08.01.2011 32 °C
There are numerous English language newspapers in India so we are not starved of news. However, we wonder if any of this week’s Indian headlines have made the international press. Here’s some of the stories, together with some photos of lovely people we’ve met.
Front page tweets:
Unusually low temperatures in northern India forced the closure of Delhi schools as children were freezing in unheated auto-rickshaws.
A second Indian space rocket carrying a communications satellite exploded on take-off last week. They will now use French Arianne rockets.
Half the Indian Muslims who went on the Haj last year returned without luggage because planes were overloaded with standing passengers.
Here’s Jim with Varsha on the Calcutta Express…
Some tweets from the business sections:
Indian banks hike fixed-rate interest on 1 year term deposit to 10% p.a. as they run short of money to lend to borrowers.
Much-vaunted micro-finance begun by the Grameen Bank is a nightmare for millions of Indians who were lured into loans they can never repay.
The rural workers guarantee program has increased wages from 100 rupees ($2.20) to 125 rupees ($2.75) a day, to counter inflation.
Young bikers like these are ubiquitous in India…
Tweets on the domestic front:
Nearly twenty-thousand Indian farmers committed suicide last year because of crop failure and debt.
Food inflation hit 18.32% in December with vegetables rising 58.58% and onions 82.47%
Last Friday: Indian government announced purchase of 10,000 tons of onions from Pakistan to ease shortage and price.
Today: Pakistan government banned all cross-border transport of onions to India and turned back 150 truckloads.
The environmental page:
Tigers killed a young elephant near Mysore on Monday.
An elephant fell down a well in Karnataka village on Wednesday.
Wild elephants are rampaging through rural villages in Mudigere taluk in order to get at the illicit liquor made by the villagers.
Many Indian men now wear western clothing but lots still cling to traditional dress…
And here’s a couple of items that would have been headlines for weeks in Canada, but barely made the back pages in today’s papers:
Bus plunges into gorge near Dehradun killing twenty-two. (Last week, 34 died in a similar incident).
Two hundred boy scouts were injured when a stand collapsed at a jamboree in Bangalore.