India bans many single-use plastics to tackle waste

India imposed a ban on many single-use plastics on Friday in a bid to tackle waste choking rivers and poisoning wildlife, but experts say it faces severe headwinds from unprepared manufacturers and consumers unwilling to pay more.

Diamonds forge cornerstone of Israeli-Indian relations

  by Alexandra VARDI In his small office in the Israel Diamond Exchange near the coastal city of Tel Aviv, Pravin Kukadia proudly presents his collection of precious stones. Between Kukadia’s homeland, India, and his country of residence, Israel, diamonds have forged a key diplomatic and economic link — representing some 1.5 billion dollars a […]

Hindi-language ‘Tomb of Sand’ wins International Booker prize

Indian author Geetanjali Shree and US translator Daisy Rockwell have won the International Booker Prize for Hindi novel “Tomb of Sand”, a first for a book in an Indian language. The prestigious £50,000 ($63,000, 59,000-euro) prize is awarded to fiction from around the world that has been translated into English and is shared between the […]