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The risks from India’s rotten banks – A big stink on the brink

A slow-motion financial crisis threatens the country’s economic future Imagine a central bank tweeting that, yes, there are rumours of “certain” banks facing deposit runs but “there is no need to panic”. Would you feel reassured? That is the unenviable position Indians found themselves in last week as a financial storm …

Indian government approves ban on e-cigarettes

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government has decided to ban e-cigarettes, expressing concern at the alarming rate at which vaping is becoming popular among the country’s youth and causing breathing illnesses. The ban was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday. The government is expected to issue an ordinance soon prohibiting …

Maska Bun and Irani Chai at New Irani – Gastro Obscura

Behind a bare-bones concrete exterior and amid crumbling walls, a cafe serves what may be Ahmedabad’s sweetest buns. Hidden behind a concrete exterior with a fading sign, the New Irani restaurant in Ahmedabad’s old town is easy to miss. Even when you enter, the interior’s crumbling walls give little indication …

Chennai’s ‘Man-Made’ Water Crisis | The Diplomat

The upcoming monsoon may end the immediate crisis, but the city’s serious infrastructure problems will be back. For 15 minutes on an August afternoon in Chennai, the skies opened and rainwater throttled the streets of India’s sixth-largest metropolis. Inside a café in the city’s Adyar district, the sous chef, 26-year-old …