On October 9, the high court had directed that the process for elections to local bodies be started within a week. Urban local bodies include municipal corporations, municipalities and nagar panchayats. The state has 8 municipal corporations . read more
A Hoppipola in Ranchi, a Farzi Café in Chandigarh, a Flying Saucer Café in Lucknow, and a Mocha in Raipur. Tier-2 cities are developing a taste for big-city dining, changing the way India eats out. read more
Afghan farmer Murad Khan Ishaqzai, wizened and weather-beaten by decades of working in his wheat field, is one of more than 250,000 people in western Afghanistan displaced by the months-long dry spell that has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies. A drought 15 years ago temporarily forced Ishaqzai and his family from their home, but this one is “the worst in my life”, he said.
Inside a stifling bamboo shanty, eight-year-old Saleema Khanam throws a bright yellow shawl over her head and steps out into an enormous refugee camp in Bangladesh, clutching her treasured Quran. She is the only girl in her local madrassa or Islamic seminary, catering to Rohingya children driven from Buddhist-majority Myanmar by a wave of genocidal violence.
The second phase of urban bodies’ elections in Jammu and Kashmir, being held on Wednesday, covers 384 wards and has 1,094 candidates in the fray. Separatists had called for a shutdown in the areas going to polls. read more
The body of a six-year-old girl was found on the roof of a mosque in her locality in Muradnagar on Sunday morning, a day after she had gone missing around 12.50pm on Saturday from outside her house. read more