The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
Just when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was hoping for success across the board from panchayats to parliament, the revival of the case against some of its leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case of 1992 has raised the possibility of revealing the party's communal face which it has recently been trying to hide.
In 2014, Dolly Kumari, an outspoken 12th class passout, left her home in Jharkhand, journeying about 2,000 km south to a new job as a tailor at a garment factory in Bengaluru. Like most workers in this sector, when she first came, she did not think of staying beyond a few months. Today, over two years later, at 21, Kumari is one of two assistant line supervisors on the factory floor of Shahi Exports Pvt. Ltd., overseeing the work of 119 tailors. Her salary has risen 66 per cent, from Rs 5,000 to Rs 8,300 per month.
The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) first monetary policy review of fiscal 2017-18 was presented last week amidst expectations of a status quo on the interest rates and speculation of action on a few irritants like the problem of excess liquidity. As expected, the repo rate was left untouched. Surprisingly, the reverse repo rate was increased by a quarter percentage point to six percent and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate was reduced by an equal amount to 6.5 percent.
Lucknow, April 9 (IANS) If Prime Minister Narendra Modi's most publicised statement over the years has been "na khaaonga, na khaane doonga (neither will I take bribes, nor will I allow anyone to either)", for the 21st Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the credo seems to be "na soounga, na sone doonga" (Neither will I sleep, nor will I allow anyone to). A bachelor and a workaholic, Yogi is working long hours every day, say his aides.
Lucknow, April 4 (IANS) The gloves are finally off in the Samajwadi Party (SP), which was badly mauled by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recent state elections. Although he sidelined both his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Singh in the run-up to the polls, former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav now finds himself in the line of fire with more and more voices in the party questioning his leadership.
Begging is a crime in 20 states and two Union territories (UTs) of India, reflecting society's embarrassment at manifest poverty and annoyance at perceived encroachment of public spaces.
In most places, people can be arrested for "looking poor", as our analysis of laws in 18 states and UTs shows. Laws allow the police to round up beggars without warrant and judges to confine them in government-run institutions for long or indefinite periods -- a violation of constitutional principles.
Of the 30 million pending court cases in India as of December 2014, over 80 per cent are in district and subordinate courts, which are short of about 5,000 (23 per cent) judges. But filling vacancies may not be the universal answer, according to our analysis, which found only a weak direct correlation between shortage of judges and performance of lower courts.