Jeff Atwood, co-founder of Q&A network Stack Exchange, announced today via blog post that he’s launching a new startup called Discourse, which offers an open source platform for running discussion forums. The full name of the company is actually Civilized Discourse Construction Kit, Inc., and its goal is indeed to improve the quality of online discussion. However, Atwood writes that he’s following a very different strategy from Stack Exchange, which aims for “the absolute minimum amount of discussion necessary to produce great questions and great answers”:

Speaking to a news channel, the Home Secretary said: "The decision on Afzal Guru's body will be taken as per the jail manual. Afzal Guru will be buried with full religious rites inside the jail. We are not apprehending any law and order problem in Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister was kept in the loop”. Singh confirmed the hanging of Afzal Guru, the main accused in the December 13, 2001, terror strike on the Indian Parliament.

Saurav Ganguly might have found his new job after retirement from cricket, but its definitely not the case with sachin tendulkar. He scored his 81st century in first class cricket to make the critics who called for his retirement to be on hypertension. The Master Blaster showed off his renewed form completing his 81st ton in domestic cricket off just 138 balls. With the latest ton, he also equalled the record for most centuries in Indian domestic cricket, held by Sunil Gavaskar. Playing for the Mumbai team that recently won Ranji Trophy Tendulkar looked like a man on a mission, as he batted beautifully and collected runs with command. In the process, he showed off his preparations for the upcoming home Test series against Australia.

My appeal to you is to take steps to protect the dignity of the constitutional post of Deputy Chairman. In the light of the Supreme Court judgement for reinvestigation in the main petition, it is unthinkable that an individual accused in the case by the victim, can occupy the Chair until he is cleared by a reinvestigation. In the forthcoming Parliament session, the anti-sexual assault ordinance is also scheduled to be discussed. The status of India's Parliament will be irreparably damaged in the eyes of the world if such a discussion is permitted to be guided by a person who has been accused of involvement in a case of rape of a 17 year old. I am confident that you will do what is best in the interests of upholding the dignity of Parliament. - Vrinda Karat

Australia captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies in Melbourne on Sunday after complaining of a recurrence of the hamstring trouble that he has carried through the Australian summer. Clarke's right hamstring was assessed by the team medical staff following the fourth ODI Friday, which the home team won, and the physiotherapist has confirmed that Clarke has hamstring stiffness.

Google has integrated its free video chat suite Hangouts with Gmail. This means users in India can now chat with as many as up to nine people through their Gmail accounts. The Hangouts integration enhances Gmail users' video chat experience with a host of fun effects and business-oriented features. To start a Hangout, users simply need to click on the video camera icon appearing on the right side of their Gtalk pane. A new window pop-ups, showing a list of their Google+ friends. Users can also add people to the video chat by adding contacts via Gmail IDs, in case they are not in their Google+ circles.

Watson will make his return for Australia in the third one-dayer against the West Indies in Canberra today, his first international hitout since he broke down with a calf injury in the Boxing Day Test. While he will not bowl in Australia or in the tour of India, he will roll the arm over towards the back end of the Indian Premier League with the Rajasthan Royals. That would serve as the perfect springboard into the Champions Trophy in June, he said, and, should all go to plan, allow him to bowl in the Ashes. However, should Watson make an instant impact with the bat, he told The Daily Telegraph he could abandon bowling altogether for the sake of staying on the park.

Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday termed the Irani Cup match as the "biggest" he could have got in recent times as the off-spinner intends to stage a comeback to the Indian cricket team for the upcoming four-match Test series against Australia. The 32-year-old is part of the Rest of India team which will take on Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai on Wednesday and Harbhajan said he wants to do something special to get picked for the Australian series, starting later in February. "If I do well, I have a great chance to come back into the Indian side and Australia is coming over, so before the series starts, this was the biggest game I could have got," he told reporters in Mumbai. "I want to do something special and be relaxed and look to bowl well rather than running after the wickets. Wickets will come, if not today, tomorrow it will come. My aim is to bowl well, if I do that, I will get the rewards," he added.

The China-Japan tensions over the contested islands in the East China Sea re-surfaced after a brief lull as Beijing dismissed Tokyo's protests over the continued patrolling of the territory by its vessels, one of which aimed a weapon-targeting radar at a Japanese Navy ship. Chinese Ambassador to Japan, Cheng Yonghua rejected Japan's protest over the continued patrol of Chinese marine surveillance ships in waters off the islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkakus by Japan. Cheng had conveyed the message to Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki in Tokyo yesterday when he was summoned to receive the Japanese demarche protesting the Chinese ships patrol of the islands. Cheng said the Chinese vessels are conducting regular patrols in Chinese territorial waters, and requested Japan not to interfere with this, state run CCTV reported today.

The government will sell a 9.5 per cent stake in power major NTPC on Thursday (February 7) through the offer for sale route, Divestment Secretary Ravi Mathur told NDTV Profit. The government is looking to raise Rs. 12,000 crore from the share sale. The Department of Divestment (DoD) has already conducted international roadshows for the divestment of NTPC. The price for the sale, which will be communicated to the stock exchanges tomorrow, will likely be set at Rs. 145 per share, sources from the Finance Ministry told NDTV. The NTPC stock closed up 0.16 per cent at Rs. 155.6 on the BSE today, while the Sensex ended lower by 0.46 per cent. Last week, the DoD successfully completed the sale of a 10 per cent stake in Oil India raising over Rs. 3,113 crore.