A PM brought down by a font!

You may have sent an Outlook email to the wrong person or accidentally opened an embarrassing PowerPoint during a meeting, but for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, one of Microsoft’s products became a real problem. He has been forced to resign after he was disqualified from office by the country’s top court.

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All conditioned things are impermanent

Buddhism says that all existence is ‘conditioned’ — it is all conditional on other conditions. Everything is interconnected. Everything affects everything else. Everything that is, is because other things are. The fact that everything is nothing more than a set of relations is consistent with the modern scientific view of the material world.

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A tribute to a great teacher

Shri Rabindranath Mitra was English teacher in our school — Raisina Bengali High School in New Delhi. He was a recipient of the President of India award for best teacher. Yesterday was his birth centenary. One of our seniors in the school — Ranabir Sen posted a nice, soulful tribute on Facebook page of our […]

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Post-truth | Word of the Year 2016

Ralph Keyes writes in his book The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life: At one time we had truth and lies. Now we have truth, lies, and statements that may not be true but we consider too benign to call false. Euphemisms abound. We’re “economical with the truth,” we “sweeten it,” or tell […]

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Ravana’s teachings

This story is not in Ramcharitmanas or in Valmiki Ramayana, but it was probably added in some later versions of Ramayana. This story is, however, very famous. After airing fatal arrow on the battlefield of Lanka, Lord Rama told his brother Lakshmana: “Go to Ravana quickly before he dies and request him to share whatever knowledge he […]

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Letter gets there by hand-drawn map

There are many stories of messages in bottles travelling thousands of miles before being picked up and read, and letters arriving decades after they were posted. But here is a different twist. Today, I read an interesting story published by BBC. This astonishing delivery took place in March and was then not reported until May, when it […]

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Met Minister MJ Akbar in Baghdad

Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar is a veteran Indian journalist and author of several books. During his long career in journalism, he launched, as editor, India’s first weekly political news magazine, Sunday, in 1976, and two daily newspapers, The Telegraph and The Asian Age in 1989 and 1994. He has also been editorial […]

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For the Indian girls at Rio | Women power

I received the below post via WhatsApp. I have later on come to know that this wonderful post was written by Rachita Prasad on her Facebook timeline. I am copying it here to salute all the Indian women athletes who participated in the Olympics in Rio. Some of them won medals while a few of them […]

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The value Is much more than the price

A blue, dinosaur-printed pouch, carried by Ms Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore’s PM on a state visit to the White House, has stolen the limelight. Priced at just SGD 14.80 (USD 11), the dinosaur-printed pouch is designed by a 19-year-old Singaporean student at Pathlight, the country’s first autism-focused school. Ms Ho is accompanying prime […]

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Travelled with MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-over formats. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He holds numerous captaincy records such as most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and One Day Internationals […]

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