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NRI activist-academic to be first elected socialist in US
Report dated 16/11/2013 @ 1:39 PM
Indian American activist-academic Kshama Sawant is to become the first recognised socialist to be elected to public office in the United States, where the term socialist is treated with deep suspicion and dislike.
Kshama, a Pune-born leftist, studied engineering in Mumbai and economics in the US. She is now leading her Democratic Party rival Richard Conlin, by a narrow margin of some 400 votes, for a seat in the Seattle City Council whose electoral college consists of nearly 400,000 voters.
Savant who was an activist in the Occupy Wall Street movement, is a candidate of the Socialist Alternative in a city renowned for its progressive politics. She said it was evident that people yearned for a progressive voice as they have felt let down by the two traditional political outfits and sorely lacked a third party voice.
Savant whose family hails from Bangalore went to the US for higher studies and worked as a software engineer for a while. She switched to an Economics PhD program in North Carolina. She says she was always a socialist at heart but academia in the US is not focused on solutions, it only provides an intellectual justification of capitalism.
Although the socialist movement in America is over a century old, it has never won an election in living memory. Sawant fought to have her Socialist Alternative ticket registered by authorities, and she could become the first recognised socialist to win office. She said this is just the opening salvo of what the left can do in the United States.
Britain's Prince Charles celebrates birthday at Lake Resort in Kerala
Report dated 15/11/2013 @ 1:20 PM
The future King of England, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who are on a visit to India, celebrated his 65th birthday on Thursday Nov 14, at the Lake Resort in Kumarakom, Kerala, where the couple have been staying for two days.
Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall relaxed and enjoyed the panoramic beauty of the famed backwaters resort and swam in the pool for a while before they ate light meals of mostly fruits and tender coconut water.
Oommen Chandy chief minister of Kerala and his family called on the royal guests with gifts to wish Charles birthday greetings.
The couple began their Kerala leg of the India tour in Kochi and at Vazhachal waterfalls. They will now fly on to Colombo where the prince will address the CHOGM meeting.
India sends relief package to typhoon hit Philippines
Report dated 15/11/2013 @ 1:19 PM
India has sent an Indian Air Force C-130J aircraft to typhoon-hit Philippines with a relief package of medicines, hygienic products, chemicals and ready-to-eat meals, to help meet the urgent need for life-saving medical care, food supplies and construction of temporary shelters in the face of the serious humanitarian crisis that battered the eastern coast and killed over 2350 people, leaving four million affected.
Plans are in place to provide additional relief materials through an Indian naval ship set to sail soon.
With 243 million Internet users, India to beat US next year !
Report dated 15/11/2013 @ 1:10 PM
A report by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI) and IMRB estimates say with 243 million Internet users in India by mid 2014, the country is overtaking the US as the world's second largest Internet base after China.
While Indians primarily use the Internet for communication in the form of emails, social media is also an important driver of Internet use in India, a fact that can be corroborated with data from other sources such as Facebook, according to which India had 82 million monthly active users by mid 2013, the second largest geographical region for Facebook after the US and Canada.
College-goers remain the largest users of the Internet in India, followed by young men. Most of rural India's Internet users prefer using the Internet in local languages.
Thailand donates 300 kg gold to Bodh Gaya temple in Bihar
Report dated 14/11/2013 @ 7:13 PM
The only UNESCO world heritage site in Bihar, the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya, the holiest Buddhist monument's dome is to get a gold veneer, after 289 kgs of the precious metal was donated by Thailand's king Bhumibol Atulaya and devotees in that country.
The Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee spokesman Arvind Kumar Singh said the top 18 ft, including the spire of the 180 ft high structure will be covered with gold.
The work is to be undertaken by Thailand-based Kreign Thavorn Containers Co Ltd under the supervision of the archaeological survey of India.
The temple is believed to have been built between AD 500 and 600. It is revered the world over, more so in south-east Asian countries, China and Japan.