Pope Francis to Central Africa: ‘No to hatred and violence!’

Pope Francis to Central Africa: ‘No to hatred and violence!’

Pope Francis is the first Vatican prelate ever to visit conflict zones. He walks the talk of peace in Bangui , the capital of the volatile Central African Republic, a place fraught with sectarian violence and division: Christian versus Muslim. “Allah ho Akbar, God is great” the jubiliant crowds called out in Arabic to Pope […]

Viki-leaks: Italian Journalists vs the Vatican

Viki-leaks: Italian Journalists vs the Vatican

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Vatican to drop charges against Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The journalists are due to face a trial Tuesday over claims they pressured a source to “obtain and publish confidential information” in their respective books alleging corruption, according to a statement by the Vatican. […]

Holy smoke! Uttarkhand farmers to grow Marijuana?

Holy smoke! Uttarkhand farmers to grow Marijuana?

Dehradun: Farmers in Uttarkhand will soon be able to grow weed. (That’s marijuana or cannabis in official parlance.) But hang on, the farm boys can cultivate the stuff, but they can’t smoke it! That’s still illegal. Residents of this small mountain state, (except for those dwelling in the Terai and Bhabar regions) will now be […]

American ‘Sugar Daddy’ gets bitter pill in Calcutta

American ‘Sugar Daddy’ gets bitter pill in Calcutta

Calcutta : A suspected pedophile has been arrested and remanded to judicial custody, when a 14 year old boy complained of molestation. The sessions court on Saturday (Nov 28) remanded an American citizen in custody for 14 days over allegations he molested a teenaged boy in his hotel room, police said. The 51-year-old US national […]

Garo Hills inflamed as Army kills two civilians by mistake

Garo Hills inflamed as Army kills two civilians by mistake

Tura, Meghalaya: The army says it was a genuine mistake. They killed two civilians, one a school teacher. And now the Garo hills are once again in a state of agitation. Two civilians were killed by the army in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills district Thursday night. In a press release, the army said that it had […]

Tipplers brace for dry Spring as Bihar bans Booze

Tipplers brace for dry Spring as Bihar bans Booze

Patna: A jolt for beer drinkers throughout Bihar! A dry spring is coming! Thanks to Chief Nitish Kumar, booze will be banned in Bihar. One of India’s poorest states is set to get poorer, by about Rs 4,000 crore annually. Chief minister Nitish Kumar will stick to a promise made in July this year by […]

Who got Facebook to block ex-envoy’s write-up on NaMo?

Who got Facebook to block ex-envoy’s write-up on NaMo?

New Delhi: Are the ‘Modi Toadies’ and his US based dirty tricks department responsible for missing links to an article criticising him? Links to a former Indian High Commissioner’s write-up questioning PM Narendra Modi’s claim of being “welcomed with great respect” in Britain in 2003 went missing on Facebook for “more than 24 hours” before […]

Red-faced but safe, Raje sarkar cancels cultural body nominations

Red-faced but safe, Raje sarkar cancels cultural body nominations

JAIPUR: A BJP state government can’t afford to offend Modi, but naturally! No surprises that the Vasundhara Raje government on Wednesday night cancelled the appointment of all 12 members to the governing body of Jawahar Kala Kendra who were nominated to the cultural body just 48 hours before. The Raje government was caught on the […]

No toilet? Can’t contest Bihar election!

No toilet? Can’t contest Bihar election!

Patna: You don’t have a toilet in your village home? You can’t contest Panchayat elections! Nobody will be able to contest elections under the three-tier panchayati raj system in Bihar if they do not have a toilet at home. Bihar, has 1.63 crore families without access to toilets, according to the public health engineering department […]

James Bond kiss snipped by Indian censor board

James Bond kiss snipped by Indian censor board

New Delhi: 007 cannot kiss for too long in India, thanks to the dictates of chief censor Pahlaj Nihalani had also “unofficially” reviewed the film “Spectre” and suggested the cutting the length of the kissing scenes! In yet another ‘nanny act’, Indian censors have shortened the lengths of two kissing scenes in the latest James […]

He said RSS and ISIS were both idiotic, repeats stance!

He said RSS and ISIS were both idiotic, repeats stance!

ALIGARH: He said that under the RSS, India is becoming mirror image of Pakistan. Irfan Habib is unfazed that he’s stirred up the hornet’s nest by his comparison of RSS and ISIS, in which he had claimed that both organizations were just as idiotic and ignorant. The historian, who is professor emeritus at Centre of […]

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