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  • A cartoon featuring Sharad Pawar has caught the attention of the world after the police tried to browbeat its creator into taking it off the Net.

    Satish Acharya's cartoon of Pawar satirises the Maharashtra politician's declaration of wealth at just Rs 12 crore.

    Pawar, who heads the Nationalist Congress Party, is believed to be far wealthier than his mandatory official declaration suggests. He is also a cricket administrator. Pawar and his family have been linked to major scandals, including those relating to Adarsh Housing Society, Lavasa, and 2G spectrum allocation.

    Satish depicts Pawar as a pole dancer showing only so much, with lots remaining hidden.

    A senior inspector from the Mumbai cyber branch called up Satish, who now works from Kundapura in coastal Karnataka, to persuade him to take the cartoon off his blog.

    The cartoon remains on the Net. It first appeared in Mid Day, but ran into opposition only after it was shared online.

    Satish has won support from thousands of admirers on

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  • The World Remembers

    Today, the world across, there is shared sorrow in the passing of Steve Jobs. A legend in his own time, Barack Obama ranked him among the greatest of America's innovators, a man who exemplified the spirit of ingenuity, "Brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it." In a round-up of tributes from CEOs, friends and contemporaries, it is inescapably clear that his name will be remembered with the greats, not just as a visionary who instrumented quantum leaps in technology and design, but as a man who lived a life so full, that his legacy will continue long after he is gone.

    As we pay our respects, we bring you some of the best of the web on Steve Jobs:

    In this Playboy interview with a young Steve Jobs, barely 30, he shines through as a true visionary, predicting the depths of possibility, unimaginable at the time. His prophecy for the personal computer is unnervingly accurate, "It can be a writing tool, a communications

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  • A kilolitre of tears

    (Or a  dummy guide  on why the Delhi  powers that be cannot hear the common man in Manipur, 2005, 2010, 2011 )

    (Petrol selling in mineral water bottles on the black market)

    (Onions, potatoes being sold straight off the lorries)

    Some 2011 prices may be inconsistent with daily variances in official rate lists in both capital cities . But probably not as inconsistent as  the willful opening of the three highway entry points  that Manipur depends on. Manipur has no state transportation network to speak of, so reliance on private vehicles is heavy and be it petrol, kerosene, etc., it's been a jerrycan life.

    (How people protect themselves on these burning highways)

    A final word from a Manipuri many Indians will be familiar with.

    "A litre of petrol at Rs.200 in the black market and a cooking gas cylinder for Rs.1,500 or more... After two months of a blockade in Manipur, world boxing champion Mary Kom says she's at her wits end trying to balance training for the Olympics with the slow process

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  • Bangalore a victim of illogical, unclear rules

    Priyanka Shetty

    We have no reason to panic – there is no ban on live music in Bangalore. Not yet.

    However, Bangalore has been a victim of several illogical and unnecessary rules and it angers me that each time we have had to bow under pressure and conform to them. Despite having more pressing concerns at hand, our local authorities seem greatly concerned about ‘issues’ like renaming our city to ‘Bengaluru’, forcing a ban on dancing in places that serve liquor, issuing notices against loud music, flashy lights and live performances all in the name of ‘preserving our culture’.

    Apparently, they slot venues conducting live music in the same category as dance bars. I don’t wish to make this post a meaningless rant about how immature and irresponsible the local authorities are, but I would definitely love to highlight their ignorance and blatant disregard for something that is an integral part of Bangalore and plays a part in forming its identity – live music.

    Recently, some venues in the city

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  • Live and banned in Bangalore

    Bruce Lee Mani

    Nobody likes queues, but the picket line is quite in fashion at the moment. The ‘Ban on Live Music and Dancing’ in Bangalore has converted even the most vacuous status message into a rallying cry against injustice, a passionate appeal for freedom, or an angry outburst against culture crime. And this, for the most part, is good. Bangalore is still some sort of Pub Capital, if a little watered-down, and it is interesting that such issues don’t seem to plague other metros as often.

    In this mad mixed-up country we live in, it can be quite all right to burn down the occasional church or commit a passing genocide, but live music? ‘Aping the West’ live music? Lumped-with-the-chamiya-bar live band?

    Nay and forsooth! While these mostly honest, working musicians work very hard and pay their taxes, the rug of employment is frequently pulled from under their down-at-the-heel boots by the righteous rogues of the law. Or so it seems.

    The fog around what is or is not enforceable on Live

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  • Two weeks ago, Bangalore Police Commissioner B G Jyothiprakash Mirji ruffled familiar feathers by bringing back into the limelight a ban on dancing in entertainment venues where live music is played. September 11, while the world was obsessing over the tenth anniversary of the iconic terrorist attacks that hit New York City, police raided a well-known watering hole in Bangalore and closed down a party in which international DJs were performing. The pub, police said, violated regulations that are required to be followed by venues that maintain dance floors.

    This seemingly stray incident reignited the debate over "moral policing" and the clampdown on dancing and live music in Bangalore's watering holes. Though this subject has repeatedly made headlines, it has always been unclear as to why the issue is contentious in the first place.

    Rewind to August 2008. Bangalore police enforced a ban on live music in venues that served liquor citing the Licensing and Controlling of Places of Public

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