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2020.09.23 04:09 better-things 22 [F4R] Anywhere - Looking for some rad new friends!!

Hi! Being stuck at home for quarantine has left me fairly lonely, as most of my current friends are busy and/or out of state. I recently realized I was relying too much on my current partner for social interaction/support and I think it'd be healthier if I branched out a bit! Not looking for anything romantic or NSFW, but I'm looking for interesting people to talk to and crack jokes with on a daily basis :)
I'm a 22 year old college student, studying Psychology and Mandarin Chinese. I play casual video games such as animal crossing, pokemon (and pokemon go!), stardew valley, etc. I'll kick your ass at 100% Orange Juice on Steam too!! I like music, with some of my favorite artists being Beach House and Devendra Banhardt. I also really like magical girl and slice of life anime/manga. Other interests of mine include: animals, gardening, spirituality, mental health, and skincare!
DM me if interested, but as a heads up, I can be somewhat shy! Photo proof? : https://imgur.com/a/vq9vN2b
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2020.06.25 14:40 NewsPressInida Healthism Savings Card - Solution for ever increasing out of pocket healthcare expenses

Healthism Savings Card - Solution for ever increasing out of pocket healthcare expenses
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Healthism was launched with an intent to make healthcare worry-free. It is a Mumbai based startup, recognized by DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion) under Start up India initiative as an innovative start up. Healthism offers multiple solutions to make healthcare accessible and easy. Healthism introduced a Savings card that helped people reduce the burden of the day to day healthcare expenses. Healthism also joined hands with Mumbai police to help the families of Mumbai Police reduce the cost of out of pocket healthcare expenses with Healthism Savings Card and the initiative was launched by then CM of Maharashtra Mr. Devendra Fadnavis.
The fundamental concept of Healthism Savings card is “Savings on Non-Mediclaimable Expenditure” i.e. expenses we incur on day to day basis but are not reimbursed by health insurance companies. Healthism has more than 74k plus partner facilities across India where Healthism offers the discount and more than 3, 50,000 people have got benefited by using the Healthism Savings card. Post the covid-19 pandemic, the uncertainty with regard to healthcare and expenses related to it have increased. Healthism Savings card has thus become a must have card for every family. All the big national labs as well as local labs and health centers have partnered with Healthism.
Main areas where Healthism savings card is most beneficial.
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Dental care and surgeries cost substantial amounts and because of the nature of the treatment, they are not covered by health insurance and mediclaim. Healthism has top dental care brands on board who offer 20 to 40 percent savings on all kinds of dental care consultations and treatments.
Best features of Healthism Savings Card:
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One card for one family concept (Family of 6 enjoy same benefits throughout the membership validity)
No upper limit of discounts that you and your family can avail.
Can be used any number of times throughout the year.
Hyperlocal Model (Tie-Up with the small/neighborhood Medical Service provider in addition to the national level players)
Onboarded Wellness services (Trichology, Nutrition, Fitness, and Gym) in addition to HealthCare services.
Subscription charge is Rs 999/- plus GST for one year.
The card holders also get 1 GB free space on healthism.co web platform to digitize and save their medical records in an encrypted and password protected manner and access them from anywhere.
Discount on Ambulance services as well for emergency and non-emergence cases.
To buy Healthism Card, please visit https://www.healthism.co/product/healthism-savings-card/
Pre-approved Medical Loans facility:
Healthism savings card also collaborating with Banks and NBFCs to offer a pre-approved medical loan facility for emergency and non-emergency medical treatments to all its card users.
Healthism Hope freelance job program:
Healthism also recently has launched Healthism Hope program to help the thousands of people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 in India. Healthism is doing its bit to help people whose careers have been badly impacted due to the pandemic and offers an opportunity to freelance with Healthism in sales and promotions and generate substantial income.
In case you had to retrench from your company due to COVID-19 or know someone, please share this initiative with them, and help them restart their career.
The candidates will be trained by experienced professionals and can work from home at your convenience to generate substantial income for themselves.
Candidates can send in their CV to [email protected] and our Hr team will get touch with you immediately for further process.
To know more about Healthism, visit the website: - www.healthism.co
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2020.01.26 13:23 Lemillion1o First hyper loop in India

The government of the Indian state of Maharashtra has approved Virgin Hyperloop One's plans to develop a high-speed line between Mumbai and Pune, which could become the world's first hyperloop.
Maharashtra's government has announced that a consortium of Virgin Hyperloop One and global ports owner DP World would be the preferred operator to build "the first hyperloop transportation system in the world".
The planned hyperloop line will connect the two cities in western India, which are around 100 miles apart, in 35 minutes. This would be a drastic reduction on current travel times of three and a half hours by car.
Line planned as world's first
"Maharashtra will create the first hyperloop transportation system in the world and a global hyperloop supply chain starting from Pune," announced Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra.
"We have just named the DP World – Virgin Hyperloop One consortium as the original project proponent for the Mumbai-Pune hyperloop project and [are] preparing to start the public procurement process," he continued.
"Maharashtra and India is at the forefront of hyperloop infrastructure building now and this is a moment of pride for our people."
Numerous routes are currently competing to be the world's first operable hyperloop system. Virgin Hyperloop One is also planning a system to link Dubai and Abu Dhabi, while Elon Musk's infrastructure firm The Boring Company has permission to begin digging a tunnel in Washington DC to connect the city with New York.
Another system has been proposed in Europe by Hardt Hyperloop, for which UNStudio has envisioned a series of modular stations, while a line to link Mexico City to Guadalajara in Mexico is also under development.
"India firmly in the lead" in race to build first hyperloop
According to Virgin Hyperloop One, the announcement from the Maharashtra government has put India in the pole position to build the first hyperloop line.
"This is history in the making," said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One. "The race is on to host the first hyperloop transportation system in the world, and today's announcement puts India firmly in the lead.
"This is a significant milestone and the first of many important steps toward bringing hyperloop to the masses," he added.
Hyperloop technology was conceived by Musk in 2013. The systems would project pods at near-supersonic speeds through partially depressurised tubes. Proponents of the technology believe that it could be used to create a high-speed public transport alternative to trains and planes.
Virgin Hyperloop One is one of several companies vying to develop the technology. The company was established in 2014 to develop the hyperloop, with Richard Branson becoming a mayor investor leading to the company being renamed in 2017.
Along with passenger systems the Virgin Hyperloop One has also collaborated with DP World and Foster + Partners to create a vision of a cargo hyperloop network.
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2020.01.26 01:58 DieHermetischeGarage Podcast-PlayList vom Samstag, 25.01.2020

Die gesamte Tages-PlayList
Tagestipps
Sendung Titel
BR Nachtstudio Alles queer, alles gut? Warum Gender Vielfalt einer Gesellschaft nützt (1)
BR Wissen Ayurveda - Das Wissen vom langen Leben (2)
BR Zuendfunk Der Rassist in uns - Deutschlands verdrängtes koloniales Erbe (3)
BR Wissen Unsterblichkeit - Ein in Erfüllung gehender (Alb-)Traum? (4)
NDR Wochenrueckblick 'Alle kennen Lybien, nur ich nicht!' (5)
SWR Zeitwort 25.1.1890: Nellie Bly vollendet ihre Reise um die Welt (6)
SWR Wissen Der Mauerfall im Geschichtsunterricht (7)
WDR Zeitzeichen Philip Johnson, Architekt (8)
News
Zeit Titel wo min
00:05 Lange Nacht über die Habseligkeiten von Auschwitz (Ossowski, Maria) DRK 174:08 ?
06:50 Geht die Herzkammer der italienischen Linken verloren? (Labitzke, Jan) DRK 6:39 ?
07:17 Frühkritik: Devendra Banhart in Berlin (Möller, Christoph) DRK 6:29 ?
08:40 Das Wichtigste heute Morgen (Brandes, Rainer) DLF 4:47 ?
11:40 Gespräch mit Jo Lendle über Umberto Eco: 'Der ewige Faschismus' (Kupferberg, Shelly) DRK 7:12 ?
11:48 Buchkritik: Theodor Adorno 'Aspekte des neuen Rechtsradikalismus' (Dietschreit, Frank) DRK 7:07 ?
12:08 Aus Außenminister wird Aufsichtsrat: Sigmar Gabriel geht zur Deutschen Bank (Gaus, Bettina) DRK 5:05 ?
12:29 Klimafragen beim Wirtschaftsgipfel: Wie grün war Davos? (Gaus, Bettina) DRK 6:58 ?
12:38 Zwischen Impeachment und Abtreibungsgegnern: Trump startet ins Wahljahr (Gaus, Bettina) DRK 5:37 ?
13:10 Das Ende der Filterblase und die Folgen digitaler Informationselektion (Christoph Kucklick, Marina Weisband, Stefan Heumann, Vera Linß, Marcus Richter) DRK 17:48 ?
15:10 Libanon - unerwartete Ruhe nach Tagen der Proteste (Blaschke, Björn) DLF 5:15
15:10 Studiogespräch: Blond über ihr Debütalbum 'Martini Sprite' (Reimann, Christoph) DLF 8:19 ?
15:20 'Have We Met' von Destroyer: 'Oh Gott, was tun wir hier?' (Lechler, Bernd) DLF 5:36 ?
15:20 Liberale Idee als Lüge: 'Waren einmal Revoluzzer' (Moder, Johanna ) DRK 7:52 ?
15:30 Corsogespräch: Die Antilopen Gang über das Album 'Abbruch Abbruch' (Reimann, Christoph) DLF 11:43 ?
15:40 Bill Fay mit 'Countless Branches': In menschlichen Händen (Rotifer, Robert) DLF 5:47 ?
16:05 'Man muss die jugendlichen Leser ernst nehmen' - Zum Tod von Gudrun Pausewang (Netz, Dina) DLF 24:41 ?
16:23 Beteigeuze on track - Der Sound des Alls (Böttcher, Martin) DRK 5:33 ?
16:30 Wie sich Clearview & Co. Fotos für die Gesichtserkennung beschaffen (Welchering, Peter) DLF 10:11 ?
16:34 'Neue Teleskope machen es möglich' - Auf der Suche nach Aliens (Angerhausen, Daniel) DRK 8:46 ?
16:40 Wie Apps mit Dark Patterns in die Irre führen, Int. Christoph Bogenstahl (Kloiber, Manfred) DLF 10:27 ?
16:51 Das Digitale Logbuch: Klick und Wech (Noelke, Wolfgang) DLF 2:44 ?
17:24 Trotz ADAC-Neutralität: Autoindustrie bleibt bei Nein zu Tempolimit (Reible, Cecilia) DRK 1:34 ?
17:31 Frischer Wind - Das Festival 'Max-Ophüls-Preis' blickt auf junge Filmemacher*inn (Suchsland, Rüdiger) DLF 5:23 ?
18:11 Virus-Krise in China: Staatsführung demonstriert Entschlossenheit (Wurzel, Steffen) DLF 1:49 ?
18:20 Grüne sagen Ja zum Projekt Minderheitsregierung in Thüringen (Bernhard, Henry) DLF 3:04 ?
18:25 Impeachment: heute sind Trumps Verteidiger an der Reihe (Sarre, Claudia) DLF 2:49 ?
18:40 Geld ist nicht nur Männersache - Finanzberaterinnen nehmen Frauen in den Blick (Scholtes, Brigitte) DLF 18:32 ?
23:35 Der 41. Max Ophüls Preis wurde vergeben (Wellinski, Patrick) DRK 6:08 ?
Infos
(#) Info
(1) Heidi Klum schickt trans* Models über den Catwalk, Deutschland hat homosexuelle Minister, im Pass steht neuerdings auch divers. Gleichzeitig ist Gewalt gegen queere Personen Alltag und die AfD möchte die Gendervielfalt verbieten. Ist Diversität heute selbstverständlich oder doch Grund für Überforderung? Was heißt queer überhaupt? Sabine Rohlf mit einem Aufklärungsversuch.
(2) Ayurveda, die traditionelle indische Gesundheitslehre, betrachtet den Menschen ganzheitlich. Sie geht davon aus, dass auch psychische, mentale und emotionale Befindlichkeiten eine wichtige Rolle für die Gesundheit spielen.
(3) Spätestens mit dem Aufstieg der AfD ist Deutschlands Ruf als ehrlicher Aufarbeiter der eigenen Vergangenheit dahin. Eine wahre Black Box ist immer noch Deutschlands koloniales Erbe. Der Zündfunk Generator fragt sich, warum die Aufarbeitung der Kolonialverbrechen erst jetzt beginnt.
(4) Die Anti-Aging-Industrie arbeitet inbrünstig daran, die "Krankheit" Altern zu besiegen und unser Leben beträchtlich zu verlängern. Doch wollen wir das? Wie würde ein wesentlich längeres, vielleicht ewiges Leben unser Dasein als Mensch verändern?
(5) Politik kann richtig Spaß machen - vor allem, wenn Peter Zudeick allwöchentlich die Sprüche und das Gebaren der Politiker und anderer Prominenter aufs Korn nimmt.
(6) Die US-amerikanische Journalistin schaffte die Weltreise schneller als Phileas Fogg in dem Roman von Jules Verne. Sie brauchte nur 72 Tage und sechs Stunden.
(7) Den Mauerfall kennen Jugendliche nur noch aus dem Geschichtsunterricht. Was lernen polnische Schüler über die Wende, was deutsche - und wie kann dieses Bild europäischer werden? Von Merle Hilbk.
(8) "Ich habe keine Überzeugungen." Dieser Satz des amerikanischen Architekten und Theoretikers Philip Johnson könnte über seinem Gesamtwerk stehen. Denn er ließ sich nicht festlegen auf einen Stil, baute streng modern und verspielt postmodern, gotisch und nicht selten genauso wie seine Kollegen, weshalb sein langjähriger Partner, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, ihm vorwarf gar keine eigenen Ideen zu haben. Autor: Jörg Biesler
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2019.12.13 16:50 lord_fawlty My tinnitus has had a long past and it is finally catching up [Part 1]

Sometimes we make mistakes.
Sometimes, curiosity becomes the very definition of death.

It's been decades since I made that one mistake. And dear gods, did I pay for it. I'm 52 now, divorced, broken in spirit, and living in a body that houses an assortment of diseases. My name is Shekhar Bhatt, I suffer from tinnitus and this time, I won't scribe in my diary.

Bear with me dear reader. I've lived far too long, long enough to mull over my mistakes. Long enough to let my guilt weather down. But not anymore. Day by day, the whispers grow louder, and I cannot shun them anymore. It is time, time to come out with my family's past and what I really suffer with. Be warned though, some events are very graphic, not for the faint of heart
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I was 6 when I first noticed a minimal ringing and tiny whooshes. In the initial days, it was audible only when I slept. But soon, it became a menace.My parents were initially concerned and had me checked up. But after a city doctor labelled it as Tinnitus, things went mellow. Prayers, offerings to the gods and various home remedies were practiced, to no avail. However, as years passed, my brain started to tune it out. Kids have a great ability to simply ignore the mundane. And so, during my teenage years, I was not even bothered by the noises. They existed, and so did I, both at peace. Things wouldn't change for quite some time, not until I hit 20.

The year was 1987 when my younger self had stepped into the crisp, September air of Darjeeling, a hill station in West Bengal, India. Imagine a young bespectacled boy, ready to learn the family trade and follow the footsteps of his father. There were expectations in my eyes, dreams smiling out of every orifice and ears perked to capture the Himalayan beauty hardly encountered by us "plain-dwellers".

Let's dive into a little bit of back-story:
My family originally belonged from Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India. We are devout Hindus, originally belonging to the holy city of Ujjain and working as priests and teachers for generations. My grandfather, however, decided to break this mould and expand into the tea plantation business as it seemed quite profitable. With great difficulty and exploration of North India, along with his best friend, he finally found his dreamscape in the sloping hills of Darjeeling. The hilltop city, famous for its meter-gauge "toy train" and various other attractions, was going to become the hotbed of a family-run business.

Investing half of the family fortune into the "Damodar Tea Corporation", he began a successful operation. "Damodar" is synonymous with the Hindu god, Vishnu. But that's where the sanctity ended. Damodar Ramchandra Bhatt, my dear grandfather, had been murdered seven months ago from the time of my arrival. He was a pious and friendly man. No enmity, even with wrongdoers. As usual, the law turned to the immediate suspect Mr. Devendra Irani, my grandfather's dear friend. But a week later, he too was killed, leaving a frail and distraught son behind.
My father and uncles had taken the charge of the plantation. Many rumours had surrounded this unfortunate event, but no evidence came to surface. The only consistent information was a shrill, piercing scream that everyone had heard on the nights of both murders. Both families, however, kept a critical aspect under the wraps, even bribing the employees, labour and the police to never mention this up: both bodies had no physical deformation, except for their missing genitals, mauled off by claws it seemed, and a complete lack of blood.

Anyway, back to where I left. My father had asked me to accompany him to Darjeeling to oversee and learn the operations. I was to be the front-runner of a new generation of our tea enterprise, flourishing well through export and earning us a high status within the community. And so I stepped into the vast step-hill tea gardens, eager from foot to toe.
As instructed by my father, I had started my charges around the plantation, noting and observing how the labour worked around. Women bent to pick up the fresh-scented leaves, while men went on to carry building materials to erect a second warehouse. Within a month, I was getting used to the machinations of the valley and the cold mountain air. There was only one sore point: Mr. Feroz Irani.

The only surviving member of the Irani family, Feroz was a weak yet shrewd businessman, a man with a silver-tipped tongue. Unmarried, well in his mid-40s, yet crafty to the core. I never liked how he had an air of undefeated pride about him. And I never liked how he eyed the women who worked at the plantation. He was the one who planned bribing everyone in the vicinity about the strange murders. Inheriting all his father's wealth, he then started overseeing the company's account.
I usually avoided him, dodging on the pretense of some work that I had forgotten. Even during meetings and gatherings, I'd stick with my father. He'd try to catch me off guard, though, many times simply to talk about the murders. Father kept me at bay from his stories, and although I had grown curious, I eventually lost interest.

Soon, November had rolled in, bringing in bitter winds that swept the hill slopes with ferocious cold. This was the time of slowing down, with only the packaging being a functional part of the plantation. Mr. Frank McGuinness, an English businessman, had joined us as a guest on the 7th of November, bringing with him some while whiskey from beyond the seas and horror stories aplenty. He was here to strike a new deal for exporting our fine Darjeeling tea to re-brand and sell under his company.
It was the first time I had tasted the amber liquid. It brought a strange warmth within and made the experience of bearing the chilling narrations of our esteemed guest tolerable. We were joined by my father, Rajkumar, two helping hands, Prasad and Malik, the translator, Amjad Ali, and the ever-so-shrewd Feroz. He took a swig from his glass and looked at everyone as we laughed at the "Witch of the West" narrated in fervour by Mr. McGuinness.

'Huh, you of all people should know that witches are real', spat Feroz.
'Quiet now, what do you know about witches?', my father said.
'More than you, Raj, more than you.'
'Please, your stories are nothing but a slice of imagination, and it'd be better if you simply kept them to yourself.'
'You must be out of your mind, Raj. I know more than this fucking white-faced fool', replied Feroz, pointing at Mr. McGuinness.

Amjad went red-faced, unable to translate the swears bestowed on his charge. Thankfully, Mr. McGuinness was quite drunk and smiling wistfully. My father was a man of extreme patience, but you just didn't want to test that. His jaw was clenched, fists balled as if he'd hit anyone who came close. Feroz, however, was not anywhere on the sensible spectrum. The whiskey had taken the charge of his body.

'How can you be so daft to not believe in it? You know what happened to them!', he shouted.
'Them? You mean... ?', I interjected.
'Our fathers', replied my father, rather grimly.
A sudden chill permeated our little conversation. Although everyone had had a few glasses, the icy wind whipping at our angles drained the bravado of the night. Amjad, however, decided to chime in and translated the latest points of the conversation to Mr. McGuinness.

'Oh, now that's a proper story lads. I came across this piece of rumour before landing in India that some sort of supernatural incident had come to be. Someone even whispered that there was an Indian vampire roaming the woods. Is that true?', inquired Mr. McGuinness.
'Bah! Vampires and shit. We don't have that kind of nonsense here.', said Feroz.
'Mind your tongue', my father said, 'Mr. McGuinness is our guest and he should be treated as such.'
'Raj, my man, what are you afraid of?'
'Not this again.'
'Why do you have to stifle my voice every time in a crowd?'
'If you really want to... '
'I don't want to do anything here. You want to continue with your foolish theory of Pishachinis? Go on!'

As he stood up, a deep pain flashed across my father's face, as if something had been physically hurting him. He seemed off, and he almost caught himself from falling. But then he swept a scornful look at everyone in the warehouse and stormed out.
For a few minutes, silence prevailed. Everyone simply held their breaths, knowing well that they had stepped over an invisible line. My father, though temperamental, was as revered as my grandfather. He had his morals straight and he didn't like to toy with them. I however wasn't on that level. When I look back, I see a drunk boy, barely mature, unable to keep his curiosity in check. When I look back, I wish I had followed my father out.

'So, what really happened?', I questioned the now serene face of Feroz.
He looked in my direction, the left eyebrow arching before he said, 'Do you really want to know?'
'Well of course we bloody do!', barked Mr. McGuinness, 'What's all this with pischa... pisha... what was that word Mr. Bhatt used?'
'Pishachini. That's what he said', replied Feroz.

At the mention of this word, Prasad and Malik sat rapt with attention. Amjad, however, launched into an explanation, but faced difficulty explaining the term Pishachini to Mr. McGuinness. The closes hit was a laughable mix of vampires and succubi.
'Is it true, then?', prompted Malik.
'It's a curse, or so they say, that runs in our families', Feroz finished, finally keeping his glass down and pointing at me.
'Curse?', I asked skeptically.
Feroz smiled. He finally had my attention. He sat down on a stool and asked, 'Tell me dear boy, did your father ever tell you why your ears ring?'

I froze. How did he know? I didn't remember telling him anything, let alone mention that I suffered from tinnitus. But as soon as I heard his words, it all came back. I heard it again, audibly clear, an unceasing and continuous ringing. It had always been there. A mental dam had broken. Feroz seemed to have noticed my face, for he smiled, albeit compassionately.
'You see. It's all there. Now, I don't need to speak much here, but I suppose you know the legends regarding Pishachinis and ears, right?', he spoke in a very calm manner. And I was left to connect the dots.

Before we go any further, let me clarify this up for you, dear reader. A Pishachini, or specifically, a Karna Pishachini is believed to be an evil entity associated with "Karna", or ears. In tantric practices, these impish women are considered to be lustful seductresses with immense power over the happenings across space and time. Several men and women practice a special form of meditation to obtain command over them, but it always comes at a cost. Always. You either let them extract sexual pleasures every night or pay in blood. The former leaves you tired often, restless and losing interest in the daily happenings around you, but with knowledge of anything that you want to know. They come as whispers, close and personal, revealing all the secrets that you want to know.
The latter, well, this is where these she-devils get creative.
Oh and there's one more thing, which I only realized much later in life. Once you're bonded to one, you cannot take a partner in life. Single? You can never marry. Married? You can never have a sexual relationship with anyone. You only belong to her.

So, when Feroz mentioned this, realization hit me. The success that my grandfather had achieved in a short amount of time. The vision he had acquired, how he knew little things about the family even when he was in Darjeeling, and how in the later days before he passed, he always used to shoo something off close to his face. He wasn't going crazy. We all thought it but nobody voiced it. He never was crazy.
And then I remembered how he had also distanced himself from my grandmother.
Maybe it was just me who didn't know the truth all along. Chills ran down my spine. I found myself cornered, afraid and all alone. I didn't ask for any of this.

'It... it can't be... true', I mumbled as I got up.
'Suit yourself. Be ignorant just like your father', Feroz replied.
'But, but everyone claimed to have heard someone screaming that night. It surely was a human. It must have been the murderer. It couldn't have been...', my voice trailed off.
The room was dead silent. Mr. McGuinness had passed out cold, while Prasad, Malik and Amjad were looking at me and Feroz, clearly pissing their pants yet unable to move. Every villager is aware about these legends. And they know not to meddle with such supernatural forces.
The ringing in my ears peaked, my head flushed and I felt dizzy. I wanted to run away, but my feet had turned to lead, And that's when Feroz, with malice written all over his face, smiled and parted his lips.
'Pray to your dear gods that you don't hear anything tonight.'

Fear took over. I ran out.

That night, in my dank room, I just couldn't sleep. The temperature had fallen considerably. Cold winds whipped the cottage windows menacingly, but the dark was relentless with an ominous intent. I kept tossing and turning, unable to suppress the ringing. My tinnitus was going worse. I kept feeling a presence, multiple presences, around me. Yet, when I turned, I was always greeted with the dark.
The hours went by and by, and I must have lost track. Fear had gripped me. The windows bashed open and the wind overtook everything. My covers blew away as I stood up to find myself in the middle of a dark forest. It was pressing on me. The forest floor was damp with cold dew. And then I was attacked by the whispers. They came from every direction. I closed my ears, but the voices flooded my mind. Several disembodied voices, women, were jeering at me. I couldn't handle it and began running. Swiftly first, but slowing down after realizing that there was no way out. But the forest was unyielding.

The voices kept growing, they reached a crescendo. And just when I thought my brain would blast, I saw her. The most beautiful woman. Voluptuous, ashen complexion, striking eyes, naked. I looked at her, I longed to be with her. My animal instincts were kicking in. I could feel a warmth spreading down below. She smiled. The voices vanished.
And that's when her ears started bleeding profusely. They covered the sides of her face and her eyes assumed a deathly stare. The forest began to dissolve, I was hurtling out of somewhere. The last thing I remembered, she was screaming at the top of her lungs.

I woke with a start. My bed was damp, sheets all over the place. I must have been screaming and thrashing. Malik was holding me, trying to calm me down. He wiped the sweat off my brows with a cotton cloth as I sat down to get a notion of my surroundings. The sky was clear, no winds, but the air still carried that menacing cold. It felt as if a thin veil had been pierced, pierced by a scream.
'Malik, did you... did you hear that scream or was I just dreaming?'
He didn't reply. Didn't need to. His face said it all.
Suddenly, the door burst open as I began to stand up. Prasad was standing, panting heavily and sweating despite the cold.
'Babu, you need to come.', he exclaimed.
'What happened?'
'It's your father. He, he is... I... he just... Come, just come.'
I remembered the scream from my nightmare. I remembered it all vividly. And I knew the state I'd find my father in.

Damodar Tea Corporation had a third emasculated and blood-drained corpse. This time, it was my father.
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Dear reader, I apologize for cutting short. My head hurts. The ringing in my ears is getting unbearable. Braving the past has never been easy. But I must go on. After a little rest, however.
Also, someone is rapping lightly at the door, and I don't have the mental capacity to take a look.
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2019.11.25 15:08 exploretoapp Things To Do: November 25th to December 1st [Christmas Edition]

Here's our usual list of events to kick off your week! We also post things to do ideas on our app (iOS, Android, Website) and Instagram
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Christmas
The most wonderful time of the year is back! To celebrate Christmas we've handpicked collections to make this holiday season with your friends and family one for the memory books. Take your family out ice skating, hit the slopes with your friends or bring your kids to some of the beautiful Christmas markets in downtown Toronto.
Christmas Markets Buy authentic Christmas presents and eat delicious holiday meals
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Monday November 25th
National Geographic Live: Mark Synnott, Climber @ Roy Thomson Hall 2 PM
Goo Goo Dolls - The Miracle Pill Tour @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 8 PM
High On Fire & Power Trip @ The Danforth Music Hall 6 PM
Summer Walker @ REBEL 8 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
MeToo: The Press, The Mess, The Movement @ Toronto Public Library - Toronto Reference Library 7 PM
Tuesday November 26th
National Geographic Live: Mark Synnott, Climber @ Roy Thomson Hall 2 PM
Jonas Brothers: Happiness Begins Tour @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Il Divo: A Holiday Song Celebration @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 8 PM
Snoh Aalegra @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Mac Ayres @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
Toronto Dundie Awards (2nd Annual): The Office Trivia! @ Dublin Calling 8 PM
Death Angel, Exmortus & HellFire @ Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave 7 PM
Movember Party 2019 @ City of Toronto 9 PM
Our Last Night - Let Light Overcome The Darkness Tour @ The Opera House 6 PM
Taj Express @ Bluma Appel Theatre at St Lawrence Centre 8 PM
Wednesday November 27th
Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
bülow @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Library & Archives: Highlights from the Rare Book Collection @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 6 PM
Etudes & Piano Concerto #1 & Petite Mort @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Audio/Visual Toronto Concert Series Kickoff Show @ City of Toronto 7 PM
Tiny Moving Parts @ Mod Club Theatre 7 PM
Mali Blues (Film) @ Aga Khan Museum 6 PM
On Friendship: A Storytelling Event @ Queen Books 7 PM
Paradise opening @ Paradise 6 PM
Tis the Season Art Show Reception & Community Open House @ The Assembly Hall 6 PM
Rising Appalachia @ Horseshoe Tavern 8 PM
Taj Express @ Bluma Appel Theatre at St Lawrence Centre 8 PM
Regenesis Free Store Winter Pop Up @ City of Toronto 11 AM
Thursday November 28th
Designing the Movies: Dr. Strangelove (1964) @ Revue Cinema 6 PM
HAMZA @ Adelaide Hall 8 PM
Trailer Park Boys: A Sunnyvale Christmas @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
The Dirty Nil @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre 7 PM
Metric - Live at the Funhouse - An Acoustic Recording Event @ City of Toronto 7 PM
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Window Reveal @ Fairmont Royal York 3 PM
CP Holiday Train with Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo @ Toronto, Ontario 8 PM
Performance by Victoria Sin @ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 7 PM
Annual Holiday Market @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Save Our Scruff: Holiday Pawty @ Boxcar Social 7 PM
Officially Unofficial Fan Art Show Opening Night @ Northern Contemporary 7 PM
Partner w/ Goodbye Honolulu, Tange @ The Garrison 8 PM
Black Friday Midnight Run @ Trillium Park 11 PM
Friday November 29th
Cher: Here We Go Again Tour @ Scotiabank Arena 8 PM
Chelsea Handler's Stand-up Comedy Tour @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 7 PM
Brockhampton: Heaven Belongs To You Tour @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 7 PM
Trailer Park Boys: A Sunnyvale Christmas @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Sodom and Gomorrah Screening @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 8 PM
Indigenous Artisan Marketplace @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto 10 AM
16th Annual 12 BARZ of Christmas @ Toronto, Ontario 7 PM
Royal Stompbox: AKIRA @ The Royal Cinema - Toronto 8 PM
Friday Salsa Bachata Fusion @ City of Toronto 8 PM
Mstrkrft @ CODA 10 PM
New Ho Queen: Snow Pea @ ROUND venue 10 PM
Venus Fest presents Ice Cream 'Fed Up' album release @ City of Toronto 8 PM
Manila Grey Live in Toronto @ Toybox 7 PM
DubVision at Forbidden City @ City of Toronto 10 PM
Saturday November 30th
Indigenous Artisan Marketplace @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto 10 AM
Cavalcade of Lights @ Nathan Phillips Square 6 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo Sabres @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
TroyBoi, Yultron @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre 8 PM
Kidzfest 2019 @ Yonge-Dundas Square 11 AM
Kind Karma @ Evergreen Brick Works 10 AM
Horror-Rama 2019 @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Pop Up Holiday Artisan Market 2019 @ City of Toronto 12 PM
Winter Rooftop Silent Disco @ Hemingway's 10 PM
Sneaky Dee's 80s Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee's 10 PM
Light Up Riverside & Shop the Neighbourhood 2019 @ City of Toronto 12 PM
THE 9TH OF ITS KIND CRAFT SHOW AND SALE. @ City of Toronto 9 AM
James Vincent McMorrow @ The Great Hall Toronto 7 PM
Domestic @ CODA 10 PM
Panic: 80's & 90's Video Dance Party w/ New Order Spotlight @ Remix Lounge Toronto 10 PM
The Souljazz Orchestra @ Velvet Underground 9 PM
Sunday December 1st
Indigenous Artisan Marketplace @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto 10 AM
Kind Karma @ Evergreen Brick Works 10 AM
Ski Mask The Slump God @ REBEL 8 PM
A Holiday Fun Filled Afternoon at High Park Zoo @ High Park Zoo 12 PM
Devendra Banhart @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz @ Scotiabank Arena 6 PM
Toronto Marlies vs. Utica Comets @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 4 PM
AI Societal Impact Challenge @ MaRS Discovery District 3 PM
Andrei Tarkovsky - Solaris @ The Royal Cinema - Toronto 6 PM
Toronto Toy & Nostalgia 5th Annual Xmas Show @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Toronto's Chanukah Market, presented by NoshFest @ Artscape Wychwood Barns 10 AM
Flamingo Market - Winter Wonderland Edition @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre 1 PM
Ongoing Events
Legends of Karaoke at Sneaky Dee's @ Sneaky Dee's On until February 11th
3rd Monday Nights Free @ Royal Ontario Museum On until March 16th
Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market - Thursdays @ Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market On until December 20th
Monthly Docent Tours: Hart House Collection @ Art Museum at the University of Toronto On until June 24th
Moroccan Week @ Aga Khan Museum On until November 24th
The Nutcracker at Spadina @ Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens On until January 5th
Roaring Twenties Christmas Tours @ Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens On until January 5th
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2019.11.11 11:39 AandKhujau Why I think the Shiv Sena has fucked up by forming the government in Maharashtra

Here I will enumerate point-by-point why I think Shiv Sena is making a grave mistake by forming the government with support of NCP and INC.

A bit of history

Maharashtra is a special case where there's another strong RW party which can challenge the BJP in its Hindutvawadi agenda. There are few states in India with strong regional parties which have similar agenda to the BJP: TN with ADMK (although this is based only on what I have heard from Tamil friends and redditors), Punjab with Akali Dal (championing the Sikh nationalist agenda, coupled with Hindu/Dharmic nationalism), and Bihar with JDU (having the same development agenda as Modi). Maharashtra is also unique in the sense that the Sena has always been much more vocal about its Nationalist ideals than the state BJP, which allowed it to be the major partner in the alliance in the state. This, however, also allowed them to talk down to the BJP, and as long as Balasaheb was alive, the BJP really couldn't do much.
2014 GE was the first election after the death of Balasaheb. The results were quite shocking even for the biggest bhakts, but even more so for the NDA coalition partners. If the BJP can form the government at the centre on its own (something even Vajpayeeji couldn't do), then what was to suggest they couldn't slowly do the same in the states too? On the other hand, state BJP units were jubilant hoping they could finally throw off the cumbersome chains of alliances and go their own way. Nowhere was this more apparent than in Maharashtra and Bihar, where the murmurs of discontent started almost the eve of the election results.
This is why we saw state elections in these two states with all alliances forgotten. While in Bihar BJP was crushed, in Maharashtra they were able to become the biggest party. The first time Sena was humbled on its turf.

Taking stock

The municipality elections after the state elections again showed that the Sena was not the mouthpiece of the Hindu RW in Maharashtra anymore. They won nothing other than the BMC, and that too barely. So the Sena had to swallow its pride and try to criticize the BJP from within the alliance. They did this quite effectively (at least as far as voter perception goes), well enough to ensure that the BJP could not ignore it in either the GE or the SAE. Most users here would have noticed that criticism of the BJP from the Hindutvawadi right has been steadily increasing throughout the first term, and I'm sure the BJP noticed it too. Devendra Fadnavis has been in the news for all wrong reasons from a RW perspective.

The aftermath

Well, now the Sena was in a good enough position to bargain for plum positions in the government, but not in as good a position as it thinks. True, the BJP could not form government on its own, but I think we should look at the Karnataka election results for a lesson. BJP did the whole drama of forming government and then losing the trust vote solely for purpose of perception. This created a sympathetic perception towards BSY and washed away his formerly corrupt image in the state. And eventually BJP has come into power again. Had Sena been watching, they would've realised that the change in perception would help BJP much more than one more term for Fadnavis. Imo, they should've gone to the negotiation table asking for the CM post, but given it away in favour of a Dty CMship or the Home Ministry. Better still, give this to Aditya Thackeray. It is pretty much known he's going to function as the puppet of Uddhav Thackeray, since that's how the Sena has always functioned. This would've given Uddhav an insider very high up in the Mantralay, and basically zero accountability. They could have projected Aditya as "a youthful visionary" and taken credit for any good he does, whereas the blame would've gone on the Fadnavis government. That would also give Sena the opportunity to steal tons (another thing Sena does well).
Instead, they have decided to take all the blame and no credit by aligning with Sharad Pawar. Now even if the CM will be from the Sena, the puppet masters will be the NCP. But the worst thing this has done is turn the perception of the Sena from "the voice of the Marathi right" to "opportunistic power grabbers". Let's be honest nobody really knows or CAN know what formula the BJP-SS had agreed before the election. The point isn't what formula was agreed, the point isn't whether the BJP fulfilled its promise or not. The point is that the Sena seems to be fighting more for the CM post rather than for what the people voted. The BJP gets to sit back and watch the show as this government (inevitably) crumbles.

How can the Sena turn this around

Now that the government will be formed, the Sena can still turn this around and change its public perception. For this, look to the Maharashtra's "eternal enemy", Bihar. Nitish Kumar formed a government with Lalu but Nitish ain't no fool. He used Lalu to get into power then but dumped him the minute he realised the BJP would still back him. He got to be the martyr by refusing to continue being Lalu's puppet but got to stay in power as well. The BJP got time to lick its wounds and rebuild.
Can the Sena do something similar? Maybe. Two questions need to be answered:
  1. Is Sharad Pawar as desperate as Lalu to remain politically relevant?
  2. Is the Maharashtra BJP as weak as they're perceived in Bihar?
Only if the answers to both these are yes, can the Sena pull a Nitish Kumar. The worst thing Sena can do now is take this government to term. Their image would be irreparably damaged; they would in essence sacrifice themselves to rebuild the NCP. If the BJP refuses to prop up the Sena govt, that means fresh elections where Sena will be decimated.
Sena played the short con when they should've played the long one. This helps the BIP and the NCP, and once-and-for all might rid Maharashtra of the Sena. Personally, I'd like that a lot.
Edit: Few typos
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2019.10.31 04:43 panditji_reloaded Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to phone Uddhav Thackeray, may offer partner deputy CM’s post

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2019.10.31 04:42 panditji_reloaded Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to phone Uddhav Thackeray, may offer partner deputy CM’s post

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2019.10.25 01:51 Ayr909 Maharashtra Assembly Elections Results 2019

BJP is all set to form another government in Maharashtra under the leadership of Devendra Phadnavis comfortably crossing the half-way mark in the assembly with it's main alliance partner Shiv Sena. The number of seats for both BJP and Shiv Sena have come down from last time so it is a minor setback but for an incumbent government it's still a good result. There was great drama after the last elections when Shiv Sena played hard ball but eventually came on board as expected. Shiv Sena's bargaining position hasn't really improved after this elections with BJP still commanding two thirds of the alliance numbers.
Full Results
Aditya Thackeray, grandson of Bal Thackeray, fought elections this time and is the first Thackeray to enter legislative assembly where as previously they exercised control from outside. The dynamics in Maharashtra have changed in the last decade with BJP which was previously happy to play second fiddle to Shiv Sena in State gradually asserting itself and in the process cutting down Shiv Sena to size. Sena which initially rose on the plank of Marathi identity adopted a more aggressive Hindutva identity from 80s onwards. The overlapping of Marathi and Hindu identity has been around for much longer so it's not as if the two were exclusive before but that's a separate discussion. However, BJP has managed to present itself in the state as a more Hindu party in recent decades and this does present a challenge to Sena. They are in the third generation of leadership now and we all know what Ibn Khaldun says.
Indian National Congress didn't really have a great campaign but still managed to win around the same number of seats as last time. A little more effort might have brought them more seats. In contrast, Nationalist Congress Party, lead by stalwart Sharad Pawar, fought a good fight on the ground and managed to increase its number of seats. The picture of nearly 80 year old Sharad Pawar addressing rally drenched in rain was one of the iconic pictures of the elections. The other one was of course Narendra Modi's picture with a bust of Shivaji laden with symbolism taken for obvious reasons. Pawar was also forced to fight after BJP probably overstepped by setting ED on him. VBA candidates also did thwart prospects of INC and NCP candidates in a number of places.
With respect to muslim representation in assembly, it was mainly NCP and Congress symbols under which muslim got representation but that was never adequate and the state needed more alternatives to make muslims less beholden to the two parties. It has to be noted that Maharashtra is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to muslim undertrials in jails and blame lies mainly with the Congress administrations. Hence, it was no surprise to see AIMIM expanding in the urban areas of Maharashtra in recent years - the muslim population in the state is predominantly urban. However, away from the social media buzz and enthusiastic rallies, I don't think they have done as well in setting up their organisational structure, strategy and in selection of candidates and it showed in the election results. It's something which they have to work on.
Overall, ten muslim candidates will be in the next assembly representing five parties.
Anushakti Nagar - Nawab Malik - NCP Kagal - Mushrif Hasan - NCP Mankhud Shivaji Nagar - Abu Asim Azmi - SP Bhiwandi East - Rais Kasam Shaikh - SP Dhule City - Shah Faruk Anwar - AIMIM Malegaon (Central) - Mohammed Ismail Abdul Khalique - AIMIM Mumbadevi - Amin Patel - INC Vandre East - Zeeshan Baba Siddique - INC (Son of the 'famous' Baba Siddique, Thackeray's home is also in this constituency) Malad (West) - Aslam Sheikh - INC Sillod - Abdul Sattar Abdul Nabi - Shiv Sena (He is ex-Congress MLA but was expelled earlier and joined Shiv Sena)
Constituency wise results can be seen here
In addition, muslim candidates also finished second in ten constituencies with some close finishes - Akola West (INC), Aurangabad East (AIMIM), Aurangabad west (AIMIM), Bhiwandi West (Independent with Congress' muslim canidate getting 31%), Chandivali (INC), Byculla (AIMIM), Parbhani (VBA), Solapur South (INC), Solapur City central (AIMIM), Vandre West(INC). AIMIM won Byculla and Aurangabad Central previously. Byculla was going to be difficult as last time it was a five-way fight. If they had a pact with VBA, they might have squeezed in Central Seat as well.
Some of the other interesting results were the 2nd place finish of NOTA in Latur Rural constituency. It's an area perennially affected with drought. In another family fight, Pankaja Munde lost to her cousin. The biggest wins were notched by NCP and INC candidates from political dynasties. In the separate parliamentary bye-election for Satara, NCP turncoat BJP candidate, also descendant of Shivaji, was defeated by NCP candidate as Sharad Pawar made it a prestige issue.
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2019.10.17 17:30 venuangamaly Indian Financial Sector

Investors can find no better place in the world than India that has a democracy loving and capitalist respecting environment, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said.
-Economic Times
The regulator, auditor and management should be held responsible for fraud in Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank or other banks, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said.
-Economic Times
Former PM Manmohan Singh today appealed to PM Modi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to look into the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank matter and resolve the grievances of the "affected 16 lakh people."
-Economic Times
Kerala-based South Indian Bank registered a 20% growth in net profit at ₹84.48 crore in Q2 against ₹70.13 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.
-Business Line
SBI today said its joint venture partner IAG will sell entire 26% stake in its subsidiary SBI General Insurance to Napean Opportunities and WP Honey Wheat lnvestment Ltd for an undisclosed amount.
-Economic Times
The Tea Board of India has roped in ICICI Bank to extend credit facility in the form of corporate credit card to the buyers registered on its auction platform. According to Arun Kumar Ray, Deputy Chairman, Tea Board, the move would help facilitate smooth remittance of auction proceeds.
-Business Line
Home Credit India, the local arm of the international consumer finance provider, has tied up with Karur Vysya Bank for a joint lending initiative in the unsecured lending space. Under this first of its kind agreement, Home Credit and KVB will disburse the loan as a single amount to the customer. The uniqueness of this partnership is in the end-to-end automated processing by which the customer gets real time approval and disbursement.
-Business Line
The RBI has imposed a monetary penalty of ₹3 crore on SBM Bank (India) for non-compliance by SBM Bank (Mauritius) with certain provisions of its directions on ‘time-bound implementation and strengthening of SWIFT-related operational controls’ and cyber security framework in banks.
-Business Line
A Delhi court today reserved the order on the Enforcement Directorate’s plea seeking 14-day custodial interrogation of former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case. Special judge is scheduled to pronounce the order shortly.
-Business Line
Nirav Modi, the key accused in the over Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case, was remanded to prison until November 11. Nirav Modi appeared via video link from his London jail for a regular remand hearing on October 17.
-Moneycontrol.com
Joy Thomas, former MD OF PMC Bank has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. Economic Offenses Wing has also been granted the police custody of Surjeet Singh Arora, one of the directors of PMC Bank till October 22.
-Business Line
Former PM Manmohan Singh today said the Government should have worked out credible solutions for the economy in the last 5 years instead of blaming the previous Government. He said the current government is obsessed with fixing the blame on the Opposition.
-Business Line
Existence of BSNL is in strategic interest of the nation and the government is looking to resolve issues plaguing it, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
-Moneycontrol.com
World Bank President David Malpass said today's that he would travel to India and Pakistan later this month. "India is a good example of a country that's been able to grow fast" by improving its system and having more flexibility within the markets of this system, Malpass told reporters here. There's more progress that can be made, he added.
-Economic Times
Karnataka has emerged the top innovative major State in India while Sikkim and Delhi bagged top slots among the north-eastern and hill States as well Union Territories and city States respectively. The ranking was released by the NITI Aayog today. The subsequent positions among the major States were bagged by Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Telangana in a study which examined the innovation ecosystem of the States and Union Territories.
-Business Line
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2019.09.24 10:54 molitics1 BJP Has Decided Everything of Maha Polls, Only Formality of Pressing EVM Button Remains: Shiv Sena

Also Read: 'Next 24 Hours': As Clock Ticks for Maharashtra Polls, Shiv Sena-BJP Rack Brains Over Seat-Sharing Formula
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2019.05.26 00:23 khaasadmi NDA partners played crucial role in polls: Devendra Fadnavis

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2019.05.09 08:49 amits8855 PRE - NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS [CRITICAL EVALUATION]

PRE - NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS [CRITICAL EVALUATION]

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PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT IN INDIA
Pre – Nuptial Agreements are the new trend now. Starting from the foreign countries where a Pre – Nuptial is very common these days the same has come into force in India and has ever grown in the society.
The term Pre – Nuptial also known as [PRE – NUP] or Pre – Marital agreements has been widely used in India on and after 2016.
In my blog I shall discuss all the details which a lay man should know about such agreements. My blog shall cover the following topics in chronological order.
1. What is a Pre – Nuptial Agreement?
2. Where has the idea come from
3. What are the views of PRE – NUP in India?
4. Pre – Nup and Personal laws
5. Pre – Nup and MOU
6. Requirements for a Pre – Nup
7. Is a Pre – Nuptial agreement legal in India?
8. What are the pros and cons of Pre – Nuptial agreement
9. Conclusion
WHAT IS A PRE – NUPTIAL AGREEMENT?
A Pre – Nuptial agreement is a before marriage contract which is made between two parties namely
1. The Husband and
2. The Wife
Such an agreement is executed before the marriage ceremony which must be signed, registered and shall be notarised as a document.
A Pre – Nuptial agreement is a formal and written agreement which is duly signed and witnessed by the two parties above named.
It shall list all the articles which were exchanged between the parties at the time of marriage. I.e. [Gifts/valuables given from the groom’s side to the bride and vice versa].
A Pre – Nuptial agreement primarily covers the following issues. They are:
1. Distribution of Property
Ø Whether acquired Jointly/Individually during the time of marriage.
2. The custody details of the children.
3. The liabilities for the children. I.e. [who takes how much responsibility for the upbringing of the child]
4. Setting up the maximum cap for claiming alimony. ETC
The very basic purpose of this agreement is to safeguard the interest of both the parties. As we all know marriage is a big responsibility and breakdown of the same can happen for a variety of reasons in the future which cannot be predicted at that very moment.
As the saying goes “precaution is better than cure”, a Pre – Nuptial agreement is a precautionary measure taken by the parties safeguarding their interests if in case there need be to take a divorce.
Such an agreement also makes the process of divorce smooth and hassle free.
WHERE HAS THE IDEA COME FROM?
The idea of such agreement has come from the western nations. The concept of Divorce being prominent there had brought about this change where spouses could enter into such a contract and pre decide the consequences if the marriage falls apart.
It is stated that about 60-65% of the spouses in foreign countries enter into a Pre – Nuptial agreement. Hence this trend is followed in foreign nations.
However, the same is not seen in India due to a variety of reasons.
The major factor being “the social stigma”
WHAT ARE THE VIEWS OF PRE – NUPTIAL AGREEMENT IN INDIA?
However contrasting it may sound, but the idea of Pre Nuptial agreements are very similar to Euthanasia.
Similar to Euthanasia, PRENUPS have a divided view and has no statutory law to clearly decide upon the concept.
The baseline is that: The legal system in India does not hold such agreements as legal however, there is no categorical law governing the same.
The views on Pre – Nuptial agreements are as follows
1. Governed by the law of contract
Ø Pre – Nuptial agreements are said to be governed by the contract laws of India as for the validity of the same they need to satisfy all the essential ingredients which are laid down vis proviso 10 of the Indian Contract Act, 1860.
Ø As such these agreements are not governed by matrimonial or personal laws of the land but are governed as separate contract laws. This is because the basic crux of this agreement and the binding force is on the dependency of fulfilment of directions and clauses mentioned in the contract thereof and breach of the same would be a breach of contract similar to that of the contract act.
Ø That the nature of such agreement is contractual and hence shall not be dealt with matrimonial laws but the Contract Act, 1860.
2. Void u/s 23 of The Indian Contract Act, 1860
Ø Pre – Nuptial agreements are said to be violative u/s 23 of the Indian Contract Act, 1860 on the grounds of
· Defeating the provisions of personal laws
· Immoral and
· Opposed to Public Policy
As we all know that marriage in India is not a contract but is said to be a sacrament. Even if we look at the Muslim personal law, the conflict of Nikah as a contractual marriage is very well explained and negated.
Marriage as an institution is based on customs, usages and other sacraments and is not based on any sort of contractual obligation. It has more morality and values than obligations and paperwork.
As such these agreements are said to be void u/s 23 of the said Act.
3. Special Marriage Act
Ø Pre – Nuptial agreement are accepted to be binding if in case the marriage has been solemnised under the Special Marriage Act and that all the relevant documents have been provided to the registrar.
PRE – NUP AND PERSONAL LAWS
With reference to Pre – Nuptial agreement and Personal Laws there are certain disagreements. Personal Laws are based completely on sanctions, morals, ethics and customs. Whereas Pre – Nup is a western concept completely derogatory to the ethics and values levied by the personal laws.
All the personal laws see marriage as a sacrament and not a contract. The basic idea of a personal law is to keep the marriage intact.
The concept of divorce and annulment of marriage is not at all accepted.
Etymologically speaking annulment of marriage was said to be the last resort.
In case of these agreements they destroy the very crux of adjustment and compromise which is a much-needed thing for the right working of a marital life.
The Pre – Nup on the contrary lays down individual interests and a rule of thumb to be followed. Unlike science, marriage has no formula and to make it work both the people involved in it must be in complete sync which these Pre – Nups will never allow.
It is treated as an easy way out and to shove away all the responsibilities which come in the way of marriage.
PRE – NUP AND MOU
There lies a fair bit of confusion between MOU and Pre – Nup. Both of them are treated as one and the same.
However, an MOU is made generally at the time of dissolution of marriage and a Pre – Nup is created before the marriage to decide over in advance how such breakdown will be dealt.
MOU can however be an alternative to a Pre – Nup but they cannot be the same.
Though both of them are made for the same concept and the have a lot of peculiar similarities, both of them cannot be said to be the same. There lies a thread line difference between both of them.
Though to a layman both would look one and the same but when we dig into the technicalities of both of them are completely different.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A PRE – NUP
Now we shall discuss what are the essential requirements for a Pre – Nuptial agreement.
A Pre – Nuptial agreement shall contain the following:
Pre – Nups create certain rights and liabilities for the spouses which are common in nature and should be followed accordingly. In the light of this, there are certain common clauses which are found in almost all such agreements. In my blog, I shall be discussing such points in detail and its effect for the same and also its use.
1. Separate Property and Shared Property
Any property which is owned or acquired by either the husband or the wife during the lifetime of the marriage irrespective of the fact that on whose name has such property been taken shall be deemed to be joint property and shall be distributed and divided equally at the time of such separation/dissolution. Such property shall be called marital property or Shared Property.
The spouses may however, if the need be classified and specify certain property which will not be divided and shall be deemed to be Separate Property.
2. Earnings during the marriage
It is a well-known fact that the earnings of both the spouse together accumulates the income of the family and it is upon the contribution of both that they run a family financially. Finances are thus shared according to the income standard of the husband and wife individually. In case of dissolution the income may be asked to shared and thus to avoid such a scenario both the spouse add a clause by way of which such earnings become separate property, subject to the responsibility towards payment of alimony and maintenance.
3. Provisions relating to Alimony/Maintenance/Support/Custody of Children etc
Pre – Nups also provide the settlement for Alimony/Maintenance/Support etc. As we all know that Alimony and Maintenance is one of the biggest questions after marriage. To avoid this, the spouse, decide over the same prior to the dissolution making it non – litigious and simple to handle. The following questions are dealt with in such clause. They are:
· What should be the amount of alimony or maintenance to be given if the spouse is earning?
· If the spouse if not earning, what should be the amount of support given to him/or her?
· What shall be the changes in such payment if the spouse who [at the time of dissolution of marriage] was not earning and subsequently starts to earn?
· Custody and support of children
· If there is more than one child then how shall responsibilities and support be distributed?
· Who shall take how much burden of the finances and maintenance of the child?
By adding such a clause, it makes the work of the court easier to deal with such amounts as has been already pre – decided by the parties with free consent. Hence the same shall be working and complied with.
4. Transfer of Property
The spouses upon their choice decide upon the transfer of their property and the disposition of the same upon their death. They can also include wills and codicils thereto. Irrespective of the obligations that the husband and the wife hold under such agreement, this clause shall stand independent. However, such a clause shall be enforced with caution as both the spouse might find it as a small window to do away with their responsibilities by making such clause as independent [notwithstanding the obligations]
5. Applicable Law
The agreement shall also provide the law which shall be applicable on such agreement. In case there is no specification of any such law then, the following two maxims shall be applied by the court of law to come to a decision. They are.
· The rule of Lex loci contractus OR
· The rule of Lex loci celebrationis
IS A PRE – NUPTIAL AGREEMENT LEGAL IN INDIA?
Though there have been a lot of differences of opinion regarding the question above. Pre – Nuptial agreements are not held to be valid or legal in India on the basis of the grounds which are already mentioned in my blog above.
However, The Supreme Court of India has on several occasions taken help of a Pre – Nuptial agreement to come to a proper decision. Given below are a list of cases whereby Pre – Nuptial agreements played an important role to come to a conclusion by The Supreme Court of India.
ü Sunita Devendra Deshprabhu v. Sita Devendra Deshprabu
ü Anjali Sharma who is a business woman, forbade her husband to remarry after divorce. She also claimed the custody of all pets which were bought during the time of marriage with the help of a Prenuptial Agreement.
On other occasions, The Supreme Court has taken a different opinion and has declared Pre – Nuptial agreements as Invalid. Below are the cases whereby the Supreme Court has upheld its view.
ü Tekait Mon Mohini Jemadai v. Basanta Kumar Singh and Krishna Aiyar v. Balammal.
THE GOA WAY!!!!!
Believe it or not, couples before entering into marriage in GOA can enter into a separation of assets agreement also known as “Pre – Nuptial Agreement” which shall draw up a list of possessions that belong to one another.
Such an agreement is irrevocable. However, it is not binding to the children who shall have equal claim on both parents’ assets.
The Civil Code in GOA provides for a Pre – Nuptial agreement.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF A PRE – NUPTIAL AGREEMENT?
Everything has its own positives and negatives and so does a Pre – Nuptial Agreement.
I have discussed some of the advantages and disadvantages of such agreement below for understanding purpose.
ADVANTAGES OF A PRE – NUPTIAL AGREEMENT
1. The agreement protects the rights of both children and grandchildren from a previous marriage.
2. It lays down a complete, clear and transparent view of liability of both the partners.
3. Protecting the assets in case the spouse is working [in case of separation].
4. Non sharing debts if one of the spouses is debt free individually.
5. Advance settlement of maintenance, alimony, settlement, court charges etc and any further costs involved in the process of separation.
6. Protection against Domestic Violence Act, 498A and also protection against false prosecution against the same.
7. Clarifying the financial rights of the spouse clearly with proper transparency.
DIS – ADVANTAGES OF A PRE – NUPTIAL AGREEMENT
Though there are certain advantages of such agreement we cannot deny the disadvantages which they carry. Some of the major disadvantages are listed below.
1. Preparation of such agreements encourage divorce.
2. Such agreements can also add a “No Child” provision if the husband or wife opts for the same.
3. Such agreements can lay down the religion which is to be followed by the child who is being raised.
4. Such agreements may also require the spouse to follow a code of conduct. This shall dilute the very essence of marriage whereby both the husband and wife adjust and make the best out of such marital life.
5. It also provides a cap to get divorce and can also reduce the grounds.
6. Comes with a terms and conditions applied which is never fruitful for a married life.
CONCLUSION
Though the concept of such agreements is very much prominent in the western nations, it is yet to be implemented in full force in India. The nature of such agreements is yet to be understood and deciphered by the Indian Society.
Such agreements have been on trend after 2016 and are more prevalent in the capitalist families and the rich families. More people are inclined to this in the metro cities as they find that such a pre-planned reduces their risk of marital life and also covers all the unnecessary hassle which comes from time to time.
India being a multi linguistic, diversified nation state will definitely take a long time to implement this idea as it will have various schools of thought which will make it all the more troublesome for the Parliament to and the Indian Government to take a step towards it.
IN MY PERSONAL OPINION
Such agreements no matter how lucrative they might seem on paper are a far-fetched option. It is an easy way out to opt out of the responsibilities which one has to carry after marriage. There cannot be a marriage without sacrifices, adjustments, compromises and other variables which time and again need to be dealt with for the proper functioning of a marriage. Also, we cannot neglect the social stigma which revolves around the institution of marriage in India.
It is undoubted that such an agreement does reduce the risk factor for maintenance/alimony/support and financial assistance but the cost of such risk reduction is far too great to compromise with.
Such agreements can end up being arbitrary inculcating the silliest of clauses. It looks to me more like a code of conduct to be followed after marriage, the breach of which will be subject to prosecution.
Summing up, the breach of such an agreement would not provide any direct legal relief to the aggrieved person and such agreement [if made] should be very carefully and cautiously weighed with the advantages and disadvantages it brings.
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2019.02.18 18:19 peterboykin Indian regional party ties up with Modi’s BJP for general election

FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoFebruary 18, 2019
By Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A hardline Hindu nationalist group in western India will partner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coming elections after agreeing a seat-sharing plan in Maharashtra state, the parties said on Monday.
The tie-up with the Shiv Sena, a partner in the governing coalition led by the BJP, is a boost to Modi as he seeks alliances ahead of the general election, which is due to be held by May. The Shiv Sena had said last year it would contest the election on its own.
In Maharashtra state, the Shiv Sena and the BJP would contest 23 and 25 seats respectively, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also a member of the BJP, told a news conference in Mumbai, the state capital and the country’s financial capital, where the Shiv Sena is headquartered.
The Shiv Sena enjoys considerable political clout across Maharashtra. Like the BJP, it believes India is a fundamentally Hindu nation, despite the country’s secular constitution.
Maharashtra sends 48 lawmakers to parliament, second only to northern Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, which elects 80 lawmakers.
“We have entered into the alliance to keep the opposition parties out,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
Modi’s BJP has been scrambling to make an alliance with regional parties for the general election, which pollsters say could produce a fractured mandate.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), traditional political rivals in Uttar Pradesh, last month forged an alliance in an effort to defeat the BJP.
In a fillip to opposition parties, the BJP lost power in three states in December, dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Source: OANN
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2019.02.18 17:56 peterboykin Indian regional party ties up with Modi’s BJP for general election

FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoFebruary 18, 2019
By Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A hardline Hindu nationalist group in western India will partner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coming elections after agreeing a seat-sharing plan in Maharashtra state, the parties said on Monday.
The tie-up with the Shiv Sena, a partner in the governing coalition led by the BJP, is a boost to Modi as he seeks alliances ahead of the general election, which is due to be held by May. The Shiv Sena had said last year it would contest the election on its own.
In Maharashtra state, the Shiv Sena and the BJP would contest 23 and 25 seats respectively, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also a member of the BJP, told a news conference in Mumbai, the state capital and the country’s financial capital, where the Shiv Sena is headquartered.
The Shiv Sena enjoys considerable political clout across Maharashtra. Like the BJP, it believes India is a fundamentally Hindu nation, despite the country’s secular constitution.
Maharashtra sends 48 lawmakers to parliament, second only to northern Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, which elects 80 lawmakers.
“We have entered into the alliance to keep the opposition parties out,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
Modi’s BJP has been scrambling to make an alliance with regional parties for the general election, which pollsters say could produce a fractured mandate.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), traditional political rivals in Uttar Pradesh, last month forged an alliance in an effort to defeat the BJP.
In a fillip to opposition parties, the BJP lost power in three states in December, dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Source: OANN
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2019.02.18 17:26 peterboykin Indian regional party ties up with Modi’s BJP for general election

FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoFebruary 18, 2019
By Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A hardline Hindu nationalist group in western India will partner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coming elections after agreeing a seat-sharing plan in Maharashtra state, the parties said on Monday.
The tie-up with the Shiv Sena, a partner in the governing coalition led by the BJP, is a boost to Modi as he seeks alliances ahead of the general election, which is due to be held by May. The Shiv Sena had said last year it would contest the election on its own.
In Maharashtra state, the Shiv Sena and the BJP would contest 23 and 25 seats respectively, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also a member of the BJP, told a news conference in Mumbai, the state capital and the country’s financial capital, where the Shiv Sena is headquartered.
The Shiv Sena enjoys considerable political clout across Maharashtra. Like the BJP, it believes India is a fundamentally Hindu nation, despite the country’s secular constitution.
Maharashtra sends 48 lawmakers to parliament, second only to northern Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, which elects 80 lawmakers.
“We have entered into the alliance to keep the opposition parties out,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
Modi’s BJP has been scrambling to make an alliance with regional parties for the general election, which pollsters say could produce a fractured mandate.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), traditional political rivals in Uttar Pradesh, last month forged an alliance in an effort to defeat the BJP.
In a fillip to opposition parties, the BJP lost power in three states in December, dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Source: OANN
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2019.02.18 17:08 peterboykin Indian regional party ties up with Modi’s BJP for general election

FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoFebruary 18, 2019
By Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A hardline Hindu nationalist group in western India will partner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coming elections after agreeing a seat-sharing plan in Maharashtra state, the parties said on Monday.
The tie-up with the Shiv Sena, a partner in the governing coalition led by the BJP, is a boost to Modi as he seeks alliances ahead of the general election, which is due to be held by May. The Shiv Sena had said last year it would contest the election on its own.
In Maharashtra state, the Shiv Sena and the BJP would contest 23 and 25 seats respectively, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also a member of the BJP, told a news conference in Mumbai, the state capital and the country’s financial capital, where the Shiv Sena is headquartered.
The Shiv Sena enjoys considerable political clout across Maharashtra. Like the BJP, it believes India is a fundamentally Hindu nation, despite the country’s secular constitution.
Maharashtra sends 48 lawmakers to parliament, second only to northern Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, which elects 80 lawmakers.
“We have entered into the alliance to keep the opposition parties out,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
Modi’s BJP has been scrambling to make an alliance with regional parties for the general election, which pollsters say could produce a fractured mandate.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), traditional political rivals in Uttar Pradesh, last month forged an alliance in an effort to defeat the BJP.
In a fillip to opposition parties, the BJP lost power in three states in December, dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Source: OANN
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2019.02.18 17:03 peterboykin Indian regional party ties up with Modi’s BJP for general election

FILE PHOTO: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally ahead of the Karnataka state assembly elections in Bengaluru, India, May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa/File PhotoFebruary 18, 2019
By Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) – A hardline Hindu nationalist group in western India will partner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in coming elections after agreeing a seat-sharing plan in Maharashtra state, the parties said on Monday.
The tie-up with the Shiv Sena, a partner in the governing coalition led by the BJP, is a boost to Modi as he seeks alliances ahead of the general election, which is due to be held by May. The Shiv Sena had said last year it would contest the election on its own.
In Maharashtra state, the Shiv Sena and the BJP would contest 23 and 25 seats respectively, state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is also a member of the BJP, told a news conference in Mumbai, the state capital and the country’s financial capital, where the Shiv Sena is headquartered.
The Shiv Sena enjoys considerable political clout across Maharashtra. Like the BJP, it believes India is a fundamentally Hindu nation, despite the country’s secular constitution.
Maharashtra sends 48 lawmakers to parliament, second only to northern Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, which elects 80 lawmakers.
“We have entered into the alliance to keep the opposition parties out,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
Modi’s BJP has been scrambling to make an alliance with regional parties for the general election, which pollsters say could produce a fractured mandate.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), traditional political rivals in Uttar Pradesh, last month forged an alliance in an effort to defeat the BJP.
In a fillip to opposition parties, the BJP lost power in three states in December, dealing Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014.
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Frances Kerry)
Source: OANN
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2018.10.13 02:56 archelogy The Official AI Response to Continuing Racism by Celeste Ng- "The Cut" Hit Piece

Recently, Celeste Ng (a repeat racist against Asian-Americans) wrote a piece for "The Cut" - a feminist outlet associated with "New York" magazine. Predictably, it attacks Asian men, ignores the problems with white patriarchy and white male harassment (particularly vile because Asian women are the only women whose harassment primarily comes from white men and not their own race of men).

AznIdentity has sought to combat Anti-Asian racism from the beginning.
So naturally, this includes:

Background

Some background is important. In the past, Celeste has done the following:
Celeste Ng is known in the Asian community as a self-hating Asian who perpetuates negative stereotypes of Asian men.

Celeste Rejected by Asian Women and Women of Color

She has been rejected by endless Asian women who have called her out on twitter (this accountability Celeste labels "harassment" after herself badmouthing Asians and PoC). IE:
https://twitter.com/kypeet/status/1050831511740661768
https://twitter.com/0014Priya/status/1050784766436495360 - Indian woman who questions Ng's premises

Post-Rejection, Ng Takes her Anti-Asian Racism to a White Audience

So what is an Asian with internalized racism to do after being called out in one's own community? Well it's obvious. Go to a non-Asian outlet and peddle the same racism to an audience that doesn't know your history & assumes you are authentically dishing on your own community in sincerity. That's precisely what Ng has done.
Ng attempts to use "The Cut"'s platform to perpetuate the racialized epithet "MRAsians". This is a completely inappropriate racist pejorative meant to convey, especially to non-Asians, the notion that Asian men are uniquely misogynistic. It plays to white stereotypes of Asian culture as awful to women and inhumane. We want to call out how inappropriate it is for "The Cut", a non-Asian outlet, to trade in racist invective against Asians. They are attempting to GENERALIZE the concept of misogyny to the entire group of Asian men based on the actions of a few trolls.

Ng Claims Asians Critiquing Her Racism is "Harassment"

As for Celeste's article, there's not much new here.
Of significance, even though (as mentioned above and sourced), white men contribute to a majority of sexual harassment of Asian women, Ng ignores entirely white harassment of Asian women. She ignores the subject of white patriarchy and makes harassment specific to Asian men. As Plan A's writeup states eloquently, other minorities can openly discuss how internalized racism factors into mate selection; but Asian women allied with mostly whites, have tried to shout down the issue when it's raised in the Asian community. Any attempt to hold Asians accountable for racism (ie: Ng's claim that Asian men are ugly) or question the influence of internalized racism is immediately characterized as "harassment". Unfortunately, non-Asians, esp. whites are so eager to champion a "victim" (and believe the worst about men of color) that the discussion gets drowned out the minute a self-hating Asian finds a non-Asian audience to peddle her tale to.
Whites and Asians with internalized racism seek to intimidate, name-call, and harass those who raise the subject of internalized racism into silence - as they did with Dr. Karen Pyke and Yowei Shaw. That is their purpose with this latest piece.

Ng's Anti-Asianism (Self-Hatred) can Lead to Racism Towards Other Minorities As Well

Unfortunately, we cannot be silent. Because we know internalized racism, the acceptance of Asian inferiority actually means internalization of the entire skewed racial hierarchy with whites at the top, and minorities at the bottom. This means self-haters don't just hate Asians but they also dehumanize other racial minorities. The following are two recent examples:
https://twitter.com/devendra_agastatus/1050817071309680641
https://twitter.com/0014Priya/status/1050838476671909888

Anti-Asianism by Asians can lead to denigration of other minorities; we have to be vigilant and not be cowed into silence by her irresponsible accusations of Asian men and this sub.

Individual Points


She claims AznIdentity is wrong for calling out the anti-Asian remarks she's made such as calling Asians ugly; and for tweet-storming to her white audience that Asian and Indian men are harassers. Most of her writeup are exaggerations or falsehoods about this sub.
Even women who explicitly support Asian men can be targeted by this group if their support is deemed insufficient. Nancy Wang Yuen, a professor of sociology at Biola University, was harassed because she advocated for others in addition to Asian men. “Her posts become about other POC [people of color], often not even Asian,” a Reddit post complains. “I have to scroll pages to see one comment on her speaking to anything about Asian men.”

She claims Yuen was "harassed" by a post that said that Yuen does not focus as much as she used to on calling out offenses against Asian men. Harassed? A good example of how mere disagreement is characterized as harassment. Her entire piece is like this.

She claims all criticism of her is based on resentment about her white husband, not willing to acknowledge that much of it is directly in response to her commentary that Asians are ugly, that Asians are shown as poor partners in her literature, from her solidarity with an Asian woman who calls Asians "chinks", etc. In other words, she is using her interracial dating as a shield against her own independent actions.

I won't go through a whole play by play; because it is almost all mischaracterization and her highly subjective negativity trying to pass as the truth. I'll just say it's odd how she lies about things that are verifiably untrue. For example, she says of AI: "20 of the 30 top posts of all time — explicitly discussed Asian women’s choice of sexual partners". Yet if you look at that link, I count 6 of the top 30 are about Asian women's choice of partners (1, 2, 5, 6, 17, 22). It's not even close. Did she even have an editor for this piece?

In Closing- Let's Stay Vigilant against Anti-Asianism - no matter the Source

In the black community, blacks who attack the black community are labeled Uncle Toms and the rest of society accepts their verdict. In the Asian community, self-hating Asians who are racist towards Asian culture and community, seek mainstream (white) outlets and niche outlets like feminism where they can continue their anti-Asianism to a receptive audience.
We will continue to call out racism whoever is the perpetrator, whatever their race.
____________



also see:

Plan A Magazine response to Celeste's "The Cut" racist hit piece: https://planamag.com/celeste-ng-controversy-deeper-roots-167717287ba1

Kulture's response to Celeste's attack of Kulture and Asian men: https://medium.com/@kulturewatchdog/letter-to-the-asian-community-regarding-celeste-ng-controversy-c83154913ef2

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2018.02.01 13:54 KiranKiller Budget 2018: Cryptocurrency is not a legal tender, but government will keep exploring blockchain technology

The Narendra Modi government is looking to oust cryptocurrencies from India but has a lot of affection for blockchain. Keeping that in mind no wonder in future Blockchain technology will replace all mediatory authorities from financial transaction & Indians will start to learn fundamental knowledge of Blockchain technology
The distributed ledger technology is becoming a hot favorite in Asia’s third-largest economy for solidifying information, alerting all stakeholders, and preventing tampering. So much so that, in his budget speech on Feb. 01, finance minister Arun Jaitley announced plans to adopt blockchain technology.
“The government will explore the use of blockchain technology proactively for ushering in the digital economy,”
Jaitley said.
Most commonly known as the technology underpinning the likes of bitcoin and Ether (of Ethereum-fame), blockchain is a digitized and decentralized public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Stripping away the financial application, blockchain is essentially a bookkeeping platform that can be accessed by anybody on the internet but is owned by nobody.
“Once you have a blockchain, the big spreadsheet in the cloud serves as a record-keeping system that can’t be forged and can’t be reversed,”
said Nicolas Cary, the co-founder, and president of Blockchain (the company, not the technology).
Eager governments
Blockchain technology is already making waves in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The government there is working with Swedish startup ChromaWay to set up a blockchain-based land registry system that allows people to collateralize property, get loans, and invest against that asset. Tracking property ownership using blockchain allows people to circumvent disputes, frauds, and errors, while also lessening the administrative hassle of registrations and title transfers.
Beyond land registries, blockchain can also put an end to other fraud like identity theft. To reduce the chances of getting hacked, a growing concern in India, the web-based platform can manage digital IDs.
“Currently, if you sign up or pay for something on the internet, you turn over unencrypted personal info that gets stored all over internet…creating a honeypot that attracts attackers to breach that service,”
Cary said.
With blockchain, only encrypted, relevant information will be released whenever necessary.
Recently, the Maharashtra government called upon industry leaders, researchers, and others to devise ways of incorporating blockchain in e-governance operations.
“The government is one of the biggest data creators and data consumers. Blockchain will bring in more efficiency, transparency, accountability, and accessibility in data flows,”
the state’s chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, said at the Maharashtra Technology Summit (MTech) on Jan. 17.
Amid all the talks of curbing cryptocurrencies, India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, still believes that blockchain technology is ripe for adoption. Banks in India are already relying on blockchain to enable overseas transactions, international remittances, and other processes.
The spread of blockchain use in the private sector use of in industries like insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, among others, could also lessen significant burdens that befall the government.
“Capitalising on the blockchain technology could open new ways of securing peer-to-peer lending transactions, boosting trade finance, fintech and information repository sectors,”
aid Sapan Gupta, the national practice head of banking and finance at law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas.
“By segregating the use of blockchain from crypto-currencies reflects the government’s intention to use the technology in a gradual and safer manner before it gets into concepts like replacing currencies.”
Positive side-effects
Using blockchain to monitor supply chains means the journey of a good can be tracked from sourcing to their sale by collecting information in the secured cloud-based ledger.
For instance, in the food and retail industry, shipments can be tracked and digitally recorded via a blockchain in real time.
“This can save lives in the event of an outbreak of food-borne illness,”
Daniele Bianchi, an assistant professor of finance at Warwick Business School, said.
“This is obviously helpful both for consumers and the government. Especially in emerging economies whereby the supply chain is typically not easy to track.”
Just like identity theft becomes harder, meddling with critical digital assets—like patient consent records in the healthcare sector or insurance payouts—also becomes less of a concern since no single authority can modify the records. At Bajaj Finserv, the holding company of Bajaj Group’s non-banking financial company (NBFC) and insurance firms, blockchain technology is being used to simplify travel insurance claims. If a flight is delayed, that information comes to the system and the claim amount is automatically generated and paid without the customer having to even file a claim.
There are currently over 40 Indian startups working on blockchain technologies in various industries like finance, healthcare, cybersecurity, and logistics, according to Sangeeta Devni, a programme manager at the IT industry trade body NASSCOM’s 10,000 startups initiative. But real-world applications are still few.
Still learning
After interviewing early adopters, both on the customer side and vendor side, consultancy firm Deloitte recognised a slew of deterrents to using blockchain technology (pdf) that exist in the Indian market. From a lack of awareness to a dearth of trustworthy vendor partners to cybersecurity concerns, various challenges persist.
“The main danger comes from hacking, that is, the innovation of the blockchain brings new type of attacks which are far less understood and much less mitigated as those occurring in conventional database management architectures,”
Bianchi warned.
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2016.10.30 12:19 indianstartupguy Indian Startups Last Week: 24th Oct - 30th Oct

With the Tata Group embroiled in an embarrassing board room fight to the high profile exit of Flipkart's CFO, it has been an interesting week of firecrackers as we step into Diwali eve. Happy Diwali y'all!!
Heading to the snippets of the week:
The weekly fix
The weekly fix will delve into the unforeseen depths of never-before heard scoop into the brazen world of Indian startups. Naww, I’m kidding. This’ll cover the announcements and news by the various startups, of the various startups and for the various startups.
  • Paytm to open its Bank next year, with reports of offering upto 14.5% interest rate on Saving Account to customers. [PC Tablet]
  • Amazon, Inc. reported a massive loss of $541 million in the 3rd Quarter in the international business unit of Amazon. [ET]
  • In order to curb operating expenses, Snapdeal opts for co-working spaces for its employees by renting a complete floor in Awfis Space Solution. [ETTech]
  • A startup incubator to start its operations soon at the Trinity Metro Station in Bengaluru by Candor Management Services. [ET]
  • Almost 1400 startups have surfaced in India in 2016 as revealed by NASSCOM at its NASSCOM Product Conclave this week at Bengaluru. [ET]
  • Alibaba, the Chinese giant launched a Global E-Commerce Talent Program in India. The program aims to equip professionals, students and entrepreneurs with skills and resources to prepare for the e-commerce industry. (This sounds like the bull that Kota Coaching classes offers to prospective students, let's see where Alibaba goes with this) [ET]
  • Pearson looks to sell its online education company, TutorVista at a loss. It had acquired TutorVista for a total amount of $213 Mn(approx. ₹1420 Cr) according to (Tracxn) [ET]
  • Uber plans to integrate its cab-hailing service with Indian Railways by offering to ferry passengers to-and-from the railway station, to setting up Kiosks at Stations to assist passengers in booking their cabs. [ET]
  • Flipkart's CFO, Sanjay Baweja quit the company after joining it from Tata Communications in less than 2 years. FK hasn't had better luck with its CXOs with Punit Soni(CPO) leaving in April 2016, Mukesh Bansal(Commerce Head) and Ankit Nagori(CBO) leaving in February 2016. [ET]
  • Ola has tied up with BWM to offer luxury rides to their users. [VCCircle]
  • Sachin Bansal(Chairman, Flipkart) plans to create a Lobby group for local consumer internet startups. [Inc42]
  • MakeMyTrip reported a loss of #34.9 Million for the quarter ending in September, 2016 in a string of 16 straight loss facing quarter for the company. [MediaNama]
  • Coming out strongly against the proposed rules by the Maharashtra Govt towards cab aggregators, Uber wrote a letter to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis voicing its opposition against the same. [Medianama]
Funding
You can even get to a billion dollar paper valuation, or unicorn. But a unicorn on paper might by a walking unicorpse. A crapicorn, if you will - Paul Graham
  • Ather Energy, the IIT-Madras incubated startup working towards electronic bikes in India will get upto ₹205 Cr from Hero Motocorp in exchange for 26%-30% stake in the company, valuing Ather at ₹680 - ₹790 Cr [ETTech]
  • Ezon Energy, a renewable energy solutions provider has raised ₹140 Cr from Natori Nohisa, a Japanese investor to set-up 140MW of solar project in Karnataka and Kerala. [ETTech]
  • FR8, a tech company focussed on delivering solutions for long-haul truck sector has raised ₹6.5 Cr from Omnivore Partners, an agri-tech focussed fund. [ETTech]
  • OrangeTwig, a social-media automation platform has secured $1 million(approx. ₹6.67 Cr) as its seed funding from a Silicon Valley based founder. [ETTech]
  • MPower, a fin-tech company providing loans to students pursuing Higher Education has raised $6 million(approx. ₹40 Cr) from Zephyr Peacock PE fund to set up base in India. [ETTech]
  • CreditMate, a fin-tech company that uses data-driven algorithms to lend money against the purchase of used two-wheelers, raised $500K(aprrox. ₹3.33 Cr) from India Quotient fund. [ETTech]
  • KredX, a marketplace company where SMEs(Small and Medium enterprises) connect with investors willing to buy unpaid reservables to allow these enterprises to continue with their working capital cycles. [ETTech]
  • Box8, a food delivery startup has raised ₹50 Cr in Series B from IIFL Seed Ventures fund & Mayfield. [ETTech]
  • Rubicon Research, a contract research and drug delivery company secured ₹220 Cr from Everstone Capital. [ETTech]
  • Healthians, a local pathology laboratories aggregator has raised ₹20 Cr in a round led by Beenext, a Japanese early stage investment fund. [ETTech]
  • Pikkol, a relocation service provider has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from a group of angel investors. [VCCircle]
  • IdeaBubble, a health-tech startup has raised $700K(approx. ₹4.5 Cr) from 1Crowd, an early stage funding platform, Eureka Forbes Pvt Ltd along with Shapoorji Pallonji & Co. [VCCircle]
  • The Kettlery, a company that sells a variety of tea blends and accessories, operating in both online and offline formats, raised $1 Million(approx. ₹6.5 Cr) in its seed round from Abhinav Bindra's firm(Shooting Star Sports LLP) and Franchise India Brand. [VCCircle]
  • Wooplr Technologies, a comapny that runs an eponymous fashion discovery app for women raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Astarc Ventures for an undisclosed amount. [VCCircle]
  • SooperMoo, an Android Utility App company has raised $100k(approx. ₹67 lakhs) in seed funding from Lalit Vase(CEO, Red Entertainment Distribution). [VCCircle]
  • Satvacart, an online grocery store has closed its 3rd seed funding round from a group of angel investors. (Third round of SEED funding?!?!!) [VCCircle]
  • Pickrr, an on-demand logistics company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in its pre-Series A round from Swastika Company Ltd, a Hong Kong-based investment firm with participation from other HNI investors. [VCCircle]
  • Foyr.com, an online interior designing and home décor startup has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) India. [VCCircle]
License Raj
This section looks at the different announcements by the governments (states and central) and nationalised companies to ride the startup train.
  • RBI allows startups to raise $3 Million(appro. 19 Cr) a year in overseas loans. [VCCircle]
  • Maharashtra Govt released a draft of the Maharashtra City Taxi Rules, 2016, aimed towards the licensing of taxi permits on cab aggregators. [Inc42]
Mergers and Acquisitions
Generally, we have found that entrepreneurs are very knowledgable about their particular business, but they’re very shallow in their knowledge about business practices that help drive value and efficiency.” – John McNamara
Here are all the mergers and acquisitions in the last week.
  • IBM to acquire Sanovi Technologies, provider of application aware deployment visibility and automation of IT Disaster Recovery for an undisclosed amount. [VCCircle]
  • Larsen & Toubro InfoTech will acquire AugmentIQ Data Sciences, a Pune-based Data analytics company in an all cash deal worth ₹7 Cr. [VCCircle]
  • Scandid, a mobile-first savings platform has acqui-hired Snabar, a hyperlocal startup for an undisclosed amount. [Inc42]
RIP
This section is dedicated to those who couldn’t make it. Those who tried, but failed. Those who raised, but burned. Those who stood, but had to sit.
  • No news so far about a startup closing doors. A good news maybe.
Recommendations of the week
1) What last week's internet shutdown really means. [BackChannel] 2) The IT Era and the internet revolution. [Stratechery]
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