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  • Compromising with Covid..!
    It beats me, we haven’t beaten Covid yet. Everybody but everybody has a remedy for it, and most of them who have found one, call me up to suggest how they’re beating the virus, “Have a hot water bath every two hours!” says a friend. “But that will lead to a water shortage!” I tell him. “Well you don’t have to use the whole tub Bob, I mean we are talking about every two hours, so just take a mug of water and sprinkle all over yourself!
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - OCTOBER 21
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on October 21 Reuters 1945 - Women vote for the first time in France. 1966 - A colliery slag heap slid and buried a school in the Welsh village of Aberfan, killing 116 children and 28 adults. 1967 - The Egyptian navy sank the Israeli destroyer Eilat off Sinai. 1993 - Burundi's President Melchior Ndadaye died in an abortive military coup. 1994 - The United States and North Korea signed a landmark deal under
  • LAW IN MOTION – 16: Importance of FIRs
    Having gone through the basics of an FIR, it will be good to examine some other connected issues which may be important from a common man’s perspective. (a) How detailed should be the FIR? To the extent possible, the FIR should contain as many details about the crime as possible. The factual information is important and should be correctly mentioned e.g., the date, time and place of crime and identities of the victims and accused/suspects (if known with certainty) should be
  • A Longer, Whiter Beard..!
    It was on one of these Zoom calls that this pretty friend asked, “What’s with the beard Bob?” “I’ve always had a beard!” I replied quickly. “True, but you’re suddenly growing it longer!” “So that you will start believing in me!” I said a little angrily. “You mean you’re growing the beard to influence me?” asked my pretty friend. “Well,” I said, “Desperate times require d
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - OCTOBER 20
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on October 20 Reuters 1944 - In World War Two, Russian and Yugoslav forces captured Belgrade from German forces. 1960 - The trial started in London of Penguin Books, charged with contravening Britain's Obscene Publications Act by publishing D.H. Lawrence's novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover". 1964 - Herbert Hoover, who served as 31st president of the United States from 1929-33, died. 1968 - Jacki
  • What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data
    \\ Computer algorithms can involve complicated math, but the concept of an algorithm is simple. Hill Street Studios/DigitalVision via Getty Images Jory Denny, University of Richmond The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used throughout computing – algorithm. In the most general sense, an algorithm is a series of instructions telling a computer how to trans
  • Today in History: 19 October
    Reuters 1912 - Tripoli ceases to be under Turkish control after peace reached between Italy and Turkey. 1935 - The League of Nations imposed sanctions against Italy following its invasion of Ethiopia. 1978 - Rhodesian troops attacked suspected guerrilla camps in neighbouring Zambia, killing 300 people. 1986 - President Samora Machel of Mozambique and 30 of his staff were killed in a plane crash near the South African border. 1987 - Wall Street stocks plunged a record 508
  • In Ranthambore, a 'love affair' between 'Prince' Hamir and an ace photographer
    Vishnu Makhijani  IANS Its not easy following in the footsteps of the late Fateh Singh Rathore, Indias legendary "Tiger Man" who virtually single-handedly created and put on the world map the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan that is today home to upwards of 60 of the felines out of a total country-wide population of close to 3,000; or for that matter, conservationist Valmik Thapar, who has produced a range of TV programmes and authored 14 books on Indias wildli
  • The Dreaded 'S' Word..!
    And as the nation with a sense of shock finds the Maharashtra governor deriding a chief minister by calling him ‘secular’ I foresee a situation like this arising: “Ma,” cries a little fellow, as he returns home from school, “Today a boy in class uttered a bad word!” “Bad word!” screams the mother, “and did the teacher punish him?” “She made him wash his mouth with soap!” “Very good,” says the m
  • Today in History: October 17
    Reuters 1931 - American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion. 1961 - Riot police and Algerians demonstrating against colonial rule clashed in Paris. The authorities say only three people died but human rights groups insist the figure was over 240. 1989 - The 103-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species approved a worldwide ban on ivory trading. 1989 - The deadliest U.S. earthquake since 1906 shook the San Francisco Bay area, killing 67 people.
  • Today in History: October 16
    Reuters 1946 - A number of top German Nazis were hanged at Nuremberg after being found guilty of war crimes. They included former foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and former field marshal Wilhelm Keitel. 1951 - Pakistani Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was shot dead while addressing a public meeting in Rawalpindi. 1959 - General George C. Marshall, the U.S. Army chief of staff during World War Two, died. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953. 1973 - U.S. Secretary of
  • Ex-logger leads firefighters defending Indonesia's peatland
    Harry Jacques Thomson Reuters Foundation Setiono Ono pauses his morning forest-fire patrol near the northeastern coast of Sumatra island at a small timber dam between a logged area and an oil palm plantation.  Water the colour of charcoal is leaking out from the dam along a narrow canal cut to drain the surrounding peatland.    The dam, built by the local community here in the Siak regency of Riau province, is one of thousands of canal barriers constructed in r
  • Through the Covid Mountain..!  
    It loomed outside, fearful, menacing, growing bigger everyday: The Covid Mountain! I tried to look beyond, but the forbidding shadow of fear blocked my gaze. It stood, grim, evil, darkly foreboding! “Lord!” I cried, “Take me around the mountain!” And with news of the vaccine, my heart leaped with joy, “The vaccine will be here next week!” I was told, and rushed outside joyously, ready to welcome the deliverers, but alas, there was no sign of th
  • Today in History: October 15
    Reuters 1945 - Pierre Laval was executed for betraying his country during World War Two. As premier of Vichy, France from 1942 to 1944, he pursued a policy of collaboration with Nazi Germany. 1946 - Hermann Goering, the highest ranking Nazi tried at Nuremberg, committed suicide by taking a cyanide capsule in his prison cell the night before he was to be hanged. 1987 - Captain Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, was killed in a coup and replaced by Captain Blaise Compaor
  • Rivalry for want of more money
    Wati Longchar Economic growth and progress is the goal of all governments. We measure the success of the government in terms of economic growth only. No economic growth means the failure of the government. Many rebel groups emerged when there is no governance, no food security, and justice. Human beings always want to have more and more. We are never satisfied. We desire to live a very comfortable life and enjoy all luxuries. People look up to those people who have a lot to spend fo
  • Law in Motion – 15: First Information Report-II
    Rupin Sharma, IPS  Having dealt with the law pertaining to FIRs (Section 154 of CrPC), it may be worthwhile turning our attention to some other related aspects. (1) What does lodging an FIR mean? In the simplest terms, an FIR is a report to the police about a cognizable offence or an attempt to commit one. It may be noted that attempts to commit offences are punishable and sometimes even preparatory acts are also made punishable by law. Thus, when an information about a
  • Are You A Rabbit?
    Got you, didn’t I? You thought I was calling you a Walt Disney bunny rabbit, didn’t you? One of those hopping four legged furry fellows who multiply as quickly as you put them together, but no, it’s not that type of a rabbit I’m talking about. Did you know when top runners are attempting to set a world record they use a runner to set a fast pace in the early laps. Such a runner is called a ‘rabbit’. The rabbit has no chance of winning the race. Hi
  • Today in History October 14
    Reuters 1912 - U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was shot by a would-be assassin in Milwaukee. He was saved by his thick coat and a bundle of paper in his breast pocket. 1964 - U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1977 - The American actor and singer Bing Crosby died of a heart attack. He was remembered for his "Road to ..." films with Bob Hope and his version of the song "White Christmas". 1998 - Nigeria's e
  • Quick fix for hunger and climate goals? More spending on small farmers
    Thin Lei Win Thomson Reuters Foundation Global goals to tackle climate change and end hunger by 2030 are within reach if donors and developing nations help small farmers grow more climate resilient crops, access irrigation and tap into social safety nets, researchers said Monday. In a new report, they identified 10 key shifts that could lift nearly 500 million people out of hunger, double the incomes of 545 million small farmers in low and middle income countries, and limit agri
  • Oh Great Visionary Leader..!
    ‘Can you imagine,’ said the local corporator, poking a fat finger into my ribs, ‘the people want a new bus terminus.’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘I’ve heard about that.’ ‘What do we need a bus terminus for,’ laughed the corporator, ‘when we have an international airport over here. Which is bigger, bus or plane?’ ‘Plane’ I said. ‘Our people think very small,’ he continued, ‘they s