- A thought-provoking editorial appeared in ET yesterday. I was compelled to write a counter argument about the subject. It is about reserving certain items for procurement from the SSI sector. Take a look at it here.
- The government ‘nuked’ on the Indo-US nuclear deal
- The Left has served a stern message that its support to the UPA government cannot be taken for granted if the Indo-US nuclear deal is pressed ahead with.
- These are tough times for the government led by the Congress party.
- Though it is unlikely that the Left will pull the rug from under the feet of the UPA government; nothing can be successfully prognosticated in politics. Let’s wait and watch the developments.
- Online realty sales
- The Government of Rajasthan has begun the process of ‘dematting’ the property title deeds in a bid to make the real estate sales far more transparent.
- It is being done with the help of an NGO or urban governance – Janaagraha.
- Once dematerialized, all property deeds will reflect the authenticity of the land titles, payment of property tax and dues to banks etc.
- North-East set for mega power drive
- Arunachal Pradesh may produce 25,000 MW of hydel power in the next 7 to 8 years. Of this around 65% generation may come from private sector alone.
- The policy envisaged provides that the private developers will have to give 12% of the generated power free to the state government. In addition they will have to pay a cess of 1 pase per unit of power produced.
- Death threats to Taslima Nasrin
- Majidullah Khan Farhad of
based Majlis Bachao Tehriq (MBT) accused Taslima of ‘defaming’ Islam and announced ‘unlimited financial reward’ to anybody who would kill her. Hyderabad
- I am left to wonder, what is the government doing about such publicly aired threats?
- Taslima has moved from
after her book ‘Lazza’ invoked the ire of fundamentalists there. She moved to Bangladesh Swedenthen and has been living there till 2002, when she moved to . India
- Though she has not been granted any citizenship or permanent residence, her visa has been extended from time to time.
- What are most common characteristics of innovators?
- The Business Week magazine has come out with a directory of the top Champions on Innovation. Let’s take a look at some of the common characteristics identified in them:
- They speak the language of design and user-friendliness.
- They derive their clout directly from the top and are the CEO’s consiglieri on creativity.
- They are mostly women.
- What is Nisar trophy about?
- It is a match between
India’s Ranji Trophy winners and ’s Quaid Trophy winners. Pakistan Pakistanand , who in 2004 resumed their high-profile bilateral cricket rivalry after a four-year hiatus amid political tensions, had agreed to stage an annual match between the winners of their respective domestic tournaments. India
- The match is played in memory of late Mohammad Nisar who played six Tests for
Indiain the 1930’s before migrating to in 1950’s. He died in Pakistan in 1963. Lahore
- Excerpts from Open Space of Sunday Times
- Why are athletic events held in anti-clock wise direction?
- Earth rotates in anti-clockwise direction. Hence, it is much easier to go around a circle in anti-clockwise direction.
- Can you name all the Himalayan ranges?
- Pir Panjal range (It is home to
- Dhaula Dhar range
- Zanskar range
- Ladakh range