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Interim Budget 2014 -15: Non-innovative budget

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Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented his first and India’s 13th interim Budget on February 17, 2014. As per the expectations, being the last budget before the elections, the budget didn’t initiate major reforms and decisions. The budget has indicated that India has witnessed slight improvement in its economic conditions especially in terms of current account deficit and fiscal deficit.


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  • Book “The Sanjay Story” is written by Vinod Mehta. The author is editorial chairman of Outlook Group and a former editor-in-chief of the magazine. 

  • Book “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Germany” is written by Netaji’s daughter Prof Anita B Pfaff. The book is a collection of the records shared by Professor Anita Pfaff as well as other known biographers and writers.


Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media

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Book “Digital Cool: Life in the Age of New Media” is written by Pramod K. Nayar.

You email your report, check the position of your stocks, play your favourite Rahman, and upload new patches for your favourite simulation game-all using the same three-inch-by-five device that fits into your palm. You chat, share, play and blog, even check for directions to the new Italian restaurant in town online. Everyday life is now digital.

Digital Cool examines life in the age of New Media. From Facebook to Internet dating, tablets to Twitter, cyber avatars to Wikis-it tells the story of how human lives today are heavily mediated by 'cool' technologies, and how the technologies themselves are mediated by our ways of living, playing, working.

Etta James

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Three-time Grammy winner singer Etta James, a pioneer of 1950s rhythm-and-blues and rock music known for her show-stopping hit “At Last”, died at the age of 73. With songs like “The Wallflower” and “Good Rockin’ Daddy”, the three-time Grammy winner was a key figure in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, and her signature song, the 1961 ballad “At Last”, proved her mastery of the blues. She won her first Grammy in 1995 for her album, “Mystery Lady: The Songs of Billie Holiday”. She also won Grammys in 2003 and 2005, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2003.

Books of the Month

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  1. Book “A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music” is written by Nasreen Munni Kabir.
  2. Book “Ladder to the Moon” is written by Maya Soetoro-Ng. The author is the maternal half-sister of Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
  3. Book “Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian: is written by former Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee.
  4. Book “Hand of Destiny” is written by C Subramaniam.