Aamir Khan soberly articulated an angst that many citizens feel. The worries he expressed about growing intolerance and, more specifically, the helplessness that the lack of a proper political response from those in highest positions of authority produces, are spot on. In this age, one twisted act of retribution is to teach celebrities a lesson to put them in their place.
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- Who is a patriot? The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - 6 hours ago
- Triumphant abroad, forlorn at home The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - 6 hours ago
By all accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Singapore visit has been a resounding success. The audience comprised leading members of the corporate world, media and government, including PM Lee Hsien Loong and others cabinet members. Other key results encompass the opportunity for Singapore’s Changi airport — a veritable global hub — to run two airports in India, and for India to pick Singapore as a financial centre to launch rupee bonds.
- In fact: Theories of Genius, how they … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - 6 hours ago
Einstein was seditious, but on a much more ambitious scale than she imagined: he challenged Isaac Newton’s universe. The Einstein Field Equations, which ended the age of Newtonian physics and changed our perception of reality, are a century old this week, dating from Einstein’s lecture at the Prussian Academy of Sciences.
- Accused Gagan sent to 14-day judici … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Thu 26 Nov, 2015
Delhi Police produced Gurvinder alias Gagan, the prime accused in the murder of Uzbekistan nationals Shakhnoza Shukurova and Atazhanova Kupalbayevna, in a city court Wednesday. Police are building a watertight case against Gagan, said sources, adding Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) officials recently lifted blood stains from a car used in the crime. Police have also recovered the passport of Kupalbayevna, who was known as Naaz, from a jeweller in Yashwant Place.
- Hardik Patel’s voice samples match in … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Thu 26 Nov, 2015
Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s voice spectrography test, conducted in connection with the sedition case against him, has confirmed that the voice samples match with that in the phone calls intercepted by Gujarat police. The 22-year-old convener of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti is currently in jail in connection with the sedition case — lodged by the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad — based primarily on phone conversations between him and his associates. Five of Hardik’s close aides are also in jail after being booked for alleged sedition.
- 2015 to be hottest year on record - … Reuters - Wed 25 Nov, 2015
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be even hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday, warning that inaction on climate change could see global average temperatures rise by 6 degrees Celsius or more. WMO director-general Michel Jarraud said it was still possible for a global climate summit starting in Paris on Monday to agree steps to could keep the rise within 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times, a target set down in 2010 to try to prevent a dramatic increase in extreme weather. "You have scenarios assuming very strong decisions, very quick and sharp reduction of greenhouse gases, and you have other scenarios with business as usual, where you end up with predictions of additional warming of 5, 6 degrees, maybe even more.
- Sassy woman or machine? Tech giants … Reuters - Tue 24 Nov, 2015
By Julia Love and Yasmeen Abutaleb SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When users ask Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, what she likes to drink, she is quick with an answer. What's your favorite drink?" As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants' personalities. For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time.
- Chandigarh needs more funds to complete … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
- Panjab University Syndicate election … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
THE PU authorities on Sunday issued an official notification for holding election to 15 seats of the Syndicate on December 6. With this, lobbying started between the two major groups of the Syndicate. The group formerly led by the late G K Chatrath is fighting this year’s elections under the leadership of Professor Anil Monga and Pawan Singla.
- Leicester's improvement not rocket … Reuters - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
Leicester City's meteoric rise from relegation strugglers to table-toppers is not down to "rocket science" but due to the team playing to their strengths, midfielder Danny Drinkwater has said. The club's incredible start to the season continued on Saturday as they beat Newcastle 3-0 to move top of the Premier League table. Leicester were bottom of the table in April, but seven months on, led by goals from prolific striker Jamie Vardy, they have lost only one of their first 13 league matches.
- Global health experts accuse WHO of … Reuters - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
The World Health Organization's failure to sound the alarm until months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak was an "egregious failure" which added to the enormous suffering and death toll, global health experts said on Monday. A specialist panel convened by Harvard's Global Health Institute (HGHI) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) said while the epidemic "engendered acts of outstanding courage and solidarity", it also caused "immense human suffering, fear and chaos" which went "largely unchecked" by leadership or reliable and rapid institutional responses. Reviewing the global response to the epidemic which swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the panel said such failures should not be allowed to happen again, and major reform is urgently needed to prevent future pandemics.
- HRD Ministry sets up exclusive panel … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
The human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has constituted a 13-member expert committee exclusively on Sanskrit in its attempt to revive interest in the ancient language. Headed by N Gopalaswami, the former chief election commissioner (CEC) and now Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in Tirupati, the committee has been asked to recommend measures to integrate the study of the ancient language with other disciplines such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, medical science and law, suggest changes in Sanskrit education in schools and universities and recommend ways to impart Sanskrit education through modern tools.
- Pollution levels down in Dwarka The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
With the second car-free day taking place on Sunday in Dwarka, the capital saw a reduction in pollution levels due to a combination of factors according to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). “This initiative by the Delhi government has helped to prove once again that if the number of vehicles are controlled, pollution levels can be lowered significantly. This public awareness campaign must spur car-restraint measures to control pollution during winter...,” said Anumita Roy Chowdhury, CSE executive director. According to CSE, there was “a dramatic difference between particulate pollution on the 4 km car-free stretch in Dwarka (sectors 3-13 and sectors 7-9) on Sunday and the heavy traffic stretch between Dhaula Kuan and Patel Chowk after the event.
- BJP’s Mission Assam: Popular leader … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
Having lost a big battle in Bihar, the BJP’s next target is Assam, where it hopes to oust the Congress and capture power. It has bestowed the responsibility for accomplishing this upon Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Sarbananda Sonowal, whom it has made state unit president. A large section in the state BJP was already waiting for the national leadership to appoint a new president, with outgoing president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya’s term having been ad hoc, and party workers across the state have greeted the choice.
- Nitish Kumar’s team: 7 Masters, 9 graduates … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - Mon 23 Nov, 2015
In a Bihar cabinet where Lalu Prasad’s two sons are the youngest members, both in their twenties, none of the other 26 ministers is under 40. The 28-member cabinet’s average age is 52, not counting Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, 64. One-fourth of the ministers are above 60, four of these from the JD(U) and three from the RJD, while all four Congress ministers are between 40 and 60.
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