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My Ooty Diary 2017
Abracadabra By K. B. Ganapathy, Columns

My Ooty Diary 2017

June 11, 2017

Ooty, known variously as Nilgiris and Udhagamandalam, is queen among mountains of Tamil Nadu. For Madras, now Chennai, which according to Britishers had only three climates — hot, hotter and hottest — blue mountains of Nilgiris was the hill station to migrate  specially when the climate in Madras was hotter or hottest. Altitude is 7,350…

None for the Road
Columns, In Black & White

None for the Road

June 10, 2017

Our legislators were high on Thursday… high on discussing how to circumnavigate Supreme Court’s order banning all bars 500 meters from a Highway — ‘One for the road’ is now ‘none for the road.’ But isn’t this well-intentioned judicial law-making a breach of the basic constitutional principle of separation of powers between the Legislature, Executive…

Keep your eyes and ears open
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Keep your eyes and ears open

June 8, 2017

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A 16-year-old youth gets up and starts perusing a newspaper. What does he read? Automation: Cognizant lays off 6,000 workers, Infosys to follow. Automation is a reality one has to face. In 1998, Kodak had 1,70,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo papers around the world. Now,…

Peacock Justice
Columns, In Black & White

Peacock Justice

June 3, 2017

Oh!  It seems Salman Bhai is not the only adult-virgin in India. There is another good-looking star who is also a virgin, the peacock, our national bird.  So how do peacocks procreate then… it seems, the peahen drinks the tears of the peacock and that’s it, it has a baby peafowl. This discovery was made…

Tourism on the rise ?
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Tourism on the rise ?

June 1, 2017

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The recent stats released by the Ministry of Tourism has indicated that tourism is on the rise and this bodes well for this sun-rise industry which has both direct and indirect benefit for millions across the country. In the year 2000, the tourist arrivals were 2.65 million and…

Pet talk
Columns, Pet Talk

Pet talk

May 31, 2017

By Maneka Gandhi In this week’s Pet Talk, Maneka explains how to teach dog a few commands Can you teach me how to teach my dog a few commands? Come: The ‘come’ command is a useful tool for managing annoying puppy behaviours. This command helps keep a dog out of trouble, or gives him a…

When Trump calls for a war against Islamic terrorism  and praises its historical promoter, it is hypocrisy
Columns, Point of View

When Trump calls for a war against Islamic terrorism and praises its historical promoter, it is hypocrisy

May 30, 2017

By T.J.S. George Abu Zubaydah, a ‘high-value’ associate of fellow Saudi Arabian Osama bin Laden, was captured by America’s CIA from a safe house in Pakistan in 2002. (Pakistan’s ISI got $10 million for services rendered). Badly wounded, Zubaydah was put on painkillers. CIA strategists manipulated the medication until the man was hallucinated into believing that…

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