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Responsible Parenting, Spoilt Brats & what ought not to be done
Responsible Parenting, Spoilt Brats & what ought not to be done

Every so often one comes across a child who displays such brashness and disregard for others’ feelings that one cannot but think: “that kid is a spoilt brat!” The numbers of such spoilt brats are steadily on the rise. Parents are unsure how to raise them and let them grow like wild

Back to Bellevision: A journey through diabetes, and neuro-illnesses
Back to Bellevision: A journey through diabetes, and neuro-illnesses

If you had heard about my ill-health, you had heard correctly. I was suffering from hard breathing, and breathlessness while walking daily in the morning in the nearby garden. I could not climb stairs at all. I was worried that I may die soon. Driven by worry, my fasting blood sugar

The Heart-wrenching story of Kumpala  Selen Preethi Pinto
The Heart-wrenching story of Kumpala Selen Preethi Pinto

A mind-boggling news story of our gem from a remote village, Kumpala near Deralakatte in Mangalore (South) talukas of Dakshina Kannada district came to light through a Face Book story by Louis Pinto. I was stunned that the story of an extremely intelligent teenager from the

Will Narendra Modi come back as Prime Minister?
Will Narendra Modi come back as Prime Minister?

The general elections to the 17th Lok Sabha have been announced. The Election Commission (EC) has scheduled them to commence on April 11 and end on May 19. The voting will be held in 7 phases, due to the special security needs of the country. The vote counting will

The Fourth Commandment: Honor thy Father and Mother
The Fourth Commandment: Honor thy Father and Mother

After the three basic commandments concerning the just relationship to honor one’s father and mother, the Decalogue contemplates at once the whole gamut of filial relations. It captures concisely the spirit of filial relation and obligations in that single phrase: Honor thy father and mother.

Social Environment as the Nursery of  a Person’s Upbringing….
Social Environment as the Nursery of a Person’s Upbringing….

Every human being is born in a family. Traditionally, a family meant husband and wife, at least, besides parents, in-laws, siblings, children and so on. Now-a-days, even though the traditional sense is retained to a certain extent, situations like single parents and separations have

AAP government slashes VAT in its second budget
AAP government slashes VAT in its second budget

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Monday presented a "zero-tax" Budget which slashed the value added tax (VAT) on a wide range of goods to bring down prices of consumer products such as green vehicles, watches, readymade garments, shoes

When the sun shines, make hay? No, make power and more
When the sun shines, make hay? No, make power and more

We have been using solar radiation for generations, mainly as day-light during the day; provide heat to ourselves and living organisms and sunshine for drying our laundry, various food items and agro-products on household scale. Just imagine the amount of electricity we saved due to

Ek Saal, Kejriwal: the honest politics marches on
Ek Saal, Kejriwal: the honest politics marches on

On 14th February 2015, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stormed the Assembly election to win 67 seats and to form the government in Delhi-NCT state. On Sunday, the AAP government completes one year in office. Its anniversary celebrations include public Q&A

Of Power Cuts, the criticism, and an alternative response of positive action
Of Power Cuts, the criticism, and an alternative response of positive action

The promise was that the state will get uninterrupted power from 1 January 2016. But, households in the coastal districts, especially in villages the power situation is grim, despite mild weather during this winter. It would get only worse during the summer as refrigerators and air-conditioners kick in. The reported

Pope Francis and his pastoral visit that will change the world
Pope Francis and his pastoral visit that will change the world

Thirty months and a week ago; 13 March 2013, the world had a new pope in a 76-year old Cardinal whom not many of us had heard. In our part of the world, Argentina is really from “the end of the earth” as Pope Francis puts it. That probably explains why Pope Francis’s pastoral

The Yettinahole Project: What the governments and politicians are hiding?
The Yettinahole Project: What the governments and politicians are hiding?

Yettinahole is ridgeline in Sakleshpur Taluka of Hassan district, where several western flowing streams drain the monsoon rainwaters into Netravati River, which is the main lifeline of Dakshina Kannada district. Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd (KNNL) envisaged a project to divert a major portion of the rainwater through a system of canals, man-made reservoirs, pumping stations, and piping networks to east flowing streams in order to increase..[By Philip Mudartha]

A tribute to People’s President, APJ Kalam Sir
A tribute to People’s President, APJ Kalam Sir

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam died on 27th July 2015 of cardiac arrest while he was delivering a lecture to his students at IIM Shillong. The news shocked the nation. The social media was flooded with mourning messages, adulatory tributes, and a few stray and muted reactions of dissent that he was not...[By Philip Mudartha]

As Lotus blooms, Lalit boomerangs
As Lotus blooms, Lalit boomerangs

Na kha-unga, nakhanedoonga (I will not eat, nor will I let others eat).Narendra Modi’s lofty announcements to Indian diaspora in USA, Australia and Canada sound hollow within a fortnight of his completing one year in office. His government is already grappling with credibility crisis. Every night, private TV channels dole out juicy details of involvement in..[By Philip Mudartha]

I Am Backing Greece
I Am Backing Greece

Greece is a member state of European Economic Community (EEC) since 1981. In 1993, member states of ECC formally became European Union (EU). But, EU did not have a common currency. Greece, like other member states, had its own national currency drachma and central bank. In 1999, EU implemented.. [By Philip Mudartha]

The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back

BJP is not INC. No doubt, INC had been the refuge of ruling classes. Indira Gandhi was an aberration. Rajiv Gandhi onwards, all Congress-led governments have compromised. The result is a phenomenon called crony capitalism. The scourge is corruption scandals... [By Philip Mudartha]

100 days of battle for Control of Delhi
100 days of battle for Control of Delhi

The turf war between Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor (LG)Najeeb Jung threatens to mar the occasions of 100-days in office of AAP government in Delhi National Capital Territory (NCT) and 365 days in office of NDA government at centre. While LG has sought to guard his absolute control.. [By Philip Mudartha]

Use of pesticides in agriculture and growing incidence of cancer
Use of pesticides in agriculture and growing incidence of cancer

The link between pesticides and cancer has long been a concern. Expert and public opinion is divided. There are convincing presentations by both sides of the argument. A study report released in 2010 by US President’s Cancer Panel found that the true.. [By Philip Mudartha]

As Iraq Burns, World feels the heat (Final Part)
As Iraq Burns, World feels the heat (Final Part)

The 9/11 suicide bombers of Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaida were mostly Saudis. But, it is Saddam’s Iraq which had to bear American wrath. The Bush administration invaded Iraq accusing it of possessing and using weapons of mass destruction (WMD).. [By Philip Mudartha]

As Iraq burns, world feels the heat - Part 1
As Iraq burns, world feels the heat - Part 1

Iraq is in war with itself. It is a divided house. A house divided against self cannot stand. Iraq will fall. The burning precedes the fall. As it burns, world feels the heat. India cannot escape its share. Iraq is in our neighbourhood. It is in a region of great strategic importance to us in safeguarding our long-term national interests.. [By Philip Mudartha]

Abkibaar double standards sarkaar
Abkibaar double standards sarkaar

Union Railways Minister announced hike in passenger fares and freights. He said that the earlier UPA government had made that decision but had left it to him to implement. He also indicated PM Modi had endorsed hike. In other words, Modi sarkar decided abkibaar doubles standards sarkaar. Modi and..[By Philip Mudartha]

The Metro and Train stations, BEST bus terminals, Bridges and Skywalks
The Metro and Train stations, BEST bus terminals, Bridges and Skywalks

I took a near empty bus to Andheri train station. The road trip took 16 minutes. The metro-rail would have taken 4 minutes. The BEST fare was Rs10, which is significant for a 3.0 Km distance. I got off on Gokhale Bridge..[By Philip Mudartha]

The Beas Tragedy - How many lives is development worth?
The Beas Tragedy - How many lives is development worth?

The Himalayan Mountainous Terrain with gorgeous snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys between hills, snaking rivers with their milky and foamy gushing waters, masculine boulders and rocks rising above the river waters and occasional springs and.. [By Philip Mudartha]

Mumbai’s metro: First day first ride
Mumbai’s metro: First day first ride

The wait of Mumbaikars for metro services in the city came to an end when Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan flagged off the first service from Versova Station in the western suburb on Sunday, 8th June 2014.The service was launched [By Philip Mudartha]

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