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 […]

Crimes against Dalits: Bihar ranks second!

Crimes against Dalits: Bihar ranks second!

PATNA: Bihar may have several schemes that favour Dalits, but the stark fact is that the rate of crimes against scheduled castes by others is an alarming 47.6, second only to Rajasthan with a rate of 65.7, according to the latest figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau. Crimes against India’s poorest communities are […]

17 year old joins Award protest against intolerance

17 year old joins Award protest against intolerance

Bangalore (Karnataka): Writer prodigy Ria Vithasha, known by her pen name Muddu Thirthahalli aged 17, has authored five novels and won a Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award. The ‘wishy-washy’ response of the Prime Minister on the killing of senior Kannada writer MM Kalburgi distressed her enough to take the decision to return the award. The higher […]

India and Africa need each other for mutual gain

India and Africa need each other for mutual gain

Fifty four African countries will participate in the third India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in New Delhi later this month. The IAFS is expected to result in a deeper engagement between India and Africa. Today, India and Africa need each other more than ever before. Out of 189 countries, only 63 are expected to […]

Health minister orders Govt. hospital to disinfect with cow urine

Health minister orders Govt. hospital to disinfect with cow urine

JAIPUR: Would you wash your living room floors or your kitchen with animal excreta? Well, in ‘Post-modern’ India, a health minister, no less, has ordered that government hospital wards be ‘disinfected’ with cow urine! Rajasthan health minister Rajendra Rathore has ordered that Cow urine replace phenyl as a disinfectant in Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh (SMS) […]

SC steers clear of FTII controversy

SC steers clear of FTII controversy

PUNE: Reacting to the Union government’s negligence over the demand of terminating actor Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as chairperson, students at Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) threatened to go on hunger strike. Supreme Court declined to intervene in the raging controversy. Over a hundred students of the prestigious film school have been protesting for […]

Modi Govt to toe RSS Agenda: ‘clean’ Indian minds

Modi Govt to toe RSS Agenda: ‘clean’  Indian minds

New Delhi: The RSS agenda is fast becoming the national agenda. Forget about the jobs and employment promises of the BJP before elections. Narendra Modi government, wants to ‘clean’ India by brainwashing the young and ridding the nation of ‘cultural pollution’.  While meeting with leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) last week, the Union […]

The great Pink onion heist

The great Pink onion heist

Onions are the flavour of the month. Only last week, the Dhanbad Chamber of commerce in Jharkhand state had a one day sale of onions at ‘cost price’ about Rs 30 a kg against the market price of Rs 50. But news also came in of onions been stolen from certain cities. In the biggest […]

Santhara: not suicide, surely?

Santhara: not suicide, surely?

New Delhi: It’s a tough set of questions: should Jains be allowed to practice Santhara? Is suicide the same as giving up one’s life voluntarily? Why should a non-Jain challenge the religious practice of a Jain? If the law is the same for everyone, then why shouldn’t we allow euthanasia?   The Supreme Court on […]

Pakistan has under 1% policewomen -blame Bollywood!

Pakistan has under 1% policewomen -blame Bollywood!

Pakistan has the lowest ratio of women police in South Asia, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Among the total police force of 425,978 in Pakistan, the number of women is 4,020. Even India has a low 6.11 percent of women in the police force. In Pakistan, women make 0.94 […]

Ramdev and assorted ‘Babas’ to guide IIT research?

Ramdev and assorted ‘Babas’ to guide IIT research?

 Is the ‘Unnat Bharat Yojana’ just a vehicle to fund Sangh Parivar based rural organisations and promote a sort of hanky-panky, hocus-pocus agenda disguised as research? A recent NDTV web report has indicted that there are wheels within wheels. The IIT Delhi campus has been in the news for the past several months over the […]

India’s new heroines: Tashi & Nungashi

India’s new heroines: Tashi & Nungashi

The new women heroes of the day are definitely Tashi and Nungashi Malik, the first twin sisters to climb Mount Everest together, have now become the fastest South Asians to complete the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’. But they have done it on their own, with no ‘support’ from the Narendra Modi government. The Government of new […]