I guess that Iraqi journalist was a trendsetter. Taking inspiration from him a Dainik Jagran journalist Jarnail Singh threw his shoe at P. Chidambaran when Chidambaran refused to talk further about the clean chit given by the CBI to the two main accused of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Jagdish Tytle and Sajjan Kumar. In his typical suave style he tried to bully the journalist and got a shoe hurled at him for the chutzpah.
Shoe thrown at P. Chidambaran
Jarnail Singh was let off in half-an-hour after questioning. Some Congress persons are saying that they are forgiving him, but the losers actually mean they have no choice due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections (they need Sikh votes and Jarnail Singh has, deservedly, become a hero).
Google, in collaboration with Hindustan Times, has launched a mashup website on the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections in 2009. You can get all the updates and political news. If you select your area you can obtain candidate profiles, the demographics of the area like how many households have electricity and how many our below the poverty line etc.
But the shady aspect is that the website is mostly tailored to promote the HT agenda and in fact when I conducted a few searches the highlighted candidate profiles mostly belonged to the Congress. Even the news headlines from HT are colored. But this can be a nice inspiration for other parties and organizations to start such online information resources.