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  • India's Supreme Court will Review Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

    Friday, February 05, 2016
    This was the last legal avenue for those seeking to use the courts to strike down the law. Otherwise, any future decisions will rest with the country's politicians who are largely conservative and oppose any changes. Although the law banning homosexuality is rarely enforced in India, it is used to intimidate, harass, blackmail and extort money from homosexuals. Most cases go unreported as victims are too scared to report crimes to the police, fearing they will be punished too, activists say.   read more
  • Pakistan Man Could Get 10 Years in Prison for Flying India Flag in Tribute to Indian Cricket Captain

    Thursday, February 04, 2016
    Police said that Draz, who had hoisted the Indian flag, went on the run but was caught. "It's illegal to hoist the flag of another country," police officer Ismail Khan said. "Yesterday he was presented before a local court and sent to jail" while he awaits trial. The detained man told the media that he is a fan of Kohli, who secured India's victory in the Twenty20 International against Australia this week. Police confirmed that Draz had photographs of the cricketer all over his house.   read more
  • Rights Group Seeks Probe into Indian Police Inaction over Rape Complaints

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016
    Thirteen women said they were raped by police and security forces during anti-Maoist raids in Nendra village between Jan. 11 and 14. "Two men caught hold of me and dragged me inside my house. They took off my clothes, tore my blouse and pressed my breasts," said one woman. "One policeman raped me and said, 'We will burn down your houses. If it wasn’t daytime, we' have killed you.'" Despite changes to India's anti-rape laws, it took a week for the first complaint to be recorded.   read more
  • Female Protesters Storm Hindu Temple that Bars Women

    Monday, February 01, 2016
    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met women activists the day after hundreds of them tried to force their way into the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar in western India, clashing with villagers. Police briefly detained the protesters. "Indian culture and the Hindu religion have always given women the right to worship," Fadnavis said in a tweet late on Tuesday. "A change in tradition in accordance with the times is our culture. Discrimination in worshipping is not our culture."   read more
  • Nepal's Crisis Drags on as Ethnic Minorities Reject Charter Amendment

    Saturday, January 30, 2016
    More than 50 people have died since the ethnic Madhesis, backed by some other smaller ethnic groups, launched protests in the landlocked, Himalayan country's southern plains against the amendment to the constitution. Protests at the border have prevented trucks from entering from neighboring India since September, causing fuel shortages and rationing in Nepal. Deliveries of relief supplies to communities hit by earthquakes in April and May last year have also been disrupted.   read more

Top Stories

  • India to Build Satellite Tracking Station in Vietnam that Offers Eye on China

    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Under Prime Minister Modi, India has shown a greater willingness to step up security ties with countries such as Vietnam, overriding concerns this would upset China, military officials said. "You want to engage Vietnam in every sphere. The reason is obvious - China," said retired Indian Air Force group captain Ajay Lele. Both India and Vietnam are also modernising their militaries in the face of Beijing's growing assertiveness, having separately fought wars with China in past decades.   read more
  • India, France Sign Rafale Fighter Plane Accord but Haggle over Price

    Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Hollande and Modi stepped into the Rafale deal last year, commencing talks after commercial negotiations with Dassault had collapsed. The leaders agreed to scale back the original plan for 126 Rafale planes to just 36 in flyaway condition, to meet the Indian Air Force's urgent needs, as it faces an assertive China and long-time foe Pakistan. The deal is part of a $150-billion military overhaul India has launched, drawing global arms makers into one of the world's biggest markets.   read more
  • In Face of Supreme Court Inquiry, Government Defends Banning of Women from Famed Temple

    Friday, January 22, 2016
    Scores of women took to social media in a campaign launched as #happytobleed, after the head of the temple said he would consider allowing women to enter if there was a machine to check if they were menstruating. In India, menstruation is rarely discussed openly and menstrual blood is considered impure. In many communities, menstruating girls and women are not allowed to prepare food or enter a temple. This ban came under legal scrutiny last week, but government officials defended the ban.   read more

Controversies

  • Name Game Erupts Over Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road

    Monday, August 31, 2015
    Lazy populism once again took centre stage with the renaming of Aurangzeb Road in the capital as APJ Abdul Kalam Marg, in memory of the 83-year-old former president who died in July. However, the choice of road has been objected to by Muslim groups and politicians who claim it to be the result of an anti-Muslim political agenda.   read more
  • Mumbai Police Still Clueless Over Moral Policing Raids

    Friday, August 14, 2015
    The Mumbai police have not exactly covered themselves with glory with their recent moral policing raids. First they booked several couples for alleged indecent behaviour. Following a public outcry, the police decided to order an inquiry. But the officer leading the inquiry found himself transferred out of Mumbai on a ‘punishment posting’. Then, barely 24 hours later, the state government cancelled his transfer. Does anyone in charge know what they are doing?   read more
  • Maharashtra to Derecognize Madrasas Not Teaching English, Maths, Science

    Saturday, July 04, 2015
    The Maharashtra government has sparked a controversy by declaring that madrasas, or Islamic seminaries, that do not teach primary subjects such as English and mathematics would be considered "non-schools" and their students "out-of-school" children. Muslim leaders and opposition parties have criticised the move as discriminatory and unconstitutional.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Municipal Engineer Found With Rs. 20 Crore ($3 Million) Stashed at Home

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Pranab Adhikari, a sub-assistant engineer in charge of approving building plans in Howrah, West Bengal, was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh ($1,500) last week. When officers of the anti-corruption branch searched his modest home at Bally, they found a staggering Rs. 20 crore ($3 million) in cash hidden under the floor tiles, in cupboards, inside mattresses, sofas, and even inside the commode in the bathroom.   read more
  • U.S. Firm Admits to Bribing Officials to Win Contracts in Goa and Guwahati

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    A U.S. construction management company, Louis Berger, has agreed to pay $17.1 million in criminal fines to resolve charges that it bribed officials in 4 countries, including India where it won two water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati. The firm paid bribes of $976,630 for its Goa project, including to a minister whose name has not been disclosed by the U.S. Department of Justice.   read more
  • Cricket’s Day of Reckoning

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Reality caught up with Indian cricket on Tuesday with the Justice RM Lodha committee announcing a two-year ban on former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Two prominent club officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, also got life bans for betting on IPL games or being in contact with illegal gamblers. But will this verdict succeed in cleaning up Indian cricket?   read more

India and the World

  • Japan to Participate in India’s Naval Exercises With U.S.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Japan is expected to take part in the 2015 edition of India’s joint naval exercises with the United States that are scheduled in October. This is being seen as a sign of stronger military and diplomatic ties between India and Japan, and an attempt by India to recover its position as the dominant maritime power in the Indian Ocean that has recently seen inroads by China.   read more
  • Modi Sets Agenda for Pakistan Visit: Deal With Terror

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad next year. In doing so, Modi has set the agenda for dialogue with Pakistan: dealing with terrorism.   read more
  • Modi Pushes BRICS Towards Further Cooperation

    Friday, July 10, 2015
    The group of emerging economies known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are as different in their values as they are in their economic growth. This informal club has in the past decade largely spent its time challenging the developed world. But the time has now come for closer cooperation and coordination, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who proposed a 10-point initiative at the ongoing BRICS summit.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Another Indian CEO Takes Charge in Silicon Valley

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Sundar Pichai’s elevation as CEO of Google is being seen as a logical extension of his rapid ascent at the search giant: a protégé of current CEO Larry Page who had been groomed for the job with increasing responsibilities in recent years. The 43-year-old IIT alumnus joins the growing list of Indian-born executives to reach the top ranks of tech companies in the U.S.   read more
  • Pachauri Replaced at TERI Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    The former UN climate change panel (IPCC) chief, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, has been removed from his post as head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi. The move came days after a court allowed Pachauri to return to his office while facing sexual harassment allegations.   read more
  • DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan Gets Cabinet Minister Perks, But Not Official Status

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    Poor Ashish Khetan. The AAP leader first announced that he had got the status of a cabinet minister as the vice-chairman of the newly instituted Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). But once the political implications of this largesse became evident, the AAP government quickly denied that he had ministerial status. But it nevertheless let him keep all the goodies entitled to a state cabinet minister.   read more

Unusual News

  • 75,000 Apply for 30 Peon Jobs in Chhattisgarh

    Friday, August 28, 2015
    It is a sad commentary on the few opportunities available in Chhattisgarh when 75,000 people, including engineers and university graduates, apply for 30 vacancies as peons (office boys) in the state government. This large number shocked even officials, who were ill-prepared to conduct an examination test for so many. They were forced to cancel the examination scheduled this Sunday, August 30.   read more
  • SBI Error Turns Domestic Help Into Billionaire

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    This is a rags to riches story – and back again – courtesy the State Bank of India (SBI). Urmila Yadav, who works as a domestic help in Kanpur, recently found she was one of India's richest women when the Rs 2,000 ($32) in her bank account suddenly turned into Rs 95,71,16,98,647 ($1.5 billion).   read more
  • Delhi College Demands RTI Applicant Pay Rs. 80,000 ($1,257) for Info

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    A decade has passed since the landmark Right to Information (RTI) Act came into effect, providing ordinary citizens with the power to demand details from their government on its functioning and its decisions. Yet the bureaucracy still finds innovative ways to deny this information, as Kumar Ram Krishna, a history teacher in Delhi, found out recently when he was asked to cough up Rs 80,000 ($1,257) for the information he wanted.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Energy Coordination Committee

    The Energy Coordination Committee guides government policies on energy. Chaired by the prime minister, the committee comprises Union Ministers of Finance, Power, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Coal and Non-Conventional Energy Sources, the deputy chai...   more

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  • Bansal, Pawan Kumar

      Pawan Kumar Bansal has served as the Minister of Railways since October 28, 2012. Bansal has been a high-level leader in the Indian National Congress since the mid-1970s, working in and, as an elected official, representing Chandigarh. ...   more

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  • India's Supreme Court will Review Law Criminalizing Gay Sex

    Friday, February 05, 2016
    This was the last legal avenue for those seeking to use the courts to strike down the law. Otherwise, any future decisions will rest with the country's politicians who are largely conservative and oppose any changes. Although the law banning homosexuality is rarely enforced in India, it is used to intimidate, harass, blackmail and extort money from homosexuals. Most cases go unreported as victims are too scared to report crimes to the police, fearing they will be punished too, activists say.   read more
  • Pakistan Man Could Get 10 Years in Prison for Flying India Flag in Tribute to Indian Cricket Captain

    Thursday, February 04, 2016
    Police said that Draz, who had hoisted the Indian flag, went on the run but was caught. "It's illegal to hoist the flag of another country," police officer Ismail Khan said. "Yesterday he was presented before a local court and sent to jail" while he awaits trial. The detained man told the media that he is a fan of Kohli, who secured India's victory in the Twenty20 International against Australia this week. Police confirmed that Draz had photographs of the cricketer all over his house.   read more
  • Rights Group Seeks Probe into Indian Police Inaction over Rape Complaints

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016
    Thirteen women said they were raped by police and security forces during anti-Maoist raids in Nendra village between Jan. 11 and 14. "Two men caught hold of me and dragged me inside my house. They took off my clothes, tore my blouse and pressed my breasts," said one woman. "One policeman raped me and said, 'We will burn down your houses. If it wasn’t daytime, we' have killed you.'" Despite changes to India's anti-rape laws, it took a week for the first complaint to be recorded.   read more
  • Female Protesters Storm Hindu Temple that Bars Women

    Monday, February 01, 2016
    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met women activists the day after hundreds of them tried to force their way into the Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar in western India, clashing with villagers. Police briefly detained the protesters. "Indian culture and the Hindu religion have always given women the right to worship," Fadnavis said in a tweet late on Tuesday. "A change in tradition in accordance with the times is our culture. Discrimination in worshipping is not our culture."   read more
  • Nepal's Crisis Drags on as Ethnic Minorities Reject Charter Amendment

    Saturday, January 30, 2016
    More than 50 people have died since the ethnic Madhesis, backed by some other smaller ethnic groups, launched protests in the landlocked, Himalayan country's southern plains against the amendment to the constitution. Protests at the border have prevented trucks from entering from neighboring India since September, causing fuel shortages and rationing in Nepal. Deliveries of relief supplies to communities hit by earthquakes in April and May last year have also been disrupted.   read more

Top Stories

  • India to Build Satellite Tracking Station in Vietnam that Offers Eye on China

    Friday, January 29, 2016
    Under Prime Minister Modi, India has shown a greater willingness to step up security ties with countries such as Vietnam, overriding concerns this would upset China, military officials said. "You want to engage Vietnam in every sphere. The reason is obvious - China," said retired Indian Air Force group captain Ajay Lele. Both India and Vietnam are also modernising their militaries in the face of Beijing's growing assertiveness, having separately fought wars with China in past decades.   read more
  • India, France Sign Rafale Fighter Plane Accord but Haggle over Price

    Thursday, January 28, 2016
    Hollande and Modi stepped into the Rafale deal last year, commencing talks after commercial negotiations with Dassault had collapsed. The leaders agreed to scale back the original plan for 126 Rafale planes to just 36 in flyaway condition, to meet the Indian Air Force's urgent needs, as it faces an assertive China and long-time foe Pakistan. The deal is part of a $150-billion military overhaul India has launched, drawing global arms makers into one of the world's biggest markets.   read more
  • In Face of Supreme Court Inquiry, Government Defends Banning of Women from Famed Temple

    Friday, January 22, 2016
    Scores of women took to social media in a campaign launched as #happytobleed, after the head of the temple said he would consider allowing women to enter if there was a machine to check if they were menstruating. In India, menstruation is rarely discussed openly and menstrual blood is considered impure. In many communities, menstruating girls and women are not allowed to prepare food or enter a temple. This ban came under legal scrutiny last week, but government officials defended the ban.   read more

Controversies

  • Name Game Erupts Over Delhi’s Aurangzeb Road

    Monday, August 31, 2015
    Lazy populism once again took centre stage with the renaming of Aurangzeb Road in the capital as APJ Abdul Kalam Marg, in memory of the 83-year-old former president who died in July. However, the choice of road has been objected to by Muslim groups and politicians who claim it to be the result of an anti-Muslim political agenda.   read more
  • Mumbai Police Still Clueless Over Moral Policing Raids

    Friday, August 14, 2015
    The Mumbai police have not exactly covered themselves with glory with their recent moral policing raids. First they booked several couples for alleged indecent behaviour. Following a public outcry, the police decided to order an inquiry. But the officer leading the inquiry found himself transferred out of Mumbai on a ‘punishment posting’. Then, barely 24 hours later, the state government cancelled his transfer. Does anyone in charge know what they are doing?   read more
  • Maharashtra to Derecognize Madrasas Not Teaching English, Maths, Science

    Saturday, July 04, 2015
    The Maharashtra government has sparked a controversy by declaring that madrasas, or Islamic seminaries, that do not teach primary subjects such as English and mathematics would be considered "non-schools" and their students "out-of-school" children. Muslim leaders and opposition parties have criticised the move as discriminatory and unconstitutional.   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • Municipal Engineer Found With Rs. 20 Crore ($3 Million) Stashed at Home

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015
    Pranab Adhikari, a sub-assistant engineer in charge of approving building plans in Howrah, West Bengal, was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh ($1,500) last week. When officers of the anti-corruption branch searched his modest home at Bally, they found a staggering Rs. 20 crore ($3 million) in cash hidden under the floor tiles, in cupboards, inside mattresses, sofas, and even inside the commode in the bathroom.   read more
  • U.S. Firm Admits to Bribing Officials to Win Contracts in Goa and Guwahati

    Saturday, July 18, 2015
    A U.S. construction management company, Louis Berger, has agreed to pay $17.1 million in criminal fines to resolve charges that it bribed officials in 4 countries, including India where it won two water developmental projects in Goa and Guwahati. The firm paid bribes of $976,630 for its Goa project, including to a minister whose name has not been disclosed by the U.S. Department of Justice.   read more
  • Cricket’s Day of Reckoning

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    Reality caught up with Indian cricket on Tuesday with the Justice RM Lodha committee announcing a two-year ban on former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Two prominent club officials, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, also got life bans for betting on IPL games or being in contact with illegal gamblers. But will this verdict succeed in cleaning up Indian cricket?   read more

India and the World

  • Japan to Participate in India’s Naval Exercises With U.S.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015
    Japan is expected to take part in the 2015 edition of India’s joint naval exercises with the United States that are scheduled in October. This is being seen as a sign of stronger military and diplomatic ties between India and Japan, and an attempt by India to recover its position as the dominant maritime power in the Indian Ocean that has recently seen inroads by China.   read more
  • Modi Sets Agenda for Pakistan Visit: Deal With Terror

    Saturday, July 11, 2015
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted an invitation from his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to attend the SAARC summit in Islamabad next year. In doing so, Modi has set the agenda for dialogue with Pakistan: dealing with terrorism.   read more
  • Modi Pushes BRICS Towards Further Cooperation

    Friday, July 10, 2015
    The group of emerging economies known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are as different in their values as they are in their economic growth. This informal club has in the past decade largely spent its time challenging the developed world. But the time has now come for closer cooperation and coordination, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who proposed a 10-point initiative at the ongoing BRICS summit.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Another Indian CEO Takes Charge in Silicon Valley

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    Sundar Pichai’s elevation as CEO of Google is being seen as a logical extension of his rapid ascent at the search giant: a protégé of current CEO Larry Page who had been groomed for the job with increasing responsibilities in recent years. The 43-year-old IIT alumnus joins the growing list of Indian-born executives to reach the top ranks of tech companies in the U.S.   read more
  • Pachauri Replaced at TERI Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Friday, July 24, 2015
    The former UN climate change panel (IPCC) chief, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, has been removed from his post as head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Delhi. The move came days after a court allowed Pachauri to return to his office while facing sexual harassment allegations.   read more
  • DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan Gets Cabinet Minister Perks, But Not Official Status

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    Poor Ashish Khetan. The AAP leader first announced that he had got the status of a cabinet minister as the vice-chairman of the newly instituted Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). But once the political implications of this largesse became evident, the AAP government quickly denied that he had ministerial status. But it nevertheless let him keep all the goodies entitled to a state cabinet minister.   read more

Unusual News

  • 75,000 Apply for 30 Peon Jobs in Chhattisgarh

    Friday, August 28, 2015
    It is a sad commentary on the few opportunities available in Chhattisgarh when 75,000 people, including engineers and university graduates, apply for 30 vacancies as peons (office boys) in the state government. This large number shocked even officials, who were ill-prepared to conduct an examination test for so many. They were forced to cancel the examination scheduled this Sunday, August 30.   read more
  • SBI Error Turns Domestic Help Into Billionaire

    Sunday, July 26, 2015
    This is a rags to riches story – and back again – courtesy the State Bank of India (SBI). Urmila Yadav, who works as a domestic help in Kanpur, recently found she was one of India's richest women when the Rs 2,000 ($32) in her bank account suddenly turned into Rs 95,71,16,98,647 ($1.5 billion).   read more
  • Delhi College Demands RTI Applicant Pay Rs. 80,000 ($1,257) for Info

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    A decade has passed since the landmark Right to Information (RTI) Act came into effect, providing ordinary citizens with the power to demand details from their government on its functioning and its decisions. Yet the bureaucracy still finds innovative ways to deny this information, as Kumar Ram Krishna, a history teacher in Delhi, found out recently when he was asked to cough up Rs 80,000 ($1,257) for the information he wanted.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Prime Minister’s Office

    The office of the prime minister, who heads the federal government, consists of his advisors and secretaries. An advisor, a national security advisor, a communications advisor, a principal secretary and other secretaries make up the team. Sever...   more

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