World’s longest hunger strike ends

World’s longest hunger strike ends

Manipur’s Satyagrahi,  activist Irom Sharmila Chanu finally ends her hunger strike against a controversial law after 16 years, today (August 9). She has been on a fast since November, 2000 as a mark of protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (1958) which gives soldiers the power to arrest without warrants and even shoot […]

Life on hold: Fuel Shortages cripple Tripura

Life on hold: Fuel Shortages  cripple Tripura

The north-eastern Indian state of Tripura is in the middle of an acute fuel crisis. Monsoon rains and landslides have badly damaged a highway that connects the remote region to the rest of the country. A huge shortage of petrol and diesel has forced the shutdown of key services for nearly six weeks now. This […]

Assam impatient to deport illegals

Assam impatient to deport illegals

GUWAHATI: The new government in Assam wants 250 ‘illegal’ Bangladeshi nationals deported immediately. Miffed at the slow deportation process, the State Government has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asking the latter to streamline and fast-forward the deportation process on a priority basis. The MHA, as part of the process, is expected to […]

Bengal to shed its ‘West’

Bengal to shed its ‘West’

West Bengal will now very likely be called just ‘Bengal’ when it’s being referred to in English, and ‘Bangla’ or ‘Banga’ when it’s referred in Bengali. In the Bengali language, the state is currently referred to as ‘Pashchim Bengal’, which translates to ‘West Bengal.’ On Tuesday Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal  government passed a proposal […]

Church wine banned in Bihar

Church wine banned in Bihar

State authorities in eastern Indian Bihar state have cancelled the church’s license to make sacramental wine saying it violates a law passed in April banning alcohol. Despite the law prohibiting the production and use of alcohol, the government had allowed Catholic churches to continue to use wine for Mass. “All kinds of alcohol are banned […]

Assam’s Flood-trapped Animals

Assam’s Flood-trapped Animals

The overall flood situation in Assam has turned from bad to the worse. The water level of Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to rise, submerging houses, farmlands and wildlife sanctuaries. It has not only affected human beings but also  the wildlife as well. Over 80% of the rhino habitat of Kaziranga National Park is flooded […]

Pema Khandu leads Congress Govt. in Arunachal

Pema Khandu leads Congress Govt. in Arunachal

Itanagar: Congress legislator Pema Khandu was on Sunday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, becoming the youngest Chief Minister the country.  The 37-year-old Khandu, son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, was administered the oaths of office and secrecy by acting Governor Tathagata Roy at a ceremony in the Durbar Hall […]

Three day hunger strike for toilet!

Three day hunger strike for toilet!

In Karnataka, a young teenager, Mallamma did not eat for three days. Why? Her parents did not want to build a toilet in the house. At Danapur, in Gangavati district, she started a hunger strike for a toilet in her house, getting inspired by her teacher at school. At home, when her request for a […]

Scam tainted Ruby wails, ‘wanna go home!’

Scam tainted Ruby wails, ‘wanna go home!’

Patna:  Ruby Rai the so-called ‘topper’ who has brought shame to the real hardworking and sincere students of Bihar, has spent 18 days in a  remand home for minors. She was taken to the juvenile justice board office at Gaighat in Patna City for a hearing on her bail petition. The hearing  began before a […]

Holy Water, delivered by India Post!

Holy Water, delivered by India Post!

Did you know that your local post office is actually a government owned e-commerce outlet? And, it’s selling ‘holy water’! You’ll get authentic Ganges water between 15 to 35 rupees! Along with regular mail, Indian post offices have started selling Gangajal, or water from the Ganges River, considered auspicious by the Hindus. The new service […]

Kangchingba: Manipuri Fest of Lord Krishna

Kangchingba: Manipuri Fest of Lord Krishna

Rath-Yatra or Kangchingba is a festival of Meitei Hindus. The idols of Shri Jaganatha (lord Krishna), Shri Balarama and Shri Subhadra ( the replicas of the Lord Jagannatha, His brother Balarama and sister Subhadra of Puri, Orissa) are paraded in public. This festival always falls on the second day of Engel-Tha (June-July) per Meitei Calender […]

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