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July 23, 2007

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Death sentences to the 1993 Mumbai Bomb blast accused :
After 17 long years the accused of the Mumbai blasts of 93, those ripped the city apart, are being sentenced for the act. But for the first time, the TADA court in Mumbai and justice has given death sentence. So far seven people have been given the capital punishment while two have been given life imprisonment. All the seven have been alleged of planting the bombs at various sites in Mumbai killing hundreds of innocent lives.

The Harry Potter Mania :
This wizard has cast his spell on the young and the old alike!! People have queued in front of the cinema halls for hours and now in front of the book stall for the last book in the series. J K Rowling has kept all her fans guessing the climax of the much awaited book and children are equally excited about it.

Floods
With each passing year, the water below the ground has been decreasing while the level above ground has risen. It is more so evident during the monsoon all across the country. The present situation in Assam is turning grim with the Brahmaputra and its tributaries having an alarming rise in the water level after the incessant rainfall in the past week. Who is to be held responsible for the situations like these is the matter of debate. Its only a sharp warning from mother nature to all, the public, the civic bodies or the government.

Who will be the next first citizen of India?
The top most post in the Indian constitution. Never must have the country witnessed such an open battle among the proposed candidates for the presidential post. The main contenders are considered for the topmost position, belong to the state of Rajasthan. While the in office Vice President, Bhairon Singh Shkhawat is the son of Rajasthan, Pratibha Patil, the veteran politician is the daughter in law of the state. If its Ms. Patil, India will see its first woman President in its 60th year.




Opinion: The new wonder:: TAJ


By - Suvarna Sadhu Banerjee


The grandeur called the Taj is perhaps the most photographed, filmed, described and sketched building of the world. Taj Mahal is where fantasy coincides with reality in perfect harmony. An inspiration for innumerous artists over the centuries, the Taj is an ode to love. An epitome of love the world has ever seen which no monument in the world can match.

This Taj had to be voted to be awarded the category of new wonders of the world! The voting had to be appealed through various forms of media. And finally Taj did manage to come in the list of new Seven Wonders of the World!

The question still lies, was it necessary for the masses to vote for the Seven Wonders of the World? The wonders which were nominated and have not made it to the list, are they any lesser in their architectural beauty or in their heritage status? Or for that matter, for us Indians and foreigners alike, would the enigma of the Taj be reduced had it not been chosen to the list? Or more so, are not the Ajanta and Ellora caves a wonder? Are not the Khajuraho temples or the Konark temple a wonder of its own?? These and many more buildings and sites must be hidden, not only in India but around the world.

The motive should not be to make these monuments as the wonders of the world but to preserve them; to learn the architecture and the history of these monuments. The history of humanity and the reason behind the creation of the structures can tell much more than just bundling them together and giving them a name of wonders of the world.


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