Delhi Assembly election: What is at stake for Arvind Kejriwal, PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi?

Congress has only to gain in Delhi Assembly election. A smart election strategy may help the Congress exploit double anti-incumbency in Delhi – against the Modi government as well as the Kejriwal government. 

India Today: Delhi Assembly election: What is at stake for Arvind Kejriwal, PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi?

1st Test, England tour of South Africa at Centurion, Dec 26-30 2019

Even if England trigger a collapse and get SA all out for around 150. England will be chasing 250 runs to win this 1st Test Match. England couldn’t even cross 200 runs in their 1st innings. I don’t think there’s any chance for them to chase the target in their second innings.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19286/commentary/1185304/south-africa-vs-england-1st-test-england-in-sa-2019-20

Modi government responsible for growing fear among Muslims in India: WSJ

Modi’s legacy may be instability and stagnation: Unemployment is at a 45-year high as thousands of Indians protest his policies toward Muslims.

The Wall Street Journal

India to update National Population Register

The Hindu: The Union Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given the go-ahead to clear the budgetary allocation for conducting the decennial Census

LiveMint: NPR has nothing to do with NRC: Prakash Javadekar

However, many people in India find it difficult to believe the goverment’s version:

#caa, #nrc

UAE’s Spy tool ToTok

ToTok, an app released earlier this year, is tracking “every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, sound and image of those who install it on their phones,” NYT investigators and American officials familiar with classified intelligence claimed in the report on Sunday.

Al Jazeera: Calling app ToTok used as ‘spying tool’ by UAE: Report

Chile stresses on mitigation of greenhouse gases

Juan Angulo Monsalve
Juan Angulo Monsalve

The ambassador of Chile in the India Juan Angulo Monsalve highlighted the imperative need for countries to make additional efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Presna Latina: https://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?o=rn&id=324851&SEO=embajador-de-chile-pide-esfuerzos-adicionales-ante-cambio-climatico

Game of Thrones

In fall of Devendra Fadnavis, Sharad Pawar foxes BJP and settles succession in NCP

Indian version of the globally hit TV series; Game of Thrones

Gujarati ‘Chanakya’ has been dethroned

So, Indian media, which labeled Amit Shah as ‘Chanakya’ of Indian politics. This Gujarati ‘Chanakya’ has been dethroned to the aforesaid title by his Marathi counterpart, Sharad Pawar.

India Today: Only 80 hrs: Devendra Fadnavis becomes Maharashtra CM with shortest tenure ever

Peace Award for Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil

Thomas Menamparampil

The Delhi-based International Human Rights Council has announced an “Ambassador for Peace” Award for retired Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati. The Award will be conferred on 9th December 2019 in New Delhi in the presence of invitees from all over the country and abroad. One of the earlier recipients of the Award is the Dalai Lama among many other internationally known figures.

International Human Rights Council is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, the organization gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. 

Though a Church man, Salesian Archbishop Thomas believes in social activism and is firm believer of peace building and social harmony who often repeats, “Peace comes when all of us recognize that we need each other.”

“I was drawn into it [peace building] in 1996 when almost two-and-a-half lakh people fled into relief camps around Kokrajhar [Bodoland] having lost their dear ones and property,” recalls Archbishop Menamparampil.
Without hesitation the soft spoken archbishop adds, “Fortunately, like-minded people came together to help from different Churches and communities.”

“It was a people’s effort, of joint action” he says. With the encouragement and support of the State Government and the general public, relief work made progress and an atmosphere for peace was created. 
Archbishop Thomas admits,  “After that experience I was called to help in several other instances of conflict in the region where ethnic violence had taken away several lives, destroyed houses, and caused immense suffering to people.”

Peace initiatives under Menamparamil’s leadership included Northeast India’s ethnic conflict hot spots like Churachandpur, Haflong, Diphu, Udalguri, Mendipathar, and Sarupathar. 

“My contribution was small,” he insists, “but those who were working for peace in those contexts have greatly valued our initiatives.”

The eighty-three year old Archbishop Thomas took up office in 1992 as the first Catholic bishop of Guwahati. Prior to that, he had been the bishop of Dibrugarh for eleven years. Earlier he was in the field of education, working for many years in Don Bosco Technical School, Shillong, and St. Anthony’s College. Several of his students have emerged as prominent leaders at in Northeast India and national levels.

Of late he has been invited to several universities in India and abroad to speak on themes like inter-community understanding, healing of historic memories, and the arduous path to peace. He made a very useful contribution at the World Congress of Philosophers last year in Beijing. 

India: Pride parade in New Delhi

Over 1,000 people marched through the streets of New Delhi carrying flags and posters to celebrate the city’s Pride event.