POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST

Dear Ms Smriti Irani
Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD)

The Press Trust of India (PTI) reports you as saying today that a controversy over German being replaced in KV schools has been created "deliberately" and that its continuation as third language would have been a violation of the Constitution.

"The schools were teaching German as the third language which was in violation of the Constitution, knowing that German is not a third language. We or the ministry or KVs [Kendriya Vidyalayas] could not have renewed the contract. I have taken oath under Indian Constitution and I will abide by it," 

Your ministry, madam, had last week decided to replace German with Sanskrit as the third language in the KVs, arguing that the existing arrangement was against the three-language formula and "violated" the national policy on education.

We submit four things for your information and kind consideration:

1. The constitution does not say anything about the three-language formula.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 21, 2014 AT 22:30 IST, Edited At: Nov 21, 2014 22:30 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 10, 2014 AT 15:50 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 10, 2014 15:50 IST

Those who have followed the life and times of Mr Arnab Goswami and Dr Subramanian Swamy would know that no caricature, no parody can quite capture the full essence of their genius.

But those who have followed the life and times of Harish Ravindran (@hariflute) Krish Ashok (@krishashok) and Vijaya Thesingu Rajendar, working together as Parodesy Noise—"a parody band with 3 members. 2 in flesh (non-veg) and 1 in spirit (alcohol)"—would also know that they have the genius it takes to express the ineffable and capture the very essence even of those phenomenon where experts are left floundering, while repeatedly,  incoherently, muttering imprecations and French expressions such as "je ne sais quoi."

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 10, 2014 AT 15:50 IST, Edited At: Nov 10, 2014 15:50 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 07, 2014 AT 01:17 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 07, 2014 01:17 IST

Readers were recently rather startled to see this advertisement featuring a hirsute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the former Pakistani former al-Qaeda leader, accused of being the "principal architect" of 9/11, in Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest English-language daily.

“Waiting won’t get rid of that hair!” or, more literally, “The hair will not go away because you keep waiting!” said the ad in Turkish.

In its defence, the Turkish cosmetics company which used his photograph in an ad for hair removal products pleads that it featured the notorious al-Qaeda terrorist “for his hair, not terrorism.”

“We didn’t know that he was a terrorist. This image is in popular use in Turkish memes on the Internet. The guy is quite hairy, so we thought his body was a good fit for our ad,” Mehmet Can Yıldız, a representative for the cosmetics company, told Hürriyet via phone on Nov. 4.

Yıldız told Hurriyet that the company had discovered the image on İnci Sözlük, a Turkish online social community website.

“We didn’t want to imply anything political. We didn’t know that it could become an international story. I repeat: We featured him for his hair, not terrorism,” Yıldız said.

 



The story about the ad circulated on Twitter and finally made it on Vox on Nov. 1.

 

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 07, 2014 AT 01:17 IST, Edited At: Nov 07, 2014 01:17 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 06, 2014 AT 22:38 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 06, 2014 22:38 IST

The following Twitter Collection is by our most favourite "Twitterist" Señor Dr Majorly PhD, who is still better known as MajorlyProfound.

Living up to his self-description of "insightful" is certainly a daily routine for this self-described "strategist on strategic geostrategic strategy."

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 06, 2014 AT 22:38 IST, Edited At: Nov 06, 2014 22:38 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 06, 2014 AT 22:06 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 06, 2014 22:06 IST

US-based Penn Masala—the " world’s first and premier South Asian a cappella group"— covered and compressed eight decades of film music in their 5:09 mt music video earlier in the year, and it is the turn of Shweta Subram, an Indo-Canadian vocalist to cover the period from 1950s to now in a 5:17 mt video: from Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re [1951] To Baby Doll [2014].

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