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Ain’t goin’ to Goa: The grounding of India’s middle class

By Tue, Mar 12, 2013 5:17PM UTC Comments Off Goa, more cattle than 'cattle class'. Pic: AP.

No sooner had they taken flight, India’s budget travelers had their wings clipped by rising ticket prices, but new players and increased competition mean they may fly again… Will air travel in India ever become cheap again? Will typical Indian middle class families with noisy kids and neatly packed tiffin boxes of food be able...

5 notorious, and potentially dangerous, party spots in Asia

By Sat, Jul 07, 2012 10:22AM UTC Comments Off 5 notorious, and potentially dangerous, party spots in Asia

DRUGS, alcohol, drink spiking, scams, assaults and even death. Despite being touted as must-see places during an itinerary in Asia, the following notorious party places are where many backpackers have also gone adrift. Vang Vieng, Laos The beautiful riverside village of Laos is often a highlight for travellers to Laos. Tranquil and peaceful it is...

India: A fuel price experiment in Goa

By Sat, Mar 31, 2012 10:09AM UTC Comments Off India: A fuel price experiment in Goa

Does India really subsidize petrol, diesel and cooking gas? Our national debate has singularly focused on raising prices in what is already one of the costliest countries for gasoline, ostensibly because all petroleum products are subsidized by a state that can ill afford to do so. This, in turn, has led the opposition — and...

India’s assembly elections: Biggest gainers, losers and the greatest impact

By Wed, Mar 07, 2012 3:44AM UTC Comments Off India’s assembly elections: Biggest gainers, losers and the greatest impact

The two biggest questions after the last of the Electronic Voting Machines have been packed up in India at the conclusion of state elections in five states are simple: who are the biggest gainers and losers; and secondly what would be the immediate impact of the verdict on the stability of the government. It does...

India: Key state elections to make or break political careers

By Sun, Dec 25, 2011 3:33AM UTC Comments Off

India is a land of serial elections, where each poll outstrips the preceding one in political impact. The last round of state assembly elections in 2011 saw history being created in West Bengal – Mamata Banerjee succeeded in accomplishing what was often considered unthinkable in the past: vanquishing the Left Front, in power for 34...

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