बाबा आमटे यांचे निधन – Baba Amte passes away

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Baba Amte, a leading social worker who devoted his life to the care and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, passed away today. Murlidhar Devidas Amte, popularly known as ‘Baba Amte’ (‘baba’ is a honorific and his last name is pronounced as Am’tay) was born on December 1914 in Vidharbha, Maharashtra, India in a wealthy family. Educated with a law degree, he…

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Cold February

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If you saw Canadians surprised over a spring-like December, you ought to see this Toronto Star report about a [tag]freezing [/tag]February. If they said that December 2006 was the warmest in 40 years, so here we have, February 2007 as the [tag]cold[/tag]est in 28 years! The average temperature was -8.4C, which was three degrees colder than normal. That also made…

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Biting cold!

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Since a week, minimum temperatures in [tag]Toronto[/tag], [tag]Canada[/tag] are consistently in negative double digits. For me this is very exciting, but the Canadians don’t like it. This graph shows the forecast for next week. Note that it shows average high [tag]temperature[/tag]s. At night it gets quite cold. (Source: The weather network) Although your face is the only exposed part of…

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Faith or easy money?

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Faith or easy money? It is incorrect to link scientific and economic progress to people’s faith in religion. As a teenager, I always used to believe that as we make technological progress, people’s faith in God would decrease, and some day eventually ‘God’ would remain as a concept limited to books. How wrong I was. When we shifted to Mumbai,…

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Right opposition, or Left?

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Understanding Indian politics is not simple. Left front (CPI, CPM and other communist parties) constitutes a significant chunk of the ruling UPA alliance governing the centre. Right wing BJP led NDA is the main opposition party. The role of the opposition party is to keep the policies of the ruling government in check and question the basis of all decision…

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Tale of two airlines

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Jet Airways – Air Sahara and Congress – Samajwadi party News is officially out that the Jet – Sahara deal is off the shelf. Many reasons have been cited for the breakdown of takeover by Jet airways, including political ones. While the economic considerations could be valid reason for scrapping deal, the political games that are played behind the scenes…

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