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Category archives: Politics

A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood

In Pic :Nek Muhammad, center, was a Pashtun militant who was killed in 2004, in the first C.I.A. drone strike in Pakistan. Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed. On a hot day in June 2004, the Pashtun tribesman was lounging inside a mud compound in South Waziristan, speaking by satellite phone to one of the many reporters who regularly interviewed him on how he had fought and humbled Pakistan’s […]

President of India Pranab clears way for first-ever hanging of a woman

Hisar: Former Haryana MLA Relu Ram Punia’s daughter Sonia will be the first woman in this country to be hanged after President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday rejected her mercy petition. Sonia and her husband Sanjeev had been awarded death sentence for killing eight persons including her MLA father for inheriting family property in 2001. The death penalty of Sonia and her husband was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2007 for […]

Phone tap reveals Raja told Radia PC got ‘a lot of money’

Former Telecom Minister A. Raja told corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in a telephone conversation which was intercepted by the government that Home Minister P. Chidambaram had “taken a lot of money and further expressed his annoyance on the functioning of Chidambaram on minerals and gas matters”. The conversation took place in May 2009, after the UPA returned to power in the Lok Sabha elections. This forms part of the documents […]

Pyongyang to Restart Nuclear Plant

In Pic :A photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency on March 11 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun, center, on Wonae island, about six miles from the South Korean island of Baengnyong. SEOUL—North Korea said on Tuesday it would restart its only nuclear reactor to provide plutonium for its weapons program, an announcement that added to already-heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and drew swift international […]

Modi and his six crore Gujaratis

Some important statistics for Mr Wannabe Prime Minister’s supporters and the corporate media.   Votes in favour of mr Modi- 1,31,33,344 Votes in favour of Congress- 1,07,61,913 Votes in favour of Others- 32,72,249   So while Mr Modi won Gujarat election people who voted against him are more than who voted for him and still the question about EVM machines is not resolved.   While paid media can project him […]

‘I was discriminated against because I am Muslim

In 2008, a youth was arrested from my neighbourhood in Hubli for alleged links with the Student Islamic Movement of India. He was studying to be a doctor and had no history of indiscipline or run-ins with the law. His family was traumatised, and still is, for he continues to languish in jail. If that could happen to a young, educated Muslim like him, it could happen to me, too, […]

The Wheels Are Coming Off

In Pic :earning curve Akhilesh Yadav still has a long way to go before stepping out of his father Mulayam’s shadow Hope sprang eternal when Akhilesh Yadav took over as UP’s youngest CM. Virendra Nath Bhatt and Brijesh Pandey chronicle how things have gone awry 10 months on. AFTER GETTING a glowing report card of 100 out of 100 from his father and Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on the […]

No lapses in farm loan waiver scheme, says Sharad Pawar

New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said there was no “misappropriation” of funds under the Rs 52,000-crore farm debt waiver scheme and sought a more comprehensive audit by CAG to get a better picture. Stating that the sample size taken for auditing was “too small”, Pawar said audit of “significant” number of accounts should be done by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). “Government of India has taken […]