Bangladesh celebrates Bengali New Year

Dhaka, April 14 (IANS) Bangladesh celebrated Bengali New Year on Monday by combining traditional and modern practices.

Plane hits fish in mid-air, as oddity factor rises (The Funny Side)

All pilots know that one of the riskiest parts of a flight is take-off, since that is when an aircraft is most at risk of being in a mid-air collision with a fish.

At Rishikesh, bungee jumping with a twist (Travelogue)

Rishikesh (Uttarakhand), April 11 (IANS) "Take a deep breath, look straight, and free yourself," said my trainer Suzanne, looking straight into my eyes even as a shiver went down my spine at the thought of bungee jumping from an 83-metre-high cliff in the direction of the Hyul river way below.

10 jobs which involve no actual work (The Funny Side)

Music lovers paid a small fortune to a rock singer Ted Nugent NOT to sing at their local festival the other day. Officials booked the screaming rocker but Texas residents paid $16,200 for him to shut up and stay away.

Dakshin going strong at 25 – despite contra prediction (Foodie Trail)

Chennai, April 2 (IANS) "It is going to be a glorious failure," was the tasteless comment by a woman from an industrial family who was invited to taste the food at the newly-opened 'Dakshin' South Indian cuisine restaurant at the ITC Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers here a quarter-century ago.

Timeless Vienna a feast for the senses (Travelogue)

Vienna, April 2 (IANS) Sitting in one of the many street cafes, sipping hot espresso in between bites of a sacher torte (Viennese chocolate cake) while listening to a violin being played in the background is perhaps the perfect way to spend an evening in surreal Vienna, which takes pride in its laid-back culture.

Onward robotic soldiers: IIT students pioneer cutting-edge research (Technology Feature)

Roorkee (Uttarakhand), April 1 (IANS) Picture this: Robots braving bullets while ferrying weapons and ammunition to soldiers on the battle front. Or, a robotic arm resembling the human variety that can work in hazardous areas like blast furnaces. Students at IIT-Roorkee are swotting to turn these ideas into reality.

For Africans, India is healthcare destination (Health Feature)

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Musa Amina Babagana, 45, was suffering from acute rheumatoid arthritis for a decade. Prolonged treatment in Nigeria could not give her relief, but miles away in India a private hospital could bring back that smile on her face with one injection.

Autism, an individual disorder (Health Feature)

Havana, March 30 (IANS/Prensa Latina) The International Centre for Neurological Restoration (CIREN) here is developing a project aimed at validating and measuring the effectiveness of interventions in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

In Cuba, legendary town to celebrate 500th birthday (Feature)

Havana, March 28 (IANS) Sancti Spiritus, a central city in Cuba that is surrounded by legends, is getting all dressed up for an event eagerly awaited by its inhabitants: the town with narrow streets and sidewalks, roofs of red clay tiles and a distinctive colonial style turns five centuries since its foundation.