More power to Assam Rifles, less to civilians in NE ?

More power to Assam Rifles, less to civilians in NE ?

GUWAHATI – Any soldier of the Assam Rifles can now enter your house, search it, and arrest you… without a warrant, just like that! Your rights under the constitution have just been suspended if you happen to live in the Northeast border districts- and all in the name of fighting insurgency. And, one may add, […]

Mizoram R-Day flag hoist on ’empty’ ground

Mizoram R-Day flag hoist on ’empty’ ground

AIZAWL: The so-called Citizenship amendment Bill is facing stiff opposition in the Northeastern states of India. In fact, in Mizoram, Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan addressed an almost empty ground on the occasion of 70th Republic Day celebration at Aizawl. Civil society responded positively to massive protests and boycott call given by various organisations against the Citizenship […]

China bans teaching in Tibetan Monasteries

China bans teaching in Tibetan Monasteries

BEIJING, Jan 30: Though China has signed and ratified an international document allowing religious freedom, and even mended its Constitution to allow freedom of religion, it is still very harsh on Tibetan Buddhists, often denying them of their rights. A county in China’s Qinghai province, which is adjacent to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, has banned […]

Gandhi Remembered

Gandhi Remembered

NEW DELHI, Jan 30: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ,Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other prominent politicians paid their tributes (or was it lip service?) to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary. In twenty-first century style, they tweeted their tributes. “On Martyrs’ Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom […]

The future might not be so bright, but rather dark, dull and red

The future might not be so bright, but rather dark, dull and red

Mahtab Alam on books that he has read this week…. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells By all means turn away if you’re looking forward to read some fantastic futuristic world, with flying cars and intelligent AI. H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine is rather more of a philosophical novel than a science-fiction one, […]

Fish Prohibition hits Bihar

Fish Prohibition hits Bihar

Really fishy goings-on in the Bihar capital ! Fish lovers will have to go without for at least 15 days. The state government on Monday (14 Jan) has stopped fish import from Bengal and Andhra Pradesh with immediate effect. The reason: formalin contamination! Fish sellers however, smell a rat. They say it’s a conspiracy by […]

Action sought against ‘virginity tests’

Action sought against ‘virginity tests’

Forced virginity tests? This seems to be a practice in certain ‘panchayats’ in Maharsahtra, where newly married couples are forced to undergo a humiliating ‘virginty test’. to know more, read on: The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), founded by the late Narendra Dabholkar, has sought the State government’s intervention after yet another case of a […]

Kashmir hardliners against Islamic State ideology

Kashmir hardliners against Islamic State ideology

Kashmir’s well-known separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani ,Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a joint address at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid on Friday warned the youth “not to get swayed by the Islamic State ideology.” Addressing a large number of the congregation, during the Friday prayers, they condemned last Friday’s bid by masked youth […]

Govt plans another attack on ‘free speech’?

Govt plans another attack on ‘free speech’?

In what is being widely seen as yet another attack on privacy and free speech, BJP led government is sneaking in new social media rules that actually amountbto stifling free speech before the upcomung national elections in India. Mozilla, the not-for-profit entity behind the web browser Firefox, has called out the Narendra Modi government’s perceived […]

Congress defends Modi, when Trump mocks!

Congress defends Modi, when Trump mocks!

The Congress stepped forward to defend “India’s PM” after US President Donald Trump mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not doing enough in Afghanistan and the external affairs ministry opted for diplomatic silence, say news sources. “Dear Mr. Trump, Stop mocking India’s PM. India doesn’t need sermons from the US on Afghanistan. Under Dr Manmohan […]

Garo Song Krittan: unique festival

TURA (Meghalaya) – Praising the Lord in song and dance is a unique Garo way to mark the end of the Christmas Festivities and welcome the New Year, according to local newspaper reports. The Garo Hills bade adieu to the festive season with more than 15,000 people gathering on the Bangsi Apal School playground for […]

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