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Posted in: India beats Australia in series win for the ages See in context

The all conquering Australian teams during the days of Steve Waugh and Ponting used to fight to the death. This team has some great cricketers but that fight seems missing. In contrast, it was India which displayed that fighting spirit which pushed them over the line. All in all, a well deserved victory to a team made up of cricketers from humble backgrounds who made the most of the chance they got.

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Posted in: India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive See in context

Bharat Biotech's Covaxin had been approved without phase 3 trails to put pressure on SII to reduce their price for Covishield.

Most of the doctors want Covishield since they trust the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine more than the homegrown one but for sure they will be labelled 'anti-nationals' by Modi's IT brigade.

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Posted in: Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris See in context

@Antiquesaving

When I made the above comment I did not have a look at the painting going on sale. Now I have had a look at it and yes, you are correct there are a few more differences.

Tintin's expression in the painting looks petrified, whereas the one that made it to the cover originally only had Tintin looking astounded.

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Posted in: Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris See in context

"A huge red dragon appears on a black background by the Belgian reporter's petrified face."

The cover for the Blue Lotus displayed a black dragon on a red background. So the only difference between the cover and this art which never made it to the cover is the difference in background colors and still folks are willing to pay 2.6 million for it?

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Posted in: Sri Lanka revives port deal with India, Japan See in context

"I have to remind you that the whole China debt-trap diplomacy and BRI imperialism are propaganda from an Indian think-tank who is close to the BJP. Narendra Modi pushed this myth because his party intended to ignite a conflict with China in the Himalayas to spite Pakistan."

LOL even Modi knows that India does not have the capability to take on China.

"The $1.12 billion deal, first announced in July 2016, allowed a Chinese state company to take over the Hambantota port, which straddles the world's busiest east-west shipping route, on a 99-year lease."

So the fact that Hambantota port actually got taken over when SL was unable to repay the debt is also propaganda for you?

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Posted in: Sri Lanka revives port deal with India, Japan See in context

"Borrow more money from India and Japan."

Read the article again. Does not mention any debt involved. The terminal will have 51% ownership of SL government and remaining 49% will be owned by Indian and Japanese stakeholders, which translates into equity investment, not debt.

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Posted in: Pandemic's robot 'heroes' highlight their value at tech show See in context

Is there any company by the name of Cyberdyne Systems at this show?

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

"The accused have had all charges dropped by NSW police. Siraj needs to apologise, those individuals have been pilloried by all and sundry."

Charges dropped does not mean incidents of racism never happened. It only means there was not enough evidence to charge them with racism.

The 'alleged' incident happened on day 3, whereas the group was evicted on day 4. One is not even sure if it was the same group that was involved in the racist abuse on day 3 that got evicted from the ground.

If you go through the video (of day 3 incident), it is not clear that there was racial abuse involved though one can make out something vaguely similar to 'brown dog', but can't be sure.

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

@mrtinjp

Yes of course. When crowds in Australia do it, it is racism but when crowds in India call Symonds a monkey it is just that the player is being targeted because Symonds is actually a racist. Great logic.

"Hindi is a language not a common street profanity"

As if I don't know that. Bhajji abuse Symonds with a 'teri maa ki' which Symonds interpreted as being called a monkey after he had been abused similarly in India.

Since you are so defensive about racism in India and refuse to believe that Indians can be racist also, please refer to the abuse that Inzy (aloo which means potato in Hindi in case you are not aware) faced in Toronto at the hands of Indian crowds and later on when he came to India. But of course he is a Pakistani so Indians were only proving their nationalism in this case.

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

"If the racist abuse was shouted in Hindi, the Aussie players would have no idea of what was being said.

Of course, I am in no way saying the a fired up Indian crowd at their home pitch would do such a thing.

That raises the question, If you don't understand the abuse, are you being abused?"

Monkeygate incident at SCG in 2008 was exactly a case of the above. The Indian player abused Andrew Symonds in Hindi (a common street profanity in India), Symonds who had already faced racism in India earlier mistook it for being called a 'monkey' and the issue blew up big time.

As far as this incident is concerned, seems it was a case of usual sledging (common in Australia) which got out of hand. Can't really make out racist abuse from the video, though it is clear that the crowd was after Siraj.

https://www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/india-reveals-list-of-racial-slurs-allegedly-said-to-its-cricketers-in-sydney/news-story/37fbfa002bb839704e8e3541ba999b11

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

Well it is not just drunk bogans at SCG who indulge in such behaviour. Even the crowds at stadiums in India can be a bit volatile at times. Still remember Andrew Symonds faced racial abuse in India, and Eden Gardens is well known for crowd trouble in general (though not specifically racist in nature).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/oct/18/cricket.india

Having said that, Australia does have some introspection to make in this aspect.

http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/115657/mohammed-siraj-the-hero-we-need-to-be-india-cricket-team-say-no-to-racism-scg-sydney

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Posted in: A year after first confirmed death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle See in context

"how about European flu? More are being affected/infected than in Asia as a whole"

JE, MERS, WNV are named after the places where they originated, not where they are prevalent today. Same criteria should apply for COVID-19, unless you subscribe to the US-origin theory being spread online by wumao's.

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Posted in: A year after first confirmed death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle See in context

Since it is clear that China will not cooperate with any WHO probe, COVID-19 should be renamed to 'Wuhan flu'. More in line with names like Japanese Encephalitis, MERS, West Nile Virus.

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Posted in: India to start mammoth vaccination drive on January 16 See in context

Modi is better known for making tall statements for the sake of headlines than any tangible achievements.

The government has approved two vaccines -- AstraZeneca/Oxford University's Covishield and one produced by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech.

The second one was approved without Phase 3 trials, apparently to pressurize SII to reduce their price for Covishield.

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Posted in: Virus variant triggers 3-day lockdown in Australian city of Brisbane; travelers must show negative test See in context

"I’m from the UK and I have no problem with the label UK strain."

Where you are from and your feelings about the label are irrelevant. WHO guidelines for naming diseases are clear on avoiding negative consequences for people and nations.

But these guidelines are selectively followed in some cases and ignored in others. There is a strong case for renaming diseases such as JE, MERS, WNV but nothing has been done. But WHO was quick to come up with an official name for Wuhan flu to avoid negative reactions towards one country and its people.

The same country which is now stalling an official WHO probe and claiming that virus originated in the US.

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Posted in: Virus variant triggers 3-day lockdown in Australian city of Brisbane; travelers must show negative test See in context

UK strain, South African variant, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus, Kawasaki disease are not racist (although the last one was named after a person, not the place).

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Posted in: Singapore admits police can access contact-tracing data See in context

@ Desert Tortoise

IMHO we are no ones to judge on what works best for another country, especially one as small and diverse as SG. LKY wanted political stability and racial harmony above all, so certain things like 'freedom of speech' which other democratic countries take for granted had to take a backseat. To his credit he did deliver economic growth, racial harmony (even if it is enforced) and a relatively corruption free society (as compared to most of its neighbours). Just take a look at Singapore's socioeconomic sibling Malaysia and you will understand that this is what worked best then for a small country with no natural resources, hostile neighbours and a history of race related tensions.

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Posted in: Australian state of NSW tightens restrictions as virus cluster expands See in context

"the five-day cricket test match between Australia and India, scheduled to begin on Thursday, will go ahead with attendance at 50% capacity."

Of course CA will not say no to the huge revenue that a series between India and Australia generates. Good for folks like me who love watching old school test cricket over the T20 circus that passes for cricket these days.

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Posted in: Chicago ends 2020 with 769 homicides as gun violence surges See in context

That's why they call it Chiraq.

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Posted in: Honda to stop auto sales in Russia in 2022 See in context

"But in India they are still classified in the mid sized sedan segment."

To add to that, there are even smaller sedans available in the price conscious Indian market, such as Honda Amaze (a car that is doing quite well in this segment but still trailing to Maruti Suzuki DZire in sales) which would qualify as sub-compact.

City would come under the compact sedan segment, and Civic under midsized sedan segment. Above that would be the premium sedan segment where Camry, Passat or Hyundai Elantra would be available.

The point is that the sub-compact, compact and premium sedan segment in India itself is shrinking and the folks who would be buying these cars are instead going for sub-compact, compact and premium SUVs. Honda did not see this shift coming and has been caught flat footed, whereas Hyundai, Ford and Suzuki which were quick to respond to the market changes are now seeing growth in sales.

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Posted in: Honda to stop auto sales in Russia in 2022 See in context

"I almost spat out my morning coffee reading this. Civic is a subcompact and the City is even smaller. A mid sized car would be a Passat, Camry or Optima/Magentis."

Aah maybe by your American standards I suppose you can call them subcompact. But in India they are still classified in the mid sized sedan segment.

https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/5-best-petrol-manual-mid-size-sedans-on-sale-in-india-418858

Passat and Camry would be D-segment sedans over here.

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Posted in: Honda to stop auto sales in Russia in 2022 See in context

"Honda is also scaling back from India as well, preparing for an eventual market exit.

Toyota is the sole Japanese automaker left still strong on its feet, but for how long."

Wrong on both counts.

Honda will not exit India after the success of it mid size sedans (City and Civic) in the last 15-20 years.

Suzuki has a substantial stake in Maruti the biggest carmaker in the Indian market.

The problem with Honda has been that it is slow to respond to the changing market conditions in India. Indians are buying more mid segment SUVs then ever before in place of sedans which used to be the rage in the last 2 decades (where City and Civic tasted a lot of success) but Honda does not have a vehicle in this compact SUV segment so it has lost market share to Hyundai, Ford and Maruti.

Even Toyota which did not have a vehicle in this segment has now tied up with Suzuki to launch Urban Cruiser which is a rehashed version of Vitara Brezza, but no news from Honda in this space.

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Posted in: Wars, instability pose vaccine challenges in poor nations See in context

"Militants and radical religious groups spread claims that the polio vaccine is a Western ploy to sterilize Muslim children or turn them away from religion."

Pakistan's version of anti-vaxxers.

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Posted in: As vaccines are rolled out, questions remain See in context

Vaccinated people should still wear masks. Even though they may not develop symptoms they may still spread the virus to others.

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Posted in: Sydney residents discouraged from Boxing Day shopping; some suburbs to re-enter lockdown See in context

"a 30,000-strong crowd flocked for the first time in nearly 300 days to the city's cricket grounds for the sport's Boxing Day test"

Good to see crowds at MCG even if below normal. Hope next week's test at SCG does not get affected. If the outbreak worsens they can try playing with empty stadiums like we saw in England earlier this year but one of the good things about watching the Boxing Day and New Years tests is Australia's roaring crowds and passion for the game.

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Posted in: Man arrested after kicking friend to death See in context

With friends like these...

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Posted in: Q&A: Clooney on 'Midnight Sky' and his twilight as an actor See in context

Just finished watching it. A dystopian sci-fi with a message of hope seems relevant in these times.

Cool spaceship Aether.

Could not help wondering if the filmmakers were making some kind of a statement with a black and white couple.

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Posted in: Trump awards Legion of Merit to Abe, PMs of India, Australia See in context

"just look at the recent bypoll/state/municipal elections"

Indians are not really known to elect great politicians. States like Bihar and UP used to elect gangsters and criminals for decades. That is why India is still a third world slum.

"Modi's IT brigade"

Yes the same which preaches Modi's bhajans on a daily basis.

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/twitter-india-says-being-harassed-by-bjp-it-cell-moves-sc-for-quashing-firs-lodged-against-it

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Posted in: Trump awards Legion of Merit to Abe, PMs of India, Australia See in context

"India does not need the US, US needs India very much"

Trump is right to kick out H1Bs from the US most of whom are employed only because they are willing to work for lower salary but instead these guys think that the US will stop functioning without them. That's one reason why I liked Trump somewhat.

"Now that's the Modi/India hater right there"

Waiting to hear your version of the facts, bet it will be nothing different from the propaganda that Modi's IT brigade dishes out daily to fool Indians.

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Posted in: Trump awards Legion of Merit to Abe, PMs of India, Australia See in context

"It makes all three leaders look silly and makes them out to be loyal Trump supporters when they simply played a necessary role to reduce negative effects of the Trump presidency on their nations."

Not sure about Abe and Morrison but Modi should be the last person to get this LOM military honor.

The Legion of Merit is given to uniformed U.S. military service members and military and political figures of foreign governments for outstanding services and achievements.

Modi's only 'achievement' has been tanking the Indian economy, creating and exploiting religious divides within the country, surrendering 1000 sq kms of Indian territory to China without a fight and then lying to the country about it with a straight face. Many Indians now call him 'Surrender Modi' instead of Narendra Modi.

Hope the Biden Harris administration take the award back once they are inaugurated, otherwise the idiot and his supporters will go around chest thumping about the award for next few years.

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