October 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
May 27, 2009 |
A little more than a year ago, Rajesh Razdan quit his cushy, well-paying job with a global cellphone company here to launch a small start-up that would offer a slew of new services to cellphone users. India's recent economic boom, he said, was the perfect setting in which to become an entrepreneur.
April 1, 2013 |
Female tourists are avoiding India and canceling trips there after violent rapes made headlines around the world, according to a business association based in New Delhi. The number of tourists coming to India has fallen 25% since December, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found in its recent survey of 1,200 tour operators around the country -- a trend that frustrates government plans to ramp up the number of tourists by 12% every year. Women are even more likely to steer clear of India: The flow of female travelers has plunged 35% as women from Britain, Canada and the United States scrap tours they had already booked, local businesses told the group.
March 16, 2013 |
NEW DELHI, India - The gang rape of a 39-year-old Swiss tourist while on a camping trip with her husband has further ratcheted up the spotlight on sexual violence in India. The woman, who had been cycling with her husband in impoverished Madhya Pradesh state in central India, was attacked by at least seven men while the couple were camping for the night, police said Saturday. The assailants also robbed the couple of $180 and a cellphone. The attack comes at a sensitive time for India.
June 23, 2012
While in India, I joined a three-plus hour walk through an Old Delhi bazaar with the opportunity to sample foods prepared on the spot, followed by a dinner at a haveli , a five-story, 17-room private home nestled in a side alley. The host is knowledgeable and a long-time resident. The food is vegetarian but delicious, and I'm a true carnivore. Old Delhi Bazaar Walk & Haveli Visit, 1517 Gali Arya Samaj, Sita Ram Bazaar, Delhi; http://www.masterjikeehaveli.com . Half-day tours, $50. Full-day tours also available.
April 19, 2012 |
Here's a deal that will get you thinking about your bucket list: Luxury travel outfitter Abercrombie & Kent 's spring sale takes up to 50% off prices on summer trips to India, China , Russia, Spain and other destinations. Sale ends Friday, so act quickly if you want to go. The deal: A&K's Spring Savings start at $1,595 a person (half off the usual price of these independent tours) for an 11-day trip to India or an eight-day trip to Thailand on many dates throughout the summer.
November 11, 2013 |
Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. -- Mother Teresa After my trip to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan I wasn't sure how I would react when I returned to India. Bhutan is peaceful; India is India. Two months on a motorcycle with a sidecar aren't exactly tranquility, so you'd think I'd be prepared for the bedlam of India. Not quite. I got used to it again and went about looking for a place to stay for the night in Kolkata, once known as Calcutta.
September 22, 1985 |
At least 143 people have been killed in heavy rains and floods sweeping through India's northern Uttar Pradesh state during the current monsoon season, the Press Trust of India reported Friday.
March 22, 2010 |
She grew up in a dusty West Bengal village, where no one had access to toilets. Most of the female villagers headed to a particular field. But it was a bit of a walk and often required asking another woman to help shield you from lecherous men. Boko, a 35-year-old woman with a yellow sari and a big smile, now sweeps floors at a truck stop with toilets. It's a big improvement, says the woman, who identified herself only by her first name. A United Nations report released March 15 says that despite progress in the last two decades, 2.4 billion people around the world still lack access to basic sanitary facilities -- including an estimated 638 million in India alone.