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  • A Bloodied Chessboard..!
    There’s a giant chessboard set up in the city of Mumbai, with only two pawns, both Bollywood actresses scrambling all over it’s surface, even as the two players, one a Central Giant and the other a State Tiger play their moves! Over a billion spectators, tired of listening to only Covid news, or the ranting and raving of nearly insane TV anchors, watch with unconcealed joy as two rook pawns, are moved not smoothly and deftly, like refined chess players would do, but roughly
  • Law in Motion 10: Arrest – Process and Powers II
    Rupin Sharma, IPS  Arrest means restrained liberty - which may be by putting handcuffs/ropes/holding his hands physically or even by encirclement by armed/unarmed policemen or escorts or even when he is confined to a space or enclosure (a room or a building or area).  Restraint may be by a civilian or a person employed in connection with affairs of a village or by a policeman or magistrate. However, when the restraint is by public or village authorities or even armed fo
  • Face The Enemy..!
    As India and China slowly start recognizing each other as enemies, I think of another enemy. “I’ll have another drink,” he told the waiter. “It’s your fourth,” I said. “So you’re good at counting,” he acknowledged. “Don’t you think you’ve had enough?” “I know when to stop,” he said, looking at me red faced and eyes glazed, “D’you know what my commanding officer called me to
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 10
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 10 Reuters 1945 - Vidkun Quisling, head of the puppet government set up by the Nazis in Norway in World War Two, was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. 1981 - Pablo Picasso's Spanish Civil War painting "Guernica" was returned to Spain from New York's Museum of Modern Art. Picasso had vowed it would not enter Spain until democracy was restored there. 1983 - John Vorster, prime
  • Psychological fears of students during COVID-19: an encouragement
    Dr Meyingangla Counselling Department, Immanuel College  I heard several incredible stories from our students when I called them over the phone in different Towns and villages. I called the students to know about their conditions in their respective places during this COVID-19 pandemic. A group of students responded that the pandemic worsened the pre-existing mental health conditions mainly due to college closures, changed of routine, irregular network for online classes and i
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 9
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on Sept 09 Reuters 1901 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died. French painter and lithographer, he recorded characters from Parisian cabaret and nightlife. 1976 - Chairman Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary leader, died. He proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949 in Beijing. His ideas were set out in the "Little Red Book" studied by tens of millions during China's Cultural Revolution. 1996 - Hutu
  • Respecting Those Working from Home..!
    “You are so lucky Bob!” is something I hear ever so often from friends and relatives, who know I spend the day writing from home, “You can be so flexible with your time!” “No, I can’t!” I’ve been saying for years. “Why not?” they ask. “Because there’s more discipline you have to enforce on yourself at home, than in your offices!” I tell them even as they look at each other, unconvinced. Today, as
  • TODAY in HISTORY: September 8
    Reuters 1901 - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died. French painter and lithographer, he recorded characters from Parisian cabaret and nightlife. 1976 - Chairman Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary leader, died. He proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949 in Beijing. His ideas were set out in the "Little Red Book" studied by tens of millions during China's Cultural Revolution. 1996 - Hutu rebels murdered the Roman Catholic archbishop of Burundi, Joachim Ruhu
  • Bachchan’s Bouquet for His Teacher..!
    Robert Clements Abhishek Bachchan visited his old school a few years ago. I believe that like a little excited schoolboy he went from class to class, explored every nook and cranny of his former alma mater, smiled at all the present students, and good morning ma'med every teacher he met. While he was leaving, Abhishek was asked as to who was his favourite teacher. “Why Ms. Emma of course,” he said. Ah Ms. Emma, what was it you did that made this hero of the cellul
  • Law in Motion– 9: Arrest –Process and Powers
    Rupin Sharma IPS Thus, the police officers have powers to effect arrest (in cognizable offences – without warrants) and so do village authorities in some cases but the magistrates have the over-riding power to arrest or get someone arrested in both cognizable as well as non-cognizable offences (with warrants). Police officers and magistrates also have powers to release the arrested persons on bail pending trials. Let us now proceed to understand more about arrest; 1. How
  • The Election Vaccine..!
    Robert Clements In a huge white house somewhere in Washington, a lady walked slowly from room to room, staring sadly at each piece of historical furniture, “Whatcha doing?” asked her husband. “Am gonna miss them table and chairs!” she said sadly, “I feel wretched leaving them!” “Who says, we’re leaving them?” asked her blonde husband. “Well the way the polls are showing, it looks like the country’s gonna send
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - September 6
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 6: 1901 - U.S. president William McKinley was shot by the anarchist Leon Czolgosz while attending the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died eight days later. 1914 - In World War One, the first Battle of the Marne began along a 300-mile (480-km) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against a German advance. 1948 - Princess Juliana became Queen of the Netherlands when he
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - September 5
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 5: 1905 - The Treaty of Portsmouth (New Hampshire) was signed, ending the Russo-Japanese War. Russia ceded Port Arthur to Japan. 1972 - During the Olympic games, Arab guerrillas of the Black September movement attacked an Israeli dormitory in the Olympic village at Munich, killing two members of the Israeli team. Nine more Israelis, five guerrillas and a West German policeman later died in a shoot-out
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - September 4
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 4: 1907 - Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg died in Bergen. 1948 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who had reigned since 1890, abdicated in favour of her daughter Juliana. 1965 - Franco-German theologian and philosopher Albert Schweitzer died in Gabon where he had set up a hospital in 1913. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. 1975 - Egypt and Israel signed an agreement in Geneva providing f
  • Working from Home, but..!
    I decided to do some homework today. Yes, I do work from home and have been doing so for a few decades; tapping away on laptop, making enough noise with the keyboard to hopefully keep the neighbours fooled I am gainfully occupied! But today I decided to do some homework, and since we had decided not to keep the maid for the period of the lockdown, there was, I found plenty to do. The wife, a doctor, left for the hospital, a little worried as she saw the gleam in my eye, which qui
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - September 3
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 3: 1914 - Cardinal Giacomo Della Chiesa was elected Pope, becoming Benedict XV. 1925 - The U.S. dirigible Shenandoah, the first airship to use helium gas, ran into a storm over southern Ohio and broke up in the air with the loss of 14 officers and men. 1976 - The U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars and began sending back photographs. 1993 - Cambodia's government agreed to a constitutiona
  • Grandma’s ‘Take Home’ Gift..!
    Grandma, lying in her comfortable bed heard her door opening, “Hello grandma!” said her teenage granddaughter as she swept into the room. “Hello my dear girl!” said grandma, “How nice of you to see me today! I missed you yesterday!” “Oh grandma, I had such fun yesterday!” “You did, come sit by me and tell your grandmother all about it,” said grandma as she shifted a bit, and lovingly made place for her granddaughter,
  • Law in Motion – 8: Arrest – PR Bond and Release on Bond-I
    We have briefly dwelt upon the duties of citizens and ‘officers employed in connection with the affairs of a village’ to report to police and their powers of arrest. Having arrested/detained a ‘suspect’ or ‘offender’ they are duty bound to inform the police officers or magistrates as soon as possible. In case a report is made to the police, and the police officer deems legally appropriate – where the offence committed is cognizable or when ther
  • Anti-social, digital divide and govt plan for COVID-19
    L Yapang Mollier Impur In today’s world, where the deadly Corona virus has grown and escalated in all corners of the world, to save public during these dire times, the government is required to provide well established hospitals with appropriate facilities and care. Along with the medical assistance, the government is also required to implement safety measures. The public must adhere the SOP not only for ones safety but also community. I would like to highlight two challenges
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - September 2
    Reuters Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 2: 1910 - The French painter Henri Rousseau died in Paris. 1930 - The French aviators Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte completed the first non-stop flight from Europe to the United States. 1945 - Japanese leaders aboard the U.S. battleship Missouri signed an unconditional surrender, ending World War Two. 1945 - The Democratic Republic of Vietnam was proclaimed with Ho Chi Minh as president.