Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quick notes: IS' death wish, Turkish double cross...

  • “Attacking in India is the Holy Grail of South Asian jihadists”: The document warns that “preparations” for an attack in India are underway and predicts that an attack will provoke an apocalyptic confrontation with America: “Even if the U.S tries to attack with all its allies, which undoubtedly it will, the ummah will be united, resulting in the final battle.” "Striking in India would magnify the Islamic State’s stature and threaten the stability of the region”. 

  • Obama fails the Kurds: Turkey's 'safe zone' a ploy to crush the Kurds. Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on Kurdish group. Why Turkey sees the Kurdish people as a Bigger Threat than ISIS

  • Giving up on govt schools: Rajasthan government's basic premise that private schools are better than the government schools, is grossly flawed. In fact, a five-year study between 2009 and 2013 by the Azim Premji Foundation in rural Andhra Pradesh suggests that private schools are no better than the government schools. The parents preferred sending their wards to private institutions, mainly because of uniforms, discipline, attendance in school (both of children and teachers), and social standing in the community.

  • Environment Minister's "achievements": Until November 2014, a total of 12,05,138 hectares of forest land was diverted for different projects in the country. Actual compensatory afforestation done over non-forest land received was just 7 per cent of the requirement.

  • Of Rasam and Rice: The Humble Lifestyle of Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • Falling demand: Coca-Cola India effects first production cut in a decade

  • Wrong place for crony capitalism: Reliance shale gas returns turn negative in US

  • Rooftop revolution: Organic vegetable farming is taking off in Kerala

  • Salt Lamp: Alternative to kerosene/battery powered lamps takes two tablespoons of salt and a glass of water.

  • Caesarean epidemic: Brazil strives to reduce sky-high C-section rate

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