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‘Indian jewellery designs traditional, not global’

New Delhi, March 11: India’s luxury market has unlimited potential and is growing rapidly, but the country’s jewellery business is still largely inspired by “tradition and heritage” rather than by global trends, says Costantino Papadimitriou of London-based diamond company Forevermark, a part of the De Beers group. “Indian jewellery is all about opulence and people here... 

56 percent adolescent Indian girls, 30 percent boys anaemic

New Delhi, March 12: Over 56 percent of adolescent girls and 30 percent of the boys in India are anaemic, parliament was told Tuesday. More than 39 percent adolescent girls in the age group of 15-19 years are mildly anaemic while 15 percent and two percent suffer from moderate and severe anaemia respectively, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told Rajya Sabha in reply to a question. Anaemia is a long... 

‘South African women carving out bigger roles’

New Delhi, March 11: Women are carving out a bigger role for themselves in the socio-religious and political arena in post-apartheid South Africa, said Episcopal priest Mpho A. Tutu, a daughter of Nobel laureate Desmond M. Tutu. “Two women have been ordained as bishops by Anglican Church recently in South Africa. It has been a long process. Getting the women ordained as bishops was not easy…... 

President, PM salute maestro Ravi Shankar’s contribution

New Delhi, March 7: Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar’s legacy lives on and would continue to illuminate the world of music, President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday. He was speaking at a ceremony here at which the first Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was posthumously conferred on Ravi Shankar, who passed away in December 2012. The president gave the award of Rs.1 crore to Ravi Shankasr’s... 

Indian-origin science writer wins British Physics journalism prize

Washington, March1: Anil Ananthaswamy, a London based Indian origin writer, has won the inaugural Physics Journalism Prize sponsored by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The prize is designed to inspire the next generation of physicists by encouraging journalists to grapple with often complex topics and help spread excitement about the subject,... 

Sunita Willams returns from space with new record

Washington, Nov 20: Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams has returned to earth after 127 days in space with a new record under her belt – the most spacewalking time by a female at 50 hours and 40 minutes over seven career excursions. Williams, who was commander of Expedition 33 on the International Space Station returned home with two space-going colleagues aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule... 

Bal Thackeray – Bollywood’s friend, philosopher and guide

Mumbai, Nov 17: There were reasons why Bollywood celebrities queued up to call on Bal Thackeray when the Shiv Sena supremo lay in a critical condition before he breathed his last Saturday. He was always with them, for them in their times of need. With some, he shared an endearing relationship, and with some, one of love-and-hate. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who visited Thackeray Wednesday, recently... 

Italian lady bequeathes $2.5 mn to her dog

Caserta, Oct 22: An Italian lady has given away all her property worth about 2 million euros ($2.5 million) to her beloved dog. The 84-year-old woman, living in Caserta town with her daughter and several grandchildren, has made the will stating her mongrel dog called Kikko will inherit two apartments, several land estates and also bank accounts. The old woman has decided this soon after her husband’s... 

A cup of tea and cucumber sandwich keep you cool!

A cup of tea with a cucumber sandwich tops the list of best foods to have during hot weather, researchers say. According to the researchers, however tempting ice creams may be, they will not work to beat the heat, the Daily Mail reported. Even water should be drunk at room temperature rather than ice cold during the hottest days of the year. While the British colonial favourite of cucumber sandwiches... 

Kim Kardashian asks fans if her ‘butt looks too big’

Kim Kardashian, who has been flaunting her new Goldie Locks avatar recently, has posted a photo of her ample derriere asking fans if her “butt looks too big in these jeans.” The reality starlet, who is no stranger to self-promotion, decided that she needed to up her ante on twitter, and managed to hog the attention of fans and haters alike, the New York Daily News reported. “Ms....