Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley feels the JD-U and SP, the prime movers behind the idea of Third Front, are ‘potential losers’ in their areas of influence, and are no match to Narendra Modi-led NDA.Is the Third Front back? Who exactly is pushing the idea of the Third Front? What are its implications? The prime movers behind the idea of Third Front are the Janata Dal-United and the Samajwadi Party. Both are facing a serious identity crisis. The JD-U broke a long standing alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party and faces the possibility of being squeezed out in the Lok Sabha elections. The party is essentially confined to Bihar.Its leaders took a calculated risk and had hoped that Lalu Prasad Yadav would be in prison and the minority vote would shift to them. The bail granted to the Rashtriya Janata Dal leader destroyed the JD-U’s calculations. The SP in Uttar Pradesh is responsible for keeping both the UPA-I and UPA-II in power. … [Read more...] about Arun Jaitley: Third Front or the ‘Losers’ Front’?
On one side of Bolivia’s political chasm people and leaders are denouncing a “coup”. On the other, they are welcoming the “return of democracy”. The dispute over what is happening in Bolivia has spilled far beyond the country’s borders, fought over by allies and critics around the world. But the most intense battles are playing out on the streets where the crisis began just a few weeks ago, now more volatile than ever, as protesters on both sides say they are fighting for the soul and future of their country. After weeks of escalating demonstrations over contested election results, which saw police mutiny, trade union allies desert him and then the military call for his departure, President Evo Morales submitted his resignation and fled the country. But his departure, far from resolving Bolivia’s crisis, has only deepened it. After his allies in the legislature resigned, the next in the line of succession was a rightwing Christian who served as … [Read more...] about Is it a coup or a return to democracy? Battle for Bolivia’s soul rages
A GRANDDAD who had cancer all over his body says an anti-worm drug used to treat dogs got rid of the disease. Joe Tippens was initially diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in 2016. By January 2017 it was found that the aggressive cancer had spread all over his body including his liver, pancreas, bladder, stomach, neck and bones and he was given just three months to live. He said on his website the PET scan “lit up like a Christmas tree”. But then a vet made a very unconventional suggestion – taking fenbendazole, an anti-worm drug used to treat hookworms and roundworms as well as other gut parasites in animals, mainly dogs. The suggestion is highly controversial as it goes go against medical advice from cancer experts.Doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas had put Joe on a clinical trial saying it wouldn’t save his life but might prolong it giving him a year or so to live. With nothing to lose Joe willingly took part and while he was on the trial he saw … [Read more...] about Granddad claims DOG medicine got rid of his ‘head-to-toe’ cancer after docs gave him three months to live
In 1977, Seamus Heaney visited Hugh MacDiarmid at his home in the Scottish borders, when the great poet and controversialist was in the final phase of life. MacDiarmid had been overlooked by the curators of English literature: compiling the Oxford Book of English Verse, Philip Larkin asked a friend if there was “any bit of MacD that’s noticeably less morally repugnant and aesthetically null than the rest?” Heaney, who has always felt at home with Scots vernacular takes a different line. “I always said that when I met MacDiarmid, I had met a great poet who said ‘Och’. I felt confirmed. You can draw a line from maybe Dundalk across England, north of which you say ‘Och’, south of which you say ‘Well, dearie me’. In that monosyllable, there’s a world view, nearly.” In a literary career that spans 40 years, Heaney’s appointed subject matter has been largely extra-curricular: Irish nationalism, “Orange … [Read more...] about The mythmaker