A cash crunch amid a boom in the food industry

For a city that has a food and beverages industry the size of that of the rest of the State, and an unimaginable variety to tickle anybody’s palate, eating out is now a part of life. “Earlier, there used to be a time when people used to go out only to celebrate an occasion. Now, going out to eat is a part of life. Over the years, their palate has matured and like people want to go to new places or do new things. They want to try new foods….

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Hotlines fall silent as guns boom on border

The hotlines activated last year between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers have fallen silent as ceasefire violations along the crowded International Border in Jammu continued for the third consecutive day. The border guarding forces of both countries have snapped any form of communication even as a BSF head constable and a six-year-old boy were among those killed in the current spell of cross-border firing. On Monday, BSF termed the cross-border firing from Pakistan as “bizarre and unprovoked” as the targets were civilians. The official Twitter handle of…

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Wider Image: Villagers in India’s Himalayan landscape grapple with tourism boom

Villagers nestled high in the Indian Himalayas are grappling with lifestyle changes in the world’s fastest-growing major economy that are eroding their age-old Buddhist culture but opening up new opportunities. People have long wrested a living from herding goats and tending wheat fields ringed by 6,000-m (19,685-ft) snow-capped peaks, while Buddhist monasteries dotting the landscape are a reminder of the region’s ties to its eastern neighbour, Tibet. Traditions are fading fast as larger numbers of India’s burgeoning middle class flock to holiday in the tranquillity of the lunar-like terrain. Yet…

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