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A blue city and a fake lava flow

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Some Nights, Fun

2 21, Adele

3 Whitney - The Greatest Hits, Whitney Houston

4 Reign of Terror, Sleigh Bells

5 19, Adele

Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am

'Vulgar' cheerleaders draw catcalls

Dancers' revealing outfits lead protesters to burn effigies of IPL bosses

Cheerleaders at Indian Premier League (IPL) matches have attracted fierce opposition from a swathe of political and activist groups, with protests ranging from effigy burning to calls for more conservative costumes and demands for an outright ban.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am


A potpourri of religions and cultures, this Indian city will flood your senses with its chaotic streets, teeming humanity and remnants of the British Raj.

1. The Maidan

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Calcutta's Marxists put British back on their pedestals

A bust of George V was erected with great fanfare in the heart of Calcutta in 1939. It survived India's independence in 1947. But in 1967, within months of a communist-led coalition capturing power in West Bengal, the royal bust was unceremoniously taken down along with statues of many other prominent British colonial figures and dumped in a store.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Perfect 10

1 Chandni Chowk

13 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

New Rank for Zhang

China's Zhang Lianwei's good early season form has moved him into fourth position on the Omega Order of Merit.

Visa problems meant he was unable to compete in last week's Classic Indian Open in Calcutta, but the cheque for US$25,042 he took home for second place in the season-opening London Myanmar Open in Bagan has placed him in a strong position.

19 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Logistical nightmare for chaotic Calcutta

Calcutta authorities have been racing against time to arrange security and clean up the city before Mother Teresa's funeral.

Officials have allayed fears the Nobel peace laureate's body could start to decompose through exposure to the extreme heat and humidity.

Now they are grappling with the logistics of coping with an unprecedented VIP flood.

13 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

India's legacy of partition

It is August 15, 1947. The British have departed, fully expecting to be called back in desperation when the shocked Indians discover they cannot rule themselves after all without the superior skills of the imperial administration.

7 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Tender for port dredgings

A global tender has been floated to undertake a massive dredging operation at Calcutta, Cochin, Bombay and Goa ports to ensure proper navigation facilities at these ports, according to the chairman of the Calcutta Port Trust.

28 Aug 1996 - 12:00am