Q@9: Decoding Nehru’s Statesmanship; Sania’s New High and More 

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Jawaharlal Nehru with Sarat Chandra Bose and Subhash Chandra Bose. (Photo: Nehru Memorial Museum & Library)

1. Toxic Relief: India Supplies Foul Cooking oil, Rice to Nepal

Even as most Nepalese struggle to put their broken lives together following the widespread devastation wrought by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake of April 25, reports are emerging that officials have discovered that spurious relief supplies were sent from India through the UN-aided World Food Programme (WFP) and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).

2. Nobody Should Visit America the 1st Time, Said Nehru Sardonically

(Courtesy: <a href="">U.S. Embassy New Delhi</a>)
(Courtesy: U.S. Embassy New Delhi)

Pandit Nehru’s virtual disdain for America was primarily responsible for a half-century of diffidence, and often hostility, towards them. Here is an edited excerpt from Raghav Bahl’s book, SuperEconomies: America, India, China and the Future of the World, on the 51st death anniversary of India’s first prime minister.

3. Stress in the Skies: Is Fatigue Getting the Better of our Pilots?

Aviation expert Harshvardhan believes it’s the erratic work schedule and working in isolation that causes stress but not ‘work pressure’ per say. “Pilots always work in an isolated environment. Pilots have minimal interaction with passengers because of security reasons. Being away from families for days also causes irritation and stress.”

4. Sania Mirza Targets Glory at the French Open

Sania Mirza has arrived at the French Open as the best doubles player in the world. She is the top seed in both the women’s doubles with Martina Hingis and the mixed doubles with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.

5. Is the World Closer to an Ebola Vaccine?

Dr Karthik Chandran is leading a team of international researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the US Army Medical Research Institute to identify the molecular ‘lock’ that the deadly Ebola virus must pick to infect human cells.

6. Gender Pay Gap: Why Deepika and Kangana are Due for an Increment

Deepika Padukone’s box-office clout is as good or bad as that of any top Bollywood hero (Photo: Reuters)
Deepika Padukone’s box-office clout is as good or bad as that of any top Bollywood hero (Photo: Reuters)

Just to put things into perspective — while Bollywood’s highest paid actress, Deepika Padukone, can ask for anything between Rs 7 to 9 cr per film, a Ranveer Singh is reportedly paid something between Rs 15 to 20 cr for the same (the top 3 Khans are in a totally different league with price tags of Rs 50 cr upwards). And this institutionalised gender disparity isn’t just a Bollywood anomaly.

7. I Want to Retire by 35 says Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh who has two releases lined up — Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani is on a high. But then, when is he not?

8. Problem of Plenty: Blackouts in Times of Abundance of Power

As temperatures rise into the mid-40s, power outages are beginning to fray tempers, as they do every year despite impressive additions to generation capacity. What should outrage everybody is, that this is despite the fact that total power demand over the past year has been flat. So what has gone wrong?

9. Review: BlackBerry Leap - old Wine in new Bottle

BlackBerry has made some mistakes in the past when they strayed away from their core competency, which was making enterprise friendly devices. And now the company is trying to get back to their strength.

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