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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Obama-Modi chemistry: Is China watching?

President Barack Obama’s trip to India was rich in symbolism: he is the first US President to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade. He is also the first US President who stepped on the soils of India twice during his tenure.
While addressing Delhi University students at Siri Fort auditorium on January 27, President Obama made some interesting comments. Unfortunately, Indian media overlooked the crucial point which should have been highlighted. Leading Indian newspapers focused on the different aspect in his speech!

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Taking Indian theatre to global stage

US-based Dr Dipan Ray is a pharmacist and scientist by profession. Notwithstanding a successful research career, three patents and several publications, theatre is in his blood. Ray, who teaches at Touro University New York, began his ‘acting tour’ in the seventies and eighties in Kolkata under the guidance of Debesh Chakravarty, a disciple of the eminent theatre personality, Utpal Dutta.

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‘Save the lives of girls’

Today (24 January) is Rastriya Balika Diwas.

Haryana has the worst sex ratio (number of females per 1,000 males) and child sex ratio in India. Out of the 100 worst districts in India for sex ratio, Haryana accounts for 12 districts.
That’s why Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose Haryana to launch the nationwide campaign called Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao (Save Girl Child, Educate Her). The scheme will focus on fighting female foeticide and empowering women through education.

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Obama’s digital strategy: River of Content

President Barack Obama has drafted a team of tech-savvy guys to revamp his digital communications strategy to reach out to wider audience. The team is tasked with producing a series of videos, digital op-eds, Facebook and Twitter posts, and six-second animated GIFs (Graphics Internet Format) to capture a larger audience than the mainstream media’s shrinking number of viewers and readers.

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Amarkantak: In search of solitude

As Azad Hind Express chugged out of howling Howrah station at 10pm, I said goodbye to Calcutta’s chaos and cacophony. A much-needed break I was looking for! What a relief!
Our destination: Amarkantak via Bilaspur
Objective: to attend the 151th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda at Ma Saradakanya Vidyapith (a tribal girls’ school) at Pondki, a sleepy village 12kms from Amarkantak. The school is run by septuagenarian Dr Prabir Sarkar.

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Bullets can’t silence brush

As I write this Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that the lights of the Eiffel Tower would be shut off at 8pm (local time). Meanwhile, armed French police have been scouring forests in north east of Paris for the two French-Algerian Muslim brothers suspected of mounting the deadly terrorist attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 persons, including 10 journalists dead.

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Credit card fraud in US on the rise

With over 100 million Americans falling victims to data breaches last year and major US retailers plagued by credit card hackers, Americans are becoming more worried about credit card fraud and identity crimes. It is time for the government to move the economy toward stronger, with more secure technologies that can better secure transactions and safeguard data, experts say.

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