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Viji Athreye

I am an Indian...Wedded to the Olive Green, I believe I belong to the Silent Ranks. I am extremely perturbed by the social issues concerning India. I in my own capacity am trying to bring about that change for a brighter tomorrow.

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Militant Ambush in Kashmir

  Three soldiers were martyred and three civilians injured when militants ambushed a search-and-cordon team at Mulu Chitragam, Shopian, 60-km south of Srinagar, at about 2 am on February 23, 2017. The search-and cordon team comprised of both Army and Police officials. A civilian woman also was killed in the cross-fire. The army personnel belonged to Rashtriya Rifles Battalion and were returning after an operation in Kungnoo Shopian when the militants opened fire. The attack [...]

Famous Jyotirlinga Shrines of Lord Shiva

The Supreme Lord Shiva is venerated every year on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri. Literally meaning “the Great Night of Shiva”, Mahashivratri is celebrated on the new moon day (Hindu Calendar) in the month of Maagha, which falls in late winter (February, or March) and before the arrival of spring. This year Mahashivratri will be celebrated on Friday, the 24th of February. Mahashivratri is in fact a very solemn festival; a time for introspection and [...]


The political world in Tamil Nadu started picking up shape at long last with Edappadi Palaniswami taking charge as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, ending the 10-day long bitter feud between AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala and former CM, O Panneerselvam (OPS). His appointment is in acceptance of the “letter of submitted by Palaniswami on Tuesday that he was elected as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party at a meeting of the party MLAs held [...]


The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched a record 104 satellites in one go on Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, on board a single rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. India’s dependable workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), set out on its 39th flight after the Mission Readiness Review committee and Launch Authorisation Board gave its approval for lift off, ISRO said. With a payload of 104 satellites, [...]


The avocado fruit, native to South Central Mexico, and cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world, has over the past decade gained tremendous popularity and commercial value because of its astounding nutritional value. Often called the ‘Alligator Pear’ because of its shape (when cut into two) and colour as well as texture, avocado ranks among the top five healthiest foods of the world because of its unique qualities and high nutritional value. Unlike [...]


As tension continues to be prevalent in Nagaland with tribal groups opposed to the 33% reservation to women in ULBs (Urban Local Bodies) in the upcoming election under Schedule IX (A) of the Constitution of India, the Congress demanded the imposition of the President’s Rule in Nagaland alleging that Naga’s People Front-led (NPF) Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government has failed to control the situation. What is the Crisis? Here is a nutshell of the [...]


The Indian IT industry has more to worry about aside from the proposal of overhauling the H1B visas. The United States Congress has now introduced two more legislations over the last two weeks, which are bound to have adverse effects on India’s IT industry prospects. End Outsourcing Act Three Senate democrats, Joe Donnelly along with Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, on January 30, 2017, introduced the “End Outsourcing Act” in the view of [...]


Kung Fu Yoga, a 2017 action-adventure comedy film written and directed by Stanley Tong, is a Chinese-Indian co-production of Taihe Entertainment (China) and Shinework Pictures (China). Recorded in English, Hindi and Mandarin, Kung Fu Yoga released today in India, on February 3, 2017. The original music of the film has been composed by Nathan Wang and additional music composed by Komail and Shivaan. Synopsis The film revolves around Chinese archaeology professor Jack (Jackie Chan), who [...]


  What comes as a piece of good news to the middle-class salaried employees, i.e. those earning within the bracket of Rs 2,50,000 – Rs 5,00,000 per annum, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reduced the rate of taxation from the exiting 10% to 5%. This would reduce the tax liability to zero (with rebate) or 50% of their existing liability for all persons earning below Rs 5 lakh. Citing the reason as giving relief to the [...]


The Trump Administration has decided to tackle the immigration policies of the US immediately after banning refugees and travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. This time the strike will be closer home as the Trump Administration has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling the work-visa programme. The US administration said on Monday, January 30, 2017, it had drafted an executive order to overhaul the H1B work-visa programme that software services firms based in India [...]