King of Good Times to remain in the UK

King of Good Times to remain in the UK

The United Kingdom has declined to deport Liquor baron and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Mallya and asked the Government of India to account for extradition. While acknowledging the seriousness of allegations against Mr. Mallya, and expressing their intent to assist the Indian government,they’re not handing him back to India in a hurry. “They have asked […]

Jewellers miffed at PM Modi?

Jewellers miffed at PM Modi?

NEW DELHI : Are the new moves of the Indian government straining the BJP ties with its core voter base? Some observers think so. For three generations, Mr Kumar Jain’s family of gold traders in Bombay (Mumbai) have been among the staunchest supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the BJP. Now they’re having second […]

Air India: once again poised for take-off?

Air India: once again poised for take-off?

Air India, which appeared to be shudderingly close to folding up,a year ago, now seems to be soaring along fine,. The NDA government has claimed that the national carrier Air India has improved its performance and it is making profit for the first time in 10 years. “Air India’s all-time performance has increased. This year it […]

Day of the humble ANM!

Day of the humble ANM!

Today, May 5, is the international Day of the Midwife. Most of us, owe our lives to the person who assisted at our birth. Isn’t that a reason to celebrate midwives? Inmost of North India, midwives are known as ‘dai’.  Auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM) are  village-level female health workers. The ANM is  known as the […]

India gets thirstier, but why no planning?

India gets thirstier, but why no planning?

It is a cruel summer, and India is staggering under a heat wave. North, East, South, West: all  parts of India have stories of thirst and drought. Be it Bihar or Jharkhand, Bengal or Orissa, everywhere you find news about heat wave and scarcity of water. Much of India is reeling under a scorching heat […]

Cook food between 9 am and 6 pm in Bihar; end up in jail!

Cook food between 9 am and 6 pm in Bihar; end up in jail!

Bihar this week took the unprecedented step of forbidding any cooking over open fires between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., after fires swept through shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages and killed dozens. People were instead told to cook to night. While India remains in the midst of a heatwave that has killed more than […]

Aussie customs bust meth-in-bra racket!

Aussie customs bust meth-in-bra racket!

SYDNEY, Australia:  They hid it inside gel bras, but got busted! Based on a tip-off by the Chinese Narcotic Control Commission, the Australian customs and the country’s Federal Police have busted a huge drug racket, making it one of their biggest hauls ever. Australian customs and police seized 720 litres of methylamphetamine, commonly known as […]

‘We have been too tolerant even of intolerance!’

‘We have been too tolerant even of intolerance!’

I begin on a self-indulgent note. “How is Amartya?” asked my uncle Shidhu (Jyotirmoy Sengupta) — cousin of my father — in a letter written from Burdwan Jail, on August 22 of 1934, before I was one. He complained about the name “Amartya”, given to me by Rabindranath Tagore, and argued that the great Tagore […]

Indian lawyer gets top ICC arbitration post

Indian lawyer gets top ICC arbitration post

Paris: Indian lawyer Abhinav Bhushan has been appointed the regional director for South Asia in the International Court of Arbitration, which is under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Mr Bhushan is the first Indian to be appointed as deputy counsel of the ICC . He will be based in Singapore and will take on […]

Budget Telecom bridges Digital Divide

Budget Telecom bridges Digital Divide

95 per cent of the world’s people now live in areas covered by mobile signals. The number of mobile subscriptions worldwide rose to an estimated 7.1 billion in 2015 — it has more than trebled from 2.2 billion in 2005. So says the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a United Nations agency, which launched the 2015 […]

Nitish slams Centre’s sly GM seed ploy

Nitish slams Centre’s  sly GM seed ploy

Patna: The Indian government’s moves to facilitate multinationals at the cost of the Indian farmer, while mouthing ‘Make in India’ slogans is often criticized. Now, the environment minister plans to unleash genetically modified mustard seeds in India, it is learnt. The Bihar government opposed the use of GM seeds, and is suspicious of the centre […]

US report damns Jharkhand Uranium Mining

US report damns Jharkhand Uranium Mining

PATNA: Some 21 years ago, Jharkhand based activist film maker Sri Prakash was doing the rounds with a video ‘Buddha weeps in Jadugoda’. It detailed the havoc being created by uranium mines in Jharkhand state. Now a Washington-based news organisation has released a report that claims radioactive and toxic waste have been leaking out of […]