New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian fashion designer, and gay right activist Wendell Rodricks died on Wednesday night at his home in. He worked in films like “Boom” and “Fashion” and counted Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif as his muses.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Lovestruck couples who are planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day in public may have to keep an eye out for self-proclaimed vigilante groups, who oppose “western culture” and attempt to impose native traditions and values on Indian society.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan is set to host global leaders in next few days, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. In recent months, India's arch-rival has been accusing the Narendra Modi government of creating war hysteria to hide failures on the domestic front.
New Delhi (Sputnik): When the James Bond film “Spectre” was released in India, the Censor Board of Film Certification cut a kissing scene between Daniel Craig and Monica Bellucci. The same happened to the Bollywood film “Love Aaj Kal” were several intimate scenes were cut.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Two sweet-tooth elephants almost hijacked a truck stacked with sugarcane and looted it to satiate their jumbo appetites. An adult elephant can eat between 200-600 pounds of food a day.
New Delhi (Sputnik): US President Donald Trump and the first lady are scheduled to visit India on 24-25 February. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Wednesday (12 Feb) that “India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests”.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Several regional organizations in India’s southern Karnataka have been demanding a higher share of jobs for locals in state-run and private companies operating in the state, in accordance with recommendations made by a panel more than three decades ago.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s hilly north-eastern state of Meghalaya – a Sanskrit word that translates to “abode of clouds” in English -- has an abundance of wonders. The region, which is also one of the rainiest parts of the world, has a diverse landscape of forests, hills, rivers and caves.
New Delhi (Sputnik): New Delhi (Sputnik): A popular preacher from the Indian state of Maharashtra, who is known for his humorous religious discourses, offered his own curious advice about how to time pregnancies to determine the sex of the child.
New Delhi (Sputnik): In October, an Indian Army helicopter carrying the then-chief of the army’s Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh and other officers, made an emergency landing following a technical glitch in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, the US State Department approved the sale of integrated air defence weapon systems to India at a cost of $1.867 billion. New Delhi had already contracted to purchase five S-400 long-range air-defence missile systems from Russia in 2018.
New Delhi (Sputnik): One of the prominent Separatist leaders of Kashmir, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani, has been ill for a long time, and was reported to be in a critical condition. The region's authorities suspended internet access in the valley, fuelling rumours of his death.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Polygamy is legally permissible in Pakistan, where Muslim men are allowed to have four wives simultaneously. However, the tradition isn't popular among today's married women, especially when they face competition.
New Delhi (Sputnik): US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are set to visit India on 24 and 25 February with several bilateral issues, including the contentious trade deal, on agenda. During the two-day visit Trump would be given a grand public reception in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Hafiz Saeed, was convicted on Wednesday in two terror financing cases by a Lahore court in Pakistan. Saeed has been slapped with a prison sentence of five and three months in each case. The sentences will run concurrently.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Delhi Assembly election results on Tuesday showed the ruling Aam Aadmi Party to still be the favourite of the electorate, negating city opposition party BJP, once a favourite of traders. Of the total population of 19 million in the capital city, there are some two million traders. Congress, meanwhile, received no seats.
New Delhi (Sputnik): "Hindu Sena" is known for morally policing the youth of the country and sometimes even using violent methods to stop people from indulging in celebrations, doing so in the name of “Indian culture”. The group believes that Valentine’s Day emerged from the West and is actually taking the youth far away from the Indian ethos.
New Delhi (Sputnik): People in India have been opposing a new citizenship law since December 2019. The legislation, which grants citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, is regarded by many people as discriminatory for favouring only non-Muslim immigrants.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) opened its Aqua Line corridor, covering a distance of 29.7 kilometres between Uttar Pradesh’s Noida and Greater Noida areas, on 26 January 2019. The stretch consists of 21 stations, out of which 15 are in Noida and six in Greater Noida.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Following the confiscation of the currency attempted to be illegally taken out of India, a security official revealed that this is a unique and peculiar modus-operandi for the concealment of foreign currency. The concealed amount was in Saudi Riyals, Qatari Riyals, Kuwaiti Dinars, Omani Riyals, and Euros.