Shankar Roychowdhury

Shankar  Roychowdhury

Shankar Roychowdhury

I have a problem reading: Katy

Pop star Katy Perry has revealed that she finds reading difficult as she did not go to school much.
The 28-year-old singer’s education suffered because she was brought up in a strict Christian household who did not believed in public education, reported Contactmusic.

280 hidden Moon craters identified

Australian scientists have identified 280 new craters on the Moon that have never been mapped before, using a combination of gravity and terrain modelling.

Easterly winds

Monsoon clouds had not yet gathered over Kolka-ta, but political outriders had already manifested themselves in the city as early as March 31 in the form of a large, well organised “gathering of minorities” at the Shaheed Minar in Kolkata Maidan to voice resentment against Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, for instituting war crimes trials in Dhaka against Razakars who collaborated with the Pakistan Army in committing horrific atrocities on the local population during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Govt may appoint 6-7 merchant bankers to manage CIL stake sale

The government is mulling appointing six to seven merchant bankers to manage ten per cent stake sale in Coal India (Coal India) which is likely to fetch over Rs 17,000 crore to the exchequer.

Fear terror, not NCTC

Amer-ica’s Natio-nal Counterterrorism Centre (NCTC), under the directorate of National Intelligence and department of homeland security, was created by a presidential decree in August 2004, in pursuance of the recommendations of a Senate Committee set up to inquire into the destruction of the World Trade Centre by Islamic kamikaze pilots on September 11, 2001 (9/11).

The Agusta deflection

National security has never been a high priority item in India. This is being demonstrated yet again by the polemics raging in Parliament around alleged linkages with murky Italian intermediaries said to be involved in the bribery for the acquisition of 12 Italian AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters for the VIP fleet of the Indian Air Force.

A costly error on terror

It is a fact that military commanders do not suffer fools gladly. One of the most pre-eminent amongst them, a German panzer general, famously classified his officers into “lazy and stupid” (harmless and to be ignored), “hardworking and intelligent” (excellent subordinates), “intelligent and lazy” (the most successful commanders), and, finally, the “stupid and industrious” (a menace, to be eliminated as fast as possible).

Chasing holy grail of peace with Pakistan

Jingoism” is the new intellectual fashion statement emerging in the aftermath of the recent atrocity at Mendhar, Jammu and Kashmir, disparaging displays of public emotion at moments of national crisis. Fortunately, most Indian soldiers are not sufficiently fluent or familiar with the English language to comprehend the implications of the epithet as applied to their efforts.

Umbrage at Male uncalled for

Contractual disputes are generally arcane and even boring affairs, except to the parties involved. However, some can become potential international flashpoints like the one that recently cropped up between the Government of Maldives and the Indian-led construction consortium, GMR Infrastructure, over construction and management of the new international airport at the Maldivian capital, Male, after a peremptory cancellation of the contract apparently at the instance of Abbas Adil Riza, the spokesman for the Maldivian President, Mohammed Waheed Hassan.

Old West, new quest

The re-election of Barack Obama on November 6, 2012, for his second tenure as the 44th President of the United States rang down the curtain on what had become the “greatest show on earth”, running to packed audiences worldwide on television channels.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.