India sinking deeper in gloom : World Happiness Report

India sinking deeper in gloom : World Happiness Report

Sad to report, India isn’t a happy nation. Maintaining a downward trend, India slipped to the 140th position, seven spots down from last year, in a happiness ranking of 156 countries this year, according to a new report which is unlikely to cheer up the ruling coalition in the run-up to the general elections. India […]

It ain’t going away!

It ain’t going away!

Strange isn’t it? Just yesterday, the 20th of March, we the ‘conscious intelligentsia’ marked two events or ‘international days’. One was the day of the house sparrow, and the other was the international day of Happiness, whatever that means. The sparrows that would nest in the rafters of our houses and bungalows a few decades […]

New Italian law: No vaccine, no school

New Italian law: No vaccine, no school

Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated. Parents risk being fined up to €500 (more than 39,000 Indian rupees) if they send their unvaccinated children to school. Children under six can be turned away. Under Italy’s  ‘Lorenzin law’ – named after the […]

NE Newspapers announce boycott of State Govt News from Sunday

NE Newspapers announce boycott of State Govt News from Sunday

GUWAHATI; Sorry Chief Minister, we are not covering your press conference! Newspapers in Assam will not carry any government news, photographs, or advertisements for three days, in protest against the apathy of the Assam Government towards newspaper houses The North East Newspaper Society has announced a three-day boycott of all State Government advertisements, any news […]

Unemployment is up in India : fact

Unemployment is up in India : fact

No matter how hard they try to brush it under the carpet, the facts are out. Unemployment rates in India are up, and the ghost of PM Modi’s grand demonetization exercise isn’t going away. The unemployment rate in India rose to 7.2 per cent in February 2019, the highest since September 2016, and up from […]

Man’s poetry saves him from death sentence

Man’s poetry saves him from death sentence

Who says poetry isn’t useful? Poems written by a condemned man became a reason for the Supreme Court to spare him from the gallows. Dyaneshwar Suresh Borkar’s poems that he wrote during the 18 years of his incarceration became a mirror to his reformed soul, the Supreme Court found, according to local news reports. In […]

Fish Prohibition hits Bihar

Fish Prohibition hits Bihar

Really fishy goings-on in the Bihar capital ! Fish lovers will have to go without for at least 15 days. The state government on Monday (14 Jan) has stopped fish import from Bengal and Andhra Pradesh with immediate effect. The reason: formalin contamination! Fish sellers however, smell a rat. They say it’s a conspiracy by […]

Action sought against ‘virginity tests’

Action sought against ‘virginity tests’

Forced virginity tests? This seems to be a practice in certain ‘panchayats’ in Maharsahtra, where newly married couples are forced to undergo a humiliating ‘virginty test’. to know more, read on: The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS), founded by the late Narendra Dabholkar, has sought the State government’s intervention after yet another case of a […]

Congress defends Modi, when Trump mocks!

Congress defends Modi, when Trump mocks!

The Congress stepped forward to defend “India’s PM” after US President Donald Trump mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not doing enough in Afghanistan and the external affairs ministry opted for diplomatic silence, say news sources. “Dear Mr. Trump, Stop mocking India’s PM. India doesn’t need sermons from the US on Afghanistan. Under Dr Manmohan […]

Starbucks and Tumblr to block online Porn access

Starbucks and Tumblr to block online Porn access

Coffee giant Starbucks and microblogging website Tumblr have each announced they will be taking steps to prevent the online access of pornography. Tumblr announced Monday that sexually explicit content and nudity will be banned on its blogging platform, effective Dec. 17. The policy comes after the site was removed from Apple’s App Store in November. […]

Amnesty questions Human Rights violations of ‘foreigners’ in Assam

Amnesty questions Human Rights violations of ‘foreigners’  in Assam

Guwahati (Assam) – At a time when the State is on the edge over the illegal Bangladeshi migrants’ issue, Amnesty India today said that Assam must end human rights violation against persons declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals and held in detention centres across the State. Releasing a report, ‘Between Fear and Hatred: Surviving Migration […]

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