Temple to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped
Fans of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have scrapped plans to open a temple dedicated to him after he said he was "appalled" by the idea.
Mr Modi tweeted that it was "shocking and against India's great traditions".
The Hindu temple, with an idol of Mr Modi, was to open in Kotharia village in his home state of Gujarat on Sunday.
Jayesh Patel, head of the group that built the temple, told BBC Hindi it would still open ... Read More
Church Leaders Called on the President of India
Church leaders representing the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and the Regional Christian Council of North West India met the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 24th December, 2014. The Church leaders greeted him on the occasion of Christmas and offered prayers for his health and for the Nation.
The leaders also raised their concern with the President about the attacks on Christians in the different parts of the ... Read More
Additional Tax Benefit on Pension Scheme in Budget
Though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2015-16 kept the income tax slabs unchanged, he offered more incentives which can help save more on taxes.
In his Budget proposal, Mr Jaitley introduced an additional deduction of Rs. 50,000 for contribution to the New Pension Scheme under Section 80CCD. "This will enable India to become a pensioned society instead of a pensionless society," said Mr Jaitley in his Budget speech.
This change will increase the total deduction allowed ... Read More
Head of U.N. Climate Panel Resigns Amid Harassment Accusations
By Justin Gillis
The accuser, 29, has not been publicly named. Lawyers for Dr. Pachauri, 74, have said in court filings that his computer and phone were hacked and that the unwanted messages were sent by someone else to make him look bad. Police in India are investigating, as is an internal-complaints committee at the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi.
The allegations could take years to resolve in India’s slow-moving justice system.
Donna Laframboise, ... Read More
Indian corporate espionage scandal deepens as employees held
By James Crabtree
A corporate espionage scandal involving allegations of stolen documents from India’s government deepened this weekend, following the arrests of employees at conglomerates controlled by four of the country’s most prominent tycoons, including billionaire brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani.
... Read More
For India’s Largest Jewish Community, One Muslim Makes All the Tombstones
By Rachel Delia Beneim
Muhammad Abdul Yassin has worked in Mumbai’s Jewish cemetery for more than 40 years. Now he’s passing the chisel to his sons.
EXCERPT: ... close business and personal relationships between Jews and Muslims aren’t unusual in Mumbai. Followers of each faith have long lived side by side in peace. Shaare Rahamim, Mumbai’s oldest of its four surviving synagogues, is in Bhendi Bazaar, one of Mumbai’s prominent Muslim neighborhoods. Pezarker, whose family has ... Read More
No New Trains Introduced in Rail Budget
NEW DELHI: No new trains were announced in the Railway Budget today by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who assured Parliament that these would be announced in the ongoing session itself, pending completion of track renewal work and review of line capacity.
"At present, due to over-utilised line capacity and backlog in track renewals, there are speed restrictions which lead to delay in running more number of trains.
"The review will be completed soon so that we ... Read More
Was Modi a tea-seller?
New Delhi, Feb 21, 2015, (IANS):
There is no record available that shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a tea-seller on railway platforms or trains during his childhood, an RTI query has revealed.
A Congress supporter and social activist Tehseen Poonawalla, had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Railway Board about whether there was any record, registration number or official pass issued to Modi allowing or entitling him to sell tea ... Read More
As Rivals Falter, India’s Economy Is Surging Ahead
By Keith Bradsher
SRIPERUMBUDUR, India — China’s economy is slowing. Brazil is struggling as commodity prices plunge. Russia, facing Western sanctions and weak oil revenue, is headed into a recession.
As other big developing markets stumble, India is emerging as one of the few hopes for global growth.
The stock market and rupee are surging. Multinational companies are looking to expand their Indian operations or start new ones. The growth in India’s economy, long a ... Read More
Modi suit up for auction
Surat, Feb. 17 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi's self-striped suit that he wore during US President Barack Obama's visit to India last month is up for auction starting here tomorrow.
The suit, which kicked up a controversy, will be auctioned along with 455 items that Modi received as gifts during his nine-month tenure. The auction will be done to generate funds for the Prime Minister's Clean Ganga Mission.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit, which he wore during ... Read More
Prez Mukherjee expresses delight over installation of Netaji's statue in Singapore
Source : ANI
President Pranab Mukherjee has said that he is 'delighted' over the Singapore government's decision to install a statue of 'Netaji' Subhash Chandra Bose at the India Heritage Centre situated in the island nation.
The President expressed his delight during a banquet hosted on Monday in honour of Singapore President Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam and his wife, Mary Tan, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
President Tan, who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday, is on a ... Read More
PM Narendra Modi meets Singapore President
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is presently in the national capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, on Monday.
"India-Singapore ties expanding in all directions. PM @narendramodi meets Prez Tony Tan Keng Yam," tweeted MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.
"Indian envoys to focus today on interface of Digital communications and Diplomacy. #D4D," he added.
"India-Singapore discuss an agenda of development. Skill development, connectivity ... Read More
The Foreign Correspondent
By Pallavi Aiyar
On moving to Beijing I discovered that I was only the second Indian correspondent covering China. My lone compatriot was a gentleman in the employ of India’s state-owned newswire, the Press Trust of India, who had spent a decade living in the city without managing to learn a word of Chinese, and who rarely left his apartment.
... the absence of Indian foreign correspondents was, and is, unexceptional. I moved to Brussels, ... Read More
Urdu daily editor held for reprinting Charlie Hebdo cover
The editor of a Urdu daily published from Mumbai has been arrested by the Thane police for publishing the cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which carried the controversial cartoon of Prophet Mohammed in the aftermath of the attack on its Paris office earlier this month.
Identified as Shirin Dalvi, she edits Avadhnama, a daily published in Hindi and Urdu from is published from Lucknow, Faizabad, Aligarh, Saharanpur, Azamgarh, and Mumbai.
“Dalvi was arrested under section ... Read More
Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese President Xi Jinping
Beijing: Displaying rare warmth and friendship, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday received External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the magnificent Great Hall of the People here.
Recalling his fond memories of India visit, Xi told Swaraj "I still cherish the fresh memories in my mind about the gracious hospitality extended to me by the government and people and particularly I cherish the fond memories of my trip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hometown in Gujarat ... Read More
Why Is India So Crazy for World Records?
By SAMANTH SUBRAMANIANJAN
In recent decades, an obsession with the Guinness World Records book in India has given rise to a fevered subculture of record-setters. There are homegrown catalogs of achievement — the India Book of Records, which is distinct from the Indian Book of Records, and the Limca Book of Records, named not for a beer but for a brand of fizzy lemonade — but the Guinness World Records book holds the most allure. ... Read More
Obama Elevates India's Self-Esteem
EXCERPT: Yet it was Mr. Obama who took the seat of the chief guest, the first American leader to do so. In the 65 previous parades, the chief guest has twice been Soviet, once Russian, twice Yugoslav, three times French, twice British, once Chinese. Even Pakistan has been invited. Mr. Obama’s acceptance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation this year was seen here as a great tribute to India, a sign of the country’s arrival ... Read More
India, US Officials to Meet After Budget to Discuss Investment
NEW DELHI: Senior officials of India and the US will meet after the forthcoming Budget session to identify and prioritise sectors for investments and technology sharing.
"We will have a group of officials from both the sides. They will sit and identify sectors where priority investments can come in and where technology can come in," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters after meeting her US counterpart today.
During the 40-minute meeting between Sitharaman and ... Read More
Freak Accident, MiG-27 Fighter Jet Falls on Biker in Rajasthan
Barmer, Rajasthan: A MiG-27 fighter jet crashed in Rajasthan's Barmer today and a part of it fell on a passing motorcycle, injuring the young man who was riding it.
26-year-old Loon Singh was on his way to a village to distribute wedding invitations when the jet crashed a little after 3 pm. He miraculously suffered minor burns and a fractured hand, but his bike was completely burnt.
The Indian Air Force says the pilot ejected safely ... Read More
Obamas arrive in The Beast for Republic Day parade
US President Barack Obama, who was the Republic Day parade chief guest, on Monday arrived at Rajpath in his official vehicle The Beast.
The move has been seen as a departure from tradition, as it's customary for chief guests at the event to arrive and depart with the Indian President in his car from Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The US President was accompanied by his wife Michelle.
President Pranab Mukherjee arrived separately at the venue shortly after.
The multi-layered ... Read More
Ashoka Chakra for two fallen bravehearts on Republic Day
Source : IANS
New Delhi: Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh were Monday posthumously awarded the nation's highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashoka Chakra, at the Republic Day parade.
Both of them laid down their lives while fighting heavily-armed terrorists in separate gun-battles in Jammu and Kashmir last year.
Their widows received the award from President Pranab Mukherjee.
Varadarajan, of the army's 44 Rashtriya Rifles, died last April year while leading an anti-terrorist operation in a village ... Read More
Jaipur Literature Festival Begins With the hymn 'Abide with me'
Jaipur, Rajasthan: Setting the tone for the Jaipur Literature festival, Sufi gospel singer Sonam Kalra's voice, singing the famous hymn 'Abide with Me', welcomed delegates to what has become one of the biggest literary events in the world.
With a footfall of nearly quarter of a million people, the Literature festival in Jaipur attracts writers from the all over the world. It also has sessions on 14 Indian languages. The composite culture of the festival ... Read More
IPL an important aspect of Sunanda death probe: Swamy
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said that the IPL is an important aspect of Sunanda's death probe, though not the whole story.
"IPL is a very important aspect, not the whole story but an important aspect. I have written a letter today to the Home Minister that Delhi Police is not equipped to do an investigation into the money laundering aspects and the sleaze of the IPL. So, the SIT ... Read More
Modi's 'Remarkable Life Story' Praised by US President
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "remarkable life story-from tea-seller to prime minister is a reflection of the determination of the Indian people to succeed," President Obama has said in an interview to magazine India Today.
In the interview conducted via email on the eve of his arrival in Delhi to serve as guest of honour for India's Republic Day celebrations, President Obama praises the PM for "a clear vision of the big things he ... Read More
Anti-caste crusader invites priests to conduct nation-wide upanayana
New Delhi, Jan 16: Social activist K K Sarachandra Bose today called upon priests across the country to join his upcoming nation-wide tour against casteism, saying his Bharat Yathra would feature mass upanayana ceremonies all its way this summer.
“We want experienced pre-Vedic priests to perform rituals that would make all persons Brahmins, if they desire to become so, by wearing the sacred thread,” the NRI lawyer announced, saying that the ceremony would be symbolic of ... Read More
Churches declare solidarity with the Dalits
We are back in the office and have begun the New Year has with a lot of optimism, anticipation, assurance, certainty, enthusiasm even though there are divisive forces and growing feeling of communal and casteist hatred in India. After a very encouraging international consultation on Casteism within Indian church and thinking of a clear-cut action plan; after a futuristic and enthusiastic conference of young Dalits from different parts of India; and after the observance of ... Read More
Every Hindu Women Should Produce At Least Five Kids: Bengal BJP Leader
Putting the Bharatiya Janata Party into a more embarrassing situation, another party leader from West Bengal said on Tuesday that every Hindu women should produce at least five children.
While talking at a public meeting, Shyamal Goswami said if Hindu women don't have at least five children, there will be no population balance in India in the future.
"If my Hindu mothers and sisters don't have five children, hardly any Hindus will be left in India. To ... Read More
Sushma Swaraj meets Ban Ki-moon
Source : ANI
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi had met the UN Secretary General during which issues related to climate change, environment and clean energy came up for discussion.
During their talks, the Prime Minister highlighted the initiatives taken by the BJP government at the Centre in the clean and renewable energy sectors.
... Read More
Delhi Police to quiz Pakistani journalist in PUshkar case
New Delhi Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday met Ahmad Patel, political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, during which the issue of Delhi Police filing a murder case in his wife Sunanda Pushkar's death was briefly discussed.
Highly placed sources in the party said that Tharoor had sought an appointment with Patel two days ago and met him after his arrival in Delhi.
While the issue of registration of a murder case in Sunanda's death came ... Read More
Modi, Kerry warm hug indicator of relations
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived at the inaugural of the Vibrant Gujarat global investment summit well after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim had been seated and the function had started. As Kerry walked up the stage, Modi got up from his seat to welcome him.
Modi and Kerry did not just shake hands as world leaders generally do. Both gave each other a ... Read More
Sunanda case: Homicide not mentioned in AIIMS medical report
New Delhi: The head of the AIIMS medical board based on whose report a murder case was registered into Congress MP Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar's death, on Wednesday said the panel did not mention "homicide" in its findings and it found "poisoning" as the cause of her death.
"Our report doesn't mention the death is homicidal in nature. It is due to poisoning. Police had sought an opinion in the matter and we have already ... Read More
"I Am Stunned," Says Shashi Tharoor.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said he is 'stunned' that there was foul play in the death of his wife, Sunanda Pushkar.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has said that he is stunned to know that his wife Sunanda Pushkar was poisoned, and that a murder case has been filed by the police.
Here is his full statement:
"I am stunned to hear that the Delhi Police have filed a case of murder against unknown persons in the demise ... Read More
Around 1,700 Hindus convert to Buddhism in Bihar
Source : IANS
Patna: Around 1,700 Hindus in Bihar have embraced Buddhism citing the religion's emphaisis on unity and no discrimination among its followers, an official said Monday.
Of these, 1,200 belong to Bainkathpur and Kudarbagha villages in Saran district, about 80 km from here, said a district police official.
The conversion took place Saturday and Sunday, the official added.
According to the official, most of those converted to Buddhism were dalits and mahadalits and have been facing social ... Read More
Why 2015 will be the year of India’s next technology revolution
By Vivek Wadhwa
There is a lot for Indian entrepreneurs to learn from Silicon Valley. But the bigger opportunities are for them to leapfrog it by solving the problems of the many rather than of the few. The same infrastructure lacuna that enabled India to create Aadhaar — lack of all technological legacy to have to worry about — offers it an opportunity to implement changes unarguably for the public good and to show ... Read More
Narendra Modi Still Has Much to Prove
By Sadanand Dhume
He appears overly reliant on career civil servants to turn into reality his two principal economic slogans—“minimum government, maximum governance” and “the government has no business to be in business.” A few individual exceptions notwithstanding, it is hard to think of a body less suited to implement this vision of less intrusive governance than the Indian civil service. ...
If 2014 in India was about high political drama, 2015 ought to be about the ... Read More
Fighting for India, and Against Prejudice
SHE has been described alternately as cagey and simple, humble and proud. Her focus now is on the Rio Olympics in 2016, where she hopes to win gold. She is seen as a straight-talker, and by extension, an ineffective diplomat. When she complains of bias, she does it with an air of setting the record straight. And she is not humble about her status — she wears the distinction with an air of vindication ... Read More
India and the Right to Suicide
By Jerry Pinto
... India has the world’s highest suicide rate for 15-to-29-year-olds and desperately needs to rethink its approach to mental health. (In many cities, electro-convulsive therapy remains a common treatment for depression and suicidal tendencies; in small villages, the standard cure might be exorcism.) Although the anti-suicide law has rarely been applied, its very existence — and the threat of prison — discouraged people who attempted or considered suicide from seeking help. ... Read More
Union Minister hails Startup Village, promises support
New Delhi / Kochi, Dec 22: Hon’ble Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Shri Kalraj Mishra on Sunday promised all possible support to Startup Village and agreed to apprise Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the need for more seed funding for the effective functioning of India’s first PPP model technology business incubator.
The Minister, during his visit to the facility at Kalamassery, congratulated the Startup Village team for building such a robust ... 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.
... Read More
Nathuram Godse a 'patriot', says BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj, retracts later
New Delhi: BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj was on Thursday at the centre of a controversy when he described Mahatma Gandhi's assassin Nathuram Godse as a "patriot", sparking outrage following which he retracted.
The MP from Unnao said, "Godse was an aggrieved person. He may have done something by mistake but was no an anti-national. He was a patriot."
Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah in this file photo.
Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah in this file photo.
When his remarks triggered a ... Read More
Uproar continues in Lok Sabha over Agra 'conversions'
New Delhi, Dec 11, 2014, IANS:
Uproar continued in the Lok Sabha Thursday with almost all opposition parties demanding the suspension of the question hour and a discussion on the Agra 'conversions'. PTI file photo
Uproar continued in the Lok Sabha Thursday with almost all opposition parties demanding the suspension of the question hour and a discussion on the Agra "conversions".
As soon as the house met for the day, members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata ... Read More
Zooming into Priyanka Gandhi to watching porn
In a huge embarrassment to the BJP, a party MLA was caught surfing photographs on his cellphone during a serious debate in Karnataka assembly on sugarcane pricing on Wednesday. The photograph that he was zooming into was of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi.
“There was a slogan below the photo of Priyanka Gandhi, I was watching it. By mistake I took it the mobile phone inside. I agree it is my mistake, but I have seen nothing ... Read More
Around 6,500 Indians are in jails in 68 countries: Centre
New Delhi: As many as 6,483 Indian nationals are in jails in 68 countries, with a maximum of 1,469 being detained in Saudi Arabia, the Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday.
Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that there were 421 Indians lodged in Pakistan jails and so far, as many as 151 prisoners were released during the year by the neighbouring country.
"As per unconfirmed records available with the High Commission of India, Islamabad, 74 missing ... Read More
Key Maneka plans run into Modi hurdle
New Delhi, Dec. 1: Differences with the Prime Minister’s Office appear to have held up key schemes of the women and child development (WCD) ministry announced in the budget five months ago.
Among the measures stalled is the “one-stop rape crisis centres”, christened Nirbhaya centres after the 2012 Delhi bus rape victim and seen as a pet project of Maneka Gandhi.
The finance ministry had approved Rs 500 crore for the plan but, with the draft cabinet ... Read More
Alleged IS Fighter Returns to Mumbai, Being Questioned
Mumbai: Six months after he left his home in Kalyan near Mumbai, allegedly to fight with the Islamic State, Arif Majid has returned home from Syria and is now being questioned by officials, said the Press Trust of India.
The news agency quoted the Mumbai police as saying that the 22-year-old is being interrogated by members of the country's top counter-terrorism arm, the National Investigating Agency (NIA).
No case has been registered against him.
Mr Majid, ... Read More
Afghan civil servants to be trained in India
New Delhi: Afghan civil servants will now be trained at the Jindal University at Sonepat in Haryana.
The university will welcome the first batch of senior Afghan civil servants in the next few months, it said in a statement.
These civil servants hold the ranks of director general to deputy directors in various Afghan government ministries.
"These civil servants will be trained ... in topics like leadership, human resource management, law and justice, organisational change, good governance and ... Read More
He makes Basmati rice flower
K. Vadivel (38), a cook at a biriyani hotel, in Tirupur, with the artistic excellence of a flowering plant in a vase he created using basmati rice grains without any support of rods or tapes.
During the day, K. Vadivel (38), a cook at a hotel in the city, is busy preparing specialised dishes. Back in his room after work, Mr. Vadivel uses grains of Basmati rice, used in the preparation of biriyani and other ... Read More
Manjhi warning to seven union ministers of no entry in Bihar
Source : PTI
Patna: Known for his controversial remarks, Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday again evoked a sharp criticism when he charged the Centre with ignoring the interest of the state and said seven Union Ministers from the state would not be allowed entry if they failed to bring desired assistance for the region.
Referring to the seven ministers as "Sat Bhaiya" (seven brothers) at a function on the occasion of the 'World Toilet ... Read More
Modi in Sydney once again proves that he is India's ultimate showman in politics
Sydney: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the ultimate showman in politics. The country has not seen a Prime Minister like him before. He connects. He knows to how to reach out to the masses through technology. He knows how to pick his words carefully. He did the same thing at the Allphones Arena in Sydney. His address to the people of Indian origin living in Australia had all the ingredients of a typical Modi programme. ... Read More
Modi expands cabinet, inducts 21 new faces
Source : IANS
New Delhi: Twenty-one new faces were inducted in the Narendra Modi government's first cabinet expansion Sunday.
Four new cabinet ministers and 17 ministers of state, three with independent charge, took oath at the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan here Sunday afternoon.
Those who were sworn-in as cabinet ministers were former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Shiv Sena's Suresh Prabhu, senior BJP leader Jagat Prakash Nadda and former Congressman Birender Singh.
BJP MPs Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Mahesh ... Read More
Bihar imposes ban on tobacco
PATNA: The Bihar government on Friday announced a ban on tobacco and its products to ward off its ill effects on citizens.
Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced the ban on zarda, paan masala and other tobacco products on Tobacco prevention day.
The CM also said that tax on tobacco and its products would be enhanced. The state at present imposes 30 per cent tax on tobacco and its products and sources in Excise department said ... Read More
Modi likely to expand council of ministers on Sunday
Source : PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to expand his council of ministers on Sunday with top BJP leaders maintaining that at least six new faces, including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar are expected to be inducted.
Though BJP top brass officially remained tight-lipped on the issue, party sources said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, its prominent Muslim face; its youth wing president Anurag Thakur besides Parrikar are being considered for a ministerial berth.
Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh Chief ... Read More
India to have exclusive drug control department for Ayurveda
New Delhi, Nov 6: The Government will set up an exclusive drug control department to facilitate R&D, monitor quality control and standardise the manufacturing of medicinal products of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian treatment systems, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan announced today.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Arogya Expo organised alongside the 6th World Ayurveda Congress at Pragati Maidan here, the Minister said under the newly created AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and ... Read More
Church celebrates golden jubilee of Pope's first visit to India
MUMBAI: Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the archbishop of Bombay, led a special mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday.
The Catholic Church is celebrating the golden jubilee of the Pope's first visit to India.
"On December 1, 1964, Pope Paul VI had arrived here to celebrate the International Eucharistic Congress. We have devised a series of programmes until December 7 to mark the occasion," said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese.
... Read More
Man found alive after five jailed for his murder!
Source : IANS
Patna: A Bihar man allegedly kidnapped and murdered 20 years ago has been found alive in Punjab.
Punjab Police arrested and produced him in a Bihar court Monday after five people sentenced to life imprisonment for his alleged kidnap and murder, upon learning about his whereabouts, appealed in court for justice, police said Tuesday.
Uma Singh of Sakarpura village in Nawada district went missing in 1995 and his son Vinay lodged a kidnap-cum-murder FIR.
Police investigated ... Read More
Kunjannam confirmed as oldest woman in India
Thrissur: 112-years-old Kunjannam Anthony is the oldest living woman in India at present, according to the Limca Book of Records.
The Creative Head of Limca Book of Records (LBR) P P Peter today visited Kunjannam at the private Amala Medical College Hospital here where she had been admitted for old age ailments recently and handed over the certificate of record of being the oldest woman in India.
He said Kunjannam's age was confirmed in accordance with the ... Read More
Bhopal's tormentor Warren Anderson of Union Carbide dies at 92
WASHINGTON: The man who carried the burden of an apocalyptic disaster, the world biggest industrial catastrophe that resulted in the death of thousands of Indians, is dead. On Warren Anderson's desk was said to have rested a paperweight with the Chinese proverb, ''Leader is best when people barely know he exists."
After the Bhopal Gas tragedy in December 1984 that killed anywhere between 3787 (official count) and 15000+ Indians (unofficial and still counting), Anderson ... Read More
Leaders pay tributes to Indira Gandhi on death anniversary
Source : PTI
New Delhi: The nation on Friday remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 30th death anniversary with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and other leaders paying tributes to her.
Mukherjee, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid floral tributes at Shakti Sthal, the memorial of Indira Gandhi.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders Motilal Vora, M Veerappa Moily, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ahmed Patel, Bhupinder ... Read More
India to step up strategic ties with Vietnam
New Delhi, Oct 28, 2014, (IANS):
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, adjusts a headphone to listen to the translation as Vietnams Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, speaks during a joint press briefing in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Prime Minister Dung arrived in India Monday on a two day visit. AP Photo
India is committed to strengthening strategic relations with Vietnam, with defence, space and energy sectors topping the list, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ... Read More
Goa leader sends barking dog to Bilawal over Kashmir rant
Source : IANS
Panaji: Miffed over Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto's continuous bombast about wresting Kashmir from India, a Congress politician from Goa Friday sent him a "barking dog" as a gift.
Congress organising secretary Durgadas Kamat claimed the barking dog was a perfect gift for Bhutto because he was continuously barking up the wrong tree as far as Kashmir is concerned.
"Bhutto should not start his political career by training guns on Kashmir and India, ... Read More
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose deputy, Jawaharlal Nehru aide were Soviet spies
A deputy of freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, an "old friend" of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and a former Indian ambassador, A C N Nambiar, has been described as a Soviet spy.
According to documents declassified under the 30-year-rule at the National Archives here, Nambiar went to Berlin in 1924 as a journalist and worked with the Indian communist group, visiting Moscow as a Soviet "guest" in 1929.
"On the outbreak of the Second World War ... Read More
India celebrates Diwali with traditional fervour
New Delhi, Oct 23, 2014, (PTI)
Devotees light lamps in Keshev Dev Temple premises during Diwali Festival celebration in Mathura on Thursday.PTI Photo
Diwali, the festival of lights, was celebrated with traditional fervour across the country with people exchanging sweets and gifts with friends and relatives, decking up their houses with earthen diyas and tiny lights and illuminating the evening sky with fireworks.
Children and youths burst crackers and lit sparklers while families, dressed up in their best ... Read More
Senior Railway Board official arrested by CBI on graft charges
A senior Railway Board official was caught red-handed on Wednesday by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly receiving Rs. 5 lakh in bribe from a tour operator to facilitate special trains and additional coaches for tourists.
Ravi Mohan Sharma, an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer of 1997 batch, was allegedly receiving the bribe amount at his Delhi residence from a Mumbai-based tour operator when he was arrested. According to the CBI, the money was being ... Read More
China’s crackdown slows Tibetan refugee crossings to freedom in India
By Annie Gowen
DHARMSALA, India — Kunga Dolma waited years to escape the repressive life of her remote Tibetan village, and one day in July it was time.
The soft-spoken 24-year-old paid a smuggler about $800 to guide her over the Himalayas to what she hoped would be freedom and a better life. Her lace-up shoes were torn to shreds in the snowy passage. But if she was cold, she doesn’t remember. She was too terrified ... Read More
Anil Ambani takes 'Swachh Bharat' campaign to Badrinath, Kedarnath
BADRINATH : Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative to rid the country of litter and rubbish, Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani today cleaned the Badrinath and Kedarnath temple premises and area around it to spread the message of 'Swachh Bharat'.
After cleaning the Badrinath temple, Ambani said, "Today, I am here for two important reasons. First, to take the blessings of Badrinath ji and Kedarnath ji and second important reason that I would like ... Read More
Sushma to visit UK
CHARU SUDAN KASTURI
New Delhi, Oct. 13: Last month, Sushma Swaraj accidentally revealed her lack of awareness about the Scotland independence referendum. This week, the Indian foreign minister will try and counter perceptions that her surprise reflected her government’s lack of interest in ties with Britain.
Sushma, who exclaimed “god forbid” when asked about the possibility of Scotland separating from the UK, will be the senior-most member of the Narendra Modi government to visit London when she ... Read More
Report about Sunanda's death inconclusive: Police
Source : IANS
New Delhi: Delhi Police said Friday the forensic evidence available about the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, is "not conclusive".
"The forensic report at the moment is not conclusive, our inquest status in today's date is pending," Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi told reporters here.
Pushkar's latest post-mortem report, leaked Thursday, stated "poisoning" to be the cause of her death.
He said police would draw their conclusion once they get conclusive ... Read More
Defused grenade found on aircraft kept as standby for Modi
In a security scare, a defused grenade was found last night in the business class of an Air India jumbo aircraft which was kept as a standby for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent US visit.
The grenade was found by the Air India crew on board the Boeing 747-400 which was operating the Mumbai-Hyderabad-Jeddah flight, airline sources said today.
On landing at Jeddah, the incident was reported to the local security agencies who took over the ... Read More
Obama, Modi hit it off over intimate dinner: US official
The two leaders shared personal stories and experiences over dinner when they met for the first time on Monday night, a senior administration official said.
Though they were meeting for the first time on Monday night over an intimate dinner, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi developed an instant rapport with each other, which was reflected in the two leaders sharing personal stories and experiences, a senior administration official said.
It became very evident ... Read More
PM's Energy While Fasting Impressed Obama, Say Officials
Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "energy and vigour" despite a strict fast wowed President Barack Obama, say American officials.
Mr Modi, who had a working dinner with the President at the White House on Monday, sipped warm water while the courses served to others included crisped halibut with ginger carrot sauce and compressed avocados. Mr Modi was strictly observing the Navratri fast during his hectic tour of the US.
"They joked about the fact that the ... Read More
Jayalalithaa not made any demands for luxury: Jail official
Source : PTI
Bangalore: AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa is not getting VIP treatment, but being looked after as any other ordinary prisoner at the Parapanna Agrahara Central prison where she is lodged after conviction in the disproportionate assets case, according to a top jail official.
"Madam (Jayalalithaa) is getting no VIP treatment. She is being treated as any other prisoner at Parapanna Agrahara," DIG Prisons P M Jaisimha told PTI here.
She has conducted herself very politely with the ... Read More
Why India Went to Mars
By Samanth Subramanian
Guards stand by one of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles. Credit Photograph by Arun Sankar K/AP
On Wednesday, having travelled four hundred and ten million miles, India’s Mangalyaan probe settled into orbit around Mars. It will linger there for only six months—about a fifth of the time that it took to build the spacecraft and dispatch it to the Red Planet. The orbiter’s scientific agenda appears to be skimpy. It will send back ... Read More
In jail Jayalalithaa is eating simple food, reading newspapers
Bangalore: AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa is keeping good health and eating simple food besides reading
newspapers at the Parapanna Agrahara Central prison where she is lodged after conviction in the disproportionate assets case, according to a jail official.
"Everything you are hearing outside, it is not true. She is stable and keeping good health, but she is eating simple food," the official told PTI, dismissing speculation about her well being.
J Jayalalithaa. AFP
J Jayalalithaa. AFP
Asked what food items ... Read More
Modi enjoys immunity from court summons: US
Source : IANS
Washington: Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit, the US Friday made clear that as head of government, he enjoys "immunity and personal inviolability" and no US court summons can be served on him.
Senior administration officials previewing the visit told reporters that they were aware of a law suit filed against Modi by a human rights group in a New York court for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots ... Read More
Research to the rescue of disaster management
Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service
For management of disasters and humanitarian crises, doing something is not enough—but doing the right thing at the right time is. Decision-makers need to know which intervention, actions and strategies would work, which would not work, which remain unproven and which no matter how well-meaning might be harmful. They need to make well informed choices and decisions and for this they need access to reliable evidence.
Evidence ... Read More
The Swarajya magazine is being revived!
As many members of this List might know, Swarajya is a very old magazine, dating back to the mid-1950s.
Swarajya was unusual in taking positions against the then-socialist policies of India and in advocating free-market policies and individual freedom.
Among the regular contributors to the magazine were C. Rajagopalachari (also known as "Rajaji"), R.K. Laxman and Minoo Masani.
... Read More
Word 'Hindu' never existed in Vedas, Upanishads; Muslims invented it: Veerappa Moily
By Tarun Khanna
Bangalore: Former union minister and Congress leader Veerappa Moily has triggered a fresh controversy through his recent remark that the word 'Hindu' was introduced by Muslims in the medieval age and that it has no mention in the ancient scriptures like Vedas and Upanishads.
During a book launch event at Central College in Bangalore on September 21, the ex-Karnataka chief minister said that in the medieval age Muslims wanted to separate people living ... Read More
Humming a song, Chinese First Lady charms Indian children
"Keep working hard so you can contribute to your country," this was the message by China's First Lady Peng Liyuan to the students here as she interacted with the children, even humming a song with them."
During her 45-minute visit to a school in South Delhi, 51-year-old Peng, who is also a renowned singer, shared with the students some personal glimpses of her life, leaving a lasting impression on the young minds.
"I started learning calligraphy when ... Read More
Modi to launch 'Make in India' campaign on September 25
NEW DELHI: Seeking to make the country a global manufacturing hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the ambitious 'Make in India' campaign in the presence of global and domestic CEOs on September 25.
Hundreds of global and domestic CEOs are expected to attend the function at Vigyan Bhavan here, an official said.
... Read More
Xi open-minded and realistic: Dalai Lama
Source : PTI
As he engaged in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping came in for praise from an unlikely quarter--exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - who described him as "open-minded" and "realistic".
The Dalai Lama also said good Sino-Indian relations based on mutual trust will benefit not just Asia but the whole world.
"Sino-Indian relations (build) on the basis of mutual trust are very important. Not only the whole of Asia, ... Read More
Peace awards for Dalai Lama, Malala announced in Mumbai
MUMBAI: Around 500 college students in the city formed a human chain for peace in Bandra on Sunday. The event was organised by a local organisation named The World Peacekeepers Movement (TWPM) which also announced awards for public luminaries.
TWPM had prepared a scroll of honour for the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Anna Hazare, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and J K Rowling and announced various prizes. Naturally, none of them were present at the function so ... Read More
India’s Sanitation Needs
India may finally be on the verge of making progress on eradicating one of its most intractable problems: open defecation because of a lack of toilets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves credit for focusing on the scourge. But it will take more than words to solve a problem the nation’s leaders have been promising to solve for decades.
In 2012, the minister of drinking water and sanitation at the time, Jairam Ramesh, redoubled the government’s ... Read More
How Do I Become PM?' Asked Student; This Was PM's Response
New Delhi: After the Prime Minister addressed students on the occasion of Teachers' Day, he took questions from some young boys and girls. Some quizzers were in the audience at the Delhi auditorium where he gave his speech; others made their queries through video-conference.
A young boy from Imphal provoked a hearty Modi laugh when he asked, "How can I become the PM?" (Highlights of PM's Speech)
"Start preparing for 2024 elections," responded the man who ... Read More
Scholarship for Dalit Christian Students
The Government of India have issued notification for Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-Cum-Means based Scholarships for the year 2014-15 for all minority students including Christians.
It is noted that some of the schools are discouraging DALIT CHRISTIAN STUDENTS in applying for this scholarship. Please report if this happens anywhere this year. We will take this up with the Minority Commission.
1.Pre- Matric Scholarships of GOI: All Christian Students studying in 1st class to 10th class and whose ... Read More
SC asks Nithyananda to undergo potency test in rape case
Source : SIFY
New Delhi: Dismissing the petition of self-styled godman Nithyananda, the Supreme Court has ordered him to undergo a potency test in connection with the rape case that has been filed against him.
Nithyananda had appealed against the Karnataka High Court order refusing to stay the trail court's direction that he should take the potency test. The rape case was registered against him in a court in Bangalore.
The self-styled godman faces a rape case filed ... Read More
Govt-appointed panel advocates 'complete ban' on dance bars
MUMBAI: The Justice CS Dharmadhikari Committee, set up to recommend measures to curb crimes against women, has asked Maharashtra government to enforce a "complete ban" on dance bars and frame a policy to check "vulgarity" on social networking sites such as Facebook.
These suggestions by the state government-appointed panel are contained in its fourth and fifth interim reports submitted to the Bombay high court on a PIL seeking measures to ensure safety and security of ... Read More
When PM Modi met Netaji's oldest living associate
Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Saichiro Misumi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's oldest living associate in Japan, at a function in Tokyo.
Mr Modi met 93-year-old Misumi at a reception hosted by the India-Japan Association and Japan-India Parliamentary Friendship League.
... Read More
Want to turn 'Made in India' into a brand: PM Modi to investors
New Delhi: In a bid to woo Japanese investors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured them there was no red tapism but only red carpet in India. Giving a key note address at Japan-India Association event hosted by Jetro and Nikkei, Modi said, "Like 'Made in Japan', we aim to turn 'Made in India' into a brand."
Modi also assured that the Indian government has eased a lot of regulations for trade. "I have come ... Read More
Church converted to temple as Christians become Hindus again
Source : ''SIFY
Aligarh: A reconversion of 72 Valmikis (a Dalit sect of Hinduism) who had become Christians some 20 years back was completed at a village near here after the church belonging to the 7th Day Adventists was turned into a temple, a report in The Times of India said on Thursday.
As per the report, a 'successful ghar wapasi' was conducted on 72 Valmikis and that shuddhi karan (the ritual where one becomes a Hindu ... Read More
Air India website crashes minutes after offering Rs 100 tickets
Source : ''SIFY
New Delhi: The website of Air India on Wednesday went down minutes after the national carrier offered discounted tickets for Rs 100 for a limited period to celebrate its merger with erstwhile Indian Airlines.
The website went down, with a message on the website reading - "Service Unavailable". Another link to book tickets on Air India showed a "System Busy" message.
The airline website has not been functioning since midnight of 27th August.
According to a ... Read More
Sushma chairs brainstorming session with Indian envoys
Hanoi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday chaired a brain storming session with 15 Indian Heads of Mission in South East and East Asia here to chart out the foreign policy initiatives to be undertaken in the strategically important region by the new BJP-led government.
This is the second Heads of Mission meeting that she has called for since assuming office in May. She held a similar session with Heads of Mission from the Middle ... Read More
Bangalore: Woman forces friend to have sex with husband, arrested
Bangalore: In a bizarre case, a woman allegedly abetted her husband to 'rape' her neighbour and friend in her presence in Bangalore and the couple have been arrested.
The woman and the victim were said to have become close friends over a period of time and used to frequent each other's house before the incident, police said.
... Read More
Prakash John of Mumbai is a musician's musician
Prakash John (born in Mumbai on August1, 1947) is the consummate bass player and musician's musician. John started his own powerhouse R & B band The Lincolns, hiring Canada's top players and setting the standard for live entertainment. John is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
John was a student at the Cathedral and John Connon School, enrolling at the age of four in 1951. He migrated to Toronto in 1960.
John's first ... Read More
French diplomat accused of raping daughter approaches Modi
New Delhi: French consular official Pascal Mazurier, accused of sexually abusing his minor daughter, has approached Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for speedy justice.
In a missive to Modi, the diplomat, who is posted in Consulate General of France in Bangalore but is under suspension, said "he's deprived of speedy justice" even 25 months after his estranged Indian wife made the allegations against him.
"I have not been able to maintain contact with my three innocent children, ... Read More
India river development project is a double-edged sword
Civic leaders had long looked upon the dreary, slum-choked river that sliced through this city and dreamed it could become something grand — India's answer to the Seine or the Thames.
When a new chief executive took over the state of Gujarat in 2001, he directed municipal authorities to make the Sabarmati River a priority. Now that official, Narendra Modi, is India's prime minister, and he has touted the $200-million public project as a symbol ... Read More
AirAsia India lowers fares, offers 20 pc discount
AirAsia India, the latest entrant in domestic air space, has lowered its fares by 20 per cent for a limited period on all its flights.
The discounted ticket scheme was launched yesterday for a six-day period (till August 17) and offers customers 20 per cent discount on tickets across categories for flights from Bengaluru to Chennai, Kochi and Goa and vice versa, AirAsia India said in a release here.
AirAsia India currently operates flights from its current ... Read More
Shankaracharya warns PM Narendra Modi ahead of his Shirdi visit
New Delhi: Already facing flak for his critical remarks on Sai Baba, Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya, Swaroopanand Saraswati, has now warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi of what might happen if he'll pay visit to Shirdi.
Swaroopanand has asked Modi to cancel his visit to Shirdi else he may lose the protection given to him by celestial gods.
He also said that he has no issues with Modi adding Sai to his name, but also raised apprehensions that how can ... Read More
Jaswant Singh in coma, on life support
Source : PTI
New Delhi: Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh is in a critical condition and is reportedly in coma and on life support after being operated upon for a head injury at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here following a fall at his residence.
The government also has said that Singh is very critical.
The 76-year-old former Defence Minister was admitted to the hospital at around 11 PM yesterday after he fell down, sources said.
A senior ... Read More
Syndicate Bank Chairman Is Arrested
By Saurabh Chaturvedi
NEW DELHI—India's federal investigating agency arrested the chairman of state-run Syndicate Bank Ltd. on allegations involving bribes from private companies in return for loan extensions, a Central Bureau of Investigation official said Sunday.
" Sudhir Kumar Jain was arrested late Saturday. He's in our custody," said Kanchan Prasad, CBI spokeswoman.
... Read More
Tata Group is India's most valuable brand
The Tata Group has retained its place as the country's most valuable brand at USD 21 billion. (In pic: Cyrus Mistry) The Tata Group has retained its place as the country's most valuable brand at USD 21 billion. (In pic: Cyrus Mistry)
SummaryBrand value of Cyrus Mistry-led Tata Group has risen $3 bn over last year.
The Cyrus Mistry-led Tata Group has retained its place as the country's most valuable brand at USD 21 billion, while ... Read More
Forty crore Indians still live without electricity
New Delhi: Over 40 crore people living in eight crore households have not got electricity and the government is making all efforts to give them power connection as early as possible, Lok Sabha was told Thursday.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal said during Question Hour that it was "very unfortunate" that eight crore households in the country do not have power connection and this means 40 crore population are still deprived off electricity.
"Even 65 years after Independence ... Read More
Ratan Tata may be suffering from delusion: Amit Mitra
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra today countered Ratan Tata's remarks on lack of industrialisation in the state saying he may be suffering from delusion and that was why he made such comments. PTI photos
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra today countered Ratan Tata's remarks on lack of industrialisation in the state saying he may be suffering from delusion and that was why he made such comments.
"Tata is getting old and suffering from delusion. I ... Read More
Modi was denied visa by previous government: John Kerry
New Delhi, JJuly 31, 2014, (PTI):
In perhaps the first explanation of the US denial of visa for Narendra Modi, the Obama Administration today said the decision was taken by the previous government. AP file photo
In perhaps the first explanation of the US denial of visa for Narendra Modi, the Obama Administration today said the decision was taken by the "previous" government.
"It's a very big deal. Different government, it's a different government now. Just like it ... Read More
India's 26th Army chief tilled land as a child
KOLKATA: Believe it or not, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who took over as the 26th Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) from General Bikram Singh on Thursday, tilled his land in a remote Haryana village in his childhood.
General Dalbir Singh was born in Bishan village in Haryana's Jhajjar district on December 28, 1954. Many in the village, including his father and uncles had served in the infantry and cavalry units but few would have imagined that ... Read More
India high court's 'disgruntled wives' ruling tests dowry laws enacted to protect women
NEW DELHI — Roughly 8,000 women in India died violent deaths in 2013 because their families were unable to cough up the demands for more dowry, according to government statistics.
Such deaths have been a longtime problem for India and explain why the country passed a series of laws against dowry in the 1980s to protect against this form of violence.
Yet this month, India’s Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling that questioned the propriety of ... Read More
Human rights organisations targeted by politicians for anti-corruption work
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Centre for Social Development and Women Action for Development – two human rights organisations based in Manipur, India – that local politicians are targeting them for exposing corruption in administration. On 12 July, a small mob gathered in front of the office of the two organisations demanding that vehicles of staff members parked out front be removed. One staff member, who tried to take a ... Read More
Was Shashi Tharoor planning to divorce Sunanda Pushkar?
Source : SIFY
Shashi Tharoor and Pakistan journalist Mehr Tarar were in love and wanted to get married, at least the late Sunanda Pushkar's acquaitance journalist Nalini Singh has told the police so.
In her statement, Singh, according to Times of India, has said, "Sunanda said Tarar and Tharoor had exchanged intimate romantic messages and that one of the messages from Tarar implied that Tharoor was going to divorce her after the 2014 general elections and get ... Read More
PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE COMMUNICATION STRESSED
Aaghaz-e-Dosti aims to eradicate mutual hatred and suspicion to create unwavering bonds of peace and friendship. This is because we believe that miscommunication and lack of communication has helped sustain the conflict. To meet our objective, Aaghaz-e-Dosti has taken several initiatives ranging from interactive sessions in schools to public demonstrations, from art-based initiatives to writing articles and issuing statements to disseminate the misrepresented voice across the border.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti has complied several measures to increase ... Read More
No golf, long days are new norm for India’s bureaucrats
By Annie Gowan
The element of surprise worked last week at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, where more than 90 percent of its employees are now showing up on time after Javadekar’s spot inspection, staffers said. The minister had his personal secretary take photos of the empty rooms, then called the absent workers to his office. He made some take personal days as punishment.
Some employees rolled their eyes when asked about Modi’s new regime and ... Read More
India’s new budget includes $34 million to build the world’s tallest statue. Not everyone is happy.
By Adam Taylor
EXCERPT: Statue-building is all about creating something that lasts for a long time, of course, and in centuries to come, the back story to the Patel statue (if it's ever built) could be forgotten. Few people look at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue today and wonder whether its cost was worth it, I'd wager. But that doesn't mean it isn't without significant risk. For every Christ the Redeemer or Statue of Liberty, there ... Read More
PM to announce role for Planning Commission shortly: Jaitley
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will shortly announce the role that Planning Commission is going to play in his government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said.
Last month, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) had said that Planning Commission acted as a ‘control commission’ and should be replaced by a ‘reforms and solution body’.
More than one and half months after BJP swept to power, the new government is yet to announce the new Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, ... Read More
Gowda educates: Honest truths about Indian Railways
Railways to earn Rs. 1.64 lakh crore in 2014-15: Gowda
* Indian Railways has 12617 trains carrying over 23 million passengers connecting more than 7172 stations - equivalent to moving the entire population of the Australia (which is projected to stand at a little over 23 million, according to the Australian government).
* We have more 7421 freight trains carrying about 3 million tonnes of freight every day and our Railways is the fourth in the world ... Read More
India’s Role in the Nuclear Race
By The Editorial Board
India is seeking membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a 48-nation body established 40 years ago to ensure that civilian trade in nuclear materials is not diverted for military purposes, as was done by India itself. Membership would greatly enhance the acceptance of India as a nuclear weapons state and give it a say in how countries trade in nuclear-related exports.
The application, which was discussed at a meeting in Buenos ... Read More
Orwell Birthplace in India to Become a Museum
By ALLAN KOZINN
The ramshackle three-room bungalow in Motihari, India where George Orwell was born in 1903 is being restored and transformed into a museum that will celebrate the life and career of the essayist and author, The Times of India reported. The renovation, which has been under discussion since 2010, when the house was declared a protected site, is being underwritten by the government of Bihar state, which is hoping the museum will become a ... Read More
From a rickshaw puller to a guest at Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi: Twenty-seven years ago a rickshaw puller operating in the walled city would often visit Raisina Hills area to have a look at British-era buildings including Rashtrapati Bhavan without little knowing that one day he would be one of the guests at the Presidential palace.
This is the story of 51-year-old Dharamveer Kamboj, a resident of Haryana, who is staying as a guest of President Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan, an honour bestowed on him ... Read More
Assam scribes urge for clemency to Al-Jazeera journalists
By Nava Thakuria
Joining the international chorus for the FreeAJStaff campaign, an active scribes’ body of India has come out with the demand for immediately releasing of all journalists, who have been jailed in Egypt for allegedly taking side with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group ‘endangering Egypt's national security’. Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), a northeast India based scribes’ body, has also appealed to the Egyptian government in Cairo to offer clemency to the newsmen for ... Read More
Former PM Manmohan Singh still a busy man
By Anjali Ojha and Jaideep Sarin
New Delhi/Chandigarh: Having occupied the country's most important executive post for a decade, Manmohan Singh was without doubt a busy man. A month after he stepped down following his party's election loss, the former prime minister is settling down to a busy routine of another kind.
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh. PTIFormer prime minister Manmohan Singh. PTI
In the past month, Manmohan Singh has hardly made it to news headlines - except ... Read More
UBS, Credit Suisse have 2/3rdof Indians’ Swiss bank money
It is just two big banks — UBS and Credit Suisse — which appear to be accounting for almost two-third of the total money held by Indians in Swiss banking system, known for their famed secrecy walls.
According to the latest official data disclosed by Switzerland's central banking authority SNB (Swiss National Bank), Indians' money in Swiss banks rose by 43 per cent last year to 2.03 billion Swiss francs (nearly Rs 14,000 crore), despite growing ... Read More
A Largely Indian Victory in World War II, Mostly Forgotten in India
By GARDINER HARRIS
Excerpt: But whether India will ever truly celebrate the Battle of Kohima and Imphal is unclear. India’s founding fathers were divided on whether to support the British during World War II, and India’s governments have generally had uneasy relationships even with the nation’s own military. So far, only local officials and a former top Indian general have agreed to participate in this week’s closing ceremony.
... Read More
Jayalalithaa, BJP Allies Oppose Centre's Move on Hindi
The Centre's move also found no favour with two of its Tamil Nadu allies also, with both PMK and MDMK opposing it.
PMK founder S Ramadoss said the BJP in its election 2014 manifesto had promised to develop all languages with rich history and culture. He also called for declaring all 22 languages in the VIII schedule of the Constitution, including Tamil, as official language and "thus put an end to the Hindi imposition controversy."
Attempts ... Read More
Home ministry asks RBI to block foreign funds for Greenpeace India
Soon after the Intelligence Bureau report on Greenpeace India allegedly misusing foreign funds to hamper India's economic growth, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a directive to the Reserve Bank of India asking it to put on hold all foreign contributions originating from Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation.
"In a letter dated 13th June, the Ministry has directed the Reserve Bank of India that all foreign contributions originating from Greenpeace International and Climate Works ... Read More
Understanding the Rape Republic
by Anjuman Ara Begum
Sexual violence continues in India unabated.
The December 2012 gang rape and subsequent death of a 23 year old woman led to a shift in discourse on sexual violence in India. For the first time, the blame shifted from victims to perpetrators, fostering changes in certain colonial era criminal laws.
However, the changes have failed to provide crucial protection and redress. Important recommendations, forwarded by the three-member committee following the incident, were ignored, and ... Read More
Hindu Nationalists Renew Push for Sanskrit
New Delhi: The Indian government's National Sanskrit Institute, whose headquarters are in a run-down section of western New Delhi, has the hallmarks of a long-neglected state project.
Unattached electrical wires dangle down its facade, and one of its senior scholars, Ramakant Pandey, greeted a recent visitor in a fluorescent-lighted office, his mouth stained red with paan, the Hindi word for the betel leaf mixture chewed throughout Asia.
It felt like an office that did not receive ... Read More
Doniger’s book back on the stands
By Anita Joshua
Three months after Aleph Book Company decided that American Indologist Wendy Doniger’s book On Hinduism would be reprinted only after issues raised by the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti (SBAS) were resolved, a new reprint of the book is now out.
Over the past week, copies of the book were spotted in a couple of book shops in the Capital. One bookseller in South Delhi told The Hindu that fresh copies of the book arrived ... Read More
Paid news menace and underpaid media employees of India
By Nava Thakuria
As India completes a largest electoral battle in the world that culminated in the formation of a new Union government in New Delhi, the ‘paid news’ syndrome continues to hunt the general populace as well as the election authority of populous country. A number of cases have already been registered against various political parties for allegedly bribing some selected media houses for facilitating election campaign related favourable coverage in expenses of cash ... Read More
Modi replies to Sharif's letter, says he looks forward to working with Pak
New Delhi: Days after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi expressing a desire to work with India, Modi too, has reciprocated the sentiment saying that he is looking forward to working with Pakistan.
Sharif held a bilateral meeting with Modi on May 27 on the sidelines of the Indian Prime Minister's swearing in ceremony in Delhi. After his visit to India, Sharif wrote a letter saying that he was satisfied ... Read More
Homophobia May Cost India’s Economy Billions of Dollars
By Atish Patel
New World Bank research suggests discrimination toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is costing India billions of dollars.
Homophobia in the workplace in India and lost productivity as a result of discrimination are among some of the findings in a report by U.S.-based economist M.V. Lee Badgett that is part of an upcoming study for the World Bank. Ms. Badgett’s study also looks at how homophobia triggers high rates of depression and ... Read More
Civil services exam: 1,122 candidates make the cut
New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Thursday declared the final results of the 2013 civil services examination that 1,122 candidates have cleared.
Of them, 861 are males and 261 females. Among the candidates, 30 are physically challenged.
The candidates who have cleared have been recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services against 1,228 reported vacancies.
Gaurav Agarwal topped the examination in his ... Read More
Sashi Tharoor on "How Narendra Modi May Have Evolved into 'Modi 2.0'"
When Narendra Modi swept to a dramatic victory in India's general elections, becoming the first prime minister in three decades to command an absolute majority in the lower house of India's fractious Parliament, many in India worried about what his victory would portend. To political opponents and members of India's liberal intelligentsia, Modi was a divisive, sectarian, authoritarian figure who had presided over the massacre of some 1200 innocents, mainly Muslim, as chief minister of ... Read More
Where even a judge is not safe
The rape of a judge in her residence, located in a high-security area in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, speaks volumes about both the epidemic of sexual violence and the respect for law in India. Such an incident cannot occur in a jurisdiction where a citizen is convinced that the law will play its role in preventing and punishing crime. India is not such a jurisdiction.
Who in India is safe when even judges are ... Read More
P.K. Mishra is Additional Principal Secretary to PM
Former Agriculture Secretary P.K. Mishra has been appointed Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The appointment of Mr. Mishra, a 1972-batch retired IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or till further orders, according to an official release issued by the Ministry of Personnel on Tuesday. Mr. Mishra, 65, served between 2001- 2004 as Principal Secretary to Mr. Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister.
He was ... Read More
`Give technical education to minorities, modernise madrassas'
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee said Monday the government would provide technical education to minorities and launch a modernisation programme for madrassas.
Addressing the joint session of parliament, the president said it was unfortunate that despite several decades after independence several minority communities continued to suffer from neglect.
He said the youth of minority communities would be provided technical education and the government would initiate steps for modernisation of madrassas.
He also referred to the ... Read More
MPs and MLAs should pass mandatory medical tests first
Union Minister Gopinath Munde dies in road mishap
An unfit person is a threat to himself. An unfit minister is a threat to his party and to the country because he holds a constitutional position in public life.
The death of Gopinath Munde, briefly union minister for rural development, might not be in vain if it helps set health norms for the elected representatives of India. Munde’s death was triggered by an accident and hastened by poor ... Read More
Shekhar Gupta leaves Indian Express after 19 years
Editor-in-chief of the Indian Express, Shekhar Gupta, is leaving the paper. His farewell letter to his staff.
Goodbye notes can be heartwarming or heartbreaking. On a rare occasion they can be both. This is one such.
It is time for me to say goodbyes at the Express -- for the second time. The first was exactly at the same time of the year in 1983 when most of you were not born yet.
I say goodbye now ... Read More
Priyanka Gandhi: What marriage! Such loyalty! Wow!
Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, in a letter to the SPG chief, asked for her security exemptions to be removed if her husband’s is taken away.
The letter has unsurprisingly (and with extremely convenient timing) found its way to the media, ready to be turned into a new tale of martyrdom and sacrifice for the First Family.
Let us examine some parts of it, for there is much to see in this letter.
For example, there is this line -
"...his inclusion ... Read More
Rape of Teens in India Reignites National Outrage
By Preetika Rana
NEW DELHI—Pressure built on the Indian government to respond to the alleged rape and murder of two village girls—an attack that jolted the world after photographs of the dead teenagers hanging from a mango tree began circulating.
India's home ministry said the government was expecting an investigative report that was requested by officials in the prime minister's office. "They are shocked," Kuldeep Dhatwalia, a ministry spokesman, said on Friday, referring to the prime minister's ... Read More
Modi asks ministers to use social media platforms extensively
May 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took charge recently, has asked all the ministers in his cabinet to open Twitter accounts and create Facebook pages, said a Indian Express report. This is seen as a step towards creating transparency and participation in governance.
It is known that the ministers have been asked to use social media platforms extensively to reach out to general public. Reportedly, the ministers have been asked to put various policy ... Read More
Narendra Modi govt to 'scrap' Jawaharlal Nehru from JNNURM
Narendra Modi government's alternative project to JNNURM will likely have an outlay of Rs 1.5 lakh crore. (PTI) Narendra Modi government's alternative project to JNNURM will likely have an outlay of Rs 1.5 lakh crore. (PTI)
SummaryNarendra Modi govt to 'rewrite' history over a project named after Jawaharlal Nehru
Govt open to debate on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir: PMOShiv Sena unhappy over lesser representation in Narendra Modi's CabinetSeveral new ministers assume officeSubsidised LPG finds its ... Read More
Modi invites Chinese President to visit
NEW DELHI, May 29 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday to visit, seeking greater engagement between the world's two most populous nations on trade and regional security.
Modi extended the invitation when he spoke by telephone with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who had called to congratulate him on his victory in India's general election, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
The Hindu nationalist won election by ... Read More
Jaitley hints at cabinet expansion
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Arun Jaitley, who has got important portfolios of finance, defence and corporate affairs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Tuesday said there will be cabinet expansion soon.
Talking to reporters after taking charge as finance minister at North Block here, Jaitley said he holds defence portfolio only as an additional charge and it would go to a new person once there is a cabinet expansion.
"For a transition phase, I will be ... Read More
Nancy Powell returns
New Delhi: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Thursday headed back to her country after an eventful stint here and will be replaced temporarily early next month by Kathleen Stephens, a career diplomat.
Powell, 67, who assumed charge as US Ambassador here in April, 2012, had announced ending of her tenure in India in March this year.
Stephens will serve as the charge until a new permanent ambassador is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate. ... Read More
Sonia Gandhi resigns from two positions
New Delhi, May 22: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday resigned from her posts at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and at the culture ministry. Party sources confirmed that the Congress president had resigned from both the positions. Gandhi was a member of the NMML, according to her Lok Sabha profile. She was also a member of the National Committee formed under the culture ministry to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of India's first ... Read More
Omar praises Modi for inviting Pak PM for his swearing-in
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference acting president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday praised Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi for inviting Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif for his May 26 swearing-in at Delhi, but not without a tinge of sarcasm.
"Excellent move by @narendramodi to invite SAARC leaders, especially Pak PM for his swearing in. Hope this is beginning of sustained talks", Mr. Abdullah said on Twitter after attending his first Cabinet meeting after the National Conference-Congress ... Read More
N D Tiwari turns bridegroom at 88, marries Ujjwala Sharma
Veteran Congress leader and former chief minister N.D. Tiwari married Ujjwala Sharma on Thursday morning.
Sharma was the woman whose son Tiwari recently accepted as his own after a lengthy lawsuit.
Rohit Shekhar, 32, had taken the politician to court after Tiwari had refused to acknowledge their biological relationship.
In March, Tiwari publicly accepted Shekhar is his son.
In 2012, the Congressman, who had resisted submitting blood samples for a DNA test, was ordered to cooperate by the Supreme ... Read More
CPI-M politburo to meet May 18 to finalise strategies
Agartala, May 13 (IANS) The CPI-M politburo will meet in Delhi May 18 to discuss the outcome of the Lok Sabha election results and to finalise the party's strategies, party sources said here Tuesday.
The 15-member politburo is the highest policy making body of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
"To decide the CPI-M's next course of action in view of the Lok Sabha election results, the politburo may decide to convene a meeting of the party's ... Read More
Election Commission Gives Nod to Government to Appoint New Army Chief
Election Commission Gives Nod to Government to Appoint New Army Chief
New Delhi: The Election Commission today gave a go-ahead to the Defence Ministry to initiate the process of appointing the next Army chief, an issue that has got caught in a controversy because of BJP's opposition.
In a communication sent to the Defence Ministry this morning, the EC cited its March 27 order which makes it clear that appointments, promotions, tenders and procurements of defence forces ... Read More
Fear over fundamentalism real but misdirected
India faces the threat of being won over by religious fundamentalists; so say many experts, commenting in light of the on-going elections. Nothing could be more unfortunate for India, which has stood tall and contained regressive radicals for six decades. This is no mean task, given how many neighbours have fallen prey to homegrown rogues like a houses of cards.
Despite being real, the fears, however, are misplaced. Though the spectre of fundamentalism that looms over ... Read More
In February 2014, the Government of India decided to constitute a committee to study and frame remedial measures to address the concerns of citizens hailing from North East India residing in different parts of the county. This is an initiative to understand the layers of discrimination faced by persons from the North East. Notably, the committee’s focus is discrimination by private actors, i.e. social discrimination.
But what about the discrimination the Union government itself practices against ... Read More
Likely impacts of BJP and AAP on the Indian society
Dr Rahul Pandey, Citizen News Service
For about two months I was in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Alok Agarwal. Irrespective of what the result in Khandwa will be it appears that almost everywhere Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will make substantial gains, Congress will suffer a lot, and AAP may not get the seats they expected. And irrespective of all these outcomes certain effects of BJP’s imminent success and ... Read More
Singapore Airlines India JV eyes Sept. launch
New Delhi: Singapore Airlines Ltd's Indian joint venture is looking to start flights from Sept. 1, according to its application to the sector regulator for permission to operate.
TATA SIA Airlines Ltd, 49 percent-owned by the Singapore carrier and 51 percent held by India's Tata Group, plans to operate 87 flights a week during its first year of operation, it said in the application.
The airline plans to nearly double that number during its second year.
The ... Read More
Air India to join Star Alliance in July
Air India is expected to now formally join the world's largest airline partnership Star Alliance in July this year. Reuters Air India is expected to now formally join the world's largest airline partnership Star Alliance in July this year.
State-owned carrier Air India is expected to now formally join the world's largest airline partnership Star Alliance in July this year. The integration had been in discussion for several years, but had been put on hold as ... Read More
India asks EU to lift mango ban, says quality checks in place
New Delhi has asked the European Union to lift a ban on Indian mangoes, as the country has already addressed the issue cited by the 28-nation bloc in a clampdown on shipments from next month.
The EU informed India in March that shipments of premium Alphonso mangoes would be blocked from May until December 2015 after authorities in Brussels found consignments infested with fruit flies.
"Since we got to know about the issue in March, we've put ... Read More
Congress may join hands with Third Front, says Khurshid
Farukkhabad: Congress could consider extending support to the Third Front or taking its help to form the government if necessary after the Lok Sabha elections, Union minister Salman Khurshid said on Saturday.
He claimed that Narendra Modi was going to emerge as a "big problem" for BJP and referring to Ram temple movement, said that when "Bhagwan ki lehar" (God's wave) could not stop Congress, then how can "Modi wave" stop it.
Speaking to reporters at his ... Read More
Implications of foreign funds received by Congress and BJP
Dr Sandeep Pandey, Citizen News Service
In the context of movement against the Kudankulum nuclear power plant the PM had himself directly accused the movement of receiving foreign funds implying thereby that there were some foreign powers who were not interested in seeing development in India and therefore sponsored anti-development movements. Realty was that the office of the movement was being run from a Church. But most fisherfolk who formed the base of movement were ... Read More
India, US poised on more collaborative path
Washington: India and the United States are today positioned to embark on a more closely collaborative path with growth in India providing it new impetus, according to Indian ambassador S Jaishankar.
"The world the two nations seek does look similar in the big picture: with greater prosperity, more freedom, market economics, rule based regimes, and pluralistic societies," he said Thursday at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"At a more practical level, this is being translated into ... Read More
SpiceJet introduces another low fare offer
The fare war started by budget carrier SpiceJet in January that led to cuts by other domestic players remains unabated with the Kalanithi Maran promoted-airline now coming up with another low fare offer from select cities.
The SpiceJet offer, which varies from city to city, is available for travel between June 10 and August 10 this year, with a three-day booking window that started from Wednesday, according to information published on SpiceJet website.
The cities from where ... Read More
Govt woman employee can get uninterrupted two-year leave for child care: SC
The Supreme Court held that a woman employee of central govt can get uninterrupted leave for two years, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. Reuters The Supreme Court held that a woman employee of central govt can get uninterrupted leave for two years, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. Reuters
SummaryWoman employee took government to court for not granting her leave of 730 days.
The Supreme Court today held that a woman employee ... Read More
Modi’s 72-Hour Tata Coup Shows States Key to India Growth
By Kartikay Mehrotra
Minutes after tycoon Ratan Tata abandoned a two-year quest to build the world’s cheapest car in West Bengal over farmer protests, he got a text message from the frontrunner to be India’s next leader: “Welcome to Gujarat.”
Within 72 hours, Narendra Modi arranged land, power, tax exemptions, a four-lane highway and a 95.7 billion-rupee ($1.2 billion) loan for the Nano to be built in the state, according to a former chief minister and ... Read More
Arbitrary detention and torture of a prominent social worker in Manipur
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Human Rights Alert, a human rights organization based in Manipur regarding the arbitrary detention of Mr. Khumukcham Chingkhei Luwang, a prominent social worker and Vice President of International Peace and Social Advancement, from Imphal West District, Manipur. His whereabouts have been changed since his arrest, but the latest news given by a Meira Paibi states that he was in the custody of army and has ... Read More
Indian rupee may hit 58 to US dollar, Narendra Modi set to be 'shackled'
Talks of the Federal Reserve taper have been more detrimental (given markets pricing in the event) than the actual taper as far as flows to the EMs are concerned. (Reuters) Talks of the Federal Reserve taper have been more detrimental (given markets pricing in the event) than the actual taper as far as flows to the EMs are concerned. (Reuters)
SummaryProbability of a favorable outcome in Lok Sabha elections still low: Kotak report
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Cong-ruled Maharashtra tops Narendra Modi's Gujarat as investment destination No. 1
Congress CM Prithviraj Chavan's Maharashtra has emerged as the number one investment destination in India replacing Gujarat, which has long been ruled by Bharatiya Janata Party's Narendra Modi.
According to an Assocham report, Maharashtra attracted cumulative investment proposals of Rs 14,73,466 crore as on December 2013, while Gujarat drew proposals worth Rs 13,98,347 crore, an analysis by the industry group showed.
The primary reason behind Maharashtra overtaking Narendra Modi's Gujarat is the state's focus on development of ... Read More
India growth story marred by disturbing inequity
Sachin Kumar Jain
68th Round of National Sample Survey makes it amply clear that the wave of economic growth has not percolated down from the 0.003 per cent of population of ruling elite (as per Income Tax records, only 42,800 persons have taxable Income more than Rs 1 crore in India). 99.996 per cent population is spending between just Rs 25.90 and Rs 37.36 per capita per day (average MPCE) in rural and urban areas respectively
India's ... Read More
Journalism workshops in India
The Poynter Institute is conducting a series of journalism workshops in India during March 2014. The workshops are designed to share American journalism training ideas and best practices with Indian journalists and educators, while exploring how to strengthen the ties between journalism and education in both countries.
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Bureaucratic reforms need of hour to ensure efficiency: Cabinet Secretary
Union Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth on Thursday said bureaucratic reforms are crucial and the need of the hour to ensure efficiency
At the CII annual meeting 2014, Seth said: "Bureaucracy plays two important roles - assisting policy formulation and implementation of policy."
Expanding on the thought, Seth said that growth comes from investment and the bureaucracy plays a crucial role in ensuring the required conducive environment. Seth was speaking at the session titled "Accelerating Growth: The Role ... Read More
Dream is to see pen or plough in hands, not guns: Modi
Source : PTI
Gumla: Narendra Modi today appealed to Maoists to abjure violence and said it was his dream to see a pen or a plough in the hands of the youths in their ranks and not guns.
"Mahatma Gandhiji gave us the message of non-violence. I appeal to the youths who are holding guns to shun violence," he told a poll rally held here in the midst of a Maoist shutdown across Jharkhand.
Congratulating the large turnout, ... Read More
Why Kejriwal’s Not Afraid to Face Modi in Varanasi
By Niharika Mandhana
Anti-corruption activist-turned-politician, Arvind Kejriwal, made his most audacious political move yet Sunday by suggesting he would contest national elections against the man who has consistently emerged in opinion polls as the most popular candidate to become India’s next prime minister.
Narendra Modi will run for the seat of Varanasi, one of India’s holiest towns, in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party, India’s main opposition party, announced Saturday.
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Hindu Center Burns in Pakistan
Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2014) -- On the eve of Holi, a religious festival where Hindus around the world burn pyres symbolizing the victory of good over evil, Pakistani Hindus watched in horror as mobs set fire to their dharamshalla (community center) and temple in Larkana, a city in the southern Sindh province. The Hindu American Foundation condemned the arson attacks as well as other attacks that devastated some 10 Hindu owned businesses. Violence also ... Read More
Indian Navy Commander dies in INS Kolkata mishap
by Ajith Vijay Kumar
Mumbai: Just weeks before Indian Navy's most modern destroyer, INS Kolkata, was to be commissioned, the warship was hit by an accident at the Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai on Friday claiming the life of a Commander and hospitalisation of two dockyard employees.
In the 11th incident in seven months stalking naval assets, INS Kolkata (officially called Yard 701) was undergoing fitments and trials when the mishap occurred in its engine room.
Commander Kuntal Wadhwa, ... Read More
Banned in Bangalore
By Wendy Doniger
CHICAGO — LAST month a retired Hindu schoolteacher named Dinanath Batra, who had brought a lawsuit against me and Penguin Books, India, succeeded in getting my book, “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” withdrawn from publication in India. The book, the court agreed, was a violation of India’s blasphemy law, which makes it a crime to offend the sensibilities of a religious person.
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Inmates' letters to Pak a security threat: jail officials
By KUNAL TRIVEDI
AHMEDABAD -- Officials of the high-security central jail in Ahmedabad have told a local court that inmates often wrote letters in Urdu to Pakistan posing a security threat not only to jail but also to the country, and hence they were sent to the crime branch for Gujarati translation to check for any objectionable content.
The court hearing a jail escape plan case had sought an explanation from the jail authorities after some ... Read More
Sahara chief Subrata Roy sent to Tihar Jail till March 11
New Delhi: Subrata Roy, the chief of the Sahara conglomerate, will spend the next seven days in Delhi's Tihar Jail unless he can come up with a "concrete policy" on refunding almost three million small investors, the Supreme Court ordered today. (What may have led to Sahara Chief's arrest)
The court was dismissive of Mr Roy's request for "three-four months" to sell property to raise the funds, saying he had been promising this for ... Read More
Finally, no more two-finger test on rape victims
Nagpur: The Union Health Ministry, which has drawn new guidelines for treating rape victims, has asked all hospitals to set up a designated room for forensic and medical examination of victims besides outlawing the two-finger test performed on them, dubbing it as unscientific.
The Department of Health Research (DHR) along with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) with the help of experts formulated this set of national guidelines for dealing with criminal assault cases, which will ... Read More
World’s Biggest Arms Importer, India Wants to Buy Local
By Gardiner Harris
NEW DELHI — Of the 30 countries that attended a defense exposition last month to sell weapons to India, the world’s largest arms importer, only the Russians had the chutzpah to dress up their tanks and guns with women in tightfitting camouflage.
The confident and sexy display reflected Russia’s longtime position as India’s dominant military provider, but decades of effort by India to make its own hardware may finally be bearing fruit. India recently ... Read More
Politics Stalks India's Death Row
By Nilanjana S. Roy
NEW DELHI — Backlog is up there next to corruption in the pantheon of small deities who rule the lives of Indians. In 2012 there were, according to the National Crime Records Bureau, 414 convicts on death row in jails across the country. The wait for the noose can be very long, as legal appeals and petitions for clemency travel through the courts to the president and back.
... Read More
Indian economic growth slows to 4.7 percent
New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) India's economic growth slowed to 4.7 percent in third quarter of the current financial year from 4.8 percent in the previous quarter, dragged down by contraction in manufacturing and mining sectors, government data showed Friday.
This is the fifth consecutive quarters of below five percent growth in the Indian economy. The economic growth had slumped to 4.4 percent in the first quarter of the fiscal and then revived to 4.8 percent ... Read More
Remedies to human rights violations a mirage
1.India has one of the most commended and emulated legal systems in Asia. The jurisprudence developed by the country's courts is model to developing and advanced jurisdictions alike in interpreting state responsibility on safeguard human rights guarantees. The judiciary in India enjoys a unique position, shared with only three other jurisdictions in Asia - Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea - concerning independence and absolute non-interference by the executive and by other powerful organs of ... Read More
Kochi-based start-up CEO youngest to address Mobile World Congress
At 23 years old, Rohildev N is not only the CEO of RHLvision Technologies, a company he founded just two years ago, but he will also be one of the youngest conference speakers at the Mobile World Congress trade fair here, in what is a sign of India´s growing clout amongst the global start-up community.
RHLvision shot to fame after it became one of the few Indian start-ups to succesfully crowd-source funding from Indiegogo for its ... Read More
Union Budget Denied proportionate allocation for Scheduled Castes and Tribes
New Delhi, India
Battle for Budget: Interim Union Budget Denied Proportionate allocation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
National Confederation of Dalit Organization (NACDOR) is grieved to learn that Union Government failed to population proportionate allocation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the interim budget.
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Top five controversies by AAP during Arvind Kejriwal's term as Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal walks with supporters towards a police barricade after spending the night on the street during a sit-in protest. (File Photo)
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal today resigned as Chief Minister after his anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill was blocked in the Delhi Assembly by MLAs of the BJP and the Congress. Though Mr Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) government was only in power for 49 days, it was a tenure riddled with controversies.
Following are the ... Read More
TheFiveFortyFive.com is a single-subject website focusing on the Indian general elections.
Why 545? That’s the number of seats in the India’s Lok Sabha (Some might say 543, but the president can nominate two members).
Think of it as a combination of BuzzFeed and Quartz — 300 to 400 word pieces with charts, graphics, visuals — to tell interesting stories tailored for online consumption. And everything will be pushed through social media.
Think of it as writing for your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. No high-brow, jargon-led, politically-driven journalism. ... Read More
Telangana bill could make it through Parliament with BJP support
NEW DELHI: Prospects of the Telangana bill, cleared by the Union Cabinet on Friday, looked brighter with an influential section of BJP veering around to the view that it might be smart politics to facilitate passage of the legislation.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill incorporates a concession to Seemandhra with 130 villages in Bhadrachalam district being set aside for the construction of a separate Polavaram irrigation project.
The lengthy Cabinet meeting saw ministers from Seemandhra and Telangana ... Read More
1984 anti-Sikh riots: Sikh groups protest outside Rahul's residence
NEW DELHI: Around 200 members of the Sikh community on Monday staged a protest outside Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's residence and demanded the names of and action against the Congress leaders involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The protest came after Gandhi said in a recent TV interview that "some Congressmen were probably involved" in the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.
The protesters, belonging to the Shiromani ... Read More
Over 23,000 rape cases pending in high courts, 309 in apex court
NEW DELHI: Nearly 24,000 rape cases are pending in various high courts of the country while more than 8000 of them have been disposed of in the last three years, government said on Friday.
As on December 31, 2013, 309 cases related to sexual harassment, kidnapping abduction were pending in the Supreme Court, while 687 similar cases were disposed of between 2011-13 by the apex court.
Law minister Kapil Sibal informed the Rajya Sabha in a written ... Read More
Dalai Lama considers himself 'son of India'
Guwahati: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama considers himself as the son of India and he was very happy here.
"A total of 54 years I am having Indian rice, chapati, tea. Now I consider myself as the son of India, son of the soil," the Dalai Lama said here on Sunday while interacting with reporters here.
"I am very happy," said the spiritual leader who was here to inaugurate a five-day Festival of Tibetan Art and ... Read More
Indian Air Force pilot, Army jawan win Kirti Chakra; many others get Shaurya Chakra
New Delhi: A pilot who rescued 80 passengers before his helicopter crashed in the inclement weather in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district and a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army, who fought with militants on the Line of Control are the winners of India's second highest peace-time gallantary award, the Kirti Chakra, announced on eve of the Republic Day today.
Darrayl Castellino from Mumbai was the captain of a Mi-17 V 5 helicopter in Uttarkashi when ... Read More
Drug overdose cause of Sunanda Pushkar's death: AIIMS autopsy report
PTI Jan 20
NEW DELHI: Drug overdose appears to be the cause of the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, last Friday, according to the findings of doctors of AIIMS, who had conducted the autopsy on her.
"Drug overdose", which in other words could be called drug poisoning, has been cited as the cause of death in the conclusion by doctors, according to AIIMS sources.
The autopsy report was submitted in the evening ... Read More
Bhubaneshwar plays host to international classical dance festival
Classical dance aficionados thronged the venue of international dance festival, as the three-day programme kicked-off in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The Mukteswar Dance Festival will feature eminent dancers from across the country, performing classical, 'Odissi', dance.
The festival is being organised by the tourism department of the province with an aim to promote arts and culture.
Festival organiser Chitaranjan Mallya said the motive behind this festival is to provide a platform to young, upcoming and talented dancers.
"The main objective of ... Read More
Cost of Cool in India? An iPhone
By SARITHA RAIJAN
BANGALORE, India — After deliberating for months, Abhilash Sathyendra, a 25-year-old equity adviser in Mysore, India, bought his first Apple phone. He paid 9,000 rupees, or $150, upfront for a black iPhone 4s and swiped his credit card for the remainder, six no-interest monthly payments of $62.50.
“I’ve used Android phones forever, but the iPhone is hardier and makes a social statement,” said Mr. Sathyendra, whose new phone has become a conversation opener with ... Read More
Rahul Gandhi meets prime minister
New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday, as the party gears up for Lok Sabha polls in a few months. Details of the agenda were not disclosed.
"Rahul Gandhi met the prime minister at his residence. It was a one-on-one meeting," a source said.
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Ramalinga Raju's wife, kin among 19 directors convicted for evading income tax
A local court today convicted directors of 19 companies whose promoters include wife and sons, family members and relatives of B Ramalinga Raju founder of Satyam Computer Services Limited, for allegedly evading income tax.
M Laxman, special judge for Economic Offences Court, sentenced the men and women directors of the accused companies to one-and-a-half year simple imprisonment each, besides imposing Rs 10,000 fine on each of them.
However, the court, based on a plea of the ... Read More
Guru Deserves Nobel Peace Prize
By Chandrahas Choudhury
On Feb. 1, the Nobel Committee will close nominations for the 2014 Peace Prize. The list of eligible nominees (there were 259 last year) will be huge, partly because the question of what constitutes enduring work for peace allows for so many convincing answers. The Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai was strongly tipped last year, and will have many backers again. The names of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden will be considered. Even Vladimir ... Read More
Innocent children forced to live in prison with convicts
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the National NGO Child Rights Coalition and local journalists about children housed in prison in Kokrajhar, Assam. The AHRC is concerned, as such an arrangement is denying children their basic rights. The children are being housed in prison not for any delinquency on their part but due to the detention of their ‘foreign’ mothers.
A team from the National NGO Child Rights Coalition (NNCRC), a network ... Read More
BJP may scrap 'abolish income tax plan' as poll promise after objections within
New Delhi: The BJP is likely to drop a plan to promise sweeping tax reforms, including the scrapping or reducing of income tax, a move seen by many as a way of winning over the middle class and urban voters of the country ahead of the national election due by May.
Senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Yashwant Sinha are reportedly at the forefront of the campaign to jettison the proposal, which seeks to replace ... Read More
Adarsh scam: Politicians escape, officials face trial
Mumbai: Making a major U-turn, the Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday decided to accept the recommendations of a judicial commission’s report on the Adarsh Housing Society scam, albeit partially, two weeks after rejecting it. However, the Cabinet gave clean chits to the politicians indicted in the report.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, though the report had charged four former chief ministers of the state — Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil — of ... Read More
India Rape Cases Colored by Caste
By Krishna Pokharel and Tripti Lahiri
Attitudes About Rape Have Been Slow to Change in India's Vast Hinterland, Creating Problems for Lower-Caste Women
Lalasa Devi says that before her attacker grabbed her by the throat, he snarled "Chamar," the name of the so-called untouchable caste into which she was born. "What can you do to me?"
Then he threw her to the ground and raped her, she says.
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No redress for sexual harassment at the work place
Anjuman Ara Begum*
Sabita Lahkar, a Guwahati based female journalist called for a press conference on September 10, 2003 demanding justice publicly for sexual harassment at workplace. She was working as the Chief Sub-editor at a vernacular daily Amar Asom. She alleged that her senior, editor in chief and a well known literary figure in the state of Assam had sexually harassed her for a period of three years. She registered a case with the Assam ... Read More
47% graduates of 2013 unemployable for any job: Study
New Delhi, Dec 26:
It seems formal education in India is not imparting enough skills to students as nearly half of the graduates of this year were found unemployable for any job, according to a study.
The study identified the key employability trends of 2013 and the most striking one was that a significant proportion of graduates of 2013, nearly 47 per cent, were found unemployable in any sector, given their English language and cognitive ... Read More
Balakrishnan resigns from Infosys
New Delhi: In the eighth top-level exit at India's second-largest software exporter in the past six months, V Balakrishnan, a member of the Infosys board, has resigned.
Balakrishnan, who joined Infosys in 1991, was considered by some as the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after current CEO S D Shibulal retires in 2015.
Infosys has witnessed an exodus of senior-level executives since the company brought back founder N R Narayana Murthy to oversee operations in June.
Balakrishnan, was ... Read More
Railways plan to get ISO 22000 for better service
By Kunal Trivedi
AHMEDABAD – In a desperate bid to improve quality of its various services to high-profile passengers of its premium trains, the Indian Railways, which runs 12,000 trains, is now bent on achieving an ISO 22000 certificate.
The railway board has decided to arm itself with the latest food safety management system after receiving several complaints about unhygienic food from travellers in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
A ... Read More
Devyani Khobragade to be pitted against Jaya Prada? Azam Khan sends invite
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a serving IFS officer, whose arrest and subsequent strip search in New York has triggered a major diplomatic row between India and the US, was Thursday offered a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Rampur parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh.
Making the offer state’s urban development minister and Rampur MLA Azam Khan. Presently, the Rampur LS seat is held by expelled SP leader Jaya Prada. The ruling ... Read More
Homophobia came into India, not homosexuality, Vikram Seth says
NEW DELHI: Disappointed at the Supreme Court's ruling upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), author Vikram Seth said political parties that favour this ruling should know that homophobia came into India and not homosexuality.
"There is no question about the fact that this ruling has pushed us backwards, and now you will be a criminal if you are open about it. Can you imagine the huge weight of this law of Indian ... Read More
Air India to join Star Alliance
"We are confident that the association with Star Alliance would go a long way to strengthen both of us," Air India CMD Rohit Nandan was quoted as having said after the meeting in Vienna. 70% Off First Class We have special discounts to get you 70% off First Class Tickets. www.alphaflightguru.com/firstclass Ads by Google Tags Air India, Star Alliance, 28-member global airlines' grouping, CMD Rohit Nandan, worldwide, US Airways, Austrian, South African Airways, Air New ... Read More
Don't have numbers to get Women's Bill passed in Parliament: Congress
New Delhi: Various political parties on Thursday came out in support of the Women's Reservation Bill even as Congress expressed apprehension about its smooth passage in Parliament citing disruptions in the current session and saying it does not have the numbers to see it through.
Some leaders also attacked Samajwadi Party and RJD for opposing provisions of the Bill, which seeks to give 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state assemblies, saying they ... Read More
Delhi woman claims husband mercilessly raped, sodomized her on honeymoon in Thailand
NEW DELHI: A newly married woman has accused her husband, an executive with a private firm, of brutally raping and sodomizing her during their honeymoon in Bangkok and Thailand, police said on Thursday.
The 23-year-old victim, along with her family, approached police late last night after which an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC was lodged against the victim's husband, Punit Bhardwaj.
She was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where sodomy was confirmed in her ... Read More
Why India's state elections matter
BJP is perceived as more business-friendly and willing to implement reforms compared with the ruling Congress party, which has been tainted by poor economic performance and slow pace of legislative changes. Share . Email . Print . A+ India will announce the results of key state elections this weekend, in an important litmus test for the country's two major parties ahead of next year's general elections. Exit polls indicate the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ... Read More
Direct tax collection rises by 13 percent
New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) Gross collections from direct taxes, that include personal income tax, corporate taxes and wealth tax, rose by 13.18 percent to Rs.3,68,655 crore in April-November period of this year, government data showed Thursday.
According to the data released by the finance ministry here, gross collections from personal income tax jumped by 19.60 percent to Rs.1,39,763 crore in the first eight months of the current financial year as compared to Rs.1,16,862 crore in ... Read More
Sexual assault case: Asaram's son Narayan Sai arrested
Arrested self-styled godman Asaram Bapu's son Narayan Sai, who is wanted in a rape case in Surat, was arrested by police from the Delhi-Haryana border on Wednesday.
According to TV reports, Narayan Sai, who had been on the run for the past 58 days, arrested in a joint operation between Delhi and Gujarat police.
Surat police had registered two complaints - one against Asaram and the other against his son Sai of rape, sexual assault and illegal ... Read More
'False Promise' Complaints Expose the Stigma of Premarital Sex for Young Women
Tripti Lahiri and
NEW DELHI—It wasn't going to be a fancy wedding, just a civil ceremony at the courthouse. Still, Rajni Gautam was elated finally to be marrying the man she loved—and the father of her unborn child.
The groom failed to show, however. Ms. Gautam says she phoned him, and her heart sank. "I heard the sound of a train."
Her husband-to-be had taken off.
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Justice AK Ganguly "undecided" on resignation as pressure mounts
New Delhi: Under scanner for allegedly sexually harassing a law intern, the pressure is rising on retired Supreme Court Justice AK Ganguly to quit as the chief of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC).
Former SC judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly, accused of sexual harassment by a young woman law intern, on Tuesday said he was "undecided" on whether to resign from the chairmanship of WBHRC.
"I have not decided. I am undecided," Ganguly told a news ... Read More
Centre committed to Telangana, says PM; urges for optimal use of short Winter session
Centre committed to Telangana, says PM; urges for optimal use of short Winter session
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that his government will ensure smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament during the winter session that begins on Thursday.
"It's a short session and it is best for all to make optimal use... we seek cooperation of all segments of the two Houses," the PM said, after an all-party meeting convened by Lok ... Read More