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?

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:

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.

Korian K-pop star 28-year-old Goo Hara found dead

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) — South Korean celebrity Goo Ha-ra, a former member of popular K-pop girl group Kara, was found dead at her home, police said Sunday. The 28-year-old was found dead around 6 p.m., police said. Police said a probe is under way to determine the exact cause of death.

Goo Hara has passed away; police currently investigating cause of death

Godman Nithyananda fled India

Nothing surprising. Nepal shares its border with India and citizens of both countries, don’t need visas to travel to either one. Nepal is such a poor and desperate nation, that any Tom, Dick and Harry can go to Nepal and pay money to get a Nepalese Passport, fly away to any destination with a new passport.

Nithyananda fled India on expired passport? Controversial godman traceless, authorities clueless