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Harvard studies Allahabad during the Kumbh Mela

Harvard has sent a team of ~fifty researchers to study the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. The focus of the study is on how the government accommodates the [large number] million pilgrims who flock to the city, from the perspective of infrastructure, health, and other services.

E-cigarettes becoming popular in India

According to an article in DNA, a significant number of smokers with deeper pockets are switching to e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes which are also known as personal vaporisers have been steadily gaining in popularity in the West, initially as a way of breaking the smoking habit, with the added benefit of being completely smoke (and stink) free.

A Coimbatore hospital's migration to Linux

T.R. Easwar is a surgeon--at Ortho One, a hospital in Coimbatore--who moonlights as a python programmer with a passion for open source. In a recent blog post, he has written about his two-year long endeavour to migrate the hospital's PCs from Windows to Linux.