Category archives: Oranganisation

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 […]

Delhi Police usually busts informers or surrendered militants: JTSA

New Delhi – In context of Liaqat Shah’s arrest, claiming that he was conspiring to carry out attacks in the national capital, the Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA) on Saturday said that “Many of these prize catches of the Delhi Special Cell happened to be either police or IB informers, surrendered militants, or men with whom one agency or the other had a score to settle.” After arresting Liaqat Shah […]

Maharashtra's Rs 60,000 crore watershed failure

A large part of Maharashtra has been declared drought-hit. The government has failed to deal with the crisis, report Aparna Pallavi and Akshay Deshmane. In the past 10 years Rs 60,000 crore has been spent on watershed development   Maharashtra is a pioneering state in watershed development. It has conserved, regenerated and judiciously managed its water resources in 12.6 million hectares (ha) of the state’s 24.1 million ha that have […]

The first all-women court has been set up in the Mumbai Sessions court for victims of sexual assault

Acknowledging that the cases of sexual assault against women are required to be dealt with greater sensitivity, the first all-women court was set up in Mumbai’s Sessions court on International Women’s Day. In a circular issued on March 7, the Bombay High Court directed “to assign cases involving sexual assault against women exclusively to the courts presided over by women judicial officers in districts/establishment”. Taking a swift note of the […]

Social media users in urban India to reach 66 mn by June 2013

Social media users in urban India are estimated to reach 66 million by June 2013 on the back of availability of affordable smartphones and consequent mobile Internet use, a report said on Tuesday.   “The number of social media users in urban India reached 62 million by December 2012 and it is estimated to reach 66 million by June 2013,” a report on social media in India by the Internet and […]

ICICI, HDFC, Axis Bank probing money laundering accusations

India’s top private sector lenders ICICI Bank Ltd, HDFC Bank Ltd and Axis Bank Ltd said they were investigating allegations of widespread money laundering practices at their branches. The shares of the banks fell briefly on Thursday after the independent investigative journalist, Aniruddha Bahal, made the accusations in a news conference televised by a local TV station in the morning. Bahal, founder and editor-in-chief of Indian news and opinion website […]

March 12, 1993 And The Vicious Cycle Of Communalism, Terrorism

There are innumerable ways in which we can remember March 12, 1993, the day on which 20 years ago bomb blasts rocked the city of Bombay – which hadn’t yet become Mumbai – killing 250 and injuring another 750. We could say that it marked the advent of urban terror of the most frightening kind in India, that it was the harbinger of the devastation Pakistan’s ISI could wreck, that […]

In Kerala this summer, earn cash for electricity save

State-run Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), reeling under monthly losses of over Rs. 200 crore, has come out with a unique scheme for domestic consumers which allows them to earn cash back for power saved. While the state requires, on an average, around 58 million units daily, the generation from the state mainly through hydel generation and other sources comes to only half its requirement. The rest of the power […]

Militants posed as cricketers attack CRPF camp

Five Central Reserve Police Force troopers and two suicide attackers were among seven killed were wounded in afidayeen attack in the Bemina locality of the Srinagar on Wednesday morning. Among the nine injured seven were CRPF troopers and two civilians. All the injured have been evacuated to hospital for treatment. A senior police officer said two militants attacked a CRPF patrol at Bemina near a public school on Wednesday morning lobbing grenades and […]

NHRC notice to Chief Secretary on evictions from Ejipura

In Pic :A child, given food by an NGO, runs to the gigantic pipe that doubles as his home in the wake of the demolition at Ejipura, Bangalore, in January this year. File Photo: Bhagya Prakash. K It takes cognisance of media report on health problems of those ousted The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to Chief Secretary S.V. Ranganath on the forced eviction of residents […]