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China

Xinjiang capital – Urumqi – goes into ‘War-time’ Mode

There is something afoot. One of its Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang – the province where the Uighurs were has gone into “wartime mode” and launched an emergency response plan after the city reported 16 new coronavirus cases on Friday.  Just 16 cases and war-time

18 Jul 20 1 min read
India

Air bubble between India, Germany and France for plane travel

India has announced the creation of travel bubbles with the US, Germany, and France.  Airlines from these countries can bring passengers of certain categories of passengers and fly them out.  Air India announced flights till August end to US, Paris and Frankfurt.  Also, Air India will lower its fares as

18 Jul 20 1 min read
India

Rajnath Singh visits soldiers near LoC in Kupwara

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited a forward post near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir and interacted with the soldiers deployed there. > जो बोले सो निहाल… pic.twitter.com/PK578l7Mon [https://t.co/PK578l7Mon] — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July

18 Jul 20 1 min read
News

Joe Biden warns of Russian Election Meddling

Biden warned that if Russia continued to interfere there would be «a real price to pay» if he wins the November election against Republican President Donald Trump. It is unclear when Biden began receiving the intelligence briefings, which are normal for major-party presidential nominees. Biden said at a June 30

18 Jul 20 1 min read
India

Joe Biden embraces Islamists to jeopardize ties with India

US presidential hopeful Joe Biden has wandered into a swamp where UK’s Labour Party leader and defeated prime ministerial candidate Jeremy Corbyn’s ankles got stuck and he could never recover. The Democrat nominee wants India to «restore the rights of Kashmiris», and is disappointed over the Citizenship Act

18 Jul 20 2 min read
News

US throws a paltry USD 8 mn aid to Pak for coronavirus after Imran Khan went asking

US is giving aid to Pakistan. We all know how bad the Pakistani economy [https://www.drishtikone.com/imf-warns-pakistans-budget-deficit-spiral-close-to-10-of-gdp/] is given the impact of corona / COVID-19.  Dressed in a casual sweat shirt, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went [https://www.dawn.com/news/1548748/pm-imran-asks-world-for-debt-relief-in-war-on-covid-19] to the world community on

17 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

Elon Musk takes CNN apart on its fake reporting

CNN – my favorite news channel for years – has become the hotbed for fake news and falsehoods.  Its ideological predispositions makes it create villains and post unsubstantiated stories, opinions which are clearly and obviously biased – actually more of “hitjobs” than opinion or reporting. CNN published how despite Elon Musk’s claim

16 Apr 20 1 min read
News

IMF warns Pakistan’s budget deficit spiral close to 10% of GDP!

Pakistan’s economy is in a tail-spin.  We have discussed the impending doom for the Pakistani [https://www.drishtikone.com/terror-hub-pakistans-economic-doom/] economy since 2018.  Only its shenanigans and the ability to sell any snake oil to other countries has managed to keep it from fully collapsing.  Things are about to

16 Apr 20 1 min read
Economics

IMF supports India’s proactive response to COVID-19

India has followed a different strategy than many other nations in terms of the response to COVID-19.  It has been of quick and complete lockdown.  Which makes sense for such a large country with that dense a population.  If the COVID-19 had gotten out of control, there was enough reason

16 Apr 20 2 min read
Corona

U.S. May Face 18 Months of Rolling Shutdowns

Corona Virus has locked down most of the countries in the world.  And everybody seems to have his/her own expert opinion – as was the case with Fareed Zakaria this week in GPS.  Now, Fed Minneapolis President, Neel Kashkari suggests that in absence of a real vaccine for the problem,

13 Apr 20 1 min read
Indian Culture

Doordarshan launches DD Retro to telecast classic hits

Doordarshan is starting a new channel called DD Retro to telecast programs that bring back nostalgia from the 1980s. > To relive the nostalgia of your favourite memorable serials of Doordarshan, watch DD Retro. pic.twitter.com/h8mo3Otd14 [https://t.co/h8mo3Otd14] — DD RETRO (@RetroDD) April 12, 2020 [https://twitter.com/

13 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

Tablighi Jamaat members defecate in Narela quarantine center 

Tablighi Jamaat followers have become the single largest vector, such that a separate column is being used in the national and state statistics for COVID-19.  They are called “Single Source” in order to be ‘politically correct’ by a media which does not use such restraint in cases involving the majority

13 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

Jamaat coronavirus patient spits at nurse in Trichy

One of the Tablighi Jamaat followers who attended the congregation in Delhi on March 25th and now in a hospital in Tiruchirappalli has done what a lot of other Tablighi Jamaat followers have been doing – spitting on doctors and nurses. > A person who tested positive for Covid-19 reportedly spat on

13 Apr 20 1 min read
News

How India ignored WHO and averted a major COVID-19 crisis

In dealing with Coronavirus, the countries, which kept WHO at arm’s length like Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, and India, have been more successful. Because WHO came out to be a Chinese puppet and its complicit role in Coronavirus spread has taken more lives than the organization saved in its

09 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

Delhi Govt Seals 20 COVID-19 Hotspots and makes Masks mandatory

As the Delhi cases have reached close to 700 (669), Arvid Kejriwal swung into action. > The Delhi government on Wednesday announced sealing of 20 coronavirus hotspots comprising small pockets of settlements and apartment complexes, and made it compulsory for people to wear face masks when stepping outdoors to contain the

09 Apr 20 1 min read
Corona

Delhi police trace Nizamuddin Markaz Chief Maulana Saad

The Chief of Nizamuddin Markaz, Maulana Saad was absconding [https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/nizamuddin-markaz-chief-maulana-saad-absconding-manhunt-in-up-delhi-1662436-2020-04-02] after an FIR was lodged against him.  He has now been found in Zakir Nagar.  And, he wants to be under self-quarantine. > The Chief of Nizamuddin Markaz Maulana Saad Khandalvi has been traced by

08 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Greece offering virtual tourism during Corona travel closure

Travel industry is reeling under tremendous pressure.  With the lockdowns extending everywhere in the world due to Corona virus, the travel industry will be completely devastated.  So countries and economies that depend heavily on tourism are trying to find ways to generate some interest and keep people interested in their

06 Apr 20 1 min read
News

BJP, RSS ask government to prepare for ease out

economictimes.indiatimes.com – NEW DELHI: There may be a lot of uncertainty over how the 21-day lockdown will be eased after April 14, but the BJP-led states, RSS-affiliated unions and BJP are already chalking out strategies to en…

05 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Gauba urges DMs to have a crisis management plan

economictimes.indiatimes.com – NEW DELHI: Even as the district magistrates of Mumbai, Bhilwara, Gautam Budh Nagar and Agra – the current epicentre of Covid-19 cases – disclosed their strategy to contain the pandemic, Union cabinet…

05 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Here are 15 incidents in the past two weeks where Muslim mobs attacked health workers and police personnel trying to control Coronavirus spread

— Consider reading the article Here are 15 incidents in the past two weeks where Muslim mobs attacked health workers and police personnel trying to control Coronavirus spread [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/here-are-15-incidents-in-the-past-two-weeks-where-muslim-mobs-attacked-health-workers-and-police-personnel-trying-to-control-coronavirus-spread/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — At a time when the healthcare workers, policemen are

05 Apr 20 2 min read
News

Viral message on WhatsApp claiming Maulana Saad of Tablighi Jamaat donated to Rs 1 crore to PM’s Relief fund is fake, here is how

— Consider reading the article Viral message on WhatsApp claiming Maulana Saad of Tablighi Jamaat donated to Rs 1 crore to PM’s Relief fund is fake, here is how [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/viral-message-on-whatsapp-claiming-maulana-saad-of-tablighi-jamaat-donated-to-rs-1-crore-to-pms-relief-fund-is-fake-here-is-how/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — As Maulana Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi remains absconding

05 Apr 20 3 min read
News

Defence PSUs, OFB join fight against COVID-19

economictimes.indiatimes.com – New Delhi: Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and the Ordnance Factory Board have pitched in to shore up India’s fight against COVID-19. The OFB has planned for 280 isolation beds across 10 h…

05 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Coronavirus global toll crosses 65,000

economictimes.indiatimes.com – Paris: More than 1.2 million cases, including 65,272 deaths, have been reported in 190 countries and territories around the world since the virus first emerged in China in December, according to an A…

05 Apr 20 1 min read
News

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokriyal assures students of no academic loss in case of an extension of the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown

— Consider reading the article HRD Minister Ramesh Pokriyal assures students of no academic loss in case of an extension of the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/hrd-minister-ramesh-pokriyal-assures-students-of-no-academic-loss-in-case-of-an-extension-of-the-nationwide-coronavirus-lockdown/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — On Sunday, Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Ramesh Pokhriyal assured

05 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Coronavirus: 522 out of 571 COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu linked to Tablighi Jamaat

— Consider reading the article Coronavirus: 522 out of 571 COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu linked to Tablighi Jamaat [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/coronavirus-522-out-of-571-covid-19-positive-cases-in-tamil-nadu-linked-to-tablighi-jamaat/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — 522 out of 571 coronavirus positive cases in Tamil Nadu are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event

05 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Shekhar Gupta’s website comes up with the silliest apologia of Islamism and Tablighi Jamaat, even the Jamaatis’ bullsh*t sounds better

— Consider reading the article Shekhar Gupta’s website comes up with the silliest apologia of Islamism and Tablighi Jamaat, even the Jamaatis’ bullsh*t sounds better [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/shekhar-gupta-the-print-tablighi-jamaat-apologia-bjp-it-cell/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — The Tablighi Jamaat has almost singlehandedly turned the battle against

05 Apr 20 5 min read
News

Gujarat: Two cops who skipped duty to offer group namaz in madarsa suspended and arrested

— Consider reading the article Gujarat: Two cops who skipped duty to offer group namaz in madarsa suspended and arrested [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/coronavirus-gujarat-police-offered-group-namaz-madarsa-suspended-arrested/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — On Saturday, the Gujarat Police suspended and arrested two cops for skipping duty and offering prayers at

04 Apr 20 1 min read
News

Latest updates and important links about COVID-19 coronavirus

— Consider reading the article Latest updates and important links about COVID-19 coronavirus [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/latest-updates-and-important-links-about-covid-19-coronavirus-live-india/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — Live statistics and tracking of news related to COVID-19 coronavirus with focus on India (as of 5 April 2020, 9:00 AM). Total affected

04 Apr 20 6 min read
News

Donald Trump requests PM Narendra Modi to supply hydroxychloroquine tablets to treat COVID-19 US patients

— Consider reading the article Donald Trump requests PM Narendra Modi to supply hydroxychloroquine tablets to treat COVID-19 US patients [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/donald-trump-requests-modi-hydroxychloroquine-tablets-to-treat-covid-19-coronavirus-patients/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to supply

04 Apr 20 1 min read
News

COVID-19 brought under Ayushman Bharat Scheme, testing and treatment to be available for free at private labs and hospitals

— Consider reading the article COVID-19 brought under Ayushman Bharat Scheme, testing and treatment to be available for free at private labs and hospitals [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/covid-19-brought-under-ayushman-bharat-scheme-testing-and-treatment-to-be-available-for-free-at-private-labs-and-hospitals/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — The Ministry of Health and Family welfare has now put [https://www.livemint.

04 Apr 20 2 min read
News

Coronavirus: Tablighi Jamaat members continue to endanger public health in different states in India

— Consider reading the article Coronavirus: Tablighi Jamaat members continue to endanger public health in different states in India [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/tablighi-jamaat-endanger-public-health-statewise-india-coronavirus-covid-19/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — The massive jump in the number of Wuhan Coronavirus cases in India is solely due to the Tablighi

04 Apr 20 7 min read
News

Two new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Mumbai’s Dharavi

— Consider reading the article Two new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Mumbai’s Dharavi [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/two-new-covid-19-positive-cases-detected-in-mumbais-dharavi/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — The densely populated slum of Mumbai, Dharavi has reported two fresh cases of Wuhan coronavirus. A 30-year old woman from Baliga Nagar

04 Apr 20 1 min read
News

BJP MP shares video accusing Arvind Kejriwal government of providing worm-infested food to the poor during the lockdown

— Consider reading the article BJP MP shares video accusing Arvind Kejriwal government of providing worm-infested food to the poor during the lockdown [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/bjp-mp-shares-video-accusing-arvind-kejriwal-government-of-providing-worm-infested-food-to-the-poor-during-the-lockdown/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — As the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has brought the country to a screeching halt due

04 Apr 20 2 min read
News

101 people crammed in Mumbai shelter house amidst lockdown, cancer patients living in close quarters with migrant workers: Reports

— Consider reading the article 101 people crammed in Mumbai shelter house amidst lockdown, cancer patients living in close quarters with migrant workers: Reports [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/mumbai-shelter-house-cancer-patients-with-migrant-workers-beggars-coronavirus-lockdown/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — A whopping 101 people have been living in a temporary Mumbai shelter house

04 Apr 20 2 min read
News

145 Hindus test Coronavirus positive after visiting​ Vaishno Devi: Islamist Ali Sohrab, who was once arrested, spreads fake news again

— Consider reading the article 145 Hindus test Coronavirus positive after visiting​ Vaishno Devi: Islamist Ali Sohrab, who was once arrested, spreads fake news again [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/fact-check-ali-sohrab-once-arrested-fake-news-vaishno-devi-devotees-coronavirus-positive/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — In his bid to defend the rabid Islamist organisation Tablighi Jamaat, which

04 Apr 20 2 min read
News

Entire colony in Madhya Pradesh sealed after a Dubai returned man hosted feast for 1500 people and later tested positive along with 11 members of his family

— Consider reading the article Entire colony in Madhya Pradesh sealed after a Dubai returned man hosted feast for 1500 people and later tested positive along with 11 members of his family [https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/entire-colony-in-madhya-pradesh-sealed-after-a-dubai-returned-man-hosted-feast-for-1500-people-and-later-tested-positive-along-with-11-members-of-his-family/] on OpIndia [https://www.opindia.com/] website — A Dubai returned man, who

04 Apr 20 2 min read
India

Pakistan fails at UN Security Council on Kashmir yet again!

A farce was attempted and it got demolished in good time.  Pakistan tried to use China to rake up Kashmir issue in UN Security Council but it got shot down with only China siding with Pakistan.  Pakistan is very fond of the UN Security Council resolutions [https://www.drishtikone.com/

17 Aug 19 1 min read
News

Where Russian ads targeted the American voters

There is no doubt now how Russia targeted the Americans with social media ads during the 2016 elections.  And this has come out during the Mueller investigations. > Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet

09 Aug 19 1 min read
India

Pakistan bans all Indian content post Article 370, despite their addiction to it

After the five decisions [https://www.drishtikone.com/post-article-370-pakistani-establishment-decides-on-self-destruction/] , and stopping of Samjhauta Express, Pakistan has banned Indian content in Pakistan. > “No Indian cinema will be screened in any Pakistani cinema. Drama, films and Indian content of this kind will be completely banned in Pakistan,” Firdous Ashiq Awan, an adviser

09 Aug 19 2 min read
News

Yet Another Jaish commander gunned down in  Anantnag 

The terrorist from Jaish-e-Mohammad who killed the Station House officer in Anantnag has been killed by the security forces, along with his associate.  He had attacked the CRPF personnel on June 12th this year and killed 5 CRPF personnel along with the SHO, Arshad Khan. Another Jaish commander has been

31 Jul 19 2 min read
India

Something big in the offing? 10,000 troops rushed to Kashmir

As Amit Shah tightens the screws on Kashmir, it is now learnt that more troops have been ordered [https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-centre-rushes-10000-troops-to-kashmir-2776304] for Kashmir on an immediate basis.  Officials have said the Union home ministry has ordered the deployment of 100 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces

27 Jul 19 1 min read
News

Urban Naxal Gautam Navlakha was liaising with Hizbul Mujahideen

Pune Police has found during its investigation that Gautam Navlakha was liaising with Hizbul Mujahideen organization on behalf of the Naxals.   Letters written by one of the Naxals Sai Baba brought this out. Aruna Pai, Pune Police’s counsel has stated categorically [https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-activist-gautam-navlakha-was-liaising-with-hizbul-on-behalf-of-naxals-says-pune-police-2775458] in front

24 Jul 19 1 min read
Europe

Greeks are the Biggest Cultural Chauvinists in Europe

There was a time when the Greek Culture was at its peak and brought a lot of great ideas and philosophies.  But all that was destroyed over the years and Abrahamic belief systems over-powered its existence.  Specifically Christianity.  A Pew Research Center poll [https://www.pewforum.org/2017/05/10/

06 Nov 18 1 min read
News

Molestation charges framed by Delhi Court against former TERI director R K Pachauri

Molestation charges were framed against environmentalist and Former Director of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), R K Pachauri by the Saket Court, Delhi on Saturday as per reports [https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/court-frames-molestation-charges-against-rk-pachauri-in-sexual-harassment-case/articleshow/66291573.cms] . Pachauri will be tried for the offences punishable under sections 354 [https:

20 Oct 18 1 min read
News

BJP sweeps Jammu Civic polls while Congress Loses Badly

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday emerged as a clear winner in the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) elections with 43 seats in its kitty, bettering its previous strength of 25 in the 75-member body. The Congress suffered a big loss in the election, winning only 14 seats against its 26

20 Oct 18 1 min read
News

Bankrupt Pakistan threatens ‘Arms race’ after India’s S-400 Deal

Pakistan strongly believes [https://www.thenews.com.pk/amp/383022-s-400-system-to-destabilise-strategic-stability-in-region-pakistan?__twitter_impression=true] that India’s decision to buy Russian S-400 air defence system “will further destabilize strategic stability in South Asia besides leading to a renewed arms race,” said the Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement. On Friday, Foreign

20 Oct 18 1 min read
News

Companies are now buying insurance against harassment charges #MeToo

For India Inc, the recent spate of allegations under the ‘Me Too’ movement has led to a realisation that it is not just large companies or those with global operations that need an Employment Practices Liability cover but also smaller domestic firms. The Employment Practices Liability cover provides protection against

20 Oct 18 1 min read
India

DrishtikoneDaily.com: The Curated News Channel by Drishtikone

For many years, I have been thinking of adding a daily news channel to this normal Drishtikone blog which will stand on its own and brings to everyone who is interested in India and things that impact Indians their daily news fix. DrishtikoneDaily: The Curated News Channel by Drishtikone #MSM

10 Dec 16 2 min read
News

She was quite silent for a minute or two

Images Credit [http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisschoenbohm/] A likely story indeed! said the Pigeon in a tone of the deepest contempt. ‘I’ve seen a good many little girls in my time, but never ONE with such a neck as that! No, no! You’re a serpent; and there’

17 Aug 13 5 min read
News

Facebook updates analysis can predict success in Jobs and Academics

Huh!?  Now it is possible to predict your success or failure in academics and job by analyzing your FB profile updates!  Better be careful!! > Your Facebook profile holds more valuable information about you than you might think. Researchers spent about 10 minutes looking at photos, wall posts, comments, education, and

23 Feb 12 1 min read
News

Stay away from Kingfisher: Rating Agencies

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Kingfisher!  Now even the financial institutions are afraid of working with the corporate and is treating the loans to it as Non-performing Assets. > Rating agencies on Wednesday warned against more exposure to debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, saying more debt may hit

23 Feb 12 1 min read
China

India Advises Indian Businesses against doing business in Chinese City

Things are heating up between India and China.  The latest incident – after many from China like actions regarding bureaucrats from Arunachal – is the Indian Advisory to Indian traders against doing business in Yiwu – near Shanghai. > Efforts were on to quietly shift them to Shanghai. But the controversy, which left an

22 Feb 12 1 min read
News

Americans Holding onto their cars longer now

Impact of a bad economy and job market is seen everywhere. Americans are keeping their vehicles longer and postponing their buying.  Which means that new car sales will be impacted in the coming months. > Americans are holding onto their new vehicles for about six years — 27 percent longer than before

21 Feb 12 1 min read
News

No one in Weybridge could tell us where the headquarters

Byfleet was in a tumult; people packing, and a score of hussars, some of them dismounted, some on horseback, were hunting them about. Three or four black government waggons, with crosses in white circles, and an old omnibus, among other vehicles, were being loaded in the village street. There were

19 Feb 12 4 min read
News

Lance Armstrong sends a message of inspiration to Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh, who has a tumor between his lungs and is battling with cancer, got inspiration from Lance Armstrong himself!  Armstrong wished him a speedy recovery and gave him hope as he stood behind the Indian All arounder. Indeed, a great gesture from a great man. > “Message from @lancearmstrong makes

15 Feb 12 1 min read
Economics

India’s Inflation Problem

India’s Inflation is getting worse every day.  And somehow Fiscal policy and Monetary policy “don’t talk to each other”. The level of corruption and the inadequate fiscal responses are taking the nation in a direction that can undo most of the growth projections touted by the Government and

15 Feb 12 2 min read
News

MGNREGA Creating Agricultural Labor Shortage

There is a story of Mohammad Bin Tughlaq – who has been historically known as the “wise fool”.  He had great ideas – like starting the coins (currency), but soon everyone in his kingdom was printing their own thing.  He taxed the most prosperous region – Doab – the most, in fact so much

12 Feb 12 1 min read
Creative

Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala in Agneepath

Rishi Kapoor as Rauf LalaAmongst all the contemporary actors, I have seen that the ones from the Kapoor family have always been under-estimated for their acting ability.  Rishi Kapoor is probably one of most under-estimated of the actors of his age. I was pleasantly surprised by his role as Rauf

12 Feb 12 1 min read
News

India’s $45 tablet – Aakash – succeeds commercially

The low cost tablet from the Indian Government seems to have been a rather unusual success.  In just two weeks of the launch, the sales topped 1.4 million units [http://www.zdnet.com/news/indias-47-aakash-tablet-tops-14-million-sales-in-two-weeks/6335693?tag=search-results-rivers;item0] ! Now, the tablet is being used by Universities for their

31 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Fidelity Investments in talks to sell India mutual fund business

In our 2012 Predictions [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/five-predictions-for-2012-how-will-the-world-be-like/] , we had talked about the tenuous situation with the Forex reserves of India and the whims and fancies of the Foreign Investors. Well, here is an example – which, hopefully, will not become a trend – otherwise India might face a

30 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Cricket Test match loss in under 3 days: Different Reactions

At least the Zimbabweans are “Embarrassed” with their loss in under 3 days.  Indian stars seem unaffected by their complete rout!  One test under 3 days, another in under 4 days.  Something is completely wrong with the entire cricket structure in India!! > Alan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach, has said his

30 Jan 12 1 min read
News

No Bare Bottoms pliss, we are Indians!

Not sure why the Film Censor board should be the carrier of morals of Indian adults?  Just give it an Adult only rating and let the grown ups be responsible for their libido or lack of it. Someone saying that bare bottoms and bare breasts are unacceptable for Indian audience

30 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Ex-IITian donates $5 mn to IIT-B for Cancer Research Center

The successful IITians are coming back in investing in fundamental research in India.  Such Centers of Excellence (CoEs) for various areas will go a long way to promote scientific research back home. > Living up to his promise made nearly four years ago, a US-based Indian and IT entrepreneur came to

30 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Finally, a Guinness Record for Mahatama Gandhi!

We have all sorts of ways to get to the Guinness Book somehow.  At least this kids got to display their love for non-violence and peace. > Aged between ten and sixteen, the kids, most of whom are from single mothers, walked for half a kilometer distance at Mayo Road in

30 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Indian Prime Minister is now on Twitter

The Indian PM is now on Twitter [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social-media/PMO-joins-Twitter/articleshow/11613921.cms] .  So, if you want to have a close conversation with him, you can tweet him your mind.  GIven his reticent nature he had tweeted only thrice on the first day and garnered 7000

24 Jan 12 1 min read
News

“Pak Military is a Representational Office for Taliban”

Some interesting points [http://www.deccanchronicle.com/editorial/op-ed/%E2%80%98pak%E2%80%99s-afghanistan-policy-support-taliban%E2%80%99-657] by Ashley J. Tellis, who is an influential US foreign affairs expert and currently senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace – on Pakistan, Afghanistan, US and India scenario. He says that

23 Jan 12 2 min read
Creative

Jaipur Literary Festival and its Global audience

Aarti Betigeri on why [http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2012/0122/What-s-all-the-buzz-about-Oprah-and-Salman-Rushdie-going-to-India] all the global celebs – like Salman Rushdie and Oprah Winfrey – were centerpiece in a Literary Fest in Jaipur?  Finally, a literary congregation which has made writing and reading “sexy” and “global”. > The Jaipur Literature Festival had relatively

23 Jan 12 1 min read
Environment

India’s Energy Conundrum: Which way to go?

Despite all the talk for ages now, India’s energy situation has remained unresolved.  For all the progress that India is slated to do in the coming years, the lack of proper infrastructure, of which energy is the most crucial component – will be a key villain.  Unless the resources are

23 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Reading of Satanic Verses by 4 authors in Jaipur lands them in trouble

Salman Rushdie didn’t come to Jaipur Literary festival.  But four authors read from Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses” at the festival.  This has created a big hue and cry [http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Jaipur/Complaint-against-authors-in-Satanic-Verses-row/Article1-800666.aspx] now.  Such is the terrorism of the Islamic community within India and

22 Jan 12 1 min read
Corruption

Mayawati Govt. spent Rs 4900 crores, but has no records!

Mayawati’s Government is in serious trouble over a rural health program [http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Lucknow/CAG-puts-Rs4-900-cr-tag-on-UP-health-scam/Article1-800325.aspx] , where Rs 4900 crores has gone missing and there is nothing to back it all up! > Where have Rs4,900 crore of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds gone

22 Jan 12 1 min read
News

Cowardly Maoist Leader, Nayeemuddin, likes having Female Bodyguards

Maoist Leader in India, Mohammed Nayeemuddin, has a personal role model – slain Libyan dictator, Mummar Gaddafi.  Like his role model, he loves to have women defend him [http://news.oneindia.in/2012/01/20/naxal-leader-turns-indian-gaddafi-with-female-bodyguard.html] . So, he has women bodyguards around him. Remember how Osama Bin Laden died?  He

20 Jan 12 1 min read
News

India suffers complete cricket humiliation

Ishant Sharma out and series wrapped!Surely, this must be one heck of a humiliation for the Indian team, as they lose a Test match in just two-and-half days to Australia heading to a straight 3-nil loss.  With two consecutive innings losses, the humiliation is complete. Somehow, the famed Indian

15 Jan 12 1 min read
Creative

NPR and News: Quality and Innovation at the forefront

My friend, Prem [https://www.drishtikone.com/users/prem], who writes on Drishtikone – would often reprimand me about the quality of the posts written on the blog.  Initially, to start with, I was more concerned about the quantity as opposed to quality of the posts.  He clearly disagreed.  It took

14 Apr 10 2 min read
Blogging

Eric Schmidt on News and Blogging

Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s made a speech [http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/04/the-future-is-mobile-and-other-thoughts-from-google-ceo-eric-schmidts-speech-at-asne/] two days back  at the American Society of News Editors conference in Washington DC.  He was trying to assuage the fears of the journalists about how Google is disrupting their livelihood. Well, what he said

13 Apr 10 1 min read
News

Why Economist succeeds and Newsweek/Time may close down

There is an interesting article on “The Atlantic” site, that the news-weeklies like Newsweek and Times are in trouble due to the digital onslaught.  Of most top news magazines, there is only ONE that stands out – The Economist. TO understand the difference, here is a stat: in the last year,

20 Jun 09 2 min read
News

Chitra Singh's daughter commits Suicide

A very sad news – just announced on the local radio here in context of Jagjit Singh.  Chitra Singh’s daughter – Monica Chowdhri – has committed suicide.  She was Chitra’s daughter from her marriage prior to Jagjit Singh. She was 46. She was found hanging from the ceiling fan in her

29 May 09 1 min read
News

Today's Business Brew from Indian Papers

Here is today’s top and interesting Economic news headlines from the various papers in India * Growth in the core infrastructure sectors down by 50% to 1.4% from 3.6% last year to a 4 year low.  The core sector six-cement, coal output, electricity, finished steel petroleum refinery products

06 Mar 09 1 min read
India

Indian News – then and now

When you see the news on Indian media (TV) today, it seems so rank bad.  When a Zee news reader reads out the news – you dont know whether she is speaking in English or Hindi?  It is Hinglish.. and the kids these days, as a result, cannot learn either of

24 Oct 08 2 min read
India

How Indian media is sold to outside influences!

I have a FIRM belief that the national media in India does not have the national interest at its heart!  And in my interactions with them I was more and more convinced that a predominant number of journalists were intellectual prostitutes!  In fact, once while throwing a PR party for

17 Oct 08 2 min read
News

"War is the natural condition of man": Robert Fisk

I remember having seen the book by Robert Fisk “The Great War for Civilization” at an airport and I couldn’t even wait and bought it right away.  This is an interview with him.  Anyone who has any interest in journalism or history or the world affairs would love and

29 Jul 08 1 min read
Issues

AP photographers with suspicious credentials in insurgent areas

Journalistic ethics are always in question when one is dealing with times of human tragedy. In 2006, AP photographer Bilal Hussein [http://michellemalkin.com/2006/09/18/associated-press-and-the-bilal-hussein-case-update-pentagon-strong-insurgent-ties/] won the Pulitzer prize for his coverage in Iraq. It was found that Hussein was involved with Al Qaeda and that is

16 Jul 08 1 min read
News

Akihabara Massacre

The busy and changing world of more and more technology and less people interaction is driving people off the edge.  Today a man mistakenly thought that he had been fired from him job.  That pushed him to go on a killling spree in Akihabara (Electronics Town). In a rather disastorous

10 Jun 08 1 min read
News

Tragedies around the world and Man's Greed

Last week has been a terrible one for the world.  Several large – man made and natural – have struck killing several and maiming and injuring many hundreds.  Here is the list: – Tornadoes in the US states of Missouri and Oklahoma killing 23 (BBC [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_

15 May 08 2 min read
News

Iraqi Mother and her son

There are many heart breaking pictures I have seen, but this is surely one of the most livid!  I can feel the pain of that lady, I can see (and feel) the breath of the son go away… into eternity while his Mother looks helplessly at the nonsense of this

08 Feb 08 1 min read
News

Top 10 stories missed in 2007

This is the year end time and time for the lists and remembering the year gone by.  Amongst the clutter of so many stories during the year Foriegn Policy mag [http://www.foreignpolicy.com/top10-2007/index.html] has listed a “Top 10 stories” that most of the folks missed.  Here

20 Dec 07 1 min read
News

Top 10 stories missed in 2007

This is the year end time and time for the lists and remembering the year gone by.  Amongst the clutter of so many stories during the year Foriegn Policy mag [http://www.foreignpolicy.com/top10-2007/index.html] has listed a “Top 10 stories” that most of the folks missed.  Here

20 Dec 07 1 min read
Misc

Animals and Humans to each others' help!

A southern Illinois firefighter, Dave Chambers [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/22/ap/strange/main3395357.shtml], yesterday went above and beyond his call of duty and gave mouth-mouth resuscitation after the house caught fire and he found the cat not breathing. > A southern Illinois firefighter is proof that

23 Oct 07 1 min read
Humour

Boy survives flight in wheel well of Boeing 737

This is strange, tragic and humorous – all at the same time.Incredible story [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Boy_survives_flight_in_wheel_well_of_Boeing_737] of a runaway boy! > A Russian teenager has accomplished an unprecedented feat in the history of world aviation. He flew a distance of

06 Oct 07 1 min read
News

Strange Illness strikes teachers/custodians in a Houston School!

There is still things that happen in the US that people of science cannot possibly explain. In a Houston middle school – Francis Scott Key School [http://cbs11tv.com/health/local_story_260161638.html], teachers are custodians have been falling sick.  So much that they have to be taken to the

20 Sep 07 1 min read
News

BBC costs £1.4 billion a year!

BBC [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/26/nbeeb126.xml] is one of my favorite news outlet.  And it costs a heck of a money (£1.4 billion a year) to keep it going and dwindling audience is not helping at all!  It is

26 Jun 07 1 min read
Business

Why the print newspapers do not do well online!?

Mike Markson lists some reasons why the local newspapers do not do well online…. > 1. Local brands don’t translate online. New mediums need new brands. [http://ries.typepad.com/ries_blog/2007/04/new_medium_new_.html] Localnewspaper.com doesn’t work. > 2. Local markets don’t exist online

22 May 07 2 min read
Business

Will Murdoch Gobble WSJ?

Wall Street Journal is already a very Right Wing newspaper in the US.  That is why although its business news is good, but I just cannot read its political commentary.  It simply insults my intelligence.  Now, Rupert Murdoch [http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=OBR&Date=20070510&

11 May 07 1 min read

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