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Diesel: When bad policy makes for toxic hell 23/11/2011
ust consider. Every time petrol prices are raised, oil companies end up losing more money. Simply because the price differential between petrol and diesel increases further, and people gravitate towards diesel vehicles.

J More the use of diesel, more the oil companies bleed. Worse, we all bleed because diesel vehicles add to toxic pollution in our cities, which, in turn, adds to ill health and treatment costs.

This is very well understood. Yet nobody will do anything to fix the trend.

Today, it makes more sense for the next car buyer to buy an expensive personal car—perhaps even a Mercedes-Benz—...

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Man and the man-eaters 16/11/2011
Shrinking habitat due to climate change and last year's cyclone Sidr in coastal Bangladesh forced the famed Royal Bengal Tigers to migrate into the Indian side of the Sundarban Islands. The rising tiger attacks clearly indicates this trend causing suffering to the local people in the deltaic region Soudhriti Bhabani

Mangol Naiya, a 22-year-old crab-catcher in the Sundarban Islands on the Bay of Bengal, was mauled to death by a tiger in Benipheli forest in November this year. He went to the forest along with his brother Shankar and mother Panchami searching for their daily livelihood.

While leaving a creek, Naiya was dragged by the tiger from the boat. His family immediately raised an alarm and few other fishermen who were there nearby the area rushed to the spot.

They chased the big cat and almost after half an hour the tiger left the body and soon disappeared into the deep forest. By then, Mangol was dead.

It is an example of a perilous contact between the man and man-eater in West Bengal's mangrove swamp – Sundarbans, where humans are often falling prey to the beastl...

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Jagjit Singh: Singer of the masses 11/10/2011
His mesmerising rendition of Ghazals gave you company when you may have passed through most troubled moments of life, but on Monday morning when Jagjit Singh passed away, this soulful voice of a living legend fell silent forever.


Mumbai, Oct 10 (IBNS): His mesmerising rendition of Ghazals gave you company when you may have passed through most troubled moments of life, but on Monday morning when Jagjit Singh passed away, this soulful voice of a living legend fell silent forever.

Born on Feb 8, 1941 in a Punjabi family of Rajasthan to Amar Singh Dhiman and Bachan Kaur, Jagjit Singh was popularly called 'Jeet' in h...

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Take an example 14/09/2011
God is a construct, manufactured in the earth. _______________________________________________ Mahishashur Mardini, popularly Durga, the Hindu goddess of power is not permitted to have ten open arms in military pose at Agartala Durgabari. Eight of her hands has become dwarf to go concealed at back-side.
Dipankar Sen Gupta

Mahishashur Mardini, popularly Durga, the Hindu goddess of power is not permitted to have ten open arms in military pose at Agartala Durgabari. Eight of her hands has become dwarf to go concealed at back-side.

Believers consider it a fact that the goddess took birth from collective efforts of different gods who fashioned her with deadly weapons. To accumulate those, she has ten arms, also a sign of absolute superiority over human. She has saved human race killing monster Mahishashur and is still on constant vigil to control evils. So powerful is she.

One king of Manikya dynasty of the land, Krishnakishore denied the notion, after his beloved Sudakshina once fainted seeing the goddess’s idol, human face but uncanny exterior, ten hands with sword, lancet, and so on....

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Romance in the corridor 03/09/2011
Long working hours in offices have bred a new brand of relationship, that of ‘office spouse’. They are couples who are friends and sometimes more, finds Jaydip Majumder


It started out as an innocent friendship for Pritsikha Kaul and Anil Roy. Both of them were co-workers in a software company and spent long hours at work. Over steaming cups of coffee, they would share secrets and would give each other support during hard times.

Well, Pritsikha and Anil are not alone. There are many couples who share more than a steaming cup of coffee in the canteen. Here...

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