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BSNL, MTNL merger decision in 4-5 months
The decision on merging state-run BSNL and MTNL will be taken in the next four-five months, Telecom Secretary Rakesh Garg said on Friday.
 
"BSNL, MTNL merger decision will be taken in four-five months after studying the IIM report on it," he said.
 
Anupam Shrivastava, BSNL chairman-cum-managing director, said MTNL will be delisted before the merger. MTNL stocks rallied 20 percent intra-day. The stocks were trading 14.46 percent up at 2.11 p.m. in the Bombay Stock Exchange.
 
MTNL, however, said there is no delisting proposal under consideration of the board.
 
Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had earlier said BSNL and MTNL's debt stood at Rs.4,459 crore and Rs.14,120 crore, respectively.
 
The department of telecommunication in September 2014 had set a deadline of July 31, 2015 for closing the merger of MTNL and BSNL. MTNL operates in Delhi and Mumbai while BSNL offers telecom services in the rest of the country. BSNL with 61,622 mobile towers has the second largest tower portfolio among all the telecom service operators.

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The male diet is under threat from zombie steaks (The Funny Side)
Riki's theory is that food is now so full of chemicals - especially in China, where the beef video came from - that you cannot kill it. It is 'Undead' 
 
This is "The Guy Way" to prepare a healthy, raw vegetable dinner. 1) Take raw vegetables from fridge. 2) Throw them in the bin. 3) Go out for a steak.
 
But be warned: some of the guy-est guy foods are in danger. Meats are going through "the zombie barrier" according to a reader who asks only to be identified as Riki. He showed me the viral video circulating in the past few days showing a piece of raw beef throbbing and pulsating - despite being on a kitchen counter, ready for the pan.
 
It was linked to another viral video showing a beheaded cuttlefish rising from a seafood salad and dancing, despite not having a brain. (In this sense, cuttlefish are like human males, who also only dance when they have used a powerful chemical - Carlsberg Special Brew - to cause temporary lobotomies, a Latin-derived medical term meaning "surgical removal of the part of the head that prevents men behaving like bottoms").
 
Riki's theory is that food is now so full of chemicals - especially in China, where the beef video came from - that you cannot kill it. It is "Undead". You can tear it to shreds but it will keep creeping back to life with terrifying relentlessness, a bit like Britney Spears' career.
 
The video of the throbbing beef, filmed by "Mrs Cheng of Shandong" and spread by China's CCTV, was fake, said a butcher quoted by Channel 9 news of Australia. He's wrong.
 
In the interests of science, this columnist bought a zombie steak from a nearby wet market (it looked dead at first, but the butcher hit it with the back of his chopper to make it start pulsating), and it WAS pretty upsetting. "Shh! It's okay. I'm not going to hurt you," I found myself lying to the plastic bag.
 
By the time I got home, it had stopped moving, and I wasn't sure whether to mince it for burgers or organize a funeral with a choir and a selection of tasteful inter-faith readings.
 
Becoming a vegetarian may not be a complete answer. A reader who is a passionate vegan ("emotional person behaving as if she comes from the planet Vega") forwarded a recent article from Britain about farm vegetables showing curious behavior, with some "singing" audibly. Cauliflowers are creaking and squeaking, while rhubarb is making a fizzing, popping noise. Scientists say it might be related to climate change.
 
She shared with me her puzzlement over how to be kind to vegetables. "If you cook vegetables before you eat them, you're boiling them alive - but if you consume them raw, you're eating them alive," she said. "Which is worse?" I left her apologizing to a head of lettuce as she viciously tore off its leaves.
 
The only possible answer is to drop both meats and plants. That leaves us with an all-salt diet, which could get kind of boring after the first 30 seconds or so.
 
I opted for pasta. Here's a useful note on "The Guy Way of Estimating The Right Amount of Pasta to Cook." 1) Guess the right amount of pasta to put into boiling water. 2) Wait for it to cook. 3) You were wrong.
 
Bon appétit!

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Bapoo Malcolm

2 years ago

Guess it is wrong to chop off a living thing. Also terrible to breed and look after something till it grows and is big enough to eat. It's like eating your own child after planting the seed and waiting for it to grow. Also shameful to attack a living thing that cannot run away and protect itself; nor can it cry for help being totally friendless and helpless.

I feel so guilty that I am giving up vegetables. And fruits. And pulses. And legumes.

And become non-hypocritical.

Hema Malini's driver arrested for car crash
The driver of veteran film actress and BJP MP Hema Malini, whose car met with an accident here, has been arrested, police said on Friday.
 
"We have arrested the driver of Hema Malini's car, Mahesh Thakur, a resident of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh," a police officer at Dausa, where the accident took place on Thursday evening, told IANS over phone.
 
Thakur has been arrested on charges of rash driving, causing death by negligence, besides others, the official said.
 
The actress was injured in a road accident near Dausa, over 50 km from here in Rajasthan, when her car driven by Thakur rammed into another car coming from the opposite direction.
 
A five-year-old who was in the other car was killed, while four of its other occupants have been admitted to a hospital, the officer told IANS.
 
Doctors said the parliamentarian has suffered injuries on her forehead. She underwent a surgery and a CT scan and other tests were conducted on Thursday night.
 
"She is under observation and we will issue a medical bulletin at around 11.45 a.m. today (Friday)," a Fortis hospital spokesperson said.
 
The accident on National Highway 11 occurred around 9 p.m.

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Bapoo Malcolm

2 years ago

It should be everyone's wish to get involved in an accident with Amitabh Bachhan; doesn't matter if he is in the other car; doesn't matter if he gets a scratched toe-nail; doesn't matter if you bleed to death. Think of the publicity one will get, for days on end.

When I suggested this to our garbage collector a minute back, he asked me to fight for a huge compensation ....... for his family. My services are to be pro bono!

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