month of August is usually a period of stocktaking for soft drink manufacturers.
Boardroom discussions centre on sales figures, sponsorship deals and celebrity
endorsements. There was nothing unusual this year except for the fact that good
monsoons, especially in the semi-arid North India, had marginally affected the
retail volumes. Nothing extraordinary
and all was quiet in the swanky corporate headquarters of Coca- Cola
and Pepsi India in downtown Gurgaon. It was a typical monsoon
afternoon on August 5. Little had the top honchos at the American
beverage-manufacturing units imagined that an explosion of massive
ramifications that could threaten their very existence in the country,
might be camouflaged in the persistent drizzle.
Caught between culture and tradition
mind if Hollywood actor-director, Richard Gere, a die-hard Tibet
supporter and one of Dalai Lama's many high-profile disciples, scoffed
at exiled Tibetan youths’ passion for beauty and fashion.
Psychologists say police training needs to be overhauled. A police
officer says a change in the mindset is required. And, a former IGP
says the force is alright, but the fault lies with the top brass.
What is wrong with the Punjab police?
policemen shoot a boy working at a teastall; a guard of Jagraon SSP
fires at a car in SAS Nagar; drunken senior police officers maim
Goindwal Sub-Inspector; a DIG’s car hits a military truck carrying
schoolchildren; missive sent to a DGP on misbehaviour by an SP.