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Hate India frenzy finds little support in Nepal: but border politics stirs Bihar, UP!

  Nepal border: Raxaul-Birganj Nautanwa, Nepal border: Tension prevailed in Sonauli area on Indo-Nepal border in Nautanwa tehsil of Maharajganj district on Saturday after traders pulled down their shutters and blocked the entry of vehicles from Nepal to India. It was in retaliation to the denial of entry to traders, people and tourists from India to Nepal by a splinter group of Nepal’s Maoist Party as a part of its anti-India agitation. The district authorities have stepped up securityalong the border. Traders said that Maoists on the other side of border are attacking and looting Indian... 

Lokpal dilemma paralyzes Congress: but is the opposition paralyzed too?

Lokpal dilemma paralyzes Congress: but is the opposition paralyzed too?   Moment of action: 'Paralysis' by Jack Kevorkian! New Delhi: latest reports emerging from Delhi inform that in the opinion of the Team Anna, the incoherence of the government’s response is explained by the division of opinion over the Jan Lokpal Bill within the Congress party. The Anna team seems to believe that the party’s internal politics forced the Government to take a U-turn in its negotiations with the Jan Lokpal group.  Late last night around 1 AM, the Government called the Team Anna and invited... 

Occidentally Yours-Remembrance of Sins Past: Brits ignore, Germans obsess!

Somnath Batabyal Occidentally Yours     Remembrance of Sins Past: Brits ignore, Germans obsess!     by Somnath Batabyal   A few evenings back, at a dinner party, a colleague had gone on for a bit too long on German efficiency and its industrious manufacturing of more and more tarmac and fast, reliable cars. Perhaps slightly irritated, perhaps having consumed a wee bit more wine than is advisable, I snapped and retorted that it was the same efficiency which produced Hitler and his brutal machinations. The rest of the dinner was consumed in silence and the guests left immediately... 

Alarm bells for Congress: congress MPs express support for Hazare and strong Lokpal Bill!

Alarm bells for Congress: congress MPs express support for Hazare and strong Lokpal Bill!     Priya Dutt: supports strong Lokpal! New Delhi: latest reports on a TV news channel mention a new development in the Anna Hazare movement that should sound an alarm for the Congress. After Hazare’s call to people to approach their MPs demanding that Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill be passed in Parliament, the MPs now face a strong pressure at their doorsteps. Some of them such as Priya Dutt and Sanjay Nirupam are already expressing clear support for Hazare. When Priya Dutt met the 50-odd... 

Development Days- Free Nalanda from the prison of its past

Michael Neri Development Days Free Nalanda from the prison of its past By Michael Neri Whether the anticipated (or should we be saying promised?) $ 1 billion for the proposed Nalanda International University will ever get raised and invested is more than a little uncertain, but what if it does? Will that have a significant impact on Bihar’s economy and on development in the region, as distinct from what it will do for encouraging cultural integration in Asia, and for India’s reputation for scholarship? Let’s do some back of envelope calculations in an attempt to answer this question. A... 

Terms of Lokpal debate: seen the government draft, Anna’s draft, now look at Aruna Roy’s draft too!

Terms of Lokpal debate: seen the government draft, Anna’s draft, now look at Aruna Roy’s draft too!   Aruna Roy: the RTI pioneer! New Delhi: now that Anna Hazare, his team and his supporters have been left free to protest and broadcast their viewpoint, it is high time that thinking people of the country, civil society or not, join the debate more fulsomely. In the last few days and weeks, the energy and the steadfastness that went into defending Anna’s right to protest and the citizen’s right to support him may now be diverted towards more productive channels. We now need to put our... 

Batras [बतरस]-Lokpal Movement: is democracy an automated machine or an organism!

Ratnakar Tripathy Batras [बतरस] Lokpal Movement: is democracy an automated machine or an organism!  By Ratnakar Tripathy Despite its many faults, India is indeed a democracy to be proud of. Not all the time. But not too infrequently either! But when this pride turns into hubris [ahankar], you get an interesting paradox. When an Anna Hazare raises his voice to speak, he is told please fight the next election and join the parliament before you open your mouth. Is this a case of democracy bullying the citizen and telling him you don’t matter? First, let us make an admission that seems... 

With Anna’s arrest, India is tense: where do we go from here?

With Anna’s arrest, India is tense: where do we go from here?   Mass support: can it be stopped? New Delhi: by arresting Anna and his team, the ruling party has placed itself on a path of no return – into a tunnel that may not have an opening at the other end! By declaring the Lokpal movement as the ‘second freedom struggle’, Anna Hazare may have produced just the spark that the public in India has awaited for some time. The reason for the arrest – the petty pinpricking issue of law and order executed as if by the local police station on the basis on a decision taken by the cop in... 

Saurabh from Bihar wins under-9 national chess championship in Bhubaneshwar

Saurabh from Bihar wins under-9 national chess championship in Bhubaneshwar Saurabh: King under-9! Patna: according to press reports, Saurabh Anand of Bihar won the 25th National under-9 chess championships that concluded in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. This was Saurabh’s Independence Day gift to his state. A boy from Purnia, Saurabh also won in the Commonwealth Games this year. Saurabh finished strongly with five victories in a row to win the Open event with nine wins and two defeats. He won the championship after 11 rounds of the game with altogether 135 participants.  Ram Arvind from Tamilanadu... 

IKEA, world’s largest furniture retailer aims at 100% dependence on renewable energy

IKEA, world’s largest furniture retailer aims at 100% dependence on renewable energy IKEA stores: equipped with solar panels! London: IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer from Sweden has a story to tell the world! The story relates to its goal to derive all of its energy needs from renewable sources. The latest is it is now installing 39,000 solar panels on the rooftops of its stores in the United Kingdom to help achieve that goal. Reports in the European press mention that Ikea earlier purchased a 12.3-MW wind farm in Huntly in northeast Scotland from Good Energies Capital Inc. According... 
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