Archive for May, 2016

VRINDA GOPINATH talks to Congress workers and reports what they want for their future

May 21, 2016 No Comments

The exit polls have injected a sobering note and the actual results – if they are along predicted lines – will further sour the mood. But the Congress party has no option but to proceed apace with restructuring plans that appear to have been set into motion over the past three weeks, ever since the AugustaWestland bribery [...]

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Tractor loans at 15.9 per cent and limo loans at 8 per cent in Aurangabad was seen as rural progress, a report by noted journalist P SAINATH

May 21, 2016 No Comments

Hirabai Fakira Rathod was talked into buying a new vehicle in 2010 when many banks were on a ‘tractor loan’ spree. “The salesman at the tractor shop had told me that it was very easy to get and repay this loan,” she told us at her rundown dwelling in Kannad tehsil of Aurangabad district. The local branch [...]

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Dr EAS SARMA, former Secretary, warns about the slipshod workings of AREVA, which will set up nuclear plants in India

May 21, 2016 No Comments

To Dr. Sekhar Basu Secretary Dept of Atomic Energy (DAE) Govt of India Shri K D Tripathi Secretary Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MPNG) Govt of India Dear Dr. Basu/ Tripathi, Subject:- Substandard parts supplied by Areva company and its subsidiary, Creusot Forge, to IOC and several nuclear power plants in the world- Request [...]

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CHINTU KUMARI, fasting in JNU, hits out at Dalit comrades for their cynicism

May 21, 2016 No Comments

I feel it necessary to respond to the post of Chinmaya who has shown tremendous public concern for me on Facebook (even though he never bothered to enquire about my well-being even once while I was on the hunger strike) and also because despite his concern for me as a Dalit woman, he doesn’t think it necessary [...]

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VRINDA GOPINATH finds out why bhakts were mum when Modi’s mother came to visit him

May 21, 2016 No Comments

Whoa, it’s been two days since Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted pictures of him wheeling his mother, 95-year-old, Heeraben, around the 7, RCR garden, his official residence, and there’s been a deadpan reaction from his official bhakts? They neither made it trend nor was there any gushing online, despite the PM, primping with sentiment, tweeting [...]

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Why is media in Kerala naming the rape victim, when Nirbhaya was not, asks MUHEMMAD SABITH

May 09, 2016 No Comments

In many respects, the rape and murder of a 30 year old dalit law student in Kerala last week was similar to the 2012 Nirbhaya case. Two major differences, however, are the delay in reporting the crime and the media revealing her identity and releasing a photograph of her. The young woman was brutally raped [...]

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A vigilant photographer’s eagle eye on photoshopped prints puts the iconic photographer in a soup

May 09, 2016 No Comments

Steve McCurry is, perhaps, one of the most iconic names in the National Geographic pantheon. A travel photography giant, his vibrant images have inspired millions, but he’s recently come under fire over Photoshop use after a botched print at a show in Italy was found to have a serious issue. The print in question was spotted first by [...]

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Indians outside Kashmir now have a ridiculous image of Pandits and bizarre advice for VINAYAK RAZDAN who fled the Valley in 1990

May 09, 2016 No Comments

Razdan, a Kashmiri Pundit forced to flee in 1990, was visiting Rajasthan recently. Surprised that everyone suddenly seems to know their story through news channels, he writes of the questions people ask him and the advice they offer, and how nothing lets him find respite from Kashmir.  I got married in February. Half the marriage functions [...]

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It is baffling the Indian member of the International Tribunal neither dissented nor opposed on marines case, says senior diplomat SATYABRATA PAL

May 05, 2016 No Comments

On April 29, 2016, the arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to consider the dispute between Italy and India over the “Enrica Lexie” incident issued an order on the Italian application for provisional measures of relief for its two marines facing murder charges in [...]

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VINOD SHARMA recalls an encounter with Subramaniam Swamy in the course of an assignment

May 05, 2016 No Comments

Dr Subramaniam Swamy might have acquired about himself a Perry Mason aura. But he can be a bully and a bluff master. I say it on the basis of personal experience. In the course of my tenure as member of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM), I had with him a serious run-in. An article [...]

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