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Modi enjoys immunity from court summons: US
Source : IANS

Washington: Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit, the US Friday made clear that as head of government, he enjoys "immunity and personal inviolability" and no US court summons can be served on him.

Senior administration officials previewing the visit told reporters that they were aware of a law suit filed against Modi by a human rights group in a New York court for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots ... Read More
Research to the rescue of disaster management
Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant, Citizen News Service
For management of disasters and humanitarian crises, doing something is not enough—but doing the right thing at the right time is. Decision-makers need to know which intervention, actions and strategies would work, which would not work, which remain unproven and which no matter how well-meaning might be harmful. They need to make well informed choices and decisions and for this they need access to reliable evidence.

Evidence ... Read More
The Swarajya magazine is being revived!
As many members of this List might know, Swarajya is a very old magazine, dating back to the mid-1950s.

Swarajya was unusual in taking positions against the then-socialist policies of India and in advocating free-market policies and individual freedom.

Among the regular contributors to the magazine were C. Rajagopalachari (also known as "Rajaji"), R.K. Laxman and Minoo Masani.
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Word 'Hindu' never existed in Vedas, Upanishads; Muslims invented it: Veerappa Moily
By Tarun Khanna
Bangalore: Former union minister and Congress leader Veerappa Moily has triggered a fresh controversy through his recent remark that the word 'Hindu' was introduced by Muslims in the medieval age and that it has no mention in the ancient scriptures like Vedas and Upanishads.

During a book launch event at Central College in Bangalore on September 21, the ex-Karnataka chief minister said that in the medieval age Muslims wanted to separate people living ... Read More
Humming a song, Chinese First Lady charms Indian children
"Keep working hard so you can contribute to your country," this was the message by China's First Lady Peng Liyuan to the students here as she interacted with the children, even humming a song with them."

During her 45-minute visit to a school in South Delhi, 51-year-old Peng, who is also a renowned singer, shared with the students some personal glimpses of her life, leaving a lasting impression on the young minds.

"I started learning calligraphy when ... Read More
Modi to launch 'Make in India' campaign on September 25
NEW DELHI: Seeking to make the country a global manufacturing hub, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the ambitious 'Make in India' campaign in the presence of global and domestic CEOs on September 25.

Hundreds of global and domestic CEOs are expected to attend the function at Vigyan Bhavan here, an official said.
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Xi open-minded and realistic: Dalai Lama
Source : PTI
As he engaged in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping came in for praise from an unlikely quarter--exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama - who described him as "open-minded" and "realistic".

The Dalai Lama also said good Sino-Indian relations based on mutual trust will benefit not just Asia but the whole world.

"Sino-Indian relations (build) on the basis of mutual trust are very important. Not only the whole of Asia, ... Read More
Peace awards for Dalai Lama, Malala announced in Mumbai
MUMBAI: Around 500 college students in the city formed a human chain for peace in Bandra on Sunday. The event was organised by a local organisation named The World Peacekeepers Movement (TWPM) which also announced awards for public luminaries.

TWPM had prepared a scroll of honour for the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Anna Hazare, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and J K Rowling and announced various prizes. Naturally, none of them were present at the function so ... Read More
India’s Sanitation Needs
Excerpts:
India may finally be on the verge of making progress on eradicating one of its most intractable problems: open defecation because of a lack of toilets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves credit for focusing on the scourge. But it will take more than words to solve a problem the nation’s leaders have been promising to solve for decades.
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In 2012, the minister of drinking water and sanitation at the time, Jairam Ramesh, redoubled the government’s ... Read More
How Do I Become PM?' Asked Student; This Was PM's Response
New Delhi: After the Prime Minister addressed students on the occasion of Teachers' Day, he took questions from some young boys and girls. Some quizzers were in the audience at the Delhi auditorium where he gave his speech; others made their queries through video-conference.

A young boy from Imphal provoked a hearty Modi laugh when he asked, "How can I become the PM?" (Highlights of PM's Speech)

"Start preparing for 2024 elections," responded the man who ... Read More
Scholarship for Dalit Christian Students
The Government of India have issued notification for Pre-Matric, Post-Matric and Merit-Cum-Means based Scholarships for the year 2014-15 for all minority students including Christians.

It is noted that some of the schools are discouraging DALIT CHRISTIAN STUDENTS in applying for this scholarship. Please report if this happens anywhere this year. We will take this up with the Minority Commission.

1.Pre- Matric Scholarships of GOI: All Christian Students studying in 1st class to 10th class and whose ... Read More
SC asks Nithyananda to undergo potency test in rape case
Source : SIFY
New Delhi: Dismissing the petition of self-styled godman Nithyananda, the Supreme Court has ordered him to undergo a potency test in connection with the rape case that has been filed against him.

Nithyananda had appealed against the Karnataka High Court order refusing to stay the trail court's direction that he should take the potency test. The rape case was registered against him in a court in Bangalore.

The self-styled godman faces a rape case filed ... Read More
Govt-appointed panel advocates 'complete ban' on dance bars
PTI
MUMBAI: The Justice CS Dharmadhikari Committee, set up to recommend measures to curb crimes against women, has asked Maharashtra government to enforce a "complete ban" on dance bars and frame a policy to check "vulgarity" on social networking sites such as Facebook.

These suggestions by the state government-appointed panel are contained in its fourth and fifth interim reports submitted to the Bombay high court on a PIL seeking measures to ensure safety and security of ... Read More
When PM Modi met Netaji's oldest living associate
Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Saichiro Misumi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's oldest living associate in Japan, at a function in Tokyo.

Mr Modi met 93-year-old Misumi at a reception hosted by the India-Japan Association and Japan-India Parliamentary Friendship League.
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Want to turn 'Made in India' into a brand: PM Modi to investors
New Delhi: In a bid to woo Japanese investors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured them there was no red tapism but only red carpet in India. Giving a key note address at Japan-India Association event hosted by Jetro and Nikkei, Modi said, "Like 'Made in Japan', we aim to turn 'Made in India' into a brand."

Modi also assured that the Indian government has eased a lot of regulations for trade. "I have come ... Read More
Church converted to temple as Christians become Hindus again
Source : ''SIFY

Aligarh: A reconversion of 72 Valmikis (a Dalit sect of Hinduism) who had become Christians some 20 years back was completed at a village near here after the church belonging to the 7th Day Adventists was turned into a temple, a report in The Times of India said on Thursday.

As per the report, a 'successful ghar wapasi' was conducted on 72 Valmikis and that shuddhi karan (the ritual where one becomes a Hindu ... Read More
Air India website crashes minutes after offering Rs 100 tickets
Source : ''SIFY

New Delhi: The website of Air India on Wednesday went down minutes after the national carrier offered discounted tickets for Rs 100 for a limited period to celebrate its merger with erstwhile Indian Airlines.

The website went down, with a message on the website reading - "Service Unavailable". Another link to book tickets on Air India showed a "System Busy" message.

The airline website has not been functioning since midnight of 27th August.

According to a ... Read More
Sushma chairs brainstorming session with Indian envoys
Hanoi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday chaired a brain storming session with 15 Indian Heads of Mission in South East and East Asia here to chart out the foreign policy initiatives to be undertaken in the strategically important region by the new BJP-led government.

This is the second Heads of Mission meeting that she has called for since assuming office in May. She held a similar session with Heads of Mission from the Middle ... Read More
Bangalore: Woman forces friend to have sex with husband, arrested
Bangalore: In a bizarre case, a woman allegedly abetted her husband to 'rape' her neighbour and friend in her presence in Bangalore and the couple have been arrested.

The woman and the victim were said to have become close friends over a period of time and used to frequent each other's house before the incident, police said.
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Prakash John of Mumbai is a musician's musician
Prakash John (born in Mumbai on August1, 1947) is the consummate bass player and musician's musician. John started his own powerhouse R & B band The Lincolns, hiring Canada's top players and setting the standard for live entertainment. John is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John was a student at the Cathedral and John Connon School, enrolling at the age of four in 1951. He migrated to Toronto in 1960.

John's first ... Read More
French diplomat accused of raping daughter approaches Modi
New Delhi: French consular official Pascal Mazurier, accused of sexually abusing his minor daughter, has approached Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for speedy justice.

In a missive to Modi, the diplomat, who is posted in Consulate General of France in Bangalore but is under suspension, said "he's deprived of speedy justice" even 25 months after his estranged Indian wife made the allegations against him.

"I have not been able to maintain contact with my three innocent children, ... Read More
India river development project is a double-edged sword
Shashak Bengali
Civic leaders had long looked upon the dreary, slum-choked river that sliced through this city and dreamed it could become something grand — India's answer to the Seine or the Thames.

When a new chief executive took over the state of Gujarat in 2001, he directed municipal authorities to make the Sabarmati River a priority. Now that official, Narendra Modi, is India's prime minister, and he has touted the $200-million public project as a symbol ... Read More
AirAsia India lowers fares, offers 20 pc discount
AirAsia India, the latest entrant in domestic air space, has lowered its fares by 20 per cent for a limited period on all its flights.

The discounted ticket scheme was launched yesterday for a six-day period (till August 17) and offers customers 20 per cent discount on tickets across categories for flights from Bengaluru to Chennai, Kochi and Goa and vice versa, AirAsia India said in a release here.

AirAsia India currently operates flights from its current ... Read More
Shankaracharya warns PM Narendra Modi ahead of his Shirdi visit
New Delhi: Already facing flak for his critical remarks on Sai Baba, Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya, Swaroopanand Saraswati, has now warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi of what might happen if he'll pay visit to Shirdi.

Swaroopanand has asked Modi to cancel his visit to Shirdi else he may lose the protection given to him by celestial gods.

He also said that he has no issues with Modi adding Sai to his name, but also raised apprehensions that how can ... Read More
Jaswant Singh in coma, on life support
Source : PTI
New Delhi: Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh is in a critical condition and is reportedly in coma and on life support after being operated upon for a head injury at the Army Research and Referral Hospital here following a fall at his residence.

The government also has said that Singh is very critical.

The 76-year-old former Defence Minister was admitted to the hospital at around 11 PM yesterday after he fell down, sources said.

A senior ... Read More
Syndicate Bank Chairman Is Arrested
By Saurabh Chaturvedi
NEW DELHI—India's federal investigating agency arrested the chairman of state-run Syndicate Bank Ltd. on allegations involving bribes from private companies in return for loan extensions, a Central Bureau of Investigation official said Sunday.
" Sudhir Kumar Jain was arrested late Saturday. He's in our custody," said Kanchan Prasad, CBI spokeswoman.

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Tata Group is India's most valuable brand
PTI
The Tata Group has retained its place as the country's most valuable brand at USD 21 billion. (In pic: Cyrus Mistry) The Tata Group has retained its place as the country's most valuable brand at USD 21 billion. (In pic: Cyrus Mistry)
SummaryBrand value of Cyrus Mistry-led Tata Group has risen $3 bn over last year.

The Cyrus Mistry-led Tata Group has retained its place as the country's most valuable brand at USD 21 billion, while ... Read More
Forty crore Indians still live without electricity
New Delhi: Over 40 crore people living in eight crore households have not got electricity and the government is making all efforts to give them power connection as early as possible, Lok Sabha was told Thursday.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal said during Question Hour that it was "very unfortunate" that eight crore households in the country do not have power connection and this means 40 crore population are still deprived off electricity.

"Even 65 years after Independence ... Read More
Ratan Tata may be suffering from delusion: Amit Mitra
PTI
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra today countered Ratan Tata's remarks on lack of industrialisation in the state saying he may be suffering from delusion and that was why he made such comments. PTI photos

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra today countered Ratan Tata's remarks on lack of industrialisation in the state saying he may be suffering from delusion and that was why he made such comments.

"Tata is getting old and suffering from delusion. I ... Read More
Modi was denied visa by previous government: John Kerry
New Delhi, JJuly 31, 2014, (PTI):

In perhaps the first explanation of the US denial of visa for Narendra Modi, the Obama Administration today said the decision was taken by the previous government. AP file photo

In perhaps the first explanation of the US denial of visa for Narendra Modi, the Obama Administration today said the decision was taken by the "previous" government.

"It's a very big deal. Different government, it's a different government now. Just like it ... Read More
India's 26th Army chief tilled land as a child
KOLKATA: Believe it or not, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, who took over as the 26th Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) from General Bikram Singh on Thursday, tilled his land in a remote Haryana village in his childhood.

General Dalbir Singh was born in Bishan village in Haryana's Jhajjar district on December 28, 1954. Many in the village, including his father and uncles had served in the infantry and cavalry units but few would have imagined that ... Read More
India high court's 'disgruntled wives' ruling tests dowry laws enacted to protect women


NEW DELHI — Roughly 8,000 women in India died violent deaths in 2013 because their families were unable to cough up the demands for more dowry, according to government statistics.

Such deaths have been a longtime problem for India and explain why the country passed a series of laws against dowry in the 1980s to protect against this form of violence.

Yet this month, India’s Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling that questioned the propriety of ... Read More
Human rights organisations targeted by politicians for anti-corruption work
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Centre for Social Development and Women Action for Development – two human rights organisations based in Manipur, India – that local politicians are targeting them for exposing corruption in administration. On 12 July, a small mob gathered in front of the office of the two organisations demanding that vehicles of staff members parked out front be removed. One staff member, who tried to take a ... Read More
Was Shashi Tharoor planning to divorce Sunanda Pushkar?
Source : SIFY
Shashi Tharoor and Pakistan journalist Mehr Tarar were in love and wanted to get married, at least the late Sunanda Pushkar's acquaitance journalist Nalini Singh has told the police so.

In her statement, Singh, according to Times of India, has said, "Sunanda said Tarar and Tharoor had exchanged intimate romantic messages and that one of the messages from Tarar implied that Tharoor was going to divorce her after the 2014 general elections and get ... Read More
PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE COMMUNICATION STRESSED
Aaghaz-e-Dosti aims to eradicate mutual hatred and suspicion to create unwavering bonds of peace and friendship. This is because we believe that miscommunication and lack of communication has helped sustain the conflict. To meet our objective, Aaghaz-e-Dosti has taken several initiatives ranging from interactive sessions in schools to public demonstrations, from art-based initiatives to writing articles and issuing statements to disseminate the misrepresented voice across the border.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti has complied several measures to increase ... Read More
No golf, long days are new norm for India’s bureaucrats
By Annie Gowan

EXCERPTS:

The element of surprise worked last week at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, where more than 90 percent of its employees are now showing up on time after Javadekar’s spot inspection, staffers said. The minister had his personal secretary take photos of the empty rooms, then called the absent workers to his office. He made some take personal days as punishment.

Some employees rolled their eyes when asked about Modi’s new regime and ... Read More
India’s new budget includes $34 million to build the world’s tallest statue. Not everyone is happy.
By Adam Taylor
EXCERPT: Statue-building is all about creating something that lasts for a long time, of course, and in centuries to come, the back story to the Patel statue (if it's ever built) could be forgotten. Few people look at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue today and wonder whether its cost was worth it, I'd wager. But that doesn't mean it isn't without significant risk. For every Christ the Redeemer or Statue of Liberty, there ... Read More
PM to announce role for Planning Commission shortly: Jaitley
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will shortly announce the role that Planning Commission is going to play in his government, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

Last month, the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) had said that Planning Commission acted as a ‘control commission’ and should be replaced by a ‘reforms and solution body’.

More than one and half months after BJP swept to power, the new government is yet to announce the new Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, ... Read More
Gowda educates: Honest truths about Indian Railways
SIFY
Railways to earn Rs. 1.64 lakh crore in 2014-15: Gowda

* Indian Railways has 12617 trains carrying over 23 million passengers connecting more than 7172 stations - equivalent to moving the entire population of the Australia (which is projected to stand at a little over 23 million, according to the Australian government).

* We have more 7421 freight trains carrying about 3 million tonnes of freight every day and our Railways is the fourth in the world ... Read More
India’s Role in the Nuclear Race
By The Editorial Board
EXCERPT:
India is seeking membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a 48-nation body established 40 years ago to ensure that civilian trade in nuclear materials is not diverted for military purposes, as was done by India itself. Membership would greatly enhance the acceptance of India as a nuclear weapons state and give it a say in how countries trade in nuclear-related exports.
The application, which was discussed at a meeting in Buenos ... Read More
Orwell Birthplace in India to Become a Museum
By ALLAN KOZINN
The ramshackle three-room bungalow in Motihari, India where George Orwell was born in 1903 is being restored and transformed into a museum that will celebrate the life and career of the essayist and author, The Times of India reported. The renovation, which has been under discussion since 2010, when the house was declared a protected site, is being underwritten by the government of Bihar state, which is hoping the museum will become a ... Read More
From a rickshaw puller to a guest at Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi: Twenty-seven years ago a rickshaw puller operating in the walled city would often visit Raisina Hills area to have a look at British-era buildings including Rashtrapati Bhavan without little knowing that one day he would be one of the guests at the Presidential palace.

This is the story of 51-year-old Dharamveer Kamboj, a resident of Haryana, who is staying as a guest of President Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan, an honour bestowed on him ... Read More
Assam scribes urge for clemency to Al-Jazeera journalists
By Nava Thakuria
Joining the international chorus for the FreeAJStaff campaign, an active scribes’ body of India has come out with the demand for immediately releasing of all journalists, who have been jailed in Egypt for allegedly taking side with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group ‘endangering Egypt's national security’. Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), a northeast India based scribes’ body, has also appealed to the Egyptian government in Cairo to offer clemency to the newsmen for ... Read More
Former PM Manmohan Singh still a busy man
By Anjali Ojha and Jaideep Sarin

New Delhi/Chandigarh: Having occupied the country's most important executive post for a decade, Manmohan Singh was without doubt a busy man. A month after he stepped down following his party's election loss, the former prime minister is settling down to a busy routine of another kind.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh. PTIFormer prime minister Manmohan Singh. PTI

In the past month, Manmohan Singh has hardly made it to news headlines - except ... Read More
UBS, Credit Suisse have 2/3rdof Indians’ Swiss bank money
It is just two big banks — UBS and Credit Suisse — which appear to be accounting for almost two-third of the total money held by Indians in Swiss banking system, known for their famed secrecy walls.

According to the latest official data disclosed by Switzerland's central banking authority SNB (Swiss National Bank), Indians' money in Swiss banks rose by 43 per cent last year to 2.03 billion Swiss francs (nearly Rs 14,000 crore), despite growing ... Read More
A Largely Indian Victory in World War II, Mostly Forgotten in India
By GARDINER HARRIS

Excerpt: But whether India will ever truly celebrate the Battle of Kohima and Imphal is unclear. India’s founding fathers were divided on whether to support the British during World War II, and India’s governments have generally had uneasy relationships even with the nation’s own military. So far, only local officials and a former top Indian general have agreed to participate in this week’s closing ceremony.
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Jayalalithaa, BJP Allies Oppose Centre's Move on Hindi
By PTI

The Centre's move also found no favour with two of its Tamil Nadu allies also, with both PMK and MDMK opposing it.

PMK founder S Ramadoss said the BJP in its election 2014 manifesto had promised to develop all languages with rich history and culture. He also called for declaring all 22 languages in the VIII schedule of the Constitution, including Tamil, as official language and "thus put an end to the Hindi imposition controversy."

Attempts ... Read More
Home ministry asks RBI to block foreign funds for Greenpeace India
Soon after the Intelligence Bureau report on Greenpeace India allegedly misusing foreign funds to hamper India's economic growth, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a directive to the Reserve Bank of India asking it to put on hold all foreign contributions originating from Greenpeace International and Climate Works Foundation.

"In a letter dated 13th June, the Ministry has directed the Reserve Bank of India that all foreign contributions originating from Greenpeace International and Climate Works ... Read More
Understanding the Rape Republic
by Anjuman Ara Begum
Sexual violence continues in India unabated.
The December 2012 gang rape and subsequent death of a 23 year old woman led to a shift in discourse on sexual violence in India. For the first time, the blame shifted from victims to perpetrators, fostering changes in certain colonial era criminal laws.
However, the changes have failed to provide crucial protection and redress. Important recommendations, forwarded by the three-member committee following the incident, were ignored, and ... Read More
Hindu Nationalists Renew Push for Sanskrit
New Delhi: The Indian government's National Sanskrit Institute, whose headquarters are in a run-down section of western New Delhi, has the hallmarks of a long-neglected state project.

Unattached electrical wires dangle down its facade, and one of its senior scholars, Ramakant Pandey, greeted a recent visitor in a fluorescent-lighted office, his mouth stained red with paan, the Hindi word for the betel leaf mixture chewed throughout Asia.

It felt like an office that did not receive ... Read More
Doniger’s book back on the stands
By Anita Joshua

Three months after Aleph Book Company decided that American Indologist Wendy Doniger’s book On Hinduism would be reprinted only after issues raised by the Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti (SBAS) were resolved, a new reprint of the book is now out.

Over the past week, copies of the book were spotted in a couple of book shops in the Capital. One bookseller in South Delhi told The Hindu that fresh copies of the book arrived ... Read More
Paid news menace and underpaid media employees of India
By Nava Thakuria

As India completes a largest electoral battle in the world that culminated in the formation of a new Union government in New Delhi, the ‘paid news’ syndrome continues to hunt the general populace as well as the election authority of populous country. A number of cases have already been registered against various political parties for allegedly bribing some selected media houses for facilitating election campaign related favourable coverage in expenses of cash ... Read More
Modi replies to Sharif's letter, says he looks forward to working with Pak
CNN-IBN
New Delhi: Days after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi expressing a desire to work with India, Modi too, has reciprocated the sentiment saying that he is looking forward to working with Pakistan.
Sharif held a bilateral meeting with Modi on May 27 on the sidelines of the Indian Prime Minister's swearing in ceremony in Delhi. After his visit to India, Sharif wrote a letter saying that he was satisfied ... Read More
Homophobia May Cost India’s Economy Billions of Dollars
By Atish Patel

New World Bank research suggests discrimination toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is costing India billions of dollars.

Homophobia in the workplace in India and lost productivity as a result of discrimination are among some of the findings in a report by U.S.-based economist M.V. Lee Badgett that is part of an upcoming study for the World Bank. Ms. Badgett’s study also looks at how homophobia triggers high rates of depression and ... Read More
Civil services exam: 1,122 candidates make the cut
New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Thursday declared the final results of the 2013 civil services examination that 1,122 candidates have cleared.

Of them, 861 are males and 261 females. Among the candidates, 30 are physically challenged.

The candidates who have cleared have been recommended for appointment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services against 1,228 reported vacancies.

Gaurav Agarwal topped the examination in his ... Read More
Sashi Tharoor on "How Narendra Modi May Have Evolved into 'Modi 2.0'"
When Narendra Modi swept to a dramatic victory in India's general elections, becoming the first prime minister in three decades to command an absolute majority in the lower house of India's fractious Parliament, many in India worried about what his victory would portend. To political opponents and members of India's liberal intelligentsia, Modi was a divisive, sectarian, authoritarian figure who had presided over the massacre of some 1200 innocents, mainly Muslim, as chief minister of ... Read More
Where even a judge is not safe
The rape of a judge in her residence, located in a high-security area in the city of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, speaks volumes about both the epidemic of sexual violence and the respect for law in India. Such an incident cannot occur in a jurisdiction where a citizen is convinced that the law will play its role in preventing and punishing crime. India is not such a jurisdiction.
Who in India is safe when even judges are ... Read More
P.K. Mishra is Additional Principal Secretary to PM
Former Agriculture Secretary P.K. Mishra has been appointed Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The appointment of Mr. Mishra, a 1972-batch retired IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, will be co-terminus with the term of the Prime Minister or till further orders, according to an official release issued by the Ministry of Personnel on Tuesday. Mr. Mishra, 65, served between 2001- 2004 as Principal Secretary to Mr. Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister.

He was ... Read More
`Give technical education to minorities, modernise madrassas'
New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee said Monday the government would provide technical education to minorities and launch a modernisation programme for madrassas.

Addressing the joint session of parliament, the president said it was unfortunate that despite several decades after independence several minority communities continued to suffer from neglect.

He said the youth of minority communities would be provided technical education and the government would initiate steps for modernisation of madrassas.

He also referred to the ... Read More
MPs and MLAs should pass mandatory medical tests first
SIFY
Union Minister Gopinath Munde dies in road mishap

An unfit person is a threat to himself. An unfit minister is a threat to his party and to the country because he holds a constitutional position in public life.

The death of Gopinath Munde, briefly union minister for rural development, might not be in vain if it helps set health norms for the elected representatives of India. Munde’s death was triggered by an accident and hastened by poor ... Read More
Shekhar Gupta leaves Indian Express after 19 years
Editor-in-chief of the Indian Express, Shekhar Gupta, is leaving the paper. His farewell letter to his staff.

Goodbye notes can be heartwarming or heartbreaking. On a rare occasion they can be both. This is one such.

It is time for me to say goodbyes at the Express -- for the second time. The first was exactly at the same time of the year in 1983 when most of you were not born yet.

I say goodbye now ... Read More
Priyanka Gandhi: What marriage! Such loyalty! Wow!
Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra, in a letter to the SPG chief, asked for her security exemptions to be removed if her husband’s is taken away.

The letter has unsurprisingly (and with extremely convenient timing) found its way to the media, ready to be turned into a new tale of martyrdom and sacrifice for the First Family.

Let us examine some parts of it, for there is much to see in this letter.

For example, there is this line -

"...his inclusion ... Read More
Rape of Teens in India Reignites National Outrage
By Preetika Rana
NEW DELHI—Pressure built on the Indian government to respond to the alleged rape and murder of two village girls—an attack that jolted the world after photographs of the dead teenagers hanging from a mango tree began circulating.
India's home ministry said the government was expecting an investigative report that was requested by officials in the prime minister's office. "They are shocked," Kuldeep Dhatwalia, a ministry spokesman, said on Friday, referring to the prime minister's ... Read More
Modi asks ministers to use social media platforms extensively
May 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who took charge recently, has asked all the ministers in his cabinet to open Twitter accounts and create Facebook pages, said a Indian Express report. This is seen as a step towards creating transparency and participation in governance.

It is known that the ministers have been asked to use social media platforms extensively to reach out to general public. Reportedly, the ministers have been asked to put various policy ... Read More
Narendra Modi govt to 'scrap' Jawaharlal Nehru from JNNURM
Narendra Modi government's alternative project to JNNURM will likely have an outlay of Rs 1.5 lakh crore. (PTI) Narendra Modi government's alternative project to JNNURM will likely have an outlay of Rs 1.5 lakh crore. (PTI)
SummaryNarendra Modi govt to 'rewrite' history over a project named after Jawaharlal Nehru

Govt open to debate on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir: PMOShiv Sena unhappy over lesser representation in Narendra Modi's CabinetSeveral new ministers assume officeSubsidised LPG finds its ... Read More
Modi invites Chinese President to visit
NEW DELHI, May 29 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday to visit, seeking greater engagement between the world's two most populous nations on trade and regional security.

Modi extended the invitation when he spoke by telephone with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who had called to congratulate him on his victory in India's general election, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The Hindu nationalist won election by ... Read More
Jaitley hints at cabinet expansion
New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Arun Jaitley, who has got important portfolios of finance, defence and corporate affairs in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Tuesday said there will be cabinet expansion soon.

Talking to reporters after taking charge as finance minister at North Block here, Jaitley said he holds defence portfolio only as an additional charge and it would go to a new person once there is a cabinet expansion.

"For a transition phase, I will be ... Read More
Nancy Powell returns
New Delhi: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell on Thursday headed back to her country after an eventful stint here and will be replaced temporarily early next month by Kathleen Stephens, a career diplomat.

Powell, 67, who assumed charge as US Ambassador here in April, 2012, had announced ending of her tenure in India in March this year.

Stephens will serve as the charge until a new permanent ambassador is nominated and confirmed by the US Senate. ... Read More
Sonia Gandhi resigns from two positions
New Delhi, May 22: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday resigned from her posts at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and at the culture ministry. Party sources confirmed that the Congress president had resigned from both the positions. Gandhi was a member of the NMML, according to her Lok Sabha profile. She was also a member of the National Committee formed under the culture ministry to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of India's first ... Read More
Omar praises Modi for inviting Pak PM for his swearing-in
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference acting president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday praised Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi for inviting Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif for his May 26 swearing-in at Delhi, but not without a tinge of sarcasm.

"Excellent move by @narendramodi to invite SAARC leaders, especially Pak PM for his swearing in. Hope this is beginning of sustained talks", Mr. Abdullah said on Twitter after attending his first Cabinet meeting after the National Conference-Congress ... Read More
N D Tiwari turns bridegroom at 88, marries Ujjwala Sharma
ANI
Veteran Congress leader and former chief minister N.D. Tiwari married Ujjwala Sharma on Thursday morning.

Sharma was the woman whose son Tiwari recently accepted as his own after a lengthy lawsuit.

Rohit Shekhar, 32, had taken the politician to court after Tiwari had refused to acknowledge their biological relationship.

In March, Tiwari publicly accepted Shekhar is his son.

In 2012, the Congressman, who had resisted submitting blood samples for a DNA test, was ordered to cooperate by the Supreme ... Read More
CPI-M politburo to meet May 18 to finalise strategies
Agartala, May 13 (IANS) The CPI-M politburo will meet in Delhi May 18 to discuss the outcome of the Lok Sabha election results and to finalise the party's strategies, party sources said here Tuesday.

The 15-member politburo is the highest policy making body of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

"To decide the CPI-M's next course of action in view of the Lok Sabha election results, the politburo may decide to convene a meeting of the party's ... Read More
Election Commission Gives Nod to Government to Appoint New Army Chief
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Election Commission Gives Nod to Government to Appoint New Army Chief
New Delhi: The Election Commission today gave a go-ahead to the Defence Ministry to initiate the process of appointing the next Army chief, an issue that has got caught in a controversy because of BJP's opposition.

In a communication sent to the Defence Ministry this morning, the EC cited its March 27 order which makes it clear that appointments, promotions, tenders and procurements of defence forces ... Read More
Fear over fundamentalism real but misdirected
India faces the threat of being won over by religious fundamentalists; so say many experts, commenting in light of the on-going elections. Nothing could be more unfortunate for India, which has stood tall and contained regressive radicals for six decades. This is no mean task, given how many neighbours have fallen prey to homegrown rogues like a houses of cards.

Despite being real, the fears, however, are misplaced. Though the spectre of fundamentalism that looms over ... Read More
Enduring Discrimination
In February 2014, the Government of India decided to constitute a committee to study and frame remedial measures to address the concerns of citizens hailing from North East India residing in different parts of the county. This is an initiative to understand the layers of discrimination faced by persons from the North East. Notably, the committee’s focus is discrimination by private actors, i.e. social discrimination.

But what about the discrimination the Union government itself practices against ... Read More
Likely impacts of BJP and AAP on the Indian society
Dr Rahul Pandey, Citizen News Service

For about two months I was in Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh campaigning for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Alok Agarwal. Irrespective of what the result in Khandwa will be it appears that almost everywhere Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will make substantial gains, Congress will suffer a lot, and AAP may not get the seats they expected. And irrespective of all these outcomes certain effects of BJP’s imminent success and ... Read More
Singapore Airlines India JV eyes Sept. launch
New Delhi: Singapore Airlines Ltd's Indian joint venture is looking to start flights from Sept. 1, according to its application to the sector regulator for permission to operate.

TATA SIA Airlines Ltd, 49 percent-owned by the Singapore carrier and 51 percent held by India's Tata Group, plans to operate 87 flights a week during its first year of operation, it said in the application.

The airline plans to nearly double that number during its second year.

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Air India to join Star Alliance in July
Air India is expected to now formally join the world's largest airline partnership Star Alliance in July this year. Reuters Air India is expected to now formally join the world's largest airline partnership Star Alliance in July this year.

State-owned carrier Air India is expected to now formally join the world's largest airline partnership Star Alliance in July this year. The integration had been in discussion for several years, but had been put on hold as ... Read More
India asks EU to lift mango ban, says quality checks in place
New Delhi has asked the European Union to lift a ban on Indian mangoes, as the country has already addressed the issue cited by the 28-nation bloc in a clampdown on shipments from next month.

The EU informed India in March that shipments of premium Alphonso mangoes would be blocked from May until December 2015 after authorities in Brussels found consignments infested with fruit flies.

"Since we got to know about the issue in March, we've put ... Read More
Congress may join hands with Third Front, says Khurshid
PTI

Farukkhabad: Congress could consider extending support to the Third Front or taking its help to form the government if necessary after the Lok Sabha elections, Union minister Salman Khurshid said on Saturday.

He claimed that Narendra Modi was going to emerge as a "big problem" for BJP and referring to Ram temple movement, said that when "Bhagwan ki lehar" (God's wave) could not stop Congress, then how can "Modi wave" stop it.

Speaking to reporters at his ... Read More
Implications of foreign funds received by Congress and BJP
Dr Sandeep Pandey, Citizen News Service

In the context of movement against the Kudankulum nuclear power plant the PM had himself directly accused the movement of receiving foreign funds implying thereby that there were some foreign powers who were not interested in seeing development in India and therefore sponsored anti-development movements. Realty was that the office of the movement was being run from a Church. But most fisherfolk who formed the base of movement were ... Read More
India, US poised on more collaborative path
Washington: India and the United States are today positioned to embark on a more closely collaborative path with growth in India providing it new impetus, according to Indian ambassador S Jaishankar.

"The world the two nations seek does look similar in the big picture: with greater prosperity, more freedom, market economics, rule based regimes, and pluralistic societies," he said Thursday at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"At a more practical level, this is being translated into ... Read More
SpiceJet introduces another low fare offer
The fare war started by budget carrier SpiceJet in January that led to cuts by other domestic players remains unabated with the Kalanithi Maran promoted-airline now coming up with another low fare offer from select cities.

The SpiceJet offer, which varies from city to city, is available for travel between June 10 and August 10 this year, with a three-day booking window that started from Wednesday, according to information published on SpiceJet website.

The cities from where ... Read More
Govt woman employee can get uninterrupted two-year leave for child care: SC
PTI
The Supreme Court held that a woman employee of central govt can get uninterrupted leave for two years, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. Reuters The Supreme Court held that a woman employee of central govt can get uninterrupted leave for two years, which also includes needs like examination and sickness. Reuters
SummaryWoman employee took government to court for not granting her leave of 730 days.

The Supreme Court today held that a woman employee ... Read More
Modi’s 72-Hour Tata Coup Shows States Key to India Growth
By Kartikay Mehrotra
Minutes after tycoon Ratan Tata abandoned a two-year quest to build the world’s cheapest car in West Bengal over farmer protests, he got a text message from the frontrunner to be India’s next leader: “Welcome to Gujarat.”

Within 72 hours, Narendra Modi arranged land, power, tax exemptions, a four-lane highway and a 95.7 billion-rupee ($1.2 billion) loan for the Nano to be built in the state, according to a former chief minister and ... Read More
Arbitrary detention and torture of a prominent social worker in Manipur
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from Human Rights Alert, a human rights organization based in Manipur regarding the arbitrary detention of Mr. Khumukcham Chingkhei Luwang, a prominent social worker and Vice President of International Peace and Social Advancement, from Imphal West District, Manipur. His whereabouts have been changed since his arrest, but the latest news given by a Meira Paibi states that he was in the custody of army and has ... Read More
Indian rupee may hit 58 to US dollar, Narendra Modi set to be 'shackled'
Talks of the Federal Reserve taper have been more detrimental (given markets pricing in the event) than the actual taper as far as flows to the EMs are concerned. (Reuters) Talks of the Federal Reserve taper have been more detrimental (given markets pricing in the event) than the actual taper as far as flows to the EMs are concerned. (Reuters)
SummaryProbability of a favorable outcome in Lok Sabha elections still low: Kotak report
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Cong-ruled Maharashtra tops Narendra Modi's Gujarat as investment destination No. 1
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.
Following are the ... Read More
TheFiveFortyFive.com is a single-subject website focusing on the Indian general elections.
Why 545? That’s the number of seats in the India’s Lok Sabha (Some might say 543, but the president can nominate two members).

Think of it as a combination of BuzzFeed and Quartz — 300 to 400 word pieces with charts, graphics, visuals — to tell interesting stories tailored for online consumption. And everything will be pushed through social media.

Think of it as writing for your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. No high-brow, jargon-led, politically-driven journalism. ... Read More
Telangana bill could make it through Parliament with BJP support
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.

A ... Read More
Devyani Khobragade to be pitted against Jaya Prada? Azam Khan sends invite
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, a serving IFS officer, whose arrest and subsequent strip search in New York has triggered a major diplomatic row between India and the US, was Thursday offered a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Rampur parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh.

Making the offer state’s urban development minister and Rampur MLA Azam Khan. Presently, the Rampur LS seat is held by expelled SP leader Jaya Prada. The ruling ... Read More
Homophobia came into India, not homosexuality, Vikram Seth says
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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... Read More
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.
... Read More
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.
... Read More
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.
The ... Read More
'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
... Read More
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.
... Read More
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.

... Read More
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


 
 
 
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