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Harper to allow in gun lobby through the backdoor
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Canadian Prime Minister Harper is striking another blow in his battle with police over the Swiss Arms family of rifles.

The RCMP previously reclassified the Swiss Arm Classic Green rifle as "prohibited," which essentially banned it. In March, the government said it was troubled by the decision, and gave gun owners permission to keep the weapons, via a two-year amnesty.

Under the new plan, gun owners would also be allowed to use the weapons, in essence restoring them to their previous status.

At an interview with CBC TV, the minister for public saftey referred to gun ownership as a right, not ... Read More

Sania Mirza Condemns BJP Leader's Comments: 'I Am Indian, Will Always Remain One'
Hyderabad: Tennis star Sania Mirza today condemned the comments of a Telangana BJP leader describing her as "Pakistan's daughter-in-law", emphasizing that "I am Indian, I will always remain one." (Read her full statement)

In comments that have been strongly criticized by political parties and others, K Laxman, a BJP legislator from Telangana, has questioned the credentials of Ms Mirza, 27, as brand ambassador for India's youngest state, saying she is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and is not local enough.

In a statement following the uproar, Ms Mirza said, "My family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and ... Read More

Ralph Goodale MP
This week the Bank of Canada reiterated our country's weak economic standing by downgrading expectations for growth both this year and next. "Right now, we don't have a sustainable growth picture in Canada," Governor Stephen Poloz said. The Bank is now forecasting that Canada's economy won�t recover from the doldrums for several years.

This performance is a �serial disappointment� he said.

None of this is news to anyone but the Harper government, which seems to be nothing more than a hapless spectator as the economy falters from one bad indicator to the next.

For months on end, they dismiss weak ... Read More

Powerful TN ally arm-twisted UPA govt, saved job of corrupt judge: Markandey Katju
Source : SIFY
Chennai: Press Council of India Chairman and former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju has made shocking allegations of corruption in the judiciary.

Katju claimed that an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court, who had several allegations of corruption against him, was not sacked owing to the pressure put by a Tamil Nadu-based party on the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.

Demand for probe into Katju's charges, timing questioned

�There was an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court against whom there were several allegations of corruption. He had been directly appointed as a District Judge in Tamil Nadu, ... Read More
PM launches 'MyGov' portal for citizens to contribute in governance
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday launched a website mygov.nic.in that aims to help citizens contribute in governance by giving their opinions and views on important issues like Clean Ganga or skill development.

The inauguration of the people-centric platform also marks the completion of 60 days of the new government.

The Prime Minister said in the past 60 days, the experience of his government was that there were many people who wanted to contribute towards nation-building and devote their time and energy, an official statement said.

Modi said MyGov (mygov.nic.in) is a technology-driven medium that will provide citizens an opportunity to contribute ... Read More
Congress's plea for Leader of Opposition post in Lok Sabha rejected
New Delhi: In a huge blow to the Congress, the Attorney General has rejected the party's plea for getting the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The A-G has claimed that the party must have 10 per cent of House strength to get the Leader of Opposition post.

The Congress had written to Lok Sabha Speaker staking claim for the post. The Law ministry had thereafter forwarded Congress's petition to the A-G for his view. The Congress had argued that the strength of the alliance of the UPA was more than 10 per cent.

The A-G has cited ... Read More
When Indians refuse sex to their spouse, this is what their sexual rejection spreadsheet looks like
A woman has created viral history by posting a sexual rejection spreadsheet created by her bitter and frustrated husband online. The man painstakingly posted in three columns the days he proposed sex to his wife, got turned down and her excuses for saying no to sex.

Column A had the date, column B had the response and column C had the excuses such as "feeling gross" and watching TV (a re-run of FRIENDS).

This is the original spreadsheet:
When Indians refuse sex to their spouse, this is what their sexual rejection spreadsheet looks like
A woman has created viral history by making public a ... Read More
10 cops injured in clash with UPSC aspirants, vehicles burnt
Source : PTI
Hundreds of Civil Services aspirants tonight clashed with police, set several vehicles including a police jeep on fire, and indulged in stone-pelting in North Delhi's Burari area, leaving at least 10 policemen injured.

According to Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Goel, the incident took place around 8.30 PM when about 500 to 700 protesters tried to block the main highway by-pass road, demanding scrapping of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).

"A police jeep was set on fire. One Roadways bus was partially burnt in the incident along with some bikes and cars. Police used force to disperse them from main ... Read More
Modi will develop India into a Hindu state: Goa Minister
Panaji: Days after his minister brother triggered a controversy by demanding a ban on wearing bikinis on Goa's beaches, Cooperation Minister Dipak Dhavalikar today appeared to have waded into another, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi will develop India into a Hindu nation.

"I am confident that under the leadership of Modiji, India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard is what I feel," he said while speaking in state assembly on a motion congratulating Modi on BJP's electoral victory.

Both Dhavalikar brothers -- Sudin and Dipak -- belonging to Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, an ally of BJP, ... Read More
India ranks 135 on human development index: UNDP
New Delhi: India ranked 135 out of 187 countries on the human development index in UNDP's annual report 2014 released Thursday.

Human development index is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices to measure the well being of a country.

On the gender inequality index, India ranked 127 out of 152 countries and on the gender development index, it ranked 132 of 148 countries, the report said.

The report added South Asia is the home to the largest number of multi-dimensionally poor people with illiteracy and inadequate healthcare facilities.

"South Asia has the largest number of multi-dimensionally poor people. An estimated ... Read More
Malabar wargames: India, Japan, US navies in the Pacific
New Delhi: Navies of India, the US and Japan will kick off their trilateral Malabar naval exercises in the Pacific Ocean from Thursday.

The "highly complex" wargames in the north-western, in the area adjacent to the East China, are being held ignoring Chinese objections.

India has sent three warships INS Ranvijay, INS Shivalik and support tanker INS Shakti under the command of Real Admiral Atul Kumar Jain to test skills against the US and Japanese navies.

Among the US ships taking part in the wargames is its latest aircraft carrier USS George Washington, destroyers USS Shiloh and John S McCain and nuclear submarine ... Read More
New York Times’ Fecal Load of Hinduphobia?
Raman Khanna
The New York Times ran a story on the crisis in India of open defecation on the front pages of its online portal on July 13, 2014. The issue tackled is an important one–according to the World Health Organization, half of the Indian population lacks access to functioning toilets, and at least in several India states, many relieve themselves outdoors despite having such toilets. This reality, in turn, exposes children to such a large load of infectious agents, from bacteria to worms, that they literally never grow to their full potential–even with adequate nutrition. It is inexcusable ... Read More
99% of women face sexual harassment, 70 per cent do not fight back: Survey
New Delhi: "Those boys in my school tried to pull my skirt down. When I rebuked them, they scoffed at me and nonchalantly walked out of the classroom," recalled a woman as she described her experience on sexual harassment, during a recently conducted survey by a Delhi-based NGO.

The survey, conducted by Ma Style Care, reveals disturbing number of women who face sexual harassment everyday. Out of the 2,500 respondents, including students, homemakers and working professionals, 99 per cent said they had faced sexual harassment in metro trains, markets, educational institutes, workplaces, on social media websites and during morning walks.
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NRI economist sets up Mahatma Gandhi statue trust in UK
London: A charity trust to raise about one million pounds for the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, to be installed at Parliament Square here next year, has been established by eminent NRI economist Meghnad Desai.

The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust has been registered with the UK's Charity Commission and will go live by next week for people to contribute funds. An estimated amount of 1 million pounds is required for the statue.

"We want as many people to contribute whatever little they can from any where in the world. This is a people's statue," said Desai at an event organised by the Asian ... Read More
Will protect those exposing corruption, govt assures Parliament
The government has authorised Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) of ministries or departments of the central government as designated authority to receive any written complaint or disclosure on any allegation of corruption or misuse of office in respect of any employee working under them.

If the designated authority in the ministries or departments, either on the application of the complainant, or on the basis of the information gathered, is of the opinion that the complainant needs protection, the designated authority shall take up the matter with the Central Vigilance Commission for issuing appropriate directions to the authorities concerned, it said.

"The Commission, after ... Read More
Shiv Sena MP forcing Muslim to break fast shows party mindset: Kamal Nath
New Delhi: Congress leader Kamal Nath on Wednesday attacked Shiv Sena over an alleged incident of forcing a Muslim to eat a chapati to break his Ramzan fast, saying it shows their mindset.
Kamal Nath said Shiv Sena had gone into 'denial mode' after the incident of its MP forcing a Muslim to break fast. PTI

Kamal Nath said Shiv Sena had gone into 'denial mode' after the incident of its MP forcing a Muslim to break fast. PTI

"We all know that fast is going on. It is not question about complaining about the food. He was forced to eat when the ... Read More
Modi govt to set up 100 smart cities
New Delhi: Government is planning to set up 100 smart cities across the country that will provide all modern amenities, education and employment opportunities.

Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the project of 100 smart cities is in conceptualise stage and details are being worked out through discussions with all stake-holders, including state governments.

"The cities are yet to be identified," he said.

The minister said education, employment and entertainment are considered to be the key factors which forced people to migrate from rural areas to urban centres.

"Opportunities of education, employment and entertainment are concentrated mostly in urban and semi-urban centres and ... Read More
Boeing Sees Chopper Pact as Sign of India's New Approach to Arms Deals
FARNBOROUGH, England—The fate of a $2.5 billion contract for U.S. military helicopters will provide an early signal of the new Indian government's commitment to opening markets to foreign companies, according to Boeing Co. BA +1.40% officials.
Shep Hill, Boeing's top international and business development official, said the company's pending contract for a total of more than three dozen Apache and Chinook choppers is expected to be signed by September.
"We already see movement that was not occurring at the end of the past government because nobody wanted to do anything," Mr. Hill said.
He said the pact, which has been awaiting final signature ... Read More
Katju's allegation damns integrity of 3 Chief Justices of India
by R Jagannathan

We saw a huge fuss being made when the NDA government opposed the appointment of Gopal Subramanium as a Supreme Court judge. We saw the Chief Justice of India (CJI), RM Lodha, vow that he would not allow the independence of the judiciary to be compromised in any way.

But CJI Lodha will need to read this blog by his former brother judge in the Supreme Court, Markandey Katju’s blog, and figure out whether this independence was always intact.

Justice Katju, who is currently chairman of the Press Council, has levelled allegations that cannot but show the higher ... Read More
Are Hindutva hawks flying again?
By Amulya Ganguli Source : IANS

The latest reported observations of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) supremo, Ashok Singhal, echo what the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, M.S. Golwalkar, said in his 1939 publication, "We, or Our Nationhood Defined". In it, the Hindutva icon had given an outline of what the minorities can expect in India.

"The foreign races in Hindusthan," the RSS guru had written, "must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence Hindu religion, must entertain no ideas but those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture ... or may stay in ... Read More

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