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Aug 4, 2013
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India’s Telangana fight explores new frontiers in political attack ads

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(Note to readers: contains slightly graphic language and an aggressively provocative image.)

Dear American political consultants: you might think you know how to produce negative political attack ads, but you have much to learn. Caravan magazine’s senior editor Jonathan Shainin on Sunday shared on Twitter what he called “Unquestionably the greatest political poster of all time.” I admit that I have made no broad study, but this ad, coming from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, seems to me to break some kind of sound barrier in the business. (Correction: I cannot confirm that this ad appeared in Hyderabad. A readers whose comment appears below tells  me that the ad appears in Tanuku in West Godavari District)

Jun 21, 2013

Soccer-Uruguay coach Tabarez hails Forlan impact

SALVADOR, Brazil June 20 (Reuters) – Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez paid tribute to Diego Forlan after his side beat Nigeria 2-1 in the Confederations Cup with a goal from the striker in his 100th appearance for the national team on Thursday.

Describing the 34-year-old as “a great professional and a top striker,” Tabarez said Forlan’s abilities were on full display in a victory that left Uruguay hot favourites to join Spain in the semi-finals.

Jun 20, 2013

Italy’s Prandelli sweats over players fitness

RECIFE, Brazil (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli lamented the physical toll the Confederations Cup schedule and hot Brazilian climate were taking on his players on Wednesday.

Prandelli watched his side overcome Japan 4-3 in the best game of the competition so far but complained that his players were exhausted and needed more recovery time between matches.

Jun 20, 2013

Soccer-Italy’s Prandelli sweats over players fitness

RECIFE, Brazil June 19 (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli lamented the physical toll the Confederations Cup schedule and hot Brazilian climate were taking on his players on Wednesday.

Prandelli watched his side overcome Japan 4-3 in the best game of the competition so far but complained that his players were exhausted and needed more recovery time between matches.

Apr 22, 2013
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Journalist Sardesai sours on Twitter: “Had hoped to interact; failed.”

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(The following post contains some essential Hindi translation help from my colleagues Arnika Thakur, Suraj Balakrishnan and Havovi Cooper. Any remaining errors or lack of precision are my fault as I reviewed and participated in all translations. Additionally, any opinions here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters Corp.)

From the desk of Rajdeep Sardesai, editor in chief of Indian news network IBN Live (I stitched these sentences together from his Twitter account):

Apr 15, 2013
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Suffering and apathy in Jaipur: drivers ignore hit-and-run victims

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“Murderously selfish India: Woman, baby die in terrible accident in Jaipur as husband, son beg passersby for help.”

Shiv Aroor’s dispatch on Twitter says it all. Other people in India tonight are echoing the theme: people racing through their day in modern India, too busy or too wary to get involved when they see people in distress. In this case, a truck struck a family of four riding on a motorcycle in Jaipur on Monday, killing a woman and her eight-month-old daughter. The woman’s husband and son escaped. The family was riding the motorcycle through the Ghat Ki Guni tunnel on Sunday afternoon when the truck struck them, according to the Hindustan Times and other Indian news organisations.

Apr 8, 2013
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When did Narendra Modi become a “poster boy?”

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(This commentary reflects the thoughts of the author. It does not reflect anyone else’s opinion, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Thomson Reuters Corp.)

I’ve encountered some interesting descriptions in the press of India’s political leaders. My favorite is “supremo,” which I’ve heard comes from British English. “Honcho” and “strongman” are common too. The one that catches my attention, primarily because I disapprove of it, is “poster boy.”

Jan 24, 2013
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Delhi rape case: Verma committee report dredges up old stereotypes

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Like many journalists who follow Indian affairs, I have been digging through the 657 pages of the Verma committee report on rape in India and attitudes toward women in that country. You can read about its main conclusion in our wire story, namely:

India needs to implement existing laws, not introduce tougher punishment such as the death penalty, to prevent rape, a government panel set up to review legislation said on Wednesday, following a brutal gang rape that shook the nation. Panel head, justice J.S. Verma, rejected outright the idea of the death penalty for rape cases, a demand from some protesters and politicians in the days after the 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a moving bus.

Jan 16, 2013
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‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ meets ‘Indian Idol’ in West Bengal

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(Any career-destroying attempts at irony or humour are the responsibility of the author, and not of the chief ministers of Gujarat or West Bengal or any of their associates.)

Everybody’s talking about how Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has fostered fair weather for businesses and investors in his state. Maybe he’s making it too easy. In West Bengal, it looks like investors and business people must work a little harder for their returns. Take a look at that state’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee. She isn’t just making business people and investors work for their profits; she’s making them sing.

Dec 30, 2012
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Making Delhi safer for women: one reader’s (lengthy) comment

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This lengthy comment showed up on Sunday on a blog post that we published more than a year ago. I’m republishing it here, and curious to hear what you think about it. This was submitted by “Hitesh104.” I make no statement of support or opposition. — Robert

SUGGESTIONS ON MAKING DELHI/INDIA SAFE PLACE FOR WOMAN

WOMAN PROTECTION FORCE (WPF)

I am a Gurgaon resident and wanted to get in touch with you all for a project on WOMAN PROTECTION IN INDIA which I want to pursue
I have some ideas which i wanted to share with you and seek your opinion on how we can make Delhi a safe place for woman.