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  • Today in History September 27
    Reuters 1917 - Hilaire-Germaine-Edgar Degas, French artist known as one of the greatest 19th century French artists, died. 1922 - King Constantine I of Greece abdicated. He was king from 1913-17 and from 1920-22. A military revolt cost him his throne for the second time when Greece failed to defeat Turkey after World War One. 1970 - Jordan's King Hussein and Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Movement, signed an agreement in Cairo to end Jordan's civil w
  • Today in History September 26
    Reuters 1907 - New Zealand becomes dominion within British Empire. 1937 - American blues singer Bessie Smith died after a car crash. 1997 - Mafia boss Salvatore Riina and 23 of his closest associates were jailed for life for the 1992 killing of prosecutor Giovanni Falcone. 2000 - Large-scale protests and rioting in Prague during IMF and World Bank meeting. 2002 - Senegalese ferry the Joola capsized off the Gambian coast. Only 64 people survived and 1,863 people drowned.
  • War on the Cricket Field..!
    And as cricket our passionate, frenzied, national sport starts, I know soon there will be an Indo-Pak match to get all our Covid frustration anger out. To most fans, spectators and their countrymen, an Indo-Pak cricket game is like a war on the field. It’s not a cricket bat and ball both sides use, but deadly missiles, hurled at each other. “Men,” shouts the Captain-General of the Indian cricket team, “Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do and die!”
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 25
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 25 Reuters 1926 - Slavery Convention signed by 20 states at League of Nations. 1932 - The Spanish region of Catalonia was granted autonomy. 1943 - The Russians liberated Smolensk, one of the most important bastions still left to the Germans in Russia, during World War Two. 1957 - U.S. National Guardsmen escorted nine black students into Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas in an attempt at dese
  • Trump and the Tramp’s Tale..!
    It was early one morning the people of New York, some of them anyway heard the Statue of Liberty had been speaking to someone down below, the previous night. A drunk, who had made his home on the same island, told people next day, it was Trump, lovely Liberty had been speaking to. “She was giggling,” said the tramp, though nobody believed him, “She said, I told you so, I told you so, and Trump, he just put his head down and moaned and groaned!” “Trum
  • TODAY IN HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 24
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 24 Reuters 1932 - Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi agrees Poona Pact to end fast. 1988 - Canadian Ben Johnson set a 100 metres world record of 9.79 seconds at the Olympic Games in Seoul. Six days later he was stripped of his medal for taking drugs. 1999 - About 30,000 protesters march through Warsaw in one of the biggest anti-government demonstration since the fall of communism. 2000 - Vladimiro Montesi
  • Building Crashes and No Room..!
    And as I heard about the building collapse in Mumbai, with sixteen dead and counting, and other concrete structures crumbling during the rains, I hear knowing voices asking, “Why do they stay in such buildings after being told it’s unsafe?” And my pen moves, sadly… “You’ll have to move out, the building is unsafe,” the municipal engineers told her, standing at her doorstep staring unashamedly at her buxom form, as she cradled the baby in he
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 23
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 23 Reuters 1896 - Queen Victoria becomes longest-reigning British monarch. 1912 - Silent film director Mack Sennett's first "Keystone Cops" film, "Cohen Collects a Debt", was released. 1939 - Sigmund Freud, the Austrian psychiatrist and founder of psychoanalysis, died aged 83. 1973 - The Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda died. One of the most noted Spanish-language poets,
  • Swimming Pool In A Church..!
    The busy architect picked up his ringing phone, ““Yes Father?” he asked, “What can I do for you?” “I am in a fix,” said the worried voice of the priest. “Why? Has your church collapsed? Is the roof leaking? Are the walls crumbling?” “No, no, no,” said the priest, “the church building you designed is in excellent shape.” “Then, what is the matter? Are people unhappy with the design?”
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 22
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 22 Reuters 1914 - German U-boats sank the British cruisers Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy in the North Sea in World War One, killing more than 1,400 seamen. 1927 - American heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey loses "Long Count" match to Gene Tunney. 1934 - More than 260 miners were killed in an explosion and fire at the Gresford Mine in Wales. 1996 - World's first legally assisted suicide in Da
  • Law in Motion - 13: Executive Magistrates
    Rupin Sharma, IPS As per the Criminal Procedure Code, the allocation of magisterial functions is divided into two categories of Magistrates - “Judicial Magistrates” under the control of High Court and “Executive Magistrates” under the control of State Government. Sections deal with Powers & Functions of Executive Magistrates: Appointment of Executive Magistrates is by the by Executive Branch of the Govt and their superintendence and control also ves
  • Today in History September 21
    Reuters 1939 - In Romania, Prime Minister Armand Calinescu was murdered by the fascist Iron Guard. 1964 - Malta became independent after 164 years of British rule. 1976 - Former Chilean cabinet minister Orlando Letelier was killed in Washington by a bomb placed in his car. 1988 - U.S. athlete Florence Griffith Joyner died at the age of 38 from heart complications. 1999 - An earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck Taiwan, killing at least 2,321 people and injuring 8,712. 20
  • Mission Accomplished Sir..!
    Robert Clements  And as I hear about our brave soldiers fighting for the country in the cold heights against a brutal Chinese army, I am reminded of a young Indian army officer serving in the dangerous Jammu and Kashmir region who received information that terrorists were firing indiscriminately onto the public at the Jammu Railway Station. Reaching the spot in a few minutes Lt. Triveni Singh and his group of commandos started attacking the militants in the station. He cordo
  • Today in History September 20
    Reuters 1928 - The Grand Fascist Council became Italy's supreme legislative body, replacing the Chamber of Deputies. 1979 - Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire was deposed by former President David Dako who returned the country to the status of Republic. 1998 - Malaysian police arrested sacked finance minister Anwar Ibrahim after he led demonstrators through the capital Kuala Lumpur. 1999 - Body piercer Quille Desade sets new world record with 75 body piercing
  • Today in History September 19
    Reuters 1955 - Encircled by revolutionary forces, President Juan Peron of Argentina resigned and fled into exile. 1961 - Jamaica voted in a referendum to secede from the West Indies Federation. 1985 - Up to 12,000 people were killed and 40,000 injured when an earthquake hit Mexico City and the adjoining region. The quake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale. 1994 - Thousands of U.S. troops swept ashore in Haiti in an attempt to restore democracy. 2000 - European farmers, tr
  • Zoom Calls and Saying It Simply..!
    With so many Zoom calls being made and many people wanting to speak on different subjects I find quite a few speakers trying to impress their audience with the kind of language they use, especially in using high sounding Shashi Tharoor words. A friend used the word ‘malodorous’ in his speech the other day. “Why didn’t you use a simple word?” I asked him later on the phone. “You’ve got to start using big words Bob,” he continued,
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 18
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 18 Reuters 1961 - Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish statesman and Secretary-General of the United Nations, was killed in a plane crash in what was then Northern Rhodesia. 1964 - Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright whose works included "Juno and the Paycock" (1924), died. He was 80. 1970 - Jimi Hendrix, U.S. rock singer and guitarist, died of a drug overdose aged 27. 1981 - The French parliament voted t
  • Arrest and Judicial Custody (Jail) and Preventive Detention
    1. Arrest: Usually restraint of liberty by police and is a temporary measure. After arrest, the person is sent to the custody of the magistrate/court - judicial custody. Perhaps a special form of judicial custody is ‘police remand’ - period for which police can seek, from the court, the custody of the person in their custody for investigation. This is a limited duration and after the period is over, the arrestee has to be returned to custody of magistrate/court &ndash
  • Changing my Security..!
    The watchman outside my gate was fast asleep. He was old, and wanting to return to his village, “We need to change the watchman!” I said as I glanced wearily from my window at his sleeping form. “What?” shouted the wife, jumping out of bed and staring at me with fixed, fearful eyes, “What have you done husband? What have you done? Tell me and we’ll think this out together!” “Done, I’ve been sitting here, ever since the lockdow
  • TODAY in HISTORY - SEPTEMBER 17
    Following are some of the major events to have occurred on September 17 Reuters 1935 - Manuel Quezon y Molina was elected first president of the Philippine Commonwealth, established under U.S. tutelage. 1948 - Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden, United Nations mediator between Israel and the Arabs, was killed by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem whilst on a fact-finding mission. 1957 - In Thailand, the government of Field-Marshal Pibul Songgram was overthrown in a bloodless coup