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The Curious Case of the Hotel Bills

The Congress and BJP are locked in a new battle of evidence on who was behind the bid to topple the BS Yeddyurappa-led government last month. The BJP alleges that the bills for the 19 rebel MLAs,…

Forcing Elections

Ministries don’t work on Saturdays but ministers sometimes do. Especially if they have important matters to attend to or important people to meet. So, last Saturday, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal…

Mad Soy Disease

We all know about mad cow disease. In Brazil, an affliction that specifical­ly strikes GM crops has been dubbed ‘Mad Soy Disease.’ Spreading from the hot north to the more temperate south, the…

Hop on for This Record

Talk about riding pillion, how about 47 of them. The Bangalore-based Corps of Military Police recently created a Guinness record by putting the most number of men on a single moving motorcycle. At…

Back from the Brink

But it’s possible to prevent it, says a paper to be published in the journal Science. It cites over 60 instances where conservation efforts have helped stave off the extinction of species. Indian…

Tweet (v) on Twitter (n)

Twitter is fast building up a whole new vocabulary. Publishers of Collins dictionary have added dozens of new words to its latest edition, thanks to the social network­ing site. Words like ‘…

India Gains, Desis Don’t

Expectedly, the Republicans have gained substantially in the US mid-term elections, a shadow that will hang over President Barack Obama’s India visit. But India has little reason to worry. The…

The Congress and Its Fear of Elections

Soon after becoming Congress General Secretary three years ago, Rahul Gandhi launched a crusade to cleanse the party of its culture of nomination and tried to infuse internal democracy within. The…

Fuzzy Central Banking

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has done the expected and tightened the lending of money, raising both its Laf rates—the repo and reverse repo. Industry is not complaining. “CII understands the RBI’s…

10,000 Blinds and Bluffing

Riding the overwhelming sweetness of raat ki rani and the acrid leftover smell of burnt crackers, the air in Delhi around Diwali is laden with the scent of hard cash. In India’s capital of excess, a…