Category archives: Place

37 killed in Maharashtra bus accident

At least 37 people were killed and seven injured when a speeding Mumbai-bound private bus plunged into the Jagbudi River in Ratnagiri district on Tuesday.   The accident occurred around 3.30 am near Khed when the driver was negotiating a steep turn and lost control over the vehicle, which fell off the Jagbudi bridge from a height of about 40 ft, Khed police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Pardeshi told PTI. The […]

In Maharashtra Drought leads to death of 7 peacocks

Osmanabad: In Marathwada the drought has not only affected the humans but the animals are also kicked by this drought. In Balaghat sanctuary, near Yermala 7 peacock died as they did not get enough water to drink.   From past two days the birds were in search of water, but, they did not get water to drink. In Yermala, Subhash Ghongde found a peacock in his farm that was dying […]

Swiss woman gang-raped in Madhya Pradesh, her husband thrashed

Datiya, Madhya Pradesh: A 39-year-old tourist visiting India has been gang-raped near a village in Madhya Pradesh. The attackers of the Swiss national reportedly also thrashed her and her husband after robbing them of their valuables.   The incident happened last night at a village 8 kms from Datia where the woman and her husband were camping. They had halted there while on their way from Orchha to Agra. They […]

Guantanamo Prisoners on Hunger Strike Against New Guard Force for Confiscating Personal Items

Most of the men imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay prison’s Camp 6 have been on hunger strike for nearly three weeks, according to their attorneys. In response to reports, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and habeas counsel have sent a letter to military officials take measures immediately to improve the situation.   The letter notes, “Since approximately February 6, 2013, camp authorities have been confiscating detainees’ personal items, including blankets, sheets, […]

Bhatkal bristles at terror tag

It has been termed “mini Dubai”, “mini Pakistan” and the birthplace of the Indian Mujahideen. Yet as Bhatkal returns to focus after the Hyderabad blasts, it shows no sign of the fault-lines that are said to be behind the rise of the IM. There is no communal tension in this coastal town in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka; it has no registered case of terror; the BJP has ample support; the police […]

Why the U.S. has not had an attack after 9/11

Given the turf wars and lack of coordination among the police and intelligence agencies in India, the National Counter Terrorism Centre will not enhance security The debates on the proposed Rs.3,400 crore National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) have seen extreme views from both sides. Its protagonists claim that it is a “Batman” who will swoop down on terrorists anywhere. Those opposing it feel it is a “Joker Villain” who will […]

Temples in open spaces: is it worth the worship?

The GHMC finds itself helpless as any attempt to remove a religious structure hurts ‘public sentiments’ While the political tussle between green and saffron is all too well known, here is another kind between the two, in a totally different milieu. Open spaces allocated for parks in burgeoning colonies across Greater Hyderabad, are becoming the favoured spots for construction of temples. While at times it is a decision approved by […]

Turning a blind eye to Shahbag Square

In Pic :The young protesters at Dhaka may not be radical chic, but they deserve our cheers WHY DID India react with such tepidness and defensiveness to the Shahbag Square protests in Bangladesh? The reference here is not so much to the response of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as to civil society, the media and intelligentsia. The government was correct but concise in its approach and its support […]

75,000 children have gone missing in India in three years: government

New Delhi: Around 75,000 children have gone missing in the last three years in the country and are still untraced, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.   Of the about 2.36 lakh children who went missing in the last three years, 1,61,800 have been traced, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Paban Singh Ghatowar said during the Question Hour.   “Unfortunately about 75,000 are still untraced,” he said.   The […]

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 […]