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 […]

Private coal mining to continue in Meghalaya?

Private coal mining to continue in Meghalaya?

Shillong: Private coal miners in Meghalaya were a bit jittery, because of rumours that the Modi government might just decide to shut down their operations. Meghalaya is the only state in India with privately owned mines, operated by the locals. Not long ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommended the banning of coal mining in […]

Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

[DHAKA] A new US-supported study carried out in Bangladesh has linked low or moderate exposure to arsenic in drinking water is a risk factor for pneumonia in under-five children. This study is significant for India as well, because it shares the groundwater arsenic contamination problem. Findings of the study, jointly conducted by the International Centre […]

Charging cell-phones injure little boys badly

Charging cell-phones injure little boys badly

BHOPAL (Madhya Pradesh): Here is another ‘freak mobile tragedy’. A 7-year-old boy lost all the fingers of his right hand after a mobile phone exploded in his hands in Rajgarh district on Monday.   The incident took place at Bilapura village under Pachor police station of the district at 8 am.   Ajay, son of […]

Nepal agitation affects fruit juice consumption in India

Nepal agitation affects fruit juice consumption in India

NEW DELHI: The Madhesi agitation in Nepal may affect fruit juice drinkers in India. The Nepalese politicians living in the areas along the Indo-Nepal border have stopped the movement of vehicles along it in protest against certain provisions of the new Nepal Constitution. So goods can’t be moved from Nepal to India and vice-versa until […]

Namo’s privatisation plans irk North-eastern Oil workers

Namo’s privatisation plans irk North-eastern Oil workers

Guwahati: Oil workers of the Northeast on Wednesday, opposed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to hand over 69 oil and gas fields, most of which are in the Northeast, to private groups for exploration. The oil fields have been either identified or discovered by public sector players like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited and […]