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Oh! Kolkata!


Indian state election expected to end Kolkata’s 34-year communist rule

As dawn broke on Monday, scores of voters formed queues outside one unopened booth, excitedly showing their identity cards to security personnel in Siliguri, 370 miles north of Kolkata. Once one of the richest cities in Asia and the capital of the British empire in India, Kolkata has become a byword for poverty and has stumbled behind the new modern India of IT cities such as Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Can you please justify your comment on the article – “Kolkata has become a byword for poverty.” Since when this has happened, I would really like to know.

I am looking forward to a direct reply from the author justifying such a claim.


I think the use of “byword” is justified in this context.

There is no doubt that Kolkata has gained an image as one of India’s cities with the worst urban plight. And it does lag behind many of India’s modernizing cities. Factually, its numbers of urban poor are also much higher than other major cities: GBU Editor

A homeless man sleeps under a flyover as a herd of goats and sheep pass him during a hot day in Kolkata April 24, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

The election is fixed?


Venezuela opposition to pick Chavez challenger

VENEZUELA/CARACAS, April 13 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s opposition coalition on Wednesday fixed an election for next February to choose its candidate to challenge President Hugo Chavez in a presidential vote at the end of 2012.

It’s a poor choice of words to say the opposition fixed an election for next February.

Square or round?


Bahrain opposition meets to agree demands MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain’s opposition parties met on Sunday to discuss demands they will present to the Gulf Arab country’s rulers, as protesters gathered in a central Manama square clamoring for immediate political change.

Protesters swept back into Pearl Square late on Saturday after Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa ordered troops and armored vehicles to withdraw and offered to lead a national dialogue after days of unrest that left six dead.

BAHRAIN/PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE could you stop referring to ‘Pearl Square’ in your Bahrain news reports as there is no such place. The area in which the protests are being held is the Pearl Roundabout in Manama.

Curbing rocket fire?


Kindergarten near-miss highlights Gaza risks

PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/VIOLENCEHamas spurns permanent coexistence with the Jewish state, but its men have tried to curb the rocket fire from Gaza in recent years. Smaller groups continue to carry out attacks.

Why would you bias your news article with that statement?

How do you know Hamas leaders have tried to curb rocket attacks? To the best of my knowledge, they have tried to encourage rocket attacks.

Be our guests?


Snow and ice ground flights in Europe

GERMANY/In Germany, Frankfurt airport operator Fraport said 470 flights had been canceled on Sunday so far and a worsening of weather conditions was expected from noon onwards.

“The airport halls are packed with flight guests,” a spokeswoman said, adding that about 1,000 people were forced to stay at the airport overnight.

Is Obama responsible?


Analysis: N. Korea crisis latest blow to Obama’s nuclear agenda

KOREA-NORTH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has set the goal of eventually ridding the world of nuclear arms as a central theme of his presidency, but North Korea’s defiance and other recent setbacks have raised fresh doubts about whether he can turn his vision into reality.

With Obama’s broader nuclear agenda seemingly imperiled at home and abroad, he now faces a test of whether he can salvage credibility for U.S. leadership in dealing effectively with more immediate threats like the one posed by Pyongyang.

Show your stripes…


Myanmar gets new flag, official name, anthem

gbu myanmar flag 220The new flag has a horizontal band of light green at the top, dark green in the center and red at the bottom, with a white star in the middle. There has been no official explanation as to what the colours or the star represent.

With regard to your story “Myanmar gets new flag, official name, anthem,” you say the new flag “has a horizontal band of light green at the top, dark green in the center and red at the bottom.”

Charges dropped?


Pentagon cautions news media on WikiLeaks documents

SWEDEN-WIKILEAKS/Assange has been establishing a base in Sweden in order to benefit from the Nordic country’s strict journalist protection laws. He is also being investigated over rape allegations in Sweden, which he has denied, calling them baseless.

It has been widely reported that the rape charges were dropped.

The relevancy of the remaining charges would appear to have no bearing on the article on hand, and the original statement would appear to be included as an attempt of character assassination by the author.

Giving thugs a bad name?



Gay rights march in Belgrade triggers violent riots

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A gay rights parade in Belgrade erupted in violence on Sunday as thousands of police deployed to protect marchers clashed with anti-gay protesters, who rioted and attacked the headquarters of the ruling parties.

gbu belgrade vertical 220Pushed back from the parade area by 5,000 police in riot gear, protesters turned to other targets, breaking into the lobby of the state television network, scaling scaffolding to try to enter parliament, smashing windows at the Austrian embassy and burning a car in front of the French embassy.

What’s burning?



There is a widely distributed image credited to Reuters. Honest reporting dictates that you tell us what is burning in the background.

To be more clear, this was a protest against the planned burning of the Koran in Florida, and most of us believe that they are burning Bibles in the background.