Wednesday, April 30, 2008

KV Kamath Elected CII President

Padma Bhushan KV Kamath, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank Ltd. (IBN) has been elected President of industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The distinguished banker, who has led the banking revolution in India and abroad, will be succeeding Sunil Bharti Mittal, who effectively used his position to represent the Indian industry.

[NDTV Profit]

Hillary better against McCain: Poll

A new poll conducted by the Associated Press and Ipsos, Democrat Hillary Clinton, is elected the party's Presidential nominee, would fare better against Republican presumptive nominee John McCain.

The poll shows that she leads against McCain by a wide margin of nine points.

On the other hand, an Obama-McCain duel would see both the contenders in a dead heat.

Such surveys, conducted regularly, are important to the superdelegates who will be decisive in electing the nominee for the Democrats.

Students talk to Principal


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 30: As the psychologically crucial date of May 1 arrives without a single hope of holidays being declared, students of S1 decided to take their case straight to the Principal. A group of around 20 students who volunteered to walk to Campus 4, met the Principal and demanded that something be done about the unbearable conditions they were being forced to study in.

In response, the Principal assured students that holidays would be declared after May 6. However, in response to a demand to end classes by 11:00 AM, he seemed skeptical but agreed to take up the matter with the VP of the IIT Campus.

While students who attended the meet agreed that some ground was gained by the move, those who abstained from it criticised it, calling it a failure. Attendance was purely on a volunteer basis, although those who abstained were criticised for breaking unity at a time when it was most needed.

The Temperature: A Key Factor
The move to take their grievances to the highest authority was prompted by an utter power shutdown this morning. Furthermore, afternoon temperatures in Room 22 have well risen beyond 45 degrees, owing to the greenhouse effect of the glass paneling. Students add that the fans, instead of cooling things down, are simply circulating and recirculating hot air.

Many students have given an ultimatum saying that this week would be their last before June and that they would not write Monday's IIT Local Exam.

Going Out: A Right?
Another mini-controversy has blown up in the IIT Campus as acting VP Mrs. Yashoda has refused permission to all students who wish to have a quick meal somewhere outside during the lunch break. Although many students were already going out without caring to ask, those who were polite enough were refused.

Even after a long argument with some students of S1, she refused to grant permission.

The 450+ Club
Mrs. Jhansi has decreed that all students who scored above 450 in IPE 2008 would have to write the improvements, whether for one mark or ten. Her logic is that as the evaluators has been extremely lenient this year, the opportunity to maximise marks must not be lost. (OTFS)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rupee tumbles against Dollar

The Indian Rupee tumbled by 32 paise against the US Dollar to a six-week low of 40.48/49 at the Interbank Foreign Exchange market.

This fall coincides with the RBI's Annual Credit Policy, in which it hiked the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) - the money banks have to park with the RBI - by 25 basis points. This will effectively suck out Rs. 9,000 crores from the system. However, as a weak rupee raises inflation, this move could counter some of the RBI and the Government's moves.

This follows the dollar's rise against major currencies and oil falling back to $116/bbl levels on the Nymex.

The Sensex rose over 2% today as the markets welcomed the balanced credit policy.

[NDTV Profit]

The Devil Descends

In a case that has left the entire would shocked, a 73-year old man in Austria has been accused of locking up his teenage daughter in his cellar for over two decades, beating her, sexually assaulting her and fathering seven children, one of which died and three of which have never seen the world outside!

Josef Fritzl has owed up to the heinous crime, an act that no one, neither social activists nor his own wife, knew of until just a few days back. He kept his captives locked up in their underground dungeon, bringing them food in the evening. In addition, he fostered three of his 'grandchildren' (children?) after lying to the world that his daughter had left them, unable to care for them. He forced her to write letters to back his claims.

Can humanity sink lower than this?


MI Take Surprise Victory

In a surprising development, the Kolkata Knight Riders suffered their second loss of the season at the hands of the Mumbai Indians. Conversely, MI scored their first win, after four straight losses.

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka/Mumbai Indians) (pictured) was declared Man of the Match for his spectacular 3-14, restricting KKR to a measly 137-8.

The fight was not that easy for MI, however. With the core being 30-3 at one point, they looked as though they were down and out.

This win could prove crucial for MI to stay alive. Bereft of their two star players - Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh - the team desperately needed a win to move from the bottom of the rankings.

Forced to write the Improvements


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 29: In a shocking move, Mrs. Jhansi has ordered that no one shall apply for re-evaluation of answer sheets. Effectively, she has asked almost all of S1 to take the improvements, whether for one mark or ten. The reason for this sudden change of mind is not known.

The last date to pay the fee of Rs. 315 is tomorrow.

Campuses Closed
Mr. Sanjay Singh told S1 today that several campuses such as Ameenpur had been sealed by BIE officials. he however added that the chances of the same happening in SR Nagar were nearly zero.

IIT Exam
In a rude shock to the students, the college has organised a one-paper, 3-hour IIT Test on everything covered so far on Monday, May 5. This exam would be held exclusively for SR Nagar and would have little significance.

Scholarship Test
In the recent Sri Chaitanya-TV9 Scholarship test, OTFS has learned that most students, particularly those from CBSE schools, has found the Physics and Chemistry sections very easy, although Maths had been challenging. (OTFS)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Bhajji Slapped 11-Match Ban

Pace spinner Harbhajan Singh has been banned from participating in 11 IPL matches following his physical attack on S Sreesanth during their Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab match.

The decision was taken by match referee Farookh Engineer who also canceled Singh's entire match fee as well as 15% of that of his coach for failing to restrain him.

The incident, in which Harbhajan Singh has slapped Sreesanth, caused the latter to break into tears inconsolably.

The move could signal doom for the Mumbai Indians, who have not won a single match and are currently at the bottom of the table. Harbhajan Singh was standing in for Captain Sachin Tendulkar. Sean Pollock will now take his place.

'No Subjective Exam'


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 28: Speaking exclusively to OTFS, Mr. Sanjay Singh clarified that although no official word had come in on whether the best-of-two system for the IPE Advanced Supplementary Exams (popularly called the improvements) would be scrapped or not. The only word as of now from BIE is that the system stays, for now.

He also said that there was no way the IITs could revert back to a subjective version of IITJEE unless approved by Parliament by a two thirds majority, something that is highly unlikely in the foreseeable future.

Currently the IITs are bound by a Supreme Court verdict to conduct IITJEE on a objective model.

Mr. Venkatesh Returns
OTFS has learned exclusively that S1 Sanskrit teacher Mr. Venkatesh would return, overthrowing substitute Mrs. Vani. The students have been demanding this for a long time.

Mr. Venkatesh told OTFS during a short tete-a-tete that he had been gone for evaluation of marks. He added that he was pleased with J1's performance and that he himself had awarded some papers from other district the maximum achievable mark on 99 (the theoretical maximum mark is 100).

AIEEE 2008
The CBSE AIEEE 2008 was conducted yesterday with some pleasant surprises. The length of the test has been shortened from 120 questions/360 marks to 105 questions/305 marks. In addition, passage based questions and Assertion-Reason type questions have been added, much on the same lines as IITJEE.

By far, students said that Chemistry was very easy, with most expecting above 90. This was followed by maths and, as usual, Physics. (OTFS)

ISRO Creates History

The Indian Space Research Organisation's ANTRIX Corp. (meaning Space Corp.) blasted off into history today by launching ten satellites at one go, a world record. The launch was performed at ISRO's launching pad at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on the indigenous Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C9.

The satellites includes two from India (CARTOSAT 2A and IMS) and eight from other countries including Japan and Germany. The satellites, except CARTOSAT, were mostly nanosats designed by universities taking advantage of ISRO's low cost and strong track record.

The entire mission took about 20 minutes.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

The New Look

The Deccan Chargers' Cheerleaders have new uniforms! After political reverberations in Mumbai and Kolkata, many teams are asking their cheerleaders to 'respect Indian sentiments.' The DC girls now have longer sleeves, covered bellies and dark, prominent stockings. Indeed, add a headscarf and nobody would even notice them!

Well, as the conservatives can add another win to their kitty, lets rejoice at the fact that they failed to ban them. Rah-rah-rah is better than ha-ha-ha.

Kings XI Win Match

Mohali, Apr. 27

In an action-packed match here at the PCA Stadium, Kings XI Punjab, the Mohali team, defeated the Delhi Daredevils. This makes it their second win and DD's first loss of the inaugural season.

The Daredevils played well in their innings but were restricted to a modest 158. The Kings on the other hand, tripped and tumbled before settling down. They eventually won the match courtesy Simon Katich's 75 and Yuvraj Singh's 40. Katich was later made Man of the Match.

On the Delhi Daredevils' side, Manoj Tiwari was the highest scorer with 39 runs.

Brett Lee (pictured) and Yuvraj Singh took one wicket apiece while Irfan Pathan took those of Captain Sehwag and Rajat Bhatia.

The Kings XI have now pushed their net run rate (NRR) into positive territory for the first time this season.

The Ban

As the Supreme Court had observed, there seems to be a group of people in India who are perpetually on a short stick, who take to the streets with arms and slogans to oppose something at the slightest provocation. Take two recent incidents: the ban on Jodhaa Akbar in some states (later overturned by the Supreme Court) and the demand to ban cheerleaders at the IPL matches.

It's sad to note that Indian democracy, based on the desire to guarantee freedom of speech and expression is being bogged down by senseless politics and moral policing. The danger appears when these protesters use the "Indian culture and traditions" card to forward their demands. Who decides Indian culture? Is Indian culture written down is the constitution? Is there a Section on appropriate speech and attire?

Indian culture has never been stagnant. It has always been influenced by forces from other parts of the world. Be it the Aryans or the Mughals, Indian culture has always reflected that of the world. Why should it be any different now? What's wrong if Indian try to do what the world is doing? Some might say blindly aping the West is wrong but isn't blatantly refusing to accept new ideas and thoughts also

Saturday, April 26, 2008

CAT to go Online

The IIM Ahmedabad director has said that the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) for admission into the prestigious IIMs would go online by 2009.

The test, considered one of the most difficult in the country and equated in terms of difficulty to IITJEE and the IAS Exam, is taken by lakhs of students each year.

The other prominent online tests conducted in India include TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - Internet-Based Test) and BITSAT (Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test).

(With inputs from PTI)

The Knights Tumble

It was called the clash of the titans. Two teams, both of which had never lost a single match in the IPL so far. Both of them slated to win the tournament.

And then came the war. Wickets were lost. Sixes were hit. But at the end, the Super Kings stood high, leaving the Knight Riders to cringe in their wake.

Having restricted KKR to a modest 147 in 20 overs at the historic MA Chidambaram Stadium, CSK were quite pleased as their bowling had allowed only Laxmi Ratan Shukla (42) to score anything substantial. Shukla was later dismissed in a high-octane run-out. Zacob Oram (New Zealand/CSK) was declared Man of the Match for taking the three crucial wickets of McCullum (24), Ponting (0) and Kartik (3).

For their part, CSK lost only one wicket (Parthiv Patel/21) and comfortably ended the match in 17 overs.

Bhajji Temporarily Suspended

IPL Match Referee Farookh Engineer has temporarily suspended pace-spinner Harbhajan Singh from further play for allegedly slapping KXP's S Sreesanth and leaving him in tears. This decision was made after reviewing footage provided by Sony-TWI, the broadcasters.

Singh is the acting captain of the Mumbai Indian team, standing-in for injured Sachin Tendulkar.

The suspension will come into immediate effect and will last until an inquiry on Monday, Mar. 28, 2008. He could face a ten-match ban, and those ten matches might be those he plays for India as well.

Both players have tried to downplay the incident.

[Report: NDTVCricket]

Mohali Wins
In other news, the Kings XI Punjab opened their kitty by winning their match against Mumbai Indians. The match was an excellent mix of power-packed cricket, some drama and lots of tense moments. Brett Lee proved that he was a force to be reckoned with.

Rajasthan Royals Win
Rajasthan Royals defeated Bangalore Royal Challengers in their IPL Match. Shane Warne, Captain, Rajasthan Royals, proved decisive by taking several key wickets.

Roadies 5.0: Elimination 11


Friday, April 25, 2008

You're Joking, Right?

In an interview to The Hindu, Indrani Mukherjea, CEO, INX Media, celebrated the launch of News X with declarations of hitherto unheard of fame and fortune! She coolly made up for 9X's off-the-cliff TRPs by saying "we do not have such an established image as the other new channel." For someone who claims to love competition, she could have at least said "NDTV Imagine!"

But wait, it gets better. Or worse.

Out of the blue, she declares that her music channel 9XM (pictured) is India's #1 Music Channel. Why? Because a) it shows the whole song; and b) because it doesn't bore (?) viewers with VJs and instead, uses (hold your breath) ANIMATED CHARACTERS!!! Yes indeed, it's a marriage between Cartoon Network and MTV! Isn't it just so much fun to watch Bheegi Billy and the Betel Nuts discuss glamour? Well, see the site and choose for yourself.

News X was in the news before over Vir Sanghvi's controversial resignation and also over allegations of the channel having crossed the FDI limit. The CEO denies the last one though.

Well, all I can say that the new show - Jai Maa Vaishno Devi - on 9X is going to be a disaster. And the news channel's claim of being a 'newspaper on TV' doesn't really help either. Indeed, only movies and Begum can help INX Media this time!

Oh, by the way, if you do visit th 9XM website, do tell me what Bheegy Billy's favourite food is! I'm dying to know!

Improvements Season


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 25: Debates and discussions were on as to how many students would write the improvements to raise their IPE Marks. Mr. Vara Prasad explained in great detail the pros and cons of doing so.

He discourage students from attempting a re-evaluation their papers.

The Rates
Students who wish to apply for the improvements can pay Rs. 315 by April 30 (includes all six papers). The fee for re-evaluation is Rs. 600 per paper and a nominal Rs. 2 for the application form.

You can contact the VP of your campus for further details.

IPE Exam Concluded
The IPE Exam, postponed on Wednesday, was held today amidst great tension. Most lecturers rued at the way students tries to study on the sly during classes. in fact, Mr. Sanjay Singh rebuked S1, asking them not to take such a 'sutta batata' (sic) exam so seriously.

The Instant Poll rated the paper as moderate, although most students said that they could really answer nothing at all in Chemistry!

Two students in J1 who scored above 460 in IPE were gifted a handsome prize by the college yesterday. Sri Chaitanya also issued an ad in leading dailies. (OTFS)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

IPE Test Tomorrow


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 24: The IPE Examination that was supposed to be held yesterday but was canceled will be held tomorrow instead. This news was announced to small groups of students in S1 by their JL. the syllabus is still the same.

(OTFS with inputs from sources)

Blogpost Number 500

Opinions 24x7 is proud to announce that it has met its 2008 target of 500 posts in April! This is a proud moment for us, as we have seen several landmarks on the way.

We kicked off 2008 with an Obituary to Benazir Bhutto courtesy Vennela. We celebrated the launch of the Tata Nano, reported on the happenings at Sri Chaitanya, continued our coverage of the US Presidential Elections and began our documentaries with Murder in Antarctica, which remains our most-read post ever. Our business desk worked furiously, reporting everything from the horrendous RPower IPO to the Sensex losing 1,400 points in a single day. But January was also critical to OTFS for two reasons: one, we changed our logo from the old blue on to the new black-white-and-red version. Two, we successfully completed our Indian of the Year 2007 series, with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam winning the top prize.

In February, we posted the largest number of posts to date: eighty one! We launched our new label Roadies 5.0, which has been extremely popular among our Indian readers. We also reported on the Microsoft-Yahoo bid and documented the role of FARC in Columbia. We reviewed The Devil Wears Prada, reported the results of Super Tuesday, explained the process of electing the US President (which has been the most popular post among our American readers), launched and concluded our Rediscovering India series, debated the correct pronunciation of 'envelope,'covered the IPL Auctions, celebrated the Academy Awards and much more.

Our momentum slowed down considerably in March, but the quality of out reporting jumped by leaps and bounds. We took note of the inauguration of the new Airport at Hyderabad, spoke of the need for educational reforms and congratulated NDTV on an excellent documentary Makom Shali. Most importantly, we covered the 2008 Intermediate Public Examination in crisp, concise fashion. Indeed, our coverage of the event has been hailed as exemplary in the world of blogging. We closed off March with hope for peace in Tibet and a short story 'War.'

Finally, in April, OTFS went back to reporting exclusively from Sri Chaitanya. Our SC 24x7 label has encompassed over 150 posts to date. We unveiled a new series 'The Three Greatest Speeches' and included those by Martin Luther King, Jr., Sir Winston Churchill and Jawaharlal Nehru. In light of the rigged elections in Zimbabwe, we documented the collapse of the Zimbabwean Economy. We also broke the news of the Supreme Court upholding the OBC reservation. We launched our new documentary The Ten Avatars of Vishnu, the content of which will be seen all through May. We announced our pick for the Best IPL Ad and covered some of the IPL matches. We also covered the results of IPE 2008. Finally, OTFS Graphics presented two informative graphics, one on the state of the world economy and the other on executions in the world.

OTFS aims to bring clean, high-quality blogging to its readers. As 2008 progresses, we hope to do just that!
OTFS has joined IndiBlogger top attract an even larger readership and has also began a countdown to the 2010 Commonwealth Games New Delhi!

Roadies 5.0: Carry your Own Lunch

This week on Roadies 5.0, we were treated to a lesson in traditional Thai food. Now, dumplings and rice dishes are always an option, but since this was the first time Roadies went International, the menu was quite exotic: locusts, frogs, sea snakes, squids: take your pick!

That was the money task. It was a unique one since the money that could be won was theoretically infinite. Eating just one sea snake could fetch them an impressive Rs. 2,000! But Ashu, the lean, mean, desi machine, opted out on account of being vegetarian.

That's not all he opted out of. Due to a sprain in his leg, caused by a bit of irresponsible driving in Puducherry, he couldn't participate in the immunity task either. The task was kickboxing: Thailand's National sport. And what a task it was! While Sonel used her height to beat Prabhjot, Simran was clobbered by Prabhjot. Simran attributed her loss to "satte ke vajah se" meaning because of her smoking habits.

But the boys took it a step further: Nihal was decimated by Varun, while VIbhor also made mince meat out of him! But who was voted out? Varun! Why? Politics!

As Nihal put it, "you might be good at tasks, but you've got to learn politics from me!"

Later on, Varun told Nikhil that beating the living daylights out of Nihal ws the best thing he had done in his whole life!

In the Left's Court

Richard Boucher has clarified that the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (the "123" agreement) alone bids India and the US, not the Henry J Hyde Act. This has come at a time when Communist Sitaram Yechury has said that the UPA-Left Committee would meet again in May to discuss the IAEA Agreement.

The Left has repeatedly said that they are opposed to the Hyde Act. With this statement, it is left to be seen whether they really see the need for nuclear energy in India and whether PM Manmohan Singh can show some political courage.

[NDTV Reports]

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Richard Quest Arrested

CNN reporter Richard Quest was caught in a park in New York with a pack of drugs in his pocket. He was also in the park way after it had closed.

The presenter has been reprimanded to six months corrective therapy by a judge, but he survived any jail time.

CNN can not commented on the issue yet.

[IBNLive Reports]

More Results Come In

As the BSNL lines finally start to de-clog, more students' marks have been released. OTFS has been receiving calls all afternoon from students informing us of their marks.

OTFS predicts that J1's Divya Ravi has topped the exam with a stunning 98.5%. After her, Aditya and Namrata both scored in the higher ranges of 97%. Sushobhan touched 96.6%, Abhiroop 94.3%. Apart from these high-scorers, Keerti scored 93.7% and Ambreesh 91.7%.

Mrs. Jhansi has reacted to the marks. She congratulated all the students, saying that they had made the college proud. She said that those who had scored abnormally low in one or two subjects would be considered for revaluation by the board of directors. Those who had scored below their potential across the board would be asked to write the improvement exams.

Already, a fair number of students have expressed the desire to write the improvements.

A small celebratory movie has been planned by a group of a dozen boys on Sunday.

In FIITJEE, OTFS has learned that the highest mark reported so far is 97%.

OTFS would like to remind all students from the IIT Campus that the minimum qualification for BITSAT is 80% in Intermediate, which is the highest among all major entrance exams. So, any score above 80% (376/470) is quite enough.

On the other hand, for those seriously aspiring to crack EAMCET, this mark is crucial as 25% of IPE Marks now count towards EAMCET.

We congratulate all the students for putting up a stellar performance!

My Marks

My Results:
  • English: 94/100
  • Sanskrit: 98/100
  • Maths 1A: 75/75
  • Maths 1B: 67/75
  • Physics: 60/60
  • Chemistry: 60/60
Total: 454/470 (96.6%)

Huge Victory for Clinton

Hillary Clinton silenced her critics by pulling off a stunning 10-point victory over rival Barack Obama in the crucial Pennsylvania Primary with 99% of precincts reporting, according to CNN. Clinton won a massive 55% of all votes cast, while Obama won 45%. She is awarded 52 delegates and he gets 46.

According to the CNN Exit Poll, Clinton received overwhelming support from 60+ aged voters, who supported her 60-40. Meanwhile, Obama received support from African Americans, of whom 84% voted in favour of him. Interestingly, deeply religious voters voted strongly in favour of Clinton, sending strong signals to the superdelegates.

Speaking at a rally in Philadelphia, Clinton described the results by saying that 'the tide is turning.' She was congratulated by Obama later. "I'm in this race to fight for you ... You know you can count on me to stand up strong for you every single day in the White House," she said.

This victory has come at a time when Clinton faces immense pressure to step down. However, Former President Bill Clinton has said that if she won 'Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania' (which she did), she would win the nomination. In addition, she also won the big states, New York and California, which matter the most to the Democrats.

CNN estimates that Obama holds 1,694 delegates and Clinton has 1,556. Certainly, she will not be able to overtake him but neither will be able to win the requisite 2,025 delegates. That will take the contest to the National Convention when the superdelegates get to vote.

Indiana and Carolina come up in two weeks.

[Data: CNN]

Results Declared!


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 23: The Board of Intermediate Education has announced the results for First Year Intermediate Public Examination. You can view your marks on,,,,,;;;,;;,;

You can also call: 1100 from any BSNL phone. IVR: From BSNL phone at 1255225, 22222222 in Hyderabad and 95401255225 or 954022222222 from other places in AP. Cell and Excel users can access the results at 12506.

Airtel- 646, 1250108, 444 and 3030; Hutch- 123; Idea- 456; Tata- 12900, BSNL- 12555 and 1250108; Reliance- 1234

[Source: The Times of India]

College Dismissed
Once the news came in that the results were going to be released today, the VP called off today's IPE Exam and sent students home to check their results. Mr. Akbar Kamal has said that he expected a few students from J1 to make it to the State Top 10.

Our Recommendation
You can view your grade on this site (, or get your marks through BSNL. (OTFS)

Monday, April 21, 2008

The People Have Spoken

The People of Nepal, through a free and fair democratic election, have voted for the Maoists to lead them. Already Maoist leader Prachanda has told NDTV that he looks to further harmonious ties with India, bring peace, stability and capitalist-style development to the land-locked country and abolish the 200+-year-old monarchy.

However, the US still classifies the Maoists, officially the Communist Party of Nepal -Maoist (CPN-M), as terrorists. While it is true that the rebels have used arms and force to remove the monarchy, it is also true that they have dropped their guns and have won the People. hence, in light of these developments, the world, and the US in particular, mus recognize them as a legitimate political party.

India's firm stand to support democracy in Nepal is a welcome move. The more democratic the South Asian region becomes, the better.

[CNN Reports]

It's Do or Die for Clinton

With just a day left for the Pennsylvania Primary, the Dems have their card stacked up. For Hillary Clinton, a loss here would be the equivalent of a nail through her coffin. However, chances are that she's going to win. But not by a large margin, according to the latest polls.

Obama on the other had, has a lot to handle. Amidst biting attacks about his 'elitist' mindset and the scathing remarks over his Pastor Wright, Obama faces alienation from White voters who form the majority in PA. However, young voters still back him, although Clinton has employed her daughter Chelsea to chip into that vote bank.

Paul Krugman, columnist for the NYT, has repeatedly denounced Obama's hopeless healthcare proposals and has praised Clinton's practical solution. He has also looks down upon McCain's typically Republican solution: tax cuts, tax cuts and more tax cuts. We at OTFS agree with Mr. Krugman.

While both candidates say that they're fit to lead the county - or rather the other isn't - the real answer will be that of the people.

Catch the results on CNN
[Visit CNN Politics]

Retribution, S4 Style!


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Apr. 21: VP Mrs. Jhansi kept her promise by forcing ten dissidents to sit in S4. A mass bunk planned by the girls on Saturday backfired on them, and some boys. Over ten students of S1 were made to sit in S4. However, two of them -Divya and Sushobhan - were allowed to go back to S1 within 20 minutes with a light slap across th wrist, probably because of the string academic record. however, the others were left to attend an extra period of 'punishment.'

The Class Strikes Back
S1 backed claims that their JL had falsely told them that the results were to be announced on Apr. 19, a fact that was used by the miscreants of S1 to their advantage.

IPL Update
DC lost to KKR. KXP lost too. No one in S1 is happy about it. (OTFS)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Revolutionary PIL

The Hindu reports that the Supreme Court has allowed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) moving the court to allow only national parties to contest in Parliamentary Elections. The argument is that small, regional parties that often come with single-point agendas erode seats from national parties that have a vision for the nation on the whole, leading to hung parliaments and tricky coalitions that often represent factions.

The PIL is historic in itself, because it rightly assesses the need to have a strong, elected government that can go ahead with its policies without having to worry about appeasing its partners.

Regional parties often use divisive tactics to win votes. They play the trump cards of region, language and caste to fool voters into voting for them. Often, many o the promises made by them are perfectly illegal and override the Constitution.

Without a shade of a doubt, this PIL will not go through. Indian Democracy is not mature enough, yet, to see the distinction between the State and the Union. Indeed, you can easily find Parliament debating on issues that are listed in the State List! But this could very well set the ball rolling for a stronger form of democracy in India, where the State considers itself important and liable enough to commit itself to the cause of all communities.

[SC Website]


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Roadies 5.0: Elimination 10


All Hail the Kings!

It was Kings vs Kings in the Second IPL Match. The stage was set for a fierce battle of the lions. But at the end, "super" remained "super."

In a closely-fought match that saw the creation of the highest T20 team score ever (240 by CSK), the Chennai Super Kings ultimately overpowered the Kings XI Punjab (KXP).

The shame of defeat followed. Okay, so my favourite team didn't win its first match! Yeah, I'm disappointed. But lets be brave, and reward CSK, who played some great cricket.

Meanwhile, I do hope, against all odds, that the Mumbai Indians are clobbered by the RCB, and KKR lose to DC. At least I could salvage some pride...

The CNBC Message has put up this new banner. The CNBC logo is painted in green and is followed by a new tagline: Green is Universal, rather than its old one, First In Business Worldwide.

Great message. Just another step in the war against Global Warming.