Week #11: We Got No Bulls Here!

Week #11: We Got No Bulls Here!

January 11 to January 17, 2015. Week #11


The Big National News

The Supreme Court upheld its earlier decision to discontinue Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

What is Jallikattu?

Jallikattu (meaning, to embrace bulls) is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. It is a Tamil tradition mentioned in Sangam literature. Continue reading “Week #11: We Got No Bulls Here!”

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Week #10: Let’s Bet Big!

Week #10: Let’s Bet Big!

There was no post for Week #9 because of the New Year!

January 4 to January 10, 2016. Week #10


The Big National News

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee recommended sweeping reforms for the controversy-ridden BCCI.

Why?

Well, for starters, the IPL Scam. Also N Srinivasan. That guy is the worst!

Amen. So what were the recommendations?  Continue reading “Week #10: Let’s Bet Big!”

Week #6: Looking East

Week #6: Looking East

December 07 to December 13, 2015. Week #6


The Big National News

The Japanese Prime Minister is here on a three-day visit.

After months of touring other nations, our PM, for a change, is hosting this time. The guest? His counterpart from Japan Mr Shinzo Abe.

This is a high profile visit with a lot of exciting possibilities. If all goes well – as it certainly seems to be – we could be looking at a long-term partnership with Japan on multiple fronts.

So what’s the visit about?

Continue reading “Week #6: Looking East”

Weeks #4 and #5: Dissent and Deceit

Weeks #4 and #5: Dissent and Deceit

November 23 to November 29, 2015. Week #4.
November 30 to December 06, 2015. Week #5.


The Big National News

“It’s your privilege that I tolerate you.”

This seems to be the new YOLO. People losing their shit over some screwed up interpretation of a very fundamental founding principle of civilised society – coexistence.

What the hell are you talking about?

Well, if, in the past fortnight, you didn’t once come across the word “intolerance” then you are definitely on the wrong website. Go watch Bigg Boss.

This is what has happened. Aamir Khan said his wife feels threatened sometimes and wondered if they should move out of India. That’s it. That was it! The media went full retard.

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A complaint was lodged with the Delhi Police (obviously, because that’s the solution) against Aamir over the remarks. Meanwhile, hundreds of activists of the Hindu Sena on Tuesday staged a loud demonstration outside Khan’s residence in Mumbai against his statement on intolerance. They were detained by the police and security beefed up around Aamir’s house.

Further stoking the ongoing debate on the rising intolerance in the country, BJP parliamentarian Yogi Adityanath said that people were free to leave as it will reduce the country’s population.

That’s right. Mr Yogi has found the solution to India’s population problem: emigration in ones and twos.

Read the full report here.

Meanwhile, Chennai continued to drown.

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Things have gotten worse in the Tamil Nadu Capital as rains have returned with no signs of relief in sight.

Floods in Chennai

For the first time in history, all three wings of the Indian Armed Forces have had to coordinate and work in tandem against an internal disturbance.

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That’s the airport for you. Looks more like a shipyard, innit?

Read Quartz India’s report on Why Chennai Keeps Going Underwater?


Other National News

The tech-savvy PM.

Our Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi ji prides himself in his ability to use the technology. But this time he went a step too far. Press Information Bureau of India (PIB), released this image of the PM surveying the Chennai floods:

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Turns out, the image was FAKE!! The Twitterati found it and called out the PIB on it. And the internet being the internet, went tizzy spoofing it.Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 8.41.30 PM.png

So much so that even the Wall Street Journal picked it up.

A New Chief Justice.

Supreme Court judge T S Thakur was sworn in as 43rd Chief Justice of India. Justice Thakur took over from Justice H L Dattu who retired on Wednesday.

Speaking of, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to examine if social networking sites like Facebook and WhatsApp can be prosecuted for use of their platforms to circulate offensive and vulgar material but turned down a plea to block the sites.

So your social media is safe, for now! Read more.


International News

Paris Climate Conference, 2015, a.k.a. COP21

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COP21, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

The world leaders are grappling with a problem they are nowhere near solving: how to ensure a future that keeps the planet’s climate livable. One week in, there are reasons to be very worried—and some hopeful notes.

The talks have rolled over huge potholes on the road to change. Coal power plants are still being built apiece. Big sources of emissions, like the meat industry, are absent from negotiations. And climate-change skeptics are finding sneaky new ways to derail progress.

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Paris marks the first time all countries—not just developed ones—have been truly involved in the emission-cutting process. That’s thrown up the problem of fairness: in order to grow their economies, countries like India plan to use vastly more energy in coming years. That means more emissions—but why should they limit the prospects of their people to balance rich nations’ carbon debt?

Things still look deeply gloomy for many. Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the central Pacific, faces the need to relocate 100,000 people, as rising sea levels flood homes and contaminate water. Some say it’s already too late to prevent the people of such states becoming “climate refugees.”

International meetings on emissions have a patchy record. But things are being done better this time. Nations submitted their plans ahead of the conference, rather than at it. The meeting is more effectively organized; leaders made a diplomatic show at the start rather turning up at the end to broker last-ditch deals. Will it be enough? In one more week, we might know.


Hot on the Internet

OnePlus Two goes invite-less.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturing company has finally gotten rid of its invite-only purchase policy. On the brink of its second anniversary, OnePlus has scrapped the ‘invite’ requirement for the OnePlus 2 smartphone. Starting next week, the phone becomes open to public.

Oh! And the Game of Thrones Season 6 Teaser is OUT!!!


This Shit is Weird

Seeing as this post is already very long, I had almost decided to skip this section. But then I found this brand new video from PSY. (Remember Gangnam Style?). The video is not even a week old and it’s already been viewed close to 30 million times!

Well, now you know where he got it from!!


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

Week #3: A Drowning City

Week #3: A Drowning City

November 16 to November 22, 2015. Week #3


The Big National News

Over the week, a massive flood engulfed the city of Chennai, bringing life to a standstill. Over a 100 dead and over 12000 people evacuated. (Full report)

How did it happen?

After three days of intermittent rainstorms, Chennai records 245 mm of rain. The Chennai Meteorological Department had been forecasting the onset of a harsh monsoon for the last two months. When it did arrive no one quite believed it was happening.

So it was Nature’s fault!

Not quite.

Over the years, water bodies across the city have been filled up and built upon, often by politicians with interests in the real estate business, say environmentalists. The result:  During incessant rains, water overflows and floods the city.

And this was not the first time either. After the Tsunami moment in 2004, floods due to the monsoon/human causes came in 2005, 2010, 2013 and now 2015.

How did I miss it?

Like the hook of an out-of-form batsman, the floods were terribly timed.

“In the wake of the horrors recorded by and on the international networks about the terror strikes in Paris, Chennai’s ordeal is irretrievably local. In a city of five million, or thereabouts, a hundred dead, or thereabouts, does not warrant too much media space.” Says Geeta Doctor in this first person account of the disaster.

How are the people doing?

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has sought help from the Army to launch relief and rescue on a war footing.

Nine National Disaster Response Force teams are working in Tamil Nadu, besides state teams.

As many areas in Chennai have been inundated, road traffic has been severely hit and schools and colleges have been ordered to remain closed till Tuesday. Boats are being used in flooded areas to rescue stranded people.

Schools and colleges in Chennai, Thiruvallur and Kancheepuram have been ordered to remain closed till further notice. Anna University has postponed exams scheduled to take place from November 16-18.

And of course, you can now order an Ola Boat in Chennai!

Click here for more photos.


Other National News

Seventh Pay Commission

The Seventh Pay Commission on Thursday recommended an increase in pay and allowances of 23.55%, a 24% rise in pensions and one-rank-one-pension for central government employees and paramilitary personnel. These changes are estimated to cost an extra Rs 1.02 lakh crore to the government in 2016-17.

Why? Because the government employees need to be fairly compensated for the work they are not doing!

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New Missiles in the Arsenal 

The nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-IV missile successfully test-fired by the Indian Army from newly named Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

Capable of hitting a target at a distance of 4,000 km, the missile is equipped with 5th generation onboard computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.


International News

Paris Blasts continue to be the hot topic of discussion in the international space. Things are getting really heated up now with Russia continuously bombing Syria.

Note: A special post covering the Paris Blasts exclusively is coming soon.


This Shit is Weird

You think your name is not fine?

The internet won yet again when it found a guy called “Phuc Dat Bich”. No seriously, that’s his real name!

Read the full story here.

Also, you know the world is losing it when Oxford Dictionary names an “emoji” the  Word-of-the-Year!!


Hot on the Internet

Recreating History

A team of Greek architects, engineers, and archeologists have come up with an ambitious plan to recreate the iconic Colossus of Rhodes as a brand new construction project, using twenty-first century standards, techniques, and technologies.

Rather than standing one hundred feet tall, their proposed Colossus would tower nearly five times as high—almost five hundred feet—and contain a cultural center, library, exhibition hall, and lighthouse to look out over the Rhodes harbor.

Read more about this wonderful project.


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