Our cities with crumbling infrastructure may mirror a sorry state of affairs, but did you know that some of our municipal corporations are the richest in Asia? Don’t believe it? Just flip through our slideshow to find out the staggering cash pile on which they are sitting and how they are utilizing it.
Undercover agents, spies, tech geeks and even hackers. A nation’s intelligence agency is powered by them. Alongside the military and police force, these intelligence agencies form the backbone of a nation’s security mechanism.Unlike the military and police force, however, little is known about their modus operandi, agents and covert operations that diffuse threats – external or internal – even before they form. They are powerful for sure, and in some cases heinous and ruthless.In this slideshow, we take a look at some of the top intelligence agencies of the world, the nation’s they serve and their unmatched feats.
It can be a Taiwan or South Korea that have seen their economy soaring on the back of cutting-edge electronic manufacturing. Speaking of which, the electronic sector springs to mind first. It is said that our electronic exports have risen two folds to US$57 billion in the past five years.
Slowing automobile and home sales have been a cause for worry for the Indian economy, besieged by a slowdown for four straight quarters now. One full dismal year of slow economic growth later, signs of a turnaround seem bleak. The 6.8 percent GDP growth rate clocked in the previous fiscal year of 2018-19 is set to go down further in the current fiscal year.
India's mega civil engineering project entailing interlinking of its rivers could have far-reaching ramifications, say experts. To call the interlinking of rivers an ambitious project would be a gross understatement. For a nation as vast and topographically varied as India, home to over a billion people and numerous political parties with vested interests, this is not just going to be a massively expensive project but also one riddled with a hundred unsolvable challenges.
A man uses a hand-pump to fill up a container with drinking water as others wait in a queue on a street in Chennai, India, June 17, 2019. With the crippling floods that we see around us now, it’s hard to believe that a few months into the non-rainy season we’ll be plagued by water shortage once again. As per the Central Water Commission, India receives around 4000 billion cubic meters of rain annually.
Symbolizing the uppest of upscale living, these suites will drive you giddy with their over-the-top luxury.Some of their ultra-exclusive features include bespoke limited-edition furniture, expensive paintings, state-of-the-art security features, private elevators, Michelin-star chefs and butlers available round-the-clock, chauffeured Rolls-Royce cars for taking guests around and lavish bathrooms with bathtubs at vantage points.Ready to enter the regal rooms and sample the lifestyle of the rich and loaded? Just flip through our slides.
Around 90 percent of people in the world breathe in polluted air. And a staggering 7 million die every year, mostly in low- and middle-income nations of Asia and Africa, because of pollution-related health issues. This has been revealed by the World Health Organisation.Some of the reasons behind such widespread, high levels of pollution are ill planned, unregulated industrialization, burning of coal for electricity generation, tons of untreated waste lying in landfills or littering outdoor spaces and reckless clearing of forests to accommodate the ever-growing population.To undo the alarming environmental damage, herculean efforts are needed – not just on the part of the authorities but also the common people. Most nations in the world are struggling to do that with little success.Meanwhile, there are some resolute ones that are already there. Banking upon stringent laws, hi-tech waste management processes and a developed civic-sense of their citizens they have accomplished the impossible. Quite unsurprisingly, most of these nations are small with manageable population. But that doesn’t mean large or densely populated nations don’t make the cut. There are many in the latter category that have done an exemplary job in cleansing their air, water and land.Here we provide you a peak into some such cleanest nations in the world where people breathe in fresh air, walk down clean roads and drink pure water from natural sources.
With the RBI’s recent cut in the repo rate (it is the rate at which the central bank of India lends to other commercial banks), the number has hit a nine-month low of 5.75 percent. This has made them hesitant to cut down their lending rates as well. Since January 2014, the RBI has reduced the repo rate by 2.25 percent.
Reckless industrialisation, commercialisation and countless number of fossil-fuel powered vehicles plying on roads are to be blamed squarely for the alarming climate change we are facing today.But you needn’t feel helpless thinking its beyond your control. You needn’t blame lawmakers for not doing enough. You needn’t partake in marches asking them to clamp down on polluting industries or ban diesel and petrol vehicles.If you really care, instead, try these things first. These are totally doable and wouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. And, trust me, they would have as much a positive impact on the climate as banning vehicles and polluting industries would.So, go ahead read on and then act on these:
If anything is more heated than the oven-hot earth right now, then it has to be the Lok Sabha electoral battle which has just crossed its fourth phase. The gloves are off and political parties of all hues and ideologies are implementing every means – savoury and unsavoury – to woo voters in the last minute. Do the announced manifestoes of political parties align with our demands?
Barely a month remains before, India, the world’s largest democracy, goes to poll. Millions would once again queue up before voting booths to cast their votes in favour of a candidate they think would deliver good governance.They expect their elected representatives to work on providing them with more job opportunities, inexpensive healthcare, proper educational facilities and much better infrastructure. And most of them also know better that their wishes may not be fulfilled in their lifetime. Given India’s large population putting a strain on its resources, cacophony of political parties and endemic corruption, proper decisions with respect to development are barely arrived at, let alone executed.But good governance is not a myth and there are nations that have managed to set shining examples in this direction. Citizens of such nations enjoy the best standards of life with their governments sagaciously using funds for social welfare schemes, job creation and infrastructure.Quite unsurprisingly, most of such nations are from Europe with manageable populations. However, size of the population is not the only determinant. Nations from continents, perceived as not-so-developed and highly populated also have set a benchmark when it comes to good governance.We present information on such best governed nations and what sets them apart in this slideshow. This way, you will be better equipped to know what to demand or expect from the party you wish to form the government.
Promises of reinstating the Ganga to its original pristine glory figured prominently in Modi’s speeches ahead of the general elections of 2014. In fact, for quite some time now, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari has been claiming that pollution-stricken Ganga would be 80 percent clean by march-end. For had our elected representatives seriously intended to keep their words, we would have proudly proclaimed ourselves to be citizens of a super-developed democracy by now.
In 2017, the State Bank of India absorbed six banks to become the largest banking conglomerate in India. While the government is going ahead full steam ahead under the assumption that Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank’s merger with Bank of Baroda would do good, critics feel otherwise.
Unicorns are single-horned mythical horses having magical powers.Startups, or companies under 10 years that have achieved a valuation of US$1 billion are a rarity. Hence, they are referred to as unicorns.For years, Silicon Valley, home to many tech startups, has been synonymous with unicorns (two most well-known of them being Airbnb and Uber). In the past couple of years, China has caught up as well. Currently, the US has around 126 unicorns and China has around 77.When it comes to India, however, it has a lot of catch up to do with just 18 unicorns. The good news is that their number is growing at a rapid pace and the average time taken by new companies to acquire billion-dollar valuation has reduced to five to seven years.In 2018, eight companies entered the prestigious club. Many more are primed to earn the coveted title in 2019.In this slideshow, we furnish you with interesting snippets of the feats of companies that turned unicorns in 2018 in India. Scroll along to find out more on them.
With respect to GDP, Indian cities are expected to grow the fastest in the next two decades. This has been revealed in a recent report by Oxford Economics.Despite it, however, the combined GDP of Indian cities wouldn’t be anywhere close to that of Chinese, European or American cities at present. These super-wealthy cities spread across the world are home to several service sector companies and manufacturing units. Those have created jobs, driven up the standard of living and the cost of living.In this slideshow, we take a closer look at their sources of revenue that places them several notches higher than our cities.
As you usher in another new year, not only do you make resolutions but also have a wish list ready. It could be a salary hike, a fat bank balance, better health, more time with family, a vacation, a house of your own or simply finding love.That’s on a more personal level. On a national scale, what could a common man’s wish list be going into 2019?These could some of them:
Striking trends that dominated headlines this year have been wide ranging. They span all areas from technology to politics to markets.With the year about to end, here’s a quick recap of those
Admit it, stalking celebrities on Instagram is your greatest guilty pleasure! For what else can make Indian celebrities the most followed on the photo sharing app?With most of them having over 15 million followers, and some even 28 million followers, they are the biggest trendsetters and newsmakers. Their pictures, videos and stories go viral in no time as we see, watch or share those endlessly. Those are crucial fodder for the innumerable online and offline publications constantly vying for readers attention as well.Considering such frenzy and obsession, it does warrant a whistle stop tour down the biggest Instagram hits this year, which is almost drawing to a close.Catch all the celebrities, posts and videos that created a major splash in 2018 here…