Editorial

Bottom line: February  14
Editorial

Bottom line: February  14

February 14, 2017

Right now, punsters are having a field day with Donald having ‘trumped’ the American presidential election and Obama all set to ‘barrack’ his successor’s policies. It will be a ‘miracle’ of sorts, of course, if German Chancellor Angela Merkel is voted back to power for a third term. When Narasimha Rao was prime minister, I…

Belgian Cafe bans all American products
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Belgian Cafe bans all American products

February 13, 2017

The popular Zeezicht Cafe, in Antwerp, Belgium, has recently stopped serving Coca Cola, Lay’s potato chips and every other American brand previously on its menu, in protest of President Donald Trump and his controversial executive orders. “No, it’s not a joke. All American drinks will disappear from the menu as long as Donald Trump’s policy…

Cruel Spanish tradition!
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Cruel Spanish tradition!

February 13, 2017

You probably know about bullfighting and the controversy surrounding this ancient tradition, but there’s another less known tradition that claims the lives of tens of thousands of Spanish hunting dogs every year. And worst of all, nobody seems to want to do anything about it. Galgos, or Spanish greyhounds, are an ancient breed of hunting…

Bottomline: February 12
Editorial

Bottomline: February 12

February 12, 2017

Airports are a microcosm of our society and let’s be honest — there is nothing pretty about us. We jump lines, are rude to everyone, and have body odour at 7am. But nothing describes the Indian mindset more than the women’s security check area. In India only men travel on work and are busier and…

Farmer’s new profession!
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Farmer’s new profession!

February 12, 2017

Wang Enlin, from Yushutun village, in China’s Heilongjiang Province, will never forget that day in 2001, when his village and farmland were flooded with toxic waste. On the eve of the Lunar New Year, villagers notice that the house they were in was being flooded with waste water from the nearby Qihua Group, a State-owned…

Techno Memorial Services at Buddhist Temple
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Techno Memorial Services at Buddhist Temple

February 12, 2017

In an effort to make his Buddhist temple more accessible to the wider public and draw younger generations to religion, a former DJ turned Buddhist priest has been holding “Techno Memorial Services” at his temple in Fukui City, Japan. Attending one of the unconventional memorial services organised at the Sho-onji Buddhist temple by 49-year-old Gyosen…

The Tagada: Craziest amusement park ride
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The Tagada: Craziest amusement park ride

February 11, 2017

Ever wonder what it would feel like to be thrown around in a giant metal bowl with only a few metal bars keeping you from literally flying out of the bowl or bumping face first into other people? If so, all you have to do is take a ride on a Tagada. The Tagada may…

Bandicoots in black coat
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Bandicoots in black coat

February 11, 2017

Implementing the land’s laws and interpreting them are different kettles of fish. The various wings of administration may have won battles in the task of ensuring the masses fall in line but have clearly lost the war. The script writers of the country’s Constitution, either in spite of or because of the 120 or so…

Individually packaged Strawberries on sale
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Individually packaged Strawberries on sale

February 11, 2017

Looking for an original Valentine’s Day gift? How about a special Kotoka strawberry hand-picked in Japan that comes pre-packed in a special gift box? It’s said to be very tasty, and it only costs $22. City’super, a supermarket chain in Hong Kong, has come under fire recently for selling what many have called “the most…

Bottomline: February 11
Editorial

Bottomline: February 11

February 11, 2017

To pen a few rhetorical lines that have rhyme and rhythm will be the unbridled urge of young writers. One such budding poet met the poetry editor of an avant-garde quarterly magazine for submitting his work. The editor, after a cursory perusal, like a senescent accountant checking the column of figures from top to bottom,…

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