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The selfie has also inspired a spate of risk taking and offensive public behaviour. File photo of a man takes a selfie by a crashing wave on Beirut's Corniche.
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Selfie madness: too many dying to get the picture

Reuters

The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is s... »

Earth has more trees than we thought – 3 trillion

A view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory in Amazonas state, Brazil

Press Trust of India

More than 3 trillion trees exist on Earth - roughly 422 per person - but the total number of tre... »

Kerala not to enter casino tourism

Our Bureau

Kerala has not shown any interest in casinos to promote tourism as it wants to continue promotin... »
BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL

How YouTubers turned unboxing into a million-dollar business?

US model Dante Carver (left) and YouTuber Einshine introduce
three new Star Wars figures during a live event in Tokyo

Reuters

When technology and geek culture enthusiast Chris Pirillo purchased his iPhone 6 last year, he r... »

Is Air Koryo world’s worst airline? It may be the quirkiest

Air Koryo is the only carrier to have been awarded just one star in rankings released recently by the UK-based SkyTrax consultancy agency.

PTI

If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the cam... »
TOY STORY

When Lego’s bricks went interstellar

A sculpture made of Lego bricks by Jumpei Mitsui, in Tokyo

Reuters

Toymaker LEGO scored two publicity victories on Wednesday, sending 20 of its plastic figures into space alongside Denmark’s first astronaut and surpassing the first-half earnings of Barbie maker M... »

It’s official: yoga is a sports discipline now

Press Trust of India

The Sports Ministry on Tuesday, decided to recognize ‘Yoga’ as a sports discipline and place it in the ‘Priority’ category. The Ministry also decided to upgrade Fencing from ‘Others’ to ‘General’... »
AIR SAFETY

Monkeys, eagles called up for military parade

Press Trust of India

China has hired monkeys and eagles to ensure aircraft safety during a massive parade this week to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II where the communist giant will demonstrate it... »
TRAVEL

Singapore lifts ban on HIV-positive foreigners for short visits

PTI

Singapore has lifted a two-decade old ban on visits by HIV-positive foreigners who intend to stay for a short period, citing “availability of effective treatment“. However, the ban on HIV... »

German Consulate’s visa info system likely in Nov

Our Bureau

German Consulate is gearing up to launch the Visa Information System (VIS) in India from November 2. With this launch, ‘Roll Out Region 20’, which has already been initiated by European... »

Subhas Chandra Bose’s family approaches UK on declassifying Netaji files

Family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose led by his grand nephew Chandra Kumar Bose (right) brought out a rally in Kolkata on April 14, 2015 demanding declassification of files relating to Netaji.

PTI

Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, still awaiting a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over declassifying files on the “mystery” surrounding Netaji, has approached the UK asserting it has the r... »
BE THE CHANGE

Clean-up crew goes hiking on Western Ghats

Members of Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya from Mangaluru,
carry out ‘Swachch Western Ghats’ campaign BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

A J Vinayak

Dinesh Holla’s Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya team members go trekking in the Western Ghats once every month. For them, it’s not just a holiday trip. They are on a mission to clean-up after... »

CINEMA

Pyaasa restored for the Venice Film Fest

Guru Dutt and Mala Sinha in the Hindi film Pyaasa

Press Trust of India

In a significant moment for the Indian film industry, Pyaasa, a timeless cult classic starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha has become the first film to be restored to its origi... »

DD lines up special programmes to mark 1965 Indo-Pak war

Doordarshan News is also planning to send its reporters to places that saw some of the fiercest battles of the 1965 war. File Photo of DD headquarers in Delhi

PTI

To celebrate the courage and valour of Indian soldiers in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, national broadcaster Doordarshan is lining up several programmes, including a special three-part documentary,... »
LIFESTYLE

Room with a sea view, to sleep tight

Press Trust of India

Living near natural surroundings such as a park, a sandy beach or an ocean view can help people, especially men and older adults -sleep better, a new study has found. “It’s hard to overes... »

Go bananas: Guruvayur’s Onam fruit gets GI tag

Shangri-La Bengaluru launch

Shangri-La’s Bengaluru hotel to open on Sept 24

Voxpop to raise $7 m for licensing rights

TripFactory launches prepaid card for budget travellers

Livspace raises $8 million in internal round of funding

Sunday Realty Solutions raises Rs 5 cr in early stage funding

Mumbai costliest city for travellers: TripAdvisor survey

CRICKET

A jinx two decades in the breaking

The Indian cricket team poses for photographs after its victory in the
third and final Test match against Sri Lanka, at the Sinhalese Sports Club
in Colombo, on Tuesday

Press Trust of India

India today broke a 22-year-old jinx on Sri Lankan soil with an emphatic 117-run win over the hosts in the third and final cricket Test, recording their first ever overseas series triumph from a 0... »
Ancient Greece

Archaeologists uncover Bronze Age Spartan palace

Press Trust of India

Greek archaeologists have uncovered ruins of an ancient palace filled with striking artefacts that may belong to Sparta’s Mycenaean culture, one of the most famous civilisations of ancient Greece. »

Amitabh Bachchan files police complaint against dirty SMSes

A file photo of Amitabh Bachchan

PTI

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who announced today that his twitter account has been hacked, has now filed a complaint with the police against the “dirty, abusive” SMSes that he has been receiving for... »

Obama renames tallest mountain in North America as ‘Denali’

President Barack Obama will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley.

PTI

Meeting the long pending demand of native Americans in Alaska, US President Barack Obama has decided to rename the highest mountain in North America as “Denali” instead of its existing name of “Mt... »
COPING

Like New Orleans, second-line parades struggle but survive

Horace Anderson, with the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian Tribe, pauses in front of Charity Hospital, closed and vacant since Hurricane
Katrina, in a second line parade to mark the tenth anniversary of the storm in New Orleans

Reuters

It is fitting that the "second line" parade, a central pillar of New Orleans African-American musical tradition, is playing a prominent role in the events marking the devastation caused... »
MEMORIAL

Ambedkar House may open in London later this year

Architect of India’s Constitution B R Ambedkar The north London house where the architect of India’s Constitution and champion of Dalit rights Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar lived while studying during the 1920s could be opened to the public later thi... »
CYBERSPACE

10 new entrants showcase Indian heritage on Google Cultural Institute

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Our Bureau 

Ten new institutions have joined the Google Cultural Institute to showcase India’s heritage to the world, adding over 2,000 new artefacts and 70 new exhibitions to its online content, Googl... »

Jhumka gira re: rise of a home-grown jewellery brand

Parveen Sikkandar, Director, Damini - The Artisans of India

Bijoy Bharathan

It started off as a garage boutique and went on to find a pride of place in high-end malls across the country. Damini – The Artisans of India, a Chennai-based label specialising in a wide r... »  

West Bengal to stake claim to Rasogolla through GI route

Sanjoy Das, the fifth generation descendant of Navin Chandra Das family, said it was historically known that the Das family had been the pioneer of Rasogolla. File Photo

PTI

West Bengal government is taking steps for formally staking claim to Rasogolla as the state’s invention through the GI route at a time when the famous sweetmeat finds itself at the centre of a deb... »

DoCoMo’s Onam bugle

Our Bureau

Tata DoCoMo has launched Onaghosham, a digital contest to coincide with Onam, inviting individuals to log on to onaghosham.com and upload pictures of their pookkalam or their groupfie (self... »

UAE looking at mid-range hotels to woo Asian travellers

With $1 m, Zoojoo.be to push healthy habits

Nando’s to launch 10 new restaurants

Experience the EPL as a premier guest

Experience Dubai’s hotels and resorts via the seas

Monsoon season trips up 47% this year: HolidayIQ survey

Abu Dhabi woos Indian tourists with packaged tours

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