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A German exploring India on a 2-stroke engine!

A German exploring India on a 2-stroke engine!

We are confused as to who is more interesting – the traveler or the vehicle. Read on. Here is a vehicle that can, probably, only boast about a 2-stroke engine and a single cylinder. It can hardly store 10 liters of fuel in a go. Chugging the humble beast across […]

 
 

A Himalayan expedition to give light. Are you in?

Source: Global Himalayan Expedition Facebook page

Contributed by Nimesh Sharma, one of the volunteers of the Himalayan Expedition June 2016 will be a life changing month for me. I am heading towards Ladakh, in India’s Jammu and Kashmir to literally bring light to the lives of those living around a 2500-year-old cave. About 600 years ago, […]

 
 

E-Commerce in India – Accelerating Growth in Tier II & III Cities

E-Commerce in India – Accelerating Growth in Tier II & III Cities

Latest figures released by Google shows India’s growing inclination towards e-commerce and online purchases which witnessed an  unprecedented surge in 2015. Piyush Gupta writes on what awaits the sector in 2016. Google released a list of what India searched for most during 2015. The list is dominated by e-commerce giants with […]

 
 

A must visit winter destination in India

A must visit winter destination in India

Wondering where to go this New Year’s? Head straight to India and look at this gem in the lap of nature–Lakshman Sagar Genre: Romantic, Luxury, Nature Retreat Just a day before the trip, I realized that I might have limited access to internet and phones. I was wondering why I […]

 
 

India’s Sleep Startup

Alphonse Reddy, founder of a startup, Sunday, writes in to Arabian Gazette.  What is ‘Sunday’ all about? It is India’s first sleep startup, that strives to standardize the mattress buying experience in the country. Each product nattily carries the Sunday monogram designed by acclaimed Japanese designer Hiroko Shiratori. We saw a scope […]

 
 

Independence Day – A Cake Called India

Independence Day – A Cake Called India

The day calls for a celebration, and the eclectic cake is a metaphor for bitter-sweet moments, struggle and separation, but also of inspiration, success, and joy Fresh out of the oven, my country India leaves an aroma of stories that can be discussed and reflected upon forever. It is the […]

 
 

Porn banned, what about rape? #Nextban

Porn banned, what about rape? #Nextban

A porn ban in India might not work in the absence of sex education. For crime continues to live in our heads and of course there are proxy sites to work around. Are we really nipping it in the bud?  A virtual network or a proxy network will bring about […]

 
 

When Music United Us

Music is like the call of a siren, the cry of a baby, the sound of thunder, and the calm silence of the sea. You just can’t ignore it. It beckons and entices, every heart that beats. By Aakriti Singhal It was one such morning in the Indian capital when the roads […]

 
 

Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality

Mark Zuckerberg on Net Neutrality

Mark Zuckerberg (reproduced from his Facebook Profile) Over the past week in India, there has been a lot written about Internet.org and net neutrality. I’d like to share my position on these topics here for everyone to see. First, I’ll share a quick story. Last year I visited Chandauli, a small village […]

 
 

Is India ready for the mobile wallet boom?

Is India ready for the mobile wallet boom?

Using yourmobile phone as a handy tool for financial transactions, instead of cash or cards, has become a reality with mobile wallets (m-Wallets), and though a relatively new concept, it is fast gaining popularity across the world. With the human race’s increasing penchant for ‘all things technology’ to make life […]

 
 

Emaar MGF delivers its India project

Emaar MGF delivers its India project

India’s strange real estate sector: of delayed projects and surplus houses.  Emaar MGF, a joint venture between MGF Developments Ltd and Emaar Properties PJSC, Dubai has been one of the leading FDI players in the Indian real estate market. When a player this big delays projects, the confidence of the […]

 
 

Tall Claims and Hall of Shames: Delhi Elections

Tall Claims and Hall of Shames: Delhi Elections

Delhi, are you rising like a phoenix or falling like the ashes? Opinion Piece Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who was being touted as the face of the Delhi (national capital) state elections, has just congratulated Arvind Kejriwal, the candidate fast inching towards absolute majority. Spoke to @ArvindKejriwal & congratulated […]

 
 

The roaring superbikes on Indian roads

The roaring superbikes on Indian roads

Flaunting expensive rides and super bikes is the latest fad in India. From the family two-wheeler vehicle to the powerful fuel guzzling bikes, it is surely a long journey. An increasing number of Indians are purchasing powerful and luxury motorbikes while global manufacturers are eyeing to capture the growing Indian […]

 
 

Mangalyaan: History-making Mission to Mars

Mangalyaan: History-making Mission to Mars

There is often a thin line between success and failure that tends to overlap one another. In case, of India’s maiden Mission to Mars (MOM) via the unmanned rocket – aptly named – Mangalyaan, there were no lines crossed between success and failure, with the former absolutely thumping the latter. […]

 
 

Mars Mission – Cheaper than an Oscar-Winning Movie

Mars Mission – Cheaper than an Oscar-Winning Movie

Indian scientists exult over the first ever maiden successful mars mission costing lesser than the Oscar-winning movie “Gravity” about astronauts stranded in space.  INDIA’S MOM India’s population of 1.2 billion is celebrating the scientists of the space agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who registered India’s name among the elite […]

 
 

How the power shift in Delhi will impact UAE – India relationship

How the power shift in Delhi will impact UAE – India relationship

An analysis on the different dimensions of possible enhancement of relationship between UAE and India due to the recent power shift in India. Couple of weeks back in India, the incumbent Congress has been ousted by Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP has got the majority in the parliament on […]

 
 

The Future of Aviation Sector: the UAE and BRICS Strategic Alliance

The Future of Aviation Sector: the UAE and BRICS Strategic Alliance

The aviation and aeronautics domain is one that countries look to solidify as a mark of their proclaiming their presence in the biggest of economic stages in the world. Predominantly the most developed countries in the world are regarded to be pioneering leaders in the aviation sector, creating unprecedented commercial […]

 
 

IPL Schedule Released: UAE to Host 60% of Matches

IPL Schedule Released: UAE to Host 60% of Matches

IPL Schedule Released: India, UAE and Bangladesh will host IPL-7 due to national elections being conducted in India in May Shrouded in controversies as it is, the Indian Premier League still gives its fans some reasons cheer every now and then. The latest bit of cheerfulness about the League is […]

 
 

Gold Demand Soars in Asia: WGC Expects Positive Trends to Continue

Extraction and production of the precious yellow metal gold by Turkey has increased by 43% to 24.4 tonnes in 2011 compared from a year ago. Photo - Reuters

Gold – the yellow metal that’s as priceless as the word can imply. Everyone wants to own gold, wants to buy it as an investment for the future. But not many do manage to invest in gold thanks to its ever-increasing prices. And the ones who do are quite careful […]

 
 

Jet Etihad Airways’ strategic alliance troubled by newer speed bumps

Jet Etihad Airways’ strategic alliance troubled by newer speed bumps

Jet Etihad deal encounters yet another problem with reports emerging about envoy intervention in the passing of the deal The strategic alliance between India’s leading airline operator Jet Airways and Abu Dhabi’s premier aircraft services, Etihad Airways was touted to be the revolution to spark the entire Indian aviation sector. […]

 
 

Saudi Arabian Cities Most Affordable in the Middle East for Expats: EIU Survey

Saudi Arabian Cities Most Affordable in the Middle East for Expats: EIU Survey

Sometimes we wish we were birds. Flying to innumerable places, seeing the world through eyes unencumbered by boundaries and restrictions. But where our idealistic dreams of being birds and soaring across the world map may be left short-changed, there are many other ways in which a part of our dreams […]

 
 

Indian ‘Vote of Account’: Accounting for Economic Stilling

Indian ‘Vote of Account’: Accounting  for Economic Stilling

The Indian interim budget presented by the finance minister raised a lot of expectations for Indian economy with national elections just round the corner. Fluctuations in the global economy impacted the trend of positivity expected for the Indian economy for the whole of last financial year (2012-13). The past few […]

 
 

India offers visas on arrival to 180 countries including UAE and GCC

India offers visas on arrival to 180 countries including UAE and GCC

India is gearing up to offer visas on arrival for national from 180 countries including the UAE and other GCC nations like Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar. India is now offering visas on arrival to passport holders from 180 countries including GCC nationals from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, […]

 
 

Indian Politics – Fishing in troubled ‘waters’

Indian Politics – Fishing in troubled ‘waters’

A prudent strategy for watering down the water crisis in Delhi is to merge water management with the urban development master plan The Unachievable Election Promise When AAP, the Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man’s Party) included the promise of 700 litres free water and cheap electricity in their election manifesto, […]

 
 

An Open Letter to the new CM of Delhi – Wow and OOPs

An Open Letter to the new CM of Delhi – Wow and OOPs

Mr Arvind Kejriwal, the new CM of Delhi, Do you have the time for an open letter? Wow You took Delhi by storm. You presented to the people an image of a party that was named AAP (ordinary people party). It was a party with no specific nor special people […]

 
 

Jammu and Kashmir Diary

Jammu and Kashmir Diary

It was not just a memorable holiday in one of the world’s most naturally captivating places, but a historical, political and sociological crash course on the oft-quoted ‘idea’ of India. Forty-two years after being born an Indian, I saw India in a new light. After my parents’ much-desired holiday plan […]

 
 

Is the worst over for the Indian Rupee?

Is the worst over for the Indian Rupee?

It seems the Indian rupee is still susceptible to volatile price swings — first seen in the 1990’s — and that vulnerability was recently exposed when the rupee fell to an all-time low of nearly 70 rupees per dollar. The exposure of the rupee to international markets seems to have […]

 
 

India’s great wireless leap [Infographic]

India’s great wireless leap [Infographic]

Effective Measure research spotlights India’s great wireless leap India’s digital data revolution is mobilising The Indian mobile market is poised to become the second largest mobile internet market globally within the next four years. Effective Measure, the leading provider of media planning and audience profiling solutions, has released the results […]

 
 

India, the world’s third-largest Internet user

India, the world’s third-largest Internet user

Home to a large young and educated population, India has surged past Japan to have the world’s third largest online population. The recent 2013 India Digital Future in Focus report by ComScore highlights that Indians have continued to embrace digital technology despite facing severe infrastructure problems. The country has achieved […]

 
 

Decline of the Rupee presages Indian FDI flight

Decline of the Rupee presages Indian FDI flight

Chasing India’s currency problem. It seems that India is constantly a step behind in the present investor confidence plunge in the country. With a lack of control over the falling currency, investors are leaving the country as capital outflows increase. The efforts by the central bank to curb the depreciating […]

 
 

India and Oman explore B2B opportunities

India and Oman explore B2B opportunities

India and Oman explore B2B links. India, with an estimated GDP CAGR of over 14.46% by the year 2017, is easily one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Attempting to further its growth, India needs to focus on effectively expanding and managing its supply chain, but also exploring global […]

 
 

Cannes Film Festival: Bollywood arrives in Cannes

Indian Actress and L'Oreal Brand Ambassador Sonam Kapoor at Cannes.

Celebrating a century of Indian cinema under sunny skies at Cannes Film Festival 2013 Sunny days and bright skies mark the landscape of Cannes today. Though the rains originally brought with them the magic of silver screen romance, the stars were visibly fraught trying to prevent wardrobe malfunction and putting […]

 
 

Indian companies, GCC banks hit by cyber heist

Indian companies, GCC banks hit by cyber heist

U.S. authorities have revealed that two companies with major operations in India, and GCC banks, were targeted by a cell of global cyber criminals. EnStage Inc and ElectraCard Services are the two companies which were affected by the USD 45 million theft. According to U.S. prosecutors, hackers broke into the […]

 
 

Indian Expats neglect Retirement Planning

Image Courtesy: www.retirementcalculator.com

A recent study says the UAE-based Non-Resident Indian (NRI) community is generally risk averse, poor at retirement planning, and not keen on seeking professional financial expertise. The survey studied the financial habits and investment behavior of Indian expats which covered 300 respondents across the UAE. The Standard Life NRI Wealth […]

 
 

Etihad claims stake in India’s Jet Airways

Etihad claims stake in India’s Jet Airways

  Jet Airways, the troubled Indian airline, has announced that it has reached a deal with to sell a minority stake to the UAE-carrier Etihad for an estimated USD 379 million. A statement by Jet reveals that the airline’s board had approved the sale of 27.3 million shares to Etihad […]