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This is indeed a sad story. Photographers & publicists have to be cruel to get people to strike those poses amidst all the swirling flood waters and the govt. can't escape responsibility for insisting on 'video proof' ignoring the terrible conditions prevailing.

'It was Rahman who posted the photos on Facebook identifying himself as an assistant teacher of the 1185 No. Naskara LP school under Fakirganj police station in Dhubri. However, it now seems that one of the reasons why the photos — that sparked such nationalistic fervour on social media — were taken, because they had to be sent to Amir Hamza, the cluster resource centre co-ordinator, who would then send it to the block officer, to be forwarded to the education department in Guwahati, according to the paper.'

'While the motivation takes little away from the effort, serious questions need to be asked of the government that reportedly made it mandatory for schools to record proceedings of the Independence Day functions and send it as proof of participation in a state reeling under devastating floods.'

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So true
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How millions of Indians are being scammed by the fake-jobs industry there.

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Modi inaugurated the first phase of the roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry connecting Saurashtra with south Gujarat.
Modi inaugurated the first phase of the roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferry connecting Saurashtra with south Gujarat.

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The auto spare parts industry is n shambles after the introduction of GST. Here is one sad story. #t #f

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Interesting blog by Nirmalya Kumar who was one of the Executive Council members appointed by Cyrus Mistry during his tenure as Chairman, Tata Sons. The sequence of events described by him before, during & after the sacking of Cyrus Mistry, highlights the seamy, shady & vindictive style of Ratan Tata's modus operandi.

'Cyrus takes his place on the chairman’s seat, a chair that is slightly elevated and larger compared to the other chairs in the room. Mistry welcomes Ratan Tata (who had never attended a board meeting since Cyrus had become Chairman) to the meeting and informs the board that Ratan Tata and Nitin Nohria have something to share prior to considering the previously circulated agenda.'

'Nohria, a Tata Trust nominee and Dean of Harvard Business School, advises the board that the Tata Trusts have asked its nominees to propose a motion to the Board of Tata Sons. Amit Chandra, another Tata Trust nominee, apprises the board that at a meeting of the Trust Directors held earlier in the day it was agreed to move a motion to request Mistry to step down as Executive Chairman of Tata Sons because the Trusts had lost confidence in him for a variety of reasons. No rationale for the decision beyond this declaration was shared.

In response, Cyrus argued that the articles of association required a 15-day notice before taking up such an item for the consideration of the Board, and as such, the present action was illegal. Amit Chandra informed the board that the legal opinion obtained by the Trusts stated such a notice was not necessary. He offered to share the opinion, but none has been to date. Instead, he proposed Vijay Singh to be elected as the Chair for the remainder of the Board Meeting. Despite repeated protests by Cyrus on the illegality of events, Venu Srinivasan seconded the proposal. Ishaat Hussain and Farida Khambata said they would abstain on this motion to replace Mistry with Singh as Chair of the meeting.'

'At 14:50, we reached the Taj Hotel President property in Mumbai where the event was being held, completely unware of the events at Bombay House. Our panel was being moderated by Deep Thomas, CEO of Tata iQ, the big data company. Enthusiastic participants were quizzing us. NS Rajan was looking at his phone and unexpectedly walked off the podium. He returned a few minutes later, ashen faced, and whispered in my ear that the Chairman has been asked to step down. My head jerked – what? But I was on a panel so kept answering the questions, but signaled to Deep that we needed to wrap this up early. NS looked very distracted and flustered so I fielded any questions that came his way as he soon left the podium and the room.

We walked out into the hall and NS Rajan informs Harish and me that his understanding is that with the Chairman, all three of the outsiders on the GEC have also been let go. I invited them to my apartment for a drink rather than return to the Bombay House until we gathered more information. Harish, as was his style, kept reassuring the two of us that firing of Cyrus and the three GEC members was very unfair. We turned on the television, and all the Indian television channels were plastered with Cyrus Mistry and three GEC members of Tata being asked to leave.' #t #f

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Forget Jay Shah for a moment; who's accounting for the Rs. 8.29 lakh crores NPA as of Aug. 2017? #t #f

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Why Indian Men Don't See Sexism as a Huge Problem.

'The fact that television channels lamented, some weeks after the event, that things still hadn’t changed, was an excellent indicator of our abysmal apprehension of how endemic sexism is. Educated, developed, progressive societies all over the world are still steeped in gender injustice; India’s journey towards gender equality is on a long, long road, made up mostly of potholes. Nirbhaya drew men into women’s incessant talk about gender injustice and male violence. They were outraged; they stood for equality; they were allies. But these well-meaning men still have no idea how deep the problem runs.' #t #f

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As the absurdity of the short-sighted policies and disastrous implementation of even well-meaning policies becomes increasingly apparent, suppression of criticism and propagation of alternative facts become of paramount importance. #t #f
As Modi-BJP cook their own goose, hilarious!
Excerpt: “Everyone has the right to criticise the BJP government on any medium. But the criticism should be based on facts,” Raja . . claimed that he was “trying to confirm” whether the producer . . “may also be a Christian” . . In the film . . popular comic actor Vadivelu opens his wallet to show a thief in Singapore and thanks “Digital India” for it being empty . . Vijay remarks during a press conference . . Singapore gives free medical treatment while charging only 7% GST while people in India are charged 28% GST but still don’t get this facility . . dialogues also include a suggestion that what needs to be built are hospitals, not temples, with a mention of children dying in government hospitals due to lack of oxygen cylinders
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/tamil-nadu-bjp-leaders-hit-out-at-superstar-joseph-vijay-for-gst-swipe-in-movie-digital-india-narendra-modi-mersal-4899556/

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The government’s attempts to reduce the CIC-GDP (Cash in Circulation to GDP ) ratio - from 12% to 9% - by merely reducing currency in circulation without the necessary structural reforms are likely to have deleterious consequences.
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