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Odisha: Strong Action Needed Against Corrupt Officials To Improve MGNREGA

A social audit conducted by a group of researchers and activists in 12 villages of six gram panchayats in Odisha exposed that as much as 49 percent of wages are siphoned off by officials and middlemen in the system. Management of Information System (MIS) may be a necessary arrangement to bring transparency in the operation of MGNREGS, but not sufficient in checking corruption. A social audit conducted by a group […]

Maharashtra government moves to ban Abhinav Bharat

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra government has initiated proceedings to ban Abhinav Bharat, the radical Hindutva outfit accused of launching bomb attacks at Mecca Masjid, Malegaon, Samjhauta Express and Ajmer Sharief. Sources in the home ministry here told TOI that the Maharashtra government has referred the file — seeking to ban Abhinav Bharat — to the Centre for its views. The Centre has forwarded the file to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), […]

India launches seven satellites

India has put into orbit seven satellites, including one built with France to study the world’s oceans. President Pranab Mukherjee watched the rocket carrying the seven satellites take off from Sriharikota launch centre in southern Andhra Pradesh state. The six other satellites include two each from Canada and Austria and one each from Denmark and Britain. India is emerging as a major player in the multi-billion dollar space market. It […]

'Oldest marathon man' Fauja Singh runs last 10km race

A man believed to be the world’s oldest marathon runner has run his last long distance competitive race in Hong Kong. Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, who is 101 years old, finished the Hong Kong 10km (6.25 mile) event in one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds. “I will remember this day. I will miss it,” Mr Singh said minutes after crossing the finish line. In 2000, he ran […]

India arrests man accused of spying for Pakistan

Indian police say they have arrested a man suspected of passing military secrets to arch-rival Pakistan. The man, an Indian citizen, was held in the western state of Rajasthan near the two countries’ border. Police say he passed details of military exercises held last week to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence. India and Pakistan frequently accuse each other of spying. The arrest comes after weeks of tension over the disputed territory of […]

Uttar Pradesh: SP MLA’s Son Assaults Woman Lecturer Of Amity University

Lucknow, February 22: In a blatant display of the arrogance of political power, Abhinav Gupta, son of the brother-in-law of the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, assaulted his teacher in Amity University on 21 February. Abhinav a student of LL. B in the university slapped the Lecturer Archana Shukla, as she had dared to deduct marks due to his poor attendance in classes. Though a FIR was lodged at […]

Is The Defence Ministry In Sleep MoDe?

THE GHOST of kickbacks in botched armed deals, which the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was wishing away for the past one year, has come back to haunt the UPA 2 in a big way. In the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, the UPA government faces a barrage of accusations from the Opposition — the still unravelling AugustaWestland chopper deal and the role of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien […]