The Great Debate (India)

Michael Jackson – the greatest entertainer ever?


Michael Jackson fans worldwide paid tribute to the late King of Pop on Friday, the first anniversary of his death

Jackson died of cardiac arrest, age 50, on June 25 last year in Los Angeles.Michael jackson

One year later, Jackson has seen a resurgence in his popularity. Hollywood trade paper Billboard estimated revenues to Jackson’s estate in the past year have hit $1 billion.

Despite the bizarre events that plagued his adult life, Jackson’s musical brilliance has led many, including fans and stars in the music industry, to crown him as the world’s greatest entertainer.

Do you think Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer ever?

India at G20: Will yuan revaluation overshadow talks?


As India heads to Canada for the weekend G20 summit, the grouping’s agenda is expected largely to be dominated by China’s currency reforms and the global economic recovery.

An employee counts yuan banknotes at a bank in Huaibei, Anhui province June 22, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

The United States, a major trading partner of China, has been cautious in its criticism of Beijing’s tight currency controls.

A new symbol for the rupee?


The Indian rupee will soon get its own unique symbol, joining the dollar, pound sterling, euro and the yen as international currencies with an identity that is instantly recognizable worldwide.

Five designs had been shortlisted by the government following an all-India contest and media reports suggest the Cabinet will choose the winning entry (from the following five) this week.

New chapter for billionaire Ambani brothers?


File photo of Anil and Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, has set out a new agenda of cooperation with younger brother Anil’s firm and forecast more opportunities for his company in the power sector.

Speaking at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders, Mukesh Ambani said his company was ready to provide gas to ADAG’s power plant when they were ready and looked forward to a “harmonious and constructive” relationship with the company.

COLUMN – Karun Chandhok: Canadian GP a mixed bag


The Canadian GP weekend was a real mixed bag of ups and downs for me. It was my first visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, or for that matter to Canada.

I’ve grown up watching lots of races there on TV and was really looking forward to driving there this season.

Has the fuel price hike hurt your budget?


Motorists wait at a petrol pump to fill petrol in Lucknow June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pawan KumarThe government has freed up state-subsidised petrol prices and also hiked the prices of diesel, cooking gas and kerosene.

Petrol prices would be market driven and have been raised by 3.50 rupees per litre, while kerosene prices were hiked by 3 rupees a litre. Diesel prices saw an addition of 2 rupees per litre and will be freed up in the future. Cooking gas prices were raised by 35 rupees a cylinder.

Who will win the World Cup?


World CupFavourites Brazil were sensationally dumped out of the World Cup by the Netherlands in the biggest shock of the tournament.

While British bookmaker Ladbrokes have Spain as the favourite, the Dutch, who have never won soccer’s biggest tournament despite their long-admired style, will now fancy their chances of taking home the 2010 trophy.

COLUMN – Karun Chandhok: Turkish GP a bit frustrating


The Turkish Grand Prix weekend was a particularly frustrating time for me. Although they ended with Alguersari (Jaime) and Trulli (Jarno) respectively driving into me, the strong races I had in Barcelona and Monaco meant that I was looking forward to driving at Istanbul Park.

Karun ChandhokIt’s a circuit which I quite enjoy and was generally quite strong at when I did GP2 in the past.

from The Great Debate UK:

Pranab Bardhan on the economic rise of China and India

In its May economic outlook, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development projected upward growth outlooks for BRIC countries Brazil, Russia, India and China -- the world's four largest emerging economies.

Strong growth in those economies is helping to pull other countries out of recession, the OECD said. The Paris-based organisation projects that China’s GDP growth will exceed 11 percent for 2010, and anticipates that India's real GDP growth will be 8.3 percent. Russia's GDP growth is expected to be 5.5 percent, and Brazil's is projected at 6.5 percent. By comparison, the OECD projects that the Euro area will see 1.5 percent real GDP growth, while the UK will see a 2.2 percent growth.

How to tackle the Maoists?


A rescue worker stands next to a body of a passenger at the site of the train accident at Jhargram area in West Bengal May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Parth SanyalPolice are searching for Maoist rebels believed responsible for the May 28 crash involving the Gyaneshwari Express in which scores of passengers were killed.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India’s biggest internal security challenge.