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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
PTI
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
Among the World's 50 Greatest Leaders listed by CNN are the following:
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed,
Malala Yousafzai,
Anand Mahindra,
Arati Prabhakar, and
Lakshmi Mittal.

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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.
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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.
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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
TNN
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
IANS
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
PTI
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'
PTI
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
ANI
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
PTI
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
PTI
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.

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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
IANS
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
PTI
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
By Tripti Lahiri and
Preetika Rana

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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Tehelka business: Murky deals, profits for Tejpal family, Shom
By Raman Kirpal
Firstpost investigations reveal that many investor companies were 'briefcase' companies, used only for parking funds from unknown destinations.
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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
Managing Editor of Newsmagazine Resigns Amid Sexual Assault Controversy
By Nida Najar

In her resignation letter, Shoma Chaudhury defended her handling of a complaint by a staffer who had accused the editor in chief of sexual assault.
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Mother's Quest for Justice
Anjuman Ara Begum

The culture of women's movement often set it root in motherhood as symbol or a weapon to create space. The notion of motherhood proved instrumental for women struggle for justice world wide. Patriarchal values existing in the society portrays women as inferior, however, this portrayal raises their presence and accessibility in public life as evident in various armed conflict situation. One of the rare positive impacts of armed conflict is increased women's ... Read More
Female police officer complains against the police
This statement is released to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Ms. Padmini, a traffic warden, has accused local police, investigating her complaint of sexual harassment, of intimidation in order to protect the interest of the offender. The officer's contention is that, while she was on traffic duty, the accused verbally abused her, punched her on the chest, and forcibly removed the nametag pinned to her shirt. The incident occurred ... Read More
A New University Offers Liberal Arts as Higher Education Alternative
By MAX BEARAK
NEW DELHI – For decades, India’s institutes of technology and management, the famed I.I.T.’s and I.I.M.’s, have been seen as the pinnacle of this country’s higher education, offering world-class courses and above all, employability to its graduates.

Yet a group of successful professionals and entrepreneurs, some of them alumni of these universities, have come together to establish an alternative to what they say is an educational paradigm that overly emphasizes technical capabilities while neglecting ... Read More
What Tejpal did to me is legally rape, says victim
Source : SIFY
I am heartened by the broad support I have received over the past fortnight. However, I am deeply concerned and very disturbed by insinuations that my complaint is part of a pre-election political conspiracy.

I categorically refute such insinuations and put forward the following arguments: The struggle for women to assert control over their lives and their bodies is most certainly a political one, but feminist politics and its concerns are wider than the ... Read More
Lawyer who alleged harassment by judge says she trusts enquiry
Women lawyers demand action on a lawyer's allegation that she was sexually harassed by Supreme Court judge
New Delhi: The young woman lawyer who alleged that a Supreme Court judge sexually harassed her has said that she has complete faith in the inquiry that's being held by three judges.

In a statement released today, the woman, who testified for the committee of Supreme Court judges on Monday, said "During the meeting, I presented all the details ... Read More
Modi sends BJP Muslims to poll-bound states
AHMEDABAD -- In a frantic bid to ensure Muslim support, Narendra Modi, who inaugurated a 500-bed multi-speciality hospital in Gujarat run by a Muslim trust recently, has dispatched some 300 Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of the minority community to five poll-bound states to wipe out his image as a communal leader.

Twenty batches of 15 each, all well-versed with the longest-serving Chief Minister's development agenda and the state administration's various schemes and achievements during the ... Read More
Supreme Court rejects Modi's marital status issue
By IANS - NEW DELHI

The Supreme Court on Friday junked a PIL contending the affidavit with Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's nomination papers in December 2012 state assembly elections was defective as it suppressed the fact about his marital status.
The Supreme Court on Friday junked a PIL contending the affidavit with Gujarat CM Narendra Modi's nomination papers in December 2012 state assembly elections was defective as it suppressed the fact about his marital status.
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'Tarun Tejpal is not God who can decide own punishment': Women's Commission
New Delhi: Tehelka is obliged to conduct an internal enquiry into handled allegations that its founder, Tarun Tejpal, sexually assaulted a young woman journalist in Goa, the National Commission for Women said today.

Shamina Shafiq from the committee has said it has received "a third party" complaint about sexual harassment. So legally, Tehelka has to investigate the matter, and the National Commission for Women will oversee the committee and ensure that the woman who ... Read More
Family feud causes Editor of ‘The Hindu’ to resign
By Andrew Buncombe

The news was short, dramatic, and delivered by means of social media. “WithThe Hindu's owners deciding to revert to being a family-run and edited newspaper, I am resigning with immediate effect,” tweeted Siddharth Varadarajan.

The resignation of Mr Varadarajan last month has triggered a wave of reaction through the world of India's media; just two-and-half years earlier, the respected 48-year-old had been made the first external, “professional” editor in the newspaper's 135-year-old history. The ... Read More
PM promises policy on missing kids
By Palak Trivedi

AHMEDABAD -- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assurance of soon evolving a national policy on missing children has kept alive the hopes of worried parents of some 7,000 kids who have disappeared from home in the past six years in Gujarat.

Sanjay Joshi, convener of Search My Child, told South Asia Mail that a delegation of parents, whose children had gone missing in Gujarat, had met Singh during his recent visit to the state ... Read More
Mahatma’s lovers blow hot and cold
By Palak Trivedi

AHMEDABAD – There is a scramble for learning Gandhian studies but when it comes to living a simple life that the Mahatma led, there are hardly any takers.

Recently when the Gujarat Vidyapith, a sprawling university set up here by the Father of the Nation in 1920, held its annual convocation, among the 800-odd pass-outs who were presented their masters’ degree certficates in Gandhian philosophy were many who were aged above 50 years.

Many ... Read More
India’s Press Faces an Online Future
By MARK BERGEN
Two years ago, Samir Patil surveyed his publishing floor in Mumbai, one of 10 he owned, and saw death. It was not for a lack of lively activity. His company, ACK Media, shipped roughly six million books, magazines and DVDs across India every month. In 2007, he had bought the children’s comic book Amar Chitra Katha, eventually merged it with two other titles and set lofty goals, described here, to revitalize the once ... Read More
Patna Targeted as Bombings Kill Five
At least five people died and 50 were injured as seven bombs exploded in the Indian city of Patna hours before Narendra Modi, a prime ministerial candidate, was set to address an election rally.

The first blast was at the city’s train station while six more low-intensity explosions went off near the venue of the political gathering organized by the nation’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, CNN-IBN television channel said. Images showed thick white smoke ... Read More
Kalyanaraman enters Hurun India Rich List
Mumbai: Chairman and Managing Director of Kalyan Jewellers, T S Kalyanaraman has made it to the elite Hurun India Rich List 2013 at the 50th slot.

Kalyanaraman, who also finds mention in the lists of Geographical Spread as well as Sectoral Break-up for Jewellery business, has an estimated net worth of approximately Rs 7,500 crore.

Kalyan Jewellers is the single largest directly owned jewellery retail chain in the country with 52 branches ... Read More
Indian Headmistress Charged With Murder in Poisoning Case
By Rajesh Roy and Vibhuti Agarwal
23 Children Died After Eating Pesticide-Contaminated Food at Bihar School in July

NEW DELHI—The headmistress of a school in India's Bihar state where a pesticide-contaminated lunch killed 23 children in July has been formally charged with murder, police officials said Monday.

"Our investigation shows it was nothing less than murder," said Barun Kumar Sinha, superintendent of police in Saran district, where the school is located. The headmistress's husband has also been charged ... Read More
The Good Men of India
By LAVANYA SANKARAN
BANGALORE, India — IN India today, the rapes of women, from children to grandmothers, are daily news. Frothy television programs on sentimentalized family values are interrupted by advertisements for a new smartphone app: VithU, which allows women in danger, at a double press of a power button, to send an S O S alert with their location to predesignated friends and family members.

Universities are debating requiring students to abandon jeans and adopt ... Read More
India PM Says Satisfied With Coal Block Allocations
By REUTERS

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is satisfied with the outcome of the process of allocating coal blocks to certain companies, his office said on Saturday as federal police proceed with an investigation into the system.

The comments were the first attributed to Singh since a case was filed this week against three companies in a scandal, dubbed "Coalgate," which surfaced after an auditor's report last year questioning the government's practice of ... Read More
Suicide a curse of the educated in India
It is often believed that education is the key to happiness and prosperity in everyone’s life. The general perception, however, seems to be wrong. As per the latest National Crime Records Bureau-2012 (NCRB) report, educated men and women are less likely to commit suicide than their non-educated counterparts.

A Zee Research Group analysis of the NCRB report reveals that the suicide rate amongst literate people is higher compared to people with no education.
While 81.3 per cent ... Read More
Modi defies Centre, performs 'puja' of guards' firearms
(Special to SAM) By KUNAL TRIVEDI

AHMEDABAD -- Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, India's most
protected politician with Z-double-plus security, is known as a man of
religious bent and does not mind risking his life when he performs
elaborate traditional rituals to make devout supplication to Hindu
deities.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's Prime Ministerial candidate defied the Centre's advice given to him last year when he went ahead with his 'Shashtra Puja' (worship of weapons) at his residence in
Gandhinagar near here in ... Read More
In India’s Politics, Jail Time Is a Badge of Honor
By ELLEN BARRY
DALTENGANJ, India — When he decided to run for a parliamentary seat from this impoverished, and mainly low-caste constituency in northeast India, Kameshwar Baitha made no effort to sugarcoat his criminal record.

Obediently, he cataloged the serious charges pending against him, all of which he says are false. There were 17 for murder, 22 for attempted murder, 6 for assault with a dangerous weapon, 5 for theft, 2 for extortion, and so on, ... Read More
Thirty million people are slaves, half in India: Survey
Reuters
The International Labour Organisation estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour. The International Labour Organisation estimates that almost 21 million people are victims of forced labour.
SummarySlavery in India ranges from bonded labour in quarries and kilns to commercial sex exploitation.

Some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude, a global index on modern slavery showed on ... Read More
Air India flies 46,700 Haj pilgrims
New Delhi: Air India on Wednesday completed its Haj operations, flying about 46,700 pilgrims to Madina and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia recording the highest ever on-time performance of over 97 per cent.

Out of 1.25 lakh pilgrims, Air India was entitled to carry 48,000 in the over a month-long operations, with the remaining passengers flown by Saudi Airlines as part of an agreement arrived with the host nation earlier, senior Air India officials said.

They said 190 ... Read More
The economics of cow ownership
Udder people’s money
IN INDIA there are about 280m cows. They produce valuable things—milk, dung and calves. But cattle are expensive to keep. The biggest outlay is food—the average cow consumes fodder worth about 10,000 rupees ($160) a year. Veterinary costs also add up.

These expenses are so high that cows are often a poor investment. According to a new and splendidly titled NBER paper, which looks at cow and buffalo ownership in rural areas of northern ... Read More
Air India flies 46,700 Haj pilgrims
New Delhi: Air India on Wednesday completed its Haj operations, flying about 46,700 pilgrims to Madina and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia recording the highest ever on-time performance of over 97 per cent.

Out of 1.25 lakh pilgrims, Air India was entitled to carry 48,000 in the over a month-long operations, with the remaining passengers flown by Saudi Airlines as part of an agreement arrived with the host nation earlier, senior Air India officials said.

They said 190 ... Read More
Bicycles and rickshaws in India
TRAVEL within any Indian city is usually crowded and slow. But Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), capital of West Bengal, has certain advantages. Its underground rail network, which was the first to open in India in 1984, is being extended. Uniquely in the country, electric trams clatter along its streets. Public transport may look dilapidated but it functions reasonably well: urban ferries, suburban trains, smoky buses and motorised rickshaws shunt around the city’s 14m residents.

Driving, however, often ... Read More
‘Corporate entry in media a challenge for TV journalism’
Ashish Gaur, TNN
INDORE: Increasing number of small-time news channels that have mushroomed of late is posing a challenge to Indian journalism and this media frenzy has only helped the cable TV operators, said senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, who was addressing a seminar on topic 'Challenges in journalism in contemporary India jointly organized by Editors' Guild of India and Indore Press Club here on Saturday.

Sardesai said that these days, any rich person including a real-estate ... Read More
Nine Indian sailors rescued near Yemeni coast: report
PTI
Dubai: Nine Indian sailors, who were rescued from an ill-fated 'dhow' that sank nearly 90 nautical miles southeast of Al Mukalla coast in Yemen, have safely reached Oman, according to a report.

Tajudin Baba, a traditional Arabian vessel or 'dhow', carrying cargo to Somalia, capsized between the UAE and Oman last week and was later rescued by another dhow Al Sulthana Madina.

All the nine sailors who reached Oman's Salalah Port are said to be from Gujarat, ... Read More
Reactions to Rahul Gandhi's bombshell on ordinance
NDTV.com

New Delhi: In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Rahul Gandhi denounced on Sept 27 the controversial ordinance to negate the Supreme Court verdict on convicted lawmakers as "complete nonsense" and said what "our government has done is wrong".

Here are some reactions after his comments:

"Rahul Gandhi has taken this step on high moral and principle ground"
Ajay Maken, Congress

"It is a desperate damage control exercise. It's only when the revulsion is built, ... Read More
India’s Rural Silent Revolution Spurs Spending in Boon for Singh
By Unni Krishnan
Kamal Chand takes a break from watering his wheat field to sit under a banyan tree and flick through advertisements for motorbikes. Rising welfare payments have turned the Indian farmer’s dream of owning one into reality.

“The government has really helped us,” said Chand, 35, eyeing a picture of a Hero Motocorp Ltd. bike. Higher guaranteed crop prices, wages from a government jobs program and grants have allowed him to renovate his ... Read More
100 airports to connect small cities by 2020, Manmohan Singh says
PTI

PM lays foundation stone of Kishangarh airport in Ajmer

Ajmer: Small destinations in the country will have air connectivity with a network of more than 100 airports planned to meet the expected passenger load capacity of 30 crore by 2020, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said.

The first such airport will come up in Kishangarh town in Rajasthan's Ajmer district, he said after laying the foundation stone for the development of the airport which is scheduled ... Read More
Modi fan club helps free poor convicts
AHMEDABAD -- A charitable organisation based in Junagadh in Gujarat's Saurashtra region has given a pleasant surprise to three poor convicts who had been languishing in a local jail even after completing their sentences.

Madha Majirama (29) of Dantiwada in Banaskantha district who served a sentence for rape, Dinesh Ganthi (43) of Maliya-Hatina in Junagadh district, convicted for a violent clash, and Bhim Kanejiya (24) of Sutrapada in Junagadh district, a convict in a house-break case, ... Read More
Over 15 lakh houses for urban poor to be built: Manmohan Singh
By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Noting that rapid urbanisation has led to the problem of growing slums in cities, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the Centre plans to construct over 15 lakh houses for the urban poor.

Inaugurating a Rs 2,400-crore housing project for slum dwellers on the outskirts of the city, Singh said he expects Chandigarh to become the first slum-free city in the country.

"I believe such important projects will give a new dimension to the ... Read More
Between the rock and a hard place - children in armed conflict
1. India ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1992 with a declaration on Article 32. It has ratified the two Optional Protocols to the Convention, on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict on 30 November 2005 and on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography on 16 August 2005. Yet, children in India face manifold forms of human rights abuses, most importantly in regions where armed conflicts exist, like ... Read More
Objection to Curtailing of Christmas Holidays for Ganeshotsav
The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) takes strong objection to the reported stand taken by the Government to adjust two days from the Christmas vacation an increase the Ganeshotsav holidays. The CSF has no objection to the same, except that it gives the impression that the government is succumbing to pressure from communal political parties, at the cost of the Christian minority. The demand to increase Ganeshotsav holidays came from the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena and ... Read More
Sonia Gandhi Hospitalized After Speech
By ELLEN BARRY

NEW DELHI — Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Indian National Congress Party, left a parliamentary session and was admitted to the cardiology unit of a hospital here on Monday after she became ill during a vote on a landmark food security initiative.

Janardan Dwivedi, the party’s general secretary, told reporters at the hospital that Mrs. Gandhi, 66, had suffered side effects from a medication, and was in good condition. Hospital officials reported that ... Read More
Push for Hindu Temple Divides Northern City in India
By Niharika Mandhana

Police Reinforcements Move In as Activists Pledge to Go Ahead With Banned March
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Mumbai gang-rape: a suspect is a minor
People carry banners and placards in protest against the Mumbai gang-rape

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police has been credited with locating and arresting in less than 70 hours the five suspects accused of gang-raping a young photographer in the heart of Mumbai last week. To help recreate the crime-scene for the police, the men were taken today to Shakti Mills, the deserted area where they allegedly took turns to rape the 22-year-old and tied up her male ... Read More
Ex-Army Chief V K Singh rules out contesting polls
Washington: Former Army Chief General V K Singh today ruled out contesting the forthcoming general elections next year. Singh, while refuting media reports about him possibly contesting polls on a BJP ticket from Raibareli, said here that the question of contesting under political parties does not arise.

Singh, who is currently in the US accompanying anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, said that he is working towards putting up a people's candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.

He ... Read More
Education quality poor in India: Sam Pitroda
By PTI
KOLKATA: Expressing concern over the present quality of education in the country, Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister, today said that the mindset of the government ministries and UGC was not changing fast and it was still living in the dark ages.

"The ministries and UGC is just not changing fast enough ...it is living in dark ages...Teachers do little research and scientists don't teach and are busy solving the problem of the ... Read More
India asks Pakistan to rein in Islamic militants
AP

India's prime minister on Thursday asked Pakistan to prevent Islamic militants from using its territory as tensions rise between the longtime rivals following the recent killing of five Indian soldiers in fighting along the disputed Kashmir border.

India feels that Islamabad is not doing enough to rein in Islamic militants. It says the Pakistani military has nurtured the militants to fight a covert war over Kashmir, though Pakistan denies the claim.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that ... Read More
Dr. Manmohan Singh should talk to Nawaz Sharief as wisdom lies in daring
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Member of National Integration Council has in a letter addressed Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India urged Prime Minister that he should talk with the Pak-Prime Minister whenever such opportunity is available as continuation of dialogue is an essential element to nourish the seedlings of peace and understanding. He quoted Churchill saying that, “Wisdom lies in daring.” And Dr. Manmohan Singh is capable ... Read More
Four bodies found in thre sunken submarine
New Delhi: The Indian Navy today said that the bodies of four of 18 sailors who were inside the INS Sindhurakshak when it went up in flames have been found, but cautioned that it does not expect divers battling zero visibility in the dark muddied waters inside the sunken submarine to locate any of the others. (List of 18 personnel who were on board the submarine)

Three bodies were found this morning on the diesel-powered submarine ... Read More
Love Across Indo-Pak Borders
Speak to someone you know well from Pakistan or India, and they will have a story to tell about the loss, sorrow and heartbreak that accompanied the birth of these two nations in 1947. Everyone seems to have lost relatives, friends or acquaintances. As hard as it is to honor the memories of those who suffered, are these narratives of loss keeping the two countries from moving forward? Is the burden of the past casting ... Read More
Pak-Army martyred Indian soldiers in Poonch Sector
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party has condemned the firing in Poonch Sector, J&K resulting into the martyrdom of five Indian soldiers who were patrolling on the Indian side in the morning hours.

Prof. Bhim Singh described this a deep conspiracy of Anglo-American Bloc to use the Pakistani army against any peace efforts between India and Pakistan. He said that Pakistan needs democracy which does not suit the Pakistan army. Pakistani army ... Read More
Governor Sends “M.P Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill 2013” to President of India
Bhopal: 01/08/2013 According to the trusted sources in Raj Bhavan and one of the media reports Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav has sent the “M.P Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill 2013” to the President of India for approval. The decision of the Governor comes following state wide protests by faith based organizations, secular organizations and different political parties.

Isai Maha Sangh (IMS) which spearheaded the protests in Madhya Pradesh has welcomed ... Read More
Bihar State Blames ‘Callous’ Principal for School Deaths
Authorities in the Indian state of Bihar condemned the “gross negligence” of the principal of a school where 23 children died after eating lunch, rejecting charges the deaths represented a wider government failure.

In an interview in his office yesterday, R. Lakshmanan, who runs the Mid-Day Meals Scheme in Bihar under which dozens of children below 10 years of age were being fed in the village of Dharmasati Gandawan, said the July 16 tragedy wouldn’t ... Read More
Manhunt launched for Puri priests who allegedly manhandled Padma Shri dancer
Puri: A day after Italy-born Oddisi danseuse Ileana Citarisiti alleged manhandling by priests in Puri, police have launched a manhunt to nab the accused.

Ms Citaristi, a Padma Shri awardee, had on Sunday filed a complaint with authorities at the famous Jagannath temple in Puri, alleging that she was beaten up by a priest on the chariot of Lord Jagannath for "refusing to pay money for a sighting of the deity". Two priests also allegedly abused ... Read More
Can the Supreme Court end the reign of criminals in politics?
AHRC-STM-132-2013.jpg The judgment of the Supreme Court of India delivered on 10 July 2013 in Civil Writ Petitions 490 and 231 of 2005, declaring Subsection (4) of Section 8 of the Representation of People's Act, 1951 as ultra vires the constitution, is a watershed event. The Court on the same day dismissed two other Civil Appeals, 3040 and 3041 of 2004, holding that if persons held in lawful custody other than preventive detention cannot vote ... Read More
Delhi Panthers burn Kashmir’s CM effigy
Several Panthers activists of Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party today held a massive demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding immediate dismissal of NC-Congress government in J&K which has become security risk for the country for its complete failure to provide security to the citizens and maintain law and order in the state.
Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party in its strong note addressed to the Prime Minister of India demanded intervention of the Union government ... Read More
Court report suggests administrative failure in Manipur
The Commission of Inquiry, constituted by the Supreme Court of India, in Writ Petition (Criminal) 129 of 2012 [Extra Judicial Execution Victims Families' Association and Another (petitioners) Against Union of India and Others (respondents)] and Writ Petition (Civil) 445 of 2012 [Suresh Singh (petitioner) Against Union of India and Others (respondents)] has filed its report to the Court on 30 March 2012. The investigation by the Commission, chaired by Justice N. Santhosh Hegde (retired Judge ... Read More
December 16 gang-rape case: Juvenile accused convicted of dacoity
PTI

NEW DELHI: The juvenile justice board has held the minor guilty of illegally confining and robbing a carpenter on December 16 night before allegedly participating in the gang rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus here.

The carpenter, Ramadhar was lured into the same bus before the girl and her male friend boarded it in south Delhi.

Sources in the prosecution has said the JJB, presided over by principal magistrate Geetanjali Goel, has convicted the ... Read More
Sushilkumar Shinde to visit Bodh Gaya
Tags: Bodh Gaya blasts, Bihar, Mahabodhi Temple, Sushilkumar Shinde, Home Minister
New Delhi: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will on Tuesday visit Bodh Gaya where ten bombs exploded on Sunday injuring two monks.
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All the Trappings of Victorious Headhunters
By KEN JOHNSON

It would be hard to imagine a more misleading title than “Fiercely Modern: Art of the Naga Warrior,” the name of a show at the Rubin Museum of Art. The Naga, a diverse collection of peoples speaking similar languages and residing in a mountainous area in northeastern India, certainly were fierce. Headhunting was one of their prized pursuits. But they were far from modern by present-day standards. In fact, the culture of the ... Read More
P.Sainath on board of journalism university
Eminent journalists P. Sainath and Ananya Banerjee have been nominated to the board of management of Haridev Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva, Chancellor of the university, has nominated them for a three-year term.

Mr. Sainath, a Magsaysay Award winner, is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu based in Mumbai.

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Journalism course in DU sees surprise rush, gets 59,000 applications
By Mallica Joshi

Along with high cut-off figures, the sought-after courses at Delhi University have also thrown up some surprises this year.

Journalism has turned out to be an unexpected new member of the club of popular courses, which continues to be dominated by traditional favourites such as English, economics and commerce. As many as 59,583 students have applied for the course, a phenomenal rise from last year’s 2,200.
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India's Last Maharaja
The 38th successive ruler of an ancient Indian clan, Gaj Singh II harbors deep connections to the past, but his innovative approach to protecting his family's historical treasures is providing his country with a model for the future.
By Kelly Crow

EACH SPRING, Maharaja Gaj Singh II hosts a Sufi music festival inside his family's vast desert fort in the Indian city of Jodhpur. From a distance, this monumental sandstone fortress, called Mehrangarh, looms over the city's ... Read More
Don't rush #BRAI Bill and #UnsafeGMOs. Extend deadline for public comments.
Sridhar Radhakrishnan

Petition by

Sridhar Radhakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram, India

Though it looks like normal food, it is not the same.

GM food is not only different, but has been proven to be unsafe for consumption by numerous independent studies. Despite unanswered questions around the very need for GM food, ... Read More
Narendra Modi meets Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai
Mumbai: Days after he was appointed the chief of BJP’s Lok Sabha polls campaign and strategy committee, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is expected to unveil his agenda for the 2014 General Elections on Thursday.

Shortly after his arrival in Mumbai, Modi interacted with senior BJP leaders from Maharashtra. Importantly, former party chief Nitin Gadkari was not present during the interaction.

After the meeting with party leaders, Modi drove to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’. ... Read More
Mumbai conman duped 250 people to amass Rs. 7-cr assets
Mid-Day.com

Mumbai conman duped 250 people to amass Rs 7-cr assets

Mumbai: Officials of the Ghatkopar police station arrested Purshottam Ramji Mav, a conman who fooled hundreds of people for lakhs of rupees in the last 10 years, from his shop in Dhulia on Wednesday afternoon.

Mav has been accused of duping people by floating bogus schemes and promising the victims of doubling the amount or giving high interest on the sum they have invested in his schemes. ... Read More
Rahul to ensure 50% representation for women in AICC
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday vowed to ensure 50 per cent representation to women in AICC and other party wings as he held his first formal interaction with newly-appointed party office bearers, the team set up by him for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.

"Gandhi talked about how to ensure 50 per cent representation to women in AICC...It's not about reservation. It's about their representation.

"When he observed that their (women) presence is ... Read More
End of an era. Stop. India scraps the telegram. Stop.
In years gone by, the arrival of a telegram could make the heart skip a beat or the stomach tighten. Was there terrible news of a son at war on foreign shores or a declaration of love from a suitor?
By Barney Henderson, Dean Nelson in New Delhi
.... after 163 years, the days of the telegram – or taar in Hindi – are coming to an end with the dawn of the age of text ... Read More
Have no money to pay you, Vijay Mallya tells striking Kingfisher Airlines staff
Kingfisher Airlines chairman Vijay Mallya today told his agitating employees, who began a hunger strike, that he did not have money to clear their salary dues.

"I don't have the money to pay your salary dues, because I cannot use the proceeds from the United Spirits-Diageo deal for this due to an injunction from the Karnataka High Court," Mallya reportedly told the striking employees.

The employees of the grounded airline have been on a hunger-strike since yesterday ... Read More
India's ancient university returns to life
By Yojana Sharma

It was an eminent centre of learning long before Oxford, Cambridge and Europe's oldest university Bologna were founded.

Nalanda University in northern India drew scholars from all over Asia, surviving for hundreds of years before being destroyed by invaders in 1193.

The idea of Nalanda as an international centre of learning is being revived by a group of statesmen and scholars led by the Nobel prize winning economist, Amartya Sen,

The group wants to establish a ... Read More
How foreign weaponry is allowed in to India?
Addressing a mammoth rally of Young Panthers and National Panthers Students Union activists here, Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of Young Panthers & NPSU demanded a high power probe to identify the real enemies of India who have been sending arms to India to wage war against the country and the people. He questioned the relevance of any inquiry commission by the government to probe into the security lapses by the administration or the other ... Read More
India vows more reconstruction aid for Afghanistan
http://www.khaama.com/india-vows-more-reconstruction-aid-for-afghanistan-1478

Afghan president Hamid Karzai is on three-day visit to India to dicuss issues of bilateral interest and seek more Indian aid to Afghanistan including enhanced military cooperation. According to a statement released by Indian president Pranab Mukherjee’s office, “India is prepared to increase bilateral contribution to institution-building, training and equipment to the extent India can”....India plays a key role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan and has invested more than $2 billion in Afghan infrastructure, including ... Read More
How To Remove Maoists Hostilities within India
By Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana

First step: The Indian State must have ‘will power’ to be welfare State in reality. The Indian State must know how to apply sanctions (unavoidable force) reasonably, so that, the hostile groups should realize that in case of conflict, “the individual(s) terrorism that has always an end and the State Terrorism that shall never ends.” After the departure of one home minister another will take over the command of the ... Read More
Slight improvement in Shukla's condition
Gurgaon: Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, has shown signs of improvement but remains critical, doctors said Thursday.

"He has shown some improvement compared to yesterday (Wednesday) but is not out of danger," A.K. Dubey, medical superintendent of Medanta Hospital, told IANS.

Doctors performed exploratory laparotomy surgery (a diagnostic tool that allows physicians to examine the abdominal area) Sunday when he was admitted to the hospital.

Shukla, 84 and a former union ... Read More
Destruction of green cover leads to scanty rainfall
There is correlation between green zone, forests and density of rainfall. All these places which are close to Western Ghats have got excess summer rains this year compared to places which do not have green zones. The importance of conserving our forests is necessary if we need rains. A classic example is that the contiguous areas and western suburbs. Mumbai got more rains as it is near Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Research studies indicate ... Read More
Shashi Kant Sharma sworn-in new CAG
IANS

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Shashi Kant Sharma, a Bihar cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was Thursday sworn-in the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), the government's official auditor.
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Agricultural reforms necessary for boosting investment
Agriculture and allied activities account for the second largest contribution to GDP is also the largest employment provider. Considering its paramount importance, the sector is in due need of farmer friendly policy resume.
Though the increasing rate and central subsidies seem to have salvaged agriculture sector still they cannot help the sectors grow to its fullest potential, the way sustained reforms and public investment in agriculture can. Agriculture subsides have increased to more than five times ... Read More
Nirbhay Sharma appointed governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi: Lieutenant General (retired) Nirbhay Sharma, one of the most decorated field commanders of the Indian Army, has been appointed governor of Arunachal Pradesh, an official statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Thursday.

"The President of India has been pleased to appoint Lieutenant General (retired) Nirbhay Sharma to be the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office," the statement said.

During his Army service, Sharma ... Read More
PM grateful to Assam for Rajya Sabha nomination
By PTI - GUWAHATI

15th May "I have been an MP from Assam for 21 years. I shall endeavour to accelerate the development of Assam so that poverty and diseases are eliminated from the state in the next 10 years," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. | PTI/File

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed his gratitude to the people of Assam for making it possible for him to file nomination for the Rajya Sabha ... Read More
Where Do Old Cellphones Go to Die?
By LEYLA ACAROGLU

AMERICANS replace their cellphones every 22 months, junking some 150 million old phones in 2010 alone. Ever wondered what happens to all these old phones? The answer isn’t pretty.

In far-flung, mostly impoverished places like Agbogbloshie, Ghana; Delhi, India; and Guiyu, China, children pile e-waste into giant mountains and burn it so they can extract the metals — copper wires, gold and silver threads — inside, which they sell to recycling merchants for only ... Read More
Quiet? Seriously? India's Quixotic Campaign to Stop Honking
By  MARGHERITA STANCATI

NEW DELHI One recent morning, Ravi Kalra jumped in front of an approaching van on a busy Delhi road.

As the van slowed down, a young woman hurried after it, whipped out a "Do Not Honk!" sticker and slapped it on its bumper.

"Be careful while pasting the sticker," Mr. Kalra cautioned. "Make sure it's not crooked."

In a matter of seconds, a gaggle of anti-honking crusaders, led by Mr. Kalra, surrounded the puzzled ... Read More
Air India to reduce free baggage allowance
IANS

Air India to reduce free baggage allowance
Mumbai: National carrier Air India on Friday said it will lower the free baggage allowance (FBA) by five kg on economy class of all its domestic flights from May 13 and will impose a flat rate of Rs.250 per kg for baggage over the FBA.

"Free baggage allowance for travel in the top four fare levels of economy class will be 20 kg and for all other fare levels it ... Read More
Intelligence alert over terror attack on US consulate in Mumbai
Mateen HafeezMateen Hafeez, TNN | May 6, 2013
MUMBAI: The Western Naval command headquarters has alerted the city police about the threat of a bomb attack on the US consulate here on July 21. The intelligence was shared with reference to an anonymous letter received by the consulate-general and American Centre in Kolkata, threatening to attack both places.

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May Day message to end class discrimination
National Panthers Party joined the international celebration of May Day hoping that India and all its provinces (including J&K) shall respect the international guarantee of human rights and labour laws so that every citizen in India shall feel the taste of human dignity and equality. This was the resolution carried by a special May Day session held by the National Panthers Party at Jantar Mantar this afternoon.
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers ... Read More
4-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies in India
By BETWA SHARMA and MALAVIKA VYAWAHARE

NEW DELHI — A 4-year-old girl who was raped and dumped near a crematorium in central India died on Monday evening from cardiac arrest, hospital authorities said Tuesday.

The girl, the daughter of day laborers, was lured from her home in the town of Ghansor in Madhya Pradesh State on April 17 and found the next day by her parents, bleeding profusely, the police said.

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Arun Jaitley, Sharad Yadav to get outstanding parliamentarian award
New Delhi: BJP leader Arun Jaitley, Congress MP Karan Singh and JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav will be conferred the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award at a function here on May 9.

President Pranab Mukherjee will present the awards in the Central Hall of Parliament in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar will also be present at the function.

While Jaitley, who ... Read More
Indian Spy on Pakistan Death Row Unconscious After Jail Attack
By Augustine Anthony in Islamabad at aanthony9@bloomberg.net

A convicted Indian spy on death row in Pakistan was unconscious and on a ventilator in a Lahore hospital after sustaining head injuries in a jail attack by fellow prisoners.

Pakistani doctors were working to revive Sarabjit Singh, according to a statement issued by the country’s foreign ministry in Islamabad today. In India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the attack “very sad,” Press Trust of India reported, adding that ... Read More
Sarabjit Singh to be treated in Pakistan, says panel
Lahore: A four-member panel of Pakistani medical experts, who were designated to decide whether Sarabjit Singh should be sent abroad for treatment, have decided not to shift him to any foreign country and continue his treatment here itself, reports said on Monday.

The panel is supervising the treatment of Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh, comatose in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault.

The panel headed by Mehmood Shaukat was directed by the government to decide ... Read More
Panthers protest at Jantar Mantar against Chinese incursion
Several Panthers Party activists staged a massive demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi condemning the Chinese invasion of the Indian Territory in Ladakh region thus threatening the security of India. The Panthers activists set afire an effigy of the Chinese President demanding China’s ouster from the Indian Territory in Ladakh which Chinese soldiers had occupied in the Daulat Beg Oldi Sector of Ladakh last week and pitched tents 10 kms inside the Indian Territory.
The Panthers ... Read More
The Indian Express presents the Most Powerful Indians: Focus on India Inc
The Indian Express presents the ie 100, The Most Powerful Indians in 2013. Out of these we have picked the businessmen who were included in the list. Interestingly, there are only seven businessmen in the top 50, suggesting that corporate clout is no longer what it used to be in terms of influencing policy. Ultimately, power is not just about positions of authority, it can also be a negative force, the power to oppose or ... Read More
Opposition MPs want PC Chacko removed from JPC
New Delhi: Half of the members of a parliamentary committee that dissected the telecom or 2G scam have expressed no confidence in Congressman P Chacko as its chair and want his removal. Mr Chacko has prepared a report on behalf of the committee that absolves the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram of any responsibility for one of India's largest financial scandals.
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No breakthrough yet in Bangalore blast case: Shinde
New Delhi: A day after a blast outside the BJP office in Bangalore left 16 people injured, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters here that the investigations were underway but no breakthrough has been reached as yet.

"No conclusions have been reached as yet in the case. Police are scanning the CCTV footage of the blast site... I assure the nation that we will book the culprits, the perpetrators of this attack," Shinde said.

The Home ... Read More
Minority Character is constitutional right of Aligarh Muslim University
Addressing a massive students’ rally organized by Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union in Kennedy Hall, AMU this morning, Panthers Party Supremo Prof. Bhim Singh accused Delhi-based politicians of double standards and ignoring the oppressed and the suppressed sections of the people in the rest of the country. Prof. Bhim Singh was the Chief Guest at a special conference of Aligarh Muslim University which held five hours’ long debate in support of restoration of minority status, ... Read More
IAF now capable of meeting twin challenge from China, Pakistan
By PTI - NEW DELHI

15th April Considering the threat perception from both China and Pakistan, IAF has upgraded its capabilities to meet any challenge from the two fronts simultaneously.

These capabilities were tested successfully for the first time during the recent three-week war games 'Livewire' in which over 400 fighter jets participated, IAF sources said here today.

In the exercise, which commenced on March 18, the IAF created a simulated scenario of a challenge from both eastern ... Read More
I have already given 25% of my wealth to charity: Azim Premji
PTI: Bangalore, Apr 19 2013, 16:52 IST

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji today said he has already given more than 25 per cent of his personal wealth to charity, but acknowledged it's not easy to use money well in philanthropy.

"I have very clear views on what I intend to give to charity and today more than 25 per cent (of my personal wealth) has already been given to charity," Premji told reporters in response to questions.

"...very often, ... Read More
HC approves Ganesh Kumar and Yamini’s settlement
Thiruvananthapuram: A settlement seems to have been reached for the family discord between former state minister K B Ganesh Kumar and his wife with Kerala High court Friday permitting the closure of cases registered by police against both of them.

Considering settlement of issues between both parties, Justice C T Ravi Kumar permitted closure of cases registered at Museum police station in Thiruvananthapuram based on separate complaints made by Kumar and Yamini Thankachi.

As part of ending ... Read More
Church should enter into dialogue
New Delhi, 12 April, 2013: Columnist and Dalit Christian activist R. L Francis has termed the controversy related to his article published in the magazine ‘Charaiveti’ in Bhopal unnecessary and unfortunate. The article had been written on the issue of exploitation of women in the religious institutions on the eve of Women’s Day.

Church has organized structure and more than one lakh nuns’ work in this system. Some incidents were reported in different parts of ... Read More
1984 anti-Sikh riots case: How can I be at two places at the same time, Jagdish Tytler tells NDTV
New Delhi: A Delhi court yesterday reopened an anti-Sikh riots case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler. He is accused of inciting a mob that killed three men during the riots that broke out after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

Today, speaking to NDTV, Mr Tytler said he was with Indira Gandhi's body since 7:30 am till 3 pm on November 1, so how can he be present ... Read More
BJP Magazine Publishes Article Depicting Nuns in Poor Light , Isai Maha Sangh Demands Legal Action
Bhopal: 9/04/2013/ The latest issue of the Baratiya Janata Party run fort-nightly magazine “CHARAIVETI” carried an article titled “the life of nuns in the hell of the Church” written by a Delhi based writer R L Francis. The issue has become centre of controversy in Madhya Pradesh.

A delegation lead by Isai Maha Sangh District President , Richard James presented a memorandum in this regard in the Public Hearing organized by Director General of Police Shri. ... Read More
Rahul praises Left, Dravidian parties
''IANS

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday had some words of praise for the Left and the Dravidian parties who, he said, had structures to give voice to people at the village level.

"We need to have architectures to involve the 'pradhans' (village heads). The parties are not designed for pradhans. Only the Left and the Dravidian parties have it," Gandhi said at the annual general body meeting of the Confederation of ... Read More
India, China working in tandem to prevent Taliban surge
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-China-working-in-tandem-to-prevent-Taliban-surge/articleshow/19346023.cms

''NEW DELHI: With the US withdrawal from Afghanistan looming large, neighbouring countries are hedging against bad outcomes in that part of the world….China is teaming up with Russia and Pakistan on a trilateral on Afghanistan, and the first meeting is scheduled in a few weeks. This comes weeks after India, Russia and China sat down in Moscow to craft another trilateral dialogue whereby all the three countries would exchange information and coordinate positions on ... Read More
Youths to celebrate Sadbhavna Holi across the nation
Mission Bhartiyam, along with some other organisations like Awam ka Cinema, Buniyaad – Ek Behtar Kal ki, Ayodhya ki Awaaz, UYASD and SAMAR, will be celebrating Sadbhavna Holi. Sadbhavna Holi is an annual initiative like the Sadbhavna Diwali and Eid celebrated as festivals of harmony across the nation.

Ravi Nitesh, founder of Mission Bhartiyam stated that, “Every year we organize festivals of Holi, Diwali and Eid as people’s festivals regardless of religion as we believe ... Read More
Aakash's fate uncertain, government says 'failure' in production
The fate of the much touted low-cost computing device Aakash looks uncertain with the government Friday conceding that there has been a "failure" in its production.

Concerned over the tardy progress, the HRD Ministry has written to IIT Bombay (the executing body) to ensure the vendor (Datawind) meets the terms and conditions and the supply order by March 31 in letter and spirit, failing which action could be initiated against it.

The ministry is also awaiting a ... Read More
Salman Khurshid to pay official visit to Japan
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will pay a two-day official visit to Japan beginning on March 26 at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

During his visit, Khurshid will co-chair the 7th annual India-Japan Strategic Dialogue with the Japanese Foreign Minister. They will review all aspects of the India-Japan strategic and global partnership, including bilateral, regional and international issues. (ANI)
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India’s airports: surprisingly good
Having stood in maddeningly wonky queues in both Delhi and Mumbai airports, surrounded by large families with as many crying children as oversized bags, it is difficult to believe.

Three of India’s international airports have been ranked amongst the world’s best terminals compared with others of a similar size. It’s an improbable result for a country usually berated for poor infrastructure.

Airports Council International partners with DKMA, the airport market research company, to present Airport Service Quality ... Read More
Five accused rapists confess
By HARI KUMAR and HEATHER TIMMONS

NEW DELHI — Five people have confessed to an attack on Swiss tourists in central India, police said Sunday.

A woman, 39 and her husband were attacked by a group of men in Madya Pradesh, a state known for its medieval temples and palaces. They were camping in dense forest about 400 yards from a road after visiting the temple town of Orchha when they were attacked by seven or eight ... Read More
India's cruise missile Nirbhay's maiden test fails
Balasore: For the first time, India today test-fired its indigenously developed medium range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur. However, the cruise missile's launch had to be terminated halfway after it deviated from its course, tv reports said.

"The Nirbhay cruise missile launch was a mixed success. The lift-off was successful but the flight had to be terminated halfway. We have not been able to achieve complete range capability, but the ... Read More
Equality is impossible with the same policing system
A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women

Statistics apart, India is not a safe place for women to live. The recent unfortunate incidents of rape reported from the national capital and from other parts of the country have only brought the gruesome reality to the fore. Gender rights groups, the media and the enlightened public that responded to these events promptly, however missed to address an important impediment that makes ... Read More
With AirAsia, Tata Sons deal buzzing in Indian air, Ratan Tata meets Ajit Singh
PTI

Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, today met Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh here, days after Malaysian carrier Air Asia's Tony Fernandes announced it had sought government's nod to launch a new airline under a joint venture with Tata Sons and an Indian investor.

Though there was no official word on what transpired at the meeting this afternoon, it is understood that the plans for the launch of the airline came up during the discussions.

The ... Read More
'Agra to be developed as solar city to save Taj'
PTI

The Uttar Pradesh Government plans to develop Agra as a solar city in order to save the Taj Mahal from pollution.

The Uttar Pradesh Government plans to develop Agra as a solar city in order to save the Taj Mahal from pollution, said a Minister today.

The proposal for making Agra a solar city was approved by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in 2009 following which the Agra Nagar Nigam made a master plan ... Read More
Hyderabad bomb blasts: 16 killed, one detained in Old City today
Hyderabad: A man in Hyderabad has been detained in connection with yesterday's twin blasts which killed 16 people and injured 117 in the busy neighbourhood of Dilsukhnagar. The government will have to explain if the city was compromised because danger signs were ignored or missed, with innocent people paying with their lives for allegedly major lapses.
Here are the latest developments:

The opposition says the government must explain whether intelligence alerts were not taken seriously or ... Read More
India's Iran oil imports drop 21.8% in Apr-Jan trade
India's imports of oil from Iran rose 3.7 per cent in January from December, but overall purchases fell 21.8 per cent in the first 10 months, data from trade sources shows, as New Delhi cut dependence on Tehran under the pressure of sanctions.

NEW DELHI: India's imports of oil from Iran rose 3.7 per cent in January from December, but overall purchases fell 21.8 per cent in the first 10 months, data from trade sources shows, ... Read More
Ananthakumar seeks Kurien’s resignation
The clamour seeking resignation of P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, just got louder. On Saturday, Bangalore South MP H.N. Ananthkumar said Mr. Kurien must resign immediately over his alleged involvement in the Suryanelli sex scandal case. "There are serious allegations against Mr. Kurien. Given the severity of the allegations, he must resign," he said.

Mr. Ananthkumar was speaking to reporters after inaugurating a 61-foot tall clock tower near South End Circle, here. He ... Read More
Bhim Singh’s call to the youth
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of the Young Panthers (Yuva Panthers) called on the youth and the students to unite for the protection of democracy in India and the future of coming generations. The speech of his address to the youth is reproduced as under:-

What needs to be done?
Prof. Bhim Singh’s address to the Young Panthers

Young friends of the Panthers Party, you are the foundation of the Panthers Party, which is the only party in ... Read More
Bhim pleads for restoration of minority character to Alighar Muslim U (AMU)
Addressing a special conference of AMU Students held at the Constitution Club, New Delhi, Prof. Bhim Singh an old boy of the Aligarh Muslim University urged Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India for his urgent intervention for the restoration of minority character of AMU. He said that AMU symbolizes secular character of India and has contributed a lot towards building a secular democratic face of India. He described the 1981 decision to abrogate ... Read More
Antony orders CBI probe into Augusta Westland deal
Defence Minister A. K. Antony on Tuesday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Augusta Westland deal for 12 VVIP choppers.

Reports have appeared from time to time on the subject of Italian prosecutors having initiated a probe into the alleged unethical dealings of M/s. Finmeccanica, Italy. The probe had been widened to include the Indian contract signed with M/s. Augusta Westland (UK).

The said contract was signed in February 2010 for the purchase of ... Read More
Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru hanged
New Delhi: Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri fruit seller who helped Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists carry out the dastardly attack on Parliament in 2001, was today hanged and buried in Tihar Jail in a secret early morning operation.

The 43-year-old resident of Sopore in North Kashmir was said to have been calm and composed when he was taken to gallows and hanged at 8 AM in the high-security prison number 3 of Tihar jail, six days after his ... Read More
Tewari attacks CAG for criticising government
By PTI - CHENNAI

"It is most unfortunate that CAG rather than validating the integrity of his numbers chooses to criticise the Government on foreign soil and at a foreign fora," (PTI /File)

Slamming the CAG for criticising the government on foreign soil, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari today said Constitutional authorities should circumscribe by Lakshman Rekha propriety.

"...it is most unfortunate that C and AG rather than validating the integrity of his numbers (on 2G presumptive ... Read More
Flying gets cheaper in India
Globally, it's been a simple model. Price your fares at least 30 per cent below full service carriers and draw in the price-conscious customer.

To do so, you have to pare costs by operating from smaller airports, using aircraft for longer hours and saving on meals and other peripheral services.

This was the typical low-cost carrier (LCC) model that G R Gopinath, promoter of Air Deccan, replicated in India.

By offering fares at half the cost of Jet ... Read More
Appeal to President to not sign anti-rape ordinance: Women rights' organizations
Citizen News Service

"We, as representatives of women’s organizations, civil society groups, and activists committed to women’s rights, convey our strong opposition to the Government's decision to move an ordinance on the criminal law amendments related to sexual violence. We call upon the President of India to not sign such an Ordinance" said firebrand social activist Arundhati Dhuru in a press conference in Lucknow. Arundhati is also the UP State Advisor to Right To ... Read More
I want all accused to be hanged: Rape victim's father
IANS

New Delhi: All those behind the Dec 16 gang-rape here should be hanged, said the father of the 23-year-old victim stressing that he would pursue the case till the end.

As the case against the five accused in the gang-rape of the young woman, who succumbed to her grievous injuries on Dec 29, began in a Delhi court, her father addressed a press conference on Tuesday to assert that he would approach the courts to ensure ... Read More
Manipuri woman becomes youngest VC in country
By K Sarojkumar Sharma, TNN

IMPHAL: Hard work, perseverance and courage have made Thoudam Prabha Devi from Manipur the youngest woman vice-chancellor of an Indian university. A resident of Wangkhei in Imphal East, Prabha (40) began her journey from a private school here in the early nineties. Today, she is the VC of Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's (JVW) University, Jaipur.

Prabha has taught at the Baptist College in Nagaland and the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in ... Read More
Controversy after three paintings of Hindu gods removed from exhibition in Bangalore
New Delhi: Three paintings by a young artist have been removed from an exhibition in Bangalore on police orders, provoking a debate in the city on the freedom of artistic expression.

The police asked the owner of the Chitrakala Parishat gallery to remove the paintings - scantily clad depictions of Kali, Shiva with Sati, and Mohini, considered to be the female incarnation of Vishnu - after a man phoned the police on Sunday, objecting to the ... Read More
Sheila Dikshit says Arvind Kejriwal's charges are 'baseless, false'
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Sheila Dikshit says Arvind Kejriwal's charges are 'baseless, false'

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday outright rejected Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's allegations of her being in collusion with power discoms to not lower power tarrif in the capital, terming them an "utter lie".

"Their allegations are baseless and completely false .... this is an utter ... Read More
Anna Hazare most trusted personality in India
PTI

Mumbai: Owing to his nationwide campaign against corruption, social activist Anna Hazare has emerged for the second consecutive time the most-trusted personality in India, while mobile handset-maker Nokia the most trusted brand, a new survey has found.

The survey, titled "The Brand Trust Report 2013', carried out by the Trust Research Advisory, however, placed Mahatma Gandhi at 12th position ahead of Tamil superstar Rajnikant in the list of 35 well-known personalities including nine women.

"Hazare has ... Read More
SpiceJet begins Delhi-Allahabad daily services
Nivedita Ganguly

SpiceJet has introduced daily flights connecting Delhi with Allahabad on its national network. The first flight on Delhi-Allahabad route will commence from February 4. The airline is deploying a 78-seater Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on this route.

SpiceJet will be flying from Delhi at 1.35 p.m. and will reach Allahabad airport at 2.30 p.m. Return flight to Delhi from Allahabad is at 2.50 p.m. The airline is offering a daily flight on this sector.

SpiceJet is also ... Read More
30th January should be observed as ‘Anti-Terrorism Day’
The National Panthers Party observed 30th January, this day, as ‘Anti-Terrorism Day’ with clear message that ‘terrorism’ is the enemy of mankind and must be fought at all platforms throughout the world. Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of NPP accompanied by several NPP activists visited Tees January Marg, Birla House in New Delhi where Gandhiji was assassinated on 30th January, 1948 and paid homage to Gandhiji.
The Panthers Party in a resolution forwarded to the President ... Read More
One Delhi rape accused is a minor: Juvenile justice board
TNN

NEW DELHI: The juvenile justice board on Monday ruled that one of the six accused in the December 16 gang rape and murder case of a 23-year-old girl was a juvenile at the time of the attack.

The 'minor' rape accused will not face trial before the special court, the board said.

A lawyer present in the court said a magistrate announced the decision after going over documents presented to the court by officials of the ... Read More
Gadkari warns I-T officials, says Congress on way out
ANI

Nagpur: Former Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari, who was given a rousing reception on his arrival in Nagpur on Thursday, described the charges against him as a conspiracy by the Congress-led UPA Government, and threatened to sort out the income tax officials involved in conducting raids on his firms.

Officials of the income tax department had raided the offices of Gadkari's Purti group of companies. His companies are under the scanner for alleged financial irregularities.

Gadkari ... Read More
The Eighth Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2012) Released
Enrollment of children in schools in India remains high but reading and arithmetic levels continue to be a cause for serious concern.

January 18, 2013 (New Delhi, India)-- The Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2012, was released in New Delhi on January 17, 2013 by the Honourable Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju. This is the eighth annual report.

ASER is the largest annual household survey of children in rural India ... Read More
Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remarks India's internal matter: Pak
Pakistan has described as India's “internal matter” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks accusing the BJP and RSS of conducting terror training camps.

It was an “internal matter of India”, Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Khan said, reacting to Shinde's remarks.

At the AICC session in Jaipur on Sunday, Shinde had accused BJP and RSS of conducting terror training camps and promoting “Hindu terrorism”.

Pakistani spokesman Khan said: “Earlier on, and even now, Pakistan has a very clear stance and ... Read More
India retains 4th spot in steel output with 76.7 mt
PTI

By 2015, India may become 2nd largest crude steel producer Global steel output up 1.2% in October

India’s rank in the world order of steel production remained unchanged at fourth slot with an output of 76.7 million tonnes, despite logging the highest growth of 4.2 per cent among major producing nations in 2012.

There was no change in the top three steel producing nations with China, Japan and the US retaining their slots in the respective order ... Read More
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Hindu activists target book festival

Youth activists of India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party, the country’s main opposition, have threatened to demonstrate in protest at the inclusion of Pakistani authors in this week’s Jaipur Literature Festival, prompting anger from supporters of free speech and the festival’s producer.

The activists’ calls are not the first time the festival, one of the biggest events on India’s social calendar, has been pressured to censor or cancel speakers.

Last year, the festival ... Read More
Guru's view on Indian rape raises anger, but shared by many
By Frank Jack Daniel and Satarupa Bhattacharjya

(Reuters) - Comments by an Indian spiritual leader that a gang-rape victim shared blame for her assault disgusted many in a country shaken by the crime, but his view represents a deep streak of chauvinism shared by a broad swathe of a society in transition.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student and a male companion were left bleeding on a highway after she was raped and beaten on a moving bus in ... Read More
People are fed up with corruption: Sonia tells Congress
Jaipur: The two-day Congress Chitan Shivir began on Friday with party president Sonia Gandhi asking party leaders to address issues concerning corruption, safety of women and problems faced by the poor and middles classes.

She said, India is now better "informed and equipped" than ever before and its people now demand more from their leaders.

"Our citizens are not only concerned about corruption in public life in high places, they are also concerned over corruption in daily ... Read More
What is fundamentally wrong with the criminal justice system?
The ensuing debates after the rape in Delhi has thrown up several opinions, some poignantly valid and others ridiculous, about what changes are to be made to the criminal justice process to effectively address the scornful menace of rape and forms of sexual violence in India. An alarmingly large proportion of the population, if the media reports and surveys were to be believed, suggests prompt if not instant punishment, to the accused. An overwhelming number ... Read More
Tharoor's plea to quash proceedings turned down by HC
KOCHI: The Kerala High Court today declined Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor's plea to quash a case against him for allegedly insulting the National anthem and directed him to approach the trial court for discharge.

Disposing of the petition, Justice V K Mohanan directed Tharoor to approach the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court for discharge and granted him time till Febuary 16 to move the trial court.

The High Court had on Jan 4 stayed ... Read More
Puri Shankaracharya blames western influence for rapes
PTI

Western influence was one of the main reasons behind the rise in incidents of rape in the country, Sankaracharya of Puri Swami Sri Nischalananda Saraswati said here today.

The western influence — films, club culture and drugs has destroyed the age old values and principles of the country. “There is need to change this. Before Independence we were able to maintain our culture and values but in the last 65 years we have lost a great ... Read More
Religion and environment
By Mathew Koshy Punnackadu

Religion is central to the consciousness of the majority in the world. Most
of the actions that we indulge in are a direct offshoot of our interaction
with the systems of religion in place.

Even if we do not subscribe to any religion per se we are affected by the tenants prescribed and adhered
through across the centuries. Environment too like religion is all pervasive
and affects us day in and out. Any change in either ... Read More
Verdict on marine case not setback: Chandy
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 18 (IANS) With the Supreme Court Friday ruling that the Kerala government has no independent jurisdiction to try the two Italian marines for shooting dead two Indian fishermen off the Kerala coast last year, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the verdict is no setback because it upheld the argument that the case can be tried under Indian law.

"The Italian's had argued that Indian laws are not applicable and this has been ruled out ... Read More
Another bus passenger gang rape reported
Ashok Sharma

The Associated Press

NEW DELHI—Police said Sunday (Jan 13) they have arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in India, four weeks after a brutal attack on a student on a moving bus in the capital outraged Indians and led to calls for tougher rape laws.
Police officer Raj Jeet Singh said a 29-year-old woman was the only passenger on a bus as she was travelling to her village in ... Read More
Pakistan denies killing Indian troops, but ready to probe
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

Pakistan Wednesday denied its troops crossed into Jammu and Kashmir and killed two Indian soldiers but said it was ready to investigate India's claim.

"Pakistan strongly rejects the Indian allegation of an attack across the Line of Control (LoC) on its military patrol in which two Indian soldiers were claimed to have been killed. These are baseless and unfounded allegations," the Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement, according to Xinhua.

The ministry said ... Read More
Police reforms badly needed
The brutal incident of rape in New Delhi, the death of the victim and the public response to the issue has brought to the forefront several vital issues plaguing India. Of primary concern were three aspects (i) the nature and frequency of violence, committed against the vulnerable sections of the society, most importantly women; (ii) the preparedness and the ability of the country's justice apparatus, particularly that of the law enforcement agencies, to deal with ... Read More
Activists wary as India rushes to justice after gang rape
By Frank Jack Daniel

(Reuters) - It's no surprise the Indian street wants faster, harsher justice for sexual crimes after a horrific gang rape that rocked the nation, but some activists worry the government will trample fundamental rights in its rush to be in tune with popular rage.

Last month's rape of a physiotherapy student on a moving bus and her death on December 28 in hospital triggered a national debate about how to better protect women ... Read More
Dalai Lama hails secularism practised in India
PTI

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama Saturday praised secularism practised in India and emphasised that the message of peaceful existence of different religions in the country should be taken all over the world.

"India is a symbol of secularism. It shows how different religions
coexist in harmony in the country," the Noble laureate said in his inaugural speech at the International Buddhist Sangh Conference.

The Tibetan monk praised Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for promoting Buddhism and also ... Read More
Beheading patrolling Army soldiers amounts to aggression
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of NPP and a human rights activist strongly condemned brutal mutilation of bodies of the two Indian Soldiers by Pakistan’s Army by trespassing into Indian Territory in Poonch District (J&K) which amounted to aggression and violation of UN Resolution on LOC.

Prof. Bhim Singh expressed shock on the failure of Indian Army to monitor the movements of their patrolling soldiers within their own territory. The Nation needs explanation from the Indian ... Read More
HC stays for 2 weeks framing of charges against Tharoor
PTI

Kochi, Jan 4:

The Kerala High Court today stayed for two weeks the framing of charges against Union Minister Shashi Tharoor in the national anthem case pending before a lower court here.

Passing interim order on a petition by Tharoor, Justice V.K. Mohanan directed the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court to defer the framing of charges for two weeks.

The order was issued on a petition by Tharoor seeking quashing of the proceedings pending in the magistrate ... Read More
Delhi gangrape case: won't defend accused, say lawyers
Naming anti-rape law after her will be an honour: Delhi gangrape victim's family
Lawyers at a court hearing the case of a fatal gangrape which has shocked the nation said on Wednesday they would refuse to defend the men accused of taking part in the assault and murder.

Hearings are expected to begin on Thursday at the Saket district court in south Delhi, where
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Delhi gang-rape case: Supreme Court lawyer appointed special prosecutor
PTI

New Delhi: Supreme Court lawyer Dayan Krishnan has been appointed as the special public prosecutor by city police to conduct trial in the December 16 gang rape of a paramedical student who succumbed to injuries during wee hours today at a Singapore hospital.

"It is Dayan Krishnan, an eminent lawyer...He has volunteered to do it free of cost. He will be assisted by two juniors," Dharmendra Kumar, Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), told PTI.

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Gang-rape victim took tuitions to pay for her education
IANS

New Delhi: The Delhi "braveheart" who died Saturday came from a humble family originally from Uttar Pradesh and took tuitions to pay for her school and college fees.

Born into a family from Ballia, the young woman, family friends said, was hard working and desired to forge ahead in life.

The sources close to the family said they moved to the national capital a quarter century ago. It settled in a middle-class neighbourhood in southwest Delhi where ... Read More
India Clamps Down on Gang-Rape Protests
By REUTERS

NEW DELHI (Reuters) — Indian authorities throttled movement in the heart of the capital on Monday, shutting roads and railway stations in a bid to restore law and order after police fought pitched battles with protesters enraged by the gang rape of a young woman.

In an unusual televised address, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for calm following the weekend clashes in New Delhi and vowed to punish the rapists for their “monstrous” crime. ... Read More


 
 
 
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