Tag Archives: India

Responding to India’s internet clampdown

By Susan Morgan and David Sullivan WASHINGTON: Last week, the Indian government missed an opportunity to show the world the right way to handle social media in a time of crisis. With rumours about unrest sweeping the subcontinent via social media and SMS and prompting mass population movements, even stalwart free speech advocates saw justification for urgent measures. Unfortunately, instead ...

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North-East rocks as exodus subsides

While there is steady decline in the exodus of North-East people from the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune in the weekend, Pakistan refuted India’s charges that the morphed pictures of Assam and Myanmar violence which sparked the crisis had originated on its soil. The Pakistani sources told IANS that these were untrue. “Instead of indulging in mud-slinging and blame ...

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Internet access to cost more in India

The cost of accessing Internet is not fixed by the government but it has decided to impose 8 percent as licence fee on all internet service providers which would promptly reflect in consumers’ bills. This is in addition to the service tax which is already at 14 percent now. The tariff for internet services are governed by the Telecom Tariff ...

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PM congratulates Mary Kom on her Olympic medal

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has congratulated Mary Kom on her winning the bronze medal in women’s boxing at London Olympics-2012. “I join the nation in congratulating boxer Mary Kom for winning the Olympic bronze medal in the 51 kg women`s boxing event. She showed great discipline and determination and has done India proud,” he said in a statement.

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5 Serial blasts rock Pune, Home Minister Shinde’s visit deferred

Five explosions rocked Pune, the second-tier city of India, on wednesday evening hours before the scheduled visit of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to a function at Pune’s Gandharv Theatre, while the sixth explosive was defused by an alert security team, reminding similar explosions which rocked the city of Bangalore in July 2008. The bombs were placed in garbage can ...

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The decline of Kallai’s timber industry

By Zenobia Khaleel KOZHIKODE: As one gazes down the Kallai Bridge to the listless river below, the log strewn water, the floating debris, and the overcrowded banks paint a sorry picture that belies Kallai’s glorious past and the focal part it played in shaping the commercial landscape of Calicut. In its long sustained heyday, the Kallai timber industry was second ...

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India all set to roll out ‘free-medicines-for-all scheme’ but corruption stalks in vicinity

India has set aside Rs.100 crore for providing free medicines to all patients attending a government hospital fom October under the free-medicines-for-all scheme. Nearly 22 percent of the country’s population is dependent upon the government hospitals which is expected to increase to 52 percent by 2017. Currently, there are 160,000 divisional hospitals, 23,000 primary health centres, 5,000 community health centres ...

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Back to Basics: Why S&P downgraded India?

To be precise, double-talk, greed, corruption and an unmanageable economy have landed India on par with a country like Tunisia, which had undergone political upheaval recently and landed itself in Negative sovereign rating. Double talk by the government, assuring the likes of G-7 or G-20 that its subsidies are being offset by a hike in oil price but indeed hiking ...

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Why India lacks scientific vigour?

Why India lacks scientific vigour? Why is it that India is lagging far behind the West and now the East, especially behind Japan, China and South Korea? In a country of more than 1.2 billion people, science graduates are more than half of the educated youth coming out the universities but the pattern has seen no change. Indian students are ...

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India, China face worst consequences of asbestos use: experts

By Sujeet Rajan NEW YORK: India and China are headed for “an absolute catastrophe of death and disease” because of likely massive jump in asbestos-related diseases in the coming decades, says a report written by Pulitzer winning journalist Gary Cohn. Citing numerous scientific studies and two of the world’s most prominent experts on public health and asbestos exposure, Cohn, writes ...

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India’s vote against Sri Lanka to cost it dearer in future

Indian diplomacy has shown twist in its policy when it voted against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, ignoring the future of its own destiny in the event of similar onslaught on its secessionist movements in the north-east and in Jammu and Kashmir. By toeing the line of the US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka, India ...

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India State of Forest Report 2011: AP registers 281 sqkm decline

Twelve states/UTs have shown decrease in the forest cover to the extent of 867sqkm while AP’s decline of 281 sqkm is mainly attributed to harvesting of mature plantation of Eucalyptus and other species and in the norhte-east, it was mainly due to prevailing practice of shifting cultivation, said the India State of Forest Report 2011, released on Tuesday. Published biannually ...

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What PM said on hunger and malnutrition?

The following is the text of the Prime Minister’s address while releasing HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition) Report-2011 in New Delhi on Tuesday. “There are nearly 16 crore children in the country below the age of 6 years. In the years to come, these children will join our work-force as scientists, as farmers, as teachers, as data operators, as artisans, as ...

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India announces new pension scheme for NRIs

The Pension and Life Insurance Fund (PLIF) for overseas Indian workers, which got the Union Cabinet’s nod on Wednesday, will only be valid for those who take proper immigration clearance before going abroad to work, according to Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vyalar Ravi. Speaking to the media at the curtain raiser for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, scheduled to ...

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India is free from Bird Flu: Ministry

India has declared itself free from bird flu (H5N1) as of Dec. 29, 2011 though it said the surveillance will continue, in the vulnerable areas bordering the infected countries and in areas visited by migratory birds. Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture has advised the States to maintain vigil against the disease. Outbreak of ...

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3.15 lakh jobs created in 12th Quarter: India Labour Ministry Survey

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has released the twelfth quarterly survey on the effect of global financial crisis and economic slowdown in India since September 2008. The current survey conducted by the Labour Bureau covers the period July to September, 2011. In the twelfth quick employment survey, the sample establishments covered in the previous survey have been revisited to ...

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New paradigm shift in India’s welfare programmes

The government will focus on welfare measures in a broader perspective than before, said a statement from the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The paradigm shift in its approach to social sector issues, which were earlier only welfare oriented, will now look at holistic empowerment, especially of the marginalized.  The emphasis continues to be on empowerment and development of ...

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Consumer complaints reach 10,434 in November despite problems in online ‘form’

Despite a faulty phone line and incoherent online form, the National Consumer Helpline (NCH) received 10,434 calls and 634 online complaints during November 2011. But this clearly shows how the government website is dissuading people from freely registering their complaints online. For instance, if you choose telecom, the form shows only MTNL in the options. It means people in other ...

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