Seas of Death and Hope

Jan Lundius Inter Press Service The Mediterranean Sea is currently a sea of death. On the 20th of June every year, i.e. The World Refugee Day, an organization called UNITED for Intercultural Action publishes a “List of Deaths”, summarising information on where, when and under which circumstances a named individual has died due to the […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 13

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 13 Reuters 1935 – Jury finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty in Lindbergh baby murder. 1945 – Royal Air Force bombers are dispatched to Dresden. 1945 – Nazi-occupied Budapest fell to the Russians during World War Two after a 50-day siege in which 50,000 Germans […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 12

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 12

Singer Adele balances her six awards as she poses backstage at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012.  (DANNY MOLOSHOK / REUTERS) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 12 Reuters 1929 – Lily Langtry, actress and King Edward VII’s mistress, died. 1946 – Operation Deadlight ends after […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 11

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 11

British designer Alexander McQueen smiles at the end of his Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris in this March 2, 2007 file photo. McQueen was found dead on February 11, 2010. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 11 Reuters 1919 – Friedrich Ebert was elected first […]

Indian infrastructure: Time to refocus on the basics

Taponeel Mukherjee IANS With 2019 underway, it would serve us well to look at some of the most pressing needs of Indian infrastructure. Trends in global capital markets and the needs of Indian infrastructure have broadly remained the same, but so have the challenges. Recent news that the euro 399 billion Dutch pension fund ABP […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 08

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 08

An artist’s impression of the newly discovered dinosaur name Guanlong wucaii is shown in this handout photograph released February 8, 2006. A fossil of the dinosaur dug up in a remote Chinese desert is clearly the earliest example yet found of a Tyrannosaur, scientists reported on Wednesday. Guanlong wucaii lived 160 million years ago, more […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 07

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 07

Mercy James, adopted Malawian daughter of Madonna, plays with Madonna’s rolex watch as they visit the Mphandula child care centre about 40 kilometers from the Malawian capital Lilongwe, April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (MALAWI) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 7 Reuters 1971 – In a referendum, Switzerland voted […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 06

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 06

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket lifts off from historic launchpad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 6, 2018. (Reuters File Photo) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 6 Reuters 1922 – Cardinal Achille Ratti was elected Pope Pius XI. He succeeded Benedict XV. […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 04

TODAY in HISTORY:  FEBRUARY 04

Emergency responders are at the scene after an Amtrak passenger train collided with a freight train and derailed in Cayce, South Carolina, U.S., February 4, 2018. REUTERS/Randall Hill Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 4 Reuters 1904 – The Russo-Japanese war began when Japan laid siege to Port Arthur. […]

TODAY in HISTORY: FEBRUARY 01

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Feb 01 Reuters 1908 – King Carlos I of Portugal was assassinated together with his son in Lisbon. 1946 – Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie was elected the first secretary-general of the United Nations. 1987 – American singer James Brown visits Western Wall in Jerusalem […]

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 31

TODAY in HISTORY: JANUARY 31

Lunar Eclipse Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 India: For sky enthusiasts, it will be a big opportunity to watch. At 4:21 PM, northeast India will be the first to observe the event in the country. (Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Jan 31 Reuters 1933 – Edouard Daladier takes […]

Will the interim budget provide a lifeline to realty?

Vinod Behl IANS In a way, this year’s interim budget, the last from the present NDA government before the Lok Sabha elections, is set against a similar backdrop as its first (albeit not full) budget of 2014-15 when the real estate sector was reeling under a major financial crisis. As such, it is expected of […]