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Obama sounds alarm bell on jobs
Washington Sounding an alarm bell over the challenge from "hungry" Indian and Chinese students, US President Barack Obama has asked Americans to focus more on science, mathematics and technology to ensure that "jobs of future" stay within the shores.

Acknowledging that American firms are having a tough time finding the right candidates for jobs in science and technology, Obama, travelling to Durham in North Carolina, said it is not a good sign for the future ... Read More
Long road ahead for Asian women workers' struggle for equality
Babs Verblackt

While much achievement has been made in the past decades, women workers across Asia still struggle for more rights and equality. They need to find more ways to make their voices heard, such as engaging in politics, speakers at a seminar in Bangkok said in the run up to International Women's Day (March 8). "Women found their voices. Power must come from within," Jurgette Honculada of the Committee for Asian Women (CAW) said ... Read More
Census in India a window into a changing nation


Hunched over a clipboard, squinting in the pale yellow glow of a street camp, Shika Shrivasta surveyed the grimy, wiggly boy in front of her.

“Address?” she asked, and he gestured vaguely at the park around them. She frowned at her papers: runaway nine-year-olds, jittery from solvent sniffing, do not have a category in India’s census.

In the developed world ... you can post out the census form and people fill ... Read More
India on the front lines in the battle to eradicate polio

DELHI: Through the heaving crowd of a Delhi railway platform, Vandana Saini spots a sleeping toddler slumped on her mother’s shoulder. She darts forward brandishing a tiny squeeze bottle. “Polio?” she hollers over the screech of train brakes, inspecting the baby’s fingernail for the tell-tale ink mark that shows the recently vaccinated. The mother shrinks back for a moment, then recognizes Ms. Saini’s yellow vest, the sign of India’s 2.3-million volunteer vaccinators. She ... Read More
Railway budget 2011-12: Highlights
New Delhi: The following are highlights of the railway budget for 2011-12 presented in the Lok Sabha Friday by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee:

* No increase in fares.

* Earnings for 2010-11 set to exceed Rs.1 lakh crores.

* Working expenditure during 2011-12 estimated at Rs.87,000 crore.

* Outlay of Rs.57,630 crore for 2011-12, the highest investment in one year.

* Rs.10,000 crore to be raised through railway bonds.

* Budget combines ... Read More
LUCKNOW: Justice eludes the victims of sexual assault and girl-child abuse due to lack of political will to bring about legislation to check such cases and the United Progressive Alliance government is not according priority to this issue.

This was stated by Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat at a seminar on “violence against women and the role of administration and media” here on Friday.

Ms. Karat was critical of the country's growth ... Read More
New Publisher Raises $10k for Indian Poetry Books
The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective has raised $10,000 in seed funding to publish books of poetry by contemporary writers with a connection to India and develop an app that will push one Indian poem per week to users’ smartphones.

The IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign has drawn 115 backers from seven countries and will end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, Dec. 19. It is now focused on the “stretch” goal of taking the organization's writing ... Read More
Huffington Post now in India with Times Group
NEW DELHI: AOL-owned news website Huffington Postlaunched its India edition on Monday in partnership with The Times of India Group, India's largest media conglomerate.

Huffington Post will combine its award-winning news and blogging platform with the local expertise and reach of the Times of India Group to tap India's snowballing number of internet users.
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Amit Shah in Kerala and Tamil Nadu: Can he trigger change of fortunes for the BJP?
As the BJP president Amit Shah goes down to Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the few days, what will be his strategy to strengthen the party in these two states?

The party has found some success in Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha elections, but Kerala continues to be too hard to pierce.

Amit Shah had made his intentions clear a while ago - that he wants the BJP to build up from the grassroots in both ... Read More
Opposition's demand for PM Modi's reply on conversion row unacceptable: Naidu
New Delhi: Government on Tuesday rejected opposition's demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply in Rajya Sabha on the issue of conversion.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu. PTI

"What they are saying is not acceptable to Government," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters outside the Parliament.

He was replying to a query about continuous adjournment of Rajya Sabha by a determined Opposition led by Congress and SP seeking Prime Minister's reply ... Read More
Analyst Is Jailed After Negative Report
GURGAON, India—Complaints filed by one of India’s biggest property and financial-services companies after a negative report about it more than two years ago have landed the report’s co-author in jail.

The company, Indiabulls , said the report, which questioned its corporate governance and accounting, was full of lies and was used for extortion purposes. The lawyer for the report’s co-author, accountant Nitin Mangal, said the report was based on public information, was accurate and wasn’t used ... Read More
Bachelor Degree in Guitar for 1st time in India
Guitarmonk brings and launches India’s 1st ever, UGC approved, academic program in Guitar as Bachelor Degree in Guitar [BPA]. It is going to be a one of its kind career-oriented program with specialization in Guitar and Keyboard.

The course is going to start from summer and academic batch in March and July 2015 respectively at Gurgaon, Paschim Vihar, Vaishali locations in New Delhi and NCR. The winter batch will start in Dehradun.

This is going to ... Read More
Modi’s visit to northeast India,
Raising hope with trepidation

By Nava Thakuria

In his first visit to northeast India after becoming the Prime Minister, Narendra Damodarbhai Modi mesmerized the people of the land-locked region almost mesmerized with series of lectures with visionary inputs. Starting his program in Guwahati on November 29 with launching of the first train from Meghalaya, Prime Minister Modi concluded his visit on December 1 by inaugurating a gas-based power plant in Tripura.

Some major declarations, Modi made during his ... Read More

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