Thirsty Latur gets water bill from Centre: a rupee a litre!

Thirsty Latur gets water bill from Centre: a rupee a litre!

Weeks after the Indian Railways was praised for coming to the rescue of the thirsty people of Latur by dispatching a water train, guess what? The Railways has sent the drought-hit district a bill of Rs 2.16 crore for the service rendered. Latur District Collector Pandurang Pole said the bill arrived about ten days ago. […]

No Widows in this MP Tribal Community !

No Widows in this MP Tribal Community !

Girls married to Gond bridegrooms in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district, will never ever end up as  widows. According to their tradition, if a woman’s husband dies, she is married to the next bachelor in the family – regardless of age. If there are no eligible boys, the village elders  (usually a woman) will present  the woman with  […]

India rubbishes official US report on religious freedom violations

India rubbishes official US report on religious freedom violations

New Delhi: The Indian government was  severely critical of an official US government report that claimed religious freedom in India was on a “negative trajectory” in 2015 as religious tolerance had “deteriorated” and that violations of religious freedom had “increased”. The report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom also named some top BJP […]

Journalists to decry state sponsored intimidation on May10

Journalists to decry state sponsored intimidation on May10

May begins with workers’ day followed closely by Press Freedom Day, but working journalists are anything but secure in the hinterland in India. On May 10, journalists of Chhatisgarh will be protesting in Delhi against the State sponsored intimidation and violence against them. Chhattisgarh continues to be one of the most dangerous places for journalists […]

Canadian booted out of Nepal for social media mis-adventures?

Canadian booted out of Nepal for social media mis-adventures?

Nepal: the latest country to join the ‘intolerant’ tags on social media?  For one, they’re booting out a foreigner for criticizing  their government in his tweets and social posts. Secondly, there’s no way you can appeal! A Canadian living and working in Nepal has been ordered to leave the country within two days after criticising […]

5 Muslims accused of blasphemy by Pakistani Sikh

5 Muslims accused of blasphemy by Pakistani Sikh

For the first time ever, a Pakistan court will hear a Sikh man’s case  against Muslims for ‘blasphemy’. In this Islamic country, it’s usually the non-Muslims who are tried under this controversial law,. Five people have appeared in a Pakistani court accused of blasphemy after a Sikh man complained they had desecrated his turban during […]

American ‘Sugar Daddy’ gets bitter pill in Calcutta

American ‘Sugar Daddy’ gets bitter pill in Calcutta

Calcutta : A suspected pedophile has been arrested and remanded to judicial custody, when a 14 year old boy complained of molestation. The sessions court on Saturday (Nov 28) remanded an American citizen in custody for 14 days over allegations he molested a teenaged boy in his hotel room, police said. The 51-year-old US national […]

Red-faced but safe, Raje sarkar cancels cultural body nominations

Red-faced but safe, Raje sarkar cancels cultural body nominations

JAIPUR: A BJP state government can’t afford to offend Modi, but naturally! No surprises that the Vasundhara Raje government on Wednesday night cancelled the appointment of all 12 members to the governing body of Jawahar Kala Kendra who were nominated to the cultural body just 48 hours before. The Raje government was caught on the […]

No toilet? Can’t contest Bihar election!

No toilet? Can’t contest Bihar election!

Patna: You don’t have a toilet in your village home? You can’t contest Panchayat elections! Nobody will be able to contest elections under the three-tier panchayati raj system in Bihar if they do not have a toilet at home. Bihar, has 1.63 crore families without access to toilets, according to the public health engineering department […]

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 […]

Intolerant Catholics still hound rationalist who exposed ‘miracle’

Intolerant Catholics still hound rationalist who exposed ‘miracle’

The year was 2012. Water dripping from the feet of Jesus on a crucifix in a Bombay suburb was being hailed as a ‘modern miracle’. Hundreds of feverish Catholics, including nuns and religious and other curious residents flocked to the shrine in a nondescript Mumbai suburb to watch the hypnotic drip. Some even drank the […]