Daily Archives: Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Christmas and parking problems

Editor, May I request the Shillong Traffic Police through your esteemed daily to kindly relax parking restrictions in Laitumkhrah at least during the Christmas season? The road from Laitumkhrah Taxi Stand to Beat House is wide enough for cars to park in single file without disruption of traffic. Traffic bottlenecks are only caused when people double park on this route. The traffic policemen only [Full Article...]

Conspiracy of the elected

The Speaker of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly has on several occasions defended the short sessions because of poor attendance. This last session of the five year assembly term was already a truncated one. Yet on the last but one day the Speaker had to adjourn the House twice for want of a quorum. How serious are the legislators about their responsibility? Not much from [Full Article...]

Wal-Mart invested before clearance

By Nantoo Banerjee   After Wal-Mart’s admission that it spent money on lobbyists to enter the estimated half-a-trillion-dollar-plus Indian retail market, the questions deeply troubling the minds of the common man in India are: how much of it has percolated into the pockets of Indian politicians; who are the local bribe-handlers who are the receivers and was it used to rig the voting in [Full Article...]

Doomsday predictions

By VK Lyngdoh   The news “Doomsday rumours trigger panic in China” (ST 13th December 2012) made interesting read. The Shanghai Police have rightly warned on weibo.com that “the end of the world is pure rumour, do not believe it.” Here is a timeline of debunked apocalypses. In 70 AD, the first century Christians, expecting Christ’s imminent return, are dismayed when Roman legions destroyed [Full Article...]

‘Indian players became casual after WC success’

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that some of the Indian players became very “casual” after their success in the 2011 World Cup which is “less than acceptable.” “After the success of 2011 World Cup, the attitude of some of the players became too casual. They started behaving as if the nation owes it to them for winning World Cup which is [Full Article...]

Anderson swings it England’s way

Nagpur: James Anderson struck thrice to give England the upper hand as India’s batting woes continued to haunt them in the crucial fourth and final Test here on Friday. After England posted a decent 330 inn the first innings, the Indian top-oder succumbed tamely yet again as the visitors snapped up four quick wickets to leave the hosts tottering at 87/4 at close on [Full Article...]

Saina in semis of World Super Series

SHENZHEN (China): Saina Nehwal looks all set to cap a remarkable year on a high as the ace Indian shuttler reached the semifinals of the BWF World Super Series Finals with a fine straight-game win over Juliane Schenk of Germany on Friday. Saina had her back against the wall after two back-to-back losses in Group ‘B’ but the London Olympics bronze-medallist made a remarkable [Full Article...]

English better at reverse swing than India: Akram

NAGPUR: One of the finest exponents of reverse swing, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram feels the Indian bowlers have not been able to use the art as well as their English counterparts are, in the ongoing Test series. “Look at the state of the ball in Calcutta when the two teams were bowling. When India had the ball it was average looking. Nobody was [Full Article...]