Here's what is in the news:
INDIA THREATENS TO RETALIATE AGAINST CANADA (Front page headline)
It appears the Indians are angered after some visa applications to Canada have been denied. Members of the BSF (Border Security Force) and IB (Intelligence Bureau) have had their visa's rejected due to "human rights violation" or because the group is "notoriously violent" and they may "endanger the lives or safety of persons in Canada." India is threatening to deal with Canadian citizens in a similar fashion if they do not apologize.
Does that mean if we leave the country they won't let us back in? Or maybe...they won't let us leave.
BANGALORE BEST FOR EXPATS (Front page)
Bangalore is the best Indian city for expats according to a global list of cities compiled by Mercer for 2010. Number 1 in India but number 140th/221 overall. They did an Eco-city Ranking also and Bangalore was the top Indian city again but number 198th/221 overall. The Eco ranking was based on water availability, waste removal, air pollution and traffic congestion. Hmm, not so good. I think we'll check out the best ranked cities for expats next time: Vienna, Zurich and Geneva. Looks like we are better off than last place Baghdad though.
STOLEN ATM FOUND ABANDONED NEAR LAKE
Yesterday an ATM was stolen from a bank without disturbing the security guards who were sound asleep. The ATM was not fixed to the wall or floor which made the burglars' job easy. The article today states the ATM has been found but they aren't sure if any money was stolen...gee, I wonder?
THE CRASH OF AIR INDIA EXPRESS IX-812
This is the flight from Dubai to Mangalore that crashed on landing. 158 of about 164 people died. Air India staff called off a two-day strike after management fired 17 leaders and suspended 15 engineers. The company had announced a gag order which prompted the flash stike. Previously there were many accusations of lax maintenance and not enough staff to safely maintain all the Air India planes.
RISE OF OLD AGE HOMES IS A DISTURBING TREND
Tradionally Indian parents stay with their children when they get old. On one hand the trend of "dumping" parents in old age homes exists only in a limited way. Children may not have the time to take care of their parents at home and parents feel neglected. Sometimes the parents prefer to be in an old age home and the stigma attached to institutional facilities appears to be fading. Still many believe this is the minority and agree that homes that take in elders who are left alone are doing a great service.