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Jailhouse Rock

In Pic :Prisoned for life? A sequence of pictures showing Amarmani Tripathi stepping out of the Gorakpur Jail and getting into his car. Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav had promised a regime without criminals. Three months later, some of the most dreaded ganglords in the state are strolling in and out of prison as they wish. Ashish Khetan exposes a disturbing trend. MY PHOTOGRAPHER and I have been waiting in a taxi […]

Indian Mujahideen...Seems Bheri, Bheri Indian

Indian Mujahideen (also known by the pet name of I.M) is a pan-India organization that was founded in the literature of the Indian political aristocracy and its brotherly bureaucracy a few years ago. Soon after birth this child was adopted by the Indian media, and ever since has been seen on TV off and on. Various theories exist as to who founded this, when that was, where it runs from, […]

A pre-poll lollipop, say trade unions.

No fund has been allocated for the welfare of people living below the poverty line Trade unions have criticised Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for presenting a “pre-election lollipop” budget to “deceive the people.” Communist Party of India MP and All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said Mr. Chidambaram was trying to win over the people with the 2014 general election in mind. When there was enough number […]

When Ram Gopal Varma made L K Advani cry

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma arranged a special screening of his latest film The Attacks of 26/11 for BJP leader L K Advani and other top politicians. The film is based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks. ‘Just finished a screening of 26/11 with some top notch politicians in delhi including L k Advaniji nd I am overwhelmed with the response,’ he tweeted with a picture of them together (above).  The film apparently left Advani in tears. ‘Advaniji had […]

Raj Thackeray's comments about Sharad Pawar spark clashes between their party workers in Maharashtra

Ahmednagar: MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s recent comments about the powerful Pawars of the Nationalist Congress Party sparked street fights in several parts of Maharashtra between workers of the two parties last evening. The NCP, headed by Sharad Pawar, rules Maharshtra in partnership with the Congress. It has accused Raj Thackeray of making unparliamentary remarks about its leaders at recent rallies in drought-hit areas of the state. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or […]

Yahoo chief bans working from home

ame chief executive of Yahoo, she has been working hard to get the Internet pioneer off its deathbed and make it an innovator once again. She started with free food and new smartphones for every employee, borrowing from the playbook of Google, her employer until last year. Now, though, Yahoo has made a surprise move abolishing its work-at-home policy and ordering everyone to work in the office. A memo explaining […]

Facebook announces partnership with Airtel and RCOM to offer free mobile messaging

Facebook has announced partnerships with mobile operators to provide free or discounted data access to Facebook messaging for their subscribers. The social networking giant has tied up with more than 18 operators in 14 countries including Airtel and Reliance in India, through which it will offer free or discounted data access on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Every Phone (now optimized for chat), in the coming […]

Major fire at Kolkata market

The fire broke out at a multi-storey building in the market in central Kolkata around 5:30 am this morning. 20 fire engines have been used to bring the fire under control. The market houses many shops and several plastic and paper godowns. Many workers stay here overnight. Firefighters are facing difficulty in going inside the market because of congested roads and heavy smoke due to the fire. Cutting the window […]

Woman cop held for sending vulgar messages to bureaucrat

Patna, Bihar: A Bihar woman constable was arrested for sending vulgar SMSes and regularly calling on the mobile phone of a trainee IAS officer, police on Tuesday said. Constable Joyti Kumari, posted in Gaya district, was taken into custody on Monday from near the official residence of trainee Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Kanwal Tanuj in Kishanganj district, about 350 km from Patna. “Police acted on the complaint of Kanwal Tanuj,” […]

Cauterizing the wounds of 1971.

For more than two weeks, the Shahbag area in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka has been the centre of an extraordinary protest, with tens of thousands converging there every day peacefully to demand that those convicted of 1971 war crimes must be given nothing less than the death sentence. In this interview with Nirupama Subramanian, Bangladeshi writer, columnist and development worker Farah Ghuznavi, who was in Chennai for The Hindu Lit for Life 2013, described the […]