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Taj Mahal dropped from tourism booklet of Uttar Pradesh

 

http://www.aljazeera...8161648332.html

 

 

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(Al Jaazera) The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, attracting more than six million tourists a year.

 

Although the monument attracts more tourists than any other site in India, it seems it is out of favour with the government of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where it is located.

 

The iconic monument, a UNESCO world heritage site considered a "symbol of love", was not featured in the tourism booklet issued by the UP government last week.

 

The 32-page booklet titled "Uttar Pradesh Tourism: Its High Potential", released by Rita Bahuguna Joshi, state tourism minister, mentions a number of Hindu and Buddhist religious places, but misses one of the world's most famous monuments.

 

Sohail Hashmi, writer and a heritage expert, accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of playing politics over the Taj.

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The Taj, a UNESCO world heritage site, is considered a "symbol of love"

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Indian Government Launches Intensified Immunisation Mission, Aims At 90% Coverage By 2018

 

 

https://thelogicalin...at-90-coverage/

 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) that aims to reach every child under two years of age and pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the government’s routine immunisation programme against preventable diseases said a report by Livemint.

 

This special drive will focus on select districts and cities to ensure full immunisation to more than 90% of children and pregnant women by December 2018. The target of at least 90% coverage was to have been achieved by 2020. With the launch of IMI, the date has now been advanced.

 

While launching IMI in Vadnagar, Gujarat, Modi said, “The government has made immunisation a people’s and a social movement.”

Areas of focus

 

The IMI now has sharpened the focus on high priority districts and urban areas. Four consecutive immunisation rounds will be conducted for seven days in 173 districts – 121 districts and 17 cities in 16 states and 52 districts in 8 northeastern states – every month between October 2017 and January 2018. IMI will cover low performing areas in selected districts and urban areas.

 

These areas have been selected through the culmination of data available under national surveys, Health Management Information System Data and World health Organisation monitoring data. Special attention will be given to urban slums with migratory population and low coverage areas in sub-centres. Cities and urban settlements identified under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) will remain in focus.

 

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Amidst controversy, Taj Mahal finds place in UP govt's 2018 calendar

 

http://www.dnaindia....alendar-2553825

 

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The Taj Mahal, which has been in the crosshairs of controversy, has finally found a place of pride in the 2018 calender brought out by the Uttar Pradesh government.

 

The 17th century architectural marvel is included in the month of July in the calendar brought out by the state information department.

 

Also finding a place in the calendar is the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. The Gorakhnath Mutt is represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

 

Apart from carrying images of important heritage and tourist spots of the state, the calender mentions the popular BJP slogan of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas - UP government ka satat prayas'. The pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief minister also feature in the calender prominently.

 

The world famous monument has recently been in the crosshairs of controversy with BJP MLA Sangeet Som questioning the monument's place in India's heritage, stressing that history would be re-written to erase Mughal emperors from it.


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Supreme Court Lays Down Norms For Computation Of Accident Claims

 

https://thelogicalin...ompensation-sc/

 

 

(The Logical Indian) Every day hundreds of people lose their lives owing to road accidents in India. Apart from the loss of human life, dependants of victims often do not get the actual amount of accident claims. In a verdict intended to provide “just” compensation to the claimants, the SC ruled that the compensation to be issued by the insurance companies will be based on the future prospects of the deceased person.

  

“Future prospects” will be considered while deciding the amount of compensation in fatal motor accidents claims for self-employed and fixed-income victims, a five-judge constitution bench said on Tuesday, said a report by The Indian Express. The future prospects, in this case, refers to what the claimants would earn in terms of the increase in income if they were alive.

 

This order indicates a much-needed break from the earlier practise, where future prospects were only considered for accident claims of those victims who had a permanent job and a secured scope for increase in salary. The court standardised the computation of the accident claims in case of fatal accidents as well.

 

The five-judge constitution bench was headed by CJ Deepak Mishra. The bench comprised Justices A.K. Sikri, A. M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. The bench was faced by vexing questions that whether the dependants of a road accident victim, who was either self-employed or working on a fixed salary in a private or unorganised sector can get enhanced compensation after addition of a certain percentage of the salary drawn by the deceased under the head of future prospect.

 

This ruling settles the controversy of the various contradictory ruling on compensation for accident claims by other SC benches.

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India Warily Eyes AI

 

https://www.technolo...warily-eyes-ai/

 

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Technology outsourcing has been India’s only reliable job creator in the past 30 years. Now artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out those gains.

 

Two days after K.S. Sunil Kumar received a promotion, Human Resources phoned him up and asked him to resign.

 

This happened in April, just as Kumar was beginning his ninth year at Tech Mahindra, one of the giants in India’s IT services industry. He worked in engineering services, where he designed components and tools for aerospace firms in North America and Europe. They’d send over specs—the materials available to construct a hinge, and the kind of load it had to bear, and the cost at which it had to be manufactured—and he mocked up options with the help of software. He was a foot soldier in the army of Indian engineers to whom work is outsourced from the West, so that it can be finished at a fraction of the expense. Sometimes he left his base, Tech Mahindra’s Bangalore campus, to serve stints at clients’ offices abroad: in Montreal, Belfast, or Stockholm.

 

When his employment was terminated, Kumar was earning close to $17,000 annually, a nice middle-class salary in India. Around the same time, Tech Mahindra announced profits for the previous financial year of $419 million, on revenue of $4.35 billion. (Tech Mahindra did not respond to a request for comment for this story.) IT services and related offerings in India record annual revenue of $154 billion and employ nearly four million people. The sector’s vigor has relied upon its ability to shave costs lower and lower—upon its ability to arbitrage the cheaply bought skills of workers like Sunil Kumar.

 

…When Kumar lost his job, he became part of a wave of layoffs washing through the Indian IT industry—a term that includes, in its vastness, call centers, engineering services, business process outsourcing firms, and infrastructure management and software companies. The recent layoffs are part of the industry’s most significant period of churn since it began to boom two decades ago. Companies don’t necessarily attribute these layoffs directly to automation, but at the same time, they constantly identify automation as the spark for huge changes in the industry. 

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The size and prestige of India’s IT industry are reflected in the design of Infosys campuses in places such as Bangalore (above).

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New Delhi’s polluted air doesn’t deter distance runners

 

http://www.denverpos...n-polluted-air/

 

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(Denver Post) NEW DELHI — People breathing New Delhi’s acrid air for the past month have suffered burning eyes and rasping throats, so the notion of thousands of distance runners gulping down lungful after lungful may have seemed strange. But even as the polluted air threatens health, India seems to be embracing physical fitness.

 

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon went ahead Sunday, even after a last-minute attempt by the Indian Medical Association to have it postponed.

 

In the cool half-light before dawn, street-dwellers stoked smoking piles of trash to keep warm while race organizers adjusted placards along the route.

 

In the start area, runner Sunil Baxi, who traveled 11 hours by train from the city of Jodhpur to compete, spoke over the blaring motivational music, saying he was thankful the air had gotten clearer.

 

“The gods have sent in the rain yesterday and over the last 48 hours,” he said. “So it’s a blessing for us.”

 
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Men and women wear face masks as they take part in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 in New Delhi on Nov. 19, 2017.

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The World’s Most Polluted City

 

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(National Geographic) On November 7, 2017, doctors in New Delhi declared a recent spike in air pollutants a public health emergency. Breathing air in some parts of the city have been likened to smoking 50 cigarettes in one day.

 

From the skies above to the ground below, Delhi is polluted. This Indian territory, which includes the capital city of New Delhi, is half the size of Rhode Island, and is home to twice the population of New York City.

 

Beijing, China, often makes headlines for its polluted air, but a global study of air pollution in 2014 by the World Health Organization found that Delhi’s air contained several times more fine particulate pollution than Beijing’s. By most measurements, it’s the most polluted area in the world.


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OBAMA FOUNDATION TOWN HALL INDIA

 

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(Obama.org) The Obama Foundation hosts a Town Hall in New Delhi, India with President Barack Obama and hundreds of young Indian leaders from across the country. The Town Hall continues the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen and make an impact — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in this effort.

 

This year, President Obama has hosted events with young people in Germany, Indonesia, and Brazil; now, he is going to India. As one of the most culturally, religiously, linguistically, and ethnically diverse nations on earth, India’s democracy shows us the collective strength of engagement within and across communities. Most of India’s 1 billion people are under 35 years old, an engaged and passionate generation that includes Members of Parliament, Village Sarpanchs, scientists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders who are finding innovative ways to create positive change across India — change that benefits the world.

 

On December 1, the Obama Foundation will host a Town Hall in New Delhi, India with President Obama and hundreds of young Indian leaders from across the country. The Town Hall will expand the conversation about what it means to be an active citizen and make an impact — and how the Obama Foundation can support emerging leaders in this effort.


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Why America could miss out big time on India’s fintech revolution

 

https://techcrunch.c...ech-revolution/

 

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(Tech Crunch) There’s an old trope in the West that India is like Indian trains — exotic, lurching and slow.

 

But tropes can be bad as a business strategy — and this trope is causing American companies to miss out on Indian moonshots and trillion-dollar opportunities.

 

In this article I’ll focus on fintech, which is leapfrogging in a way traditional banking never could. Morgan Stanley expects India’s digital payments penetration to increase from 5 percent today to 20 percent, and the e-commerce market to reach $200 billion, with 475 million e-commerce shoppers, adding up to a GDP upwards of $6 trillion — all by 2027.

 

Just like India’s mobility revolution. Most Indians went from having zero connectivity to being on the mobile internet without ever seeing a PC or even a landline. India now has 800 million mobile phone users with 430 million having internet connectivity. According to Morgan Stanley, the number of internet users is expected to grow to 915 million by 2027.

 

...Because China has already tackled the two biggest obstacles to digital payments — building infrastructure and changing consumer behavior in its own backyard and front yard. By developing a rich ecosystem with strong network effects, WeChat has become the Operating System of China. Alipay has done the same with commercial payments. In 2016, China’s digital payments were already 50 times America’s. Alibaba and Tencent understand ecosystems better than anyone else in the world, including American companies.

 

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In an unusual move, organizers postpone India's major annual science conference

 

http://www.sciencema...ence-conference

 

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(Science) In an unprecedented move, organizers of the annual Indian Science Congress have postponed the prestigious event just days before it was supposed to begin. The move apparently reflects concerns that students at the university hosting the congress would stage protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was scheduled to open the event.

 

More than 10,000 scientists were expected to attend the 105th congress, a 5-day gathering at Osmania University in Hyderabad in southern India. But just 12 days before its 3 January start, organizers announced they had “indefinitely postponed” the event and that a “further course of action" will be announced. The decision was “due to certain issues [on] the campus,” the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) in Kolkata said in a statement.

 

The group pushed back, however, on reports that organizers were worried that students opposed to the Modi government’s policies would try to disrupt the proceedings, stating that the “postponement has no relation to the … Prime Minister’s visit to the event.” 

 

“I am disappointed and not happy with the situation,” says nanotechnologist Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of India’s Department of Science Technology in New Delhi, which helps partially fund the congress.

 

“The loss of face is immense and the so-called security issues do not amount to much,” complained an editorial in The Indian Express. “[A] few students, belonging to Dalit, backward, minority and left-wing groups, are expected to demonstrate against the prime minister … but a campus is where feelings and arguments can and should run high. It is the crucible of future politics, and politicians should engage with student protesters rather than seek insulation from them.”

 

 

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Inside India’s epic effort to bring electricity to millions of people for the first time

 

 

http://www.latimes.c...-htmlstory.html

 

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(Los Angeles Times) Seventy years after independence, India is racing to connect thousands of villages to power grids for the first time, a mammoth undertaking that aims to reach more than a quarter of a billion people who lack electricity and accelerate the country’s rise into the ranks of the world’s great economies.

 

The rural electrification drive also seeks to solve one of India’s most vexing contradictions: A country known for producing armadas of engineers and high-tech hubs that serve Fortune 500 companies still includes a vast hinterland where children study by flickering lamps, women hike long distances to collect firewood and men send their cellphones miles away to be charged.

 

…In rural areas, India’s central planners had focused on providing electricity for agricultural production, but powering households was not a priority. As India’s economy boomed, its predominantly state-run electricity companies struggled to meet the demands of cities while villages fell further behind.

 

The World Bank reported in 2015 that 311 million Indians — one-quarter of the population — lacked reliable power, nearly all in the countryside. India, which has four times the population of the United States, can produce one-quarter as much electricity: about 330,000 megawatts, more than half of which comes from coal.

 

…As studies have underlined the benefits of universal electricity access — better educational outcomes for children, greater school attendance for girls, lower risk of respiratory illnesses brought on by kerosene use, and increased security — successive Indian governments have promised to bring power to all.


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Supreme Court judges lash out at chief justice

 

http://www.aljazeera...2100257052.html

 

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(Al Jazeera) New Delhi, India - Four senior judges of India's Supreme Court have lashed out at the workings of the country's top court, directing blame at Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

 

In a press conference on Friday in New Delhi, the first of its kind, they alleged poor administration at the powerful institution and warned that democracy may not survive.

 

"Sometimes, the administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. There are many things less than desirable that have happened in the last few months," said Justice Jasti Chelameswar. "The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country."

 

The four judges, including Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph, said in a letter addressed to the chief justice that certain judicial orders have "adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system".

 

The letter criticised how the "roster" - the member or bench assigned to hear a particular case - was assigned "without any rational basis for such assignment".


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Israel's Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

 

http://www.businessi...re-visit-2018-1

 

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Tel Aviv has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years.

 

…Israel has given initial approval for Indian energy companies to explore oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean, in the first such move by Indian firms in that region.

 

 

Can India Really Play 'Best Friends' to Israel, Palestine and Iran at the Same Time?
 

https://www.haaretz....l-news/1.834845

 

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(Haaretz) Netanyahu calls India - Israel relations a 'marriage made in heaven'. For the arms trade and public relations, it certainly is. But as Modi won't betray the Palestinians or renounce the Iranians, it resembles more an open marriage - and that might be far less sustainable.

 

De-hyphenate!' 

 

That's the word being used to describe India's nimble delinking of bilateral relations with Israel and with Palestine. And that potential victory of political pragmatism, if not gymnastics, will be on full display this week, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Prime Minster Narendra Modi, as part of a six-day tour of India.

 

Netanyahu's visit is the sibling of Narendra Modi's July 2017 visit to Israel (and their prior meeting at the UN General Assembly) during which Modi didn't visit Palestine. The increasing closeness between the leaders, at least in front of the cameras, illustrates what many describe as a tectonic shift in diplomatic relations between India and Israel.  

 

But the Palestinian issue hasn't disappeared; Iran is still a stumbling block; and the two countries' mutual interest in outsized weapons deals plays a critical role in relations. Not that you'd pick that up at all from the flowery language used by Modi and Netanyahu – and that's deliberate and calculated, from both sides

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival at the Palam Air Force Station, New Delhi. January 14, 2018.
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This is a follow up to a story cited in post #52 above.

 

Powerful Attack on India's System of Corruption Comes from Unlikely Power Center—Its Courts

 

https://www.alternet...-court-nepotism

 

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(Alternet) It has alternately been called a mutiny, a call to conscience, an unconscionable act. When four of India’s Supreme Court judges (a total of 25 sit in 13 benches in this highest court of the land) took the unusual step of addressing ills within the court to the nation’s media, it shook all sections. In this unprecedented move, they challenged the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for alleged nepotism in assigning cases to pre-chosen benches. The press conference was held at the residence of the number two justice, Jasti Chelameswar. The others in attendance were Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph. As the Indian Express reports, “in a letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra [these justices] expressed concern on certain judicial orders passed by the top court which… [have] ‘adversely affected the overall functioning of the justice delivery system.’”

 

At the press conference, the judges also released a six-page later, one sent to the CJI months earlier expressing these concerns, which still have not been addressed. Essentially, they flagged the issue of how certain cases—crucial to the policies being pushed through by the political establishment, or those critical to its ideology—were being given to certain pre-fixed benches of the court. The issue raised was, who is Master of the Roster? The senior justices have argued that the rules and established practices make the CJI “only the first amongst the equals, nothing more or nothing less.”

 

It was a dramatic view coming from an institution regarded for its aloofness and austerity, one that has looked at media mongering askance: “‘The four of us are convinced that unless this institution is preserved and it maintains its equanimity, democracy will not survive in this country,’ Justice J. Chelameswar said on the lawns of his residence on Friday, January 12.” The judges also made available a letter written by them to the Chief Justice two months ago, alleging “selective assignment of cases to preferred judges” and that “sensitive cases were being allotted to junior judges.

 

Two days after this dramatic development, four retired judges—one of the Supreme Court and three of High Courts—in an open letter endorsed the concerns addressed in the press conference. 

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India’s premier research lab network gets cold shoulder in new budget

 

http://www.sciencema...lder-new-budget

 

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(Science) NEW DELHI—When the Indian government rolled out its national budget for 2018–19 here yesterday, many researchers could breathe a sigh of relief: Most science agencies got modest but inflation-beating increases. Not the 4600 scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) here. The national network of 38 premier scientific laboratories is slated to receive $711.7 million, a 3.3% increase—only about half this year’s forecasted inflation rate.

 

In 2015, the government sought to wean CSIR off the federal coffer, directing it to raise up to half its budget by commercializing its technologies. The council has made headway toward that target, and now funds about a quarter of its budget from outside sources. The cash-strapped labs took another hit last year, when new rules on salaries, pensions, and perks for government employees forced the council to raid its research budget for the increased personnel costs.

 

“Sometimes a little tightening of the belt is good for the system,” CSIR’s Director General Girish Sahni told Science. As a result, he says, CSIR labs “have become focused.” 

But the budget news has left rank-and-file CSIR scientists crestfallen. “The miniscule increase would ensure that a resource crunch remains a perennial headache,” says one CSIR scientist who requested anonymity. Most of the council’s budget is now funnelled to salaries and pension payments, and on keeping the lights on at the institutes. “We can’t give money for our research programs,” the scientist says.

 

CSIR fared worse than other science agencies. Overall, India’s civilian R&D spending is set to rise 10.8%, to $8.1 billion. Big winners include India’s space program, which will get a 17.8% boost, and renewable energy with a hefty 26.1% increase. The Department of Science & Technology and the Department of Biotechnology, which together fund the lion’s share of India’s basic research, will increase 8.8% and 6.7%, respectively—relatively flat budgets taking inflation into account.

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The Central Building Research Institute in Roorkee, India, and other top labs are in for more belt-tightening.

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Need I remind people that, just last year, the largest strike in human history occurred in India? 

The working class here is clearly class conscious, but they gave Modi the benefit of the doubt at the time because corruption really was that awful. But now it's looking like the supposed short-term benefits (rooting out black money) were largely a failure and there has been virtually no relief. Idealism dies easily when you're hungry.

 

Revolution? My concern is that left politics in india are dominated by 19th century rhetoric and any revolution they have would simply be co-opted by state capitalists like what happened with the USSR and others.


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Violent Clash Over Flag Ceremony Is Latest Flashpoint in Hindu-Muslim Conflicts

 

https://www.alternet...uslim-conflicts

 

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(Alternet) The communal violence that erupted in a town in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Republic Day, January 26, again highlights the point that from the problematic perspective of the country’s Hindu supremacists, Indian Muslims can never be trusted to be, or to do good. Not even when they enthusiastically organize a program in their neighborhood to unfurl the national flag as a mark of respect for the tricolor, love for the country. Not even if the venue chosen for the occasion happens to be a spot named to honor the memory of a Muslim soldier, Abdul Hamid, whose act of extraordinary courage and sacrifice gave the Indian army a crucial edge during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. For this, Hamid was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military honor.

 

According to reports in the media, in the January 26 Hindu-Muslim clash, both sides resorted to private firing, leading to the death of a Hindu, Chandan Gupta, and serious injury to a Muslim, “Prince.” A day later, ABP news channel released a video showing Muslim vehicles and business establishments being selectively targeted and torched while the police stood mute witness.

 

Police have set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the riots. That the Indian police are not free from communal bias is a fact that has in the past been publicly acknowledged and reported by many serving and retired police officers, and also by judicial inquiry commissions. Given this, and the fact that the Indian police functions as a force subservient to political bosses rather than one committed to impartial, independent enforcement of rule of law, what the SIT will produce is anyone’s guess. Especially so in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where a Hindu priest donned in saffron currently occupies the Chief Minister’s chair. 

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India freedom fighter's daughter calls for DNA test of his remains

 

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(The National) The daughter of one of India’s most iconic freedom fighters, Subhas Chandra Bose, has called for a DNA test of her father’s remains to put to rest the “fantastic claims” and conspiracies surrounding his mysterious death.

 

In the foreword to a new book about her father's death, Anita Bose Pfaff, an economist in Germany, repeats her belief that Bose died in an air crash in Taiwan in 1945 and that his cremated remains reside in the Renkoji Temple in Tokyo.

 

A DNA test will provide proof, “provided DNA can be extracted from the bones remaining after his cremation”, Ms Pfaff wrote. “However, the governments of India and Japan would have to agree to such an attempt.”

 

Laid to Rest: The Controversy Over Subhas Chandra Bose’s Death, written by Ashis Ray, the grandson of Bose’s brother, builds on 30 years of research and includes excerpted documents supporting Ms Pfaff’s belief.

 

But the book is doing little to shake the convictions of those who doubt the air crash theory — who are sure that Bose’s life after 1945 was every bit as audacious and enigmatic as his life until then. “Netaji”, or “Leader”, as Bose was known, is as divisive in death as he was during the freedom struggle.

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Indian nationalist leader Subhash Chandra Bose (centre) shakes hands with Adolf Hitler in Berlin in May 1942.

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India to help build nuclear plant in Bangladesh

 

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(The Hindu) India, Bangladesh and Russia have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.

 

“Today [Thursday] was a landmark event for both our countries — and the industry as a whole. We are confident that this is the first step towards the formation of a new, forward-looking cooperation agenda in the region,” said Nikolay Spassky, Deputy Director-General for international relations of Rosatom, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation.

 

The MoU was signed in Moscow by the Department of Atomic Energy of India, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh and Rosatom.

 

Russia is building the nuclear power plant in Bangladesh on a turnkey basis.

 

Indian companies can be involved in construction and installation works and in the supply of equipment of a non-critical category .

 


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In India, a Preference for Male Babies

 

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(Alternet) Hindu-majority India places its goddesses on very high pedestals. For knowledge you think of Saraswati; for wealth you pray to Lakshmi; for power you bow before Kali. Knowledge, wealth, power…what more can a man dream of?

 

Sadly, reverence for goddesses does not translate into respect for women. If anything, it’s misogyny of the kind and to the extent that India has gained infamy as a country of “missing women” and “unwanted girls.” And their numbers are counted in millions. Now, with over three decades of neoliberalism and its own brand of atomization, coupled with resurgent medieval supremacism in politics, these archaic, even brutal beliefs have gotten further sanction.

 

The Times of India ran a headline, "21 million ‘unwanted’ girls, 63 million ‘missing’ women" on January 29, while the Washington Post also reported it with a similar headline.

 

News reports like these were splashed across the globe the same day all based on estimates provided by none other than the Indian government in its annual economic survey for 2017-'18. “We know that the sex ratio in India is highly skewed,” the government’s chief economic adviser, Arvind Subramanian, said at a press briefing on the eve of the presentation of the Union government’s annual budget.

 

The “highly skewed” sex ratio results from the fact that some 2 million women go “missing” every year across age groups because of abortion of female fetuses, disease, neglect and inadequate nutrition. At the same time, Indians have a “meta-preference” for sons. So if a girl is born, they go on having children till they get a son. As a result, the country has 21 million “unwanted" girls.


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