Odds & Ends

His Beef With Tacos

Indian parent charges a Cincinnati public school with religious discrimination.

Curry on Fire

A bag of curry triggered fire alarms in the cargo hold of a Frankfurt-bound Air India Boeing 747 with 235 passengers on board, prompting the pilots to activate fire extinguishers and return the plane Mumbai after being airborne for an hour.

Bulletproof Turbans?

Development of bullet-proof turbans to enable Sikhs to serve in armed units.

Gurkha Veterans’ Last Stand

The government caves in to demands giving Gurkha veterans automatic rights to British residency.

No Place For Crap

No toilet. No bride

Diamonds in the Rough

The global recession has taken the sparkle off India’s diamond polishing industry, which cuts and polishes 70% of the world’s diamonds. As a part of

Karate Kid

At age 5 shehas become the world’s youngest karate black belt

153 Parliamentary Crooks

Over a quarter of newly elected parliamentarians in India’s national elections have criminal cases pending against them.

Me Slumdog, You Millionaire

Mumbai municipal authorities have razed the shantytown homes of Slumdog Millionaire child stars

Flying Shoe Flies High

The shoe became a novel form of political protest during this year’s election cycle

$400,000 Rare Lincoln Stamp

A rare 90 cent Abraham Lincoln stamp used to ship a letter from Boston to an Ice House in Calcutta in 1873 is expected to


The Soleckshaw aims to reduce the physical burdens of India’s 8 million rickshaw drivers.

Indian Mata Hari?

De Sousa, 53, insists she is not a CIA agent and was not involved in the kidnapping

Obama’s Autograph

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had an unusual request for Pres. Barack Obama

Obama’s Cricket Lessons

West Indies cricketer Brian Lara gives Pres. Barack Obama cricket lessons on the sidelines of the Fifth Summit of the Americas. 

She's Hot!

Tamuly felt terrible at missing her earlier record in which she consumed 60 chilis.

Cricket’s New Height

A 20-overs match at 17,000 feet

Six Day School Week?

To compete for jobs with kids from India and China

Raining Shoes

Throwing a shoe, which last year elevated an unknown Iraqi journalist to international journalist stardom, has become the protest of choice in this year’s parliamentary

Henna Sausages

A British company has introduced a line of sausages branded in henna patterns created with edible ink.

Get A Simpler Name

It would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here

Limbaugh Ridicules Indian Outsourcers

Increasingly shrill radio host Rush Limbaugh is taking heat for a flippant remark ridiculing “slumdog” Indian outsourcers.

The Biggest Losers

Anil Ambani is the biggest loser in this year’s Forbes list of the World’s Billionaires. Ambani lost $3.9 billion of his fortune as shares of

Chew on This

Director general of the Dubai municipality, says, “We are taking all measures to stop its sale here."

Hearty Insult?

Tharoor denies disrespecting any national symbol

Kundra’s Youthful Indiscretion

Kundra pled guilty to shoplifting four shirts valued at $134 from a JC Penney store in Maryland County, Md., in 1996.

Steaming Rice

Sale or use of Basmati rice as a side dish or ingredient shall not be deemed a violation of the prohibition of the sale of rice

$5.5 Million Baroda Prophet Carpet

A 150 year old carpet sold for almost $5.5m at a Sotheby’s auction in Doha.

Pyre ‘Dignity’

Being bundled into a box and incinerated in a furnace is not my idea of dignity, much less the performance of an ancient sacrament.

Celebrity Doc Charged

Celebrity doctor Sandeep Kapoor is charged with furnishing prescription pills to Anna Nicole Smith.

MIA’s Birth Mystery

My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit.

Bottled Cow Urine

Cow urine a refreshing alternative to Coke or Pepsi.

Methamphetamine Seizure

Millions of pseudoephedrine pill seized at Port Newark from a shipment that originated in India for Haiti.

One to 165 Million Odds

Human rights activists claim that nearly 80 percent of all people checked are minorities.

Pink Chaddis Campaign

Women in India outraged by attacks by Hindu fundamentalists against couples celebrating Valentine’s Day came up with a novel strategy to shame their tormentors this February.

Gandhi’s Eyeglasses For the Highest Bidder

An auction of Mahatma Gandhi’s trademark wire frame eyeglasses and other personal possessions by a New York auction house has sparked widespread condemnation in India.

Uncle Sam Wants Hindi Speakers

A fast track citizenship program open to 1,000 temporary immigrants.

Outsourced Fakes

India is the second largest source for counterfeit goods seized in 2008 in the United States. Nearly 81% of the counterfeits originated in China, up

$1Million Bribes

A former valve company executive has pleaded guilty to paying $1 million in bribes to officials in government-owned energy companies in India, China, Brazil and

Mumbai Copycats

U.S. counter terrorism officials are looking at the Mumbai attacks as low frills bloody blueprints for terrorists. Donald Van Duyn, FBI’s chief Intelligence officer told

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