Delhi’s 1st Mock Drill

If you were tuned into radio or received a message on your mobile phone from the government you would know that India’s first mock drill was carried out yesterday to warn and train people in case a natural calamity is to hit the city.

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Google – Taking Fun Seriously

Google has been coming up with various innovations to interact with the user at different stages. You can have your own customised Google homepage, in which you can replace Google with anything like your name or your pet’s name or whatever you want. Doodle though have been their best...

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The Only Right Steps by the Nazis!

When the Nazis came into power in 1933, apart from being concerned for the people, they were extremely careful about the wildlife of the Country too. They passed an anti-hunting law in 1934 to regulate the number of animals that would be killed per year. Without this law, several...

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Biggies who stayed away from Intoxication!

Marie Antoinette: Marie Antoinette, the Queen consort of King Louis XVI of France provoked the popular unrest that lead to the French Revolution and thus the overthrow of the Monarchy! She was involved in a blasphemous relationship and was responsible for major destruction, no wonder she was drunk on...

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Is love in the air?

It’s like everywhere you go, every person you see is busy expressing their love, wilfully or forcefully, is a different issue. In the park, in an expensive car, early in the morning in the metro, coming back from office in the metro, eating food slowly in a fast food...

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Some of the Best Works for children!

The 7 books of the Harry Potter series have been a sensation in not only in the children’s world, but also among the aged gentry! The sales figures for the series in June 2008 were a whooping 400 million copies and translations in over 67 languages, including Latin and...

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Happy Birthday John Coetzee

Apart from being a writer and critic, Coetzee is also an active translator of Dutch and Africaans Literature. He currently holds an honorary position in the University of Adelaide. His works have been widely read as the source of great insights into the deprived world.

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Top Indian Cricketers of the Decade!

Sachin Tendulkar: This man needs no introduction. He is undoubtedly the Greatest and the most successful run getter the World has ever seen. His hunger for cricket runs and the game has not satiated since the past 20 years and refuses to go down in the coming years...

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Literary Hunks!

Mr. Darcy the protagonist of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a wealthy, aloof, seemingly rude hunk is arguably one of the dreamiest male figures in English Literature.

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Some of the Richest and Youngest Indians!

Malvinder and Shivinder Singh: Both the Duke Graduate brothers handle the generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboritories Limited founded by their Grand Father! Malvinder is the Chief Executive of Ranbaxy which recently settled its dispute with Glaxo Smithkline over a certain drug. Shivinder runs the Indian hospital chain Fortis Healthcare...

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The Politics of Revolt

The Educationists and literary Historians have not taken the controversy very well. The debate which started with a communal/religious issue has been blown into an issue of General concern, an issue that has caused burning rage in the hearts and minds of every writer or aspiring writer in South...

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Banned Books in India

Nine Hours to Rama by Stanley Wolpert: In 1962, the Government of India banned the Novel, Nine Hours to Rama, by a scholar and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. The book is a fictional account of the last say of Gandhi’s life which focuses on...

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How important is ones Voter ID?

Voter ID or Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) is an identification card issued by the Election Commission to all the eligible voters to enable voter identification on the day of the election. All those who have been enrolled as voters are eligible to be issued the voter’s card.

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Problems faced by Children Worldwide

Militant use of Children: Children worldwide are increasingly being attacked ideologically by the extremists. Being the soft targets, they make for great future prospects. Their minds are uncultivated yet, hence dictating the pros of negativity in them is not rocket science at all. With the constant repetition of the...

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Winter Food of India!

Carrot is next on the list for its excellent health benefits! It has more carotene (which the body needs to concert Vitamin-A) than any fruit or vegetable. Carrots are excellent source of Vitamins B, C, D, E and K along with calcium pectate (a pectin fibre that has cholesterol-lowering...

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Lesser Known Facts about India!

India is one of the only three Countries in the World that makes supercomputers (the US, Japan being the other two!) India is one of the 6 Countries that launches satellites. The Bombay Stock Exchange carries 6000 companies! Only the NYSE has more.

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The Country, Then and Now!

As the Country stands at the brink of yet another Republic Day, one tends to ponder over the past years and reflect upon the way the Country has evolved in certain ways and become worse in others. The net equation may seem to be lingering on the positive side,...

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More than Just Lit Fest: Day 2

Be it the great ‘jugal-bandi’ of Prasoon Joshi and Gulzar or the African discussion of Kincad or the M.J. Akbar’s ideas on the Dalits and the suffers, the bottom line of each discussion was the Rushdie controversy! Having discovered a brand new topic of discussion, the literature lovers were...

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Turmoil in the ‘Land of Pure’

A military coup against an elected civilian government has become synonymous with Pakistan that either ends with the head of state being exiled or executed. It all started in 1958 with the first President Iskander Mirza dismissing the civilian government headed by Prime Minister Feroze Khan Noon and appointing...

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Tackling Environmental Issues

The institution is basically a non-governmental organization that was established in the year 1972. The primary aim of this institution has been to provide basic services and solutions to problems in rural communities. The main projects that have been undertaken by the college are harnessing solar power, water management,...

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Jaipur Lit Fest

As Aijaz Ahmed once said in his ‘Notes towards creation of a Category of Indian Literature’ that Indian Literature is not merely an aggregative principle, it is in fact a creation and conservation of years of work and articulation in the field!

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Who is the Real Shakespeare?

Shakespeare may be the most read playwright in the World, however the controversy surrounding the authenticity of his work refuses to die down! Several theories have developed over the years, which possibly tell divergent stories as to how Shakespeare never wrote the work that has been accorded to him!...

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Wonder Women Of Contemporary India

Some words by Friedrich Schiller might explain us what feminism is all about- “Honor the women! They are rose’s celestial twinning and weaving in lives terrestrial, weaving the bound of the most blessed love, veiled in the graces’ most modest attire”

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Maoism- Force Alone would not Help!

What started as a mere " Spring thunder " in Naxalbaari in West Bengal in 1967 has now become an expansive armed movement stretching from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh to Pashupati in Nepal, encompassing parts of seven states Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orrisa, West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir...

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“The Great Indian Rush “

I personally have started to shy away from the thronged religious places, not owing to any antagonism, butI am intimidated by a catastrophe more plausible due to stampede then a terrorist attack. Not that I have stopped socializing but the sense of urgency and superstitions are more prevalent and...

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Greatest Books Ever!

Anna Karenina: The great Tolstoy’s first realist fiction was debunked and then revived to attain the stature of being the greatest Novel ever! The Novel was panned to be a ‘trifling romance of high life’, Dostoevsky declared it to be a ‘flawless work of art’! Tolstoy in the Novel...

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Worst Places to be a Woman In!

Haiti: It is he worst place in America foe women! The representation of women in Haiti is depressing to say the least! It is a meager 5% and so is the female to male ratio (52:100)! The female literacy rate is as low as 57%! In slums like Port-au-Prince,...

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Things to be grateful of in 2011!

The World Cup Victory: Who would have thought that India would finally win the World Cup with Tendukar’s inclusion! The Men in Blue proved their critics wrong yet again and went on to become the World Champions! It was the perfect pre cursor to the Jan Lokpal campaign! The...

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Our Educated Politicians!

Dr. Raman Singh: The CM of Chattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh is a B.A., B.A.M.S. (Ayurveda) has been instrumental in reducing corruption in the State by a considerable margin! He was also a hard-core social activist as a student! For a change, some of our politicians tried to do something...

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The Most Expensive Cities to Live in!

Oslo has emerged to be the most expensive city in the past few years due to the increase in the relative strength of the Kroner! The city is the hub of the Norwegian trade, which is known world wide for its shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance companies! It...

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Chuk-Chuk-Gadi…

In the world’s largest democracy and today’s age of coalition politics, railway ministry is always kept aside by successive governments as a Gift of Good Faith’ most crucial for the survival of their government. This important party also, uses this gift to its best use – “As a means...

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Your Favourite Camera Phones!

Nokia N8- 12 Megapixel: Nokia N8 boasts of Carl Zeiss optiocs, a 12 megapixel 1/1.183 inch optical format CCD image sensor, Xenen flash with automatic red eye removal and auto focus! This sensor is signature of Nokia N8! Apart from the camera, it has an excellent hardware and a...

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All that Jazz!

Metallica’s here: Metallica Concert was amongst the most awaited Concerts of the year! The hype and anticipation surrounding the Event had to be witnessed to be believed! It was a sell out both in Bangalore and Delhi! However, the Delhi fans were met with serious disappointment! There was rampage...

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People Who Changed the Fate of 2011!

Aung San Suu Kyi: After years of wilting under house arrest, 66years old, icon of Democracy, was ascended again this year as a broker between the West and the new wave of Army backed leaders trumpeting reforms. Although her full transition into the realm of politics remains to be...

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Echoes

The Cultural Committee of IIM Kozhikode is proud to bring to you the first glimpse of Echoes 2012. In keeping with the times, our theme for the fest is “The Big Bang” - one last party to celebrate the end of the world, and we intend to do it...

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Want a wife, STOP FEMALE FOETICIDE!

It may be surprising to much of the urban masses that once a girl reaches puberty she is married off (these days girls reach adolescence between 10-12 years of age). Such is the practice in villages across India, especially among the poor states. Here, considering that the story is...

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Gender Ambiguity

In the past, women were considered fragile thus were given a typical treatment in varied strata of society. The Victorian society kept women away from decision making on the pretext that women are foolish; women were prevented to stand up for a cause i.e., they were never allowed to...

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The Rich and the Famous in Tihar

Karim Morani: The CBI ordered the arrest of Cineyug Films’ founder Karim Morani, a co-conspirator in the 2G Scam! He was taken into custody despite he pleaded to be innocent! His charge sheet has been launched in the Tihar Jail! Before him A. Raja too was implicated in the...

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Greatest South Indian hits in 2011!

Ko: Ko which means king was a Tamil Box office spinner last year! This was the first mainstream Kollywood movie that impressed the critics! The Movie was not only a combination of a good script and some brilliant acting; it also had some of the best compositions shot at...

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The Adopted Celebrities

Marilyn Monroe: This iconic actress spent most of her childhood in foster homes because her mother was unable to take care of her! After spending her formative years in orphanages, she returned to live with her mother at the age of seven, but that did not work out! When...

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Top Sports Controversies

Kambli v/s Azhar: 1996 WC semi final controversy Kambli, a former Indian cricketer who has often been embroiled in controversies both on and off the field, raised doubts on the 1996 semi-final between India and Sri Lanka. He claimed that something went amiss in the match, clearly hinting at...

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What the Country is Infamous for!

Vanishing Companies Scam: Apparently, some 600 companies, which had generated money from the public, had disappeared from the market in 1998! P.Chidambaram thus ordered a probe by the SEBI. As ordered, the SEBI conducted a raid in the same year, and revealed that the companies had gone missing! These...

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The Year that Was!

Sportsperson of the Year: Month, year, decade, century, the Little Master will continue to be the reigning hero of Sports! Sachin Tendulkar’s mere presence in the side gives shivers down the opposition camp! The minute he enters the field, the Country is united under one religion, the religion of...

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The Most Bizzare stories of 2011

Akshat Saxena, a one-year-old boy from Uttar Pradesh was born with 34 digits! This condition in which a child is born with more than 5 fingers per hand or toe is known as polydactyly. It is a genetic anomaly, which can also be hereditary! Akshat had to undergo several...

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The Youngest Politicians of the Country

Jyotiraditya Scindia, the young scion of the Scindia family is a 40-year-old Minister of State for Commerce and Industry! He represents the Congress as an MP for the Guna Constituency in Madhya Pradesh! He comes from a Royal Political background! His father, Madhavrao Scindia too was a prominent Indian...

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Most Searched Celebs by Us!

Anna Hazare: Hazare has really taken the Country by a storm this year! Jan Lokpal Bill and Hazare have been amongst the most searched keywords on the web! The indefinite fasts and his constant struggle with the government to see the Bill through had caught the Country in his...

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Top News makers of 2011

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: The flamboyant Indian Cricket Captain became the 2nd Captain in the History of Indian Cricket to bring home the World Cup! Although he had become a youth icon long before he became the Captain, the World Cup victory was literally the cherry on the cake! His...

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Anna Hazare Vs Government – Round 3

The government has already shown its incapacity in effectively handing the situation during Anna’s two fasts, with minister after minister having to perform damage control during the fiascos. On both occasions just the bare minimum was done by the government to stall the movement - after the first fast,...

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Off I go…

Beguiled by her beauty, I was brought back to reality. It all came back to me; my throat was inundated with emotions. I tried to say something but words betrayed me. Tears were ready to spill over my calloused cheeks. She brushed pass me without a glance.

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The Alter Ego

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band aka The Beatles: The Beatles hit it off with the youth like no one else did! The 4 brightly colored members of the Band were photographed such that they spoke to the mass directly! With an immense penetration among the Youth, The Beatles’...

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Birthday blues

My parents, friends and family members celebrate this day as my birthday. For 17 years of my life, I celebrated it with pomp and show; a grand party every year with family and friends. It was a fun filled evening with games like musical chair, housie etc. The house...

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This Day in History!

6th December, 1992: 300,000 Hindus destroy the Mosque of Babari, 4 die! 6th December, 1992: 81st Davis Cup played; USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1) 6th December, 1994: Maltese Falcon auctioned for$398,590 6th December, 1994: Warner Brothers announces a 5th TV network to begin on Jan 11, 1995 6th December, 1995: Michael...

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Knowing Kattie

She had badly injured herself in the race of life and at first place was quite apprehensive of the advances of my brother towards her but later succumbed to his kind gestures as he placed a bowl of milk in front of her to feed on. For her it...

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Half Man -The Story of Peng Shuilin , China

Now Peng Shulin has astounded doctors by learning to walk again after a decade. Considering Peng's plight, doctors at the China Rehabilitation Research Centre in Beijing devised an ingenious way to allow him to walk on his own, Creating a sophisticated egg cup-like casing to hold his body, with two...

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All that matters

I am 17 and I still like to watch cartoons, drink Bournvita, eat as if I have never eaten before and often fall down from my bed. Friends say 'Grow up! Stop being a child'. I agree that I (The one who stays glued to the TV and never...

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This one’s for you Dad!

While growing up we all want to learn to do things on our own. Sometimes we feel we have become so efficient that we don’t need anyone else’s help. We can sustain ourself, we are self-sufficient to do our own work, and we can even take our own decisions.

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5 Most Powerful Countries in 2011

Russia can be easily titled as the 3rd super power after being thrown out of the ‘Big Two’ league with the USA! The Russians are self sufficient as far as the minerals and resources are concerned, thus making them exceptionally capable in the arena of technological development and sustenance!

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This Day in History

• 1 December,1991: was christened as the World AIDS day • 1 December 1991: Ukranian people vote for Independence • 1 December, 1992, Amy Fisher sentenced for 5-15 years of imprisonment for shooting Mary Jo ...

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10 Worst Cities for IT Pros!

At Number 2 is Mexico’s Capital, Mexico City! With an estimated population of 8.84 million as on 2009, the city is the most densely populated city in the World! It is also plagued with high level pollution, noise and violence. Organized crimes, drug abuse and alcoholism are other reasons...

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Most Watched Videos of You Tube!

YouTube is one stop entertainment for all! It is undoubtedly the best Video Viewing website of the World! Sharing , uploading, viewing is as simple as it can get! Here are a few of the Most Watched Videos! Evolution of Dance is the Most Viewed Video of all Time!...

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Bizarre Facts, Shocking Places and Events

Was William Shakespeare only a pen name? The Shakespeare Authorship question is the controversy about whether the works traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare were actually written by another writer or a group of writers! This public debate conspiracy theory dates back to the mid 19th Century. Some believe that...

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Nothing to say

This is a case that shook the whole nation. It moved people from all aspects of life to protest and seek justice. Everyday there would be news on television, on newspapers and new twists to the case and new suspects. All this leading to no conclusion. Character assassination of...

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Unemployment in India

Numbers always tell a story. Economic statistics are quite adept at that. Colorful, vivid stories. And sometimes scary ones. 416 Positions Available. Number of applicants? North of 1,00,00. With odds like those, you are a 100 times more likely to be admitted into Harvard, a school which prides itself...

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World’s Richest Countries!

Qatar is reeling at number 2 with a per capita GDP of $75,900! This Arabic Nation with a population of slightly more than one million gained independence from the Great Britain only in 1971! A relatively new Country on the block, but they surely mean business!

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Some of the Busiest Streets in the World!

Great Britain,Oxford Streetis number two on this list. It attracts almost 200 million people in a year! Considering the staggering number of people who visit the street daily, the pavements are redesigned inspired by the Shibuya crossing inTokyoto provide the pedestrians with more walking space!

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Looking for you again

She shuddered after a while and I knew she was back from her inner alternate universe that she builds around herself time and again. With one hand she curled up her hair and took a free fall on the holy ground. Without even a single glance at me, I...

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