The Connection Between Apple, FBI and Jat Reservation

The Connection Between Apple, FBI and Jat Reservation

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Apple’s battle with the FBI is being talked about as a defining moment for privacy. And it is. But the real reason why is obscured by both sides’ rhetoric. Continue reading “The Connection Between Apple, FBI and Jat Reservation”


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!”

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.


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”

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!


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.

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

Week #2: History is For Fools

Week #2: History is For Fools

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.


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.


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?”
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!!