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 […]

All India Police Commando Competition

All India Police Commando Competition

DIPHU: – Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy formally inaugurated the All India Police Commando Competition 2018-19 here today (Jan 2) at Diphu where police personnel, paramilitary forces like the Assam Rifles and the armed forces are participating. The mega event was inaugurated at Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) Stadium by the Meghalaya Governor. According to the […]

AASU move to remove aliens from Assam

AASU move to remove aliens from Assam

All Assam Student’s Union spent the New Year’s eve on December 31 in a unique way. Three lakh objections have been filed in the claims and objections process of update of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the last few hours before the Supreme Court’s Monday deadline ended at midnight. However, till Sunday, only […]

Govt cocks a snook at SC with new Aadhar Amendment Bill

Govt cocks a snook at SC with new Aadhar Amendment Bill

The Union government on Wednesday ( Jan 2) introduced amendments to the Aadhaar law in a move that is widely seen as an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s September verdict that restricted the bio-metric identification usage and ease the way for commercial exploitation of biometric data. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, […]

Orange Festival @ Manipur

An orange festival is great, but how to increase Manipur's orange output?

Orange Festival @ Manipur

Manipur celebrated recently its three days orange festival, and chief minister N. Biren Singh  said the state government would provide loans to orange farmers and form a committee to provide them technical support to increase production and improve processing technology. The three-day 15th state-level orange festival, organised by the Tamenglong district administration, ended earlier this […]

Starbucks and Tumblr to block online Porn access

Starbucks and Tumblr to block online Porn access

Coffee giant Starbucks and microblogging website Tumblr have each announced they will be taking steps to prevent the online access of pornography. Tumblr announced Monday that sexually explicit content and nudity will be banned on its blogging platform, effective Dec. 17. The policy comes after the site was removed from Apple’s App Store in November. […]