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Unless your general knowledge is particularly good, you may not have heard of Gbadolite, as opposed to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gbadolite is the capital of the country's Nord-Ubangi district. More importantly, it was the ancestral home and residence of ex-President Mobutu Sese Seko, president of Zaire (DRC's former name), between 1965 and 1997.
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The collegium has now become nothing more than a cabal

The very credibility of the judiciary is at stake after recent allegations of misconduct against judges. The time is now ripe for reforming the process of judicial appointments to ensure that the judiciary is accountable to the public and free from interference. Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court and no stranger to controversy, has once again set the cat among the pigeons by alleging that three former Chief Justices of India made...
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Mandal vs Kamandal yet again

The striking feature of the 2014 parliamentary elections was that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Sangh Parivar used that potent mix of “communal consciousness” and “a promise of development”, especially in key electoral states of Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Bihar, to completely shatter the stranglehold of caste-based politics. They understood that communal politics will not succeed by itself but had to be linked with the growing desire for development among the common people.
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In 2005, PMO had pushed to get 'corrupt' judge made permanent

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had exerted pressure on the collegium headed by then Chief Justice of India R C Lahoti in June 2005 to confer permanent status to a Madras high court additional judge, referred to as "corrupt" by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju. After the collegium unanimously decided not to continue with the services of Justice S Ashok Kumar after he completed the two-year period as additional judge...
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Sonia tries to defuse N-Bomb

The Natwar bomb is yet to be dropped, but Congress president Sonia Gandhi has already dropped in to see the former external affairs minister. With Sonia was daughter Priyanka; they were with Singh at his Jor Bagh residence for almost an hour a few days ago. Sonia and Natwar haven't had a meaningful interaction since 2005, and certainly had a lot to talk about during their 50-minute meeting. The two have run into each other at a function or two, and in Central Hall of Parliament, but haven't exchanged any words.
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Modi must find formula to dismantle monstrous diplomatic machinery

In technical jargon, Track II always runs opposite to Track I. Moving parallel, they never meet. These trains of thought also end up at different platforms of the same station—precisely what has been happening with Indian diplomacy for the past few decades. Why and by who was Track II invented is anybody’s guess. While changes occur in governments, Track II members, promoters and financiers remain unchanged.
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No light at end of black money tunnel

The government's black money probe seems to be heading towards a black hole. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up for this purpose doesn't seem to have the wherewithal to track the strong room where several Indians have stashed their thousands of crores of unaccounted money in banks abroad. The SIT, comprising top-notch investigators, headed by Justice (retired) M.B. Shah, has made no headway whatsoever to bring back the black money.
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Hands that talk , Kutiyattam exponent Gopal Venu  - Indian Express

‘Dreamer’ who revels in the limelight , Himanta Biswa Sarma  - Indian Express

Strongman who frequently attacks those in power , Narayan Rane  - Indian Express

‘No one guides us in Parliament’ , K Kavitha, Anupriya Patel & Pratap Simha  - IE

I would meet Hafiz Saeed again , Ved Pratap Vaidik  - Hindustan Times

Cong thinks it is meant for peacock throne, but the peacock has long since flown , Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Former Bengal Governor  - Indian Express

Who is he? , Ved Pratap Vaidik  - Business Standard

I want NCW on par with NHRC , Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister  - Times of India

Supreme Court’s verdict for Muslim women — and against misogyny , Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Founder-member, BMMA  - Times of India

‘Polls an option only if no possibility of any govt’ , Najeeb Jung, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi  - Indian Express

It's time to raise BRICS role to a new level , Vladimir Putin, Russian President  - HT



Several things emerge from Jusitce Katju's revelation. The first is the cravenness of the Congress, which chose to favour power over probity in public life. Keeping a few crooked judges in hock was apparently a small price to pay to serve a full term in office. Second, Katju's allegations, if true, cast the three successive chief justices — Lahoti, Sabharwal and Balakrishnan — in very poor light. At least two of them knew what the IB's findings said about the crooked judge, but chose to overlook it, presumably to curry favour with the ruling government. So much for the independence of the judiciary from the executive. After this episode, it is clear that this independence exists mostly in the breach, and serving judges facing retirement are prone to lean the way of the government to ensure plum post-retirement posts for themselves.
Editorial, Economic Times

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Last summer a trim guy with wavy brown hair, high cheekbones, and a broad smile could be found making Whoppers, working the drive-through window, and scrubbing bathrooms at a Burger King in Miami. His name was Daniel Schwartz. He learned to make a Whopper in less than 35 seconds and blended in well with his fellow employees, except for the fact that Schwartz had a guy with a video camera trailing him.
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Inside the life of a pro gamer

Getting paid to play video games sounds like the cushiest job in the world. Stumble out of bed, fill a bowl of cereal, boot up Steam, and go hunting for thrills and spills. Pants and personal hygiene are optional. That’s the pervasive, and in many cases valid, image of the professional gamer — a layabout with a purpose and a paycheck — but there’s a great deal more to making a living from gaming than meets the eye.
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The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating history of autocorrect

Invoke the word autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical, impossible errors one finds collected on sites like Damn You Autocorrect. But despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are. It's not too much of an exaggeration to call autocorrect...
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Now, a flood of milk trains

Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced that full-fledged trains will be run in collaboration with Amul and the National Dairy Development Board to carry milk and milk products. Neither the transporting of liquid milk in rail tankers nor the transportation of dairy products in rail wagons is a new idea. In the past too, railway ministers have declared concessions for transportation of milk...
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