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Karnataka’s MoUist Corridor

The BS Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka proudly took out full page adverts in national dailies recently to announce that its investor jamboree had resulted in mind boggling new investment…

India This Week

Silence of Arjun Singh Congress veteran Arjun Singh, whose silence has created a political storm, is anyway not given to impulsive reactions. Nor is the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh…

The Dumbness of Book Prizes

Are book awards worth anything anymore? With the number of awards flooding the market and the tag ‘award-winning book’ beginning to lose its shine, someone was bound to complain sooner or later. And…

Ramalinga Raju’s Goal

One of the few Indian players on the ground at the World Cup is a hoarding—Mahindra Satyam.  (The other Indian is the latex bladder used in the official ball, Jabulani.) Mahindra Satyam is Fifa’s…

Flush With Cash

Here is a toilet that pays you each time you flush. A unique electronic lavatory, invented by Chennai based engineering student Koushik Vaidhinathan, has made it to the finals of the Microsoft…

Credit Card for the Visually Impaired

Lack of sight is no longer an obstacle to getting a credit card. Punjab National Bank has launched a special credit card scheme for the visually impaired, which requires applicants to have maintained…

Recalcitrant, Peripatetic and Ersatz

Like rumble strips on newsprint, difficult words trip up readers. Now we know exactly which words make The New York Times’ readers obstreperous (that is, sullen). Yes, obstreperous is one of the 50…

Virtually Real

Online money is fast gaining currency in the real world. Recently, the supreme court of South Korea made it legal to exchange real money for the virtual stuff. This happened after two gamers were…

The Longest US War is Still On

By the time the last batch of American soldiers pulled out of Vietnam in March 1973, the war had entered its 103rd month. It was the longest in American history till 9/11 happened and triggered the…

That Giant Sucking Sound Again

They’re both Hollywood A listers who’ve worked on water apocalypses. Whether it was Kevin Costner’s post apocalyptic flick Waterworld or James Cameron’s Titanic and The Abyss—both men share more than…