Category archives: Oranganisation

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 […]

In Delhi, only 1 cop for 253 citizens, 5183 for 427 VIPs

Amidst a growing clamour for getting VIP security in the country, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday disfavoured such an approach as he said that he himself does not keep such paraphernalia. Khurshid who was officiating as the chief guest for the Raising Day celebrations of the paramilitary Central Industrial Security Force in Ghaziabad, however, did not elaborate on how such an arrangement could be made. Click here! “You […]

Ghost Hospital in Delhi

Pictured, the Guru Harkrishan Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. When it was conceived in 2000, the Guru Harkrishan Institute of Medical Sciences and Research was billed as a high-tech, super-specialty hospital with trauma center and transplant facilities, with 25% of patients receiving free care, all funded by Sikhs.   Today it’s an empty five-story shell of a building on Delhi’s southern ring road, overtaken by weeds and barricaded by a […]

Nasik: Mahindra staff threaten strike over wages

After a spate of strikes in the Gurgaon-Manesar auto cluster, labour unrest now seems to be brewing in Maharashtra. Workers at utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra’s Nashik facility on Tuesday issuing a notice to the management to go on strike on or after March 11, if their demands for higher wages were not settled by the company. Production work, too, was temporarily disrupted in two assembly shops at M&M’s […]

India auditors allege corruption in farm loan waivers

Indian auditors have alleged corruption in a flagship government scheme to write off debts of poor farmers, Indian media reports say. In a report tabled in the parliament on Tuesday, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said it found lapses in 22% cases where loans were written off. Waivers were given to many ineligible people while those eligible were not considered, the CAG report said. The $1.8bn (£1.2bn) debt relief […]

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 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 […]

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’s largest Muslim ghetto gets first corporation school

Drinking water eludes Juhapura even six years after it was brought under the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, but India’s largest Muslim ghetto in the suburbs of the Gujarat capital is about to get its first corporation school. The announcement was made on February 17 in the 2013-14 corporation budget. The building of the primary school is to come up in Sankalitnagar and it will be functional within a year, said AMC […]

Four years and 11 terror attacks later, Natgrid, NCTC still in pipeline

Four years and 11 terror attacks after the 26/11 nightmare, the country still hasn’t woken up to the need to speed up the setting up of two big hi-tech projects that could help prevent terror strikes. The National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) meant to set up a sophisticated network that could pull out data about any terrorist suspect within a matter of seconds – has slipped on deadlines since various departments were too […]