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Indians feel themselves most hard working after Americans
Report dated 11/12/2013 @ 10:20 PM
A majority of Indians consider themselves as the most hard-working lot after Americans, says a latest study.
According to global market research company Monster-GfK, 85 per cent of the people surveyed in India say they think US workers are most industrious.
Besides, Indians rank their own nation a close second, with four out of five Indians (81 per cent) considering themselves a hard-working nation, followed by China (79 per cent) and Germany (75 per cent).
The survey said that two in five (40 per cent) Indians have a strong belief in their country's competitive spirit, but the majority of the population actually doesn't feel fully confident about their country's ability to completely bounce back from economic hardship.
NRI worker's death sparks worst riots in Singapore
Report dated 10/12/2013 @ 9:48 PM
A crowd of around 400 people set fire to vehicles and clashed with police in the Indian district of Singapore late on Sunday (Dec 8) after a man was hit and killed by a bus, the first major riot in the city-state for more than 40 years. Police said they had arrested 27 suspects, including 24 Indians, after the riot, which started after a private bus hit and killed a 33-year-old Indian national in the Little India area.
The riot is likely to fuel concerns about discontent among low-paid foreign workers. Last year, Singapore saw its biggest outbreak of labour unrest in years when around 170 bus drivers from mainland China went on strike illegally.
Singapore has not seen a riot of this scale since 1969, when Chinese and Malay residents clashed violently. The country has tough laws on rioting that carry a sentence of up to seven years in prison and possible caning.
Riots break out in Little India Singapore
Report dated 09/12/2013 @ 5:59 PM
Around three busloads of police in riot gear responded to a riot that broke out along Race Course Road. The mob, believed to be made up mainly of foreign workers, apparently attacked an ambulance and traffic police highway patrol car responding to an accident earlier.
The Straits Times states that a worker was hit by a bus earlier and first responders were attending to the victim when the rioting began. Two vehicles were set on fire and police cars were overturned. At least two explosions at the scene involved the vehicles.
Police have cordoned off the road as they try to contain the situation. A section of shops along the road have been ordered to close.
Ravi Shankar receives posthumous Grammy Awards nomination
Report dated 08/12/2013 @ 5:38 PM
Sitar legend Ravi Shankar, who died last December at the age of 92, has now received a posthumous nomination in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, for his album "The Living Room Sessions Part 2".
A day after he died he was named a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award recipient, then at the 55th edition of the Awards ceremony he won the World Music Album Award for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1"
His daughters Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones collected the Awards on behalf of their father.
Shankar's latest nomination is also in the World Music Album category.
Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," also stands to win an award as its composer Mychael Danna is nominated in the best score soundtrack for visual media category.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Jan 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Five-day state mourning in India to respect Nelson Mandela
Report dated 07/12/2013 @ 4:59 PM
At a special meeting of the Union Cabinet, who condoled the death of Nelson Mandela, the government of India announced a five-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the great anti-apartheid icon.
Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari said the entire nation is one with the South African people in condoling Mandela's sad demise.
A widely loved global symbol of resistance who liberated South Africa from much-despised apartheid, and served as its first black president, Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg after battling a protracted illness.
Mandela was a recipient of India's highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna, in 1990.