When I first heard that editor Jon Meacham got Stephen Colbert, the fake talk show host, to guest edit the New Newsweek, I thought, “Hey, that could be pretty funny.”Then I thought about it a little more. “Wait, this is Newsweek—a real, non-fake news magazine.” Wouldn’t it be a little like getting Sacha Baron Cohen, in “Borat” character, to guest-edit Travel + Leisure? Colbert is, after all, a character, although the degree to which his character’s satire differs from his own can be debated.Then I thought, “Oh, who cares? It’s just a magazine.” Well, Meacham cared enough that he felt the need to explain the joke to readers: “Everything he did in character is signed, so there should be no confusion about what is NEWSWEEK and what is Colbert.”Colbert, for his part, opens the issue with some sharp satire on Iraq, the state of the magazine business—and one bullet aimed directly at rival Time and its cover story this week on Twitter.Via Colbert’s editor’s note:When Jon Meacham asked me to guest-edit NEWSWEEK, I jumped at the chance, particularly because my guest editorship at Mature Honeys fell through. I guess my photo essay of sexy housewives reenacting the Battle of Fallujah was too “real” for them.Of course, guest editing is more than just sitting around tanning myself by the gleam of Fareed Zakaria’s teeth. I set the editorial agenda, assigned stories and yelled at Peter Parker to get me more photos of that web-slinging vigilante, Spider-Man. He’s a menace!I took advantage of my powerful new perch and published all my letters to the editor that NEWSWEEK had rejected, provided my Conventional Wisdom, took a red pencil to Meacham’s editorial foofaraw and took the bias out of the columnist bios. Most important, I sent NEWSWEEK’s reporters to find out whatever happened to Iraq. Unfortunately, this meant cutting the cover story they had planned: “Hey, Have You Heard About This Thing Called ‘Twitter?’”I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Newsweek turning over its magazine to a character to report on the War in Iraq. I’m not totally against the idea, although I might feel differently if one of my loved ones was included among the 4,232 dead or 30,000-plus wounded there.But Colbert is filming his Report in Baghdad this week. (As the New York Times notes, it’s the “first time in the history of the U.S.O. that a full-length nonnews show has been filmed, edited and broadcast from a combat zone.”) And he’s donating proceeds from iTunes downloads to donorschoose.org for school supplies for soldiers’ children. And he’s putting a spotlight on a war that we (or I, regrettably, often) forget about.
Rashmi GautamTwitterActress Rashmi Gautam requested her Twitter followers not to colour animals on the occasion of Holi festival. But some of her fans went on to argue with her and called her “anti-Hindu”.March 21 happens to be Holi and Rashmi Gautam took to Twitter to wish her fans. The actress shared a photo featuring a dog and a poem on its fear of playing this festival. She cautioned, “Let’s be a little thoughtful about them #SafeHoli #HappyHoli2019″While many of her fans were impressed with her concern and kindness for the animal, some, who seemed to be upset, resorted to counter her. They said that she is trying to stop Hindus from celebrating Holi and Diwali with the pretext of harm to animals. A fan with Twitter handle @DeadpoolSr1 wrote, “Do u comment same during Eid When dozens of animals r slaughtered for no good reason Or u care for animals during holi and Diwali Pls just asking rest is ur wish.” In reply, Rashmi Gautam wrote, “Emotions are the same at that given point too But who can question religion???”Srivatsava Sesham asked her, “Nah nah don’t go around bushes, you are happily virtue signaling Hindus on hindu festivals, when this guy asked about bakrid you give lame excuse? Why that emotion didn’t come out when animals slaughtered until their blood drains out? How can it be same emotion then?”In reply, Rashmi Gautam said that being a Hindu, she can comment on a Hindu festival. But she can not do with other religious practices. She tweeted, “Off course I feel bad but how can I questions some ones religious views I cud have if I were from the same religion may be then it wud have validated Or else it becomes less of an animal slaughter issue and more of a religious issue.”Srivatsava Sesham tweeted, “Hmm ya Hindus needs to be careful of inconvenience but killing them is culture. Ok. Got it.” In reply, Rashmi Gautam tweeted, “Hindus too have been part of animal slaughter and Bali’s It took immense effort and many petitions to stop GADHIMA FESTIVAL And still many practice animal BALI.”Rashmi Gautam added, “Extremely disappointed A post about practicing safe holi where all one has to do is not put colours on animals cause they don’t have a bathroom to shower or walk into a hospital for any skin issue Can turn into a religious issue Clearly shows how irrelevant our lives our.”Another follower opined that Rashmi Gautam should continue to preach this on the festivals of other religion. Abhishek Chowdary tweeted, “Yes madam you are correct and no one can question on safe holi. But we are expecting the same awareness campaign during some festivals in which animals are killed very cruelly.”Rashmi Gautam replied, “Today I’m presumed as ANTI HINDU when I’ll raise awareness on a bakrid I’ll be declared ANTI MUSLIM Bottom line no one cares about inhumane practices towards animals all they care about is which religion tat human or practice belongs to We are still divided hence we remain weak.”Rashmi Gautam wrote, “Am I wrong for asking not to colour animals on Holi cause all I asked was for that” She added, “Strays don’t have bathrooms or access to vets easily so kindly avoid playing holi with animals sadly I found a poster online with dogs and puppies on it but this applies to all animals out there #showsomelove #happyholi #SafeHoli.”
At least two people were killed and five others injured when a truck hit a pickup van in Mithapukur’s Jaigir Haat on Dhaka-Rangpur highway early Monday.Of the deceased, one was a man and the other a woman, both hailing from Bogra’s Sherpur. However, the identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.According to Boro Dargah highway police sub-inspector Hafizur Rahman, a Bogra-bound pickup van collided head on with a fertilizer-laden truck in Jaigir Haat, leaving two of the pickup van passengers killed on the spot and injured the other five.The injured were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, the SI added.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina delivers a speech while laying the foundation of Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant at a function in a city hotel on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that the existing slums in the city would be replaced by multi-storey buildings to allow the inhabitants to live in a healthy and better condition.She said this while laying the foundation of Dasherkandi Sewerage Treatment Plant at a function at Hotel Sonargaon on Sunday.“There would have no slums in the city, rather 20 storey buildings would be constructed for slum people where they would live by giving rent on daily, weekly and monthly basis,” she said.“Poor people come to cities for many reasons and live in shanties… we need them every day in our daily work. So, they need a better atmosphere to live,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said slum people will be able to live in flats in exchange for the same amount they now pay for living in slums and we have to give attention to proving them with a standard life as country’s economy is getting better.
Branding those who opposed the death sentence to Memon as “mentally challenged” in need of treatment, BJP said it was wrong for “some people to have politicised the whole issue or for giving it a communal colour”.”We welcome the SC judgement. Ultimately justice has been delivered to all the victims of the 1993 Mumbai blasts. People of the country have faith in the judiciary and with this verdict, their faith has been strengthened further,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.He slammed those opposing the death sentence to Memon as “mentally challenged” and said all such people need treatment.BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli said the SC verdict has made it clear that decision taken by