The four shortcomings of Modi Government

The four shortcomings of Modi Government

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, the January 15th attacked the BJP central government with an online Twitter poll. He asked his followers to vote on what they think are its biggest shortcomings. Rahul Gandhi posed the question "What has been the biggest shortcoming of the BJP government?" and listed below it four options to vote for. The four options were ’unemployment’, ’tax extortion’, ’inflation’, and ’atmosphere of hatred’...[By Philip Mudartha]

The Gen-Z and Crypto mania in India

The Gen-Z and Crypto mania in India

There is no official data but estimates are that there are about 20 million crypto investors in India, with total crypto holdings of around Rs. 40,000 crores. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, is trading at around $60,000. Its price has more than doubled since the start of this year because hordes of new local investors have flocked to trade. There are several crypto-exchanges which offer the trading services just like the stock-broking...[By Philip Mudartha]

PM Modi repeals his three farm laws

PM Modi repeals his three farm laws

Unpredictable that he is, Prime Minister Modi surprised the nation when he announced hat his government will repeal the farm laws in the Winter Session of Parliament. What were the farm laws that have been repealed? The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 which is aimed at allowing trade in agricultural produce outside the existing APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) mandis...[By Philip Mudartha]

Mangaluru: My tour of North Eastern State of Sikkim, paradise of heaven on earth to beat Covid-blues

Mangaluru: My tour of North Eastern State of Sikkim, paradise of heaven on earth to beat Covid-blues

In order to be free from the confinement induced by Covid-19 lockdowns, I and my wife Regina availed the services of India’s premier Mumbai-based international tour operator – Veena World to visit Sikkim – Darjeeing – Gangtok – Lachung (8-day tour). It was a great stress-buster for us and also 20+ tourist group after 20 months since Janata Curfew announced in India on March 24, 2020...[By John V Tauro]

The vaccination milestone and economic recovery

The vaccination milestone and economic recovery

n Thursday, Oct 21st, India marked the one billion mark of total COVID-19 vaccination jabs. The most populous nation China had reached this milestone earlier in June 2021 but they had begun several months earlier. India began its vaccination program only in March 2021. “India scripts history," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, "We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of (1.3 billion) Indians."...[By Philip Mudartha]

Tata Sons Acquire Air India

Tata Sons Acquire Air India

Tata Sons has won the bid to acquire national carrier Air India. The salt-to-software conglomerate placed a winning bid of ? 18,000 crore to re-acquire the airline more than half a century after it ceded control to the government. Apart from 100% ownership of Air India and its budget airline Air India Express, the winning bid also includes a 50 % stake in ground-handling company Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited...[By Philip Mudartha]

Monthi Festh: A Flashback, Transition and The Current Scenario

Monthi Festh: A Flashback, Transition and The Current Scenario

The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, popularly known as the ‘Monthi Festh’ on 8 September has been the one which we eagerly look forward and involve in it with heart and mind right from our primary school days, probably next only to the Christmas. Every parish had its own unique way for its preparation as well as celebration-the ‘Nine Days Novena’ which has been devoutly observed and participated with church full to its capacity than any other occasion which was a little more than a formality for the children...[By P. Archibald Furtado]

Covid-19 Pandemic has not dampened globetrotter John V Tauro who toured Ladak, flashpoint of India & China

Covid-19 Pandemic has not dampened globetrotter John V Tauro who toured Ladak, flashpoint of India & China

Although international flights from India are on hold till end of August 2021; the inland tourism is booming across the country especially to north eastern countries where monsoon has set idealistic atmosphere for family tours. Nevertheless, the persons on a move like John and his wife Regina cannot be confined to home for a long time [Travelogue by John V Tauro]..

Dr. P. Gururaj Bhat: The Historian Who Brought to Life Tulunadu History and Culture

Dr. P. Gururaj Bhat: The Historian Who Brought to Life Tulunadu History and Culture

It is said, Historians neglected and in a way resident Barkurians unaware of the rich heritage of Barkur. Especially after the fall of Vijaya Nagara Empire and more so thereafter during Keladi Kings, the place lost its prominence…. Once the capital of Alupa Kings with a royal fort with a palace near Shimhasana Gudde, the seat of political power in Coastal Karnataka or Governorate of Vijaya Nagara rulers with a more larger and planned fort and palace near today’s NJC, a prosperous commercial sea port, an all seasons natural harbour, then the gate way to the West..[By Archibald Furtado]

Does Karnataka need a population control policy?

Does Karnataka need a population control policy?

National General Secretary of BJP and Chikmagaluru MLA, CT Ravi recently called for a population control policy in Karnataka on the lines of two other states ruled by his party, Assam and Uttar Pradesh. "It is high time Karnataka brought in a new population policy on the lines of Assam and Uttar Pradesh to control its growing population. With the limited natural resources available, it will be difficult to meet the needs of every citizen if there is a population explosion," Ravi tweeted...[By Philip Mudartha]

The Legacy of Sonia Gandhi: a champion of India’s poor

The Legacy of Sonia Gandhi: a champion of India’s poor

Sonia Gandhi does not need an introduction. So too, her transformation from a young grieving widow to the centre-stage of our national politics. However, a briefing on her core beliefs and values will not hurt. Born in a small village in Italy, she was raised as a Roman Catholic. While it is not known if she remained a practicing Catholic lady upon her marriage to Rajiv Gandhi, she has unwaveringly abided by the Christian values of service to the poor and the marginalized...[By Philip Mudartha]

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A "Balcon" Life!!

A balcony is the only way to get up close with nature. My balcony life was born out of my love for plants and flowers, to recreate green spaces with a personal touch. The very purpose of a balcony is to enlarge the living space and enhance the life quality for the residents of an apartment or house. It also serves as an outdoor room in getting access to fresh air and views. Balconies will be the most sought after feature in an apartment and there is no doubt in how it adds a new meaning to a good life and in fact, it adds life itself with plants..[By Francis J. Saldanha]

Our COVID-19 crisis in out of control

Our COVID-19 crisis in out of control

Less than three months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) for two victories, on the cricket field against Australia and in the COVID-19 pandemic. “A positive mindset always leads to positive results,” he declared. A month later, on Feb. 21, Modi’s ruling BJP passed a resolution hailing the “visionary leadership of Prime Minister Modi” in turning India into a “victorious nation in the fight against COVID...[By Philip Mudartha]

Travelogue: My tour to enchanting North East India after Covid-19 unlock

Travelogue: My tour to enchanting North East India after Covid-19 unlock

A group of 20 senior citizens met at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. After the departure formalities at the airport, all of us boarded Indigo Flight to Guwahati. It was 3-hour flight. After landing at Guwahati Airport, we collected our baggage. Our tour manager met us there, took us for lunch... [By John V Tauro]

Ronald Sabi Successfully defends his Doctoral Thesis

Ronald Sabi Successfully defends his Doctoral Thesis

Entrepreneur Ronald Sabi Dsouza successfully defends his Doctoral Thesis ‘Customer Perception on Aviation Coatings’ and awarded PhD by Apollos University, USA. He had undertaken this research thesis under the guidance of Dr. Kaup Mohammed, Dean of London American City College.

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