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Our Life, Our Times: Changing Lives Through Technology
2016.07.31 16:06:42

“Desh aage barh raha hai” (the country is marching ahead), this is what Prime Minister Modi has been saying at various fora. Many would not agree with what he says. They would be right as in many areas of governmental activities not much change is perceptible. In fact, they have got worse.

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Roma - 'Children of India'
2016.06.29 18:07:24

While reading a review of a film I was surprised to learn that it was made by a Roma about a large Roma family. The film is about a sunny day when the family with about 15 kids in tow goes out on a sunny day with tp celebrate their fresh start in Berlin. The name of the film is “And-Ek Ghes” in Romani (“One fine day” in English) which the reviewer found “visually chaotic” but telling an intimate tale of their “tumultuous uprooting” and yet of “strong hope, often contrived and staged”.



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Corruption hindering growth and prosperity
2016.06.12 15:22:59

Rummaging through my collection of newspaper clippings I came across one that was of a fairly recent origin. Its sub-head said corruption remains major barrier to growth in India. This earth-shattering finding was made by as unlikely an organization as the World Economic Forum (WEF), a Swiss non-profit based near Geneva. Its mission is supposed to be "... improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas".



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Brussels Attacks Live: death toll
2016.03.23 00:22:20

The death toll in the subway blast near the EU headquarters has risen to 20, according to Brussels mayor Yvan Mayeur.

Earlier, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted that "Paris will light up the Eiffel Tower this evening in the colours of the Belgian flag" following the attacks that have killed at least 31 people.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.23 00:11:55

Belgian police are conducting house searches following the Brussels attacks. Meanwhile, Heath Minister Maggie De Block says several people are still trapped inside the Maelbeek metro station.

 

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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.23 00:08:51

Belgium's royal palace in central Brussels has been evacuated, public broadcaster RTBF has reported. RTBF said King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were in shock, but it did not specify whether they had actually been in the palace on Tuesday.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.23 00:08:08

Over 200 flights to Brussels have been diverted or cancelled after Tuesday's explosions, according to the flight tracking service Flightradar24.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:52:20

Maggie De Block, the Belgian health minister, says 11 people were killed and 81 injured in the two blasts at the Brussels airport.



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Brussels Attacks Live: US Republican
2016.03.22 23:51:29

Fellow US Republican presidential candidate John Kasich has also offered his opinion, saying the US and its "allies must rededicate ourselves to these values of freedom and human rights". He added: "We must also redouble our efforts with our allies to identify, root out and destroy the perpetrators of such acts of evil."



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Brussels Attacks Live: Donald Trump
2016.03.22 23:50:33

In an interview with Fox News, reacting to the attacks in Brussels, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he "would close up" the US borders. "We are lax and we are foolish."



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Brussels Attacks Live: solidarity with Belgium
2016.03.22 23:41:06

Peter Altmaier, the chief of staff of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has tweeted "terrorists will never win" as he called for solidarity with Belgium.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:38:32

Speaking from Paris, French President Francois Hollande has just told reporters that "terrorists struck Brussels, but it was Europe that was targeted".



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:37:55

Maelbeek eyewitness: "I saw people running out of the EU building which 50 meters from the metro station," Isabelle Botos says. "There was a lot of panic, medical people were running around, everyone was asked to step aside and stay inside."



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:20:57

Facebook activates its "safety check" system to help people check on friends and loved ones following the attacks in Brussels.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:20:08

Brussels transit spokesman Guy Sablon says at least 15 people were killed and 55 wounded in the attack at Maelbeek metro station.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:14:35

The death toll at Maelbeek metro station in Brussels is at 15, Belgian media say.



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:13:58

Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw calls the blasts in Brussels "terrorist attacks".



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 23:13:20

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says "what we feared has happened, we were hit by blind attacks".



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 22:57:11

Brussels police spokesperson Christian De Coninck confirms that there were deaths at the Maelbeek police station near the EU headquarters: "There are victims, serious injury, people have died. I have no idea yet on the numbers of injured or dead."



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Brussels Attacks Live
2016.03.22 22:56:24

French authorities decide to reinforce security at airports, train stations and metros after the attacks in Brussels.



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