articles by Shantanu Guha Ray

World

Syrian refugee camps in Jordan draw Asian tourists looking for selfies, adoptions

'Dark tourism' -- driven mainly by Asians -- is on the upswing at Syrian refugee camps along the Jordan border

World

Syrian refugees find solace in yoga, meditation amid bleakness of life in a Jordanian camp

At camps in Jordan, yoga, meditation are used to bring down stress, anxiety of Syrian refugees

Business

Inside India’s coal industry, part 2: Govt gears up to ramp up mining but renewables push may render business tricky

Coal India wants to ramp up production. But it is also looking to chart a new roadmap because the sector is at a cross roads. It must find alternative uses for its coal as demand from the power sector wanes

India

Inside India’s coal industry, part 1: Transport woes continue to throttle supply as metal, power plants face shortages of the dry fuel

Maintaining a regular supply of coal is becoming difficult for private steel, power, and aluminium producers, as they face shortage of coal due to throttled production in mines and poor transportation facilities

Business

Sahara's Subrata Roy is planning a comeback and high on his priority is online education

It will be offered at a minimal cost to millions of subscribers in small towns and villages, the sources said.

India

Aroon Purie hands over reins of India Today to daughter Kallie; appoints her as group vice-chairperson

Aroon Purie, chairman of Living Media group, has stepped down from active duties at the conglomerate, appointing his daughter Kallie to handle operations.

Life

For Bengali journal Dakshini Barta, the message goes beyond the medium

The editor of Dakshini Barta (Messages from the East), is none other than veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, lying in a coma for nearly a decade in a hospital.

Business

Economic slowdown: RSS to hold economists' meet on 6 October, suggest steps to tide over crisis

Top BJP leader Subramanian Swamy remarked last month that the country's economy was heading towards depression

India

Gauri Lankesh murder: 14 days on, probe lacks direction; family dispute, political rivalry amid possible angles

Bengaluru Police have said that Lankesh and Indrajit had a series of disagreements, both gave statements to the cops against each other and blamed each other for eyeing family property, including the rights of Lankesh Patrike after the death of their father, editor and publisher P Lankesh.

Business

Baba Ramdev's Patanjali all set to bag Rs 700 cr mid-day meal contract for Uttar Pradesh schools

The Patanjali group claims its aim is to serve healthy food across India and the pitch to manage the Uttar Pradesh mid-day meal project is purely a business decision

India

Gauri Lankesh silenced before she could expose corrupt Karnataka industrialists and politicians, claims friend

Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, shot dead on Tuesday night at her residence on the outskirts of Bengaluru, was reportedly contemplating a series of exposes on corrupt industrialists and politicians in Karnataka.

India

Gauri Lankesh took 3 bullets to her chest: Noted journalist from Bengaluru was known for her anti-Right stance

Senior journalist and publisher Gauri Lankesh died in a hail of gunfire at her residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening, police investigating the case said.

India

Urban murders: In India, there's little understanding of the psychology of killers

This is the second in a two-part series about the rising incidence of urban murders, which looks at the psychological perspective

India

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets 20 years in jail: Curtains for Dera chief but blind faith in godmen hard to end

Self-proclaimed godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh lived his life almost like an abominable snowman — a creature rarely seen and yet feared and worshipped

India

Aspiration, greed, jealousy, malice: Cops explain why urban murders are on the rise in India

What can explain the uptick in murders in India despite data on homicides that says they are on the decline?

Life

Nainital bungalow where Bimal Roy shot Madhumati could be turned into museum for filmmaker

The Uttarakhand government currently runs bi-weekly camps for tuberculosis patients in the bungalow, where Bimal Roy shot Madhumati — one of his best films, and the biggest commercial hits of 1958

India

Varanasi could be India’s new God’s Own Country, amid effort to re-brand it as 'a home to all religions'

Efforts are on to shape Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's constituency, into the world’s spiritual capital and turn the city’s blatant juxtaposition of life and death into high-voltage commerce.

Life

A passage to heaven: Varanasi's Manikarnika Ghat is a place for last rites, and deliverance

A pyre burns 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at Manikarnika Ghat. Across Varanasi, nearly 200 bodies are burned every day.

India

NDTV fires close to 100 technical staff; sources suggest employees in editorial divisions may be next

Close to 100 employees have been fired by New Delhi Television (NDTV), and the decision has shaken up journalists who have always considered the channel to be the best place to work in news television

Life

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay's Pather Panchali and its protagonist Apu get a graphic update

Almost nine decades after Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay penned the iconic novel Pather Pachali — about the journey of Apu — the novelist's grandson, Trinankur Banerjee, is scripting a continuation of the story set in modern times.