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Bullet Train: An Exercise in Vanity

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Bullet Train: An Exercise in Vanity

Ahmedabad: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday dubbed the Centre’s  much touted bullet train project,  an “exercise in vanity”.  He said the government’s “priorities are misplaced” as it should have focused on the existing passenger rail network. Addressing a party event for the business community in Gujarat, the Congress leader pointed out that the […]

How Amit Shah & Co spread Communal poison in Kerala

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How Amit Shah & Co spread Communal poison in Kerala

The whole propaganda unleashed by the BJP is reflective of the pattern of their politics, says Ram Puniyani, writer and peace activist. Are the  leaders of India’s ‘new dispensation  on a spree to undermine the values of the Constitution of India? What is  pseudo-patriotism and pseudo-nationalism?  Earlier this year, BJP President Amit Shah had launched […]

Arrested for fake hijack note in Airplane loo

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Arrested for fake hijack note in Airplane loo

The stupid things that grown people do for ‘love’ or rejection! This businessmen put an entire plane load of passengers into inconvenience and trouble because of his stupid prank. A Mumbai businessman was arrested on Monday for carrying out a hijack threat on an early morning Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight. The flight was diverted to […]

Maoist leaders are equally corrupt, lead posh lives?

Maoist leaders are equally corrupt, lead posh lives?

Are the top Maoist leaders leading ‘double lives’? A report prepared by the police seems to say that. It says that their children go to posh schools while their relatives study medicine and buy flats in posh communities. Dreaded Maoists Vijay Yadav, alias Sandeep, and Praduman Sharma who operate in Jharkhand-Bihar,  have unaccounted for properties worth […]

SC frowns on Govt’s ‘Aadhar’ for Coercion

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SC frowns on Govt’s ‘Aadhar’ for Coercion

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to clarify on Monday that no coercive steps will be taken to make Aadhaar mandatory till a constitution bench rules on the scheme’s validity. The directive came in spite of the Centre seeking to assuage concerns by extending the deadline for linking the Aadhaar number to […]

Officer, prosecution witness in Advani case denied R&AW extension

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Officer, prosecution witness in Advani case denied R&AW extension

The government has turned down Uttarakhand cadre IPS officer Anju Gupta’s proposal for granting permanent secondment in the Research and Analysis Wing on the grounds that already a large number of officers at the joint secretary-level posted in the external intelligence agency have been granted extension. Gupta, earlier in the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was among […]

Is Nitish the junior partner in Bihar’s NDA alliance?

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Is Nitish the junior partner in Bihar’s NDA alliance?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bihar has, instead of cementing the bond between Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (United), has caused uneasiness––if not tension––in the relationship between the two ruling coalition partners in the state, says veteran journalist Soroor Ahmed in a recent article. There was hardly any poster, hoarding and advertisement of chief minister […]

It’s Lynching as Justice in the Wild East!

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It’s Lynching as Justice in the Wild East!

Sasaram (Bihar): Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s tall claims of ‘Sushashan’ or good governance have fallen apart in Rohtas district. Violence, kidnapping, and extortion have become commonplace, say local citizens. Just yesterday (24 October), a mob lynched four ‘suspected extortionists’ who were trying to escape after shooting at and critically injuring a businessman in Vikramganj (Rohtas […]

Inter-religious marriage is not Love Jihad: HC

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Inter-religious marriage is not Love Jihad: HC

Last week, the Kerala High Court severely criticized the recent trend of terming inter-religious marriages as ‘Love Jihad’. The court made these observations in its verdict passed on the petition filed by Anees Hameed seeking to release his Hindu wife Sruthi from the illegal custody of her father. A Division Bench of the Kerala High […]

Architect of Malayalam Blockbusters is no more

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Architect of Malayalam Blockbusters is no more

Noted Malayalam movie director I.V. Sasi passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 69. It was to become an art director that he boarded a train to Chennai in 1968. Seven years later, he made his debut as a director with Ulsavam. In a career that spanned over four decades, he directed blockbuster movies […]

Not mandatory  to stand in cinema for Anthem: SC

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Not mandatory to stand in cinema for Anthem: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday hinted it would be open to review its order mandating the playing of the National Anthem in cinema halls, observing that “one does not have to wear patriotism on sleeves all the time and moral policing needs to be stopped”. But the bench said the area of regulation […]

BJP ruled states ‘wow the cow’!

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BJP ruled states ‘wow the cow’!

The cow has never had it so good , and the BJP-ruled states are falling over one another to ‘wow the cow’, says an article in an Indian newspaper. Now the police at Haridwar will form a “cow family protection squad”. Haryana will launch “PGs for cattle” so that the people high-rise buildings will experience […]