One of the major sites of collateral damage in the unending war on terror has been the media landscape.
Perhaps for the umpteenth time, the chatter about Priyanka Gandhi taking over as the lead campaigner of the Congress is reaching a crescendo.
During the recent Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, the State Election Commission officials stopped three trucks carrying a stash of Rs 570 crore in currency notes in Tiruppur.
In 2009, I travelled to Geneva, Switzerland, to follow up on the mysterious case of the Pune-based stud farm owner, Hasan Ali Khan.
“When you see the Jordan river don’t go too close to it or do anything outrageous that provokes the Israeli soldiers,” cautioned our guide, Salaheddin Abunaffaa, as we headed towards the site where John the Baptist baptised Jesus into the Christian faith.
Recently, a friend returned from a long journey that took him as far as the ancient university town of Nalanda in Bihar. What did he see? Plenty, it seems.
The cheerful countenance of the world’s biggest philanthropist and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, creates an impression that his philanthropic enterprise in the area of agriculture and health has no side-effects. This is balderdash. Gates, along with his wife, Melinda, set up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), which has invested in agriculture and health. It is increasingly drawing flak for trying to skew government agenda to help big pharma.
Since the peak of June 2014, the price of oil has plummetted by about 70%. At the time when the price was in the vicinity of $140 per barrel, no one really believed it could ever come down. So-called oil experts talked about “peak oil” theory and how the petroleum reserves were dwindling and so the price of oil would never fall below $100 per barrel. Think-tanks that put out regular updates scared people by saying a barrel of Brent crude could cost about $200. This was a scary scenario for consumers, but music to those economies that live off commodities.
“This is for France’s Syrian policy,” screamed the terrorist as he fired inside the Le Bataclan theatre in Paris. Around 70 people died in this carnage in the theatre alone. Another 50 were shot by marauding terrorists in other parts of the city. There are also reports that a Syrian passport was found on the body of a militant who committed suicide, like seven of his comrades who participated in the Paris carnage. Why are the terrorists of the Islamic State upset with France?
They know little of the taste of meat. For their monotonous daily food they have nothing but a little khichri, made of ‘green pulse’ mixed with rice, which is cooked with water over a little fire until the moisture has evaporated, and eaten hot with butter in the evening; in the daytime they munch a little parched pulse or other grain, which they say suffices for their lean stomachs,” wrote Franco Palsaert in his report, based on the seven years he spent in Agra.
Syria has seen unmitigated destruction but it has taken the picture of a little drowned child to stir the West’s conscience
Sanjay kapoor Delhi
Small towns wake up early. In Dinanagar, Gurdaspur district, Punjab, terrorists woke up India at 5.30 am when they began shooting innocent people. A few minutes later, the news channels had found a juicy bone. They began to run breaking news about how terrorists had struck in Punjab, which had been free of violence for the last two decades. Shortly thereafter, the channels announced that the terrorists had occupied the police station of Dinanagar and were shooting from inside.