Archive for September, 2012

Gleeful BJP has struck Cong & Gadkari with same stone, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 28, 2012 No Comments

If you didn’t know the scam-tainted Nitin Gadkari is the illustrious BJP President, you may be forgiven to believe he is from the scam-running Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre. The beleaguered leader of the country’s largest Opposition party has inadvertently been dragged into every major scam the country has seen in recent months –  [...]

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The Jamia teacher’s report on fake encounters recieve astonishing media coverage, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 27, 2012 No Comments

The Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) was formed in 2008 after the contestable Batla House encounter case, in the Jamia University locality, where the Delhi Police Special Cell shot dead two suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists, arrested two others, while another escaped. Encounter specialist Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the attack, was also killed. The [...]

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Review of HEROINE by OUR RESIDENT CRITIC, FAMILY DOCTOR

Sep 27, 2012 No Comments

HEROINE Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Archidply Rampal, Randeep Hooda, Divya Dutta and many other women. Written and directed by Madhur Mediocre Bhandarkar. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Mediocre Music : Salim – Suleiman Rating: * Kareena Kapoor is a Heroine. To know the rest you only need to have basic intelligent quota. The film starts [...]

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Ajit Pawar gave express orders for Lavasa’s dams, reports VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 26, 2012 2 Comments

It is a delicious irony that if there is one area where the just-resigned Maharashtra Deputy CM, Ajit Pawar, has given express administrative orders for permission to build dams is in the luxe gated township of Lavasa, near Pune. Ajit Pawar resigned yesterday amidst a storm of allegations of squandering Rs 70,000 crore in a [...]

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Retail FDI is PM’s dull, lazy answer to kickstart economy, says PRAFUL BIDWAI

Sep 25, 2012 2 Comments

Imagine a society where 80 percent of grocery sales are monopolised by just five giant retailers like Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour, where locally grown fresh food is largely replaced by processed, plastic-packaged items with low nutritional value and where great heterogeneity of attire based on traditional and ethnic fabrics is gradually destroyed—and so-called “consumer choice” [...]

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Should you be hawking noodles & colas to villages, asks VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 24, 2012 4 Comments

They make you fat. They rot your teeth. They can cause obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Then why in the world are our nation’s SUPERSTARS, the 70-year-old Amitabh Bachchan and cricket god Sachin Tendulkar seducing you to buy the sugary sweet Pepsi and processed foods? Worse, Bollywood’s permamnent Shahenshah Big B is on an overdrive [...]

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FDI in retail help food giants to penetrate rural areas says report, writes VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 24, 2012 1 Comment

Dear Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Kohli, Your impassioned political speech to ‘Our Brothers and Sisters’ of this nation may have lacked political bite but did it also have to be one of political chicanery? Your Government has been reduced to a Minority Government because one of your allies, the Trinamool Congress, pulled out support on [...]

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From carrying human bones to Delhi to scruffing an MP, compiles VRINDA GOPINATH

Sep 20, 2012 2 Comments

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s fury and hysteria about imaginary enemies and villains begins almost as soon as she takes over an official position. Ever since she became CM a year ago, the irrepressible Mamata Di (elder sis) has become more suspicious and paranoid about people and their adverserial motives. First, she she accused [...]

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BY FILM DOCTOR, OUR RESIDENT FILM CRITIC

Sep 20, 2012 1 Comment

Barfi Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D cruz, Saurabh Shukla. Written and Directed by: Anurag Basu Produced by Siddharth Roy Kapoor Rating: *** ———— Barfi is played by Ranbir Kapoor. He spends a lot of time pinching bottoms, making funny faces, playing pranks and creating Chaplinesque chases for no reason; the kind of behavior [...]

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Visa rules designed to punish Indo-Pak spouses for daring to marry, says AJAZ ASHRAF

Sep 20, 2012 No Comments

On the day India and Pakistan signed a new visa agreement, my Indian friend and his Pakistani wife staying in a third country called excitedly to say they were raising a toast to sanity, an element often missing in the conduct of relationship between the two countries. Their impromptu celebrations were because she could now [...]

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