Monthly archives: February 2013

Over 3 lakh schools started under RTE: Economic Survey

NEW DELHI: A total of 3,34,340 new primary and upper primary schools have been opened under the Right to Education (RTE) till September 2012, since the enforcement of the RTE April 1, 2010, the Economic Survey, released Wednesday, said. Over 2,80,000 new school buildings have been constructed, and over 12,46,000 teachers have been appointed under the scheme in that time, the survey said. Talking about the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the […]

In Chhattisgarh, a primitive tribe in trouble

In Pic :Hut of Primitive Tribes crushed by administration, hundreds homeless. Administration argues pulling down their huts will ensure ‘safety of wildlife’ A day after the Union government announced a Rs.100-crore grant for Chukutiya Bhunjia of Orissa, a primitive tribe which lives on the eastern border of Chhattisgarh, 30 huts of the Baigas, another primitive tribe, were razed to the ground by government officials in the western part of the […]

In a Mumbai Slum, Anger at Sahara

Sahara investor Surendra Kumar Jaiswal, at his shoe-buckle workshop in Baiganwadi slum in central Mumbai. In the narrow lanes of Baiganwadi, a slum in central Mumbai, it’s hard to spot the local office of India’s multi-billion-dollar Sahara Group, which owns hotels in New York and London, and a Formula 1 racing team. Sahara’s one-room Baiganwadi office, just a few kilometers from a municipal garbage dump, is located on top of […]

The Man We Released At Kandahar

Q&A Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, 46, Commander-In-Chief, Al-Umar Mujahideen MUSHTAQ ZARGAR is the chief of pro-Pakistan Al-Umar Mujahideen, which had 700 militants when the Kashmiri insurgency was at its peak in the 1990s. Zargar, who comes from a copper polishing family, crossed the LoC in 1988, and rose to lead Al-Umar after breaking away from pro-azaadi JKLF in 1990. Al-Umar’s key men were killed in gunfights and Zargar was arrested from his hideout […]

Why is Behenji missed?

At a time when Akhilesh Yadav led-government in Uttar Pradesh is embroiled in charges of mismanagement, corruption and power struggle, one can’t help but remember Yadav’s predecessor. A lot of people may hate Mayawati for various reasons. Yet there could be no denying that there were still ample reasons why one would love the 57-year old heiress of the political empire founded by her mentor Kanshi Ram, who gave that […]

Is China changing?

While still at the top of the GP growth table, the Chinese economy seems to be on a long-term traverse from a trajectory with extremely high growth rates to one where growth is more moderate. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Chinese GDP growth, year-on-year, which had fallen from 8.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, to 7.6 per cent in the second and 7.4 per […]

Indian sea cadet missing; his diary spoke of mental torture on ship

He is suspected to have jumped into the sea off Greece Before he was suspected to have jumped into the sea off Greece, 22-year-old Umashankar Mahto wrote extensively in his diary of “mental torture” by the chief officer of m.t. True, who often abused him using filthy language. On several occasions, he complained he was hungry and clearly said he could not go on with his life’s dream of proving […]

Asteroid Apophis may strike Earth in 2068: Scientists

In Pic :A simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. AP/NASA/JPL-Caltech. A 325-meter asteroid that will safely fly by the Earth in 2029 and 2036, may strike the planet in the year 2068, scientists have warned. However, the chances of 99942 Apophis striking the Earth are […]

Ramdev follows Kejriwal, announces political outfit

Four months after Arvind Kejriwal announced his Aam Aadmi Party, yoga guru Ramdev followed suit. On Wednesday, Ramdev announced he was forming a political outfit. Its name and coalition possibilities would be announced within two months  Ramdev said the party’s focus would be on fighting corruption and bringing back black money stashed in foreign banks. But it would also “work towards” forming the government in the Centre.   Declaring he has […]

Mend ways or face consequences, Ajit Pawar warns MNS

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday asked Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena to mend ways and desist from the smear campaign against the Nationalist Congress Parry or face a “befitting reply”. “Some people are trying to defame the NCP. If they try to attack us by doing nautakni(theatrics), we are ready to give a befitting reply. We have done good developmental work and that is why people are electing […]