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Afghanistan’s first spaceman returns home

March 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

By Jenny Norton BBC News

Left: Poliakoff, Abdulahad Momand (right) and Flight Engineer Valery Polyakov on the Soyuz spacecraft

In 1988, just as the Soviet army was preparing to pull out of Afghanistan, a rocket blasted off carrying the first and only Afghan to travel into space. Abdulahad Momand returned to earth a hero – but within three years he was forced to flee the country.

Turkey downs Syria military jet ‘in airspace violation’

March 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

 Unverified video footage purports to show the aftermath of the crash, as the BBC’s James Reynolds reports

Rupa Garments: The Inside Story-by Samar Srivastava

March 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Rupa Garments: The Inside Story
Image: Aranya Sen for Forbes India
Prahlad Rai Agarwala (right), Kunj Bihari Agarwala

The Marwaris trace their descent to a small pocket of Rajasthan, a state with an opulent tradition of art and architecture-by Kishore Singh

March 23, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Art & Architecture: The Treasures of Marwariland
The durbar hall, carved in sandstone, at Junagadh(fort) in Bikaner

A new breed of spice merchants is meeting the rediscovered Indian demand for authentic spices.-Manisha Singhal BT

March 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

 

Julian Amery at his counter at the Foodhall outlet in Gurgaon Central Mall

It is about going on a journey with our customers, exploring new, exciting ways of using spices, and also ways in which these can be incorporated into our lives: Julian Amery at his counter at the Foodhall outlet in Gurgaon Central Mall

How Girish Ramdas built the world’s largest digital magazine service app ‘Magzter’-Sunny Sen BT

March 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

 

Girish Ramdas

Girish Ramdas

Girish Ramdas
Girish Ramdas

In the two and a half years since it was created, Magzter, an application which offers a collection of more than 3,500 magazines over tablets and smartphones, has hit 18 million downloads. It is already the world’s largest digital magazine store, with 750,000 downloads every month, leaving behind Zinio, another similar application which has had eight million downloads.

 

The Chennai-headquartered Magzter founded by Girish Ramdas and Vijayakumar Radhakrishnan, has come a long way, but the segment in which Magzter operates is still nascent. And Ramdas has an ambitious plan to grow much bigger.

I have not been fast-tracked: Karti Chidambaram-Sanjay Jog | Mumbai BS

March 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Karti Chidambaram

Karti Chidambaram

Congress nominee from Sivaganga and Finance Minister P Chidambaram‘s son Karti Chidambaram says he has been working for the party since 1996. In an interview with Sanjay Jog, Karti defends his father’s decision not to contest the polls and the government’s management of the economy in difficult circumstances. Excerpts:

Hero puts its scooter plans in top gear-Sharmistha Mukherjee | New Delhi BS

March 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

The battle for dominance in the world’s largest motorcycle market between former partners Hero MotoCorp (Hero) and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (Honda) is set to spill over to scooters, with the Munjals-promoted firm working on introducing four new scooters over the next two years.

Unveiled at this year’s Auto Expo in the capital, the 110-cc scooter Dash, 125-cc Dare and a commercial production-ready hybrid Leap are scheduled to hit the roads in 2014-15. The 150-cc Zir would be launched in the first half of FY-16.

Pankaj Gupta: The man behind AAP’s rise-Sahil Makkar | New Delhi BS

March 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta
On November 26, 2012, Pankaj Gupta was glued to his TV at his Gurgaon residence, watching live footage of the drama unfolding at Jantar Mantar here. Though protests and dramas were regular affairs at this venue, this time it was different.

His long-time associate, Arvind Kejriwal, who had shot to fame because of his association with anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and the Jan Lok Pal Bill, was shedding his activist robes for a plunge into politics.

How Eastern UP became part of India-Mihir S Sharma | New Delhi BS

March 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

There is good news from Uttar Pradesh: Market forces work. Across the flat, green springtime plains, cold storage plants are being built. Frequently, they’re the biggest structures for miles around, still waiting for a lick of paint. They’re set in the middle of fields growing potatoes and pulses. Farmers in Deoria district of eastern UP worry that the unseasonal rain has damaged the pulses crop in particular — if so, the possible scarcity of pulses in the coming months will mean that these brand-cold warehouses will have to come into their own.

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