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Amartya Sen: The problem is... Indians have been much too tolerant of intolerance
On a day that the State and street alike turned to choke dissent in the capital, one of India’s most eminent voices told the citizenry it wasn’t dissenting enough. The problem is not that Indians have been intolerant, it is that we have been much too tolerant of intolerance,” Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said this evening. And so I am arguing that this has to end.
Ex-Army officers threaten to return JNU degrees against anti-national activities in campus
Unhappy over the anti-national sloganeering in support of terrorist Afzal Guru at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University ( JNU ) campus, a group of ex- Army officers have threatened to return their degrees as protest. According to the media reports, officers of the 54th NDA Course have told the JNU V-C that they find it difficult to be associated with the university which is turning into a hub of 'anti-national' activities. It will be difficult to be associated with such institution.
Women not discriminated against in Vedas,Upanishads,then why in Sabarimala?,asks SC
Hearing the petition seeking removal of ban on entry of women of menstrual age in the revered Sabarimala,the Supreme Court,Friday, questioned the basis of such discrimination. Questioning the Travancore Devaswom Board, the apex court observed that when holy texts like the Vedas and Upanishads do bot discriminate against women then why is that they are discriminated against at Sabarimala.
Missing Indian Army captain found in Faizabad
An officer of Indian Army,who was posted in Jammu and Kashmir,and had gone missing under suspicious circumstances while on a train journey,has been found, said police. Captain Shikhar Deep, 25,boarded Mahananda Express from Katihar to New Delhi on February 6. Reports say, Captain Deep was abducted after crossing the Patna station and kept in a deserted place.
Will TERI council reverse appointment of RK Pachauri as executive vice chairman?
The governing council of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has called a meeting on Friday where it is expected to have a relook at decisions taken earlier this week, in the wake of growing outrage over RK Pachauri's appointment as executive vice chairman. The council – the think tank's highest decision-making body - is believed to be under pressure to reverse the decision in order to undo the damage done to TERI’s image. Pachauri is fighting a case of sexual harassment filed against him by an employee of TERI, who later quit the organisation.
National Herald case: Breather for Sonia,Rahul as SC expunges objectionable parts of HC order
The Supreme Court said that proceedings in the National Herald case against Congress president Sonia Gandhi,party vice president Rahul Gandhi and three others will continue at the trial court. However,the court made some serious observations on the trial against the Gandhis in the National Herald case.
Einstein proved right after 100 years
The international team says the first detection of these gravitational waves will usher in a new era for astronomy. It is the culmination of decades of searching and could ultimately offer a window on the Big Bang. The research, by the LIGO Collaboration was been published in the journal Physical Review Letters.
Anti-India,Shaheed Afzal Guru slogans at JNU: Delhi Police arrests JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar
As anti-India protests continue to rock Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Delhi Police on Friday arrested JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. Kumar was arrested two days after JNU witnessed clashes between two student groups over Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru,who was hanged on February 09,2013 in Tihar Jail.
Rajya Sabha set to pass Juvenile bill on Tuesday
After getting opposition support in the Upper House,Government is keen to get the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the passage of this Bill will be a tribute to Nirbhaya. He further added that the passage of the bill will act as a deterrent to occurrence of Nirbhaya gang rape like incidents in future.
Need to harness solar energy to fight climate change: PM
Terming the negative impact of environment pollution as a challenge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said there is a need to harness solar energy."Discussions of environment have been taking for long, but for the last few years, its negative impact has been felt on normal human lives... There is a challenge before the mankind to find a solution to this problem," Modi said.
Kathmandu blinks on its Constitution
Moving to end the five-month standoff with agitating Madhesis which has crippled arterial supply lines to the country,the Nepal government has agreed to amend its new Constitution to address two key demands of the protesters regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation.
New book trails Netaji s quest for freedom
A new book on Netaji, written by his grandniece Madhuri Bose, has covered a gamut of information on the freedom fighter's life that was hitherto unknown to the outside world.From contents of top-secret letters to the relationship he shared with Jawaharlal Nehru and Netaji 'the brother', the book covers it all.
Juvenile bill will be passed today,govt assures victim s parents
The government has assured parents of the December 16 gang-rape victim that juvenile justice bill, which will allow juveniles between 16-18 years to be tried as adults in heinous crime, will be passed on Tuesday. The parents of the victim met minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at his residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. After the meeting, Naqvi told reporters that government has spoken to every party and they have assured it that the bill will be passed on Tuesday.
Hema Upadhyay murder: Estranged husband Chintan arrested by Mumbai police
Renowned artist Chintan Upadhyay was arrested by the Mumbai police in the wee hours of Tuesday in connection with the murders of his estranged wife Hema and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani,police said. Chintan will be produced in the Borivali metropolitan magistrate by officers attached with the Kandivali police later in the day. According to senior officers,the investigations unit of the Kandivali police called him for the first time for questioning late on Monday night shortly after he was released by a unit of the crime branch,where he was being earlier questioned since December 13.
All out battle between Arun Jaitley and Arvind Kejriwal goes to court from street
The political brawl between finance minister Arun Jaitley and AAP moved to the courts on Monday with the minister going to the Patiala House courts to personally file a Rs 10-crore defamation case against CM Arvind Kejriwal and five other senior AAP members - the first time a Union minister has done so against a CM. Jaitley filed the case, accompanied by several BJP functionaries and ministers who reached the court soon after 2pm in an act of solidarity.
BSF charter plane crash near Delhi airport kills 3
A Ranchi-bound Border Security Force charter flight crashed on Tuesday morning close to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi,killing three people on board. The BSF Superking aircraft reportedly had 10 people on board. News agency PTI,citing BSF sources,said the flight was carrying paramilitary technicians.
Lalit Modi row: Sushma Swaraj s family received money from Lalit Modi,says Rahul
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s family of receiving money from former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The attack came a day after Swaraj told Lok Sabha that she did not extend any favours to Modi and had only helped his ailing wife on humanitarian grounds. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also reacted to Swaraj’s comments,saying that she was an expert in theatrics.
Bihar polls: Modi takes charge in bid to crush Nitish in his own den
At a rally held last week in Muzaffarpur, a northern town known as the ‘political capital’ of Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a "war" on his principal rival, Nitish Kumar. Modi now seems to be pumping in his all energies to win the battle in this key eastern Indian state. A victory in Bihar will indeed come as a morale booster for the saffron camp ahead of the assembly polls in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
Opposition forces adjournment of Rajya Sabha for over 40 mins
Opposition Congress today forced adjournment of the Rajya Sabha for about as its members created a furore demanding the resignation of ministers allegedly involved in Lalitgate and Vyapam scam before these issues could be taken up for discussion.
Enclave Exchange: The road to improved India-Bangladesh ties begins at midnight
The landmark exchange of 162 enclaves (51 in India and 111 in Bangladesh) at midnight on July 31 will be one of the biggest boosts to the bilateral relationship since the Ganga water sharing treaty at Farakka signed in 1996. Over the decades,India-Bangladesh ties have seen their fair share of highs—from the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 to the Sheikh Hasina government s crackdown on anti-India terror groups.
Four Indians kidnapped in Libya,ISIS hand suspected: Report
Four Indians have been kidnapped by militants in Libya,reported on Friday. All four abducted Indians were teaching in Tripoli in Libya. They were abducted in Sirte. ISIS militants are reported to be behind kidnapping of Indians. The ministry of external affairs to trying to ascertain more information about kidnapped Indian teachers. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has briefed PM Modi about the hostage situation in Libya.
Capital punishment should be rare,says former President Pratibha Patil
Former President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said the death sentence should not be awarded as far as possible and recalled asking the Union home ministry to reconsider some long-pending cases of death-row convicts. No hanging took place during Patil s tenure. Like former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,she is believed to be against capital punishment but did not say so openly on Wednesday.
Parliament filibuster: Congress anger over TV blackout completely misplaced
The Congress’ anger over Lok Sabha TV’s alleged “blackout” of their daily protests inside the Lower House of the Parliament by entering the well, displaying posters and placards, slogan-shouting and disrupting proceedings may be completely misplaced. The Congress leadership's frustration stems from the fact that despite using all forms of noisy protest on the floor of the Parliament,at least in Lok Sabha,it has failed to grab the headlines in news reporting.
Govt finalises list of new icons for postage stamps
In a departure from showcasing the Nehru-Gandhi family on the postage stamps,the BJP-led NDA government has decided to give a place of pride to other political icons including Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose,Ram Manohar Lohia,Jaiprakash Narayan,B R Ambedkar,Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. These national heroes will also now been seen on definitive stamps that are issued for daily use.
Land Bill: Congress,CPM,JDU for total withdrawal of proposed changes by NDA
Congress,CPI-M and JD-U have sought a total withdrawal of proposed changes by the NDA government in the 2013 Land Act and inclusion of some additional measures to further strengthen the law in favour of farmers. In their suggestions on the proposed amendments in the 2015 land bill brought by Modi government,the parties have rejected the government's proposal to exempt projects for rural infrastructure,affordable housing,industrial corridors and infrastructure projects.
GPS sets nail Pak hand in Punjab terror attack,reveal killers had 3 targets
In what constitutes undeniable evidence of Pakistan's complicity in the terror attack at Dinanagar in Punjab on Monday,intelligence agencies have found that the GPS sets recovered from the slain terrorists were first fed with data on July 21 at Sargodha,a town 94 km from Faisalabad. The examination of GPS sets also shows that the three terrorists were sent with instructions to kill the district magistrate and the superintendent of police of Gurdaspur,attack the Dinanagar police station and inflict mass casualties by blowing up passenger trains.
How Kalam s role helped avert Hindu bomb tag
Abdul Kalam did not visit the United States in the years he was President of India (2002-2007). It was the aftermath of 9/11; Washington was in an angry red haze and had launched a "war on terror." There was little appetite in the Bush administration, which was yet to get its teeth into the US-India nuclear deal, to host a titular head of state, although it has already begun recalibrating its ties with India. Dr Manmohan Singh was the go-to man. Kalam may well have been the "to-go" man.
Cong irked over Lok Sabha TV blackout of opposition protests
Taking strong exception to the alleged blackout of the opposition protests by Lok Sabha Television (LSTV), the Congress is planning to take up the issue “in a big way at the appropriate level”. Congress sources said some party members will also raise the issue at the party’s strategy meeting on Tuesday morning. Party members expressed anguish that their protests against the government were not shown on LSTV that broadcasts the house proceedings live.
Gujarat High Court condones Teesta Setalvad s delay in filing plea
The Gujarat High Court on Monday condoned the delay in filing a plea by social activist Teesta Setalvad to defreeze her bank accounts in the alleged fund embezzlement case and fixed the next hearing on August 5. Last month Setalwad had moved the plea to defreeze her bank accounts in an alleged embezzlement case wherein she had allegedly collected Rs 1.51 crore from national and international donors promising to convert Gulberg Society to a 2002 riots museum,but allegedly spent money for personal purposes.
Pakistan Renews Drone Charge,India Alleges Disinformation Campaign
Pakistan's Army on Monday released images and videos that it claimed prove that a drone shot down along the Line of Control earlier this month was operated by the Indian Army. It claimed that the images were retrieved from the drone and indicate that it flew from an Indian post and entered Pakistani territory. New Delhi has rubbished Islamabad's allegation that the drone was launched by India for aerial surveillance; it says that it is a Chinese-made quadcopter available off the shelf.