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Sunanda Pushkar, Wife Of Shashi Tharoor Dead In Delhi Hotel

By Aglaia Staff

Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, has reportedly been found dead in a five-star hotel here.

Pushkar‘s body was found in room number 345 of Leela Hotel. The incident came to fore around 8pm after the hotel authorities informed the police. 

The special commissioner of police Deepak Mishra confirmed the incident to the media. However police were yet to ascertain if it was a suicide. Further investigations are on. The room in which Pushkar was staying has been sealed by the police 
The shocking news comes just a day after Sunanda and her husband Shashi Tharoor were involved in a Twitter controversy, also involving a Pakistani woman journalist.

As the indecorous row surrounding the suave 57-year-old Tharoor escalated, the controversy-prone minister took to Twitter to come out with a joint statement with his wife Sunanda Pushkar to say they were “happily married”, but distressed by “some unauthorised tweets”.

“We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy,” said the statement by Tharoor, who married Pushkar in 2010. The row erupted after exchange of some messages involving the three, some of them intimate.

“We are distressed by the unseemly controversy that has arisen about some unauthorised tweets from our twitter accounts,” the diplomat-turned politician said.

Pushkar had accused the 45-year-old Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar of stalking her husband and trying to “break” her marriage when she was away for medical treatment.

Both Tharoor and Pushkar had married twice before. The minister of state for human resources development is a Congress Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram.

 

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Things Fall Apart; Shoma Chaudhury Resigns

By Aglaia Staff

Tehelka managing editor Shoma Chaudhury, who came under heavy criticism for trying to “cover up” the alleged charges of sexual assault leveled by a junior colleague against the magazine’s founding editor Tarun Tejpal, resigned on Thursday.

 

In her resignation letter mailed to Tehelka editorial staff, Chaudhury wrote, “as a result of what’s transpired over the past few days my integrity 

has repeatedly been questioned by people from our fraternity and, in fact, by the public at large. I would like to take cognizance of this. I have worked hard for Tehelka for many years and what we have stood for is very dear to me and I hold it in high esteem. I do not want questions raised about my integrity to tarnish the image of Tehelka, which it has done in the past week. Therefore, I resign as Managing Editor with immediate effect.”
Chaudhury had to face the heat for the apology and the in-house probe route suggested by her to redress the victim’s complaint of alleged sexual assault instead of seeking a proper police investigation.

In her letter, the managing editor also denied charges of an alleged “cover up” and of not standing by her “feminist positions.”

“While I accept that I could have done many things differently and in a more measured way, I reject the allegations of a cover-up because in no way could the first actions that were taken be deemed suppression of any kind. As for my feminist positions, I believe I acted in consonance with them by giving my colleague’s account precedence over everything else,” she stated in her resignation letter.

Read: Full text of Shoma Chaudhury’s resignation letter

Chaudhury’s resignation comes after the National Commission for Women asked her to explain in detail the measures she took to redress the sexual assault complaint filed against Tarun Tejpal.

On Wednesday, the Tehelka managing editor had written to the victim accepting the latter’s resignation. The victim, who was a junior journalist in the magazine, had mailed her resignation to Chaudhary on Monday.

Chaudhury in her letter had said that she is “inexpressibly dismayed” by the complainant’s charges that she (Chaudhury) did not stand by her. “From the moment I received your complaint, my actions, were driven by outrage on your behalf, urgent concern, and a desire to assuage your sense of injury….. despite my immediate and assertive actions in support of you, I stand wrongly defaced,” the letter states.

Tejpal has to appear before Goa police in Panaji by 3pm on Thursday and could be arrested. The alleged sexual assault took place in a hotel in Goa.

 

 

 

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iTunes Store Opens Shutters in India

By Aglaia Staff( Newswire: Agencies)

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For the better part of a decade, the iTunes Store has appeared to be a distant dream for music lovers in India. For despite the mouth-watering array of music, and later movies, ebooks and TV serials, available, all we could hope to download were a sorry collection of free ebooks and some podcasts. Well, those days are over — the iTunes Store is now available in almost-full glory on Indian shores as well.

On December 4,2012, Apple opened the doors of the iTunes Store to 56 new countries, including India. This means you can now buy music, as well as rent and buy movies at reasonable rates right from the iTunes application itself. The iTunes program is available free for the Mac and Windows platforms, and is already installed in your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch).

Just fire up your iTunes application and go to the Store section to browse available wares. There are over 20 million songs available to purchase and download, spanning ‘local and international music from all the major labels and thousands of independent labels’. Apart from this, there is Indian content available from well-known labels such as Sony Music, Universal Music, EMI Records, Saregama, T-Series and YRF Music.

Single songs cost anything from Rs 7 to Rs 15 (average Rs. 12) whereas albums start at Rs 70 (average Rs. 100), all in the DRM-free AAC format.

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You can also download movies, starting at Rs 190 and going up to Rs 490 for an HD version. Interestingly, the iTunes Store also has movies on rent. Rentals start at Rs 80 for standard definition and Rs 120 for high definition, and are available for 30 days, though you must finish watching within 48 hours of first pressing the play button.

Of course, the comparison with Flipkart’s Flyte store is inevitable. Not only does Flipkart have a better collection of music, spanning many regional languages (while iTunes only covers Hindi and Tamil), it also works out cheaper with songs starting at Rs 6 and albums starting at around Rs 40.

Thus, you theoretically might be better off buying music from Flipkart, the iTunes store scores on making movies available too. Also, whereas Flipkart lets you download a purchased song on up four devices, iTunes lets you download to 10. However, legally-bought music on sites like Flipkart and iTunes are also DRM free, meaning that they don’t contain software to dictate restrictions on their usage.

The movies collection on the iTunes Store is not the greatest — you could search for some well-known classics and popular picks, both Bollywood and English films, in vain — but the ability to buy and download, or just rent for a one-time watch is very convenient. Sadly ,TV serials are not available to Indian viewers yet, and one hopes that the path will be paved for that very soon. Ebooks are also not available for purchase as of now.

Apple also unveiled its iTunes Match service for Indian users, which uploads your entire music collection — from iTunes and other places — to the iCloud for access from any iOS device. This service costs Rs 1,200 annually, but might be worth every paisa for dedicated music lovers.

Preceding the opening of the iTunes Store, a new version of the iTunes application for Mac and PC was launched last month. With a completely redesigned interface, yet retaining the old and familiar feel of the application, iTunes 11 is a much faster and responsive avatar. The sidebar has been removed from the default view, and accessing and playing music, making playlists and so on are much easier. A new Up Next feature displays upcoming songs in the selected playlist and you can add songs on the go. Overall, it is a welcome component to the Store.

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Kinky Sex Club Approved At Harvard

By The Aglaia Team

A club for people who want to discuss kinky sex was approved Friday at the world-renowned Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass.

The Committee on Student Life approved 15 student organizations, including Harvard College Munch.

This group, which began meeting informally a year ago, has grown to about 30 members, according to the school’s student newspaper The Crimson.

Michael, who was granted anonymity by the newspaper, started the club last October.

He told the newspaper that club recognition will provide a sense of relief for current and future members knowing they are receiving institutional support. Munch is described as a low-pressure social gathering for people involved in or interested in BDSM — bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism.

Being officially recognized on campus will allow the group to put up posters for events and promote Munch’s presence. They will also be eligible for funding that will provide food and drinks for their gatherings.

Michael says that most members’ kinks fall on the BDSM spectrum.

Mae, a member of the organization who asked to be identified by her middle name, told the newspaper that the group has made her feel comfortable to discuss her interests.

“I didn’t think that anyone was even remotely interested (in kink) on campus,” Mae told The Crimson. “It’s a community where you can feel safe, and you can feel comfortable talking about (kink).”

Michael, the founder of the club, said the best part of being officially recognized is that it gives the club legitimacy and that “we are being taken seriously.”

Nathalie Miraval, who reported on this story for the Crimson, said this group is only a discussion group.

“It’s not like these kids are coming together to have sex,” she told the Toronto Star in an interview. “They are just trying to open up the discussion about sex on campus.”

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Justin J. Lehmiller, a lecturer in Harvard’s psychology department and a sex columnist, said that he believes that students should learn about the diversity in sexual behavior.

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“China and India should retain their own identity”Interview With Peter Senge, MIT OD expert

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China and India should Retain Their Own Identity – Sunil Kumar with Peter Senge, MIT OD Guru – Aglaia Interactive

By Sunil Kumar( Originally Published A Few Years Back)

Confucius said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” However cliched this statement may sound, it exemplifies, to a large extent, the collective Chinese work ethic and the resurgence of the Chinese nation to counter Occidental dominance. After the 1950s, we have seen wider prosperity throughout the globe. The benefits of education and healthcare have slowly benefited more parts of the world. This is due to technological prowess, coupled with more effective management of materials.

So, in the 21st century, where exactly are we headed? Is it a post-modern utopia, or is it a dystopia which humanity would face in the immediate future? To answer such questions, and more, I caught up with Dr. Peter Senge, the director of the Center for Organizational Learning, at the MIT Sloan School of Management. [Flashback to this day, he was slightly tipsy and I was in a universal state, a profound other-worldly mental experience.]

As an ‘idealistic pragmatist’(in his own words), Senge has been able to explore and advocate some rather utopian and abstract ideas. These largely revolve around systems theory. They also deal with the necessity to bring human values into the workplace.

How would you envisage a learning organization? 

Let us take a look at world history post industrial revolution. Society, as a whole, and industrial organizations in particular, have faced a learning challenge. Let us take the case of fossil-fuel emissions, the greenhouse effect, and the way things have shaped in the past one or two decades. Transport systems are in a perilous state. Government and businesses have to contend with the dynamics of a deeply industrial society. In such a transformational paradigm, organizations have to evolve to meet altered needs.

Going forward, organizations have to change their work processes to meet a changed thoughtscape and look at sustainability and viability in a holistic systems perspective.

What is communitarianism in the light of a learning organization?

India and China are traditionally considered to be close-knit societies. They are now moving towards a model where the North American idea is admired and sought to be emulated. China is aiming to become the next United Stares. If one goes through the speeches of the Chinese premier, it will be apparent that he has constantly been reiterating a drive towards a circular economy. He has done this because insufficient resources in the country are posing a great difficulty.

The idea of circular economy has been a heated topic in China in recent years. Experts say China’s hastening economic development has been gained at the cost of its environment and resources. This is an ideal example, on a national level, of a learning organization and communitarianism exemplified to its fullest. India also has to evolve along these lines. Since North America gobbles up most of the world’s resources, China and India have to evolve as a national unit geared towards communitarianism.

Could you elaborate on system archetypes and structures that recur in a person’s work life?

As individuals, what we are doing on a constant basis is seeing patterns which would fit into our respective modes of thinking. On a systemic level, these are the patterns that would culminate into fruitful behavior for an individual or an enterprise.

You have spoke about metanoia(mental models). Could you elaborate what it would mean for a CTO?

It has been a long time since Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase ‘global village.’ An ideal global village has to be based on the concept of equitable distribution with respect to all its constituent members. In this case, it would be relevant for enterprises and CTOs across the globe. What this means for different organizations is sustainability and viability in the next two or three decades. A healthy biosphere and an ecosystem, which organizations would create for themselves. A CTO has to take all these factors into account, and generate a reality, which would correspond to the rapidly changing volatile dynamics that would apply to him in the future.

What would this mean in terms of infrastructure for a learning community?

Working and learning are constant features of our daily lives. With regard to jobs, investment in infrastructure has a long history. After the second world war, and the resurgence of the quality movement, Japan marched forward assisted by Dr. Deming and Joseph Juran. These management gurus created an infrastructure for a learning community. Thus, an ideal breeding ground for further innovation was created. Going forward, I believe, this and other things will assist growth.

You have spoken about creative tension. How will this aid CTOs and knowledge workers in the new economy?

Basically, what this means is that learners have their own goals. In the modern world, everybody is a knowledge worker. Going forward into the 21st century, self-driven learning and an innate drive to innovate would assist CTOs and people.

Finally, what would an adaptive enterprise be, going forward into the 21st century?

An adaptive enterprise is basically one that is harmonious and counters dysfunctions by evolving continually. Our pattern of growth was from a manufacturing society to a services-based setup fueled by consumer electronics. Thus, having the right business model is what counts in the modern context. An adaptive enterprise would be a setup that constantly redefines its relationships and maintains a consistent balance between volume and changing dynamics.

What a CTO wants is greater throughput, which would accelerate his entire mindset and the enterprise in the 21st century. Considering the wasteful excesses of the industrialized nations, a CTO in India has to focus on minimal waste and greater thought given to industrial ecology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lokpal Still In A Quagmire

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By Sunil Kumar

It is a year since we have witnessed the great Lokpal debate. Today, 23rd March 2012 and the latest news: No consensus on Lokpal after an all-party meet.

The Prime Minister and his entourage plan to create a national anti-graft agency to pacify the nerves of a frayed population sick and tired of scams in governance, education, the workplace and every walk of life. So, what do we see instead in the divided states of India.

A national soap opera with gurus, political parties, lawyers and the media indulging in a daily circus. Witness heated debates, national demonstrations and the great joke of democracy being played out on live television screens and our streets. Still, there is no other country on earth that I admire more than my own.

Here are some facts on this big media debate

What is the Lokpal?: For my great Indian readers and the global reading public, it is a national agency of nine members, selected by a committee that includes the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition. It will examine corruption cases against every government servant. State branches are Lokayuktas, like Karnataka, where a great mining scam collectively robbed the national exchequer. With so many similar episodes, it is strange to see how our country functions, or as famously put, we are a functioning anarchy.

But we still manage to go on with our journalists, the public and the world living in a collective frenzy of hope.

Regional parties such as the DMK and Mamata Banerjee manage to arm-twist the government. Notice the vote on Sri Lanka or this year’s railway budget.

Although I have no specific opinion on either issue, it is strange to notice how our collective system works to successively dampen spirits, subjugate hope and make ideas pointless pointers to toothless bodies.

The opposition right-wing BJP, the Left, the incumbent party or any political ideology in this country manages to complain and institute a simple caveat: Save Your Own Skin. There is endemic corruption everywhere.

The selection of the Lokpal is also a matter of intense political debate. According to the opposition, giving the government too much power amounts to a skewed Lokpal.

There is a cat-and-mouse game here, where people are attempting to score political brownie points. But, in my opinion, every rule as mentioned by civil rights bodies should be put into practice, including the Prime Minister being brought under the ambit of the Lokpal as well as a Lokayukta in every state so that they can control every regional entity.

In fifteen years, we shall have a different, probably still resurgent India. Instituting anti-corruption laws is mandatory to establish faith in our political parties, judiciary and the media in the people. Also, I need to have faith in my organizations and this country.

( A Patriotic Citizen)

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