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  • Today in History September 20
    Reuters 1928 - The Grand Fascist Council became Italy's supreme legislative body, replacing the Chamber of Deputies. 1979 - Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire was deposed by former President David Dako who returned the country to the status of Republic. 1998 - Malaysian police arrested sacked finance minister Anwar Ibrahim after he led demonstrators through the capital Kuala Lumpur. 1999 - Body piercer Quille Desade sets new world record with 75 body piercing
  • Today in History September 19
    Reuters 1955 - Encircled by revolutionary forces, President Juan Peron of Argentina resigned and fled into exile. 1961 - Jamaica voted in a referendum to secede from the West Indies Federation. 1985 - Up to 12,000 people were killed and 40,000 injured when an earthquake hit Mexico City and the adjoining region. The quake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale. 1994 - Thousands of U.S. troops swept ashore in Haiti in an attempt to restore democracy. 2000 - European farmers, tr
  • Zoom Calls and Saying It Simply..!
    With so many Zoom calls being made and many people wanting to speak on different subjects I find quite a few speakers trying to impress their audience with the kind of language they use, especially in using high sounding Shashi Tharoor words. A friend used the word ‘malodorous’ in his speech the other day. “Why didn’t you use a simple word?” I asked him later on the phone. “You’ve got to start using big words Bob,” he continued,
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 18
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 18 Reuters 1961 - Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish statesman and Secretary-General of the United Nations, was killed in a plane crash in what was then Northern Rhodesia. 1964 - Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright whose works included "Juno and the Paycock" (1924), died. He was 80. 1970 - Jimi Hendrix, U.S. rock singer and guitarist, died of a drug overdose aged 27. 1981 - The French parliament voted t
  • Arrest and Judicial Custody (Jail) and Preventive Detention
    1. Arrest: Usually restraint of liberty by police and is a temporary measure. After arrest, the person is sent to the custody of the magistrate/court - judicial custody. Perhaps a special form of judicial custody is ‘police remand’ - period for which police can seek, from the court, the custody of the person in their custody for investigation. This is a limited duration and after the period is over, the arrestee has to be returned to custody of magistrate/court &ndash
  • Changing my Security..!
    The watchman outside my gate was fast asleep. He was old, and wanting to return to his village, “We need to change the watchman!” I said as I glanced wearily from my window at his sleeping form. “What?” shouted the wife, jumping out of bed and staring at me with fixed, fearful eyes, “What have you done husband? What have you done? Tell me and we’ll think this out together!” “Done, I’ve been sitting here, ever since the lockdow
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 17
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 17 Reuters 1935 - Manuel Quezon y Molina was elected first president of the Philippine Commonwealth, established under U.S. tutelage. 1948 - Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden, United Nations mediator between Israel and the Arabs, was killed by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem whilst on a fact-finding mission. 1957 - In Thailand, the government of Field-Marshal Pibul Songgram was overthrown in a bloodless coup
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 16
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 16 Reuters 1940 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Selective Service Bill, making all American men between 21 and 35 liable to be called for military service. 1945 - The last remnants of the Japanese army in Hong Kong surrendered to the British. 1977 - Operatic soprano Maria Callas died in Paris at the age of 53. 1996 - McGeorge Bundy, a top aide to presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson
  • What’s the World Saying?
    A few days ago, I was asked to be a moderator on the new National Education Policy. The debate was conducted by the Atomic Energy Junior College in Tarapore. Much of the debate was on the three language formula and also the using of the mother tongue as a means of communication in the crucial initial years. Most, felt there would be chaos and confusion! It may come as a surprise to many, as some of our leaders clamour for national and regional languages, that both the US and also
  • Life: Success and Happiness
    Chongboi Singson Kohima  Do you spend your time thinking about life? Do you ever try to find out its meaning and what it is all about? Apparently, it is my favorite thing to do though it is the thing that leaves me with nothing but a series of questions. Do you ever think what real success and happiness could mean? I have sat down a thousand times, lost in my own thoughts as I think about life. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to find its meaning. You overcome one ch
  • Today in History September 15
    Reuters 1916 - Military tanks, originated by Sir Ernest Swinton, went into action for the first time as part of the Allied offensive at the Battle of the Somme. 1949 - Konrad Adenauer was elected first chancellor of West Germany and Theodor Heuss first president. 1973 - King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden died aged 90 and was succeeded by his grandson Carl XVI Gustav. 2000 - Opening ceremony of Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. 2001 - President George W. Bush said for the f
  • And the Award Goes to..!
    Robert Clements And finally, the vaccine came out and every single person was given the antidote against the dreaded virus, and the world went back to business, and games, and politics and parties and weddings, just like the world did before. In a town in some part of the world, the locals decided to have an Awards Night. “What’s the awards for?” asked a teenager as he walked with his father, mother, and grandparents, safely into a mall, with no masks on now tha
  • Anuradha Roy finds solitude in the Kumaon Himalayas
    Vishnu Makhijani  IANS Living far from the madding crowds in the cantonment town of Ranikhet in the Kumaon Himalayas that provides her solitude, "it's hard to believe" the number of distant readers her books have found, says Anuradha Roy, whose novel, "All The Lives We Never Lived" has been shortlisted for the 100,000 euros (Rs 86 lakh) International Dublin Literary Award 2020, the world's richest for a single work of fiction published in English.
  • Today in History September 14
    Reuters 1901 - U.S. President William McKinley died from his wounds after being shot by an assassin on September 6. He was succeeded in office by Theodore Roosevelt. 1937 - Thomas Masaryk, Czech revolutionary leader who in 1918 became the country's first president, died. 1975 - In Amsterdam, Rembrandt's priceless painting "The Nightwatch" was slashed by an unemployed teacher with a knife. 1982 - Princess Grace of Monaco died in hospital after a car crash t
  • Law in Motion – 11: Arrests - Miscellaneous
    Rupin Sharma IPS Arrest is a voluminous topic with many intricacies. However, our attempt is to keep things simple. Some other issues are: 1. Section 41C of CrPC - Control room at districts It is mandatory for the State Governmentsto establish police control rooms at: (a) Every district; and (b) State level It is mandatory for State Governments to display on the notice boards kept outside the control rooms: (a)    Names and addresses of the persons arre
  • Building Bridges Out of Fear..!
    Robert Clements Leaders across the world have a choice when they come to power, to burn bridges or build ones! They watch two communities sparring with each other all the time, and instead of wading in the waters and building a bridge, they decide to further increase the conflict, escalate the tension and burn whatever is left of the bridge down. It’s easy to burn a bridge, all it requires is a match! But to build, needs patience, understanding and big heartedness. Bu
  • Of tricks of trade a veteran diplomat picked up from his peers
    Vishnu Makhijani  IANS Winston Churchill once defined diplomacy as "the art of telling a man to go to hell in such a way that he asks for directions to it!" Jawaharlal Nehru explained a diplomat's job rather differently: "I want to assure you that India does not expect to lie on its behalf. Never tell a lie but always remember you have no obligation to reveal the truth. The less said the better; the best is to listen." Listening to -- and absorbin
  • Today in History September 13
    Reuters 1955 - The Soviet Union and West Germany agreed to establish diplomatic relations. 1993 - Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation signed a peace agreement outlining a plan for Palestinian self-rule in the occupied territories. 1998 - Australia's 4x200m freestyle men's swim team set new world record. 2000 - U.S. Senator John McCain returns to work after surgery to remove skin cancers. 2006 - Billionaire financier George Soros pledged $50 million t
  • Today in History September 12
    Reuters 1940 - Four teenagers followed their dog when it disappeared down a hole near Lascaux, France, and discovered 17,000-year-old drawings now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings. 1943 - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini rescued by German parachutists. 1974 - Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed in an army coup. He had ruled since 1930. 1977 - Steve Biko, South African black civil rights leader, died in police detention. He was among at least 90 black leaders
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 11
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 11 Reuters 1922 - A British mandate was proclaimed in Palestine. It came into effect at the end of the month, despite Arab protests. 1948 - Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, died at 71, the year after his country achieved independence from Britain. 1973 - President Salvador Allende of Chile died in unclear circumstances during a military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. 1988 - Canadian