Indicast # 219: Whose Basmati is it anyway? Featured

Sunday, 11 October 2020 21:22 Written by

Pakistan contests India's claim for an exclusive Geographical Indication tag to Basmati rice in the European Union. It has until December 10th to respond. Researchers in Scotland have figured out a way to test if a whiskey is authentic without having to open the bottle. And an Indian couple in the UK get married in a drive in ceremony to get around restrictions that allow only 15 people to gather at a time. In India, meanwhile, the arranged marriage industry has had to change its game with interviews and courtship being conducted over Zoom.

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The thirteenth edition of Indian Premier League kicked off in the United Arab Emirates. In a string of unfortunate events, Dean Jones died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest; former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away too; S P Balasubramaniam succummed to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the infamous Godman, Nithyanand is in exile and wants his own central bank. And a super rat is awarded a well deserved gold medal for detecting landmines in Cambodia.

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Indicast # 217: Salute, Shinzo Abe and RIP Pranab Mukherjee Featured

Sunday, 06 September 2020 17:58 Written by

Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister called it a day and Pranab Mukherjee, India's former president passed away. We talk about their illustrious careers. India and Russia were announced as joint winners at the Chess Olympiad tournament, held once in two years since 1927, when a global Internet outage caused Indians to get disconnected. We digress, as always, to talk about doping in chess and segue into why Thar desert is turning green and why it is not a good thing. Meanwhile, amid the covid-19 pandemic, the Indian economy has shrunk by 23.9% in the April to June quarter.

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Indicast #216: Well Played, Dhoni and Ganapati Bappa Morya! Featured

Sunday, 23 August 2020 19:22 Written by

It is that time of the year when we get high on some Ganapati fever. This year though the coronavirus has subdued all celebrations. In this episode we talk about how the festival itself has evolved over the years. In other news, MSD announced his retirement from international cricket. Miles away, Kamala Harris was appointed as the vice presidential candidate from the Democratic party. And the hunt for a vaccine to beat the scourge is still on.

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Indicast #215: Splinternet Featured

Monday, 10 August 2020 15:24 Written by

We recorded the podcast on the 75th Anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. The World has come a long way with countries showing aggression by banning each other's apps and internet services. Where is this heading? A Splinternet? Or is it just the Election season in the US? As for our coronavirus story of this episode, we discuss online gaming being one of the industries that is raking it.

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Indicast #214: Of Indian Education and Nuclear fusion Featured

Sunday, 02 August 2020 18:06 Written by

India's National Education Policy of 2020, announced a few days ago, promises to ditch rote learning in favour of conceptual clarity. There's more to it, of course. In this podcast, we compare what it was like growing up in our existing system and what it promises to be under the new regime. And in other news, how could we not talk about the world's largest nuclear fusion reactor in France which took baby steps to begin its five-year assembly phase? Expect some science chatter as we discuss the mind-boggling project that is considered by some as the "most complex engineering endeavour in history.

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