Tables Turn as Microsoft Leaves Amazon Behind

Now it’s Amazon’s turn to play catch-up with Microsoft. This is a brilliant analysis pointing to why Microsoft will rule the cloud.

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Times Now, “CoModi” Channel!

Ha ha ha! Times Now is getting better and better when it comes to keeping viewers entertained with jokes unlimited on Prime Minister Modi, now in London for a Commonwealth meeting.

What I just saw may be something which even the Republic channel cannot match: “(The British) PM, Prince (Charles) and Queen (Elizabeth) are in queue to meet (Modi).”

This comes a day after The Times of India carried a piece on why Modi’s visit is crucial for world economy. How true! After wrecking the Indian economy and the polity, he does have to weave his magic on the rest of the world!

Laughs and more laughs that no comedy channel can give!

But Theresa May, can you have him there permanently so he can keep the other Modi (Lalit) and Vijay Mallya in good humour?

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Commonwealth Games: “An Enduring Reminder of British Imperialism.”

Beautiful Gold Coast bid adieu to the Commonwealth Games last night with a closing ceremony that had raised both praise and criticism. Flak for a lack of focus on athletes and praise for

Going beyond the merits and demerits of the event, this CNN report takes a big-picture view of the relevance of the Games, given that it is viewed by some as an “enduring reminder of British imperialism.”

Any balanced report on the relevance of the Games will be incomplete without bringing up the botch-up that was Delhi 2010. Not surprisingly, the CNN report has this to say:

One of the Low Points in Games’ History

“The Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games was one of the low points in the history of the event. Engulfed by controversy, there were criticisms about spending millions on a sporting event in a country with extreme poverty. There were also construction delays, infrastructure problems and poor ticket sales.”

What a mess the then Congress Government in India made of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which faced the threat of being moved to another country at the last minute or, worse, being abandoned!

All because of corruption of Himalayan proportions, shoddy preparations and mismanagement! Delhi 2010 even put India’s participation in the Olympics in jeopardy, though the potential ban was overcome with some clean-up actions. But, the man behind it all, Suresh Kalmadi, a former Congress MP, was never dealt with promptly.

That only goes to reinforce India’s democratic tradition that while governments may change, the situation will only go from bad to worse as far as crimes by the establishment are concerned.

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Sydney Being Split Into 3 to Give Residents a Good Quality of Life

Is Singapore Listening?

There are firm plans in place to split Sydney into three cities in 20 years. This is to deal with population growth and “give residents better access to housing, jobs and services across the board”, as this CNN report points out.

The ultimate goal is to give Sydneysiders a good quality of life. Sydney and Australia have the luxury of space to contemplate and execute such city transformations.

That has made me think of how the quality of life in Singapore has taken a deep dip because of what appears to me a reckless growth in population even as plans remain in place to add another million or more by 2030.

There is a streak of commonality between Australia and Singapore – both are countries that see a population boom through rapid immigration.

Singapore will have to build cities in the sky and the seas to accommodate its population made up of around 40% foreigners.

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Women, India’s Pride at Commonwealth Games

Time for India and Indians to Look Beyond Cricket

Women were the real stars of India’s good showing at the Commonwealth Games that’s is concluding on the Gold Coast today.

Their performances in three events, in particular, stood out – Table Tennis, Badminton and Shooting. They quelled Singapore’s dominance in these three disciplines, as this report in today’s edition of The Straits Times points to.

Indian women won the gold in Table Tennis team and singles events, with similar results in Badminton too, demonstrating consistency and excellence.

But among men, there was no individual gold in both the sports. Sharath Kamal was routed 4-0 by a Nigerian player in the semi-final while Srikanth settled for silver in badminton.

Overall, it was great showing by the athletes, with gold medals coming in from a few other events too such as boxing, weightlifting and wrestling.

It is time India and Indians started looking beyond Cricket for sporting glory.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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Easy Gold for Saina, Notwithstanding Close Scoreline

Singapore’s OKTO TV channel was showing a Commonwealth Games rugby match when Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu were in an all-Indian badminton gold medal clash this morning.

It is a no-brainer that badminton is a more popular sport in Asia, including in Singapore, than rugby. I am still unable to grasp what made rugby trump badminton in terms of TV coverage!

Luckily, the badminton final was shown live on Toggle, so I was able to watch it there. Thank you Toggle!

Saina took home the Gold with a straight two-game win, deservingly so! Though the scoreline may make it look like a close contest, to me, Saina was the superior player and a convincing winner with her consistency.

Throughout the two-week Games, it was Saina who gave all her might for India who took the team gold, with Sindhu enjoying a nice break. She did not play a single team match, possibly to keep her fit for the individual gold that turned out to be elusive for her.

This is the second successive defeat for Sindhu against Saina. After injuries kept Saina struggling the last two years, she is now at the top of her game.

Congratulations, Saina! Women players have kept the Indian flag flying high at the Games, concluding today on the Gold Coast.

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Brilliant Manika in Commonwealth Games Final

Brilliant Manika Batra is in final after a thrilling win over Feng today – the second time in the Commonwealth Games she had beaten the Singaporean World Number 4!

What makes the win even more significant is that Manika hardly had a breather after her mixed doubles final that also went the full distance, ending in a narrow loss for her and Sathian.

Well done, Manika!

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