What the world is reading: The Guardian
- Rs 20L seized from Ajit Chandila relative's home, another ex-cricketer held
- Indian American teen Eesha Khare invents wondrous 20-sec charger, Google eyes bid
- India and China ask SRs to work on more border steps
- Can't charge man with rape over consensual sex even if marriage eludes: Supreme Court
- Saudi Arabian authorities refuse to accept new Indian passports
2013 will be no picnic
Columnist Ha-Joon Chang in his opinion piece for The Guardian says the world didn't end as a Mayan prophecy foretold but believes 2013 will be tougher than 2012. Chang says, "Global leaders will still have to work hard to manage economic trials and social tensions." The Cambridge University economics professor says Republicans will do their best bit "to weaken federal US government by using an anachronistic law on federal debt ceiling." European leaders need to work out new economic programmes with a more equitable sharing of the burden of adjustment, both within and between countries, he says.
Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell sees exciting Test cricket being played in the coming months between England and Australia. India recently hosted England and will host Australia which heads to England for Ashes in July-August 2013. Chappell has a word of advice for each of the cricket teams to improve their Test cricket. He says, "India needs to begin a revitalisation process with a change of leadership." Chappell feels that Australia should fix their system which produced exciting young batsman but now brings "ageing debutants." England should unearth a fast-bowling all-rounder in order to use the lethal combination of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar. This, Chappell feels, would bring England, a team on the rise, great success in Tests.
The Sydney Morning Herald
No sex please, we're Googlers
Senior writer with Sydney Morning Herald, Peter Munro, analyses the Google's Zeitgeist report on trends on online searches for 2102. Munro says the report missed an obvious topic for many people online—porn. He quotes Google spokesman Shane Treeves, "'Zeitgeist' means 'the spirit of the times'. Searches for adult keywords are pretty constant, we don't think they define the zeitgeist for any one year." Munro further quotes Australian Sex party president Fiona Patten, who believes it is censorship on part of Google. "It seems curious that Google would not want to talk about porn, which takes up such a huge part of the world wide web and is no doubt one of the most searched-for terms on its search engine," Patten tells him.
- 'Sophisticated' Indian cyberattacks targeted Pak military sites: Report
- Talkative Li quoted Weber, Hegel, Jobs, said PM is large-hearted
- Bihar food corp ends up with chaff as rice worth Rs 535 cr vanishes from mills
- In 7 lucrative minutes on May 9, Sreesanth bowled six balls, bookie made Rs 2.5 cr
- India and China ask border envoys to work on more steps
- Former Ranji player among 3 more held