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Kerala floods put focus back on worsening situation in Western Ghats

Kerala floods put focus back on worsening situation in Western Ghats

Rediff.com19 Oct 2021

Gadgil and the report prepared by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) headed by him are back in news after over two dozen people lost their lives in landslides and flash floods in the past few days in the hilly regions of Western Ghats in central Kerala districts of Kottayam and Idukki.

S P Balasubrahmanyam's TOP 25 Songs

S P Balasubrahmanyam's TOP 25 Songs

Rediff.com2 Oct 2020

Siva Sankar looks at S P Balasubrahmanyam's fantastic repertoire.

10 UNUSUAL holiday destinations in India

10 UNUSUAL holiday destinations in India

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

Forget Munnar and Manali, these places in India are worth your time.

Stunning winners of this year's Ocean Art underwater photo contest

Stunning winners of this year's Ocean Art underwater photo contest

Rediff.com17 Jan 2020

The Underwater Photography Guide has announced the winners of their 8th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photography Competition: a selection that runs the gamut between beautiful, eye popping and, in the case of the Conservation category winner, tragic and unnerving. This year's contest attracted "thousands" of entries from 78 countries across the world.

FULL TEXT: President's address to nation on I Day eve

FULL TEXT: President's address to nation on I Day eve

Rediff.com14 Aug 2019

Here's the full text of President's address with a word cloud.

PHOTOS: Treasures of India

PHOTOS: Treasures of India

Rediff.com20 Jun 2019

When you think of Indian Maharajas of yore what is the one thing that comes to mind? Jewels! And that is exactly what the world will witness at Christie's, New York during its upcoming auction -- "Maharajas and Mughal Magnificence". The "unprecedented group" of objects is from The Al Thani Collection of the royal family of Qatar. It is expected to see competitive bidding from across the globe. As per Christie's, this collection is poised to be the most valuable auction of jewellery and jewelled objects. The current record is held by The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, which totals $144 million (Rs 1,003 crore). Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's jade hilted dagger, the priceless jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad, and a string of pearls belonging to Rajmata Gayatri Devi of Jaipur are among the 400 royal artefacts that would be auctioned on Wednesday. Here's a glimpse of the astounding jewels that will be auctioned.

PHOTOS: Treasures of India

PHOTOS: Treasures of India

Rediff.com20 Jun 2019

When you think of Indian Maharajas of yore what is the one thing that comes to mind? Jewels! And that is exactly what the world will witness at Christie's, New York during its upcoming auction -- "Maharajas and Mughal Magnificence". The "unprecedented group" of objects is from The Al Thani Collection of the royal family of Qatar. It is expected to see competitive bidding from across the globe. As per Christie's, this collection is poised to be the most valuable auction of jewellery and jewelled objects. The current record is held by The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, which totals $144 million (Rs 1,003 crore). Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's jade hilted dagger, the priceless jewels of the Nizams of Hyderabad, and a string of pearls belonging to Rajmata Gayatri Devi of Jaipur are among the 400 royal artefacts that would be auctioned on Wednesday. Here's a glimpse of the astounding jewels that will be auctioned.

Meet India's medal hopes at 2018 Asian Games

Meet India's medal hopes at 2018 Asian Games

Rediff.com17 Aug 2018

India's 572 athletes hope to return home with an overflowing treasure chest of medals.

Sky high shots: Dronestagram announces its winners

Sky high shots: Dronestagram announces its winners

Rediff.com10 Jul 2017

Dronestagram, an online community for dedicated to drone photography enthusiasts, has released the winners of its annual photo contest. Here are the best.

The ancient Indian myth that could save our oceans

The ancient Indian myth that could save our oceans

Rediff.com19 May 2017

Today humanity is churning the ocean with a thoughtless vengeance -- with toxic wastes, plastics and hazardous substances being dumped into our once pristine seas. And there is no benign Lord Shiva to rescue us from our collective greed, says Shyam Saran.

Ruskin Bond's India

Ruskin Bond's India

Rediff.com5 May 2017

The banyan tree and the green chilli; the crow and the beetle; the rose and the mango; the informality and good humour of its people... Beloved author Ruskin Bond continues Rediff.com's special series on India's treasures, and tells Archana Masih that India's wealth lies in its simple splendours.

How the British stole the Kohinoor from a child

How the British stole the Kohinoor from a child

Rediff.com23 Jan 2017

'I can tell you the case that hurts me the most is the one in which the little boy is forced to sign the Kohinoor over.' 'You take a mother away from a child, you surround him with grown ups speaking a different language, you tell him he must sign this over or else...'

Sony World Photography Awards 2016: 16 images that will blow your mind

Sony World Photography Awards 2016: 16 images that will blow your mind

Rediff.com24 Feb 2016

The 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world's biggest photography competition, organised by the World Photography Organisation, announces the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth competitions.

'You can't bribe nature'

'You can't bribe nature'

Rediff.com18 Dec 2015

'You have to respect nature. You won't respect nature unless you see nature's fury.'

This hero stops the plunder of India's past

This hero stops the plunder of India's past

Rediff.com14 Oct 2015

'Imagine how secure are our seaports and airports that 10,000 objects can leave every decade and our custodians are not even aware?' 'This kind of targeted looting when thieves pick and choose the best of Indian art and steal on an industrial basis will eventually impoverish our great land.'

Australia's Queensland state head meets Adani

Australia's Queensland state head meets Adani

Rediff.com31 Mar 2015

Adani described the meeting as warm and productive.

Into the wild with Valmik Thapar

Into the wild with Valmik Thapar

Rediff.com23 Feb 2015

Valmik Thapar's book -- Wildfire: The Splendours Of India's Animal Kingdom -- is a reminder of India's sumptuous wildlife wealth at a time when there is a steady dilution of conservation policies

US polls: Nikki Haley, Tulsi Gabbard re-elected

US polls: Nikki Haley, Tulsi Gabbard re-elected

Rediff.com5 Nov 2014

Hindu-American Congresswon Tulsi Gabbard coasts to a rollicking re-election victory in in Hawaii's 2nd District

Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay under investigation

Google's mystery barge in San Francisco Bay under investigation

Rediff.com5 Dec 2013

The agency that oversees development in the San Francisco Bay in California has begun a formal investigation into the construction of a secretive Google Inc barge on an island in the bay.

Google takes secrecy to new heights with its mystery boat

Google takes secrecy to new heights with its mystery boat

Rediff.com30 Oct 2013

The company has made US government officials to sign confidentiality agreements.

Ronaldo scores two as Real hit Bournemouth for six

Ronaldo scores two as Real hit Bournemouth for six

Rediff.com22 Jul 2013

Nine-times European champions Real Madrid fielded their big guns on Sunday for a friendly against Bournemouth that was all about a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for the English second tier club rather than the Spanish giants' 6-0 victory.

Brit sailing champ dies as boat capsizes in US at training

Brit sailing champ dies as boat capsizes in US at training

Rediff.com10 May 2013

British yacht-racing champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, was killed on Thursday when his vessel capsized in San Francisco Bay during training for the America's Cup, his team said.

First Indian American congressman a trailblazer: Obama

First Indian American congressman a trailblazer: Obama

Rediff.com17 May 2012

President Barack Obama last week paid rich tributes to the late Dalip Singh Saund -- the first Asian-American and Indian-American United States Congressman -- and described him as a trailblazer. Aziz Haniffa reports.

Obama pays tribute to first Indian American Congressman

Obama pays tribute to first Indian American Congressman

Rediff.com9 May 2012

United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday paid rich tribute to late Dalip Singh Saund -- the first Asian American United States Congressman -- and described him as a trailblazer for the entire Asian American and immigrant community.

PHOTOS: Sunken British ship with HUGE Indian treasure found

PHOTOS: Sunken British ship with HUGE Indian treasure found

Rediff.com28 Sep 2011

A British merchant ship, which set sail from Calcutta (Kolkata) in December 1940 but was sunk by a German U-boat before she could reach home with her cargo of 70 lakh ounces of silver (1 ounce = 28.3495231 gm) among other things, has been discovered.

The importance of the Dalai Lama's Taiwan visit

The importance of the Dalai Lama's Taiwan visit

Rediff.com31 Aug 2009

The Dalai Lama is right to reach out to ordinary Chinese; in the long run, it could only pay rich dividends, but the results won't probably be seen in the immediate future, says Claude Arpi.

Off the beaten path in Southeast Asia

Off the beaten path in Southeast Asia

Rediff.com11 May 2009

Throughout Southeast Asia, it is easy to find viable alternatives to the wonderful but overcrowded destinations to which throngs of travelers typically flock.

Indian epic, universal resonance

Indian epic, universal resonance

Rediff.com23 Oct 2008

The Ramayana remains ever popular across the globe, and now it has gone to Broadway, finds Arthur J Pais.

Visiting the temple cities of Tamil Nadu

Visiting the temple cities of Tamil Nadu

Rediff.com18 Feb 2008

A profusion of religious architecture spreads over an ancient agrarian landscape in Tamil Nadu, the deep south of India. Guy Trebay takes it in.

He may have an answer to energy problems

He may have an answer to energy problems

Rediff.com21 Jul 2007

An alternative to oil? Check. Completely green? Check. Economical? Check. So why has the entrepreneur been sued, pilloried, and lampooned?

What the ASI does in Pakistan

What the ASI does in Pakistan

Rediff.com22 Aug 2006

Why this I-Day is doubly special

Why this I-Day is doubly special

Rediff.com14 Aug 2006

The India we know so little of

The India we know so little of

Rediff.com28 Sep 2005

'Need to coordinate relief work'

'Need to coordinate relief work'

Rediff.com4 Jan 2005

Transcript of the chat with Salil Kumar who visited the tsunami-hit city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

The quest for black gold

The quest for black gold

Rediff.com29 May 2004

Bush, not Saddam, should go!

Bush, not Saddam, should go!

Rediff.com27 Mar 2003

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