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Father remembers last meeting with daughter (Two months after Dec 16 gang-rape)

Father remembers last meeting with daughter (Two months after Dec 16 gang-rape)

New Delhi: His face has lined overnight and he looks haggard, but he keeps a brave front before his family. The façade however shatters when he recalls his last meeting with his 23-year-old daughter, who was brutally gang-raped on a cold December night here. Tears are not far off and they fall freely. “I clearly

Remittances from Indians abroad rising

New Delhi: Remittances from Indians employed abroad have been steadily increasing since 2009-10, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Wednesday. The amount rose from $53.6 billion in fiscal 2009-10 to $55.6 billion in 2010-11 and to $66.1 billion in 2011-12, the minister said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. The amount stood at

We’re heartbroken: Oz RJs over Indian nurse’s death

Sydney: Two Australian radio hosts have said they are shattered and heartbroken following the death of an Indian nurse in Britain who fell prey to their hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy. 2Day FM radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian have spoken of being “shattered, gutted, heartbroken” by Jacintha Saldanha’s death after

Australian deputy PM to visit India

Canberra: Australian Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan will visit India to discuss business opportunities between the two countries, his office said Monday. Swan was expected to depart for India Monday night. He will meet with India’s Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, senior government officials and business leaders. “India is an emerging economic powerhouse and one of

What impedes Australia, India ties?

While there has been a flurry of visits to India by high-powered Australian trade delegations and politicians, observers are baffled by the slow pace at which the bilateral ties are growing. Australian analysts blame India’s political culture for not only the stunted Australian-Indian ties but also for the slowing economic growth of the South Asian

Rituals, revelry on second day of Durga Puja

Kolkata: People from all walks of life and age groups Sunday thronged colourful pandals (marquees) to soak in the festivities and celebrate Mahasaptami – the second day of Durga Puja in West Bengal. The day started with the ‘pran pratistha’ ritual, where the deity is symbolically endowed with life. The ‘kola bou’, a tender banana

Kushinagar beckons!

Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh): Welcome to the land of the Buddha. A religious destination, Kushinagar, the place where Gautam Buddha breathed his last, is a place where you can pray in peace or simply soak in the beauty of the architectural marvels and the natural surroundings. Situated 51 km east of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, Kushinagar

Yash Chopra no more

Mumbai: Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra, hailed as ‘King of Romance’, died here at the Lilavati Hospital Sunday, following multiple organ failure. The 80-year-old was suffering from dengue. Chopra’s last rites will be performed Monday at the Vile Parle crematorium, near Pawan Hans Helicopter company’s office, in south Mumbai, confirmed his office. “It is with deep

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