Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • Tens of thousands gather in New Delhi in push for Ram temple Tens-of-thousands-gather-in-New-Delhi-in-push-for-Ram-temple

      Tens of thousands of Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city. Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the capital city under tight security, where speakers warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned. Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of...

    • World Building of the Year awarded to innovative Singapore housing complex World-Building-of-the-Year-awarded-to-innovative-Singapore-housing-complex

          A housing complex for senior citizens has beaten off flashier competition to be named “World Building of the Year” at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which concluded in Amsterdam on Friday. Considered one of the industry’s top accolades, the award went to Kampung Admiralty in Singapore for its integration of public facilities, community space and over 100 apartments for the elderly. It was chosen from hundreds of shortlisted projects, which included Russia’s World Cup stadium, the Qatar National Library and the UK’s recently redeveloped London Bridge station. Located in Singapore’s north, the mixed-used development is set across less than a hectare of space. In addition to...

    • 88-year-old grandma has become China’s fashion icon 88-year-old-grandma-has-become-Chinas-fashion-icon4

              Senior models are not a rare group at the online shopping sites. Unlike other peers, however, Sheng can also be seen with celebrities together on fashion magazine covers, which makes her one of the few best senior models in China. She stepped into the modeling industry in her 70s.   Being in the medical field, her job had nothing to do with fashion. In the 1960s, she and her husband went to work in Tibet Autonomous Region’s Nagqu City for 12 years. It is China’s highest city with an altitude of 4000 meters. She often...

    • Millions brave frigid cold to watch Thanksgiving parade in NYC Millions-brave-frigid-cold-watch-Thanksgiving- parade-NYC

          Despite frigid cold and strong winds, millions of people from New York and around the world lined the streets of Manhattan to watch the dazzling display of balloons and floats at the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. Many spectators, huddled under blankets and behind guardrails, waited for hours at the West 77th Street, or Central Park West, where the three-hour annual spectacle kicked off at 9 a.m. (1400 GMT).       “The Elf On The Shelf” balloon seen at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, U.S.     The temperature dipped...

    • India unveils the world’s tallest statue

      India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build. The 182m (600ft) high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “statue of unity” would serve as a major tourist attraction. But locals say this is as a wastage of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use. Mr Modi, who unveiled the statue at a grand inaugural event, said it is “a symbol of India’s integrity and resolve.” Air Force planes showered...

    • Woman’s religion does not merge with husband’s faith after marriage: Supreme Court religion-not-merged-after-marrige-india

      NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said the law does not sanction the concept of a woman’s religion getting merged with her husband’s faith after an inter-religion marriage. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was dealing a legal question whether a Parsi woman loses her religious identity if she marries a man from a different religion. The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, asked senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, representing the ‘Valsad Parsi Trust’, to take instruction and apprise it on December 14 as to...

    • Otherworldly send-off for revered Thai king

      Millions of mourners are bracing for the opulent royal cremation on October 25-29 of Thailand’s deceased King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The monarch had a Golden Death Mask placed over his face and has lain for the past year in a coffin blessed by chanting Buddhist monks and a distraught weeping public. Bhumibol, also known as Rama IX, died in Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital after a lengthy illness on October 13, 2016, aged 88. He was still reigning as a constitutional monarch after 70 years on the throne at the time of his death. Today, his coffin and urn rest atop a...

    • Blooming to the goodness of celebrations

      29 September Hyderabad(India)-For the past one week, Hyderabad has been in an unending jamboree and for two good reasons. Bhathukamma and Dasara, together, transformed the city into an absolute treat for the eyes and the ears. While floral installations to evoke the spirit of Bathukamma dot the city, the streets have been beautifully lit up to accommodate decorated pandals, blending the essence of Dasara as well. Food festivals and cultural programmes have been happening at different corners, setting Hyderabad at its bustling best. Cultural spaces like Shilparamam offered Hyderabadis opportunities to enjoy the unique cultural marvels by showcasing various...

    • Should you see Dunkirk?

      The White House communications director lasted less than two weeks – here are some tips to help new hires stay on for a bit longer. As the White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci probably hadn’t even learned how to use the coffee machine before he was shown the door. The rise and fall of The Mooch was so swift over the space of 10 days, people took to social media to to describe the shortest amount of time they spent on a job and say what else could happen over such a short period of time. For all of us who work under far...