Top 10 Breaking News we come across every year in India

Each year we come across few breaking news in India, which often seems to be an annual phenomena. Even in 2018 these topics apparently sound afresh. Here are some of biggest breaking news events we keep coming across every year. Strangely the interest for these topics has always increased year over year.

  1. Himalayan level corruption and scandals

Year after year, corrupt business men or politicians or even scandalous civilians have continued surprised us by upping their scandal game. Due to lack of adequate consumer rights protection and lack of severe punishments being executed by the legal system, corruptions are exceeding their magnitude. From the Mundhra Scandal to Bofors Scandal, Harshad Mehta’s securities scam, Kargil Coffin Scam, Stamp Paper Scam, National Herald Land Scam to the present Rafale Fighter Plane Scandal, no ruling party has exempted itself from scams so far. Read about the Biggest Scandals that were reported just in this Narendra Modi led BJP Government.

  1. India Pakistan Border Shoot out

The India Pakistan Border or locally called as International Border was formed in the year 1947, right after the independence. The border between India and Pakistan is a highly complex zone with a length of 2,900 Kilometers that runs in the midst of deserts, urban areas and fertile lands. The separation of Pakistan from British India has created a permanent rift between the two Nations. Illegal Border crossings, minor agitations or even simple media duels between the politicians of two nations create border shoot outs, bomb attacks or attempts of suicide bombings across the border. Thousands of Jawans and innocent people have been killed due to these border shoot outs so far. Hopefully in some point of time, we would like this particular news item not resurface again in the news.

  1. Mysterious Deaths, Celebrity Suicides and Lost Forever

From actresses to politicians to civilians India witnessed a long list of people and celebrities who died either mysteriously or lost permanently without getting traced ever after. Actress Divya Bharathi, Actress Jiah Khan, Nafisa Joseph, Actress Sridevi, Actress Soundarya, Parveen Babi, Actor Sai Prashanth, Uday Kiran, Sunanda Pushkar the wife of Minister Shashi Tharoor and few others have been found dead due to suicide or mysterious circumstances.

  1. Biased Justice for Rich and Poor

The pendency rate stands with 3.3 crore cases pending in Indian courts with many of them waiting for justice for more than 20 years. The Indian Justice System has got one of the greatest legal foundations to maintain peace in the civilian system. However after Independence the number of crimes and criminal cases has increased drastically year after the year. Often times referring to the way justice has been served differently to different part of the society, question arises whether the justice system has been fair and uniform to one and all. Take examples of Salman Khan’s 20 years of bail plea, Vijay Mallya extradition requests, Nirav Modi escape across Indian borders and others when compared to the instant punishments of a common man who couldn’t pay a mere 1 lakh rupees loan.

  1. Rich Poor Divide

In 2017, the richest 1% of 1.3 Billion Indians own 73% of the Nation’s wealth while the wealth of the poorest half of Indians some 67 crore rose by only one per cent. This fact will be able to paint the picture in your mind. Each year the Indian Economy and GDP Growth % has been impressive. Naturally this should mean the collective growth of the economy and the people inclusive of the economy were supposed to have grown. This has not been the case in India. The wealth of Indian billionaires has been increased by Rs 4,891 billion – from Rs 15,778 billion to over Rs 20,676 billion. That amount of Rs 4,891 billion was sufficient enough to finance 85 per cent of the budget on health and education in all Indian states. But these are just mere knowledge that may not be put into good use.

  1. Nuclear Tests

India’s nuclear mission programme was initially conceived for generating nuclear energy to supplement and reinforce their energy requirements. But over the years nuclear missions have been largely perceived by countries as the main stream of protection to keep themselves safe from nations. India too followed the lead and started building a systematic phased nuclear missions to improve its’ stature in the world arena. India built nuclear power reactors, nuclear missiles and weapons to strengthen the national security. Thought it is said India has at least 110 nuclear weapons, India maintains a “no-First use” nuclear policy.

  1. GDP Growth

India is the 6th largest economy in the World by nominal GDP and 3rd largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Indian GDP Growth rate stands at 8.2% year on year in the 2nd quarter of 2018. GDP Annual growth rate in India averaged 6.16%. The Indian economy grew 8.2 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2018, above 7.7 percent in the previous three months and beating market expectations of 7.6 percent. It is the strongest growth rate since the first quarter of 2016, boosted by household spending, financial, real estate and manufacturing activities across its states. Read about the Top 10 Indian States by their contribution to India GDP. Multiple income opportunities for middle class people and regulations free cross-border trade have boosted Indian economy to a greater extent. This by all means, Indian economy is in a fast growth track. Let us only not give up the hope that good times will come to average Indian families.

  1. Beauty Pageants

In the field of beauty and fashion, Indian Nation has marked its presence in the field of beauty and fashion in the World. So far three out of the Big Four international beauty pageants India has won nine victories. India has won two Miss Universe Crowns , Six Miss World Crowns and One Miss Earth Crowns so far. Starting with Reita Faria, Sushmita Sen Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey have won several laurels. Later Lara Datta, Priyanka Chopra, and Dia Mirza won international beauty pageants. After them Nicole Faria and Manushi Chhillar won international beauty pageant events. Their titles meant a lot to boost the Indian brand in fashion world.

  1. Petrol, Diesel and Fuel Price Hike

It is a very touchy subject in India. From middle class families to large scale traders Indians are now used to rely on personal vehicles and commercial vehicles for transportation. For household use of LPG, Petrol for personal light motor vehicles and Diesel for Heavy motor vehicles the Indian economy relies on fuels a lot. Indians pay a lot of taxes on using Fuels too. Hence a few paise increase every day, means a severe blow to Indian Citizens who consume several millions litres of Fuels. In 1988, the petrol fuel price stood at just INR 8.5. Today, the Petrol price stands at INR 86 rupees. This continued inflation of Fuel prices have increased the price of every-day needs such as grocery, vegetables, transportation and even Water. 80% of fuel for India have been bought from foreign countries. India should adopt more eco-friendly fuel  alternatives within the country and regulating public, private transportation to curb rising fuel prices.

  1. Cricket and Movie Blockbusters

Without doubt, Cricket from the Sports Industry and Movie Industry have got their reputation upped over the years after independence. Today Indian Movie Industry has become one of the Indian Identities. In Sports world, Cricket and India are almost Unanimous. Having won multiple World Cups in the Cricket Sport, India has got the biggest fan base for the sport. Indian Films are released Worldwide and have won few Oscar Awards and received international accolades. Celebrities from Cricket and Movies have become faces of India in several Industries across the World. Read the Top ten movie industries of India.

I may have missed covering some other sensational breaking news items. I look forward to recall them in your comments below.


10 Famous Indian Film Celebrities who Died under mysterious circumstances

The lives of Celebrities are often filled publicity stunts, mysteries, gossips and super drama. It is very unfortunate that the lives of some of the Celebrities end in an undesired manner.

  1. Actress Sridevi

Image result for actress srideviThe south born actress who rose to fame in Bollywood, then aged 54, died on 24th February “due to accidental drowning following loss of consciousness”, police said. She was found in a hotel bathtub. Many speculations are circulating in the media. We are yet to understand the real cause of her sudden demise.

  1. Actress & Politician Jayalalithaa

Image result for jayalalithaAnother leading actress from South, who went on to become one of the prominent politician and a chief minister of 5 times for the Tamilnadu State, died in 2017. Jayalalithaa was bed ridden in Apollo Hospitals for more than a month before she was pronounced dead due to health conditions. Still there are inquiries and rumours about her death in the air about possible causes keep us wondering.

  1. Actress Divya Bharti

Image result for divya bhartiActress Divya Bharti a very popular actress often related to her resemblance with leading actress SriDevi. It was reported that Divya Bharti fell from the fifth floor of her apartment. Police investigated the case but came to a conclusion that it was a suicide. However, there were speculations that her husband Sajid Nadiadwala was the cause of her death. Decades have gone since she died.

  1. Actress Jiah Khan

Image result for jiah khanDeath – The 25-year-old actress, who made her debut with RGV’s ‘Nishabdh’, anging from her ceiling at her Juhu apartment on June 3, 2013. Her mother Rabia Khan alleged that it was not a suicide, and that it was murder. She blamed actor Aditya Pancholi’s son, Sooraj Pancholi, who was Jiah’s boyfriend, for her death. She also produced pages from Jiah’s diary where the actor had written about her unhappy relationship.

  1. Director Guru Dutt

Image result for guru duttDeath – The director, actor and producer, who gave us classics like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, and Chaudhvin Ka Chand was found dead due to an alcohol and sleeping pill overdose. Dutt was a victim of depression.

  1. Actress Silk Smitha

Image result for silk smithaVijayalakshmi Vadlapati, popularly known as Silk Smitha was the sex siren of the South Cinema Industry. The actress died in 1996 by committing suicide. It is said that her alcoholism, failed romances and dwindling finances made her take her own life. Her story was also made into a film. Vidya Balan portrayed Silk Smitha in the blockbuster ‘The Dirty Picture”.

  1. Actor Kunal Singh

Image result for actor kunalDeath – The cute actor from ‘Dil Hi Dil Mein’ was found hanging from the ceiling of his house. However, the actor’s father claimed that it was not a suicide and that his son was murdered.

  1. Actress Parveen Babi

Image result for parveen babiParveen Babi was the first Indian actress to grace the Time Magazine cover. The actress was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and was found dead in her Mumbai flat. Postmortem, the doctors speculated that she starved herself to death.

  1. Model Viveka Babajee

Image result for viveka babajeeOne of India’s top models died a tragic death, when she hung herself from the ceiling fan in her flat. She had left a diary which eerily said ‘I kill’. It is suspected that a spat with her boyfriend pushed her to the edge.

  1. Actress Soundarya

Image result for actress soundaryaSouth Indian Actress Soundarya and her brother Amarnath died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004, when she was on her way to Karimnagar to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party and Telugu Desam Party candidate for the upcoming elections. She was 7 months pregnant when she died.

Let us pray that their souls rest in peace.


Top 10 people who became Overnight social media superstars in India

Here are Top 10 Indians who became overnight social media superstars. Reasons are unknown, but the fact is always overwhelmingly surprising. Let’s get to know them a little more.

  1. Priya prakesh varrier
    The wink that conquered a thousand hearts. 2.9 million Instagram followers and counting.
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  2. Jimiki kammal – Sheril G Kadavan
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    Everyone on social media knows her as the ‘Jimikki Kammal girl’. In just a matter of days, Sheril has become a wildly popular internet sensation
  3. Aunty Gormint
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    ‘Bik Gayi Hai Gormint’ Aunty’s Family Says Her Abusive Viral Video Ruined Their Social Life
  4. Dhinchak Pooja
    Image result for Dhinchak Pooja Pooja Jain, also known as Dhinchak Pooja, is an Indian Youtuber and singer.
  5. Prayer Aunty
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    Purnima Dalal, Nita Ambani’s mother
  6. The Trivago Guy or Abhinav Kumar
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    Abhinav Kumar, the man who is at the centre of countless jokes and memes and is an incredible sport about it. | Woah! The Trivago ad guy is Trivago’s country manager
  7. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
    Image result for Gurmeet Ram Rahim SinghGurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan (born 15 August 1967) is an Indian guru, music producer, singer-songwriter, actor, and filmmaker
  8. Omprakash Mishra, an aspiring rapper
    Image result for Omprakash MishraOmprakash is a cringe pop singer. Mishra uploaded a song on YouTube called “Aunty ki Gunty” way back in 2015, but it was not noticed on the internet. Suddenly, the song erupted in 2017 after which it became the most talked about video on the Internet
  9. Honey Singh
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    Hirdesh Singh, better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, is an Indian music producer, Indi-pop singer and film actor. He started as a session and recording artist, and became a Bhangra music producer.
  10. Bigg boss Hina khan
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    Hina Khan is an Indian television actress. She played the role of Akshara in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in Indian Television Industry.

Top 10 expectations on India Union Budget 2018 from a Common Man

Just Hours away before Honorable Central Finance Minister Arun Jaitley from BJP Government announces the India Union Budget 2018, here is a summary of top ten budget expectations from a common man. Let us wait and see how much of these expectations are positively honored on this Union Budget February 2018.

  1. Increase in the basic exemption limit on the taxable income for Income Tax calculation – From 250,000 to 300,000 INR.
  2. Increasing Income Tax Deductions available under section 80C – From INR 150,000 to INR 200,000
  3. Complete Income Tax exemption from the profits of investments on National Pension Scheme (NPS) or withdrawals
  4. Increase in deduction the limit on investment contribution to NPS – From INR 50,000 to INR 100,000
  5. Increasing the expense reimbursement on Medical expenses from INR 15,000 to INR 30,000
  6. Dividend distribution tax – Government may consider clearing away the dividend distribution tax (DDT)
  7. House Rental Allowance: Higher deductions to be allowed for employees who are in residing in major metropolitan cities
  8. Shortening the period of holding for property from 3 years to 2 years for retaining the capital gain exemption for long-term gains
  9. Increase in the basic exemption limit of taxable income for senior citizen – From INR 300,000 to INR 350,000
  10. Increase the scope of section 80TTA to cover interest from fixed deposits or other fixed return savings – from INR 10,000 to INR 1,00,000

As years pass by, we long for significant improvements in terms of new infrastructure projects, good education, safe healthcare and civil protection measures to live a quality life.

Just before 2019 Elections, BJP Government announces this Union Budget 2018. What will be their key moves? What kind of productive investments they will make? Which segment of the population’s interest they will satisfy? Will there be any good announcements for improving the livelihood of the common man?

Let’s discuss this the outcomes of India Union Budget 2018 on another post.

Share your comments on what are your expectations from this India Union Budget 2018?


Unique things about The Tamil People A.K.A The Madrasis

When you think of Tamilnadu, many unique facts and pictures may paint your mind. Here are top 10 unique things about the Tamil People, very often called as Madrasis.

  1. Favorite Idli Sambar

    First thing when you land on Tamilnadu’s airport or the Railway station, your ideal breakfast could be their favorite Idli Sambar or Dosa with Sambar. This is also perhaps the most eaten food in this region.

    1. Idly: Well grinded flour rice and urad dhal is fermented overnight, then steamed as round ice cakes, AKA Idlis. Even Doctors prescribe Idli as the healthiest food to rely on.
    2. Dosa: Grinded rice flour is fermented for a night to gain maximum natural nutrients, laid on Tavas in a circular motion, shallow baked with rich Ghee or oil and flavors like aloo masala, podi, chillies, onions, rava are added as preferred.
    3. Sambar: Sambar or Dhal is the best companion for Idli and Dosa. When Idlis and dosas are served with sambar and coconut chutney, that defines a typical South Indian breakfast or dinner.
  2. Flavorful Filter Coffee

    No breakfast, lunch or dinner is considered complete, if it is not followed with a freshly brewed Filter Coffee. Three states of South India i.e., Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka grow Coffee plantations and export across the world. Madrasis are fans of strong Coffee, often prepared with cow milk and sugar. Some like having Tea as well.

  3. Arts, Music and Bharathanatiyam

    South India is often considered as a pioneer for rich, divine arts and culture. Tamilians are known for their interest and knowledge when it comes to Arts, music and Dance. Eminent personalities and legends in Arts, Music and Dance have been born from Tamilnadu. Theirs is perhaps one of the oldest and strongest culture in India. Till date, they spread the greatness of their culture across the world and even help others learn them as well.

  4. Dhotis, Sarees and Dhavanis

    Their traditional dress for men is Dhoti’s, a lengthy white cloth worn in the waist. For Women, it’s the World Famous Sarees. Sarees do come in 1000s of varieties. The famous Kanchivaram Silk Sarees is their outcome. Brides across the nation admire the silk woven Sarees for their wedding occasion. For girls, it is “Dhavani”, often called as “Half-Sarees”. It is indeed a beauty to watch their traditional clothing on weddings, family gathering and religious festivals.

  5. Hindi is a Foreign Language

The one state in the entire Indian Nation that still don’t speak Hindi is Tamilnadu. It is actually a myth that Madrasis don’t speak Hindi. Many do learn to read, write and speak in Hindi. It is just that a greater fraction of Tamilnadu people, especially from interior and rural Tamilnadu still haven’t learnt to speak the common language, Hindi.

  1. 1 in Education

Some may question about the status Number 1.  When it comes to literacy, Tamilnadu is not certainly the number 1 state. But in general, Madrasi’s are indeed highly educated. They are intelligent people who pursue education to greater depths in respective field and climb greater heights.

  1. Fans of Rajinikanth

    This is certainly a myth that all Madrasis are fans of the actor Rajinikanth. Madrasis are huge fans of movies. They have made many successful actors as politicians and even their chief ministers. Rajinikanth is the super star of Tamil Cinema world. Recently Rajinikanth has announced that he is starting a political party and wishes to serve the state. Let us wait and see if Rajinikanth’s campaign into politics is a successful one or not.

  2. Rice Meals on Banana Leaf

    It is a great experience to even watch the festive meals of Madrasis. A long banana leaf is widespread and an array of food types like boiled rice, ghee, sambhar, vegetables, pickles, rasam, curd milk, payasam, banana fruit are served in a scientific manner. One who finishes the meals often chew beetle leaves to ease their digestion.

  3. Eating with Hand

Madrasis are often portrayed in movies as people who eat their meals using hands. It is indeed a fact that they do that and food tastes good when eaten with hand. It is also an art to eat food with bare hands and in a fashion that it doesn’t paint a bad picture in front of other people.

  1. The Harvest Festival and Sweet Pongal

    The harvest festival is being celebrated across several states in India. But the Pongal Festival celebrated in Tamilnadu is something special. It is a festival that celebrates the hardwork of farmers, the cattle and the entire agricultural ecosystem. Tamilians prepare a special dish called Sweet Pongal, made of freshly harvested rice, jiggery, ghee, milk and cashews. It is a divine food when taken after puja to the Sun God and the Cattle that helps in agriculture.