“Rajiv Gandhi helped Anderson escape from Bhopal”

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: Union Minister for External Afairs Sushma Swaraj today afternoon turned the tables on the Congress when she cited from late Arjun Singh’s biography and said Rajiv Gandhi helped Anderson escape from Bhopal even after causing deaths of 15,000 persons in Bhopal.

Responding to allegations linked with Cricket tycoon Lalit Modi, now residing in London and wanted by Indian law, Ms. Swaraj said in Lok Sabha today that it was the Congress party that had helped Lalit Modi get residency in UK long before BJP came to power. P Chidambaram, she told the House, had refused to ask UK for Lalit Modi’s extradition, as has had been suggested by the British Government, Ms Swaraj said in Lok Sabha today.

“Gandhis helped Quattrochi escape”, Ms. Swaraj said and taking a dig at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, she said that he should read his family’s history and ask his mother how much money they got for helping Quattrochi and Anderson escapea

When Ms. swaraj was addressing the House, the Congress MPs kept raising slogans but Congress president Sonia Gandhi paid full attention and was was seen using the headphone with full concentration

BJP-Congress war continues in Parliament

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Parliamentarians of India by Anoop SwaroopNew Delhi : The war of words between ruling party BJP and the main opposition party Congress continued and got carried forward to yet another day in both the Houses of Parliament today.

In Lok Sabha, proceedings began with Union Minister Sushma Swaraj urging the chair to accept adjournment motion moved by Mallikarjun Kharge of Congress related to holding a discussion on allegations against her on the Lalit Modi controversy.

 At this junction, the Congress members pressed for Prime Minister’s presence in the House. As the ruling side did not meet this demand, the question hour continued amidst loud protests. There was also  a brief adjournment.

In the meanwhile, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till the afternoon with only 2 days remaining for GST bill to be passed as the monsoon session will come to an end. The proceedings were adjourned as Congress members rushed to the well and continued shouting protest slogans.

Die another day – says Rajasthan High Court

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dieanotherdayNew Delhi: This business maybe God’s favorite pass time – life and death ! And HE has a copyright over it ! But, as far as we are concerned, we are the masters of our lives, not our death. When God kills us, its Legal. When we kill us, its illegal, Its your life, but you don’t have the right to decide if you want to live or die, says Rajasthan High Court ruling on the Jain practice of “Santhara”.

Santhara, a traditional Jain practice aka Sullekhana is a terminal form of meditation wherein a person following Jainism when vows to Santhara denounces food intake of any form, water too, and fasts Nirjala awaiting death, the ultimate union with the Almighty of his/her choice.

Based on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed earlier by human rights activist Nikhil Soni, the Rajasthan High Court has called it a punishable practice akin to suicide attempt under Section 309 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 306 (abetment). Constitution guarantees right to life and since Santhara is generally practiced by the old, hence they cannot be allowed to suffer without medical assistance, food and water.

Euthanasia too falls in the same category – ‘to die or not to die’. Permissions of our death rests neither in our hands nor on our near and dear ones’, but it rests on the hands of the governing head of nation.

Its better to learn to live rather than wanting to die. Agreed. But there are people out there with severs terminal diseases, living each day pain by pain, getting through the tortures of life at every dawn of the day, hoping to shut the eyes finally as night falls. They are someone’s near and dear, yet, sometimes people want to die and there is no way out.

In Belgium, recent studies last week (published in Wall Street Journal) revealed that more than a decade after it was legalized, physician-assisted suicide appears to be on the increase in parts of Belgium, according to a study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. In the 2013 study, more than 75% of requests were granted, up from about 55% in 2007. The growth is likely due to increased visibility among patients as well as greater acceptance among physicians, according to Kenneth Chambaere, a study author and postdoctoral fellow at the End-of-Life Care Research Group, a collaboration between Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University. “It’s like a rolling ball that goes on and on,” said Dr. Chambaere. “People recognize this more and more as a valid option of last resort.”

In Belgium, two physicians must give their approval, and a committee of medical professionals, lawyers, ethicists and politicians reviews every case afterward to make sure the criteria were met. In the case of psychological distress, the law requires agreement by a third consulting physician and it can often take years for people to find enough doctors who agree to grant their request. With more clear-cut cases like terminal cancer, euthanasia can be carried out within days of a request.

In India however, God must be having HIS last laugh and the copyright of Life and Death rests protected and patented with HIM till eternity.

Die another day, says Rajasthan High Court.

Google does a Berkshire Hathway – India’s Sundar Pichai reaps the fruits !

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googleSan Francisco, USA : In a major revamp, Google has followed the precedence set by Warren Buffet for his Berkshire Hathway. Google Co-founder Larry Page referred to Warren Buffett’s massive empire which has a portfolio of disparate businesses that specialize in everything from real estate to innerwear, when in a last year’s interview to a leading paper Page mentioned how he aspired to be like Buffett  and oversee a group of semi-independent leaders building new businesses under the Google umbrella. Anticipating a platform of such structure wherein Google will get more management handle and would flourish well by running independent ventures inside one flagship, Google is creating a new publicly traded parent company called Alphabet Inc. to put together all of its disparate businesses.Alphabet will be run by Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Google will become a subsidiary of Alphabet with a new CEO – top Google executive Sundar Pichai. Alphabet will be a conglomerate, or “collection” of companies, the largest of which is Google. But Google itself will be “slimmed down,” excluding companies that are not part of its core Internet business.Google will encompass the businesses that people typically associate with the brand, such as Android, Chrome, YouTube and Search.

Page has taken steps with the hiring of new Google Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat to be more transparent with investors and with Google being managed  by the new CEO, Page appears ready to turn his attention to the next wave of technologies that Google is exploring while leaving the online advertising business in the capable hands of Pichai.

Sundar Pichai 43, graduated from IIT Kharagpur in Metallurgical Engineering, joined Google in 2004 and was part of the Google’s search toolbar team. He also associated himself with the likes of Google’s Chrome browser and Android. A self-made man, hailing from a very humble background, Pichai has done the country proud and received applaud from the nation.

Still not having been able to make a Google indigenously,, India has found its share of happiness with the fact that Google will now be headed by an Indian born Sundar Pichai. A great achievement for a humble person like Sundar Pichai, who is often referred as the walking Encyclopedia of Google products !