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Indian headshakes video goes viral !
Report dated 10/03/2014 @ 2:39 PM

Indian headshakes video goes viral ! A video called 'Indian Headshakes - What Do They Mean?' created by Paul Mathew, that explains the typical Indian head movements denoting a yes, no, maybe or carry on, has gone viral and charmed viewers all over the world who have long found the various nods inscrutable.

Mathew who is from south India and now works in the film industry in Mumbai is the writer and director of the video that has received more than a million views on YouTube, says if he'd known the video was going to receive such awesome viewership, they would have shot it better.

The response on social media has been largely positive, but some found it offending and lacking in subtlety, even if it is accurate.

5 Indians among passengers on ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight
Report dated 09/03/2014 @ 2:31 PM

5 Indians among passengers on ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight According to officials at the Beijing International Airport, the passenger list shows that at least five Indian citizens boarded the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight that reportedly plunged into the South China Sea.

The Indian passengers are Chandrika Sharma, Prahlad Shirsat, Chetana Vinod Kolekar, Vinod Sureesh Kolekar and Swanand Vinod Kolekar.

Officials at India's Bureau of Immigration have confirmed that Indian passengers were on board the flight and they are collecting details from Beijing and Kuala Lumpur airports.

Chandrika Sharma, executive secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fish workers who hails from Chennai was among the passengers. She was on her way to attend a regional conference for Asia Pacific countries organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Mongolia.

The Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact over the South China Sea and international aviation authorities have not located the plane several hours after it went missing.

“AAP has given India hope” : Rajmohan Gandhi
Report dated 09/03/2014 @ 2:26 PM

“AAP has given India hope” : Rajmohan Gandhi Rajmohan Gandhi who is an AAP candidate for the Lok Sabha says the Aam Aadmi Party has given hope to an India that was truly sick with corruption.

He believes the party is in line with what he has been trying to do for the last 60 years, given that he exited the political scene after losing to then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1989, and has now decided on a second plunge into politics.

AAP decided to pit Gandhi a scholar and historian, against Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit in the East Delhi constituency. Dikshit is the son of Congress leader and Delhi's three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Gandhi, 78, who divides his time between India and the US where he was a research professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, finds Arvind Kejriwal ' remarkable and fearless, and whose political work was preceded by very patient community organisation work in Delhi'.

With just over a month before Delhi votes in the general election, Gandhi has started his campaigning and has been travelling in the constituency to garner support.

US NRI rapper Amardeep Basra found dead in Punjab
Report dated 08/03/2014 @ 2:46 PM

US NRI rapper Amardeep Basra found dead in Punjab Punjab origin rock star Amardeep Singh Basra, 36, popularly known as Deep Cold, was found dead in a club hotel room in Phagwara where he was staying with three other friends, in connection with the wedding function of his US NRI friend Inder Singh, who is also his neighbour in Texas.

Police say the cause of death could be excessive consumption of alcohol but this can only be confirmed after the report of a chemical examination by a board of doctors.

Basra originally from Saloh village of SBS Nagar is survived by his wife and two children.

Acid attack survivor receives Women of Courage award in US
Report dated 07/03/2014 @ 3:01 PM

Acid attack survivor receives Women of Courage award in US In 2005, a man threw acid on the face of Laxmi in Khan Market, Delhi, that disfigured her and shattered her dreams of a career in television. Now Laxmi is in the US to receive the International Women of Courage award. She has also been praised by the US first lady Michelle Obama. The Americans are impressed with her passion and sheer guts.

After the acid incident it took years for Laxmi to face the world, and last December she got an offer from a private news channel. She could not believe they would want a woman with a scarred face to present the news, and thought it might be a cruel joke, but her employer made the offer in earnest and Laxmi rose to the challenge. She underwent a week of training before shooting for her first episode. She trained for hours daily and learned how to carry herself before the camera, ask questions and take the show forward.

Life is improving for Laxmi who is now in a live-in relationship with acid attack activist Alok Dixit, who said they will not marry as they do not believe in the institution of marriage. He respects the courage she has shown in her fight to live a normal life and together they hope for a bright future.

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