Author archives: atifsnetwork

Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts

Russia warned Tuesday that any use of force inUkraine‘s eastern region could lead to civil war, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities. Pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in the cities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv on Sunday. Rebels occupying Donetsk’s regional government building Monday declared a “people’s republic” and called for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11. There […]


Worlds Biggest Whale Shark Caught in Karachi Pakistan

The fishermen brought the giant fish to the Karachi Fish Harbour and claimed to have found it dead in the open sea. Some experts believe that the shark might have been killed after it got entangled in a net, a Pakistan daily reported. The whale shark was taken out of the channel with the help of two cranes amid rapturous applause by hundreds of onlookers. “I have bought the fish, […]

Supreme Court orders Gujarat to move some lions to Madhya Pradesh

 Supreme Court today directed the Centre to translocate some lions from the Gir forest in Gujarat to Kuno Palpur sanctuary in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh.  This has to be done within the next six months. An expert committee will now decide on the number of lions to be translocated between the two states/ The Madhya Pradesh government wanted Gujarat to send a few Lions from Gir forest to […]

24-Hour Hunger Strike Called By Medha Patkar After Slum Demolitions At Golibar

Despite Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken’s plea to halt evictions at Golibar until completion of inquiry into the slum rehabilitation scheme, forty seven houses were razed off Along with 600 people, Medha Patkar  launched a 24-hour hunger strike today in protest of the demolitions at Guru Kripa Society in Golibar slum in Mumbai. The demolitions took place despite Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken’s plea to Maharashtra […]

Once-Touted Afghan Force Falls on Hard Times

A band of anti-Taliban fighters posed in Andar in September. The group has since splintered and its fighters enrolled in the Afghan Local Police. KABUL—When villagers rose up against Taliban rule in Afghanistan’s Andar district last year, U.S. military commanders billed the surprise rebellion as a potential game-changer akin to the Sunni tribal awakening that helped the U.S. leave Iraq. Now, as the spring fighting season begins, it is increasingly […]

When their dreams of studying in a ‘big’ school came crashing

Scarce RTE quota seats in private schools disappoint parents   Arun Kumar (name changed), an electrician who earns just a little over Rs. 3,000 a month , is thinking of raising a loan to put his six-year-old son in a private school. This is thanks to the big hopes he pinned on one provision of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009, which has now […]

Steven Spielberg to produce 'Kashmir film'

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg says he is planning to produce a film, a part of which will be set on the de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir.   Spielberg said the script had been “finalised”, but he was still to decide on the director and the cast.   In his 40-year career, Spielberg has been behind more than 50 films.   His most recent, Lincoln, received 12 […]

Two Muslim students win all 3 Sanskrit medals in Gujarat University

Defying stereotypes, a Muslim boy and girl have bagged all three medals instituted for the BA course in the ancient Indian language by the Gujarat University. Two of the medals for Sanskrit were won by Taiyab Sheikh, a student of Y S Arts and Commerce college in Devgadh Baria in Panchmahals district. The third went to Yasminbanu Kothari of the Adiwasi Arts and Commerce college in Santrampur in the interior […]

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 […]