Indicast # 167: Olympic Stories

Friday, 27 July 2012 05:30

The presidential post in India is largely a ceremonial role. But when Pranab Mukherjee took oath as the 13th president of India, the top bosses at Congress must have slept well that night. With the prospect of hung parliament alive and well, Pranab da can exercise his presidential powers. In this podcast, we talk a bit about what he inherits from his predecessor and what lies ahead of him. In other big news, London prepares itself for one of the most lavish parties on earth as it hosts its third Olympics.

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Simon WrightThe Economist's deputy news editor, Simon Wright is so good at dismembering jargons that you might even start to care about knowing a little something about natural gas, the subject of his special report that was published this month. In this podcast, Simon gives us a crash course in 'Shale gas' and explains why is it a big deal that America has started to mine more of it in the last few years. He reckons that it may still take a while for developing countries to get their hands on it, but this discovery could lead to some interesting political repercussions in world economy. (Photo courtesy: http://www.economist.com)

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Indicast # 166: Tarun Sehrawat RIP

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 05:30

This week Tarun Sehrawat, a 22 year old photographer from Tehelka died of malaria. He picked up the germ while reporting from Jharkhand for the magazine. Ghazal myestro Mehndi Hassan passed away. In some encouraging news, three young Indians were shortlisted by Google for its annual science fair contest. In sports, Bhupati and Paes go at each other. And this week, we talk about Deepika Kumari, India's entry to Olympics in archery.

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Indicast # 165: Sportomania week

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 05:30

The world is in a sportive mood this week with Saina Nehwal winning the Thailand Open and Sania Mirza and Bhupati taking the French Open. Lewis Hamilton wins the Canadian Grand Prix becoming the seventh new winner in as many races. This episode we also talk about Krishna Poonia, India's discuss thrower who will represent us at the Olympics.  The Euro 2012 has kicked off too with the best match so far being that of Spain versus Italy which was tied at 1-1. But outside football, Spain dare not celebrate. Spanish banks have been given a rescue loan totaling to more than a 100 billion USD in the hope that they turn things around. In politics, one Gunapati Deepak Reddy has declared revenues of more than Rupees 6,000 crores. An eventful week overall.

 

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Indicast #164: Is India shining?

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 05:30

People are beginning to ask the question that every Indian dreads. Is India really shining? or is it being too pessimistic to keep expecting India to continue on its growth number while the world goes through a slowdown? The Indian government is doing its best defend the growth numbers, falling rupee, and the petrol price hike. In other topics, we talk about India's new army chief, Vishwananthan Anand's victory, Sachin turning an MP, and Mary Kom's Olympic dream

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Indicast #163: India downgraded

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 05:30

For the first time in many many years, Standard & Poor downgraded India's rating from stable to BBB nevative and our politicians rehearsed their typical reaction of being "shocked" at this. In other news, a few politicians are miffed at the Haj subsidy which is an annual freebie given to those who make the trip to Haj. In what turns out to be the programing coup of the decade, Aamir Khan debuts with Satyameva Jayate, a one hour show which addresses social evils and attempt to offer a solution. Zohra Sehgal, the sprightly actress from Bollywood turns 100!

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Indicast # 162: Why Sachin, why?

Monday, 30 April 2012 10:47

Our conversations about Sachin Tendulkar can get one-sided. We are fans. In this one, however, we are disappointed with his recent decision to accept the Rajya Sabha nomination. But our disappointment pales when we compare it with Suresh Kalmadi's audacious attempt to make a comeback at the Indian Olympic Association as its president. Knowing our politics, he might even make it. A week back, India tested its Agni V long-range missile. Our neighbours responded with their own. In some pleasant news, IIT is set to expand overseas.

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Indicast # 161: Surprise, We are back

Friday, 20 April 2012 05:30

We are back after what has been the longest hiatus in the last 5 years that we have been doing Indicast. We start the episode taking about the top stories that we missed while we were away and then move on with the current affairs. This week's stories include the successful Agni V test, The Aids train, Akaash tablets fail, Yuvraaj Singh returning back to India and Gandhi memoribilia still getting fetching big bucks.

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