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Arunachal Pradesh gets two ‘Servants of God’

Arunachal Pradesh gets two ‘Servants of God’

DIBRUGARH, Assam– Vatican has granted permission to initiate the preliminary  investigation in the direction of  conferring Sainthood on the two French missionaries Nicholas Michael Krick and Augustine Etienne Bourry, who were…

Vote for human rights, not hatred

Vote for human rights, not hatred

More than 50 Bollywood filmmakers, actors and writers have urged Indians not to vote for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Narendra Modi, in the ongoing parliamnetary elections. The…

Have a Meat Holiday…

Have a Meat Holiday…

CHENNAI: If you’re a  meat eater  in India, you may be forced to become vegetarian on certain days out of ‘respect’ for the religious beliefs of certain sects. Even the…

Smash & Grab: How India snaffled Siikim!

Smash & Grab: How India snaffled Siikim!

‘Smash and Grab’ is back on the bookshelves again. Buy a copy to read for yourselves the real story of how Sikkim ‘merged’ with India. Sunanda K Datta-Ray’s account of…

Bru refugees cast their Lok Sabha votes

Bru refugees cast their  Lok Sabha votes

GARTALA (Tripura): The Elections to the Lok Sabha have actually kicked off in Tripura! Some eleven thousand voters are eligible to cast their votes till April 3. These are the…

Green Tribunal summons Kaziranga Park Director

Green Tribunal summons Kaziranga Park Director

GUWAHATI:– Will the animals of KNP get justice?  The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today directed the Director of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) to remain present before…

One man, voting in two states: not impossible!

One man, voting in two states: not impossible!

Kerala:  They live on Kerala territory but work across the border in Tamil Nadu  or vice versa. Many estate workers and others in border towns in Idukki have their names…

Assam Tea-tribes neglected by all?

Assam Tea-tribes neglected by all?

SONARI: Nobody really cares about the poor tea-garden worker in Assam, do they? We’re just a local vote bank, says a 65 year old tea-tribal.  Though the tea garden labour…

Streets to Sansad: Saga of Street Vendors Protection Bill

Streets to Sansad: Saga of Street Vendors Protection Bill

More than ten million urban street vendors have found sufficient reason to cheer with the upper house of Indian parliament passing the much awaited Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and…

Withdrawal of Doniger’s book is discgraceful and smacks of fascism

Withdrawal of Doniger’s book is discgraceful and smacks of fascism

After a controversy broke out over the withdrawal of American Indologist Wendy Doniger’s book The Hindus: An Alternative History, novelist Vikram Seth has backed her “scholarly” work and cautioned against…

Cell phone services may go up

Cell phone services may go up

Mobile phone services may cost more, and freebies and discounts may decrease, leading mobile service providers made it clear on Sunday. The fresh spectrum purchases at the recent auction are…

Railways under UPA: a perspective

Railways under UPA: a perspective

 When the Railway Minister of India presented the ‘Vote-on-Account’ in Parliament on February 12, for the first time in more than three decades, Indian Railways (IR) would have completed almost 10…

Burning a tyre may cost you Rs 25 crore!

Burning a tyre may cost you Rs 25 crore!

Protesters beware, burning of rubber tyres on city streets may cost you as much as Rs 25 crore. Tyre burning has become a fashion in Bihar, and whenever some group…

Nude photographs aren’t necessarily obscene: Supreme Court

Nude photographs aren’t necessarily obscene: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court in India has held that a nude or semi-nude picture of a woman cannot be called obscene per se unless it is designed to excite sexual passion or…

Kerala : sharp rise in HIV cases

Kerala : sharp rise in HIV cases

Kerala’s official HIV figures are on the rise. Remember that with the high level of prejudice against HIV positive people there, the ‘registered’ cases are  less than half of the…