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Category archives: Current News

World Book Day 2019: "Books Are Your Best Friends" - 10 Quotes That Prove It

Today is World Book Day – a day dedicated to book lovers around the globe. Also called World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, this day is dedicated to promote reading habits, publishing and copyright. First observed on April 23, 1995, it is an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Many programmes are organised today centered around reading sessions, […]

50 Lakh Lost Jobs Over 2 Years, Trend Began Just After Notes Ban: Report

Fifty lakh men lost their jobs in the past two years beginning November 2016, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an overnight ban on high value currency, according to a new report. The timing of the start of the decline in jobs coincides with demonetisation but no “causal link” can be established based on the available data, says the “State of Working India 2019”, released Tuesday by the Centre for […]

A time for titans

Virat Kohli had once said that he sees himself as more of a Cristiano Ronaldo than a Lionel Messi. According to him “Messi is a freak (genius) but this guy (Ronaldo) is giving him a run for his money because of his hard work”. While this could be a corollary to the talent vs. hard work debate it points to a trend that has gone beyond the truism it has […]

Pakistan claims India planning another attack in April; Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Islamabad has intel on offensive

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Sunday claimed that his government has reliable intelligence that India is planning another attack against the country between April 16-20, according to a media report. Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, […]

Holding up hope

The eminent English writer Samuel Johnson said “The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure but from hope to hope.” While this statement represents the general outlook of any individual it is probably more appropriate for the perennial condition of the ethnic Assamese. The elections in 1985 brought a student body, the All Assam Students Union to power with an overwhelming majority and the newly […]

A Lost League

Drama does not walk into your life. You either create it, invite it or associate with it. Barely 2 weeks into IPL season 12, and the drama unfolds to bring the game and the cricketing administration into disrepute. While the resultant attention will no doubt contribute to the eyeballs the unsavory aspects of the controversies can only take away from the game in the long run. Two particular instances draw […]

Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, WhatsApp launches fact-check service 'tipline' to fight fake news

WhatsApp launches fact-check service to fight fake news during India polls WhatsApp on Tuesday launched a service for Indians to check the veracity of information, in the messaging platform’s latest attempt to combat fake news in India ahead of national elections beginning this month. WhatsApp said in a statement it was working with local startup Proto to classify messages sent to the service by users as true, false, misleading or […]

Donning Dhoni

It is said that there is no rediscovery without risk, what you risk reveals what you value. This might very much be the creed that the peerless MS Dhoni lives by. He is the original exponent of the take it deep credo and in the process sheds the myriad layers of his genius only to unveil an entirely new one. Consider this an explosive wicketkeeper bat to fearless captain to […]

Teacher from remote Kenya village is world’s best, wins $1 million

A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya’s Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers have said. Peter Tabichi, who organisers say gives away 80 percent of his monthly income to the poor, received the prize at a ceremony Saturday in Dubai hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman. “Every day in Africa we turn a new page […]

Canada man chooses death with dignified party – music, whiskey and cigars included

Dan Laramie of Keremeos died with medical help on March 2 after amazing ‘farewell to this life’ party After years of serious health struggles related to diabetes, Dan Laramie left this world on his own terms, to the sound of cheers and applause celebrating a wonderful life. The 68-year-old well-known local musician (K-Town/Corner Turtles/Lulu and The Lazy Boys) passed away Saturday night at home, in Keremeos, at about 9:30 p.m. […]