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25-Apr-2017 Thane (Maharashtra)

Interactive wall climbing course launched in Thane

An interactive wall climbing course with ropes has been launched in this suburb of India's financial capital Mumabi to engage children in interesting physical activities instead of their going into gaming arcades and amusement parks.The facility launched...

22-Apr-2017 Dehradun

Writers denounce nationalism, target ruling establishment

The country's leading writers and intellectuals denounced nationalism and targeted the central government for propagating hate among the masses on the concluding day of a literature festival here on Saturday.In what was an absolute one-sided discussion,...

22-Apr-2017

Turning Ataturk's Turkey upside down, Erdogan to visit Delhi

When Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in New Delhi on April 30, he will find in his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, something of a kindred spirit. Both aspire for absolute power.The April 16 referendum has removed constraints Erdogan was...

22-Apr-2017

Babri demolition case may bring out skeletons in BJP's closet

Just when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hoping for success across the board from panchayats to parliament, the revival of the case against some of its leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case of 1992 has raised the possibility of revealing the party's...

22-Apr-2017

Of Oppenheimer and the Bhagwat Gita

In the midst of heightened posturing by North Korea over a potential thermonuclear war Saturday April 21 is the 113th birth anniversary of Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a father of the first atomic bomb in 1945.While an actual thermonuclear war may not come...

21-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Exploring the alchemy of clay

When a faculty member of the School of Planning and Architecture here decides to hang up her boots and probe hidden embers of firing and glazes and clay constructions, it becomes more than a mere pilgrim's journey.Artist Manjari Sharma's affair with stoneware...

20-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Barkha Singh quits party post, blames Rahul Gandhi, Ajay Maken

In another setback to the Delhi Congress just ahead of the civic polls due on Sunday, Barkha Singh on Thursday quit as the party's women's wing chief in Delhi. She also hit out at Vice President Rahul Gandhi and the party's Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken."Congress...

18-Apr-2017 Srinagar

Has Kashmir's spiral of violence slipped out of control?

An alarming spurt in violence in early spring has been marked by attacks on civilians by militants, the army using a civilian as a shield against stone-pelters, the lowest ever voter turn-out in a parliamentary by-election and the use of social media as...

17-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Experts sent to check 'high pollution' in Kashmir's new tunnel

IL&FS -- the makers of India's longest highway tunnel between Chenani and Nashri in Jammu and Kashmir -- have sent a team of experts to check problems of high pollution and poor visibility being faced by commuters inside the tunnel, an official said on Monday."A...

17-Apr-2017 Shimla

A Shimla cafe where prisoners serve pizzas

It's a real life scene right out of reel life.Hindi films "Karma" and "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" showed convicts being taken out of prison to be reformed. Now, in Shimla's first Book Cafe inmates of a sub-jail near here are trained by a renowned hotel to serve...

17-Apr-2017

Climate change impacting the faculties of citizens, global leaders?

"The rift has accelerated since end of the last year", reported all the major news agencies in North America and elsewhere. "It may get close to a full break, never seen before in the history," they added.This "breaking news" is about Antarctica's fourth-largest...

15-Apr-2017

Not 'BJP lite', Congress must become a modern, liberal party

Having failed to delineate a cogent and credible line on secularism, the Congress will have to articulate a new position to find its way back into political reckoning.For a start, the party will have to realise that its efforts to delink religion from politics,...

14-Apr-2017 Noida

Indian doctors successfully operate on baby with eight limbs

A team of doctors here has successfully operated upon a seven-month-old baby from Iraq who was suffering from polymelia -- a birth defect involving limbs -- to give him a new lease of life.Polymelia is a birth defect in which the affected individual has...

14-Apr-2017

99.38% Indians now live in areas under cow-protection laws

On March 31, the Gujarat assembly amended the state's cow protection laws to extend the maximum sentence for cow slaughter from seven years to a life term and a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh. The amendment made offences under the Gujarat Animal Preservation Act...

14-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Kalicharan Gupta's splendid works on display in Delhi

Artist Kalicharan Gupta's splendid style and rich play with colours are interwoven with emotions and experiences. His intriguing, colourful figures and black and white impressions are on for view here in the capital.The show titled, "Selected works by Kalicharan...

13-Apr-2017 Kupwara

71 Years on: 9 villages without electricity

Manigah-comprising of 8 villages with a population of 10,000 people barely 8 kilometers away from North Kashmir’s frontier district Kupwara faces one problem or the other; water, dilapidated roads, no electricity and absence of health centres and educational institutions....

12-Apr-2017 Kolkata/New Delhi

BJP disowns leader's bounty offer to behead Mamata Banerjee

The BJP on Wednesday disowned a youth leader who triggered outrage by offering Rs 11 lakh to anyone who beheads West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.An unperturbed Banerjee said she considers such threats as "blessings".As the Trinamool Congress and...

12-Apr-2017 Kolkata

And now, RSS has West Bengal in its cross-hairs

In its bid to expand its sphere of influence, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) -- the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that rules at the Centre -- has zeroed in on West Bengal as its next big target, contending the situation in...

12-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Meet a 12-year-old who is building robots to save honey bees

Just like any other girl her age, 12-year-old Kavya Vignesh likes to have fun when she is not studying. But unlike many others, she likes to make those moments memorable by creating something that helps solve some real-world problems.Yes, you read that right....

12-Apr-2017 New Delhi

We won the war but lost the peace : Afghan diplomat Masood Khalili

The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them in their fight against the...

11-Apr-2017 New Delhi

India warns of consequences if Jadhav is hanged, Pakistan defiant

Amid the outrage over the death sentence awarded to alleged Indian 'spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, India on Tuesday warned Pakistan of consequences if it executed him. A defiant Islamabad justified the capital punishment.A day after Jadhav's sentencing by a Pakistani...

11-Apr-2017 Chicago

United Airlines apologises after Asian doctor dragged off flight

The United Airlines has apologised after an Asian doctor was forcibly dragged off an "overbooked" flight as he refused to give up his seat for United Airlines staff.The airlines said it had to "re-accommodate" the customers on the United flight at Chicago's...

10-Apr-2017

Purposeful philanthropy preferable to charity

I went to India from the United State of America to dedicate the Frank and Debbie Islam Management Complex at my Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alma mater. At the dedication of that complex, I said: "While the bricks and mortar are important, far more...

09-Apr-2017 Patna (Bihar)

It's summer of discontent for BJP in Bihar

All does not seem well in the Bihar unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with some of the old-timers raising a banner of revolt against the newly-appointed President of the party's state unit.Nityanand Rai, the new state BJP chief, is the butt of anger...

09-Apr-2017 Mumbai

New-age children's movies breaking stereotypes

The "once-upon-a-time" and "happily-ever-after" fairytales that children and young adults are heavily fed on while growing up have often reinstated patriarchal notions and gender stereotypes: the princess is almost always "slender, fair, and delicate" and...

08-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Joint task force proposed to strengthen India-Bangladesh ties

Aiming to strengthen bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh, industry chamber FICCI on Saturday proposed a joint task force to promote investments in areas like infrastructure, education, health, power and tourism.The Federation of Indian Chambers...

07-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi was de facto PM for 10 years : Author Tavleen Singh

Sonia Gandhi was the de facto Prime Minster for a decade and in doing so diminished the role of the incumbent, Manmohan Singh, and ruled the country without accountability, in the process, overturning the reforms initiated by P.V. Narasimha Rao in the early...

06-Apr-2017 Beijing

Dalai Lama visit has fuelled tensions : China

China on Thursday said it has lodged protest with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, and reiterated that by inviting the Tibetan spiritual leader to the "disputed area", New Delhi has "harmed" bilateral ties and fuelled tensions.Chinese...

06-Apr-2017 New Delhi

Shunglu panel finds faults with AAP government

A panel appointed by former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has accused the AAP government of nepotism in making appointments and abuse of power, sparking allegations and counter-allegations on Thursday.While the BJP and Congress went hammer and tongs against...

06-Apr-2017

How children with special needs found place in Mumbai classrooms

For the first 14 years of his life, Javed Shaikhs world was confined to the four walls of his house in Kala Tanki slum in Sewri, South Mumbai. Javed was born with multiple disabilities: He has cerebral palsy with little control over his lower limbs, hearing...

04-Apr-2017 Thiruvananthapuram

New species of tree-living crabs found in Kerala

A new species of long-legged crab living on trees and substantially different from other congeners has been discovered in regions of the Western Ghats in Kerala, scientists say.The new species -- Kani maranjandu -- is named after the Kani tribesmen in...

04-Apr-2017 Kulgam

Culprits unmoved:Living man shown dead on papers

The Revenue Department has declared an alive man from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district as ‘dead’ and mutated his land in a fraudulent manner. The fraud in broad day light has severely troubled the man, who is awaiting justice for the past 9 years.In 2008,...

03-Apr-2017 Srinagar

Apathy : Hospital ambulances used for personal works

At a time when media reports abound with stories of people forced to ferry ailing relatives in private vehicles in absence of ambulances, hospital ambulances in District Hospital Anantnag are  being used to ferry clerical staff at different destinations.One...

02-Apr-2017 Vijayawada

Falsely accused Andhra youth freed after 8 years

After spending eight years in jail for a crime which he never committed, an Andhra Pradesh youth finally walked free on Sunday.P. Satyam Babu was released from Rajahmundry Central Prison, two days after the Hyderabad High Court acquitted him in the case of...

02-Apr-2017 Dakhla (Morocco)

Top soil scientist keen to help India, but 'nobody listens'

His expertise as a soil scientist has helped arrest degradation and grow crops in several areas across Africa and the world. Much sought after and bestowed with many prestigious awards, Indian American scientist Rattan Lal is keen to share his knowledge...

02-Apr-2017 Chenani (Jammu and Kashmir)

'Chenani-Nashri tunnel is India's longest, and safest'

Jammu and Kashmir's Chenani-Nashri tunnel, touted as India's longest tunnel, is also the country's "safest", with provisions to ensure the safety of passengers from fire incidents and collision inside the 10.89 km-long tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway,...

01-Apr-2017 Hyderabad

ED raids shell companies linked to Jaganmohan Reddy

In what is more trouble for Andhra Pradesh's Leader of Opposition Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday conducted raids on shell companies linked to him.The shell companies linked to the YSR Congress party chief were among...

01-Apr-2017 Chandigarh

Chandigarh's liquor business takes massive hit after SC order

Losses running into millions of rupees, hundreds of skilled men and women losing their jobs, owners staring at an uncertain future after having invested millions -- all this has become a harsh reality for scores of restaurants, hotels, pubs and night clubs...

01-Apr-2017 Srinagar

No quality control of drugs in JK

Despite reports of inferior quality and expired drugs being used in government hospitals, the health department has remained inactive on the quality of drugs supplied to state-run hospitals.Sources in the health department told KNS that in fact, whole drug market...

31-Mar-2017 New Delhi

Tiger rescue operation using JCB had many violations, finds probe

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has found several violations by the forest department in a tiger rescue operation that used a JCB machine near Corbett, that left the big cat dead hours later.Senior officials from NTCA, however, said that...

31-Mar-2017 Udhampur

India's longest highway tunnel set to open

India will set a benchmark in infrastructure when the country's longest highway tunnel of 10.98 km opens between Udhampur and Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.To be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it will also be Asia's first longest bi-directional...

30-Mar-2017 Hyderabad

Andhra siblings born same day - year apart

A 34-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh has entered the Limca Book of Records for giving birth to two children on the same day -- a year apart.M. Rubeena Sultana of Kurnool town received the certificate of national record. According to the certificate,...

30-Mar-2017 Ghaziabad

Cobra trapped in motorcycle wheel rescued by wildlife activists

A black five-feet-long cobra, entangled in the front wheel of a motorcycle here, was rescued by a Wildlife SOS team on Thursday.The snake was currently under observation and would soon be released into its natural habitat, a Wildlife SOS official said.The...

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