Sunday, November 23, 2014

Naked Life: The nudity debate uncovering the truth

Wrapped in cultural taboos, nudity has mostly been off-kilter with the increasing notion that it is necessarily sexual and therefore immoral. 

Shots of Kim Kardashian's ample derriere in Paper magazine have ensured all round opprobrium for what many are calling an attention-deficit act. Apart from ensuring she remains the most talked about ("I want to break the internet," she'd said), commented and shared across both mainstream and social media, particularly given the racist overtones of the shoot, it has also opened the floodgates on debates around nudity. Is it art or porn? Obscene or beautiful? Sexy or sensual? Empowering or objectifying?
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Health Watch: Did Mumbai's Tata Memorial Hospital intentionally loot its cancer patients?

Just a month after the drug pricing regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, imposed a fine of around Rs 300 crore on Novartis for overcharging consumers for its painkiller medicine 'Voveran', Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai has admitted to overcharging cancer patients for a Novartis-branded oncology medicine over the last nine months.

According to the media report, Tata Memorial Hospital was selling the oncology medicine, Sandostatin LAR for Rs 48,296 – a 26 percent discount to the retail price of Rs 65,499. However, during the October-December quarter of 2013 Novartis slashed the price of the injection to Rs 32,000 but the hospital continued to sell the medicine at Rs 48, 296 even though the same vial was available for Rs 32,000 in nearby pharmacies.
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Delhi honour killing: What turns loving parents into cold-blooded murderers?

The brutal murder of 21-year-old Bhavna Yadav on the night of 15 November by her parents for marrying outside has once again brought into focus the deeply entrenched, but sadly real idea of 'honour' in our society. Education and exposure to modern life seem to have little impact on mindsets defined and dictated by the larger community to which the parents and their children belong.

Bhavana, a Yadav girl, had secretly married Abhishek Seth, a well-placed Punjabi while her parents had arranged her marriage to a boy of their own caste. She was under pressure from her family to call off the relationship but she decided to formalise her relationship with Abhishek. She had to pay for it with her life. According to police sources, she was strangled by her mother while her father held her legs in a tight grip.
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Feature: Forging a photo is easy, but how do you spot a fake?

Faking photographs is not a new phenomenon. The Cottingley Fairies seemed convincing to some in 1917, just as the images recently broadcast on Russian television, purporting to be satellite images showing the MH17 airliner being fired upon by a jet fighter, may have convinced others.

In fact, recently there’s been a proliferation of images appearing in the media that are not all they seem. Did Malaysian politician Jeffrey Wong Su En really receive a knighthood from the Queen? Has Iran exaggerated its missiles, or North Korea its assault hovercraft? Was this cover of Nature manipulated for artistic symmetry? The widespread use and high quality of digital cameras and photo editing software has made the art of faking a whole lot easier and more commonplace – whether convincing or not.
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Exclusive: Iranian women visiting Taj Mahal perform 'Asr Ki Namaz' at Hanuman Mandir

Iranian women visiting Taj Mahal found themselves in a difficult situation when they could not find a clean place to perform 'Asr Ki Namaz' in the evening.  

With the help of locals, they performed Namaz in the premises of Hanuman Mandir (Temple). Even the temple priest helped them and said: "Temple belongs to everyone; no one here is denied entry because of religion." Islamic scholars have found nothing wrong in this. 

"Namaz can be performed at any pious place," said Islamic Scholar Maulana Nadimul Wajidi.

Iranian women reached Agra in the evening, they were around Taj View Crossing and time for 'Asr Ki Namaz' was fast approaching. They started looking for a suitable place to perform their prayers. Since they spoke only Farsi Language, no one could guide them to the mosque. Soon they found themselves in front of Hanuman Mandir. 
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Special Report: The Hidden History Of The Owaisis Of AIMIM

It is incredible watching the media celebrate the ostensible rise of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi.

Every third day he peers out from newspapers and TV channels, lambasting the secular parties for their failings and declaring his ambition of forging a social alliance between Muslims and Dalits.

This is an amazing turnaround for the man who, only months ago, was dismissed as a hothead prone to making provocative speeches. No doubt, the Maharashtra assembly election results have underscored Owaisi’s significance. His party won two seats, came second on three, and bagged 0.9 percent of the votes polled even though it contested in only 24 assembly constituencies.
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