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The Gods Seem to Have Been Working Out
Lord Vishnu and his wife, goddess Lakshmi Anil Vishal Printers
NEW DELHI—India's Hindu gods and goddesses are getting a superhero makeover.

In new comics, paintings and popular books, depictions of Vishnu, Rama and other greats in the Hindu pantheon are being reimagined to give the deities broad shoulders, six-pack abs, flashy get-ups and smoldering good looks.

In "Shiva: The Legends of the Immortal," a series of graphic novels, the title character boasts bulging muscles that ... Read More

Reading India’s Language of Public Protest
NEW DELHI — During my first months in India, I was constantly mistaking one thing for something else.

The natural world baffled me. I would occasionally look up at the tree growing in my neighbor’s front yard and notice that leaves had appeared or vanished, and I had no idea whether this meant it was spring or fall. I didn’t know what kind of tree it was, any more than I knew the ... Read More

Conservative Cuts to Refugee Health Care
John McCallum, MP
Two years ago, the Conservative government began denying many refugees access to health care, a move that Liberals have vigorously opposed for its cruelty and for the danger it poses to both refugees and to public health.

On July 4th, the Federal Court agreed and ruled that denying refugees access to health care amounted to “cruel and unusual” treatment. The court struck down the Conservatives’ cuts but, predictably, the government announced that it ... Read More

What we learned from Jaitley's budget: Pre poll promises are hard to keep
by Akshaya Mishra

What brings you to power does not necessarily keep you in power. As opposition you belong to the demand side and once you are in government you are on the supply side.

You cannot behave in the same way once you shift from one role to the other. This was the remark – a perceptive one - from one of the BJP’s middle rung leaders in a newspaper interview recently. The context was ... Read More

Pepsi CEO's Mother Had A Brutally Honest Reaction To Her Daughter’s New Job
The Atlantic
While interviewing Indra K. Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, at the Aspen Ideas Festival Monday*, David Bradley, who owns The Atlantic, asked two questions that elicited as frank a discussion of work-life balance as I've seen from a U.S. CEO. Below is a lightly edited transcript. The second question was preceded by a brief discussion of Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't Have It All."

Q. You come home one day as president of the ... Read More

The story of the birth of Coconut Lagoon in Ottawa
Joe Thottungal

Let me start my cooking journey with a small incident which happened back in 1994, in Chennai.
After completing my 3 years of hotel management school, I was selected to work for the Taj Group of Hotels in India. At the final interview board there were 3 Hotel General Managers, somewhat intimidating I must admit. However, one of them gave me a piece of advice which indeed shaped my destiny. He told me to concentrate ... Read More
Did India provoke China into 1962 border war?
At an official banquet in Beijing in 1971, Neville Maxwell had the shock of his life. Premier Zhou Enlai and Pakistan's then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto rose from the head table and walked to the foreign correspondents' table, where The Times reporter was seated.

"Mr Maxwell," said Zhou through his interpreter, "your book has done a service to truth, and China has benefited from that." Zhou called for a glass of mao-tai and offered him ... Read More
India to Pay Whistleblowers for Info on Counterfeit Drugs
The Indian pharmaceutical industry is already reeling from a series of manufacturing gaffes that have prompted a crackdown by the U.S. FDA. But Indian officials say some quality-control problems that have tarnished the collective industry image are actually not due to lax standards or malfeasance, but may be traced to “vested interests” that are distributing “spurious,” or counterfeit, medicines near and far.
To combat the problem, the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare ... Read More
Ralph Goodale MP
Stephen Harper continues to have the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930's, and the most recent employment statistics, for June, confirm yet again that most of the Canadian economy is stalling.

About 16,000 new people entered the labour force nationally last month, but actual employment moved in the opposite direction. Over 9,000 jobs were lost, driving overall Canadian unemployment up by some 25,000 (not including ... Read More
Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition
SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition.

His parents seemed to be doing all the right things. His mother still breast-fed him. His family had six goats, access to fresh buffalo milk and a hut filled with hundreds of pounds of ... Read More
Modi wasn’t important enough to merit NSA attention
The summons to the American embassy in Chanakyapuri from South Block on Wednesday to “raise” the issue of spying against the BJP is only a ripple in a teacup. It is not even a proverbial storm.
A graduated response punctuated with “ifs” and “buts” in Wednesday’s conversation between the two governments is the outcome of deep consideration within the ministry of external affairs of several factors in connection with the episode, howsoever unsavoury.
First, Prime Minister ... Read More
Barack Obama’s concerns regarding Narendra Modi
K.P. Nayar
Washington is a city of frequent surprises, but this latest one about Barack Obama and Narendra Modi takes the cake. President Obama was at a fundraiser, a very, very exclusive one, to raise money for Democrats in the Senate and in the House of Representatives who are fighting the November election with their backs to the wall. There — predictably as Indians in their current national mood are prone to assumptions — one of ... Read More
Near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, in a rugged frontier province lies the tomb of famed Sikh warrior, Akali Phoola Singh.

I was recently in Pakistan and visited the tomb, which is surrounded by several forts originally built by General Hari Singh Nalwa in the 1830s.

These forts are now in the control of the Frontier Constabulary and still proudly stand in their original form. However the tomb of Akali Phoola Singh is in desperate ... Read More
India’s Underground Economy

NEW DELHI — Generations of Indians have grown up imagining a bank with high ceilings and chandeliers in Switzerland, where shadowy Indians go to leave a lot of illicit cash in the care of practical white men. In popular lore, the “Swiss bank account” is an essential part of Indian villainy, even though illicit money is a common household possession.

So, last week, when a news agency quoted a Swiss official as saying that ... Read More
As India’s Tea Gains Fans, Seeking a Faster Way to Get It to Them

DARJEELING, India — The tea plantations here in the shadow of the cloud-shrouded valleys of the Himalayan mountains may be the last place to find technological innovation. Many of the colonial-era practices involved in tea-growing and processing still follow the time-honored manual labor and handwritten bookkeeping.

But as global consumers increasingly become connoisseurs of high-quality products, one entrepreneur is seeking to give the industry a Silicon Valley makeover.

India is the world’s second-largest tea grower ... Read More
Ralph Goodale MP
David Dodge is a self-described fiscal "hawk".

A much respected former Governor of the Bank of Canada, he was the Deputy Minister of Finance in that crucial period in the 1990's when Paul Martin ushered in a decade of balanced budgets for Canada, ending more than a quarter-century of deep deficits, and slashing the federal debt ratio in half. Mr. Dodge's fiscal credentials are impeccable.

So it's particularly significant when a ... Read More

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