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Business & Economy
David Kirkpatrick has got a lot of stick from the American Joe Public on his earlier column on the offshoring of jobs. Given the extreme nature of some of the feedback he received, perhaps it is time for the people affected by offshoring to vent their spleen at the American companies who don't seem to re-invest the savings from offshoring into the US economy rather than at at Indians, Chinese and Filipinos.
After Hansie Cronje, Bob Woolmer and Allan Donald had an aborted attempt at wiring themselves up at the 1999 World Cup, the ICC ruled that communications hardware could not be worn/brought by the players on the field of play. Kiwi coach John Bracewell has circumvented that ruling by instead wiring up the trainer/physio who then relays information on to fielders on the boundary. It does raise issues on whether using this technology reflects poorly on the captain's competence. But captains do take in inputs from their teammates as well.
I think the Luddites at the ICC will disallow this type of communication as well. I'm all for even using devices like wireless walkie-talkies, cellphones etc. on the field of play. Perhaps there'd need to be some checks in place to prevent anyone other than the coach or members of the squad from being able to communicate with the players. Then again, any amount of technology is of no use when the batsman or bowler doesn't have the ability/discipline to stick to the team plan.
Politics & Humour
Jaspal Bhatti, the satirist, who has been rather anonymous of late, has just launched the 'feel good' party saying that the foreign origin wasn't an issue at all, as long as there was foreign currency.
In what is an obvious attempt at garnering Muslim votes for the election, all government schools and colleges affiliated to the UP Board have been asked to to conduct the teaching work till 12.00 noon every Friday. The opposition BJP, instead of trying to reverse the decision, made its own demand for a similar relaxation on Tuesdays to help Hindus offer prayers at temples. How lower can these people get?
Link of the day
An engineering student from Oxford manages to deliver a series of lectures in Beijing on global economics even though the audience comprised of people working towards a PhD in business studies!
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