream

A cute promotional campaign by ice cream maker Häagen Daz in India has proven cute by half.

Arguing With An Idiot

"I'm sure, no offense to India, I'm sure it's beautiful and everything. I've heard especially this time of year, especially by the - you know that one big river they have there that sounds like a disease?"

Monument To Monuments

Britain's Royal Academy of Arts is featuring a solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor, who has built a reputation for monumental public sculptures.


Half the world's chronically undernourished children under the age of 5 live in South Asia.The U.N. Children's Fund reported that 83 million children - more


An undocumented Indian living in Queens, N.Y., who was hailed as a hero two years ago for rescuing a woman in a conflict with an

Voting Identity

Indian transsexuals can register with an independent identity in the country's voter lists. Eunuchs, who were classified under male or female earlier, will have the option

MF Husain To End Exile

Ground is being prepared for renowned painter Maqbool Fida Husain, who has been living in self-imposed exile in London for the past four years, to

Nose Job

A Utah school district is sticking it to the nose.Bountiful Jr. High School suspended Suzannah Pabla, who is of mixed Indian heritage, for wearing a

Hindi Bolo

Hindi, Arabic and Chinese scripts can now be used in Website domain names.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the official body that

Haldi Zapping

Turmeric, commonly used in cooking and herbal treatments in India, may be an effective medicine to treat oesophageal cancer. A study in the British Journal

Underwater Cabinet Meeting

To bring attention to global warming that is raising sea levels endangering the survival of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Maldives, its  President Mohamed Nasheed

Students Cop Out

New Indian graduate student enrollment declined 16% this year, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).The CGS reported that foreign graduate enrollment was flat

Naipaul's Half Life

V.S. Naipaul, the 77-year-old Nobel Prize winning author, is mistakenly listed as dead in court filings in the trial of two Chicago men accused of

Huffing Yoga

State officials recently notified the Yoga centers that they are liable for sales tax

Freedom Curry!

They were very happy and told my interpreter that I seemed to be a safe guy."

May It Please Your Honor

Dickinson forwarded the email to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, which charged Chowan with misconduct.

Megha Mittal Goes Shopping

Megha Mittal, daughter-in-law of Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, is acquiring the bankrupt European luxury fashion house Escada.Escada, which sells women's clothing has 400 stores in

Gandhi Watch

Mahatma Gandhi’s 140th birth anniversary on Oct. 2 sparked a revival in all things Gandhian. • His historic house in Johannesburg, South Africa, almost a century ago

Air Melee

Air India has grounded the crew of an Indian Airlines Airbus after airline staffers traded blows in the cockpit and the aisles during a flight

India Rejects Mother Teresa Claim

India has rejected a demand by the Albanian government to return the remains of Nobel laureate Mother Teresa, who is buried in the city of

Ramdev’s Peace Island

Devotees of yoga and lifestyle guru Baba Ramdev are creating a yoga retreat on a $3 million tiny North Ayrshire island of Little Cumbrae in

$40 To India

Would you like a round trip ticket between the U.S. and India for $40? Thanks to a computer error, for two hours in Oct 2,

Ignoble Laureate?

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, the Cambridge molecular biologist who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is frustrated with the deluge of emails clogging his e-mail box,

Win Some, Lose Some

In a landmark civil rights victory for the Sikh community, the U.S. government has agreed to reverse its ban on turbans and beards among federal

Rushdie, Sir!

When my marriage to Padma ended I was saddened and hurt.

Indians UAE’s Largest Expatriates Group

community is by far the largest expatriate group in the kingdom.

Taj Mahal Replica

Indians in New Zealand are proposing to create replica of the Taj Mahal.

Lotto Heist

A lotto clerk pocketed a winning ticket after secretly confirming the win.

Basting Her Belly

“Every morning, there’s a buttering ceremony after I get out of the shower."

Ride Of Her Life

A 26-year-old Chicago tourist to India is hitching a ride for keeps. Whitney married auto rickshaw driver Harish Hotala who she had hired to drive

India’s First Woman Diplomat

C B Muthamma, India’s first woman diplomat, died at a private hospital in Bangalore. Muthamma, 85, served as the ambassador to Hungary, the Netherlands and

Commonwealth Games Jitters

The glacial pace at which preparations are underway, has led to media speculation that the largest athletic event India has ever hosted could turn out to be an embarrassing debacle.

The Mountbatten Affair

Production of a film portraying a clandestine and intense affair between former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Edwina Mountbatten, wife of India’s last

Pee Pilao

A Hindu group is preparing to launch a new soft drink made from cow’s urine. Gau Jal, currently undergoing laboratory tests, is made of cow’s

Moon Water

 A NASA instrument carried aboard India’s first lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 has found evidence of water molecules on the polar regions of the moon, a discovery

McCurry’s Hot For McDonald

Fast food giant McDonald’s has lost a battle in a Malaysian appeals court to prevent a restaurant McCurry from using the ‘Mc’ prefix in its

Bike Rage

A cyclist convicted of assaulting pedestrians in Leicester, United Kingdom, has been banned from riding in the city.Police accuse Gurnaik Singh Dogra, 27, of a

Anand Gone

Self-styled celebrity designer for the stars Anand Jon Alexander has been sentenced to 59 years to life imprisonment following his conviction on 14 counts of

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