November 8 to November 15, 2015. Week #2


The Big National News

After much hullabaloo on matters like church attacks, beef ban, cow slaughter and Dadri lynching, the point of debate now moves down south to Tipu Sultan.

On November 10th, the Congress government of Siddaramaiah in Karnataka stirred up the hornet’s nest by celebrating the first ever “Tipu Jayanti“.

Reasons being the 18th-century ruler of Mysore was a “secular ruler”, “a model king in the entire country” and “a section of people criticise him out of prejudice”.

The chief minister’s contention was widely contested. The protests turned violent and a VHP leader was allegedly hacked to death. Several others suffered grave injuries.

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My God!! Our politics is the true reality TV. In your face, Bigg Boss!!

Read the Logical Indian’s excellent ‘for’ and ‘against’ discussion of the real roots of Tipu Sultan. Other Readings: DailyO; The Hindu; Indian Express


Other National News

Celebrating Human Spirit:

In a historic move, the state of Kerala has become the first in the country to roll out a transgender policy, a first of its kind, envisaging to end the societal stigma towards the sexual minority group and ensure them non-discriminatory treatment.

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The policy ensures them equal access to social and economic opportunities, resources and services, the right to equal treatment under the law, the right to live life without violence and an equitable right in all decision-making bodies.

Battling Tough Questions:

Prime Minister Modi is out touring the UK, and he faced some proverbial chin music in his inaugural press conference at London. Modiji—who hasn’t held a proper presser in India yet—was forced to face a couple of difficult questions.

The first came from the BBC, which after asking Cameron why it took Modi so long to make a state visit, simply posed: “Prime minister Modi, India is becoming an increasingly intolerant place. Why?”
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Many such came to both the PMs. Watch the full video.

Railway Tickets Update:

Starting November 12, you can book a railway ticket online 30 minutes prior to the departure of a train. Indian Railways has also made changes in its system of preparation of chart, which would now be prepared twice.

First reservation chart would be prepared four hours prior to departure of a train while second and final one, 30 minutes before the train departs. Find more details here.


International News

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that smoking pot is a fundamental human right and has given four people the right to grow marijuana. Yes, four. For now. This whole marijuana legalization movement is really kicking into overdrive, with pot-friendly Canadian Justin Trudeau being sworn in, the UN calling to decriminalize all drugs and Ireland deciding that ‘it is a good idea‘. 

Note: I will cover the Paris terrorist attacks in the next week’s issue, so as to give a more detailed coverage.


This Shit is Weird

“Nu Couché”: The name of a painting that you can’t afford. By the artist Amedeo Modigliani. It sold for $170.4 million at a Christie’s auction, aka the second highest price ever paid for an artwork at an auction.

Find the painting here
Warning: Contains nudity. Duh! Coz the name itself mean “Reclining Nude“. These French people, I tell you!

Speaking of crazy:

#ALLMYMOVIES — What Shia LaBeouf is calling his latest ‘performance.’ He’s invited people to watch him watch every Shia LaBeouf movie in reverse chronological order.


Hot on the Internet

Google launches the YouTube Music App

Google brings the incredible power of YouTube to music streaming. With over 1 billion active users already, it is miles ahead of the (now) second best Spotify, which has only 75 million users.

Google promises that using the app will be“an endless discovery journey.” Translation: The “play next” suggestions will be dead on accurate and immensely inviting, and you will end up spending hours on the app. Just like you do on YouTube. Life 0 – 1 Google.

Read the in-depth review by WIRED.
Download the Android or iOS app.


Diwali Bonus – This funny video by EIC!!


That’s it for this week. See you next Sunday. And don’t forget to subscribe!!

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