Major Earthquakes in India, Southeast Asia: A Timeline


People stand outside a house damaged from an earthquake in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday, October 26, 2015. A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan rocked cities across South Asia. (Press Trust of India photo)

Timeline of earthquakes that have rocked India and Southeast Asian countries since 2001:

October 26, 2015: An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale and an epicentre in Jarm in Afghanistan, 256 km northeast of Kabul, also hits parts of India and Pakistan.

April 25, 2015: An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale strikes Lamjung district in Nepal.

November 23, 2014: A 6.3 magnitude quake hits China, killing at least two people.

November 23, 2014: Over 50 people injured and around 10 houses collapsed after a 6.7-magnitude quake hit Japan.

May 5, 2014: An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude occurred in the Bay of Bengal and tremors were felt across India.

September 25, 2013: A 7.7-magnitude quake hit Pakistan’s remote south-west province of Balochistan, killed over 300 people.

April 20, 2013: A quake of 6.6 magnitude hit a remote mountainous area of south-western China’s Sichuan province, killing around 150 people and injuring hundreds of other people.

September 20, 2011: At least 68 people were killed and over 300 injured in a quake of 6.8 magnitude that struck Sikkim.

September 22, 2009: An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale killed at least 10 people in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and left dozens more injured.

October 8, 2005: The magnitude 7.6 earthquake killed at least 86,000 people, injured more than 69,000 and caused extensive damage in northern Pakistan.

December 26, 2004: A quake of 9.3 magnitude on the Richter scale hit countries in the Asia Pacific region, killing over two lakh people.

January 26, 2001: An earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale hit the town of Bhuj in Gujarat, killing over 10,000 people.


Smoke From Chulhas: Biggest Killer in Rural India

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Every day, 30-year-old Ramrati lights wood in a chulha, a customised cemented opening in her makeshift home, to cook food for herself and her family. She recently moved to Greater Kailash-1, an area considered ‘posh’ in Delhi, because her work brought her here.

She works as a cement mixer and doesn’t stay in one place for too long. So, a swab of cement to a wall of every makeshift home she moves to, acts as her cooking spot. She usually collects wood and twigs from nearby areas to burn for cooking. Sometimes she buys the fuelwood from a furniture factory. (more…)

Kerala declared ‘Complete Digital State’

Declaration of Kerala as a ‘complete digital state’ and announcement of a new youth programme in memory of former President, the late A P J Abdul Kalam marked Independence Day celebrations in the state. ADVERTISEMENT With the state making remarkable strides in implementation of various e-governance initiatives, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declared Kerala as the ‘complete digital state’. “The state has achieved 100 per cent mobile density, 75 per cent e-literacy, highest digital banking rate and broadband connection upto panchayat level,” Chandy said in his 69th independence day speech at the Central Stadium here.

Eating With Your Hands and Other Indian Food Traditions


Americans love a loaded Thanksgiving table, Chinese can’t do without chopsticks, Britons have formal dining traditions and the rest of the world has its own – different cultures, cuisines and customs. With a rich heritage that is among the world’s oldest, the history of Indian cuisine dates back 5000 thousand years. The Indian dinning etiquette is built on traditions. And behind almost every tradition are centuries of invasions, conquests, religious beliefs, political changes and social customs.


Being Gay and Being Out in India

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The following is an excerpt from an actual conversation that took place when some random stranger decided to message me on Facebook –

Random Guy Trying to Flirt With Me: By the way, I’d really like to meet you

ME: That’s nice (I’ll allow you, the reader, to imagine the tone I used)

RGTTFWM: But, I have a confession

ME: You do?

RGTTFWM: I’m closeted

ME: Oh

RGTTFWM: So when we meet, you’ll have to be discreet about it as well.

ME: Sorry, darling, I don’t have the time and patience for that. Come back to me when you grow a pair and come out.

RGTTFWM: You don’t understand, I come from a very conservative family, and –

ME: Mary, please! We all have conservative families where our mothers would die of a heart attack and our fathers would disown us if we come out. It’s called being Indian!

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Unfortunately, that’s part of my experience of being gay in our country. A country that was perhaps one of the most sexually liberated nations, that embraced virtually every part of the spectrum of human sexuality to the extent that it’s carved on the walls of our ancient temples.  (more…)

How India is Doing Better Than Most Emerging Markets


INVESTORS have fallen out of love with emerging markets. Since the start of last year emerging-market stocks have trailed their rich-world peers. Currencies are falling. Worst-hit is the Russian rouble, which has fallen by 30% against the dollar this year. The currencies of other biggish emerging markets, such as Brazil, Turkey and South Africa, have also weakened. For such economies growth is harder to come by. The IMF recently cut its forecasts for emerging markets by more than for rich countries. But India is a notable exception to the general pessimism. Its stockmarket has touched new highs. The rupee is stable. And the IMF nudged up its 2014 growth forecast for India to 5.8%. That figure is still quite low: growth rates of 8-9% have been more typical. But in comparison with others it is almost a boom. Why is India doing better than most emerging markets? (more…)

World Asthma Day: Air Pollution in Indian Cities Can Trigger Asthma


World Asthma Day is celebrated every year on May 5 in an attempt to increase awareness about asthma. It’s organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and this year the theme is ‘You can control your asthma‘.

Shortness of breath, cough and wheezing are all symptoms of asthma. Your chest feels tight and your throat goes dry, you gasp for breath and are unable to get enough air to the lungs. These are some of the very few symptoms of the chronic condition, asthma. (more…)

4D Printing to Create 3D-Printed Objects That Can Transform Themselves


Ever heard of a 4D-printed automatic valve that can change shape according to surrounding needs? Well, scientists have already developed one.

As 3D printing gets increasingly popular, scientists have moved on to 4D printing that takes 3D printing to an entirely new level.


Of Dead Cows & Dalits: Revisiting Ambedkar’s inconvenient history of caste conversion

“He saw the universal brotherhood of Islam uniting just Muslims. He was critical of the spirit of aggression of political Islam that takes advantage of the weakness of Hindus and follows gangsterism,” declared Prafulla Ketkar, editor of the RSS mouthpiece Organiser, expounding on his publication’s controversial edition commemorating BR Ambedkar’s 124th birth anniversary.

Ketkar went on to claim that Ambedkar supported ‘reconversion’, saying, “In a way, he also supported ghar wapsi. That he converted to Buddhism after Gandhi’s death and as per his promise to Gandhiji chose the religion closest to Hinduism after giving a lot of time to Hindu society.” (more…)

Here’s why Marathi cinema is doing better than Bollywood

The Marathi film industry seems to have everything going for itself. The number of releases has shot up over the last three years and so have the profits — all this without “superstars” or big budgets.

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At the recently concluded annual session of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), a panel of producer and studio representatives stated that the regional industry had registered nearly 200 per cent profits in the previous year. The much bigger Hindi filmdom, which rides on claims of crores of rupees, the gain was a meagre 0.6 per cent. (more…)