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After lead in Maggi, samples of fresh milk found in Indian Railway pantry tea & coffee


A post from Faking News.. NIce satire on IRCTC tea and coffee quality

Last evening in a superfast train, a passenger yelled at the pantry staff after he found the coffee tasting milky. A similar incident happened to his co-passenger who bought tea.

“First I thought that in the coffee they might have mixed few droplets of 4-5 days old milk as usual, but afterwards I was shocked to know that the coffee I was drinking was made with ample quantity of fresh & pure milk!” a shocked passenger told Faking News, “For years, I was so used to the railway pantry tea and coffee that I loved it, but this coffee has totally ruined my taste buds. I won’t leave them until I get my compensation!”

Minutes before the cup was thrown away

Soon after this news started trending on social media, senior railway officials conducted a high level meeting to look into the matter of grave concern.

“In relation to this complaint, the food testing authority has found high amounts of fresh and pure milk particles in the coffee and tea samples. Adding milk into coffee would not only make the passengers greedy for pure milk coffee but would also burn our pockets. If we start adding milk to every passenger’s coffee, how would we add milk into our own coffee?” an official explained the entire problem to Faking News.

“We have already suspended the pantry staff who was responsible for this mishap. We have also decided to provide a compensation of Rs.5 lakhs to both victims,” the official further revealed.

For More click here: http://www.fakingnews.firstpost.com/2015/06/after-lead-in-maggi-samples-of-fresh-milk-found-in-railway-pantry-tea-coffee/?utm_source=fp_cat_widget

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Indian Premier League: 5 reasons why it is right to call it India ka Tyohar!


It is beyond any doubt that Indian Premier League- the self proclaimed ‘India ka Tyohaar’ (Festival of India) is a success story. It is a money minting tool for the organizers and participating players; at the same time, it is a dose of adrenaline and excitement to the viewers and fans. Though, marred by various controversies, from match-fixing to public brawls, somehow, IPL resurfaces every year with the same fanfare. Let us leave aside the negative aspects for today and focus on the positives it has brought.

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Short-cut to glory

IPL has been a boon to less known or unknown players from different regions. One brilliant knock and a player erupts on the glorious side of fame. Sarfaraz Khan, a 17 year old teenager, hogged the limelight with a single innings of 21-ball 45. It paid off immediately with former England player David Lloyd’s tweet, urging English County teams to rope him in.

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Super entertainment in 40 overs

Whether a CEO tired of enduring corporate pressure or a research scholar who has performed failed experiments throughout the day, all need something to cheer them up by dinner time. IPL takes up that perfect slot with 40 overs of non-stop entertainment. So what if rumors of pre-fixed matches prevail. Who cares! Don’t we enjoy scripted movies and plays? Moreover, the sight of cheerleaders dancing on boundaries does cheer up gloomy faces! A tired person just wants some stress buster at the end of the day. IPL succeeds in doing that.

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No Infidelity issues!

IPL is great for both – fans and general viewers. We all have one or two favorite players in each team. One can enjoy sixes of Chris Gayle in spite of being a supporter of Rajasthan Royals or Chennai Super Kings. This makes IPL unique. And one can always shift sides and start cheering for the winning team. No hard luck involved and always a win-win situation for viewers like me who stays away from fanatics.

Expanse of cricket infrastructure

With the inclusion of more teams, cricket will expand beyond big cities. This will not only provide more opportunity to local lads, but also lead to development of stadium and other infrastructure needed for the expanse of cricket.

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Progress of other sports

IPL has shown how money minting and sports revolution can be carried out at the same time. The success of IPL is now being emulated in other sports and games. The success of Pro-Kabaddi and Indian Super League (Football) means that the largely neglected players from sports other than cricket can also be rewarded with money and fame. Such forays into more such games will follow soon.

The article was first published at: Indian Premier League: 5 reasons why it is right to call it India ka Tyohar!.

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Earthquake and thenafter: DOs and DON’Ts


Nepal earthquake will likely put a huge strain on the resources of this impoverished country best known for Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The economy of Nepal, a nation of 27.8 million people, relies heavily on tourism, principally trekking and Himalayan mountain climbing.

With Kathmandu airport reopened, the first aid flights began delivering aid supplies. The first to respond were Nepal’s neighbours – India, China and Pakistan, all of which have been jockeying for influence over the landlocked nation. Nepal remains closest to India, with which it shares deep political, cultural and religious ties.

India suffered its own losses from the quake, with at least 61 people killed there and dozens injured. Sunday’s aftershock was also widely felt in the country, and local news reports said metro trains in New Delhi and Kolkata were briefly shut down when the shaking started. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/more-than-2200-confirmed-dead-in-nepal-earthquake-as-aftershocks-terrify-survivors/article24128401/)

During an earthquake:

· Keep calm and reassure others.

· During the event, the safest place is an open space, away from the buildings.

· If you are indoors, take cover under a desk, table, bed or doorways and against inside wall.

· Stay away from glass panes, windows or outside doors.

· Do not rush to go out of the building, where there are large number of people to avoid stampede.

· If you are outside, move away from building and utility wires.

· Once in the open, stay there till the vibrations stops.

· Do not use candles, matches or open flames.

After an earthquake:

· Do not spread and do not believe rumors.

· Keep stock of drinking water, foodstuff and first-aid equipment in accessible place.

· Turn on your transistor or television to get the latest information/bulletins and aftershock warnings.

· Be prepared for aftershocks as these may strike.

· Close the valve of kitchen gas stove, if it is on. If it is closed, do not open. Do not use open flames.

· Do not operate electric switches or appliances, if gas leaks are suspected.

· Check water pipes, electric lines and fittings. If damaged, shut off the main valves. Do not touch live wires of electricity.

(Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/heavy-rains-to-follow-earthquake/article7143468.ece)

List of aftershocks of earthquake that occurred in Nepal on April 25:

SN Time in IST Lat N Long E Depth (Km) Magnitude
11:41 28.1 84.6 10 7.9 Main shock
1 12:08 28.0 85.7 10 5.5
2 12:15 28.1 84.8 10 6.6
3 12:26 28.0 85.7 10 5.7
4 12:38 27.8 85.6 10 5.0
5 13:17 27.9 85.5 10 5.0
6 13:36 27.6 85.7 5 4.9
8 13:47 27.8 85.7 10 5.0
9 13:51 27.6 84.9 10 5.6
10 13:59 28.1 84.8 20 5.0
11 14:19 27.9 85.0 10 4.4
12 14:26 27.3 85.1 10 5.7
13 14:47 28.3 87.3 5 5.8
14 15:01 27.6 85.3 10 5.6
15 15:53 27.4 85.6 10 4.0
16 16:11 27.7 85.8 5 5.0
17 17:32 27.8 85.8 10 4.0
18 17:42 27.6 85.7 5 4.4
19 17:48 27.8 85.4 10 4.8
20 18:14 27.8 83.5 10 5.3
21 19:00 28.0 85.0 8 4.9
22 19:23 27.7 85.0 10 4.2
23 19:40 27.8 85.9 10 4.7
24 20:47 27.9 85.3 10 4.2
25 21:57 27.7 85.5 10 4.9
26 23:13 28.2 85.8 10 5.6
27 00:29 27.7 85.4 10 4.0
28 02:03 27.2 85.6 10 4.2
29 02:37 27.9 85.7 10 4.5
30 04:46 27.7 84.9 10 5.6
31 05:12 27.5 85.9 10 4.4
32 08:19 27.9 84.5 10 4.0
33 08:52 27.4 85.4 10 4.5
34 10:29 27.8 84.7 13 4.5
35 12:39 27.6 85.9 10 6.9


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The Home Advantage


So finally, it was a cousinly clash in the finals of World Cup 2015. Who would have expected such a final after the start the famed tournament got! India, the defending champions seemed to relish a losing streak till their first match in the world cup. Australia was clearly not at their best. England was not so bad while Bangladesh were never in the reckoning. But the league stage did chip in interesting games, with teams like West Indies and Pakistan losing to minnows and England crashing out with a thud, while India and New Zealand romped into the knockouts like stalwarts.

The quarterfinals had the teenagers of cricket, Bangladesh along with the forever ‘favorites’ South Africa, and the rest of the expected favorites. Pakistan, shouldering the weights of non-performing elderly exited with an expected loss to Australia. Sri Lanka were overpowered by South Africa, West Indies were more than humbled by New Zealand while India got better of her daughter nation Bangladesh.

The Semis had undoubtedly the best teams for this edition of World Cup in- India, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. India was, now the favorites of the entire South-Asian subcontinent and had risen in ranks among the bookies of the world. Indian media had already declared India as the finalist and probably the champions. Australia, the crown bearers for the most number of times, with the confidence of not losing any of the semifinals and support of the home crowd couldn’t have asked for less. They accepted the challenge and inched towards the cup in style. South Africa still continuing with the rainy affairs and their not-so-worth monster-in-laws, Duckworth and Lewis, somehow yielded to them once again, though this can’t take away the credit from the New Zealand of their brilliant run-chase. They along with millions bid a teary adieu to the world cup. Finally, the dark horse of all times entered the finals with their black caps firm in their high-held heads. New Zealand entered the finals, chasing a dream run, without losing a single match. That was a splendid performance and now, everyone (except the Australian fans, of course) wanted the Kiwis to win.

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And now, it was the Sunday finals for the two host nations. The Australian-New Zealand cricket-rivalry added another dimension to this match. The team which doesn’t succumb to this enormous pressure would prevail and be crowned. The historic match began with New Zealand winning the toss and electing to bat. The decision seemed to backfire initially as they were bundled out for a paltry 183. Clearly, the Kiwis fumbled in the first innings and would be ruing. The score of 183 is by the way historic as this was the score in the 1983 world cup when India lifted the trophy. The second innings could be one-sided or a thriller, depending on how Australia would play. New Zealand seemed clueless against Australians, unlike the league match, and helplessly saw Australia reaching 50, then 100, and finally kiss the trophy.

The world cup saw records tumbling, giving way to new ones and sensational bowling spells enthralling the audience. A double of double hundreds and a quadruple of centuries were the highlights. The giant West Indian hit a row of sixes, contributing to a total of about 500 sixes in this world cup. Wahab Riaz making Watson toil hard to endure his spell was a sight to see. Many a players ended their journey of cricket, enriching the cricket with their handsome contributions. A jubilant Australia is now the title holder for the most number of times. Better luck to all other cricketing nations, especially New Zealand and South Africa, for the next edition of the World Cup.

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क्या किरण और केजरीवाल में बहस होनी चाहिए ?


क्या अरविंद और किरण में बहस होनी चाहिए। अगर दिल्ली जैसे साक्षर राज्य में बहस नहीं हो सकती तो कहां होगी। कब होगी। दोनों एक अलग गैर-राजनीतिक पृष्ठभूमि से आते हैं। दोनों आज की राजनीतिक प्रणाली के आलोचक रहे हैं। यह सही है कि दांव अरविंद का है तो किरण स्वीकार करने में हिचकेंगी, लेकिन राजनीति में यह कोई बड़ी बात नहीं है। किरण बेदी भी स्वीकार कर केजरीवाल को मात दे सकती हैं। अगर बहस होगी तो हम इस राजनीति को नए सिरे से देख सकेंगे। नेतृत्व की तार्कित और बौद्धिक क्षमता को परख सकेंगे। यह लोकतंत्र के लिए एक रोमांचक मौका होगा जिसे दिल्ली वालों को हाथ से नहीं जाने देना चाहिए। जब विधानसभा में आमने-सामने हो सकती हैं तो पहले क्यों नहीं हो सकती है।

फिर भी किरण बेदी का यह कहना कि बहस सिर्फ विधानसभा के भीतर होती है, सही नहीं है। लोकतंत्र में असली बहस जनता के बीच होती है। जनता के आमने-सामने होती है, एक दूसरे की तरफ पीठ करके चुनौती देने से ही लोकतंत्र महान नहीं हो जाता। आमने-सामने आकर उसका और विस्तार होता है। फिर भी बहस की चुनौती स्वीकार करना एक बड़ा रणनीतिक फैसला भी है। केजरीवाल ने भी किसी रणनीति के तहत ही चुनौती दी होगी। इसी बहाने आज टीवी और सोशल मीडिया का स्पेस उनके नाम हो सकता है। पर यह सच है कि हमारे देश में चुनाव टीवी और ट्वीटर में ढलता जा रहा है। सब कुछ टीवी के लिए हो रहा है। टीवी के लिए ही दिखने वाला चेहरा लाया जाता है, नहीं दिखने लायक चेहरा राजनीति में पचास साल लगाकर भी रातों रात गायब कर दिया जाता है। इस लिहाज़ से किरण बेदी के पास मना करने का कोई औचित्य नहीं है।
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BJP and the AAP Position : From The Indian Express


There is a joke in Delhi that the middle class that wants to participate by Twitter joins the BJP; the middle class that actually wants to participate will join the AAP – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/bjp-and-the-aaposition/#comments

In politics, it is easy to become a victim of traps laid by our own convictions. We then cease to distinguish between political analysis and political endorsement. We cease to pay attention to trends. The Delhi election is indeed deeply important. It is shaping up to be a closer contest than anyone imagined six months ago. Much will depend on the AAP’s political campaign. But there is little doubt that there is space for it to re-emerge as a potent political force. On the evidence of their campaign so far, the BJP seems to be struggling to understand the nature of this challenge. It would do well to heed the warning signs.

The general election was a product of the twin narratives of fear of paralysis and fear of plutocracy. It was the anti-corruption movement, which morphed into the AAP, that took a battering ram to the legitimacy of the UPA. Modi walked into the breach. He seemed, with good reason, the best candidate, to overcome paralysis and restore a sense of possibility. Even if we argue that the jury is still out on where the NDA government is headed, other narratives are now opening up once again.

The fear of plutocracy has not gone away. It may have been overshadowed by the fear of paralysis. But corruption and unseemly conflicts of interest are still challenges. The government at the Centre may not have been rocked yet by a scandal. But it has done little to restore confidence in accountability institutions. The investigative arms of government remain mired in suspicion of extensive partisanship..

Parliament seems unlikely to exercise an oversight function and fears of the undue influence of capitalists are not entirely misplaced. The private sector’s fear about the legitimacy of PPPs is a backhanded acknowledgment of this reality. Except for dissimulation on black money, the government has no reform proposals to show. The problem with the AAP’s traditional approach was its overinvestment in top-down institutions like the Lokpal. But the presence of the AAP itself generates accountability, by inducing a different fear. It was a small party with disproportionate effect. The power of its own example is not inconsiderable. For the most part, its method of financing elections seems the most transparent that any political party has ever seen, setting a new trend. The AAP’s institutional promise rested on a new paradigm of citizen participation. Government by SMS or continual referendum is not a sustainable idea. But the idea that, in some crucial areas, we might need more participatory modes of government is powerful. Whatever the internal story with the AAP, it still takes the model of governance as a friendly, inclusive, neighbourly chat seriously. – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/bjp-and-the-aaposition/#comments

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Gandhi Bot and Respect to Gandhi


Gandhi Bot and Respect to Gandhi

We all pay homage to the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi every year on Gandhi Jayanti, celebrating it as a dry day. And one fool of a comapny in capitalist US used his name and picture on beer cans and bottles. How disgusting, disrespectful, idotic, irresponsible and shameful behavior! They have insulted Gandhi, India and the feeling of respect to our great hero, our national icon. How dare they!
To us Gandhi is as important as Goddess Lakshmi. To us, he is as important as our dignity in the society and to us, he is as important as our currency notes which give us that dignity. And they disrespected him. Thankfully, someone has filed a case against this fool of a company at Cyberabad, contending that Gandhi’s image on the alcohol cans  by the brewery is highly condemnable and punishable under Indian laws like Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, and 124-A of IPC (related to use of inflammatory words, signs or visible representation).
TO this, the company replies, “We do apologize if the good people of India find our Gandhi-Bot label offensive. Our intent is not to offend anyone but rather pay homage and celebrate a great man who we respect greatly. They go on with blatant display of shame in saying “Aromatic and fully vegetarian, Gandhi-bolt is an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love”
And they dont stop here. They are adding punchlines- “We hope that not only our product is consumed responsibly with fine food and friends but that they are also inspired to learn more about Mahatma Gandhi and his non-violent methods of civil disobedience. So many Indian people here in American love our tribute to the great man,”
They should learn how to respect Gandhi from us, Indians.  His statues keep on biting dust, for 363 days a year, sometimes, 365.25 as well! His principles long forgotten by all except a politically retarded old man in white caps and an ‘anarchist’ chief-minister. This year was even great. People were busy taking selfies and photographs with brooms, because Gandhi believed in cleanliness. Its really great that a PM helped his citizens remember Gandhi’s cleanliness freak 77 years after his death. Thousands of roads and streets have been named after Gandhi. Do we even think twice before spitting on the same roads! We stock alcohol on 1st October to celebrate the dry next day. That’s how we respect Gandhi! Who cares for Gandhi, except for the fact that his face appears on the notes. The notes which is circulated in so many hands in a day and finally kept in wallets, near the bums. Occasionally, to avoid breathing difficulties to Gandhi, people also have to fart. This is how we celebrate the cult called Gandhigiri
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Who resorts to non-violence after drinking, except the Munna bhai saying Lage raho! Who cares to bow to any statue of him even for a second. And who walks without slippers on roads named after him!
I request Arnab Goswami, on behalf of our countrymen to raise this issue in his show so that Gandhi meets justice, as his shows have far-reaching effects.
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