Mumbai Mid-Day reports on State Housing Minister Sachin Ahir's instructions to the Urban Development department not to confer the 'heritage' tag on the thousands of cessed buildings in the South Mumbai (SOBO) area and thereby paving the way for their redevelopment. With a pool of nearly 15,000 cessed buildings in South Mumbai, this will be a huge bonanza for builders. SOBO will receive much needed redevelopment. Who says that SOBO is dead?
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Monday, 9 December 2013
BBC News reports on the violence that erupted in Singapore after an Indian national was killed. In an area of Singapore known as Little India, and Indian was knocked down and killed by a private bus which then sparked riots in the area by foreign workers. Such violence is rare in Singapore and has shocked the state. Foreign workers were complaining about differential treatment from local workers. Cracks appear in Singapore's calm exterior.
Congress Party were severely beaten in the Delhi elections and in other states. They now have to lick their wounds and think how to combat Modi's BJP and the threat of the Aam Admi Party. This is a serious blow for Sonia Gandhi's ambitions for her son Rahul. The question being asked: should Priyanka enter the fray or should Sonia herself run in the 2014 General Elections?
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Sanjay Dutt is again in the headlines over being granted leave from prison to visit is supposedly ailing wife who has been seen attending Bollywood parties. This has caused some ridicule at the justice system and there being different rules for the rich and famous. This case has raised questions on the conduct of the police and the wife's doctor. Dutt is now the Butt of jokes.
BBC News reports that India faces being banned from the Olympic movement unless it complies with ethics rules. Like the Greek gods who threw out Hephaestus from Mount Olympus. I don't know if this is a good comparison but it sounds good.
Friday, 6 December 2013
BBC News reports on the British legacy of the Indian Penal Code of 1860 and the crimes against women in India. The report suggests that many crimes against women are categorised under the heading of 'outraging the modesty of a woman' which is a throw back to the British legacy of the Indian criminal justice system and needs to be updated. Its not so much the language and the laws that need updating but the attitude of the police and the judges that need changing and this will be a slow process.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
BBC News reports on the case of Dr Theodora Dallas, the juror who was jailed for contempt of court because during the trial she was sitting on she did some research on the Internet about the defendant and and shared her research with the other jurors as a result of which the trial had to be abandoned. Her research showed that the defendant had been suspected of other offences. Dr. Dallas is taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights. Its probably the case that jurors do look on the Internet and find out details that are not produced before the trial court and the jurors then privately discuss such details amongst themselves. This cannot really be prevented unless you sequester the jury and prevent them having access to the Internet or newspapers and this would be unaffordable for most cases. There are those who want juries removed from criminal trials and have the judge alone decide guilt or innocence - this would be a mistake. At the end of the day having a fair trial all boils down to cost.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Times of India reports on the Editor of the Guardian newspaper, Alan Rusbridger, appearing before MPs in Parliament and answering questions about the Snowden files. He said that the newspaper had so far published only 1% of the Snowden files and that "national security being used as a trump card" to stop debate on this issue. America has already suffered diplomatic embarrassment due to Snowden.What will happen when the other 99% of files are published?
BBC News reports that the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, outlines plans to tackle extremism and radicalism in Britain following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby. Theresa May also talks of 'integration challenges'. Hopefully this will also include tackling far right and Nazi extremism and radicalism and to 'integrate' these people also.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Times of India reports that coming up to the 29th anniversary of the December 1984 Gas disaster in Bhopal which killed thousands, the litigation still goes on and proper compensation for the victims and their families has not reached any conclusion. The Supreme Court of India has not heard the case for the last 3 years. The after effects of the disaster are still felt today. Compare this case to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in America in 2010 where 11 people died and BP was made to pay US$ billions and senior company officers resigned.
The Maharashtra State Government is attempting to grab prime land in Mumbai. The Government is currently in dispute with various landowners such as the Bombay Parsi Panchayet (BPP) and the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) both having land in prime South Bombay locations. The government has imposed punitive taxes on the BPP on land used for religious purposes which are being challenged in the Bombay High Court. The Politicians are eyeing the land as there is good money to be made for them and their builder buddies. It is not uncommon for builders together with politicians and police to grab land for development by illegal means in the outer suburbs of Bombay but now its seems the state government is after land by any means.
Monday, 2 December 2013
BBC News reports on the growing disturbances in Ukraine over the government's decision not to go for closer ties to the European Union. A re-run of the Cold War is being played out in Ukraine.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
BBC News reports that Hull City Football Club owner Assem Allam told fans "they can die as soon as they want" when they protested against his plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers. Foreign owners should realise that fans have great clout in English football. All hell would break loose if owners of Manchester United wanted to change its name. An Englishman's football club is his castle.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
BBC News reports on arrests made in England over allegations of match fixing in English football involving an international betting syndicate. The reports suggests that the matches alleged to have been fixed are lower league matches and no mention is made of the English Premier League. This year has seen a continuous stream of match fixing and doping allegations in various sports around the world.
BBC News reports on the resignation earlier this year of Pope Benedict XVI and the possible reasons why this very unusual event happened. The report speaks about the leaks of documents by the Pope's butler Paolo Gabriele and the workings of the Roman Curia, the church's civil service. It claims that there are power struggles within this civil service which was the cause of the Pope's resignation. Information from senior Vatican officials suggests these power struggles have been ongoing for some time within the Curia. Curiouser and curiouser.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
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Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Times of India reports on British media allegations in the Mail on Sunday that the relationship between Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch has collapsed due to the "close friendship" between Tony Blair and Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng. The report claims that Murdoch was unaware of the multiple encounters between the two. Obviously the media mogul should have done some more phone hacking.
BBC News reports that modern life is turning people off sex. The report suggests that money worries and other distractions are meaning that people are having sex less frequently than before according to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.