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Not knowing Tendulkar is not akin to blasphemy

|By Sanjib Guha| The Little Master, in an exclusive interview to NDTV, said, sealing the fact that Maria Sharapova’s ‘who is Sachin Tendulkar’ statement is neither a jibe to the cricket legend nor akin to blasphemy. In India we worship cricketers like God, but that does not hold true for the sport across the globe. If at all, any story that could ...

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No Need to Grow Grains, Dig the Earth and Get ‘Cereals’

|By Sanjay Pandey| Rajmahal: As their poor parents go about tilling the land to grow crops, a gang of semi-clad young boys and girls gather around a pond and start digging cereals – albeit of a different kind. But how do stone pebbles take shape of cereals?

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King-maker? Why not queen-in-waiting?
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Mamata’s bid at “controlled democracy” !

|By Sanjib Guha| When Mamata Banerjee took over as the Chief Minister of West Bengal after a 34-year Left Front stint, people believed that she could deliver her promise, “we want change, not revenge”. But thanks to the shenanigans of the TMC leaders and workers alike, their belief has turned into disbelief over the last three years. Not following court orders, ...

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Microsoft culls a massive 18,000 staff. Does this spell the end of its devices?

|By David Glance, University of Western Australia| The Conversation| Although Microsoft has not announced where all of these cuts will come from, but 12,500 are expected to be from the newly acquired Nokia mobile business which added an extra 25,000 staff this year to swell Microsoft’s staff numbers to 127,000. It is not surprising that Microsoft would want to reduce ...

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Messi keeps the world waiting…

|By Sanjib Guha| Who is the God of football? In most cases, there would be two answers — Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pele’ and Diego Armando Maradona. But stakes were high for Argentina’s Lionel Messi to join the panel of ‘Gods’ in build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. What Pele did in 1958 & 1970 or Maradona in 1986 was ...

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India’s Muslim women say ‘no second wife!’

|By Mari Marcel Thekaekara, New Internationalist| ‘No Second Wife, please’ is an intriguing headline that caught my eye. Jyoti Punwani’s illuminating article, carried by The Hindu’s Sunday magazine last month, described some unexpected reactions from Indian Muslim women’s groups to banning polygamy. (India has Hindu, Muslim and Christian Personal law, in addition to national civil law, which complicates legal matters ...

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Spider sisters caught in cobweb of love with same man

|By Sanjay Pandey| Ganga and Jamuna Mondal, professionally known as the ‘Spider Sisters’, have been working at travelling circuses since infancy. “We started working in circus when we were just three months old. Our father would take us to circuses across the county. So we practically started earning as infants,” narrated Ganga, the talkative one among the sisters while Jamuna ...

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Germany v Argentina: who will raise the 2014 World Cup?

|By Keith Lyons, The Conversation| After four weeks, we’re finally at the pointy end of the 2014 World Cup. Germany and Argentina meet in the final in the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro this weekend. Germany came into the tournament ranked second in the FIFA rankings, three positions higher than Argentina. And in the world football Elo ratings, Germany was ...

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Indian Railways – woes of a seasoned traveller

|By Narendra Kaushik| It was sometime in November last year in Dalli Rajhara, a mofussil town in Chhattisgarh living on borrowed time (the entire city has come up on land belonging to Indian Railways and Bhilai Steel Plant). I was to leave for Durg to catch Delhi-bound Bilaspur Rajdhani Express. A young but frail waiter who I had befriended during my ...

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Rail Budget 2014 : On track for investors?

|By Sandhya Sutodia| The rail budget, presented on Tuesday, aimed to provide a huge fillip to the Railways, with massive flow of investments in infrastructure and rolling stock. Moreover, the ailing wagon industry was expected to pick up momentum through a larger flow of orders. “We target to become the largest freight carrier in the world…PPP route to generate revenue…our ...

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