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Digitalisation: Boon or Bane ?
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Digitalisation: Boon or Bane ?

December 26, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC One look at the giant  strides we have made at digitalisation, it is scary. You buy an electronic product and in three months it is outdated! For someone who has seen six decades of life, I can safely say that I am an outdated model.  As I was browsing…

Freedom struggle all over again
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Freedom struggle all over again

December 24, 2019

By T.J.S. George All of a sudden India is in the throes of a second independence movement.  Across the country, streets are aflame with rebellion, campuses are reverberating with protests, people are defying the law and thousands are getting arrested.  Just as it was when the nation fought British imperialism. A new swadeshi imperialism has…

Listening to Lead…
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Listening to Lead…

December 23, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Leadership is a process of listening, interpreting what we listen to, and then intervening with the appropriate action. Most people equate intervention and action as the expression of leadership without recognising that socially productive leadership action can be optimal only when they are based on deep listening that goes beyond its…

Secular Who?
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Secular Who?

December 21, 2019

So, protests continue. While initially the protest was against leaving out illegal Muslims from Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), it has now moved to a ‘pre-emptive protest’ against National Register of Citizens (NRC). We say ‘pre-emptive’ because there is no draft in place for a nationwide NRC. Now, the protestors claim, if NRC is implemented and…

Great Sanskrit Scholar, illustrious Music Composer
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Great Sanskrit Scholar, illustrious Music Composer

December 21, 2019

By Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, former Head, Department of Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Mysore Recently, I was invited to attend a music concert at Veene Seshanna Bhavan in city. The invitation came from Neeraja Achyuta Rao. The concert was really wonderful and everybody including myself enjoyed it. This concert was arranged in the…

Buyer Beware or Be Cheated!
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Buyer Beware or Be Cheated!

December 20, 2019

By Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem, MD In yesterday’s SOM my friend and fellow writer N.K.A. Ballal with his long experience in the tourism industry has very graphically described how unsuspecting tourists are systematically fleeced all over the country by a close knit coterie of unethical hotels, business establishments and guides who are guided only by…

Fake Guides and Travel Agents
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Fake Guides and Travel Agents

December 19, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Was perusing a recent report on fake tourist guides. Are you surprised? I am not. This kind of thuggery  may be a recent phenomenon in Mysuru but has been going on for years in North India.  Twenty years back, I used to be General Manager of Lodhi Hotel….

Pet Talk
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Pet Talk

December 18, 2019

In this week’s Pet Talk, Maneka gives tips on how often a dog’s ears must be cleaned and with what? At what intervals should I have my pet examined? Kitten or Puppy: Birth to 1 Year — You’ll need to bring your little one in for vaccines every 3 to 4 weeks until he is…

Deve Gowda gets zero, must quit
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Deve Gowda gets zero, must quit

December 17, 2019

By T.J.S. George When will Sri H.D.  Deve Gowda realise that people are fed up with his politics?  His own followers are fed up. Many have quit and joined the BJP, including the President of the JD(S) Karnataka unit, A.H. Vishwanath.  In last week’s by-elections, 15 seats were at stake. The BJP got 12 and…

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